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Orchards

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Managing Partner: Grigory Zakharov
Partners: Yuri Aksenov, Alexey Stankevich

Firm Overview:
Orchards is a leading firm in resolving complex commercial and corporate disputes in Russia. Orchards' business reputation rests upon a systemic, creative and individualised approach alongside the highest quality standards. Orchards’ team started to form more than 20 years ago on the basis of Iniurcolleguia, Attorneys-at-Law (later on, and until January 2020 – Melnitsky & Zakharov, Attorneys-at-Law). Clients seek the firm's support when facing complex and unconventional business matters, disputes involving high value assets, a need for a meticulously structured strategy and tactics in navigating throughout a dispute, or for an all-encompassing analyses of existing and potential risks, or else in some instances of conflicting or unfavourable case law provisions affecting the dispute at hand. The firm's deep understanding of the legal doctrine helps Orchards identify and suggest the most optimal solutions for its clients. The firm’s team aims to create novel positions in applying the law, including by driving amendments to the existing case law. Historically, Orchards’ principal expertise has been in resolving disputes and offering legal assistance as part of insolvency proceedings. Additionally, Orchards has a long track record in advising clients on corporate and antitrust matters, investment, development and construction projects, and protection of intellectual property.

Industry Sectors:
- Telecommunications, Media & Technology
- Metallurgy & Gold Mining
- Retail
- Real Estate, Engineering and Construction
- Machine-Building
- Banking & Investments
- Transport & Tourism
- Insurance
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Key clients:
- X5 Retail Group
- Polyus Gold
- Severstal
- Megafon
- Sandoz
- TUI Group
- AFK Sistema
- Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works
- Nordgold
- Russian Railways
- Rostelecom
- Gazprombank
- VostokCoal
- Leroy Merlin
- Gazprom Energoholding
- Russian Venture Company
- Severgroup
- Promomed

Notable Disputes:
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, Orchards 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, the firm was 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, the firm 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, the firm assisted Partner LLC in judicial recovery of over RUB 3 billion in damages.

In 2016, the 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. It was discussed extensively within the legal and business communities, including various conferences and business roundtables.

Key contact: Grigory Zakharov ([email protected])