Firm Profile > Ivanyan and Partners > Moscow, Russia

Ivanyan and Partners
119017 MOSCOW

Private client Tier 2

Ivanyan and Partners 'has well-established personal relationships with its high-net-worth clients’, which it advises on tax structuring, real estate and asset protection, business strategy, philanthropic activities and succession. According to one client, the firm has 'remarkable capabilities in handling cross-border private client matters'. Name partner Khristofor Ivanyan is 'a good strategist and a subtle negotiator'; Mark Rovinskiy advises on private tax matters; and Yulia Chekmareva assists charitable foundations with taxation and operational matters.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

At Ivanyan and Partners, experienced insolvency litigator Alexey Kozyakov is acting for Stroygazconsulting and its subsidiaries in complex bankruptcy proceedings and is advising on the terms of debt restructuring with its biggest creditor, a leading Russian bank, totalling $415m. In other significant matters, he is assisting Baledge, as the creditor, with the recovery of $166m of debt and assets from CentrO and CentrObuv retail chain. Sergey Chuprygin represents leading Russian banks as the main creditors in debt recovery and bankruptcy proceedings.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Ivanyan and Partners continues to be heavily involved in major project financings in the energy, oil and gas and mining sectors across Russia and the CIS. The ‘efficient and experienced’ team is headed by Daria Semenikhina, who has ‘comprehensive knowledge of different banking transactions’. Key clients include Gazprombank, Sberbank and Industrial Assets Fund.

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

Ivanyan and Partners is ‘always available to support the client and provide in-depth high-quality legal advice’. Practice head Maria Miroshnikova led the team in advising Gazprombak on its $1bn purchase of a 19% stake in MegaFon from Telia. Elsewhere, Sergei Kushnarenko assisted a leading Russian investment group with the acquisition of a 35% stake in Yuzhnye zemli, a part of AFG National Agro Holding, one of Russia’s largest agricultural groups. The practice counts Otkritie Holding, Mechel and shareholders of Sibur Holding as clients.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 4

Ivanyan and Partners  has particularly strong capabilities handling commercial and bankruptcy-related disputes. The practice represented Bashkirdorstroy in an appeal challenging the Federal Antimonopoly Services' order to cancel a public bidding tender on a large road construction project. Alexey Kozyakov and Sergei Chuprygin are the main practitioners.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

At Ivanyan and Partners , notable work included advising Sberbank and Gazprombank on a $1.6bn syndicated loan financing to Messoyakhaneftegaz, a joint venture between NK Rosneft and Gazprom Neft. Maria Miroshnikova, who is ‘a strategic corporate lawyer with an excellent understanding of energy specific issues’, advises on major M&A and capital market transactions. Yuri Arkhipov ‘provides highly detailed and valuable advice’ on oil and gas project financing.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

The key strengths of Ivanyan and Partners’ real estate team is its ‘ability to deliver remarkable results under time pressure’ and its ‘good expertise in managing large projects’. The department is headed by Alexey Kozyakov and recently promoted counsel Aleksandr Milosavlevich, while Maria Miroshnikova and senior associate Vasily Papkin are also recommended.

Tax Tier 4

At Ivanyan and Partners, practice head Dmitry Mikhailov specialises in tax planning, structuring and tax litigation; he successfully represented Aquanika in a tax audit dispute against the Russian Federal Tax Services. Partner Mark Rovinskiy has expertise in international taxation, including the tax aspects of cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, and restructuring for private and public sector clients. He is also recommended for contentious matters and is representing Fels, a Russian subsidiary of a leading lime supplier, in a precedent-setting dispute relating to the tax treatment of a debt-to-equity swap.


The firm

Ivanyan and Partners was established in 2006 by a group of attorneys and political advisors to represent the interests of corporate, private, and public clients. From the very beginning, the strong suit of the firm has been the ability to guide complex investment projects that require a combination of legal expertise, advocacy skills, and knowledge of the applicable regulatory environment when dealing with state authorities.

Today, 90+ attorneys in the firm’s offices in Moscow and St Petersburg render advice on M7A and other corporate transactions, domestic and cross-border dispute resolution, infrastructure & PPP projects, private wealth and tax issues arsing from clients’ activities around the globe. The firm’s client base includes large and mid-sized companies from diverse industries – both Russian and international – institutional investors, and banks, as well as HNWIs/UHNWIs and non-profit organisations.

At the same time, its international practice has become the hallmark of the firm. Over the past decade, Ivanyan and Partners has developed into one of the only law firms in Russia with an unrivalled expertise in public international law, as well as foreign national regulatory and compliance legislation, economic sanctions, international commercial and fraud-related litigation, foreign investigations, and asset recovery.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: the practice advises on both providing and attracting financing, including working capital facilities, project and PPF financing, acquisition of assets and stakes, debt refinancing and restructuring, etc.

Competition/antitrust: focused mainly on merger control issues and competition-related disputes, the practice serves companies from diverse industries, notably oil and gas, energy, and pharmaceuticals. Key types of work include merger control and strategic investment filings in the context of M&A and other corporate projects, advice on public procurement issues, and disputes with federal and regional competition authorities.

