About the practice:

We represent clients in court and out-of-court proceedings arising out of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The pandemic has provoked a huge number of defaults and, as a result, local and international disputes in various areas of business. Our services cover the following categories of dispute:

  • breach of obligations and related losses (delivery, work contracts, leasing, services agreements, etc.)
  • tenant and landlord lease relations (reduction of lease rates, early termination of lease agreements, reduction of rented space)
  • disputes caused by the bankruptcy moratorium (contesting transactions made during the moratorium period, avoiding fulfilment of obligations and withdrawal of assets using the pretext of the moratorium; non-obvious practical nuances of the moratorium, including those applicable to companies that are not covered by the moratorium)
  • insurance indemnities (full or partial termination of activity, non-fulfilment of obligations)
  • labour disputes (staff cuts, business optimisation)
  • business partnerships (corporate disputes, including those relating to exits, and forced “exits” from joint projects)
  • antitrust proceedings (overstating prices for goods and services in high demand)
  • disputes with regulators (customs regulations, energy, securities, financial markets, etc.).


Representing a US company engaged in servicing facilities for the oil, gas and mining sectors worldwide in negotiations over the potential termination of a service contract due to the additional costs caused by regional laws creating a financial burden for the client related to the two-week quarantine period for shift workers.

Advising an international financial organisation operating within the CIS on reducing labour costs in connection with the consequences of the spread of COVID-19. We have analysed the Client’s model of cost reduction and proposed several amendments to corporate documents to bring them into compliance with Russian law.

Representing the client in the pre-trial proceedings regarding a dispute over recovering the damages arising out of unilateral termination of a coworking contract.

Representing a restaurant based in central Moscow in negotiations with the lessor to reduce the rent under lockdown due to COVID-19. As a result of the negotiations, the parties concluded an additional agreement reducing the rental payments.