Saturday, June 27, 2009

law firm raids

Seems that the battle over the Moskva hotel project is being ramped up again as it occassionally does and this time has claimed White & Case and DLA as victims. Both firms' Moscow offices were raided by the Investigative Committee of the MVD on 17th June as part of an alleged fraud investigation.

It seems that the target of the raids was Ashot Egiazaryan, a competitor of Luzhkov and Baturina in the Moskva deal as well as the owner of Daev Plaza, one of the two office centres raided.

Obiter RU is not surprised that administrative pressure is still being applied by the Mayor's people but once again, the battle creeps into the legal sphere with amazing ease. It is quickly getting to the stage where if there are any commercial/political interests at stake in your case; go to Paris or Frankfurt and get representation there.

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