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AGA Partners successfully represented the honoured coach of Ukraine in dispute with Ministry of Youth and Sports.

AGA Partners successfully represented the honoured coach of Ukraine in dispute with Ministry of Youth and Sports. The court upheld AGA Partners claims in full and cancelled the Ministry's wrongful decisions, thereby upholding the decision to support Iryna Zubko's candidacy.

As a result of a long dispute, the final goal was achieved: the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine (the “Ministry”) gave Iryna Zubko a sports title for training a high-class athlete. Iryna is the first coach of Danyil Boldyrev, a Ukrainian climber, Honored Master of Sports, champion and world record holder, winner of numerous international competitions.

Back in October 2017, the commission of the Ministry supported the candidacy of a coach for awarding her the title of Honored Coach of Ukraine. However, after the intervention of the Mountaineering and Climbing Federation of Ukraine (the “Federation”), the commission of the Ministry cancelled its previous decision and refused to assign Irina a sports title.

AGA Partners requested the court demanding to admit the decisions of the Ministry unlawful and cancel it.

The court reached the conclusion that the first decision of the Ministry’s commission, adopted in October 2017, was not a subject to review due to the absence of a procedure legally prescribed for this and, accordingly, is final. The court also confirmed that the absence of a Federation opinion is not a legitimate reason for refusing to award the sports title Honored Coach of Ukraine.

As a result, the court fully satisfied the claims of AGA Partners and cancelled the disputed decisions of the Ministry, thus keeping in force the first decision of the commission. Today, the court decision has already been executed by the Ministry - on the basis of the commission’s first decision, Iryna Zubko was awarded the sports title Honored Coach of Ukraine.

This court decision is clearly not stereotyped and ordinary. This case demonstrates that not only the decision of the state body, but also its structural units can be final, and therefore can be changed or cancelled in the manner prescribed by law. We hope that this decision will be used as a precedent to consolidate the principle of legal certainty.

This case was led by senior associates Dmytro Koval and Iurii Gulevatyi and associate Vikroriia Tolochko.

01.11.19
AGA Partners successfully represents English trading company in GAFTA arbitration. AGA Partners secured a favourable award to the client in a dispute at the GAFTA arbitration for a total amount of more than EUR1,500,000.

AGA Partners successfully represents English trading company in GAFTA arbitration. AGA Partners secured a favourable award to the client in a dispute at the GAFTA arbitration for a total amount of more than EUR1,500,000.

As agreed by the parties under the contract of sale, our client delivered the goods to one of Iranian ports on C&F (cost and freight) basis and should have been paid within 10 days after delivery of goods to port warehouse.

However, upon delivery, final receiver posessed the goods without original B/Ls and seller’s approval. Buyers informed that no goods were in fact delivered and the port warehouse was empty. The buyers refused to pay for the goods and demanded back 50% pre-payment and damages, reaching EUR3,000,000 in total.

Given the complexity of the situation, our client was forced to initiate criminal proceedings in Iran against buyers holding them liable for fraud and, at the same time claimed the balance price of the goods in GAFTA arbitration.

Particular difficulty was that buyers argued that our client was obliged to deliver the goods to the port warehouse and secure its receipt by buyers Nevertheless, our team successfully proved that the client’s obligation and risk of loss terminated when goods passed the ship’s rail. Thus, the Tribunal dismissed the buyer’s counterclaim and awarded our client full contract price together with damages.

Unquestionably, C&F contracts may be modified in accordance with the parties’ consent. Such modifications, however, do not change the essence of the obligations and, most importantly, do not influence the risk allocation.

The AGA Partners team was led by partner Iryna Moroz with support from senior associate Dmytro Koval and associate Iryna Ivanova.

 

31.07.19
The GAFTA Board of Appeal satisfied in full the Client’s claim of approximately USD150,000 seeking compensation for damages specified in a washout agreement that were caused by the failure to comply with the contract.

The GAFTA Board of Appeal satisfied in full the Client’s claim of approximately USD150,000 seeking compensation for damages specified in a washout agreement that were caused by the failure to comply with the contract.

A washout agreement is a settlement agreement by which a party seeks to terminate the contract, without declaring a default, with compensation paid by the party who refuses to fulfil the contract. Typically, the compensation is the difference between the contractual price of the goods and the market price of the goods on the day of such a refusal.

The question of whether the parties concluded a washout agreement arises more and more often in trade disputes and has become the “cornerstone” of the case.

Our biggest challenge was that the parties discussed the agreement verbally through brokers. In addition, there were no formal labour or contractual relations between the representative of the counterparty and the company represented by him. These circumstances served as a ground for the counterparty to challenge the conclusion of the contract.

