Dmitry Ivanov counsels clients in complex cross-border and domestic litigation and international arbitration proceedings on contentious and general commercial matters. He also represents clients in state courts and arbitration tribunals and advises on disputes in energy, real estate, construction, contractual and corporate matters, as well as on bankruptcy and insolvency.
Dmitry also advises on international compliance matters, including investigations in connection with US FCPA and UK Bribery Act issues, as well as on possible criminal and administrative sanctions risks and investigations by State bodies and assists clients on related matters. A native Russian speaker, he is also fluent in English and French.
Arbitration and Cross-Border Enforcement
Representing a major Russian construction company in LCIA arbitration in a multimillion dispute with its former European counterparty over termination of a contract in relation to construction of a high-valued complex in the northwestern region of Russia
Acting for a major Russian private bank in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration proceedings and related enforcement proceedings in Eastern Europe to locate and arrest the respondent’s assets. As part of the representation we also identified suspicious transactions by the debtor and challenged them in a local court.
Representing a world-leading chemicals producer in arbitration proceedings in 4 parallel cases against its former local distributors and dealers on a number of complex issues arising out of and in connection with the supply agreements and historical business transactions. In the course of these proceedings we also identified possible supplement claims to be pursued in three European jurisdictions in support of the arbitration proceedings
Representing a prominent Russian individual in LCIA arbitration and coordinating parallel litigation proceedings in Cyprus in a multimillion dispute with its former partner under a shares sale-purchase option agreement
Representing the client in two parallel arbitration proceedings in the LCIA for the recovery of the debt from the guarantors for the borrower’s obligations, with a parallel enforcement proceedings in the EU and in the Russian state court.
Representing a transportation operator company in a cross-border litigation in Russian and Cyprus over the unfair competitive actions of its former business partner
Acting for a major Russian infrastructure company in an international arbitration under the Rules of the International Court of Arbitration in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and advising on the potential for parallel LCIA proceedings and other offshore jurisdiction issues in relation to a number of related contracts
Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) arbitration proceedings between one of the largest Russian construction companies and its contracting designing company; the claims centered around the alleged unlawful termination of contract, recovery of monetary funds, lost profit, IP rights violation, and obligation to halt the construction of the building
Acting for a major Russian construction company in LCIA arbitration proceedings in a high-value dispute with its contractor arising out of the construction contract for the gas pipeline in southern Russia. The $60 million dispute relates to the costs of works, the standby time for the sea vessels, and the defects in the works performed
Representing a European businessman in a dispute out of an unsuccessful joint venture with its former partner, a prominent Russian businessman and former high-ranking official, in an LCIA arbitration
Advising (in LCIA, International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ICAC), and Russian state court proceedings) a BVI company affiliated with a large Russian bank on issues related to the breach of trust, which resulted in breach of loan agreements
Advising the Moscow city’s entities in a settlement of a dispute with an Austrian-German utilities and infrastructure company related to a public-private partnership (PPP) contracts for the construction of a water purification plant in southern Moscow and a waste-management facility. Our work ranged from litigating the contract terms to novation and ultimate M&A transaction for the sale of the company
Russian Litigation and Insolvency
Representing the largest oil servicing company in Russia in a bankruptcy of its counterparty, combined with the internal investigation of the business activity of the latter for the past three years, and the unwinding of existing financial schemes that led to the company’s insolvency
Representing a branch of an international oil servicing company in Russia in a bankruptcy of its counterparty and its parent company. This bankruptcy was mentioned among the top 5 largest bankruptcy cases in Russia at the time
Representing a Russian subsidiary of an international media & entertainment corporation in relation to the contractual claim brought by its former counterparty which tried to invalidate contract termination
Representing foreign investors and bondholders in a complex dispute with a Russian real estate developer over the non-payment of a multimillion loan. The complex proceedings included representing clients in two bankruptcy proceedings (including securing the clients’ interest with the creditors’ register, challenging the debtor-friendly creditors and the receiver’s actions, and investigating corporate relations)
Representing a US nonprofit that owns the first-level Cyrillic web domain in a dispute with a regional Russian company over the alleged breach of intellectual property (IP) rights and trademark violation
Advising a major international oil company in relation to a carrier’s collision-related litigation in Russian courts
Representing a large European cement producer in a complex high-profile bankruptcy of its former Russian subsidiary and in a number of related disputes involving claims for liability against its former directors and shareholders
Representing a Russian chemical producer in a dispute with its former shareholder over the restoration of the ownership of shares and violation of its rights
Representing a joint venture mining company in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia in a dispute with a regional Russian Subsoil Use Department to challenge decisions of the latter and be admitted to the auction over a golden ore field license
Advising a Russian ceramics producer in a controversy with a Russian energy generating and supply company over the excessive payments for electricity that were not consistent with existing energy tariffs
Conducting internal compliance investigation of a large, US-listed Russian company addressing US FCPA and Russian criminal law matters, including extensive review of financial and commercial transactions and conducting interviews with employees to discover possible irregularities.
Advising an international car manufacturer on an internal investigation related to the business of its Russian subsidiary and its regional dealers. Work included investigation of the dealer’s business, its compliance observance, interviews with the top managers, and obtaining conforming information from other dealers in Russia
Advising a major Russian energy company during an internal investigation of possible FCPA/UK Bribery Act/Russian anti-corruption violations and public inquiries based on allegations of abuse of state procurement tenders, smuggling, fraud, and corruption. Work included multiple interviews in Russia, collection and review of over one million documents by a cross-offices team.
Our work included close cooperation with Cypress, BVI and Panama counsels.
Advising an international entertainment corporation over the internal protocol and procedures to follow in case inspections and interactions with State authorities.
Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2004, LL.B. , Jurisprudence
Moscow State Institute of International Relations, 2005, LL.M., International Law
École Nationale d'Administration, France, 2007, M.P.A.
Eligible in the Russian Federation
Awards and Affiliations
Russia’s Investigations Bar, Global Investigations Review (2020)
Recognized, International Arbitration, Moscow, The Best Lawyers in Russia (2021)
Next Generation Partner, Dispute Resolution, Russia, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)