Russia & the CIS

Our Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia legal team is best known for handling some of the most complex, high-stakes cross-border legal disputes through international arbitration, yet our practice is poised to advise on transactional matters of all kinds.

Overview

Our attorneys resolve cross-border disputes, international arbitration and administrative appeals for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian clients doing business in the United States. Our unique experience working in this part of the world also includes handling international arbitration outcome enforcement and asset recovery matters across the region. Our group includes native Russian and Ukrainian speakers who negotiate and resolve matters for individuals of high net-worth, mid-sized businesses and large companies doing business in the U.S.

AGG has over 3 decades of experience working with companies and individuals across Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia. Our team is best known for handling some of the most complex, high-stakes cross-border legal disputes through international arbitration. Additionally, we advise clients on legal issues related to international trade and financing transactions, joint ventures, international shipping and logistics, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. With first-hand, intimate knowledge of local laws, customs and traditions, we are able to help Eastern Europeans and Russians/Eurasians take advantage of opportunities in the United States while overcoming common cross-border business obstacles. Our deep professional networks around the world provide clients critical expertise to draw upon when navigating the complexities of business and international law.

Our attorneys have a rich history serving in leadership positions related to international business in the United States. A rarity for American lawyers, we have attorneys on both the International Commercial Arbitration Court in Moscow as well as the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce. Our team also includes a board member of the Ukranian Arbitration Association, co-chair of the ABA Section of International Law Russia/Eurasia Committee, former DOJ attorney stationed in a US embassy in the region, and a representative of the American Bar Association to the Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law. We serve as arbitrator and counsel in international arbitration proceedings administered by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Given our long-term stature in international business relations, an AGG attorney was chosen for the U.S. State Department delegation to The Hague and Moscow as a private sector advisor with respect to the operation of the Hague Evidence and Service Conventions. He later became the editor for the Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention, published by the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

Experience

  • Assisted with the review of agreements for Puma Biotechnology for clinical trials of a new breast cancer medication to be conducted in Russia.
  • Advised a U.S. biotechnology company in connection with clinical trials of a new breast cancer medication to be conducted in Russia.
  • Represent a Salvadorian company in commercial arbitration under UCITRAL Rules against a U.S. distributor.
  • Served as an expert on the issues involving Russian civil and commercial legislation and doing business in Russia.
  • Secured “business divorce” for a private equity fund invested in the development of state-of-the-art microwave technology from Ukraine as a result of the court action against a minority shareholder accused of the breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Secured the recovery in Russia of funds lost by a financial services company due to a multi-million dollar hacking scheme. The matter required the coordination of parallel criminal and civil proceedings in Russia.
  • Assisted Ilim Timber Industry, a large Russian timber processing company, in its $55 million acquisition of Tolleson Lumber Co. in connection with the employee benefits aspects of the transaction.
  • Secured recognition in Russia of a $28 million international arbitration award for a U.S. company owned by prominent New York real estate developer.
  • Advised leading American provider of land registration and property tax management systems on its operations in Ukraine.
  • Obtained an injunction in Cyprus preserving status quo in connection with a shareholders dispute over the ownership of electric power assets in Ukraine involving court proceedings in Ukraine, Switzerland, U.K. and arbitration under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Secured favorable settlement for minority shareholders of a major Ukrainian ferroalloy plant in an action under the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).
  • Advised international investors in all aspects of the acquisition of the ferroalloy and steel assets in the United States including acquisition through receivership and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Successfully secured stay of the U.S. District Court proceedings in favor of the arbitration under the rules of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
  • Successfully defended an international consortium, winner of a World Bank contract, against a bid protest action in Ukraine.
  • Secured dismissal of the proceedings in an arbitration claim brought by a Russian coal producer against a U.S. coal trader in the International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland.

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