Mikhail Kalinin

Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP

Mikhail Kalinin

Mikhail Kalinin


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Mikhail Kalinin is a lawyer based in Moscow. Mikhail focuses on international arbitration and cross-border litigation. He is experienced in representing clients in complex commercial and corporate disputes, as well as high-profile bankruptcy proceedings.

Mikhail acted in arbitration proceedings administered by the ICC, LCIA and SCC, including in English and Dutch law-governed disputes. Mikhail also represented clients involved in litigation before Russian courts, including arbitration-related proceedings, such as proceedings for enforcement of arbitration awards and arbitration agreements.

Mikhail graduated with honours from the law faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds a Master's degree in Private International Law from the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Mikhail also co-chairs RAA25, a group of younger arbitration lawyers organized by the Russian Arbitration Association. He coaches a student team of Lomonosov Moscow State University for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Mikhail is fluent in English.

Professional experience

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  • a Cyprus based company which holds shares in a number of solar projects in Japan and other countries, in ICC arbitration and related court proceedings in the Netherlands and Cyprus; the dispute arising out of shareholders agreements exceeded €50m.
  • the world's largest ammonia producer in an LCIA arbitration against its longstanding Swiss partner for recovery of the sums underpaid under the agreement between the parties. The case revolves around the issue of interpretation of certain provisions of the underling agreement and the interplay between the English law rules on equitable set-off and Russian foreign currency exchange regulations.
  • the Russian subsidiary of a leading international bank in a US$39m high profile dispute initiated by the bankruptcy manager of a Russian company with regard to alleged divesting of funds by the controlling persons of this company; court proceedings are taking place in Kalmykia
  • a German client in the litigation before the Russian courts commenced by the bankruptcy administrator of the client's former Russian partner in breach of the arbitration agreement in the underlying contract. Despite the opposing party's argument that its lack of funds to pay the arbitration fees should render the arbitration clause unenforceable, the arbitration clause was upheld and the case was terminated.
  • one of the largest construction companies in Europe in its cassation complaint before the Supreme Court of Russia against the refusal by the lower courts to enforce an award rendered by the ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; as a result of the cassation complaint, the client concluded a favourable settlement.
  • an international financial institution involved into bankruptcy proceedings as a major creditor of a retail company and simultaneously as a defendant to a US$60m claim advanced by other creditors against the client
  • English
  • Russian