Rustam graduated in 2002 from Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) with a degree in jurisprudence.
In 2007, he graduated from the Volgograd Academy of the Ministry of the Interior with a PhD in Law.
He has been admitted to the bar since 2003.
He is proficient in English and French.
Rustam Kurmaev specializes in the resolution of commercial disputes, real-estate and construction disputes, corporate disputes, as well as disputes involving the criminal defense of business, systematically mounting a comprehensive defense strategy for corporate executives and top managers at all stages of the criminal process.
Armed with a significant amount of experience representing the interests of Russian and foreign companies at the commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction, including the RF Supreme Commercial Court and RF Supreme Court, Rustam is a widely-recognized specialist on issues involving the execution of court rulings, both through the procedures envisioned by law (enforcement proceedings and bankruptcy), as well as through the application of alternative instruments (mediation).
Rustam Kurmaev is one of the toughest lawyers on the market. He is known for his professionalism in the criminal defense of business and legal support for companies in disputes with governmental authorities, including law enforcement agencies, and is a highly-regarded expert on issues involving the observance of anticorruption legislation (compliance).
Rustam Kurmaev was the winner of the Client Choice Awards 2015-2016 in the nominating category “Russian Litigation,” and also the winner of the 2015 Global Corporate Livewire Awards in the category “Anti-Corruption and Compliance”. He is listed as a top-recommended attorney in the area of corporate compliance and investigation according to the Global Investigation Review 100 for 2015. For many years, Rustam has been a top-rated attorney in the field of dispute resolution according to the leading global publications The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 reports:
A key figure on the market is Rustam Kurmaev – an outstanding specialist in the handling of disputes at the Russian courts.
Chambers and Partners Europe 2017 recommends Rustam as one of the best legal experts in his field:
Rustam Kurmaev represents the interests of large national companies in domestic corporate and commercial disputes, and also consults international corporations within the scope of financial disputes with their Russian partners. Yet another focus of Rustam’s professional endeavors involves the criminal defense of business and internal investigations.
Chambers and Partners Global 2018 emphasizes:
Rustam Kurmaev’s expertise in the area of dispute resolution is highly valued on the market. He represents the interests of clients in both regulatory and commercial disputes. Clients appreciate his practicality and pragmatism on business issues, adding that he “radiates calm.” He also represents the interests of corporate clients in the investigation of economic offences with criminal aspects.
The international legal directory Best Lawyers in Russia has from 2012 through 2018 consistently included Rustam Kurmaev on its list of the best Russian lawyers in the field of litigation, based on the consensus of the legal community of his peers.
Successful representation of the interests of a Russian mining-and-metallurgical giant in a dispute with the counterparty under consulting agreements and finished-product supply contracts in the total amount of RUB 12.7 bln. Successful representation of the interests of Mechel Group companies in disputes on holding controlling entities to subsidiary liability within the scope of bankruptcy cases, as well as in disputes involving the recovery of damages caused by the actions of management bodies.
Successful representation of the interests of a systemic enterprise in a dispute over a claim seeking the recovery of RUB 11 bln. The swift and decisive actions taken by our team made it possible not only to secure injunctive relief through the freezing of the respondent’s assets, but also to organize the sweeping imposition of effective provisional remedies that allowed for the actual seizure of the opponent’s key production assets and the freezing of accounts receivable owed to the industry’s main players in just three days. The sheer speed and scope of these actions prompted the opponent to reach an amicable settlement with our client.