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Roman Khodykin

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO

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International arbitration.


Partner who is an arbitration specialist with extensive experience in national and cross-border matters, with particular emphasis on corporate and shareholder disputes. Additionally he  is an arbitrator of the Arbitration Court for Sport at the Russian Olympic Committee and a member of the editorial board of the International Commercial Arbitration Review (Moscow). In recent years Roman has advised on a multi-million dollar ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Kazakhstan, and acted in LCIA, ICC, AAA and MKAS arbitrations. He has also represented athletes before the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Trained East-Siberian Bar (Russia); qualified 2000; advocate East-Siberian Chambers (Irkutsk and Moscow branches) 2000-05; associate Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners (Moscow litigation and arbitration boutique) 2003-05; associate professor Moscow State Institute of International Relations (taught Conflict of Laws, Arbitration, Civil Procedure) 2005-12; counsel Clifford Chance LLP, Moscow office (international arbitration group) 2005-12; partner Berwin Leighton Paisner 2012.


English (fluent), Russian (mother tongue).


Anglo-Russian Law Association, Russian Association of International Law.


Irkutsk State Technical University (2000 LLB with Honours); University College, Kensington, London, (2004 pre-MA Diploma Business Law, Completed with academic distinction Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO); 2005 Ph.D Conflict of Laws); School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, University of London (2004 research student).


Sailing (Finn class), ice-sailing (DN class).

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

'Always aligned with clients' commercial objectives', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP), known for construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance and sport disputes, with Bryan Cave, the latter firm bringing in Mathew Rea and the 'brilliant associate' Claire Morel de Westgaver as well as experience in CEE and CIS matters and shipping arbitrations. On the BLP side, the key names are international arbitration group head George Burn, who joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP, Roman Khodykin, who is 'a great strategist', and Carol Mulcahy. Work highlights include acting for Vibe Syndicate Management, the run-off manager of Lloyd’s Syndicate 994, as respondents in arbitration proceedings commenced by another syndicate seeking reinsurance payments it alleged were due as a result of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Michael Polonsky left the firm. Ania Farren joined Vannin Capital in August 2018 and David Robertson moved to White & Case LLP in October 2018. Robert Douglas left the firm.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s team of ‘highly qualified specialists’ provides ‘value for money’ and acts for a mix of financial institutions, energy and IT clients in domestic and major arbitral institutions. Roman Khodykin, who divides his time between the London and Moscow offices, is acting in a number of high-value international arbitration disputes, notably for energy sector clients. Elena Trusova is experienced in representing clients across a diverse range of industries in domestic and cross-border proceedings. Counsel Yury Babichev is active in commercial and investment arbitrations, where he regularly assists Andrey Goltsblat.

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