December 5, 2019
Counsel at RGP dispute resolution practice Yuri Makhonin speaks at ICC Russia XI International Arbitration Conference
On 3 December 2019, XI International Arbitration Conference “Russia as a Place for Dispute Resolution” was held in Moscow.

Law firm Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners (RGP) has sponsored the panel “Issues of corruption in international arbitration”. Speakers on the panel included Yuri Makhonin, a counsel at RGP dispute resolution practice, Hamid Gharavi, a partner and co-founder of Derains & Gharavi International, Jalal El Ahdab, a partner at Bird & Bird, Egor Misiura, a partner at KPMG, and Michael Feit, a partner at law firm Walder Wyss. Julia Zagonek, a partner at White & Case, acted as a panel moderator.

Yuri Makhonin discussed the arbitrability of disputes in which the parties or facts suggest possible presence of corruption, as well as the possibilities of recognizing and enforcing such awards in Russia and abroad. Yuri provided compelling examples from international arbitration disputes involving Russian companies, and also referred to the international investment arbitration experience.

Representatives of law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Dechert, Dentons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Morgan Lewis, Norton Rose Fulbright, White & Case and others also spoke at the conference.

Other panels at the conference were focused on the basic mechanics and latest developments of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, effect of sanctions on international arbitration, specifics of arbitration proceedings in Asia, and mock pleadings on the issue of security for costs.

The conference was attended by more than 150 experts from 11 countries – representatives of international and Russian law firms, academic community and ICC International Court of Arbitration.


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