However, English law is flexible as to the form of a contract, which can be concluded either verbally or in writing using all possible means of communication. The authority of the company’s representatives is presumed in English law. That is why the existence of formal labour relations or other corporate restrictions in no way affects the possibility of concluding a contract.”

The AGA Partners team successfully proved that the parties had actually agreed the washout agreement verbally through the broker. Furthermore, arbitrators confirmed the general position of English law that any person who represents a company may enter into a contract, regardless of his or her position in the company and the existence of formal labour relations.

The AGA Partners team was led by partner Iryna Moroz with support of senior associate Dmytro Koval.

23.04.19
AGA Partners secured a favourable award for the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“ICAC”) for a total amount of almost USD200,000.

AGA Partners secured a favourable award for the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“ICAC”) for a total amount of almost USD200,000.

AGA Partners represented a major international inspection company (“Surveyor”) in a dispute against a global oil trading company, which refused to pay for the Surveyor’s services. The claim concerned a debt collection for the provided services. However, it was further complicated by the counterclaim on the scope of the Surveyor’s obligations and the proper provision of its services.

In particular, the respondent raised arguments on improper sampling and the Surveyor’s liability for unsatisfactory cargo quality, claiming around USD200,000.

Indisputably, surveyors cannot be held liable for the quality of the cargo. The scope of the surveyor’s obligations is limited to the inspection of the cargo’s quality at loading in accordance with the client’s instructions and the issuance of corresponding quality certificates. Should the tribunal favour the respondent’s position, it would set up a dangerous precedent for surveyors companies and the inspection services market. We are certain that the success of the counterclaim would leave the agricultural market in uncertainty as to the limits of liability of inspection companies.

Nevertheless, during the written submissions exchange stage and oral hearings our team proved that the Surveyor cannot be held liable for the inappropriate quality of the cargo delivered by the shipper, if the Surveyor’s obligations were duly performed. As a result, the tribunal dismissed the counterclaim and satisfied our client’s demands.

The AGA Partners team was led by partner Iryna Moroz, with support from senior associate Iurii Gulevatyi.

04.04.19
AGA Partners successfully represented the client's interests in GAFTA arbitration in the dispute with a Swiss trading company.

AGA Partners successfully represented the client's interests in GAFTA arbitration in the dispute with a Swiss trading company.

As the result of 8 months long arbitral proceedings, the tribunal satisfied demands of our client in full, for a total amount of over USD200,000.

The decision is extremely interesting for understanding current trends in international agricultural commodities trade. In particular, it covers a detailed model for calculating compensation of damages resulting from the refusal to execute the contract.

The key complexity of this case lied in proving the tribunal’s approach towards calculating the amount of damages. This had a direct influence on the commercial component and compensation, which fluctuated between USD50,000 and 200,000.

The worst case scenario favours the defendant and could result in a minimum amount awarded to our client. This would happen if the arbitrator calculated the damages according to the general rule – on the day after expiration of the delivery period under the contract.

The defendant also provided alternative calculation models, which were dissatisfactory to our client.

Fortunately, our team was able to persuade the tribunal that an on-going negotiations between the parties, despite the formal expiration of the contract, allow to deviate from the general calculations rule and extend the term, which directly affects the increase of damages.

Eventually, the arbitrator satisfied the maximum possible amount in our client's favour by considering all the special aspects of the case.

The AGA Partners team was led by partners Iryna Moroz and Ivan Kasynyuk, with support from associates Dmitry Koval and Viktoriia Tolochko.

22.01.19
AGA Partners represented a Swiss Company in GAFTA arbitration dispute under CIF sale contract with an Egyptian company regarding compensation of damages in the form of demurrage and interest for the late payment for the goods.

AGA Partners represented a Swiss Company (“Claimant”) in GAFTA arbitration dispute under CIF sale contract with an Egyptian company (“Respondent”) regarding compensation of damages in the form of demurrage and interest for the late payment for the goods.

Through these proceedings, AGA Partners established a new practice of representing clients in GAFTA arbitration disputes, which are resolved by a sole arbitrator.

The dispute concerned correct calculation of laytime and responsibility for demurrage. The calculation of the incurred demurrage depended on who is responsible for the suspension of discharge of the goods.

While deciding upon this case, the decisive factors were specific acts and instructions of each party, since the party who gave direct instructions to suspend the discharge will be held liable. It should be noted that in the present case, the Claimant had not instructed to suspend the discharge, but did warn the Respondent about such consequences, which may incur if the Respondent fails to provide the payment.

After analysing all factual circumstances of the case, the arbitrator held that the discharge was suspended by the instructions of the Respondent, which misunderstood the situation, and, consequently, is liable for damages, which incurred thereafter.

