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Vladimir Melnikov
Partner.Dispute Resolution
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Russian Federation
Russian, English
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Vladimir has been representing Russian and international private and state-owned banks and companies for over 15 years on issues related to cross-border litigations and arbitration proceedings pertaining to corporate disputes, debt recovery, bankruptcy and distressed assets, as well as regulatory investigations.

Until 2022, Vladimir headed the dispute resolution practice of the Moscow office of Linklaters. Previously, he was a partner in the dispute resolution practice of the Moscow office of Herbert Smith Freehills.


Vladimir's work experience includes representing:

a major Russian engineering company in a dispute in international arbitration related to the provision of engineering services;

a major Russian transport company in a dispute with a German manufacturer of transport equipment. The amount in dispute is about EUR 150 million. Many aspects of this dispute are related to sanctions and other developments over the recent months;

Gazprom PJSC in confidential arbitration in the amount of about EUR 6 billion;

Russian individuals and legal entities in connection with challenging sanctions in various jurisdictions (EU, UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia);

wealthy clients of two of Russia’s largest banks in the process of releasing securities worth hundreds of millions of euros;

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 Russian bank in relation to recovering non-contractual damages in the amount of US$150 million from the ultimate beneficiary of one of the debtors as a result of misrepresenting its financial position upon receiving financing, including obtaining orders to disclose information about assets of the ultimate beneficiary, world freezing orders (WFOs), as well as orders for the appointment of an external administrator in relation to such assets in Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands and Singapore; and

a major fertilizer producer as part of protecting over US$100 million in shipments from seizure following sanctions.


Vladimir graduated with honors from the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University in 2005.

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