Louis Flannery QC

Louis Flannery QC

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We have been advising companies and high net worth individuals based or operating in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for over 50 years in both contentious and non-contentious matters. We have unparalleled experience in this region, particularly for large scale complex disputes.
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Both for disputes and corporate transactions, the importance of in-depth regional experience is paramount. It requires a detailed understanding of local business practices and often a close working relationship with local counsel. The ability to make decisions quickly and with confidence, is only acquired by working in this area as long as we have.

We have unrivalled experience in complex international disputes involving individuals and entities based in CIS and CEE countries. We are rightly ranked in the top tiers of the major legal directories for our cross-border litigation and arbitration practices.

We have worked on some of the largest international fraud and asset tracing cases arising from this region, and we are familiar with all the local issues that regularly arise, and we know how to navigate them. Our group also boasts significant experience on immigration, wealth management and corporate transactions for CIS/CEE-based clients.

We have a number of English qualified associates who speak Russian and a number of CIS qualified lawyers who have vast experience of working in these countries.

Whether your goal is to complete a complex commercial deal or resolve a lengthy and costly dispute, we are well positioned to provide all the legal guidance and advice you need.

Sanctions advice

Advising two of the largest Russian banks on the effects on their businesses of rapidly developing EU sanctions in relation to Ukraine.


Advising Roshen Confectionary, one of the largest Eastern European manufacturers of confectionery products, in relation to confidential contentious matters.

Fiona Trust Court of Appeal victory

Successfully defended fraud and bribery claims brought by Sovcomflot and Novoship for over US$1 billion. This was one of the largest trials before the English court in recent years.

High net worth individual's family office

Advising family office of one of the world's wealthiest women, based in the CEE, on various commercial matters relating to tax structuring, dispute resolution and employment law.

Russian oligarch

Brought claims against the former business partners of a Russian oligarch, including successfully freezing millions of dollars in cash in accounts offshore and in a CIS jurisdiction.

TB Group (Ukraine)

Advising TB Group (Ukraine), the third largest producer of concentrated fruit juice in Europe, on various confidential contentious matters.

Kernel JV

Advising on a US$260 million joint venture between this leading global commodities company and a Ukrainian agribusiness to acquire a major processing facility on the Black Sea.

KPMG CIS closed end fund

Advising KPMG in relation to the launch of a US$300 million closed end fund focused on CIS region opportunities.

First Investment Bank

Advising on its acquisition of the Bulgarian bank, MKB Unionbank EAD, from a Hungarian subsidiary of Bayerische Landesbank. Following the acquisition, First Investment Bank’s assets were valued at approximately £3.6 billion.

The liquidators of an insolvent CEE bank

Brought multiple High Court claims against the bank's former owner, a Russian businessman, including successful applications for a freezing order, search orders and third party disclosure orders.

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