Varvara Knutova

Varvara Knutova

Partner, TRUBOR Law Firm

Varvara Knutova is a partner at TRUBOR Law Firm. Before joining TRUBOR Varvara for 6 years was head of the International Arbitration Group within the Dispute Resolution and Mediation Practice at a renowned Russian law firm, and then was Head of Group within a Dispute Resolution Practice of a renowned international law firm.

As part of her private practice, Varvara was in charge of projects involving complex judicial defense of business against attempted raids, coordination of litigations in Russia and abroad as part of a concerted client defense strategy, acted for investors in disputes to take / retain control over a business, provided full legal support to bankruptcies (including defense against controlled bankruptcy and asset stripping, subsidiary liability for controlling persons).

Varvara Knutova enjoys vast experience of advising major Russian and international companies. She specializes in conflict of laws, international trade, internal disputes and arbitration, international commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, jurisdictional disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, bankruptcy proceedings. Varvara participated in enforcement in Russia of foreign court judgments (including on the grounds of the reciprocity and international comity principles) and international arbitral awards. Varvara frequently acted as a Russian law expert in international litigations, inter alia in England, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy.

Varvara’s track-record includes: representation of a major Russian North-Western oil refinery plant in a dispute with a general contractor before the ICAC by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade; support to a major American steelmaking company in an international ad hoc arbitration based on the UNCITRAL Rules administrated by LCIA in part concerning the applicable Russian law, and subsequent successful recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award in Russia despite the debtor’s attempts to evade the litigation; consultations to an international financial investor in relation to a dispute before the ICAC by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade out of a multi-million international sale and purchase contract regulated by the General Terms of Delivery from the USSR to China and from China to the USSR; representation in courts (International Arbitration Court of ICC in Paris, ICAC of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Trade, state arbitration and general jurisdiction courts of various regions) of a foreign investor of a major company and of the target asset in a conflict to obtain and secure control over the target asset.

Legal 500 2014 recommends Varvara as an expert in dispute resolution and international arbitration: “Varvara Knutova’s expertise encompasses all forms of alternative dispute resolution including domestic as well as international arbitration". Legal 500 (2014): “Varvara Knutova’s expertise encompasses all forms of alternative dispute resolution including domestic as well as international arbitration”;  Legal 500 (2012): “Varvara Knutova manages to find a solution in any complicated situation”; Legal 500 (2011): “Varvara Knutova is an efficient problem-solver”.

Varvara is a native Russian speaker and has a fluent command of English and German.


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