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Thomas Sullivan is to speak at ABA’s IX Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes

On December 8, 2017, the American Bar Association’s  Ninth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes, will be held at the Marriott Novy Arbat, Moscow, Russia. The conference will be attended by representatives of more than one hundred law firms from Europe, Asia and America.

Thomas Sullivan of Marks & Sokolov, LLC will be speaking on the topic of foreign litigants taking discovery in the United States pursuant to 28 USC §1782, for use in legal proceedings in their home forum.  The conference is dedicated to navigating business disputes between Russian and US-EU companies, resolution of shareholder disputes under the new Russian arbitration law, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judgments, and strategic considerations in cross-border business disputes.

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Presentation: Obtaining U.S. Discovery For Use In Non-U.S. Tribunals Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1782

Thomas Sullivan acted as moderator ABA’s Eighth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIC’s-Related Business Disputes

September 30, 2016

ABA’s Eighth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes was held at the Raddison Royal Hotel in Moscow. The conference was attended by representatives of more than one hundred law firms from Europe, Asia and America.

Thomas Sullivan acted as moderator of the fifth session on International Judicial assistance. The panel addressed practical workarounds for navigating potential traps that can arise in connection with both inbound and out-bound service of process and requests for international judicial assistance in matters involving Russian parties.

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Bruce Marks speaks at the American Bar Association’s Event , U.S.-Russia Business Relations: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Norm

May 10, 2016. Marks &Sokolov, LLC co-sponsored a program presented by ABA Section of International Law, sponsored by the Section of International Law Russia/Eurasia Committee and supported by the U.S.-Russia Business Council: U.S.-Russia Business Relations: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Norm. The event took place in Philadelphia, PA and is a part of a planned series of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law Russia/Eurasia Committee on the U.S.-Russia business relations.

Bruce Marks gave presentation on the topic: REALITIES OF THE RUSSIAN LEGAL SYSTEM 2016: PROTECTION OF RUSSIA-RELATED INVESTMENTS, where he addressed current legal and financial issues affecting business with Russia.

Bruce S. Marks, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, has a substantial litigation practice in the United States and Russia.

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Bruce Marks elaborates on the Hague court ruling in Yukos case and international law implications in an interview to Radio Svoboda

Radio Svoboda, July 7, 2015. Bruce Marks, the founder and managing director of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, elaborates on the Hague court ruling in Yukos case and international law implications in an interview to Radio Svoboda.

Bruce Marks is an expert on commercial legal matters between the West and the former Soviet Union.

http://www.svoboda.org/content/usa-today-yukos-hague-arbitrage/27096476.html

Bruce Marks, of Marks & Sokolov LLC, Delivers Presentation at VIII Siberian Legal Forum in Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk, Russia, March 27, 2015: Bruce S. Marks, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, made a presentation at the 8th Siberian Legal Forum. The forum took place in Novosibirsk, Russia and addressed changes in legislation in the area of economic sanctions, tax law, bankruptcy, and civil cases.  The forum was attended by over 100 representatives of commercial companies, banks, law firms, and professional attorneys associations throughout Russia.   Marks was the only American participant.

Bruce Marks’ presentation concerned: “Recent sanctions developments: cooperation for the protection of Russian corporate clients against global risks”.

The founder and managing member of Marks & Sokolov, LLC, attorney Bruce Marks is an expert on commercial legal matters between the West and the former Soviet Union.

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Tom Sullivan to Speak at the 1st Annual “Doing Business with The Eurasian Union Conference”.

Tom Sullivan will speak at 1st Annual “Doing Business with The Eurasian Union Conference”, organized by The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition, in Washington, DC on December 8, 2014.

Mr. Sullivan is invited to speak on the further impact of the sanctions imposed by the United States’ government on certain Russian individuals and entities and implications for Russia, as well as the world economy and the economy of the Eurasian region in particular.

The conference is convened in the context of the new Eurasian Economic Union, established by a treaty signed between the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia in May 2014, and Armenia having joinide the Union in October 2014. The Union will officially go into effect on 1 January 2015. The Union will officially go into effect on 1 January 2015. The Eurasia Center and The Eurasian Business Coalition report the rise of interest to understanding in how an improve opportunities and trade with centers of economic development in the area, that comprise 15% of the world’s landmass and unites more than 170 million people.

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Maria Grechishkina speaks at the 6th Eurasian Business Coalition Annual Conference: Doing Business With Russia, Washington, DC

On December 4, 2013 The Eurasia Center & The Eurasian Business Coalition & The Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Russian Federation in the USA organized 6th Annual Conference: Doing Business With Russia that was hosted by the Russian Trade Representation and the Embassy of the Russian Federation. The Conference addressed Russia’s new accession to the World Trade Organization and the post-WTO opportunities for companies within Russia.

