International Arbitration and the Consequences of Applying the New Rules of Russia's Commercial Procedure Code
About
Dentons, with support from LF Academy, the International Chamber of Commerce and Legal Insight magazine, invites you to participate in an online conference on the impact on international arbitration of the new rules of the Russian Commercial Procedure Code. The new rules concern the Russian courts having exclusive jurisdiction to hear disputes involving sanctioned persons.

Leading international arbitration practitioners from Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany and the United States will talk about what could happen to arbitration in their jurisdictions if a Russian court determines it has jurisdiction despite a contract's arbitration clause.
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Should arbitral tribunals recognize the Russian court's exclusive jurisdiction or the injunctive relief granted by the Russian court preventing the commencement or continuation of arbitral proceedings pursuant to the law applicable to the parties' arbitration agreement, the New York Convention, local commercial arbitration laws or other rules?
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If not, does this mean that arbitration will continue in all cases?
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Is it possible to obtain in the foreign courts an injunction preventing filing with a Russian court to resolve disputes in cases for which the amendments to the Commercial Procedure Code have established the exclusive jurisdiction of the Russian courts, or an injunction on filing a motion with a Russian state court to prevent the commencement or continuation of arbitral proceedings?
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Will a Russian court decision that is based on exclusive jurisdiction be enforceable in a country where a court issued such an injunction?
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What position might the local courts take if someone tries to enforce both the Russian court decision and the arbitral award on the same dispute in the same country?
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What might be the consequences of failing to enforce the Russian court's ruling preventing the commencement or continuation of arbitral proceedings from the Russian law perspective?
Speakers
Moderator
Konstantin Kroll
Konstantin is a leading M&A and capital markets lawyer and arbitrator, recognized on numerous occasions by Chambers and IFLR 1000. Triple qualified as a Russian advocate, solicitor of Senior Courts of England and Wales, and Irish solicitor (non-practicing), he has over two decades of experience advising corporate clients and financial institutions on complex cross-border transactions in Russia and the broader Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Konstantin's practice concentrates on M&A, joint ventures, international arbitration, debt and equity capital markets transactions, structured finance and derivatives. He also has significant experience in project finance, bankruptcies and restructurings.
Konstantin is an accredited arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RIMA) and the Arbitration Center at the RSPP, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (International and Investment Disputes Panel). He is a member of ICC Russia (International Chamber of Commerce) Commission on Arbitration and ICC Russia recommended arbitrator and a member (MCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in London.
Speaker
Sarah Grimmer
Sarah Grimmer is Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. She was formerly Senior Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) where she acted as registrar in several inter-State arbitrations under the Law of the Sea Convention and served as tribunal secretary in multiple investment treaty arbitrations and contract-based claims.
Prior to joining the PCA, Sarah served as Assistant Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. She was also a member of the international arbitration group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, prior to which she worked in private practice in Auckland. In 2015, Sarah was appointed to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Disciplinary Board. She is a member of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages (2016), ICCA Publications Committee (2015), the IBA Investment Arbitration Subcommittee (2014), New Zealand ICC Arbitration Committee (2014), and the IBA Arb40 Steering Committee (2013).
Speaker
Susanne Heger
Susanne is a highly experienced international commercial lawyer. She represents renowned clients in a leading role in complex transactions in the area of corporate and property law, mostly in an international context. She constantly advises on a broad range of commercial and contractual issues.
In addition, Susanne is regularly involved in international arbitration proceedings, mostly in the role of an arbitrator but also as counsel (according to the rules of VIAC, DIS, ICC, ICAC Moscow, ICAC Kiev). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an Accredited Mediator (London School of Mediation).
Speaker
Lawrence Teh
Lawrence Teh is a Senior Partner in the dispute resolution practice of Dentons Rodyk. He has particular experience in handling commercial disputes including those of international trade and commodities, maritime and aviation, banking and financial services, onshore and offshore construction, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other investments, and insurance. Lawrence advises clients and acts as counsel and appears regularly as lead counsel in the Singapore courts, in arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) and is appointed regularly as an arbitrator in international disputes under rules and auspices of international arbitration institutions like the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, SCMA, KCAB, AIAC, SHIAC and THAC.
