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Roman Zaitsev

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Roman Zaitsev is a partner in Dentons’ Moscow office and the Head of Moscow Dispute Resolution practice. He focuses on Russian procedural, civil and corporate law and enforcement proceedings. He has significant experience representing client interests in State commercial courts, where he has successfully represented major multinational corporations, individuals and various organizations, including commercial banks, energy companies, car manufacturers, state and municipal authorities and major defense enterprises.

Roman has acted successfully in major commercial disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and disputes with State authorities as well as in cases involving the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in the Russian Federation. Roman has also participated in general enforcement proceedings, due diligence investigations, alternative dispute resolution and various other commercial, civil, procedural, general corporate and administrative matters.


Partner – Dentons, Moscow (2014 to date)

Of Counsel – Dentons (formerly Salans), Moscow (2012-2014)

Associate – Salans, Moscow (2008-2012)

International research projects at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (2006-2007)

International research projects at Christian-Albrechts University, Institute of East European Law in Kiel, Germany (2004)

Senior lecturer - Urals State University (2002-2008)

Sverdlovsk Oblast Economic Bar (2001-2008)


Russian, English




Urals State Law Academy, 2005, Candidate of Legal Sciences (PhD)

Urals State Law Academy, 2002, Law Degree


Dispute resolution: Litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Litigation

Standout matters for Dentons include representing a Romanian insurance company in a dispute over the invalidation of a reinsurance agreement. Roman Zaitsev is the key practitioner in the Moscow office, while St Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov has significant court experience representing foreign investors and major Russian companies in commercial litigation. Others to note are Maria Mikheyenkova, Andrey Neznamov and Ilya Kuzmin.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Dentons' team acts for international lenders on restructuring secured cross-border commercial property loans and export trade debt, as well as handling Russian insolvency proceedings. Roman Zaitsev specialises in commercial disputes; he is currently representing Sita International as the service provider and grantor of a license relating to to the bankruptcy proceedings of Russian airline Transaero. He is also acting for Commerzbank Eurasia in recovering debt under a credit agreement. In other work, he and Timothy Stubbs are advising The Polish Export Credit Insurance Corporation on recourse claims against a Russian borrower. St Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov is also active in disputes in the space.

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