KIAP, Attorneys at Law, defended the interests of a large manufacturer from the Republic of Belarus in three court instances

KIAP, Attorneys at Law, defended the interests of a large manufacturer from the Republic of Belarus in three court instances
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The distributor appealed to the Russian arbitration court with a demand to recover from the Belarusian company the discount on the contract not given to him. The total amount of the claims estimated 100 million rubles.

Such category of cases is extremely rare, and there is no uniform practice on the issue. During the consideration of the case, questions arose about the legal nature of the discount, the interpretation of the contract terms and internal documents of the manufacturing company, the ratio of disputes on the recovery of unjust enrichment, and compensation for damages. For 1 year, the lawyers of KIAP, Attorneys at Law, went through all three court instances, which fully supported the position of KIAP lawyers and completely refused to satisfy the claim against the Principal.

The interests of the Principal on this project were represented by Partner Anna Grishchenkova, Head of division “Government Procurement: legal support and disputes” Maxim Buzin and Junior Associate Alexander Kartashov.


Litigation is KIAP's core practice. The practice is represented in Band 1 of Chambers Europe international rating for a third successive year. According to results of Best Lawyers 2020 KIAP was recognized as the law firm of the year in the field of litigation. Litigation practice is recommended by all international directories: Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA, as well as by Russian Pravo 300, Pravo-300’s "Sympathy rating" and Kommersant. Andrey Korelskiy and Anna Grishchenkova are ranked top of the field. Andrey Korelskiy, the practice head, in 2018 became Deputy Chairman of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA) and was included into the unified recommended list of arbitrators and the corporate dispute panel of the Arbitration center at the RSPP. In 2020 Anna Grishchenkova was appointed as Regional Representative of the Russian Federation in the IBA Litigation Committee for the second time, in 2019 she 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). She is 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). Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international companies from various sectors of the economy.

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