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Industry and transport
For many years, our team has provided legal support for major projects and disputes, acting in the interests of leading manufacturing and transport companies

We support corporate transactions and represent clients in complex disputes in Russian courts and international commercial arbitration. Some of the projects with our participation have significantly influenced the shaping of the Russian judicial practice.

Work experience

RUSAL in relation to:

  • the merger between RUSAL and the aluminium and alumina businesses of SUAL and Glencore;

  • the acquisition of Alpart (Jamaica), 20% of Quinsland Alumina (Australia), Friguia Alumina (Guinea), Alscon Nigeria, BCGI (Gayana), 10% of KrazHPP and about 20 other assets, the sale of SMZ and BKMPO to Alcoa, etc.

  • judicial protection of RUSAL from claims filed by Mr Bykov (KRAZ), Mr Zhivilo (NKAZ), the Government of Ukraine (Nikolaevsky AP), the Government of Tajikistan (TADAZ), etc.;

  • the establishment and financing of such joint ventures as Boksity Timana, BEMO, etc.; and

  • the legal support for the construction of the Khakassky AP and Boguchansky AP;

a minority shareholder of a major commercial seaport in connection with the siphoning of the port’s profits to a company affiliated with the majority shareholder, including the initiation of criminal proceedings and obtaining interim measures in Russia;

a large Russian transport company in a dispute with a German manufacturer of transport equipment. The amount in dispute is about EUR 150 million. Representation of the client includes conducting pre-arbitration correspondence with the counterparty, and initiating and conducting the arbitration proceedings. Many aspects of this dispute are related to sanctions and other developments over the recent months;

a shareholder of a large transport and logistics company in a corporate dispute involving LCIA proceedings, obtaining court orders in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Cyprus (including orders to appoint a liquidator, to provide security to cover expenses, to prohibit voting), claims based on damages as a result of the conspiracy in tort;

a major transport company as part of a dispute under a cargo transshipment agreement with a foreign counterparty;

an international logistics company in several parallel disputes with state authorities;

a major Russian company in an ICC dispute related to the provision of engineering services;

a major Russian industrial company in an SCC arbitration with a German equipment manufacturer;

a major Russian transport company in an ICC dispute with a German equipment manufacturer for about EUR 150 million;

Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK) (as well as REGION LLC) in a dispute in an SCC arbitration against Holtmann (Germany). We managed to obtain a decision by which the claims of MMK were satisfied in full, and the claims of Holtmann were dismissed. Thus, MMK was awarded an amount of approximately EUR 1,6 million;

MMK within the framework of the recognition and enforcement in Italy of the ICAC decision. We managed to obtain an award on the enforcement of the ICAC decision until its recognition in Italy. As a result (and due to the risk of foreclosure on debtor’s assets), the opponents agreed to an amicable settlement of the dispute with the payment in favour of MMK of the entire amount awarded by the ICAC; and

a major Russian metallurgical company as part of disputes under several contracts for the supply of metallurgical equipment with foreign manufacturers. The disputes were governed by Swedish, English and Swiss law. The disputes were terminated following the execution of a settlement agreement on the terms favourable for our client.

key contacts
Evgeny Zelensky
Partner, Head of Private Equity and Capital Markets. Corporate
Konstantin Olefir
Partner, Head of Venture Capital. Corporate
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Banks and financial institutions
The Orion Partners team provides full legal support to leaders of the financial industry.

Our Corporate practice works on M&A transactions, projects to enter new markets or suspend operations in certain jurisdictions, as well as corporate restructurings, regulatory matters and commercial contacts.

The firm's Financial practice specializes in supporting banking transactions, syndicated and pre-export financing, as well as debt restructuring.

Our Dispute Resolution practice represents the interests of leading Russian and international banks in matters related to cross-border litigation and arbitration in corporate and debt recovery disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, operations with distressed assets, as well as regulatory investigations.

Our client portfolio includes major Russian and international banks and financial institutions.
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IT and TMT
Our team advises investment funds and clients in the field of telecommunications technology, media business, IT and the digital economy on various corporate law and financing issues, and also assists in high-profile disputes in Russia and abroad.

Our experience includes advising on investment issues, restructuring of ownership of IP rights, and big data processing. Among our clients are leading telecommunications operators, online platforms, aggregators and high-tech companies developing their business in Russia and abroad.
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Energy and natural resources
Our team is widely known for its experience in the oil and gas sector and participation in the most significant projects of the Russian energy market.

We have provided support in unique transactions and complex cross-border disputes that became precedents and changed the legal landscape. Our clients include industry leaders, major oil and gas, mining and energy companies.
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