Domestic Proceedings

Third party funding and its relevance to Russian parties

Third party funding and its relevance to Russian parties

См. текст по-русски ниже. Third party funding (also known as commercial funding or litigation funding) involves a third party which has no connection to a dispute putting up funds to run a dispute in exchange for a share of the damages. It is typically non-recourse which means that, unless the recipient is successful in its […]

By 16 October, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Форум по разрешению споров в странах Восточной Европы превратится в целый «Арбитражный weekend»

Форум по разрешению споров в странах Восточной Европы превратится в целый «Арбитражный weekend»

Накануне Форума EEDRF-2017 в Минске состоятся два бесплатных мероприятия-сателлита, которые в первую очередь ориентированы на тех специалистов, которые интересуются вопросами арбитража. 21 сентября 2017 г. организационный партнер Форума по разрешению споров в странах Восточной Европы (EEDRF) адвокатское бюро «Сысуев, Бондарь, Храпуцкий СБХ» приглашает принять участие в двух бесплатных мероприятиях-сателлитах, которые состоятся в Minsk Marriot Hotel […]

By 2 August, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Baltic Arbitration Days-2017: issues discussed

Baltic Arbitration Days-2017: issues discussed

Riga hosted the 6th DIS Baltic Arbitration Days which discussed arbitration of disputes involving states or state-owned entities, corporate disputes and reflected on the lessons taught by annulment or  unenforceability of major arbitral awards in recent past. The conference was organised by BNT attorneys-at-law – one of leading international law firms in Central and Eastern […]

By 9 June, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
State immunity and state-owned enterprises: a recent dispute involving Moldova

State immunity and state-owned enterprises: a recent dispute involving Moldova

In a recent judgment (27 January 2017), the Court of the Southern District of New York ordered state enterprise Moldovagaz S.A and the Republic of Moldova to pay USD 27 million to Gater Assets Limited. The judgment raises certain issues regarding the state’s liability for state-owned enterprises’ commercial activities. Given that the Government of Moldova has never been party […]

By 16 May, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Applicability of Dispute Settlement Procedures to the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Russia

Applicability of Dispute Settlement Procedures to the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Russia

Throughout the past year, courts in Russia have struggled with the applicability of dispute settlement procedures to the enforcement of arbitral awards. As a result, uncertainty regarding the matter has sometimes produced an inconsistent judicial approach. In a decision on 20 March 2017, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (the Court) provided clarity to […]

Symposium on e-justice and information technologies in civil procedure to take place in Kazan

Symposium on e-justice and information technologies in civil procedure to take place in Kazan

См. текст на русском языке ниже. The IV annual Symposium of the journal “The Herald of Civil Procedure“: “2017 – E-justice and information technologies in civil procedure” will take place oat the Law Faculty of Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, September 29, 2017. CIS Arbitration Forum is an information partner of this event. The symposium […]

By 24 April, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Российские суды подтвердили, что корпоративные споры были арбитрабельны и до принятия нового законодательства об арбитраже

Российские суды подтвердили, что корпоративные споры были арбитрабельны и до принятия нового законодательства об арбитраже

В настоящее время широко обсуждается реформа российского законодательства об арбитраже (третейском разбирательстве), в том числе, в контексте вопроса об арбитрабельности корпоративных споров. Теперь в ст. 225.1 Арбитражного процессуального кодекса Российской Федерации («АПК РФ») прямо закреплено, что такие споры могут быть переданы на рассмотрение третейского суда. Однако, как подтвердила новейшая судебная практика, такая возможность существовала и ранее. […]

Russian Constitutional court denies enforcement of ECHR decision on Yukos

Russian Constitutional court denies enforcement of ECHR decision on Yukos

On 19 January 2017 Russian Constitutional Court came to the conclusion that the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (the ECHR) on compensation payment of more than €1.866 bln on Yukos case violates the Russian Constitution and cannot be enforced. This is the first case in which the Court has followed its 14 […]

CIS Regional Conventions on Cross-Border Litigation and Its Application by Russian Courts

CIS Regional Conventions on Cross-Border Litigation and Its Application by Russian Courts

Recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgments in Russia generally require the existence of a treaty between the issuing state and the recognising state; otherwise, the principle of reciprocity applies. On the CIS level this procedure is relatively facilitated by a number of conventions. This post looks at the main features of these CIS regional […]

By 9 December, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
No education – no representation. Russian Constitutional Court decides on legal education requirement for administrative proceedings

No education – no representation. Russian Constitutional Court decides on legal education requirement for administrative proceedings

Until quite recently Russian procedural law has had no particular requirements as to parties’ representatives in non-criminal legal proceedings. This situation started to change in 2015 when the Russian Parliament approved the new Code of Administrative Procedure (the “Code“). These changes, which quickly turned out to be controversial, became part of the larger dispute on the so-called […]

В Москве пройдет форум «Арбитраж в России 2016: что будет дальше?»

В Москве пройдет форум «Арбитраж в России 2016: что будет дальше?»

Издательский дом “Коммерсантъ” проводит 11 ноября 2016 года в Москве ежегодный форум “Арбитраж в России 2016: что будет дальше?”. CIS Arbitration Forum выступает информационным партнером мероприятия. Реформа судов России, начатая в 2014 году с объединения ВС РФ и ВАС РФ,  безусловно, взволновала бизнес-сообщество, все мы внимательно следили за переменами, ждали, обсуждали, как новые правила по арбитражным […]

Commercial Dispute Resolution in Eastern Europe: Debugging the Mechanisms

Commercial Dispute Resolution in Eastern Europe: Debugging the Mechanisms

One may compare arbitration with a car: it may be luxurious or modest, but to run it you always need four properly functioning wheels: arbitral institutions, parties, arbitrators and state courts. Tetiana Slipachuk, managing partner of Sayenko Kharenko law firm, reminded us of this while moderating the first arbitration section of the first Eastern European […]

By 28 September, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016)

Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016)

  Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! Ukrainian Bar Association is happy to announce the next Kiev Arbitration Days 2016: Think Big! (KAD-2016) which will take place on 3 November 2016 in Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the Ukrainian Bar Association. KAD-2016 will bring together world-class dispute resolution […]

Russian court rules on foreign currency use in real estate transactions

Russian court rules on foreign currency use in real estate transactions

On 18 July 2016 the Commercial Court of Moscow region refused to confirm the settlement agreement between PAO Vimpel-Communications and PAO Tizpribor in the year-long dispute between the two companies. The outcome of this case may have significant consequences both for Russian real estate, in particular for the use of foreign currency in tenancy agreements, as well […]

RAA Conference on Collecting Bad Debts to Take Place in Moscow

RAA Conference on Collecting Bad Debts to Take Place in Moscow

(English text see below) 29 июня 2016 года Арбитражная Ассоциация проводит конференцию РАА «Взыскание долгов в международных спорах».   Место проведения: Москва, Марриотт Новый Арбат, зал Пушкин. Время – 10.00 (регистрация в 9.30) – 18.00. На мероприятии будут обсуждаться следующие темы: Глобальный поиск активов Финансирование арбитража третьей стороной Эксперты в международном арбитраже Обеспечительные меры Подтвержденные спикеры: Медведков […]

The First ‘Russian Arbitration Debate’ in Moscow on 7 April 2016

The First ‘Russian Arbitration Debate’ in Moscow on 7 April 2016

The first ‘Russian Arbitration Debate’: an Oxford Debate-style discussion of the key developments in arbitration-related case law in Russia and practical issues Russian parties face in arbitration will be held in Moscow on 7 April 2016. The list below includes topics of the first debate as well as the proponents and opponents for each debated issue. As […]

By 29 March, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Pathological Arbitration Clauses in Lithuanian Case Law

Pathological Arbitration Clauses in Lithuanian Case Law

The Lithuanian courts have lately shown very positive trends of becoming an arbitration-friendly destination. Over the last couple of years, the Supreme Court has produced a spectrum of judgments infused with a western pro-arbitration attitude. These judgments make ubiquitous references to the UNCITRAL Model Law, as well as the writings of Gary B. Born and other […]

