Civil & Commercial Litigation / International Commercial Arbitration

For OVER TWENTY YEARS, since AGP’s foundation, the litigation practice has always been one of our key areas. Our lawyers represent clients in commercial (Arbitrazh) and general jurisdiction courts in various regions of the Russian Federation and at all levels (from magistrate courts to the Russian Supreme Court, Higher Arbitrazh Court, and Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation). Moreover, AGP has solid experience resolving disputes through pre-trial settlement and amicable agreements. Attorneys and lawyers of AGP litigation group regularly provide advice and legal opinions on dispute resolution strategy and tactics.

Olga Glazkova, head of the litigation and arbitration practice at AGP, has over 30 years of experience as an attorney that the lawyer community does not let go unnoticed: she has been awarded the F.N. Plevako Gold Medal and the 1st Level Medal for Merit in Defending the Rights and Liberties of Citizens.

AGP attorneys include lawyers representing clients before international arbitration forums in Russia and abroad. Dr. Andrey Gorodissky, AGP Managing Partner, and AGP Partner Yuri Tsvetkov are arbitrators at the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“ICAC”). Professor Ivan Zykin, AGP Partner, is the Vice President of ICAC and a member of several panels of arbitrators including the Court of Arbitration for Resolution of Economic Disputes at the Russian CCI, Commercial Arbitration Court at the Moscow CCI, Arbitration Commission at the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange, Arbitration Court at the Bulgarian CCI, the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration (Lithuania), and a number of other arbitration institutions.

Evgeny Baru, our Of Counsel in criminal law and criminal procedure, has also been awarded the F.N. Plevako Gold Medal and the 1st Level Medal for Merit in Defending the Rights and Liberties of Citizens.

Ludmila Kucherova, AGP Partner, has 15 years of experience working in the investigative agencies of the Russian Ministry of Interior as an investigator, senior investigator, and head of the investigation department for economic crimes. Today she represents AGP clients in matters related to economic and tax violations and during pre-trial discovery and investigation.

Petr Kazbekov, AGP Partner, is very experienced in advising clients on criminal law issues and representing them in criminal trials and during pre-trial discovery.

Facts & Figures:

  • In disputes contesting non-regulatory acts/actions/decisions of public officers and authorities, a total of 120 million rubles was recovered for the past year
  • A total of 140 million rubles in accounts receivable was collected last year
  • A total of 800 million rubles claimed against our clients was dismissed last year
  • Our clients won all court disputes involving wrongful dismissal lawsuits filed against them by former employees
  • Disputes with the local Medical Insurance Fund, the Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency, and the Moscow Land Resources Department were resolved in favor of our clients
  • Our clients won 95% of consumer lawsuits, with roughly 200 million rubles in claims against our clients dismissed
  • Tax disputes for a total of over 220 million rubles were resolved in favor of our clients in courts or through pre-trial settlement

We represent clients in the following matters:

Commercial (Arbitrazh) Courts and General Jurisdiction Courts

International Commercial Arbitration

  • Litigating before the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • International commercial contract disputes
  • Construction contract disputes
  • Shareholder agreement disputes
  • Share sale disputes

Projects

General Electric

Successful defense of General Electric and its Russian distributor of electrical equipment. A notorious Russian patent troll holding a number of dubious patents brought a patent infringement action against GE’s distributor and claimed a compensation for each instance of sale of the products which allegedly infringed his patent rights. Thanks to AGP defense team, the claimant’s patent was declared invalid and his claim was dismissed.

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.

Representation of the client before a commercial (arbitrazh) court as a third party in the administrative prosecution of a counterfeit goods importer.

Forsythe LLC

Successful defense of the client’s ownership rights to a database for monitoring and analysis of government and private pharmaceutical tenders in Russia.

SKYY Spirits LLC

Representation before commercial (arbitrazh) courts (trial, appellate and cassation levels) in proceedings to invalidate the Russian PTO’s decision cancelling the client’s trademark registration due to non-use (the client won the case).

Tax agent

Successful defense of the tax agent in a dispute with tax authorities over applicability of provisions of a double taxation treaty.

Major international investment fund

Representation in 5 court proceedings on disputed relations with a majority shareholder of a large industrial manufacturer.

Major smelting plant

Representation in 9 court disputes with minority shareholders over title to shareholdings.

Real Estate Developer/Investor

AGP defense team achieved a 70-million-ruble reduction of the 170-million-ruble recovery claimed by the contractor in a series of lawsuits.

Russian and foreign clients

Refund of an export VAT that the tax agencies denied due to the alleged lack of a bona fide business purpose of transactions. The claim called for roughly 50 million rubles.

Major company

Contesting the rulings of a tax agency declaring the client a defaulting taxpayer.

Lessee

The lessor’s lawsuit claims to collect rent payment after the lessee’s departing from the premises and after office renovation were dismissed in full. The claims totaled 20 million rubles.

Lexmark Europe Sarl

Successful contesting the unlawful registration of the client’s trademark in the name of its agent.

Russian coffee drink producer

Judicial defense in a lawsuit brought by global coffee producer Nestle over the alleged use of its trademark.

Reno Schuhcentrum GmbH

Challenging the Russian PTO’s refusal of registration of the client’s trademark in commercial (arbitrazh) courts (trial, appellate and cassation levels).

Lavazza S.p.A.

Defense of the client’s trademark rights in non-use cancellation actions brought against it.

Upgrade magazine publisher

Administrative and judicial defense of the client’s trademark rights.

Russian confectionery factory

Representation in three interconnected cases before the International Arbitration Court at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in a lawsuit brought by a German equipment manufacturer.

Major American oil company

Representation in a lawsuit against a Russian oil company in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Russian processing equipment manufacturer

Representation in disputes with an American company before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian CCI.

Major Swiss trade company

Representation of the client before the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian CCI in a suit brought against it by a Russian smelting enterprise.

Lawyers

Yuri P. Tsvetkov
Yuri P. Tsvetkov Partner
Phone: +7(495) 933-75-67
Email: yurits@agp.ru
Olga M. Zelenskaya
Olga M. Zelenskaya Attorney
Phone: +7(495) 933-75-67
Email: olgaz@agp.ru
Lidia A. Subbotina
Lidia A. Subbotina Lawyer
Phone: +7(495) 933-75-67
Email: lidia.subbotin...
Anna P. Velichko
Anna P. Velichko Lawyer
Phone: +7(495) 933-75-67
Email: anna.velichko@...