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Mikhail Ivanov

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Dentons’ Russian Litigation and Arbitration practice


Mikhail Ivanov is a partner and Head of Dentons’ Russian Litigation and Arbitration practice. He specializes in the resolution of disputes between foreign investors and major Russian companies.

Over the past 20 years, Mikhail has represented the Firm’s clients in litigations before the Russian commercial courts and general courts of law, participated in international commercial arbitrations in Russia and abroad under UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC and ICAC Rules, and represented foreign clients in recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Russia.

After graduating from the international law department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1984, Mikhail went on to complete post-graduate studies in 1987, earning a Candidate of Science degree in International Law.

He is fluent in English and German.



Partner, Head of the Russian Litigation/Arbitration practice, Dentons, St. Petersburg, 2007–present

Managing Partner, Salans, St. Petersburg, 2005–2011

Of Counsel, Salans, St. Petersburg, 2002–2003

Associate, Salans, Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, 1998–2002

Associate, Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, Moscow, 1996–1998

Partner, M. Ivanov & Partners, St. Petersburg, 1993–1996


English, German, Russian


Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), 1987, Ph.D
Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), 1984, Law Degree


Dispute resolution: Litigation

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Mikhail Ivanov - Dentons

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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Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Dentons has notable capabilities in competition, private equity, finance and energy-related disputes. Mikhail Ivanov heads the Russia-wide dispute resolution practice, where he specialises in disputes between foreign investors and major Russian companies. Corporate partner Richard Cowie is active in private equity-related LCIA proceedings.

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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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