Herbert Smith Freehills

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Notable player in Russian domestic litigation, the team also acts on international arbitration cases. Assists with shareholder disputes and debt recovery conflicts, often involving several jurisdictions, where the firm benefits from a strong international network of offices. Cross-border litigation is a further area of recent activity. Additionally handles a range of local contentious matters, including large debt collection and corporate conflicts. Client roster includes major Russian natural resources corporates as well as significant Russian private individuals.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Alexei Panich acts for Russian corporate clients across a broad range of commercial disputes. He additionally represents international financial institutions in domestic disputes, including judgment enforcement proceedings. Sources note his approach, with one reporting: "He is very calm all the time, we appreciate that. He's very observant."