Corporate Disputes

Corporate Disputes


ALRUD has an extensive experience of representing the clients in various corporate disputes including the cross-border ones. ALRUD lawyers successfully handle the following categories of disputes: disputes over the rights to shares, disputes regarding company’s management including the disputes out of SHAs, disputes on reinstatement of corporate control, disputes on the claims of minority shareholders, disputes on challenging the decisions of the company’s management, etc.

Interaction of Dispute Resolution practice with the lawyers from other departments, especially with lawyers of Corporate and M&A practice, ensures a better understanding of clients’ businesses and provides for a more accurate advice.

Our Services

  • Advising on pre-trial stage, including preparation of the pre-trial letters and claims, participation in negotiations with the opponents.

  • Analysis of documentation and other clients’ materials, assessment of the chances of success and the associated risks, elaboration of the strategy on the case.

  • Representation of clients in arbitrazh courts and arbitral tribunals as well as in other state bodies.

  • Assistance with obtaining the interim measures including drafting the application on granting the interim measures.

  • Collecting the evidence on the case, assisting with obtaining the evidence from state authorities and different organizations.

Highlights of recent domestic and international work

Major worldwide trader

involved in one of the key corporate disputes in Russia concerned with Norilsk Nickel (Russian largest metallurgic company). Elaborated the strategy with regard to several co-defendants incorporated in Russia and abroad. The dispute was complicated by the several parallel proceedings in the arbitral tribunal under the LCIA rules, US courts, and courts of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The UK investment company

in the dispute under the claim of the major non-state pension fund for recovery of losses in the amount of RUB 12.6 billion caused by the failure to send a mandatory bid on buying shares due to the acquisition of the largest Russian private bank (one of the largest corporate disputes in Russia).

One of the largest European railway operators

in the dispute on restoration of corporate control in the Russian subsidiary.

The minor shareholder of one of the largest coal mining companies

in the complex corporate multi-jurisdictional dispute with the major shareholder due to disposition of assets. As a result of realization of complex strategy of protection of interests of the minority shareholder the parties came to amicable settlement on the favorable conditions.

The subsidiary of the biggest international concern in oil and gas industry

in the disputes connected with the illegal seizure of the real estate in the south of Russia and illegal establishment of the local company in the name of the subsidiary of the concern by way of falsification of the corporate documents.

The minority shareholder of the largest German retailer

in a complex corporate conflict with the other shareholders. ALRUD's lawyers elaborated a comprehensive strategy and achieved the repurchase of the Client's shares at a fair price and the end of the conflict with the other shareholders.

The major Russian development and trading holding

in a corporate conflict, which arose from the death of one of the two shareholders. Advised the client on the matters concerned with succession and establishing of the corporate governance in the off-shore jurisdictions (Cyprus, BVI, USA, Malaysia and Canada).

A major Russian steel company

in arbitration proceedings under the LCIA Rules in a corporate dispute in the amount of approx. USD 700 million concerning shareholding in a major Russian steel plant.

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