This case once again demonstrates that in contracts governed by the English law, each word from the correspondence between the parties is important. Liability of the parties is established after overall examination of negotiations, correspondence, and acts of each party.

In his award, the arbitrator highlighted that despite the information provided in Statement of Facts (SOF), it was suspended by the Respondent and not the Claimant. Therefore, the arbitrator held the Respondent liable for demurrage incurred due to suspending the discharge. Additionally, the arbitrator obliged the Respondent to pay the Claimant the statutory interest for the late payment for the goods.

As a result, the arbitrator has awarded to satisfy the Claimant’s demand for the compensation of damages.

AGA Partners team was led by Senior associate Dmytro Koval and associate Leila Kazimi, under the supervision of Partners Ivan Kasynyuk and Iryna Moroz.

26.11.18
AGA Partners successfully represented a UK citizen in the Supreme Court in a dispute regarding the return of a wrongfully retained child to England.

The judgment of the Supreme Court will bring a new approach to dispute resolution related to international child abduction and will become a judicial precedent in Ukraine. The Supreme Court provided the first-ever clarification on the procedure for dispute resolution related to international child abduction, application of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction of 25 October 1980 (“1980 Convention”), and interpretation of criteria for refusal to return a child to the state of permanent residence.

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine filed a claim in early 2013. Over the last years, this case was repeatedly reviewed by Ukrainian courts of all instances, including the Supreme Court.

AGA Partners prepared a cassation appeal and a request seeking the renewal of the term of cassation appeal that were filed on behalf of the client with the High Specialised Court for Civil and Criminal Cases in early 2017. However, due to the judicial reform, it was late August 2018 when the new Supreme Court made its final decision.

Thus, the Supreme Court has rightfully held that the primary focus of the above 1980 Convention is that one parent or family member cannot independently decide to change the child’s place of permanent residence. The Court also noted that the child’s place of permanent residence is of major importance in restoring the status quo since the illegal removal or retention of the child violates the child’s rights and interests, as well as the right (custody right) of the parent without whose consent the child was taken from the country of habitual residence.

The Supreme Court also highlighted that when considering the issue on returning the child to the home state, the issue of defining a person who will have custody rights in the future is not resolved. The issue of custody rights to be granted to one or both parents falls within the jurisdiction of competent authorities of the child’s country of permanent residence before the relocation.

The Supreme Court also provided official interpretation as to the application of Articles 8, 12, and 13 of the 1980 Convention, thus, shaping a new perspective on this issue in Ukraine.

AGA Partners team was led by Senior associate Oleksandr Gubin under the supervision of Partner Iryna Moroz.

08.10.18
According to the results of the Best Lawyers 2019, AGA Partners were ranked among the best lawyers in two practices.

Aminat Suleymanova entered the top-list of lawyers in Arbitration / Mediation and International Arbitration Practices, Ivan Kasynyuk - in Arbitration and Mediation, and Irina Moroz - in the practice of International Arbitration.

Announcing the results of an annual research of one of the most influential international ratings Best Lawyers became a pleasant news for the whole AGA Partners team.

Our partners were ranked in two practices!

Aminat Suleymanova, managing partner, entered the top-list of lawyers in Arbitration / Mediation and International Arbitration Practices,  Ivan Kasynyuk, partner, - in Arbitration and Mediation, and Irina Moroz, partner, - in the practice of International Arbitration.

We are grateful for high appreciation and will move furher! 

21.06.18
Ivan Kasyunyuk and Irina Moroz jointly with GAFTA held a two-day training course "Commodity dispute resolution", during which participants were able to deepen their knowledge of trade rules according to English law.

5-6 June in Kyiv AGA Partners jointly with Gafta: The Grain and Feed Trade Association held a two-day training course "Commodity dispute resolution".

During the course, the participants were able to deepen their knowledge of  trade rules according to the English law, draw their attention to important aspects of drafting a contract and learn about the peculiarities of arbitration procedures in GAFTA.

   

06.06.18
AGA Partners signed an Agreement on providing legal assistance with the World Champion and record holder in High-Speed Climbing, Daniil Boldyrev within the framework of the project "Legal Aid to Sports in Ukraine"

"The mountain does not seem unapproachable, if you look from its top."

We are pleased to announce that AGA Partners have signed an agreement on legal assistance with the World Champion and record-holder in High-Speed Climbing Danyil Boldyrev within the framework of the project "Legal Aid to Sport in Ukraine"

We hope, our cooperation will contribute Denis to achieve new sports peaks, and will help us to achieve, of course, legal peaks.

After all, our emblem is in the shape of a mountain no by accident!

01.06.18
Aminat Suleymanova moderated the meeting of the UBA Committee on International Law. The topic was: "International trade in agricultural products with the Islamic Republic of Iran: gossip or opportunities?"

