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Sergey Yuryev

Head of Dispute Resolution

Naberezhnaya Tower 10C
123112 Moscow
Languages English, Russian

Sergey Yuryev is a partner heading the Dispute resolution practice at SEAMLESS Legal. Sergey is also a co-head of the Restructuring and Insolvency practice. 

Before joining the team in 2000, Sergey worked at a major American law firm in Moscow, Baku (Azerbaijan) and Washington D.C. (USA).

Sergey has an extensive experience in representing Russian and foreign clients in complex disputes before state commercial courts, courts of general jurisdiction and before various state authorities in Russia, acting for clients in all categories of disputes. He also has substantial experience in handling international arbitration cases before various arbitration institutes (ICAC, SCC, LCIA). 

Sergey has significant experience in supporting debt restructuring procedures, insolvency (bankruptcy) proceedings as well as in participation and representation in corporate/shareholder disputes. Sergey leads a team of lawyers that provides a full range of services related to the resolution of any disputes in Russia and those having a Russian element in corporate, commercial, administrative and criminal areas.

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Relevant experience

  • Russian energy major – advising on pre-arbitration work for a multibillion dispute in respect of long-term oil supply to China.
  • Major Russian steel company – acting on behalf of the client in Russian arbitration proceedings concerning debt restructuring.
  • A subsidiary of a Russian oil company – representing the client in the Singapore International Arbitration Centre in a dispute arising out of a contract for the construction and delivery of a transfer dock.
  • Leading construction company – representing a French construction company in a dispute with a Russian subcontractor, over a construction project for a car assembly line in the Kaluga region.
  • Landmark Global Exports – advising in respect of the Russian injunction proceedings and arbitration proceedings in the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Trade and Commerce of Russia. 
  • Allianz – successfully represented the insurer of Sayano-Shushenskaya HPP in a precedent setting case for enforcement of a Russian arbitration court ruling in Switzerland against one of the reinsurers of the 2009 HPP accident.
  • Global Korean Industrial Holding – advising in an international arbitration in Hamburg under the rules of the German Institution of Arbitration (DIS). The dispute arose out of a contract concluded in Russia for the supply of scrap metals from Saint Petersburg to Korea.
  • European reinsurance company – representing the client in a complex reinsurance dispute in the field of marine insurance in Russia.
  • One of the world's largest reinsurance companies – representing the client in a multimillion-dollar debt collection case against one of the largest federal banks.
  • Independent aircraft leasing company – representing client in a complex international dispute over a crash of Airbus 321 in Sinai in 2015.
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Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers 2022, Insolvency and Reorganization
  • Best Lawyers 2022, Arbitration and Mediation
  • Legal 500 2020, Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation
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  • 1998, qualified to practice in New York (USA)
  • 1997, Southern Methodist University School of Law
  • 1995, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University, Degree in Law)
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