Orchards

Dispute Resolution Department

Russia
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Overview

In 2018, one of Orchard’s projects was recognised by Kommersant in a special category called “Formation of Case Law in the Retail Industry”. As part of the project we represented Agrotorg LLC (an X5 Retail Group company) in a dispute against the Russian antitrust authority which resulted in the Russian Supreme Court’s Judicial Chamber on Economic Disputes adopting an all-encompassing approach to business protection which disallowed a broad interpretation of Article 14 of the Trade Law limiting retail chains whose market share exceeds 25% in acquiring or leasing new retail premises.

Earlier, in 2017, we were recognised by Kommersant for the successful completion of two projects which made it to the publication’s Top-10 most notable disputes of the year: in the first one, we protected interests of SL Gold LLC (a joint venture of Polyus Gold and Rostec Corporation) in a dispute challenging the results of an auction to award the right to develop Sukhoi Log, one of Russia’s major gold deposits; and in the second one, we assisted Partner LLC in judicial recovery of over RUB 3 billion in damages.

In 2016, our team successfully represented Tizpribor PJSC in the appellate and cassation courts in a dispute with VimpelCom seeking to amend the terms and conditions of a lease agreement by setting up an exchange rate “band” instead of a fixed rent rate denominated in USD. In just a few months, the dispute topped the list of high-profile private disputes in 2016. 

Members

Zakharov, Grigory (Head of Department)

Akhmetov, Azat

Aksenov, Yuri

Borodkin, Vadim

Sivitskaya, Anastasiya

Stankevich, Alexey

Clients

AFK Sistema

Gazprom Energoholding

Gazprombank

Inteco

Leroy Merlin

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works

Megafon

Metrowagonmash

Nordgold

Polyus Gold

Promomed

Rostelecom

Russian Railways

Russian Venture Company

Sandoz

Severgroup

Severstal

TUI Group

Vesper

VostokCoal

X5 Retail Group

Industries

Banking & Investments

Energy & Natural Resources

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Insurance

Machinery

Metallurgy & Gold Mining

Real Estate, Engineering and Construction

Retail

Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Transport & Tourism