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Alexander Lazarev focuses on litigation and arbitration in the Russian Federation. He advises clients on commercial, real estate, construction, corporate, debt recovery and administrative disputes. He also has experience in advising Russian and international clients on real estate, development and labor issues in Russia.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 and 2017 recognise his work in litigation and cite him as ‘a strategic thinker with a very pragmatic approach'.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Lazarev worked in the Moscow office of another international law firm.

Significant Representations

  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in a dispute resulting from the performance of fit-out works in a business center in Moscow for a global U.S. manufacturer of consumer goods.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in the ICC Court of Arbitration with regard to construction and fit-out works in an iconic development in Moscow (the total amount in dispute was about US$200 million).
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in obtaining asset freezing orders from Russian courts in aid of arbitral proceedings before the ICC Court of Arbitration.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in an out-of-court settlement of a dispute in relation to the construction of a business center in the Moscow City development complex.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Russia.
  • A major Russian metallurgical plant in arbitration before the SCC against a Chinese contractor in a dispute valued at US$200 million regarding the construction of a rolling mill in Chelyabinsk.
  • A major German bank on a number of disputes in Russia (Rostov, Stavropol and Krasnodar) against one of the largest agricultural companies in the CIS and its subsidiaries following a US$300 million default under English law-governed facility agreements.
  • A leading Austrian retail group in more than 35 disputes and a number of bankruptcy proceedings in Moscow and Saratov, which related to the misappropriation of certain of its retail assets in more than 30 supermarkets in Moscow and Tula worth tens of millions of dollars and the pledge of those assets to top Russian banks. The cases were heard by the state arbitrazh courts and courts of general jurisdiction and included disputes involving the challenge of illegally granted interim measures.
  • An owner of a luxurious Swissôtel hotel and business centre in the heart of Moscow in a dispute against a minority shareholder resulting from a mandatory tender offer for shares worth over US$180 million.
  • A leading Austrian retail group in a complex multimillion dollar dispute governed by English law regarding lease payments for 16 supermarkets in Moscow with a Cyprus special purpose vehicle (SVP), which was resolved before Russian state courts.
  • A leading nanotechnology venture capital firm in a dispute resulting from a failure to a create close-ended unit investment fund.
  • One of the shareholders of a major Russian private energy supply company and legal entities controlled by this shareholder before Russian courts in Moscow, Novgorod, Orel, Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tomsk in a dispute with other shareholders over control of the company.
  • A foreign government agency in bankruptcy proceedings against major Russian banks (the value of the client’s claim exceeding US$190 million).
  • A group of Eurobond noteholders on a restructuring and potential enforcement proceedings against a Russian leading transportation and logistics company following defaults on two Eurobond issues maturing in 2018 and 2020 (amount of claims is approximately US$240 million).
  • A number of U.S. investment companies and private funds in an employment dispute with a former senior manager before the AAA and Russian state courts.
  • A major Greek bank in a number of high-profile disputes before Russian courts, foreclosure over secured assets, as well as in subsequent bankruptcy proceedings of Russian subsidiaries of a Greek development conglomerate following a EUR 40 million default under Greek law-governed facility agreements.
  • A Cyprus development company in a number of disputes with a large Russian bank resulting from a default on a loan contract and securing contracts before Russian courts in Moscow and Vladimir.
  • A large Canadian civil aircraft manufacturer, defending against a claim heard by the Russian state arbitrazh courts for recovery of damages for failing to deliver an aircraft to a customer (the total amount in dispute was about US$40 million).
  • A Canadian gold mining company in a dispute with a Russian company following the Russian company’s default under an SPA for the sale of shares in a major Russian mining company with a gold mine in Magadan, Russia.
  • A German furniture-manufacturing company in a multimillion dollar dispute against a Russian oligarch over fit-out and carpentry works for a luxurious private residence in the Moscow Region.
  • A major international duty-free operator in administrative proceedings for violating Russian licensing legislation while storing alcohol beverages at the Domodedovo airport.
  • An international non-governmental organization in on acquiring property rights to a portion of a building in the center of Moscow and representing the same NGO in a dispute with the former landlord of the building.
  • An international provider of engineering and consultancy services to the power industry in a multimillion dollar dispute with a major Russian company over a concession agreement in the wholesale electricity market in relation to the construction of combined cycle power units and coal-based generating units for a number of regional power plants.
  • A Cyprus company as claimant in a dispute with a large Russian agricultural investment company as issuer and its guarantors resulting from the issuer’s failure to perform its obligations regarding bonds listed on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX). This was the first time in Russian court practice that an arbitrazh court ruled that a guarantee of the bond obligations of an issuer may be executed without the guarantor signing either the bond resolution (i.e., the decision to issue the bonds) or the bond prospectus, and without including the terms of the guarantee into the issue documentation; declared valid a guarantee of an issuer’s bond obligations sent as a public offer, with a notice to such effect posted on the Internet; and acknowledged the possibility of executing a guarantee of an issuer’s bond obligations after the state registration of the bond resolution and bond prospectus.
  • A Bermudian fund in BVI and Russian proceedings in relation to misappropriation of certain assets in Russia worth US$80 million.
  • A Cyprus investment company in a dispute with a large Russian agricultural investment company as issuer and its guarantors resulting from the issuer’s failure to perform its obligations with regard to bonds listed on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange.

Education

Moscow State Linguistic University, Law Degree, 2009

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Russian Federation

Languages

Russian
English
German