The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work +7 495 956 3858
Fax +7 495 956 3868

Dmitri Nikiforov

Work +7 495 956 3858
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Work Department

Corporate Governance, Power & Utilities, Oil & Gas, Finance, M&A, TMT, Compliance


Dmitri Nikiforov is a corporate partner and Chair of the Moscow office. For the past 27 years, Dr. Nikiforov has practised law in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to his work at the firm, Dr. Nikiforov has occasionally worked for the Russian Government focusing on complex international transactions. Dr. Nikiforov is principally involved in such areas as oil, gas, natural resources, telecommunications, venture capital transactions, M&A, corporate financing and general corporate practice. He has participated in a number of major transactions in the Russian oil and gas industry in addition to many significant telecommunications projects.


Dr. Nikiforov joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2004. Prior to joining Debevoise, he was a senior legal counsel in the Russian Ministry of Local Industries. In 1988, he served as a research intern with the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Nikiforov was a Counsel to the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultation Center.


English, Russian


Dr. Nikiforov is admitted to practice law in Russia.


Dr. Nikiforov received his J.D. with honours from the Moscow State University Law School and Certificate for Foreign Practicing Lawyers from Columbia University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Economics (oil and gas industry investments) in June 1999. In 1988, he served as a research intern with the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Nikiforov was a Counsel to the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultation Center.


Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s practice encompasses M&A transactions, project finance, international disputes, tax matters and antitrust. Dmitri Nikiforov advised on numerous oil and gas development projects, and Alan Kartashkin is noted for his metals and mining expertise. Norilsk Nickel and Uralkali are key clients.

[back to top]

Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Moscow

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP retains a strong client base of Russian public companies, and frequently handles corporate governance and M&A transactions. Practice head Dmitri Nikiforov has notable expertise in the oil and gas, telecoms, venture capital and corporate financing sectors. Alyona Kucher is also noted.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • Anomalies of insurance law

    Although the courts are often at pains to point out that insurance law is merely a subset of general contract law and should be applied without any concession or discrimination simply because the subject matter is insurance, there are, in fact, several aspects that are peculiar to insurance. An understanding of these anomalies will assist in penetrating the sometimes arcane depths of insurance law. They include:
    - Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Legal Developments in Russia

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • No More Linked In Russia?

    One of the biggest and most popular Internet companies, LinkedIn, has become the first target of the recent Russian data localization law. The legislation requires businesses operating online to keep Russian Internet users’ data on servers located within Russia. Read more...
  • New standards on the unjustified tax benefit included in the tax code

    The Federal Tax Service of Russia issued Letter â„– CA-4-7/ 6152 @ of 16.08.2017, in which it clarified to its subordinate tax authorities the application of new Art. 54.1 of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation "Limits on the Exercise of Rights in Calculating the Tax Base and (or) the Amount of Tax, Levy, Insurance Contributions", which was included in the Tax Code of the Russian Federation by Federal Law â„– 163-FZ of 18.07.2017.
  • Information law for company participants – the search for a balance of interests

    At the present time, in various legal relationships there exists the acute problem of observing a balance of interests concerning the parties involved in these legal relationships, their legal rights, and their mutual economic needs. Judicial practice, when considering disputes between these kinds of parties, takes into consideration not only the formal requirements of legislation, but also the real economic and legal goals and interests of the participants.
  • What businessmen should know about legislative changes with major and interested transactions?

    It is well known that before making significant managerial decisions, the general director must obtain approval from the shareholders or the board of directors. Apart from that, if a director is personally interested in entering into a transaction, approval is also required to proceed with the transaction. In the absence of such an approval, the transaction can be challenged and, in certain circumstances, invalidated. In order to minimize such risks and to eliminate legal uncertainty for the parties to the transaction, the rules governing major transactions and interested transactions must be sufficiently clear. Previously, however, the application of these rules was associated with a large number of controversial legal issues, which were finally solved as a result of the legislative amendments, which will enter into force on January 1, 2017. According to the new amendments, the distinction between major and non-major transactions has been delineated more clearly, parties have been allowed more flexibility in relation to approving transactions, the burdensome obligation to obtain prior approval of interested transactions has been abrogated, and finally the procedure for challenging transactions in question has been made much more complex. Overall, the changes should have a positive influence on business, as they contribute to the establishment of firm legal certainty in this area of the law. 
  • Goltsblat BLP nominated for Chambers Europe Awards 2016 as Russia Law Firm of the Year

    Goltsblat BLP nominated for one of the most prestigious Chambers Europe Awards 2016 as Russia Law Firm of the Year
  • A Lessee’s Dream: the Drastic Devaluation of the Russian Currency Has Triggered New Discussions of

    The rent for leases, especially those in downtown Moscow and other large cities, is often based on the foreign currency exchange rate, which has recently increased almost threefold. Many businesses have been taken aback by this consequence of the economic crisis. Some of them have been put on verge of bankruptcy because of the increased rent and were forced to seek remedies in courts.
  • Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov are among the world’s leading M&A lawyers

    Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov are among the world’s leading M&A lawyers
  • How the Ban on Borrowed Manpower Will Affect Businesses

    Nadezhda Ilyushina Head of Employment Pensions & Benefits Practice, Goltsblat BLP
  • Friends will be friends?

    Friends will be friends?
  • Russian Corporate Law: Full Speed Ahead!

    Russian Corporate Law: Full Speed Ahead!