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Alexei Panich

Partner / Advocate

Alexei is a partner in our Russian dispute resolution practice, specialist in litigation and arbitration.



Alexei has extensive experience in advising on complex Russian and international litigation matters affecting the activities of both foreign investors and national Russian companies. For nearly 20 years he has been representing clients in commercial, construction, banking, regulatory, customs and tax cases as well as in bankruptcy proceedings. For the period from 2007 to 2017 Alexei won over 230 litigations, including 8 in the High Arbitration Court of Russia and the Supreme Court of Russia.

Recent experience includes:

  • a Gazprom subsidiary in various courts in connection with several disputes aimed at termination of a gas condensate supply agreement (amount in dispute in excess of US$70 million)
  • a UK investor in a dispute with a major Russian developer PIK related to the purchase of a stake in a Russian LLC (amount in dispute in excess of US$35 million)
  • a Russian subsidiary of an international food retailer in a number of disputes with its landlord and assignees under lease agreements including a dispute being considered by a Russian court under English law (amount in dispute in excess of US$16 million)
  • Commerzbank in various Russian litigations related to a credit facility agreement with the members of a Russian manufacturing group
  • a manufacturer of electronic equipment in a Russian court in connection with VAT and profits tax assessments (amount in dispute in excess of US$120 million)


Chapter 16: Russia: Finding, Freezing and Attaching Assets
A Multi-Jurisdictional Handbook, Kluwer Law International 2016

International Commercial Litigation: the Russian Federation
Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation, November 2015

Russian parties and sanctions-related arbitrations
Global Arbitration Review, April 2015

Уголовная ответственность юрлиц. Зачем это нужно?
«Slon Magazine», Март 2015 

Как сторонам жить в мире и согласии?
«Корпоративный юрист», Октябрь 2014


"He is always prepared, he knows everything and he is ready to react immediately in court when something comes up"
Chambers Global 2017

"When I come across a case that is unwinnable I take it to him", an interviewee says
Chambers Global 2017

"very business-oriented and always available by e-mail or phone". Another client adds: "He dedicates enough attention to any details, he knows everything we ask about" 
Chambers Global 2016

"The quality of his advice was great – he is client-friendly and very quick"
Chambers Global 2015

"an experienced and versatile commercial litigator who regularly handles customs and tax cases"
​Legal500 EMEA 2014

"a highly regarded member of the dispute resolution group and is noted for his tax litigation abilities"
Chambers Europe 2014

"Tenacious litigator; someone who has a lot of respect in the market" and "Substantial experience in contentious tax work, his arrival has increased the team's capabilities" and "Clients value his team management skills"
Chambers Europe 2013



Alexei graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Law in 1999 and has been a member of the Moscow Bar since 2002.

Alexei Panich is an advocate in the Russian advocate practice Herbert Smith Freehills Moscow Advocates’ Bureau, Bar Association.

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