September 12, 2023
RGD Helped the Largest Russian Airline Settle Disputes in the London Court of International Arbitration

Dmitry Dyakin, Partner and Co-head of the Dispute Resolution Practice of the law firm Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin and Partners (RGD), along with Partner Dmitry Kaysin, Associate Alexandra Aslanyan, and Junior Associate Dmitry Smirnov, acted as legal advisers to Aeroflot in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). The dispute involved numerous aircraft stranded in Russia after the 2022 events. Thanks to RGD assistance, Aeroflot successfully settled a $645 million dispute with the subsidiaries of AerCap Holdings N.V. and purchased the disputed aircraft.


In 2022, when Western sanctions were imposed on Russian entities, leasing companies canceled their leases for approximately 400 planes stranded in Russia at that time and demanded their return. AerCap subsidiaries initiated five LCIA arbitration proceedings against Aeroflot.


Previously, RGD lawyers achieved a positive outcome for their client in a lawsuit filed by the leasing company Gain Aircraft against Rossiya Airlines and Aeroflot. The initial decision was overturned in May of this year, and Aeroflot was awarded reimbursement of costs.


The RGD Dispute Resolution Practice boasts an extensive track record representing the interests of state authorities, corporations, and Russian and foreign companies in major international arbitration proceedings. The team’s experience is unparalleled in the Russian market.


For more information about RGD’s victory, refer to the article published by the Global Arbitration Review.


Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin and Partners (RGD), a leading law firm established in 2018, which combines a premier dispute resolution practice and a high-end corporate practice dedicated to complex projects and transactions.

From our offices in Moscow, Yerevan, Tashkent, Belgrade, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah we support clients from all over the world in their business dealings in our key practice areas involving Russia and CIS countries. In addition, our firm offers unparalleled expertise in foreign legal matters to Russian companies with significant international presence.

We are a cohesive team of seasoned professionals with a background in leading international law firms.


Our lawyers have worked on the largest corporate deals, investigations and disputes in the history of modern Russia and represented Russian companies in over 170 jurisdictions worldwide.

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