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NSP Takes Moscow Head of Litigation from King & Spalding

NSP Takes Moscow Head of Litigation from King & Spalding


On November 01, 2017, former King & Spalding Head of Litigation and Arbitration in Moscow Ilia Rachkov joined Nektorov, Saveliev & Partners as a partner to strengthen the firm's dispute settlement, commercial arbitration, and international trade practices.

NSP describes Rachkov as "one of the best litigation lawyers in Russia," and reports that "he represents the interests of big Russian and foreign businesses in complicated complex disputes and international transactions." According to NSP, "he was an expert in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales in such high profile cases as Berezovsky v. Abramovich, Maximov v. NLMK, Svetly Gorod v. Trust Bank, and Tatneft v. Kolomoisky, Bogolyubov, Yaroslavsky and Ovcharenko." In addition, the firm reports Rachkov "is involved in some corporate disputes, cross-border bankruptcies, and transactions requiring profound analysis and international experience (for example, [advising] Daimler in relation to a few joint ventures with KamAZ OJSC and participation in the authorized capital of KamAZ OJSC; Google, acquisition of Motorola Mobility; Volkswagen, Komatsu and Daido in connection with creation and activities of their joint ventures with EBRD)."

Rachkov began his career with ten months as a legal counsel at the All-Russian Exchange Bank, then stayed for four and a half years at Punder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, including six months after it became Clifford Chance Punder CIS Ltd. In July 2000 he joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, then in 2004 moved to Vinson & Elkins. In March 2006 he joined the Partnership at Noerr, staying there for six and a half years before moving to King & Spalding in February 2013, where he headed the firm's Moscow litigation & arbitration practice.

Rachkov is an Associate Professor of the Department of International Law of MGIMO University, where he teaches international investment law and WTO law.

Rachkov commented that: “NSP amazed me with their incredible energy, their high-scale, complicated and interesting projects, their flexibility, and the openness and honesty of their partnership. This is a firm where I am interested in working, developing, and building my practice, indeed.”

NSP Partner Alexander Nektorov commented that: “Active competition with foreign legal firms that large Russian businesses prefer to cooperate with is our global task which we cope with quite well even now. Currently, NSP works according to international standards and our advice is significantly more practical often. Ilia Rachkov is a high-class lawyer with colossal international experience. It is just what NSP clients need. It is a great honor for me to work with Ilia.”

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