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April 2022

Varvara Knutova
Partner at Kveidze and Partners (Russia)


Varvara Knutova is a partner of Attorneys Bureau Kveidze & Partners. She has 15 years of legal practice.

Before joining us, Varvara was heading the international sector of the dispute resolution practice in one of the leading Russian law firms, and then she was Head of group of the Dispute Resolution Practice of one of the reputed international law firms. In recent years Varvara is engaged in private practice.

In private practice Varvara deals with complex projects with the focus on defending businesses from hostile take-over, represents investors in disputes related to acquisition / retaining of control over a business, handles bankruptcy cases (including tasks on defending from bankruptcy attacks, challenging of stripping of assets, handling of subsidiary liability claims), coordinates litigation processes in Russia and in foreign jurisdictions in alignment with uniform strategy of defending the client’s interests.

Varvara Knutova has significant experience of working with major Russian and international companies. Her expertise comprises conflict of laws problems, domestic and cross-border disputes, commercial and corporate arbitration, disputes over due forum and competent jurisdiction, recognition of foreign judgments (also based on principles of comity and reciprocity) and arbitral awards, cross-border bankruptcy proceedings. She acts from time to time as expert on Russian law for foreign court proceedings in such jurisdictions as UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Israel.  

Representative projects:

Defending interests of the foreign investor in the conflict related to control over the Russian bank, participation in defense in the number of Russian litigations, LCIA proceedings, state courts of Cyprus, England and Wales, providing criminal law defense;

Represented interests of the foreign investor in the corporate conflict related to control over the non-ferrous ore mine in the Russian Far East: enforcing the SPA against the seller in the dispute regarding title of the shares, protecting the business from the “debt” attack through liabilities in the form of promissory note, receiving the court order for reschedule of the debt of the enterprise for the amount of USD 40 mln with the purpose to protect the company from bankruptcy;

Represented interests of the largest oil refinery plant in the Russian North-Western region in the arbitration at the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation in the construction dispute with the general contractor (total amount of the dispute exceeded USD 150 mln);

Represented interests of one of the major US steel industry enterprise in connection with the international commercial arbitration ad hoc under UNCITRAL rules administered by the LCIA in part related to Russian law and enforcement in Russia, as well as further successful recognition and enforcement for the arbitral award in Russia deteriorated by the evasion of the debtor from participation in the arbitration, successful discharge of the client’s claim in the course of the debtor’s bankruptcy;

Elaborated and successfully implemented the strategy as part of a multi jurisdiction dispute for one of the largest US pharmaceutical concerns against its distributor headquartered in Switzerland and the subsidiary of the latter located in Russia; turned back the liquidation of the Russian subsidiary with the purpose to prove the conveyance of assets, and the role of the controlling persons outside Russia (total amount of the claim exceeded USD 100 mln);

Represented Nike Russia at the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation and proved applicability of promissory notes as security instruments for commercial loans;

Represented a Dutch company (Rentpool B.V.) in the case on recognition and enforcement of a foreign state court judgment in Russia on the basis of reciprocity and comity (the case is one of the key authorities for the legal practitioners);

Represented a major Turkish civil engineering and military construction company in a dispute out of the contract for construction of a trade center (total amount at stake – USD 145 mln.), parties reached the amicable agreement;

Represented Sberbank of Russia in 13 bankruptcy cases pending simultaneously against two major debtors (tor a total amount exceeding USD 300 mln);

Participated together with London and New-York attorneys in representing clients before the US District Court Southern District of New-York in a claim against a major Russian air carrier resulting from an air crash, collected underlying documentation, drafted statements of witness, etc. – parties to the dispute settled;

Participated together with solicitors of Reed Smith Richards Butler in representing a major Russian insurance company as a defendant in a marine insurance claim at the High Court of Justice, Queen’s bench division, London (under Marine Insurance Act 1906); participated in lifting “rule B” attachment, “Part 36” procedure, parties reached the settlement agreement;

Represented a major US satellite telecommunications company in applying for the recognition of a transfer of title to shares of a Russian leading Russian telecommunications market player ordered by the US Bankruptcy Court (Chapter 11 Oder); obtained declaration of so-called simple recognition of the Order.

Legal 500 (2014): “Varvara Knutova’s expertise encompasses all forms of alternative dispute resolution including domestic as well as international arbitration”.

Legal 500 (2012): “Varvara Knutova manages to find a solution in any complicated situation”. 

Legal 500 (2011): “Varvara Knutova is an efficient problem-solver”.

Varvara Knutova is recommended by the reputable international ranking Best Lawyers 2019.

Agenda Sessions

  • Pledges, mortgages, and arbitration clauses


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