The conference, Arbitration in Focus. Why It’s Time to Resort to Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution, took place in Moscow on October 20

The conference addressed the priority questions arising from Russia’s new arbitral regulatory practices emerging in the wake of the entry into force, as of 1 September 2016, of the Federal Law On Arbitration (Tribunal Process) in the RF and a series of amendments to the Code of Arbitral Procedure of the RF, Code of Civil Procedure of the RF, and the Russian Federation Law On International Commercial Arbitration.

The lawyers and members of the business community present, all of them eminent researchers and practitioners, shared their views on how the new arbitration institution is beneficial for enterprise, and examined the hands-on application aspects of the new legislation.

Opening the conference, Deputy Minister of Justice of Russia Mikhail Galperin noted the significance of the event as a rare opportunity to elucidate a range of key provisions of the new arbitral legislation.

At the New Arbitral Regulation session, moderated by Elena Borisenko, Member of the Executive Board and First Vice President, Gazprombank, the pundits in attendance discussed the key practical application aspects of the new arbitral legislation, including the arbitral clause drafting procedure, violation of public order as grounds for a repeal of arbitration award, novelties of the Codes of Arbitration Procedure and Civil Procedure of the RF in the context of arbitration, and arbitrability of disputes over government contracts.

The speakers at the session were Andrei Gorlenko, Executive Administrator, Arbitration Centre at the Institute of Modern Arbitration, Maria Yerokhova, Attorney at Law, Delcredere Bar Association, Sergei Kosorukov, Partner, Reznik, Gagarin & Partners, Roman Zaitsev, Partner, Dentons, and Ilya Rachkov, Partner, King & Spalding.

The second session, New Conditions for the Arbitration of Complex Business Disputes and Latest Global Trends in Arbitration, was moderated by Ruslan Ibragimov, Member of the Executive Board and First Vice President for Corporate and Legal Matters, MTS PJSC. The speakers focused on the arbitration of corporate disputes in Russia and internationally, new prospects for collateral action in arbitration, the problem of the plurality of parties and claims in arbitration, and the institution of bifurcation of arbitration proceedings. In the course of the session, the speakers also discussed new legislation on international commercial arbitration, execution of foreign arbitration awards in Russia, and the latest arbitration trends in overseas jurisdictions.

The speakers were: Andrei Panov, Senior Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dmitry Stepanov, Partner, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, Anton Asoskov, Professor of Civil Law, Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow, Tatyana Menshenina, Partner, Withers LLP, and Johan Gernandt, Chairman of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (2006-2012).

The Arbitration Centre of the Institute of Modern Arbitration staged its presentation during the conference.

A video of the conference will be posted on