Rodin & Partners, which describes itself as "an independent law firm with a focus on infrastructure, public-private partnership, energy projects and local and international dispute resolution," was launched in Russia on July 5, 2017. The firm consists of Artem Rodin, ex-partner of infrastructure, PPP and energy practice at CMS, and Timur Djabbarov, previously a senior litigation associate in the complex commercial litigation group at Dechert.
According to a Rodin & Partners statement, Rodin "has more than 12 years of experience advising on transport, waste management, energy, water, wastewater and healthcare projects in Russia, CIS countries, Europe, Asia, and Africa at all stages, including restructuring and settlement of disputes, both in private practice advising state and investors (also with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer), and as a General Counsel for Russia and CIS of international energy concern EVN AG."
Commenting on the establishment of the new firm, Rodin said “Currently, when the role of a state in the economy is growing, and the number of disputes is increasing, it is the right time for establishment of an independent law firm focused on PPP projects and dispute resolution. On the one hand, having many years of experience in international law firms, we continue to provide high-quality services to our clients, and on the other – a concept of an independent law firm enables clients to avoid excessive costs. In addition, the new model allows partners to be personally involved in all details of each project, reduces the chances for conflicts of interest, and eliminates administrative restrictions and those related to political sanctions.”
Also according to Rodin & Partners, Timur Djabbarov "has more than 13 years of experience representing major Russian and foreign clients in international commercial arbitration, complex domestic and international litigation, which includes commercial, corporate, construction, intellectual property, real estate, product liability, administrative and employment disputes." He also "advises on bankruptcy, criminal, internal investigation, corporate compliance matters and interactions with state authorities, including law enforcement bodies."
In that same statement by the firm, Timur Djabbarov is quoted as saying that, “the establishment of an independent firm has been a long-felt intent. The reasons for this are recent geopolitical and economic changes, affecting the activities of our clients. Russian companies and international investors are becoming very selective, demanding and cost-sensitive. We foresee the expectations of the clients. Our concept is rather clear – high standard of quality, individual approach to the client, flexibility and reduction of fees. We achieve this by improving the efficiency of our working processes, which includes the adoption of new technology, and through optimizing costs.”