Anna Grishchenkova spoke at ICC Russia webinar on dispute resolution on letters of credit and guarantees

5 August 2020
Anna Grishchenkova spoke at ICC Russia webinar on dispute resolution on letters of credit and guarantees
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On August 4, 2020, the Russian National Committee of International Chamber of Commerce - World Business Organization (ICC Russia) with the support of Orchards law firm held a webinar "Dispute resolution on transactions with guarantees and letters of credit: how are arbitration and court practice changing?" As part of the event, partners of leading Russian and international law firms, as well as experts from major banks, analyzed practical cases for resolving disputes over transactions that use trade finance instruments.

Anna Grishchenkova, Partner of Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration Practice of KIAP, Attorneys at law, Deputy Chairman of the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration, acted among the speakers of the event.

Russian banks prefer state courts when resolving disputes, including disputes on transactions using trade finance instruments. The study "The attitude of financial organizations to arbitration (arbitration proceedings)" conducted by ICC Russia jointly with KIAP, Attorneys at law, showed that among the advantages of state courts, banks and financial organizations mention the cost of the process (69.2%), the possibility of appealing a judicial act (61.5% ) and the possibility of taking interim measures (57.7%). However, state courts do not have the same flexibility as commercial arbitration, and COVID-19 demonstrated this - the consideration of important cases in state courts was postponed indefinitely. At the same time, with the right approach, arbitration (arbitration proceedings) may well show the same advantages as a state court.

In her report "Some practical recommendations for more effective dispute resolution in international arbitration, including with the help of state courts", Anna Grishchenkova, using examples from practice, demonstrated, how to effectively obtain interim measures, speed up proceedings and minimize costs when considering a dispute in international arbitration.

The event was attended by more than 70 participants – representatives of banks, major companies – exporters and importers, as well as law firms.

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International Commercial Arbitration

KIAP's International Commercial Arbitration practice represents clients’ interests in international commercial arbitration in Russia and abroad, as well as before Russian courts in matters involving recognition and enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards, provides consultations on arbitration agreements, its validity and enforceability, on facilitation of out-of-court settlements and on strategies for international commercial arbitration. The practice is recommended by the international rating Legal 500 EMEA, Russian rankings, Kommersant and Pravo-300 "Sympathy rating". The practice is led by Anna Grishchenkova, partner, LL.M., MCIArb. In 2020 Anna was appointed as Regional Representative of the Russian Federation in the IBA Litigation Committee for the second time, and during 2018-2020 she was a Co-Chair of the Young Litigation Lawyers Forum of IBA. In 2019 Anna was appointed Deputy Chairman of the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration. Anna is also a Regional Ambassador at HK45 - Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s committee (HKIAC). Included into panel of arbitrators in Hong Kong (HKIAC) and into list of arbitrators in Austria (VIAC), Kuala Lumpur (AIAC), Korea (KCAB INTERNATIONAL) and Russia (the Board Member of the Russian Arbitration Center). Author of the book “Psychology and persuasion skills in dispute resolution”.

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