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Dmitry Shnaydman

Partner, Lawyer
Experience
Dmitry Shnaydman is a partner of Belskiy & Partners. With over 25 years of experience, he specializes in legal risk management, dispute resolution, commercial litigation and arbitration in insurance law.

Prior to joining Belskiy & Partners, Dmitry Shnaydman headed the major cases litigation department at the largest Russian insurance company Rosgosstrakh, and after was head of the Insurance Law Practice at leading national lawfirm.

Dmitry has a unique experience in adjustment of large and complex losses in the interests of insured policyholders both at the pre-trial and judicial stages in the field of property insurance (including fire insurance, insurance of machines against breakdowns, insurance of losses from business interruption and business risks, trade credits insurance, mortgage insurance, agricultural insurance, etc.). He has taken countless cases to court and won over his career, saving and recovering billions of rubles in damages and costs on behalf of his clients.

Dmitry’s extensive judicial track record includes representations in tort related disputes (obligations due to infliction of harm); cases of bringing to subsidiary liability the owners and directors of the business; disputes arising from breach of contractual obligations.

He had also represented his clients at commercial arbitration institutions (ICAC of the Russian Federation), as well as at ad hoc arbitrations.

Having acted for both policyholders and insurers as claimant and defendant, Dmitry has a strategic insight and tactical advantage when litigating and conducting negotiations, and always seeks to achieve the most commercially favorable outcome.

Along with loss adjustment activities and litigation, Dmitry has implemented complex projects to build an insurance coverage system for Russian enterprises ang global corporates (energy and national resources, oil & gas, industry, retail trade).

Dmitry is an advocate at Moscow Regional Bar Association and speaks fluent English.

Biography Facts
  1. Bashkir State University Law School (1998).
  2. Rosgosstrakh Corporate University. Faculty of Management (2005).
  3. Author of many publications and popular expert in media on insurance law issues.

Practice areas

  • Insurance law.
  • Business interruption insurance claims ("BI").
  • Tort litigation.
  • General dispute resolution.
  • Owners and officers' liability cases.
  • Debt recovery.
  • Coverage and indemnity (general insurance) advice to corporates.
Industry experience

  • Banking and finance.
  • Insurance.
  • Industry.
  • Energy and natural resources.
  • Construction.
  • Trade and e-commerce.
Practice areas
  • Insurance law.
  • Business interruption insurance claims ("BI").
  • Tort litigation.
  • General dispute resolution.
  • Owners and officers' liability cases.
  • Debt recovery.
  • Coverage and indemnity (general insurance) advice to corporates.
Industry experience
  • Banking and finance.
  • Insurance.
  • Industry.
  • Energy and natural resources.
  • Construction.
  • Trade and e-commerce.

Selected cases
Dispute Resolution
  • Representing major Russian insurer in a series of arbitration disputes with a pool of foreign reinsurers under an aircraft hull insurance and liability insurance in connection with a plane crash with a total amount of claims of more than 3 billion rubles (including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation).

  • Representing major Russian insurer in a dispute regarding the amount of compensation under a contract of property insurance of electric power facilities.

  • Representing a leading Russian insurer in a series of disputes on insurance contracts for agricultural products (crops).

  • Representing a Top-5 manufacturer of household appliances in a dispute against an insurance company under a business risk insurance contract (trade credit insurance).

  • Representation of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in a dispute vs an insurance company under a business risk insurance contract (trade credit insurance).

  • Representing the growing organizer of entertainment events in a dispute against an insurance company under a business risk insurance contract (insurance of the risk of canceling a cultural event).

  • Representation of a furniture manufacturer in a dispute with an insurance company under a property insurance contract for legal entities (insurance of goods in warehouses).

  • Representing the interests of an individual in a series of disputes with an insurance company and banks on issues of mortgage insurance and credit obligations.

Pre-trial settlement
  • Advising a major participant in the electric power industry market on the issue of obtaining insurance compensation for equipment breakdown (recognition of the event as insured, competition of insurance and warranty obligations, the amount of insurance compensation).

  • Advising a major manufacturer of textile products on the issue of obtaining insurance compensation for real estate and goods and materials damaged by fire (preparation of necessary documents, algorithm of interaction with the insurer, collection of the necessary evidence base).

  • Complex legal support in the process of settling relations with an insurance company under a personal insurance contract upon the death of a top manager of a large Russian energy company (strategy development, preparation and compilation of all necessary documents, negotiations with the insurer in the interests of the heirs).

Consulting and compliance
  • Audit of the existing system of insurance protection of a large food retailer (analysis of existing insurance contracts, identification of existing risks in connection with contractual terms, development of proposals for optimizing contracts).

  • Development of comprehensive insurance coverage for a major manufacturer of garments (development of insurance contracts for real estate, equipment and inventory in circulation, further negotiations with the insurance company to agree on the terms of these contracts).

  • Development of insurance coverage for a major Russian construction contractor in the power industry for civil liability insurance during construction and installation works (preparation of insurance contracts, interaction with an insurance broker, negotiation of conditions with an insurer).

  • Development of conditions for insuring losses from business interruption for a leading national oil productor with nationwide branch network.

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