April 24, 2024
RGD Partner Speaks at Litigation Forum

On April 23, an annual Litigation Forum organized by, a leading Russian legal news outlet, was held in Moscow. Experienced lawyers and litigators discussed the complexities of mediation and shared advice on how to win lawsuits.

Anthony Walker, a Partner at the Rybalkin, Gortsunyan, Dyakin and Partners law firm (RGD) and Head of the English Law Practice, spoke on the panel "Uncharted Lands and ‘Overseas’ Colleagues" related to agreements to arbitrate and current issues affecting Russian parties.

Anthony spoke in recent English case law and other legal developments affecting arbitration agreements, including on (1) the governing law of the agreement to arbitrate, (2) practical issues when electing to exercise an option to arbitrate and (3) the recent decision in Unicredit v RusChemAliianz. The panel also actively debated how pre-arbitral mediation should be approached and the consequences of a party refusing to participate.

"Each jurisdiction has its own pitfalls; we discussed the different approaches of the East and the West in the context of Russian reality," comments Anthony Walker. "To come to victory in court, perseverance and experience alone are sometimes not enough. Therefore, we must expand our skills and boundaries, and such events help us to keep a finger on the pulse."


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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