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Russian Legal Battles in London

What are the wider ramifications for Russia and Britain of so many high-profile Russian legal battles being fought in the UK? Come and hear the issues debated by senior specialists with exceptional first-hand experience, and have your own questions answered about this important and contentious subject.

The panel will be chaired by Sir Anthony Colman , the judge in the Abramovich-Berezovsky pre-trial. Speakers will include Robert Brown ofCorker Binning, a senior extradition lawyer, Rupert D’Cruz , barrister and Secretary of the British-Russian Law Association, Professor Alena Ledeneva , Professor of Politics at UCL, whose research focuses on corruption and economic crime, and Vladislav Zabrodin , Managing Partner of the Moscow-based law firm Capital Legal Services International.

The event is kindly sponsored by Littleton Chambers.

Sir Anthony Colman is anInternational Commercial Arbitrator at Essex Court Chambers with experience of international oil and gas industry disputes, primary insurance and reinsurance, international banking, commercial fraud and issues of US Law.
Former Commercial Court Judge of The High Court. His experience in the Commercial Court saw him preside over cases ranging from the extractive industries, maritime shipping insurance, company ownership and merger disputes, to international banking and credit disputes, commercial fraud and US law.
Deputy Chief Justice, DIFC Court, Dubai.
Panel Member of CIETAC.
Other Arbitration Memberships:
An expert in and advocate of alternative dispute resolution in commercial litigation.

Robert Brown is a highly respected criminal litigator and advocate with over 20 years’ experience of criminal work. Much of his work is international and, as the Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, he has particular knowledge and expertise of Russia.Most recently he has been part of a team of experts, led by Maastricht University, who are developing training guidance for lawyers and police officers across Europe, to achieve common minimum standards regarding the rights of suspects in criminal proceedings. Robert Brown is ranked as a star individual in the field of Crime byChambers 2013 and as a leading individual in Legal 500 2012. He is featured as a leading lawyer for Crime in the 2013inaugural UKedition of Super Lawyers.He is also a member of the Times Law Panel and a member of the Academic board of the Open University Law programme.

Rupert D’Cruz is a barrister in private practice at Littleton Chambers where he specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is also Secretary of the British-Russian Law Association and the Bar Council’s representative for Russia and sits as an LCIA arbitrator in Russian/CIS related disputes. Rupert is a frequent visitor to Russia and has led several Bar Council and BRLA missions to the country to promote the use of English law there. He has extensive experience of Russian related disputes (which form a significant part of his practice). Rupert is recognised in Chambers Global 2013 as a recommended expert on Russian related disputes, where he is noted for his “substantial understanding of local market practice” and “cerebral Russian/CIS expertise”.

Alena V. Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK. She studied Economics at the NovosibirskStateUniversity (1986) and Social and Political Theory at the University of Cambridge (NewnhamCollege, M.Phil.1992; Ph.D.1996). She’s been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New Hall College at Cambridge in 1996-1999; a Senior Fellow at the Davis Center, Harvard University (2005); a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester (2006), a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2010). She authored a number of books including How Russia Really Works (Cornell University Press, 2006) and Russia’s Economy of Favours (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and numerous articles. Her expertise is on Russia and global affairs, global governance and corruption; informal economy; economic crime; informal practices in corporate governance; role of networks and patron-client relationships. Her new book is Can Russia Modernise? Sistema, Power Networks and Informal Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Vladislav Y. Zabrodin is a Managing Partner of Capital Legal Services, one of the leading Russian full-service law firms, well known on the legal services market since 1999. The offices of Capital Legal Services are located in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to founding Capital Legal Services, Mr. Zabrodin headed the representative office of McDermott, Will [&] Emery, L.L.C. From 1995 until 1998 he headed the CIS legal group of OTIS Elevator Company. Vladislav has extensive experience advising business clients on corporate and commercial law, real estate and construction, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, franchising and other aspects of conducting business in Russia, including client representation before federal and regional state authorities.

Vladislav is a member of International Bar Association (IBA) and Legal Counsel International (LCI). Vladislav graduated from St. Petersburg State University Law School with honors (1991) and from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, USA (1995, L.L.M.).