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.

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Litigation is KIAP's core practice. 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 also recommended by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 EMEA, as well as by Russian Pravo.Ru 300, Kommersant ranking and Pravo-300 "Sympathy rating". 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 Russian Federation of 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. Has the status of Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is also a Regional Ambassador at HK45 - Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s committee (HKIAC). She is included into list of arbitrators in Austria (VIAC), Kuala Lumpur (KLRCA), Hong Kong (HKIAC), Russia (the Board Member of the Russian Arbitration Center). Best Lawyers 2013 named Konstantin Astafiev the Litigator of the Year in Russia. Among the practice's clients are major Russian and international companies from various sectors of the economy.

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