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Evgeny Oreshin

Head of Group

Evgeny Oreshin specialises in commercial disputes, particularly over intellectual property, competition, bankruptcy and insolvency and disputes relating to banking.

Evgeny has acted for clients in disputes over investment contracts and leases, challenges to out-of-court foreclosure on pledged property and refusal to recognise foreign court judgements. He has also arranged for procedural implementation of amicable agreements over complex disputes and has successfully settled disputes out-of-court with consumers over damage caused to their health and property.

Here are some of Evgeny’s assignments:

  • Advising and representing OAO NOVATEK in a dispute with Nefte Petroleum Limited in relation to their joint venture Yargeo, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for Nefte Petroleum Limited to be excluded from Yargeo LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.
  • Acted for a major international car company at the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in disputes over recovery of penalties and damages (about RUB 41 m in penalties and RUB 1.4 m in costs of representative services have been recovered in favour of the client). 
  • Acted for a Russian company in a litigation against Pareks Bank and Citadele Bank seeking to establish whether the Russian arbitration court had jurisdiction over a dispute with a foreign bank actually present in Russia; the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation adopted a landmark resolution on the case introducing the concept of “piercing the corporate veil” into Russian practice. 
  • Successfully acted for the Russian FORBES magazine founder (Axel Springer Russia) in a dispute in which a bad-faith individual placed an advertisement in the FORBES magazine in an attempt to present the situation as an example of corruption on the part of FORBES and other media. 
  • Acted for the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on behalf of three music majors: Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK, on suits to defend their neighbouring rights to phonograms against the VKontakte social network (an on-going project). 
  • Successfully acted for Bulgartabac-Holding at the Federal Anti-monopoly Service in a dispute over unfair competition relating to production by a Russian company of cigarettes that the client has been producing since the mid-20th century and that were very well known on the Soviet market.
  • Successfully defended the producer of “Golden Eagle” coffee in a series of disputes relating to use of “Golden Eagle” trade marks in courts and law-enforcement authorities throughout Russia (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Kazan, Samara, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Essentuki).
  • Advised and represented VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus in several bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Successfully protected the interests of a big Russian producer of diagnostic equipment in a dispute with its shareholder; in the appellate court, we managed to contest the interim measures awarded against the client, which substantially obstructed his day-to-day business, and we also managed get the case remanded for a new trial. 
  • Acted for Pharm-Syntez CJSC in a court dispute against the international pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG to enable state registration of a medicine before expiry of a patent for a medication element. Evgeny won the case in the Supreme Commercial Court, creating an important precedent for the medication market.
  • Successfully provided comprehensive defence for a big Russian bank in a two-year corporate conflict; in particular, represented the bank in proceedings involving the Central Bank of Russia.
  • Acted for a major brewery in a court dispute over use of intellectual products and claims for recovering RUB 2 bn from the client (one of the most significant sums in Russian court practice on similar cases), which resulted in an amicable agreement (no compensation was paid by the client);
  • Acted for a leading Russian residential property developer in negotiations with a pool of Russian and foreign banks in relation to insolvency and debt restructuring matters (the restructured debt amounted to about RUB 14 bn).
  • Acted for a major Russian downstream company in a dispute over monopoly high prices and dominant market position.
  • Successfully settled out-of-court a dispute with heirs to Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita over use of its images in a music and drama work.

Candidate of Science (Law).

Attorney, admitted to the Moscow Bar in 2007.

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