Rustam Kurmaev and Partners is noted among the leaders in the fields of dispute resolution (Tier 4), white collar crime (Tier 3) and restructuring & insolvency (Tier 4) by the international legal directory The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Edition. Rustam Kurmaev is named as "Next Generation Partner" in the Litigation practice area. The firm’s partners Dmitry Gorbunov and Dmitry Kletochkin and Heads of practices Vasily Malinin and Oleg Permyakov received individual recognition in the editorial.
According to the 2021 edition of the White-Collar Crime section of the Legal 500 EMEA, "The practitioners at dispute resolution boutique Rustam Kurmaev & Partners stand out for their `winning tactics`, particularly when handling white-collar criminal law work, disputes with regulators and state authorities, and defence of businesses in Russia. The key names to note are `excellent organiser, talented leader, and high-level expert` Rustam Kurmaev, `unsurpassed specialist` Dmitry Gorbunov and Dmitry Kletochkin, who is noted for being `well versed in all the intricacies of court cases`."
‘The team is focused on results for the client. They delve into our business processes down to the smallest detail, which helps them choose really winning tactics when dealing with government agencies. I am always sure that our interests come first. I understand that not only the necessary, but all possible actions in the interests of our company will be implemented.’
‘The main advantage and strength of this company is its team. I am very impressed by the degree of involvement of partners in all projects, they do not disregard even the seemingly insignificant details. When working with them, you immediately understand that the team is aimed at long-term cooperation.’
‘Rustam Kurmaev is an excellent leader who knows how to clearly and quickly organise the work of a team, even in situations that require an immediate response. Dmitry Kletochkin is a very high-level professional who is well versed in all the intricacies of court cases. Dmitry Gorbunov is our main contact for all issues related to interaction with government agencies and requiring a quick response.’
‘Ability to focus on providing services to a client not only based on legal theory, but also on emerging practice, to keep abreast, support the client, and make the right decisions.’
‘Rustam Kurmaev is an excellent organiser, talented leader, and high-level expert. Dmitry Gorbunov is an unsurpassed specialist in his field, able to correlate theory and practice, and to carry out effective communications.’
Dispute resolution: Litigation section published the following description of RKP`s practice: "Dispute resolution boutique Rustam Kurmaev & Partners prides itself on its successful track record in commercial litigation, corporate defence and corporate conflicts. The team has gained significant experience in the oil and gas, manufacturing, automotive, and banking and finance sectors. Founding partner Rustam Kurmaev leads the wider dispute resolution group and is adept at representing companies and financial institutions. Vasily Malinin heads up the commercial disputes practice."
‘A dispute resolution practice consisting of true professionals in their field, who are ready to promptly help on a wide range of issues arising in the company’s activities, which is very convenient for an in-house lawyer. Working with this law firm is comfortable, because we can be sure that prompt consideration will be given to any question and all possible options for resolving the existing dispute will be offered.’
‘For our part, we would like to note the contribution of the head of the practice – Vasily Malinin. It is Vasily’s professionalism, his extensive knowledge and calm confidence that distinguish him as a lawyer.’
‘Rustam Kurmaev & Partners’ team is distinguished by professionalism, accuracy, impeccable understanding of all the intricacies of the process and attention to the interests of the client. It is important for us that the team does not formally approach our requests and tasks, but delves deeply into the essence of the problems and effectively contributes to their resolution. Long-term experience of cooperation proves that the firm is engaged in complex dispute resolution. This, we believe, is its uniqueness and value for us.’
‘From a professional point of view, Rustam Kurmaev & Partners’ team is practically flawless. They have a completely different approach than other consultants. They try to look at the problem with our eyes, i.e. the client, and not just cite legislation. This helps them come up with unexpected initiatives and apply truly winning strategies in litigation.’
‘The team perfectly combines the ability to instantly react to force majeure with a perspective view of the problem, the ability to anticipate difficulties and avoid them. We see the result, that’s why we continue working with the team.’
The edition also recommends RKP in the Restructuring and Insolvency section with the following description: "Since its establishment in 2017, dispute resolution boutique Rustam Kurmaev & Partners has become a preferred destination for financial institutions and large Russian and international companies. The group’s insolvency work spans high-value bankruptcy cases; it places a particular emphasis on creditor-side representations across sectors such as construction, financial services, and mining. The department is spearheaded by Dmitry Kletochkin and Oleg Permyakov. Name partner Rustam Kurmaev is also a key contact." Clients comment: ‘Rich experience in tackling complex cases.’