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Enforcement: The Step Child of Treaty Arbitration

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur, Author, Security Consultant, former friend of Vladimir Putin, Franz J. Sedelmayer is not your traditional arbitration claimant. Known as the only claimant to collect his debt in full from Russia, Mr. Sedelmayer will share his stories from the legal battle on more than one Supreme Court to enforcement proceedings against Russian military airplanes. From NOGA to Sedelmayer to Yukos, how have claimants altered their strategies in the enforcement of their claim against Russia?

Join us on Jan 28 for a very special HIALSA lunch talk with Franz Sedelmayer, the claimant in Sedelmayer vs. Russia. Please register via this link:

Franz J. Sedelmayer is a subject matter expert on international investment, risk and dispute management, global enforcement of arbitration awards and judgments, investment arbitration, sovereign immunity, money laundering, business intelligence and political risk management.

He is the author of “Welcome to Putingrad,” the story of his battle against the Russian Federation, and the CEO of the US-based MARC LLC specializing in asset recovery. He was educated at the Munich International School and attended the University of Utah, and served in the German armed forces (airborne and signaling).

In 1989 he moved to Russia and became a pioneering entrepreneur, forming the joint venture “Kamenny Ostrov Company JSC” with the USSR Ministry of Interior’s Leningrad City and Regional Police Department to supply law enforcement equipment. He enjoyed a good working relationship with the then deputy mayor, Vladimir Putin, which included his building, equipping and training the FSB SWAT team “GRAD” pro bono for the Goodwill Games.

During his time in Saint Petersburg he was a founder of the Saint Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA), served as an advisor to the Kazakh government, the Leningrad Region Governor, the Ministry of Federal Security (FSB), the Russian Presidential Guard Service, and the Leningrad Police Department.

In 1996 President Boris Yeltsin nationalized Franz’s Russian holdings. Russia refused to compensate him and so he pursued his claim through ad hoc arbitration in Sweden under the German-Russian bilateral investment treaty. “Sedelmayer vs. Russian Federation” resulted in the first international arbitration award against Russia. Franz prevailed in proceedings against the Russian Federation in dozens of cases brought before European public court and arbitration tribunals, proceedings that spanned more than a decade.

Franz has contributed to the New York Times and the Transnational Dispute Management Journal. His lawsuit, Sedelmayer vs. Russian Federation is case law on the subjects of asset recovery and sovereign immunity, and has been cited in more than 1000 legal books and publications. Today, he stands as the only individual ever to collect a monetary award from Putin’s Russia. Since 1996 he has long been the focus of the international media.

He is a regular speaker at universities, bar associations, law firms, and trade and government agencies ranging from the University of Vienna, the University of Cologne, Utah Valley University, to the International Section of the Florida Bar, the Geneva Foreign Lawyers’ Association, Latham & Watkins, to London’s elite Special Forces and East India Clubs, the Offshore Alert Conference and the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


January 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
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