By 28 January, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Arbitrability of corporate disputes in Russia: current and future regulation

Arbitrability of corporate disputes in Russia: current and future regulation

Corporate disputes, currently non-arbitrable in Russia, will become open to arbitration in 2017. Russian regulation of arbitration has undergone significant changes with the adoption at the end of 2015 of two new laws, the Federal Law “On Arbitration in the Russian Federation” and the Federal Law “On Changes to Certain Laws of the Russian Federation”. […]

By 18 January, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Enforcement of Settlement Agreements Reached in Arbitration and Mediation

Enforcement of Settlement Agreements Reached in Arbitration and Mediation

In September 2015 the UNCITRAL Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) continued its work on formulating a legal framework on the enforcement of settlement agreements, including a convention, model provisions or guidance texts. Currently, parties can request arbitral tribunals to record their settlement agreements as consent awards, ie an arbitral award on terms agreed upon by the […]

By 27 November, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
New Rules on Jurisdictional Immunities of States in Russian Courts

New Rules on Jurisdictional Immunities of States in Russian Courts

The new law on Jurisdictional Immunities of Foreign States was signed by the Russian President on 3 November 2015. The law aims at discouraging foreign states from diminishing the immunity of Russian property abroad. The State Duma has drafted it in response to the arrests and freezing of Russian property in France, Belgium and Austria. After the […]

By 13 November, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Consent to Treaty Arbitration Should be Specific, not General

Consent to Treaty Arbitration Should be Specific, not General

Recently investors vigorously but unsuccessfully tried to revive an arbitral award against the Kyrgyz Republic in the Russian courts. On 20 July 2015 the Arbitrazh Court of the Moscow Circuit rejected the cassation claim of companies Stans Energy Corp. and Kutisay Mining and upheld the ruling of the Arbitrazh Court of the first instance. The court upheld […]

Serving Proceedings in Russia: Service Valid Despite Being Returned “Not Served”

Serving Proceedings in Russia: Service Valid Despite Being Returned “Not Served”

In disputes involving international parties, the challenges of serving judicial documents in other countries can be central to an effective overall strategy. In some countries, it is all too easy for defendants to refuse to accept documents served through official channels and for the documents to be returned to the court of origin.  We have […]

Yukos Award – Beginning of a New Enforcement Saga

Yukos Award – Beginning of a New Enforcement Saga

While the recent agreement between Yukos shareholders and Rosneft settles all litigation disputes between them, it does not solve the existing disputes between Yukos and Russia as a state, in particular the $50 billion arbitration award made by the PCA in The Hague in 2014. As Russia refuses to voluntarily comply with the award, Yukos […]

Приведение в исполнение арбитражных решений на согласованных условиях

Приведение в исполнение арбитражных решений на согласованных условиях

Давыденко Д.Л. Международная принудительная исполнимость арбитражных решений на согласованных условиях (International Enforceability of Consent Awards) В статье рассматриваются некоторые особенности применения положений ст. V Конвенции ООН о признании и приведении в исполнение иностранных арбитражных решений 1958 г. («Нью-йоркская конвенция») к арбитражным решениям, вынесенным на согласованных условиях. Проводится анализ того, насколько применимы к такого рода решениям положения п. […]

Review of Russian Court Decisions Related to Arbitration: January-May 2015

Review of Russian Court Decisions Related to Arbitration: January-May 2015

In January-May 2015 the Russian courts rendered several important decisions dealing with: the arbitrability of public procurement disputes; the effect of pre-existing links between an arbitral institution and a party to arbitration; partial annulment of arbitration awards; and anti-enforcement injunctions. Non-Arbitrability of Public Procurement Disputes Does Not Create Constitutional Issues Application of City Clinical Hospital No. […]

New Draft Law Aims to Bring Arbitration in Russia to Order

New Draft Law Aims to Bring Arbitration in Russia to Order

Since 2013 the Russian legislator is reforming arbitration laws of Russia. The reason for the reform was a the lack of consistency in Russian arbitration regulations, existence of so-called “pocket arbitration tribunals” and sham arbitration tribunals. The reform aims to facilitate the stability and transparency of the system. The first draft law on arbitration was introduced by Russian Ministry of […]

