George Benaur, Benaur Law LLC

One of my clients recently congratulated me on our win late last year where we helped to recover over $36 million for Vladimir Melnichenko’s Lake Holding & Finance S.A., patted me on the back and said “now, you have a track record…” It made me think, well, I guess there is a track record. So as this month marks seven years since I started my own practice I decided to compile a growing list of some of the bigger cases handled in these years:

Track Record

  • Lake Holding & Finance S.A. v. Mikhail Belyak, et al (2019-035235-CA-01 (CBL 44) (Miami-Dade Circuit Court 2019-2021): enforcement of Moscow Court Judgments for $36 million on behalf of Vladimir Melnichenko’s Lake Holding & Finance S.A., followed by fraudulent transfer claims against debtor’s wife and daughter and certain Florida LLCs, resulting in global settlement and recovery; also won related Section 1782 discovery application in SDNY District Court (Case No. 20-mc-652) and obtained disclosures from 5 banks in aid of related proceedings in Cyprus, Monaco and Russia.
  • Chigirinskiy v. Panchenkova (Dkt No 14-4410, SDNY District Court 2014-2018); represented Russian businessman Shalva Chigirinskiy and obtained settlement in $100M commercial litigation after 4 years; the case involved parallel commercial litigation proceedings in Connecticut state court, including defense against judgment enforcement; criminal indictments, which were dismissed, and contentious state court child custody proceedings.
  • Dear Invest AB v. Brent Borland (SDNY District Court 2018): obtained $1M judgment against debtor for breach of promissory notes; the debtor was subsequently criminally indicted and then sentenced by US Department of Justice.
  • Sardarov and Black Ocean v. Jonathan Faiman (SDNY District Court 2019): prosecution and immediate settlement of $4M debt.

There have been various other cases also but these relate to international asset and debt recovery, judgment enforcement and discovery in aid of foreign proceedings, and were handled exclusively by Benaur Law LLC serving as lead litigation and trial counsel. We currently have a number of new cases that I hope will further add to this list.

Benaur Law, founded in 2015 by George Benaur, Esq., is an expert, boutique business litigation law firm. Benaur has been received the highest possible ratings by SuperLawyers© (New York) and Martindale-Hubbell© (New York) for ethical and professional ability, as rated by judges and other lawyers. Expert in complex fact-finding investigations, litigation and trial, Benaur and his team have honed their information-gathering and trial skills in a variety of complex litigations for  18 years.


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