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Chambers Europe 2018:

SMP is recognized among the best law firms in Russia
SMP is recognized among the best law firms in Russia in the Chambers Europe 2018 rankings.

Our lawyers were highly regarded by the market and clients in the area of Shipping (Transportation: Shipping, Band 2). The high reputation of our experts in disputes, advising clients on arrests of ships, collisions and damage is noted.

Our partners Mikhail Sokolov, Sergey Seliverstov and Elena Popova were recognized personally by the Chambers Europe rankings

You can get more information on the site Chambers & Partners.
Shipping 2017

М. Sokolov, A. Arkhipova, S. Seliverstov
Newbuilding contracts
1. When does title in the ship pass from the shipbuilder to the shipowner? Can the parties agree to change when title will pass?
The parties are free to determine the time when the title passes from the shipbuilder to the shipowner. Under the Civil Code, unless otherwise provided by the contract, the risk of incidental loss of the new building passes from the shipbuilder to the shipowner at the time of acceptance.
2. Are there any remedies available in local courts to compel delivery of the vessel when the yard refuses to do so?
The shipowner may file a claim to oblige the yard to deliver the vessel. If the claim is granted by the court, it may be enforced with the assistance of bailiffs. In addition, the yard may be obliged to pay damages incurred as a result of unlawful detention of the vessel. Learn more →
Air Transport 2018

М. Sokolov, A. Arkhipova, S. Seliverstov
General

1. Which bodies regulate aviation in your country, under what basic laws?
Aviation is regulated in Russia by the following:

• the Ministry of Transport as the federal body of executive power in the sphere of transport, including air transport. The Ministry of Transport works out the state policy and deals with legal regulation in the sphere of, inter alia, aviation, use of the airspace and aero-navigational services provided to the users of the airspace... Learn more →
IATA Aviation Liability Reporter 2017

S. Seliverstov, A. Aniskina, V. Krivonosov
Limitation of liability
Claims relating to baggage
The Russian Federation is not a party to the Montreal Convention of 1999. However, in certain cases, Russian courts apply the provisions of the Convention to aviation liability claims. In Lubchich S. v. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, a passenger filed a claim for compensation due to loss of his baggage. Learn more →
Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

A. Arkhipova, E. Popova
Regulation

1. Regulatory agencies.
Identify the regulatory agencies responsible for regulating insurance and reinsurance companies.
Since April 2014, insurance is regulated by the Central Bank of Russia and the Ministry of Finance. The Central Bank of Russia, in its capacity as 'mega-regulator', undertakes regulation and control in all spheres of the financial market. It is the authority that issues and revokes insurance licences, checks compliance with insurance legislation, including requirements for capital and reserves, and handles the registry of insurance professionals. The Ministry of Finance elaborates state policy and prepares draft bills in the sphere of insurance. Learn more →
Energy Law in Europe: National, EU and International Regulation

S. Seliverstov, I.Gudkov
Energy Law in Europe: National EU and International Regulation is a classical academic edition published by Oxford University Press. The book comprises chapters written by the world's leading legal scholars dedicated to the general issues of international regulation of energy activities, energy trade and investments law, the extensive domain of the EU energy law, as well as the regulation of the energy sector in ten key jurisdictions around Europe. Learn more →
Air Transport 2017

М. Sokolov, A. Arkhipova, S. Seliverstov
General

1. Which bodies regulate aviation in your country, under what basic laws?
Aviation is regulated in the Russian Federation by the following:
• the Ministry of Transport as the federal body of executive power in the sphere of transport, including air transport. The Ministry of Transport works out the state policy and deals with legal regulation in the sphere of, inter alia, aviation, use of the airspace and aeronavigational services provided to the users of the airspace;
• the Federal Agency of Air Transport (FAAT), a federal body with executive power that provides state services and manages state property in the sphere of air transport (civil aviation), of the use of the airspace and aero-navigational services provided to the users of the airspace. Inter alia, the FAAT conducts certification of airports and keeps the state register of civil aerodromes and airports. Among other things, the FAAT is in charge of registration of aircraft. The FAAT is part of the Ministry of Transport... Learn more →
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