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Sergey Kovalev

Sergey Kovalev

Kovalev Tugushi & PartnersRuzheyniy Lane, 3Entrance 2, 2nd floorMoscowRussia119121

Global Leader

Asset Recovery 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sergey Kovalev is a prominent name in Russia's asset recovery space. He is experienced in multi-jurisdictional litigation proceedings before Russia's highest courts.


Sergey Kovalev has practised for 26 years in arbitration and bankruptcy. Starting in 1992, Sergey held the position of head of legal within several well-known Russian companies. Until 2001, when he became managing partner of his own law firm, which was highly recognised by state corporations and the Central Bank of Russia.

From 2011 to 2017, Sergey was the head of the litigation and bankruptcy practice of Epam law offices, managing a team of 60 lawyers, and in April 2017, he took the lead at Kovalev Tugushi & Partners law office (KT&P).

Sergey has been ranked in Best Lawyers 2019 under litigation, arbitration and mediation, insolvency and reorganisation law; WWL: Asset Recovery (2015–2019); Chambers: Dispute Resolution as a Band 3 lawyer in 2015 and Band 4 in 2016–2017; The Legal 500 (2014-2016); and the GAR 100 2015. Sergey was awarded Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for insolvency and reorganisation law (2017).

KT&P have been ranked in the Pravo.ru-300 rating (2018) as Band I in bankruptcy, Band II in litigation and dispute resolution, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and insurance law, and Band IV in corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. They have also been ranked in IFLR1000 2019 under restructuring and insolvency and the Kommersant 2018 as one of the top five legal practices in arbitration debt recovery. KT&P have received the Corporate Livewire Award in 2018 for excellence in dispute resolution in Russia.

Sergey is a highly recognised practitioner with extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, debt recovery, bankruptcy and corporate law. He has advised on over 1,000 successful cases before Russian courts of all instances. He is a proficient expert and has effective experience in arguing high-profile cases before the supreme courts of Russia. He is a member of the expert council for the Ministry of Justice and an arbitrator for the SHIAC.

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