Trade with countries, which are under the sanctions, is one the most discussed topic among  traders these days.

Today, at the meeting of the UBA Committee on International Law, the participants discussed ways of Ukraine's trade cooperation with Iran and ways to minimize risks in establishing legal relationships between Ukrainian and Iranian companies.

Aminat Suleymanova, Managing Partner of AGA Partners acted as a moderator of the event, and Olga Kuchmienko, lawyer of AGA Partners and representatives of State bodies that regulate trade relations between Ukraine and Iran acted as a speakers.

More information about the event

29.05.18
AGA Partners is the best law firm in the International Trade according to the results of the Legal Award 2018.

In addition, we entered the TOP-5 in three practices: Agribusiness, Arbitration and Family Law. Ivan Kasyunyuk entered the TOP-5 lawyers in the Arbitration practice.

AGA Partners is the best law firm in the International Trade according to the results of the Legal Award 2018.

In addition, we entered the TOP-5 in three practices: Agribusiness, Arbitration and Family Law. Ivan Kasyunyuk entered the TOP-5 lawyers in the Arbitration practice.

At such moments of recognition, we spread our wings  are ready to move on further, higher and faster!

Thanks to the Yurdychna Praktyka team   for the high praise, and we continue to work  

18.05.18
Ivan Kasynyuk, partner of AGA Partners, acted as speaker at the XV International Conference "Black Sea Grain 2018". Ivan told the guests about the legal aspects of profit protection in agribusiness and shared with the traders the secrets of successful trade according to GAFTA standards.

«From Volume to Value».

Ivan Kasynyuk, partner of AGA Partners, acted as speaker at the XV International Conference "Black Sea Grain 2018". Ivan told the guests about the legal aspects of profit protection in agribusiness and shared with the traders the secrets of successful trade according to GAFTA standards.

"Black Sea Grain" Conference – is an international platform aimed at discussion of topical issues and prospects of the global and Black Sea agri commodity markets. “Black Sea Grain” Conference offers participants an excellent environment to find out the latest drivers of agricultural market, adjust business strategies in a rapidly changing world and get new valuable contacts with global operators of agri business.

30.04.18
The Board of the Committee on Agrarian Law of the Ukrainian Bar Association headed by Ivan Kasynyuk, the partner of AGA Partners, held an open meeting at which the nearest plans of the Committee's activities and the subjects of the forthcoming meetings were discussed.

The Board of the Committee on Agrarian Law of the Ukrainian Bar Association headed by Ivan Kasynyuk, partner of AGA Partners, held an open meeting.

At the meeting the immediate plans of the Committee's activities and the subjects of the forthcoming meetings were discussed. Board members also adopted and put to a vote the decision to expand the Board of the Committee.

More information about the event

27.04.18
The AGA Partners team heads the working group and is the developer of the new unique standard GAFTA contract.

Ivan Kasynyuk, Irina Moroz and Iurii Gulevatyi took part in the regular meeting of the working group on the development of a CPT contract, whuch is unique for Ukraine.

The development of the CPT contract continues!

Ivan Kasynyuk, Irina Moroz and Iurii Gulevatyi with The Grain and Feed Trade Association and leading Ukrainian traders and exporters took part in the regular meeting of the working group on the development the new unique GAFTA standard proforma contract on the CPT basis for Ukraine. The AGA Partners team heads the working group.

This is a unique project that will create an exclusive contract for Ukrainian traders, which is aimed at facilitating dispute resolution in the Black Sea region. It is the first contract ever made for Ukraine. 

25.04.18
The Legal 500 recognized AGA Partners team as one of the best in Private Clients and Dispute Resolution practices.

Aminat Suleymanova is noted as one of the four leading lawyers in the Ukrainian market on family law. Also, Aminat Suleymanova, Irina Moroz and Ivan Kasynyuk were singled out separately in the practice of Dispute Resolution.

Three years ago, no one believed in the success of our initiative to create a separate nomination "Private Clients" within the international rating "The Legal 500".

Today we are happy not only to see the results of the first research for this area of law, but also to be listed among the best in the practice of Private Clients.

The Legal 500 recognized AGA Partners team as ‘high-level specialists’ in family law.

Aminat Suleimanova is separately noted as ‘honest, trustworthy and diligent’ lawyer, and became one of the four leading lawyers in the Ukrainian market in family law.

The Legal 500 also separately noted Irina Moroz, and Alexander Gubin is recognized among the "Next generation lawyers"!

But that's not all!

The Legal 500 has traditionally recognized AGA Partners as a leading firm for international trade and commodities disputes. Also, Aminat Suleymanova, Irina Moroz and Ivan Kasynyuk are singled out separately in the practice of Dispute Resolution.

13.04.18