Magisters enjoys a growing reputation and is the only CIS entrant in the GAR 100 so far. Founded in 1997 by two students of the Kiev Institute of International Relations, the firm now has a presence in five jurisdictions following a series of mergers. More than 120 handle contentious work, including commercial arbitrations and investment disputes. The firm now hosts arbitration events and sponsors members on international arbitration courses. Associates have been encouraged to undertake long-term secondments at Bryan Cave, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$8 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 2 (of which 0 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
In 2006, Magisters merged with a Russian practice. Then in 2008 it merged with a firm in Belarus and in 2009 opened offices in Kazahkstan and London to create a CIS network. Only the Ukraine part is at present picked by the rankings, where it’s regarded as the leader of the local pack. A member of the Astana office now features in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (Marta Khomyak).
In a notable development, a team from the Kiev office helped the Ukrainian government put an abrubt stop to a US$35 million claim brought by two US poultry exporters. The case reportedly saw the first successful use of power recently introduced to the ICSID. It allows dismissal of a claim at the threshold stage. The firm was also involved in a part of the Russo-Ukraine “gas wars” dispute, on the side of Ukrainain state gas company Naftogaz.
In 2009, the head of international arbitration, Dmitry Dyakin, rejoined the team after a period studying for an LLM in international arbitration at New York University School of Law. Since then, Dyakin has become LCIA YIAG regional representative for Russia and the CIS, and led several high-value merits hearings. The firm started to help teach a half-year course on international commercial arbitration at the Moscow State Academy of Law, authored by Alexander Vaneev.