Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Sameta has an impressive track record of success litigating clients cases in Russian commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction at all levels. Where our clients are involved in legal proceedings in other countries, we work in close co-operation with the International Alliance of Law Firms (IALF).

We offer top-notch advice not only on commercial disputes, but administrative cases and other proceedings, including challenging the decisions of government agencies.

Our services include the following:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Many clients who find themselves involved in a dispute look for lawyers who are ready to go to battle. The L&DR team at Sameta is made up of just such lawyers. However our main objective is to ensure a satisfactory outcome for our clients, so alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, which tend to be quicker and less costly, are often preferable to seeking victory in court. For this reason the cases we take on are often resolved through mediation or other out-of-court procedures. Our services in this regard include:

  • negotiating with clients counterparties to resolve disputes out of court and achieve the best solution;
  • preparing recommendations (including in the form of memoranda) on mitigating the commercial risks to which clients are exposed in connection with disputes;
  • formalizing negotiated arrangements by drafting and executing legally binding documents;
  • advising on and monitoring compliance with the arrangements agreed by the parties to settle a dispute.


  • Advising on the litigation of disputes in various sectors of the economy;
  • Preparing for and representing clients in international arbitration, providing expert opinions;
  • Litigating clients cases in Russian commercial courts, courts of general jurisdiction and before arbitral tribunals in disputes relating to:
    • corporate issues
    • banking
    • construction and rights to real estate (including land)
    • competition
    • insurance
    • tax
    • intellectual property
    • employment issues
    • insolvency
    • debt collection
  • Independent analysis of cases to assess the prospects of success and positions of the parties;
  • Advising on defence strategies, drafting of dispute resolution clauses;
  • Compiling evidence: searching for and documenting evidence in Russia and abroad;
  • Assistance procuring interim measures;
  • Recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign judgments


The legal experts at Sameta have extensive experience arranging the enforcement of judicial decisions and awards, including through co-operation with court enforcement officers. Our lawyers work with clients to make a preliminary assessment of the financial condition and assets of counterparties as well as the necessary preparations to take cases to court.
Sametas enforcement services include:

  • Enforcement of judicial decisions and arbitral awards in Russia;
  • Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and foreign judgments in Russia.