Fried Frank litigation partner Justin Michaelson is included in The Lawyer's "Hot 100," a group of lawyers whose talents received positive attention in 2013 and who will likely continue making an impact in the new year.
The recognition underscores Mr. Michaelson's successful representation of the respondents in VTB Capital v. Nutritek – a US$330-million, cross-border dispute involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy against the Russian state bank, VTB. After winning two previous rounds in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, Mr. Michaelson won in the Supreme Court; The Lawyer expects that the outcome will continue to influence the rule of jurisdiction and provide the market with guidance on forum challenges for years to come.
The VTB matter is one of several cases to which Mr. Michaelson has applied expertise regarding corruption in Russia and former CIS countries arising out of accelerated loans, sales at an undervalue in bank realization programs, state-tolerated commercial pressure and other means of extracting value from legitimate commercial enterprises. A dual-qualified barrister and solicitor advocate, Mr. Michaelson has appeared before many international commercial arbitral tribunals, both institutional and ad hoc, in disputes covering a range of jurisdictions and sectors – including oil and gas, real estate, software technology, metals, telecoms, private equity and major projects.
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