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Production of consumer goods

Production of consumer goods

Pepeliaev Group offers extensive experience of providing legal assistance to food enterprises in Russia. Our services include:

  • providing our clients with ongoing advice on marking imported food products and food products manufactured in Russia and ensuring that the marking of the food products complies with legislation; 
  • participating in the development of the Technical Regulations for certain types of products (these regulations should replace the outdated standards, the so-called GOSTs); 
  • advising clients on mandatory certification and licensing; 
  • advising clients on legislation relating to genetically modified foods, ingredients and authorised nutritional supplements; 
  • we have advised a leading international manufacturer of foods and spices on legal provisions regulating the use of irradiated herbs and spices in Russia; 
  • drawing up regular reports for one of the leading law firms in Europe on the status of Russian legislation regulating foods and animal feed as well as on the amendments to that legislation; 
  • as instructed by a major international food manufacturer, we drafted Guidelines for Marking Foods in compliance with the laws of Russia and former Soviet republics and in accordance with our client's corporate policy. 

Projects

Successfully represented a client in a dispute worth USD 10.5 million in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce

We represented a Client in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce in a dispute with a counterparty arising from a contract under Russian law for the supply of broiler hatching eggs. The dispute was over a debt of UDS 500,000, which our Client’s claim sought to recover. The counterparty issued a counterclaim seeking compensation of alleged losses of USD 10 million. The Client’s claim was upheld; the counterclaim was rejected. The direct involvement of Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers in the arbitration in Stockholm demonstrates our team’s wide capabilities. The project involved: drafting all the procedural documents, speaking English during the hearings, working with witnesses (preparing and interrogating the Client’s witnesses, cross-examining the counterparty’s witnesses), and working in close cooperation with our Client's Swedish lawyers engaged for the arbitral proceedings. The case was considered under Swedish arbitration legislation; aspects of English law were applied in the hearing to the concept of liquidated damages (i.e. those agreed in advance).

Representing a global sportswear producer in a dispute with a distributor

The practice’s lawyers provided legal support to a major global sportswear producer in a number of disputes in which it sought to recover debt from a distributor and regarding the termination of a distribution agreement. Within the framework of the project, our lawyers successfully defended the client in the court of first instance in a dispute initiated by a distributor which was seeking to invalidate a distribution agreement. In addition, Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers have completed a litigation initiated by the issuer of a USD 400,000 promissory note to secure the distributor's performance of its obligations. The issuer was seeking to have the security transaction invalidated. Our lawyers also defended the client in three court cases against a bank to receive USD 3 million secured by a bank guarantee. This project is important from the standpoint of forming judicial practice relating to the enforcement of security for obligations in situations where the issuer of the promissory note has no obvious economic interest in the secured obligation, and when bank guarantees contain incorrect wording relating to the secured obligations.

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