Special Projects


Preparing an expert opinion and giving evidence before the High Court of England and Wales in Tatneft v Bogolyubov on over a hundred issues of Russian law. After a 12-week trial, the High Court agreed with the testimony of Maxim Kulkov. As a result, the firm’s efforts helped the defendants defeat a US$300m claim.


Preparing an expert opinion and giving evidence before the High Court of England and Wales on a number of Russian law issues, including recovering damages in connection with the alleged rigging of an auction in the Yukos bankruptcy case. Maxim Kulkov’s expert evidence helped to defeat a US$40m claim against the defendants.


Representing a claimant in a dispute involving two oilfield services companies – NewTech Services vs Halliburton – in arbitration under ICAC Rules on compensation for restoring the hermetic seal of an ultradeep oil well after defective cementing works by the defendant. The firm won over 90% of the claim.


Defending Metallimpress (a general contractor) in the ICAC against a claim worth over US$65 million filed by Zhoukovsky (a customer) in connection with complaints regarding the quality of work on the construction of a shopping centre. The firm successfully defended the client from 75% of the claim. The parties settled, reducing the amount recovered from our client by 89% of the original claim.


Maxim Kulkov was Tribunal Chair in an SCC arbitration between a major Russian EPCI contractor in oil and gas industry and a European largest energy and engineering company, concerning the recovery of US$12 million under a services agreement in connection with gas turbine generators supplied for the development of an oil field in the Caspian Sea.

European Union

Advising the client, which was sued by a rival company in connection with an alleged patent infringement. The claim is aimed to block the import, manufacture, sale, and use of the client’s invention, which the rival company claims infringes its patents.


Representing Ukraine in the case of Tatneft’s application for recognition and enforcement of an investment arbitral award worth approximately US$150 million (the first case to be heard in Russia on the recognition and enforcement of decisions of an international investment arbitration against a foreign state)


Representing a major Russian bank in relation to interim relief measures taken by an English court. Obtaining English law opinions for Russian courts. Obtaining English court orders in relation to the transfer of shares in a Russian company. Preparing a Russian law witness statement for an English court. Advice on English defamation law. Representing Interstate Bank before Companies House with regard to its liquidation. Representing a Russian transport company before LCIA. Tracking a debtors’ assets in the UK.


Advising a US technology company during an audit of compliance by its Russian subsidiaries with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) after the closing of a transaction for the acquisition of shares in these companies. Advising a major state-owned company on defamation and procedural law.
Representing the independent compliance monitor of a financial services company, a global leader in person-to-person money transfers, on combating fraud and the laundering of the proceeds of crime.


Advising a Russian construction company in relation to bank guarantees issued by Turkish banks.
Advising the client in relation to possible proceedings in Turkey.
Advising a Russian contractor in relation to implementation of UN sanctions in Turkey.


Advice on recognition in Germany of a Russian domestic arbitral award and related interim relief measures. Advice in relation to anticorruption, criminal material and criminal procedural law. Advice in relation to German defamation law. Advice in connection with a bank guarantee issued by a German bank. Advice in relation to interim relief granted by a German court. Advice in relation to implementation of UN sanctions in Germany.


Advising a Russian investor in relation to a large infrastructure project.
Advising regarding various issues concerning contract, labour and administrative law.
Representing a Russian construction company in several court cases.


Representing a Russian transport company in three proceedings before a Syrian court.