He is member of the Management Board of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Administrator of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and a Master of the Bench (Overseas) of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Speaker
Dominic Pellew
Dominic is an arbitration specialist with particular experience of acting in disputes involving Russian and CIS parties, in London and other European seats. Dominic is English-qualified but has lived and worked in Paris and Moscow, and is a fluent French and Russian speaker. He acts both as counsel and arbitrator. His work normally focuses on high value disputes under English law-governed contracts, such as shareholder agreements, construction contracts, loans and other financing documentation. These disputes have a strong international element and often require consideration of different systems of law and conflicts of laws.
Dominic is an experienced advocate and cross-examiner and has conducted more than twenty hearings as first chair. His clients come from a variety of industry sectors, including banking and finance, construction, oil and gas, and telecommunications. He has experience in particular of LCIA, ICC and SCC arbitrations, as well as of ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules. Although his primary focus is on commercial arbitration he has also acted in investment treaty disputes, both as counsel and arbitrator.
Speaker
Anna Crevon
Anna Crevon is a Partner in Dentons' Paris office. She focuses on international arbitration and has over 15 years of experience advising and representing corporate clients, States and State-owned entities in investor-State and commercial arbitration proceedings.
Anna has worked as counsel on numerous international arbitration cases conducted under the auspices of ICSID, SCC, ICC and LCIA, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. These matters related to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and involved a wide range of applicable laws and sectors, including oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, construction, intellectual property and pharmaceuticals. Anna regularly advises companies and State-owned entities in respect of their investments, in particular in Eastern Europe, the CIS and other emerging markets. Her work also includes advising clients on recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, state immunity issues, compliance with international treaties and customary international law.
Anna also serves as an arbitrator and has been appointed as sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in ICC and ad hoc proceedings.
Speaker
Barton Legum
Barton Legum is a partner in Dentons' Paris office and head of the firm's investment treaty arbitration practice. Bart has over 30 years' experience in litigating complex cases and has argued before numerous international arbitration tribunals, the International Court of Justice and a range of trial and appeals courts in the United States. His practice focuses on international arbitration in general and arbitration under investment treaties in particular.
He is a Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, an international bar organisation with over 24,000 members from over 90 countries around the world. Bart is a Member of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. In September 2017, the President of the World Bank appointed Bart to the ICSID roster of conciliators for investment disputes.
Speaker
Diora Ziyaeva
Diora Ziyaeva is a member of Dentons' International Dispute Resolution practice group. Her practice focuses on investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation and public international law.
Ms. Ziyaeva serves as counsel in a broad range of complex international matters, and has particular experience in the energy, mining, and technology, media, airspace and aviation, and telecommunications sectors. Fluent in seven languages, Ms. Ziyaeva currently leads matters in English and Russian and regularly handles disputes arising out of Middle East, Latin America, CIS, Easter Europe and Africa.
She represents individuals, corporations and States and has broad experience under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and several regional institutions, including the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). She also advises parties in international litigations involving proceedings in foreign and domestic courts, and has represented parties before the federal and state courts in the United States, including the United States Supreme Court.
Speaker
Amy Kläsener
Amy Kläsener is a Partner in Dentons' Frankfurt Office and leads the dispute resolution team in Germany. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, anti-corruption compliance and the innovative coordination of large projects. Ms. Kläsener has particular expertise in engineering, construction and M&A disputes. She also sits as arbitrator. Ms. Kläsener is passionate about innovation in the delivery of legal services, including by harnessing legal technology and process and project management techniques. Ms. Kläsener is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR. From 2008 to 2010, she served as Secretary to the IBA Rules of Evidence Subcommittee tasked with revising the 1999 IBA Rules of Evidence. In addition, she lectures in the area of arbitration and civil procedure and is a frequent conference speaker.
Ms. Kläsener also advises on anti-corruption compliance and conducts internal investigations, including in relation to potential violations of the US Federal Corrupt Practices Act.