Appellate Court Restores “Lender’s Option to Litigate” Clause

Appellate Court Restores “Lender’s Option to Litigate” Clause

On 12 March 2015 a Russian appellate court overruled the lower court’s decision invalidating the “lender’s option” part of a complex dispute resolution clause and referring parties to arbitration. As discussed earlier on the CIS Arbitration Forum, the lender’s option clause empowers only one of the parties to the facility agreement to institute proceedings before any competent state court in spite of the […]

By 15 April, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Problem of ‘Pocket Arbitration Courts’ in Russia: Finally Resolved?

The Problem of ‘Pocket Arbitration Courts’ in Russia: Finally Resolved?

The recent decision of the Russian Supreme Court in the case of Geotrest LLC v Gazprom Invest Vostok LLC and an earlier decision of the Constitutional Court indicate a significant change in the approach of Russian courts to the so-called “pocket arbitration courts”. These decisions contradict the previous practice and will most likely lead to significant […]

Swedish Court Confirms that Russia is Bound by an Arbitration Agreement It Has Not Signed

Swedish Court Confirms that Russia is Bound by an Arbitration Agreement It Has Not Signed

In a recent decision the Svea Court of Appeal refused to set aside the arbitral award in the Badprim case. In that case, the tribunal had extended an arbitration agreement between a private contractor and a Russian state authority to include the Russian Federation itself. This article first looks at the Badprim case, and then puts it into the […]

By 22 March, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Disclosure of Lawyer/Client Communications in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov

Disclosure of Lawyer/Client Communications in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov

English court considers whether privileged documents should be disclosed under the “iniquity exception” in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. Communications between a client and its lawyer for the purposes of litigation or the giving or receiving of legal advice are confidential and privileged under English law. There are very few exceptions to this important principle. […]

By 22 January, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russian Court (Yet Again) Finds an Optional Dispute Resolution Clause Partially Void

Russian Court (Yet Again) Finds an Optional Dispute Resolution Clause Partially Void

In a decision rendered on 27 November 2014 the Rostov Region Commercial Court voided an optional dispute resolution clause (“lender’s option”) in a facility agreement. The said provision empowered only one of the parties to institute proceedings before any competent state courts despite the arbitration clause and an alternative provision providing for the exclusive jurisdiction of English courts. […]

By 23 December, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Approach of Russian Courts to International Forum Shopping

Approach of Russian Courts to International Forum Shopping

Unlike in the United Kingdom or the United States, international forum shopping is rarely at issue in Russian case law or legal doctrine. However, disputes related to forum shopping do arise in Russia: it happens that the same disputes fall within the jurisdiction of national courts of several states, e.g. the national court of the […]

Notice of Arbitration to the Parent Company: Proper or Not?

Notice of Arbitration to the Parent Company: Proper or Not?

In a recent decision the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation found that a notice of arbitration proceedings to the parent company’s general counsel was proper in the context of the facts of the case. The decision has also raised discussions about other related issues: first, in which cases could such notice be improper and […]

By 3 September, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Arbitrability of Disputes Under Public Procurement Contracts In Ukraine: Recent Court Practice

Arbitrability of Disputes Under Public Procurement Contracts In Ukraine: Recent Court Practice

Recent judgments of the Ukrainian courts have again attracted attention to the issue of arbitrability, which remains under debate both in theory and in practice in Ukraine. This time court practice deals with disputes arising out of the so-called “commercial contracts related to satisfaction of the state’s needs” (“Public Procurement Contracts”). The judgments discussed in […]

Yukos Winning Award: Will Russia Avoid Arbitral Enforcement Again?

Yukos Winning Award: Will Russia Avoid Arbitral Enforcement Again?

On 28 July 2014 a historic award in Yukos v. The Russian Federation rendered by the arbitral tribunal seated in The Hague finally became publicly available. The tribunal ordered Russia to pay more than 50 billion US$ for its expropriation of Yukos, making this award the biggest one in the history of international arbitration. Considering the circumstances, […]