International Arbitration

International Arbitration


The ALRUD team has extensive experience in supporting various arbitration proceedings under the rules of leading arbitration centres, including the ICC, LCIA, ICAC and at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has top-ranked expertise in this area. In particular, ALRUD is one of the few Russian law firms included in the GAR 100, the most reputable ranking of experts in international commercial arbitration.

ALRUD’s associates have both diverse experience and narrow specialization in various types of disputes. With one of the largest teams on the market, we are best placed to provide a wide range of high-quality services taking into account clients’ individual needs. In addition, the team members have expertise on sanctions issues, which allows us to develop dispute management strategies in the most effective manner possible taking into account current conditions.

How we can help

We provide a full range of end-to-end services to support arbitration:

  • Advising on the structuring of arbitration clauses whose proper drafting often significantly influences the outcome of a dispute
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings, from developing a strategy and assistance in choosing arbitrators to the recovery of arbitration costs
  • Preparation of legal opinions and serving as experts on complex issues of Russian law that arise in arbitration
  • Recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Russia, as well as support for the recognition and enforcement of Russian arbitral awards abroad

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

A well-known leading Russian producer of longitudinal welded pipes

in an ICC dispute against a major German heavy plate producer concerning the recovery of more than USD 200 million in damages arising from a major energy-related project in Russia.

One of Russia’s biggest copper producers

in high-profile LCIA arbitration worth over USD 700 million concerning the application of the Russian Strategic Investment Law and the frustration of contract under English law.

A global macro-investment company based in the Netherlands

in an international commercial arbitration at the ICAC against a local Russian publishing house involving debt recovery.

A Russian subsidiary of a French multinational retail group

in LCIA arbitration against the owner of Europe’s largest trading centre located in Moscow. The case concerned the interpretation of the latest amendments to Russian arbitration law regarding the ability to refer a dispute between Russian companies to a foreign arbitration institution for consideration.

For a major Japanese lighting equipment manufacturer

served as a Russian consultant on issues concerning Russian law in a major arbitration before the ICC, as well as in the process of having the award recognized in Russia.

One of the largest agribusiness trading companies in the world

on issues concerning Russian law in complex multi-million ICC arbitration against its Russian JV partner involving a substantial delay in the construction of a 15 MT/year grain terminal in the south of Russia.

One of the largest companies in the CIS automotive industry

in a series of multi-million arbitration disputes in the ICAC and arbitration-related litigation against Russian banks.

A Baltic country

in international investment arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules in the PCA in a USD 150 million dispute with an investor regarding rights to several land plots and harbour infrastructure facilities.

An oil trading subsidiary of Russia’s second largest bank

on a variety of issues concerning Russian law in complex multi-million LCIA arbitration against a major privately owned oil refinery. The arbitration proceedings ran in parallel with a bankruptcy petition filed against the defendant in Russia.

A Polish manufacturer of turnkey car body welding lines

in a precedent-setting dispute against one of the leading consumer and commercial vehicles producers in Russia on the recognition and enforcement of an LCIA award. Despite the negative precedents, we managed to transfer the case to the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation and win the case.

An international South Korean company

in the enforcement of SCC awards in Russia as part of the bankruptcy proceedings of the debtor – a subsidiary of a Russian state corporation. In particular, ALRUD managed to get the awards recognized and included the Client's claims in the register. ALRUD also succeeded in recovering the arbitration costs as ‘current’ obligations, which have priority under Russian bankruptcy law.

The largest Russian manufacturer of drilling equipment

in the ICAC at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and in the IAC at the BelCCI in a dispute against one of the largest chemical and construction companies in Belarus.

EuRoPol Gaz (Poland)

in arbitration-related proceedings (challenging an ICAC award) in Russian state courts against Gazprom Export. The Supreme Arbitrazh Court twice rejected the opponent’s claims, and the Client’s position was supported by the Russian Constitutional Court.

One of Germany’s largest industrial companies

in the ICAC in a dispute over debt collection from a leading Russian mining and metallurgical company.

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