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Muranov, Chernyakov and Partners

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Managing Partners: Alexander Muranov, Dmitry Chernyakov
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 35
Languages: English, Russian

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2003 Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners is now ranked as one of Russia’s leading national law firms employing 35 highly-qualified attorneys and lawyers. The firm’s primary focus is on providing practical and cost-effective business legal advice to Russian and international public and private companies, financial institutions and state authorities.

The firm has the strongest position in domestic litigation — representing clients in courts in almost all Russian regions and in the CIS, as well as representing clients in all the major centres of international commercial arbitration, including Moscow, London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, in international commercial arbitration in Switzerland and Washington, DC. Lawyers and attorneys of the firm have acted in arbitrations involving a broad spectrum of commercial, contractual, financial and technical matters.

PRACTICE AREAS:
■ Litigation
■ International Commercial Arbitration
■ International Trade
■ Corporate / M&A
■ Competition / Antitrust
■ Bankruptcy / Restructuring
■ Tax

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation:

■ Representing the interests of Russian and foreign companies in courts of all levels, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation
■ Successfully representing the interests of the Cyprus company Arooj Holdings Limited in the precedent case of recovering $1 mln. litigation costs from retailer Billa (Billa, LLC) (in a dispute of over $10 mln.)
■ Advising the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry, which ranks among the world’s top publicly traded oil and gas companies, on a wide range of complex projects in courts of all levels
■ Representing the interests of Gazprombank and its affiliates in courts of various levels, including the representation of interests in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in connection with a multi-million acquisition of assets in the oil and gas sector in Russia

International Commercial Arbitration:
■ Representing in international arbitrations, recognition and enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitration awards in and outside Russia
■ Providing legal support and advising one of the world’s major oil companies PJSC Rosneft and its subsidiaries regarding the issues of Russian and international law in foreign courts under the complex projects essentially dealing with international arbitration matters
■ Representing one of the largest insurance groups in conflict resolution by participation in mediation procedure in London
■ Representing a golf club in arbitration against a large bank in Sweden in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
■ Representing GSR Energy Investments Ltd.
■ Preparation of numerous expert opinions on cases examined in international commercial arbitration courts as well as in courts of the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland and other jurisdictions

Corporate/M&A:
■ Due diligence, preparing commercial contracts, legal support for corporate restructuring projects, joint ventures and cross-border transactions
■ Advising the largest Internet company in the Russian-speaking world and the leading Internet company in Russia, on a wide range of corporate issues including pre-IPO restructuring issues, M&A and other corporate law issues
■ Advising the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry on a wide range of corporate issues, including investing in the strategic sector, corporate governance and other related issues; as well as in connection with the acquisition (including due diligence) of over 100 objects of industrial properties in 11 regions of the Russian Federation
■ Advising the largest Cyprus bank in connection with an acquisition of a mid-sized Russian bank

Competition:
■ Antimonopoly filings, antimonopoly law compliance, analysis of distribution and other commercial agreements, representing clients in litigation before courts and in administrative proceedings before the Federal Antimonopoly Service
■ Representing many Russian companies in litigation before courts and in administrative proceedings before the RF Federal Antimonopoly Service in cases of alleged violations of antimonopoly law
■ Advising one of the Russia’s leading telecommunications operator and long-distance telephony provider on various issues of the Russian Antimonopoly Law; preparation and filing of petitions with the RF Federal Antimonopoly Service

International Trade:
Consulting on the issues of international trade, the law of the WTO and the Customs Union (CU), including representation in courts as well as preparation of analytical materials and legal expert opinions for Russian and foreign companies concerning the WTO law and Russia’s commitments as a member of the WTO and the Customs Union (CU). The firm also assists in trade investigations, including anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and special safeguard investigations.

Key Clients:
PJSC Transneft, PJSC Rosneft, PJSC Rosseti, PJSC FGC UES, PJSC IDGC of Siberia, PJSC MOESK, Gazprombank, Rabobank, X5 Retail Group and PJSC Rostelecom.