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Lidings’ Partner Elected Member of the Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association

Lidings’ Partner Stepan Guzey has been elected to join the Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association, a counselling body established to carry out the functions of RAA in assisting in the composition of the arbitral tribunal.

The main task assigned to a group of experts that includes Mr. Guzey will be to propose persons as candidates for the roles of sole arbitrators or presiding arbitrators upon receipt of a Request for an Appointment. When appointing an arbitrator, the Nominating Committee will take into consideration the nature of the dispute and the requirements for arbitrators set out in the parties’ agreement or, where possible, in the parties’ submissions. Particular attention will be given to complying with the procedure for nomination set out in the RAA Arbitration Rules and the response period for every Request received the Committee.

"I am honored to have been elected by the colleagues and I will do my best contributing the Committee’s work. I believe that the candidacy of the arbitrator plays a key role in the arbitration process and directly affects the outcome of the case. Choosing a qualified professional whose skills and competences would meet the requirements of parties to the dispute is an important and difficult task, and I’m sure my colleagues and I will face certain challenges while trying to complete it", Stepan Guzey commented.

Mr. Guzey is a highly qualified litigator with more than a decade of experience as a trial attorney in accordance with the rules of the ICAC with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, as well as other Russian and international arbitration institutions. He is skilled in advising on assets and share capital deals with emphasis on tax treaties, cross-border taxation, transfer pricing, general corporate financing, and tax disputes. Under Stepan’s lead Lidings is handling the largest individual bankruptcy case in European history (Seán Quinn vs. Irish Bank Resolution Corporation). This transnational bankruptcy project resulted in the formulation and application of practices that currently represent precedent-setting principles – not only in terms of insolvency cases, but also with respect to corporate disputes and matters involving the official recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions in the Russian Federation.

The Russian Arbitration Association was founded in April 2013 in Moscow to unite legal practitioners, law firms and academics. The Association represents broad interests of the business, legal and education communities involved in the alternative dispute resolution in Russia and the CIS. The main objective of the Association is cooperation in the development of arbitration in the Russian Federation and the CIS countries, popularizing Russia as a venue for arbitration, promotion of Russian arbitrators at national and international levels within the arbitration context, as well as the promotion of foreign arbitrators interested in arbitral proceedings, directly or indirectly relating to Russia and the CIS countries.

More information is available at the RAA website.

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