Maria Grechishkina, the leading attorney of Marks & Sokolov, made a presentation “Russian Civil Law Reform 2013” regarding the undergoing number of major changes in the Russian Civil Code. The main goal of the reform is to improve and modernize the Civil Code of Russia including Part One that contains the common and key provisions and definitions of the Russian civil law.

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Bruce Marks speaks at the Developing And Financing International Business Opportunities event at The Broad Street Capital Group, Penn Club New York, New-York

Bruce Marks speaks at the Developing And Financing International Business Opportunities event at The Broad Street  Capital Group, Penn Club  New York, New-York

On November 14, 2013 The Broad Street Capital Group as part of its Fluent in Foreign Financing series, organized this invitation only event that offered detailed look at the development and financing of several exclusive international projects and business case studies ranging from $15 million to over $350 million in value. The event was held at the famed Penn Club of New York. The goal of this conference is to educate US companies and professionals on how to develop and finance business opportunities internationally.

Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, made a presentation “Arbitration v. Litigation: How best to speak foreign when disputes arise”.

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Arbitration vs Litigation

Bruce Marks, Esq., Speaks at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association during the International Law Weekend, New-York

October 24-26, 2013, New-York: Bruce Marks, Esq., Speaks at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association during the International Law Weekend.
Marks spoke as part of a panel titled “American Legal Imperialism? The Explosion in Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law”. The moderator Bruce W. Bean, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law, Committee Chair, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Committee, ABILA, and the panel focused on two of the most controversial areas of extraterritoriality – the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Bruce Marks made a presentation “The Broad Jurisdiction Of The United States Over Civil Cases Involving Racketeering”
Bruce S. Marks, Managing Director of Marks & Sokolov, has a substantial litigation practice in the United States and internationally and is particularly experienced in prosecuting civil claims under the U.S. Racketeer Influence Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”), which provides for the recovery of treble damages and attorney fees. The firm has litigated some of the largest RICO cases in the United States based on fraud and other misconduct arising from commercial matters in Russia, including disputes in the aluminum, diamond, oil, and titanium sectors.

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M&S Lawyers Obtain Pre-Judgment Remedy Attaching Defendant’s Assets in the Amount of $450,000

M&S Lawyers Obtain Pre-Judgment Remedy Attaching Defendant’s Assets in the Amount of $450,000

What the Case Involved:  Marks & Sokolov successfully represented Plaintiff Tatiana Panchenkova, the former wife of Russian oligarch Defendant Shalva Chigirinsky in obtaining a pre-judgment remedy of $450,000 on claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, and false imprisonment in Connecticut.
Marks & Sokolov argued that Plaintiff, who alleged she was physically abused by Chigirinsky on numerous occasions between 2001 and 2012, established probable case that judgment will be rendered in her favor.   The Court ordered the attachment of $450,000 of Chigirinsky’s assets which he secured by posting a bond.
Result: Following a three day evidentiary hearing and detailed testimony, Judge Genuario found probable cause the Plaintiff will prevail on her tort claims. Plaintiff testified and produced medical records that from 2001 to 2012, Chigirinsky assaulted her on many occasions, hitting her body and head, causing severe injuries.  Plaintiff was repeatedly hospitalized and suffered severe concussions.  She also testified she suffered a miscarriage as a result of one beating. Plaintiff also presented the testimony of a clinical psychologist, who testified the Plaintiff was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Court found Plaintiff’s evidence credible; under cross-examination, Chigirinsky admitted a brutal beating which took place in Moscow in 2001, which Plaintiff established with photographs taken when she was hospitalized.
Because the alleged incidents took place in Russia, France, and the United States, the Court reviewed affidavits of legal experts on Russian and French law, determining that tort claims of assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment would be actionable in France and Russia and that the substantive law of these countries would apply to the respective incidents that occurred in those countries. The Court further concluded that Connecticut’s three year statute of limitations would generally apply.  Finally, the Court found the statute of limitations would not bar Plaintiff’s claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress as Plaintiff had met her burden of probable cause that she will be able to establish that Chigirinsky’s conduct represents a “continuing course of conduct” under Connecticut leading case Watts v. Chittenden, 301 Conn. 575 (2011), with incidents occurring at least every three years from 2001 through 2012.
Bruce S. Marks and Maria Grechishkina served as lead counsel for Plaintiff.
Tatiana Panchenkova v. Shalva Chigirinsky, Connecticut Superior Court, Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, Case No. 126015797 S.