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Russia is one of the world's leading jurisdictions for the production and export of resources, with an estimated 30% of the global total.

We work extensively with institutions and individuals on international movement, acquisitions and financing of transactions, disputes and asset tracing and tax structuring. Whatever your needs, we can help.

We understand that many citizens operate globally: whether that be personally or professionally. We are well placed to advise worldwide, helping you to manage the challenges and maximise opportunities presented around the world.

With a significant number of native or fluent Russian speakers and dual-qualified advisors, not only are we able to provide advice to advise you in Russian but also have an intimate cultural understanding of the country.


2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, leading firm for dispute resolution

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, top tier firm for private client

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, top tier firm for private wealth and family law (foreign firms)

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, top tier firm for tax

2021 Legal 500 Caribbean, British Virgin Islands - leading firm for dispute resolution

2021 Legal 500 UK, leading firm in banking litigation

2021 Legal 500 UK, top tier firm in commercial litigation: mid-market

2021 Legal 500 UK, top tier firm in contentious trusts and probate

2021 Legal 500 UK, leading firm in immigration

2021 Legal 500 UK, leading firm in international arbitration

2021 Chambers UK, leading firm for civil fraud

2021 Chambers UK, leading firm for defamation/reputation management

2020 Chambers HNW, top ranked in private wealth disputes


A truly diverse international team with deep knowledge and experience of many business sectors. They are particularly strong in the Russia/CIS area, especially cases linked to Cyprus.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

Very strong team, particularly in case involving Russian and Ukrainian issues.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

A strong litigation outfit that is very good for matters involving Russia and CIS.

Chambers UK, 2021

Active in commercial, investor-treaty and state-to-state arbitrations, Withers LLP’s London team is well known for arbitrations involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as Russia and the CIS region.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

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US$150 million Russian dispute

Advised a Russian corporation in a dispute to a value of over US$150 million in relation to cancelled Credit Linked Notes

Russian real estate project in LCIA arbitration

In an LCIA arbitration concerning a high profile real estate project in Moscow, worth $160m, and involving complex issues of fraud, illegality and a combination of Russian, Kazakh and BVI law, we have taken an innovative approach to calculating the damages at stake.

Vitaly Archangelsky

We represent Russian businessman Vitaly Archangelsky in a dispute with a Russian bank in relation to a port terminal in St Petersburg.

London courts secure fraudster's assets

An ex-director of our client, a Cypriot company, defrauded the business of $6m. Following a case in Cyprus, we stepped in to obtain a freezing injunction from the London courts, and then secured a final charging order over a London property to recoup the losses.

Russian engineering firm

We represent a substantial Russian engineering business, recently advising on the international tax aspects of its group restructuring prior to IPO.

A Russian holding company

We acted on behalf of the holding company and shareholders behind one of the largest conglomerates of heavy industrial companies in Russia. The company was in dispute with a bank over the basis of a loan the bank had given it. The complex legal proceedings included an LCIA arbitration in London, anti-suit injunctions and injunctions in the Netherlands.

Shareholder’s dispute in Cyprus

We are coordinating litigation arising from a shareholder’s dispute in Cyprus, Anguilla and Belize on behalf of Russian shareholders in a global financial business.

Defending a claim for enforcement of a US$30 million Russian judgment

Acting for a Russian industrialist in defence of claim for enforcement of a US$30 million Russian default judgment and successful appeal to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) Court of Appeal and the UK Privy Council.

Russian owned Hong Kong business

We are advising a Russian owned Hong Kong company in a dispute over a success fee relating to the sale of shares.

Structured financings in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Turkey, and Pakistan

Withers represented a multilateral agency on project and other structured financings in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Hungary, FYR Macedonia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Turkey, and Pakistan on a variety of projects. These include: <br /> - the multilateral agency on its €250 million Western Balkans and Croatia Financing Framework for banks and non-banking financial institutions, including leasing companies. Micro-finance institutions, factoring companies, consumer finance companies, mortgage companies and insurance companies operating in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Croatia; <br /> - the multilateral agency on its US$40 million framework facility which was available to qualifying Kyrgyz participating banks and financial institutions in the form of credit-lines (including mortgage loans, SME loans and consumer finance loans) by the agency to the local financial institutions or through the agency making minority equity investments in the local financial institutions. The purpose of this was to improve financial intermediation in the Kyrgyz Republic and to assist in the development of the non-banking financial intermediation sector.

A Russian owned company in the British Virgin Islands

We are representing a Russian owned BVI company in successfully obtaining judgment setting aside a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) on the grounds of material irregularity on the basis that the contracts for the purchase of land in St Petersburg entered into between the debtor and alleged Russian vendors, which created the liability of value sufficient enough to pass the CVA, were shams