authorities, schools, family therapists and psychologists. Our expertise includes dealing with international ch
ild abduction cases. We are well-equipped to achieve the main goal – the return of the child to the home jurisdiction and restore contact arrangement either through negotiations, or proceedings in foreign courts or under the Hague Convention mechanism.
We help the heirs of the deceased wealthy Russian individuals to collect their share in the estate worldwide – to handle the Russian notarial file properly, to trace overseas assets and enforce the entitlement, to resist the claims of other heirs in Russian and foreign courts, to negotiate the division of estate between the heirs. We are prepared for dealing with the estate, complicated with trusts, funds, corporate vehicles and nominees. We are also experienced in dealing with specific types of assets, such as a collection of valuable paintings.
We are often enquired by the creditors (large corporations and banks) to advise on family and inheritance law matters, for instance, to ensure the rights of a married debtor to the security provided or where enforcement against estate of the deceased is required.
Our partner Olesya Petrol is lecturing family law at the Russian School of Private Law. She and Alexander Yagelnitskiy speak regularly on family and inheritance law matters and act as Russian law experts in Russian and foreign proceedings.
High value family (and inheritance) law matters linked to Russia emerge more and more often and require specific expertise and an outstanding level of legal assistance, which we excellently positioned to provide. These matters are complex and cross-border: from the outset, we undertake an intelligent analysis of the circumstances and law, give a realistic appraisal of prospects, help to choose a proper forum and develop a strategy. Family affairs are very personal and we fully respect the client’s discretion and understand the importance of preserving confidentiality. Whenever possible, we encourage settlements.
We are experienced in handling disputes between spouses following their separation. If the dispute falls within the jurisdiction of Russian courts, we act as counsels and employ all procedural techniques available to achieve a fair division of matrimonial property, with a deep understanding of the operation of Russian district and appellate courts. For instance, we are well-equipped to fight over the disclosure of overseas matrimonial assets or over valuation of Russian and foreign
businesses. We have recently successfully handled a series of disputes over the valuation of a share in substantial Russian businesses.