Grebelsky & Partners specializes in representing its clients before international arbitral tribunals in disputes arising from various kinds of commercial transactions.
For the lawyers of our firm, international commercial arbitration is not episodic, “random” assignments, but the main specialization, which we devote most of our time. In a sense, we are those who have an “insight”:
All this directly affects the outcome of the case.
We provide legal support at all stages related to arbitration, including the conclusion of an arbitration agreement, participation in pre-arbitration negotiations, oral hearings, recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards in Russian and foreign state courts. We work in close cooperation with corporate lawyers and the management of client companies, trying to take into account their needs as much as possible, continuously inform and advise them during the proceedings. We have earned the trust of our clients in resolving international commercial disputes – and therefore most of them come back to us again and again.
Along with practical skills, the lawyers of the firm have deep theoretical knowledge in the field of international arbitration. The managing partner of the firm Alexander Grebelsky is a lecturer at the S.N. Lebedev Department of Private International and Civil Law at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, where for the first time in our country a course in International Commercial Arbitration has begun to be taught as an independent subject. The core specialists of the department are the arbitrators of the ICAC at the RF CCI - the oldest and most respected arbitral institution in Russia and the CIS. In addition to International Commercial Arbitration, Alexander teaches the course in Investment Arbitration introduced in Russia for the first time, and is the MGIMO team coach at the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, the most prestigious international university competition in International Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law.
The scientific contacts of the firm in the field of international arbitration help our specialists solve one of the key tasks in preparing a case for arbitration - the task of choosing the right arbitrator, whose candidacy is optimal for the interests of a particular proceeding, with sufficient qualifications and the ability to quickly consider a dispute. The small size of the firm avoids a conflict of interest – a problem that participants in arbitration proceedings are currently facing most often.
The practice of the firm is very diverse – therefore, with rare exceptions, there are no “minor” disputes for us. We conduct both “small” and “large” cases – our professional reputation is at stake in each of them. Some of the proceedings that we conducted in international arbitration became precedent in terms of issues raised or features of the procedure.
We represent clients in many of the most popular arbitration jurisdictions, including the UK, Switzerland and Sweden. The lawyers of the firm have extensive experience in participating in proceedings under the rules of leading arbitral institutions, such as:
In addition to participating in processes under the rules of institutional arbitration, we represented clients in ad hoc arbitrations under the rules of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
The firm’s experience in recognizing and enforcing international arbitral awards allows us the quickly enforce acts of international arbitral tribunals in many jurisdictions. In addition, we have taken part in numerous legal proceedings related to setting international arbitral awards aside in state courts.
The in-depth knowledge of the firm’s specialists in the field of international commercial disputes resolution, private international law, international trade law, civil and commercial law of foreign countries helps our clients to get access to prompt and qualified advice on many complex issues of international arbitration, such as validity of arbitration agreements, jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal, the arbitrability of certain disputes, interim measures, collection and presentation of evidence, applicable law, the independence and impartiality of arbitrators, mandatory rules, public policy and many others.
Selected experience of Grebelsky & Partners in the field of international commercial arbitration includes:
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Evidence in Arbitration’ in O. Skvortsov, M. Savransky, G. Sevastyanov (Ed.). International commercial arbitration: Textbook. 2nd ed. Statut Publishing, 2018. Р. 664.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘The end of an era? The Fate of Investment Arbitration in the Light of Attempts to Create an EU Investment Court System’ in A. Muranov (Ed.), V.Kabatov, S.Lebedev: In Memoriam. Collection of memoirs, articles, other materials. 2nd ed. Statut Publishing, 2017. P. 476.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Nationality of Investor as One of the Conditions for the Investment Protection by the Recipient State’ in E. Zavyalova, V. Kondratiev (Ed.), Corporate governance as a factor in increasing investment attractiveness. MGIMO Publishing, 2014. P. 265.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘The Distribution of the Burden of Proof in International Arbitration’. in Issues of Private International, Comparative and Civil Law and International Commercial Arbitration: Liber Amicorum in Honor of A.Kostin, O.Zimenkova, N.Eliseev. Statute, 2013.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Disclosure of Documentary Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration’. Law and Economics, 2015. Vol. 8. P. 64.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Electronic Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration’. The Statute, 2015. Vol. 10. P. 59.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Witness Testimony in International Commercial Arbitration’. Economy and Law, 2015. Vol. 10. P. 73.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Experts Appointed by Arbitral Tribunals’. Arbitration Court, 2015. Vol. 6. P. 99.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Arbitrability of Corporate Disputes’. Russian Yearbook of International Law, 2013. P. 219.
A.V. Grebelsky ‘Actions of State Courts in Support of International Commercial Arbitration’. Bulletin of the State Registration Chamber under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, 2013. Vol. 2. P. 12.