Vasily Kuznetsov

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Moscow

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  • A number of Russian businessmen and their companies in several high value LCIA arbitrations and court proceedings in various jurisdictions arising out of a project to rebuild the Soviet-era Moskva hotel just off the Red Square.*
  • The interests of a Russian billionaire in a major dispute over one of the largest social networks in Europe - VKontakte. The dispute involved several proceedings, including in London, U.S. and offshore jurisdictions.*
  • Bank of New York Mellon as respondent before the City of Moscow Arbitrazh Court in a $22.5 billion claim brought by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, the largest case ever heard by a Russian state court, in which the claimant sought the first ever application of the U.S. RICO Act in Russia.*
  • Russian uranium seller Tenex as defendant in a $1 billion international arbitration (Stockholm) regarding the alleged non-delivery of nuclear materials.*
  • Participants of a gigantic joint venture with business operations in Russia and CIS in a complex high value corporate conflict regarding management of the JV and contractual obligations of the JV members. The dispute settled in a favorable outcome for the clients.*
  • The Russian Chess Federation in connection with non-admission of the Russian women's team to the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø (Norway). As a result, the Russian team was admitted to the competition and received official apologies from the organizers.*
  • Secured apologies for the Russian Chess Federation from the Turkish Foreign Ministry (in connection with alleged statements of the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan) and a UK newspaper Telegraph (in connection with statements regarding Panamanian papers).*
  • A Russian company in two parallel high value SCC and ICC arbitrations with a Western contractor relating to construction of a unique high-tech plant in Russia. The dispute settled in a favorable outcome for the client.*
  • A subsidiary of Group DF in several proceedings in Russia regarding control over EMFESZ, a leading Hungarian gas trader with annual turnover of circa $1 billion.*
  • One of the world’s leading mining groups in a high value LCIA arbitration against a big Russian metal producer regarding iron ore supplies. Eventually the debtor proposed to settle and agreed to pay all the client’s claims, including principle debt, late payment interest and 100% of legal fees and arbitration costs.*
  • A Russian businessman in a corporate dispute with other beneficiaries of major oil refinery and production assets in Russia held via a complex offshore structure. The matter involved proceedings in Guernsey, BVI, Cyprus, Russia and other jurisdictions.*
  • Sukhoi Civil Aircraft in U.S. court proceedings initiated by a U.S. contractor regarding development of interior design for Sukhoi Business Jet aircraft. After important victory on the opponents’ injunction application, which allowed presentation of the aircraft at the MAKS air show, the claim was withdrawn.*
  • Gazpromexport, a Russian gas exporter in a high value arbitration over payments for gas.*
  • Société Générale as agent together with the 10-bank syndicate prior to and in a default situation and insolvency regarding a $1 billion loan to Yukos Oil Company secured over oil export receivables.*
  • Erdenet Mining Corporation, a major copper producer, in a large number of London Metals Exchange arbitrations regarding supplies of copper concentrate.*
  • A major international car producer in a number of litigations against Russian consumers that sought, inter alia, replacement of allegedly defective cars or recovery of the purchase price thereof.*
  • Moscow Narodny Bank as defendant in proceedings involving the Central Bank of Russia and Vnesheconombank and initiated by Vneshtorgbank seeking to deem a chain of English law deposit and sub-participation agreements as a sham and invalid under Russian law.*
  • A major pharmaceutical company in a post-acquisition FCPA investigation related to its target's activities in Russia and the CIS.*
  • A major international bank in a post-acquisition internal investigation of the activities of the Russian target bank and its employees (in the context of a related arbitration with the previous owners of the target bank).*
  • An international investment bank in an investigation of alleged fraud committed by one of its employees against the bank and its clients (and in several related arbitrations with its clients and in a labor litigation with the employee in question).*
  • NVIDIA, a leading U.S. producer of visual computing technologies, in a white-collar criminal investigation regarding leakage of highly confidential information, which involved interviewing employees of the client and its Russian business partner.*
  • A leading multinational chemicals producer on its internal investigation of potential fraud by employees of its Russian subsidiary.*
  • An international investment consortium on Russian anti-corruption legislation in the context of a number of court cases in The Netherlands (as well as acting for the consortium in those cases).*

*Prior to Baker Botts