Corporate/M&A: the practice renders a full range of services related to corporate, securities, and contractual issues, including public and private M&A, securities, contractual transactions, corporate structuring and governance, licensing, competition law issues, and insolvency and liquidation.

Domestic dispute resolution: the firm’s lawyers represent companies and private clients in Russian state courts, as well as in commercial arbitration tribunals, mainly in major commercial disputes. These typically include disputes out of SHA and on mandatory share buyouts, challenging corporate transactions/actions, debt recovery out of, eg supply, loan, or construction agreements, foreclosures, etc. Another focus is challenging statutory actions and tax-, competition-, and IP- related disputes before state regulatory authorities.

Energy and natural resources: the team advises investors, traders, engineering and transportation companies, and state authorities on structuring and implementing large-scale exploration, construction, and field projects. Key types of work include drafting and negotiating PSAs, EPC contracts, and drilling and service contracts; providing advice on related regulatory and licensing issues; and advising on sector-specific corporate, finance, and litigation issues.

Foreign and Russian regulatory and compliance: the practice advises globally operating companies on compliance with EU and member state sanction policies and US sanctions, including OFAC- and EAR-related matters, as well as local and foreign investors on Russian regulatory issues, eg investments in strategic companies. The team also advises on issues of AML legislation. Another focus is the design, upgrade, and implementation of compliance systems and policies.

Insolvency/restructuring: the firm regularly represents distressed businesses from diverse industries (eg trading, construction, or mining)and their creditors in large-scale and complex bankruptcy litigation, both nationally and transnationally, and advise on debt restructuring, legal aspects of crisis management and financing, and company reorganisation..

International commercial litigation: the practice takes the lead in transnational disputes in a number of on- and off-shore jurisdictions. Key types of work include representing clients in commercial, corporate, real estate, and fraud-related litigation, as well as foreign investigations, asset tracing and recovery, and insolvency.

Private clients: the practice advises [ultra] high-net-worth individuals and families, their family offices, and their advisors on all legal and tax issues regarding asset, real estate, business, philanthropic, and succession planning and management.

Public international law: the firm is the focal point in Russia for practical competence in international public law litigation matters. In co-operation with leading foreign counsel, the firm’s lawyers act for public clients in various proceedings before international courts, eg for the Russian state in several disputes before the ECHR and ICJ.

Public policy and government relations: the practice specialises in legal aspects of communications between large corporations and federal and regional state bodies. Key types of work include legislative and regulatory intelligence and risk assessment, government advocacy, working out and drafting aspects of prospective regulations and legislation, and advising on regulations and government programs.

Real Estate and Investment: the team leads on large and mid-sized real asset investment projects in Russia and abroad. Services rendered range from setting up investment structures in various jurisdictions to advice on real estate transactions, financing, and management; land water, and surface rights; development, industrial construction, and PPP projects; environmental and regulatory compliance; tax structuring; and real estate dispute resolution.

Tax: a standalone practice within the firm, the department provides all-around tax planning advice for corporations and private clients. Key types of work include tax structuring of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, and wealth planning for UHNWIs/HNWIs, as well as tax disputes with a strong emphasis on pre-trial dispute resolution.


Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Daria Semenikhina
Competition/antitrust Ekaterina Smirnova
Corporate/M&A Maria Miroshnikova
Corporate/M&A Maxim Rasputin
Domestic dispute resolution Sergey Chuprygin
Domestic dispute resolution Alexey Kozyakov
Energy and natural resources Yuri Arkhipov
Energy and natural resources Maria Miroshnikova
Regulatory and compliance Khristofor Ivanyan
Regulatory and compliance Vasily Torkanovskiy
Insolvency/restructuring Alexey Kozyakov
Insolvency/restructuring Sergey Chuprygin
International commercial litigation Vasily Torkanovskiy
International commercial litigation Khristofor Ivanyan
International public law Vasily Torkanovskiy
International public law Khristofor Ivanyan
Private clients Yulia Chekmareva
Public policy and GR Khristofor Ivanyan
Public policy and GR Nataliya Malyamina
Real estate and investments Maria Miroshnikova
Real estate and investments Sergey Kushnarenko
Tax Dmitry Mikhailov
Tax Mark Rovinskiy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Yuri Arkhipov photo Yuri Arkhipov
 Yulia Chekmareva photo Yulia Chekmareva
 Sergey Chuprygin photo Sergey Chuprygin
 Andrey Gorlenko  photo Andrey Gorlenko
Mr Khristofor Ivanyan  photo Mr Khristofor Ivanyan
 Alexey Kozyakov photo Alexey Kozyakov
 Sergei Kushnarenko photo Sergei Kushnarenko
 Natalia Malyamina  photo Natalia Malyamina
 Dmitry Mikhailov photo Dmitry Mikhailov
 Alexander Milosavlevich  photo Alexander Milosavlevich
Ms Maria Miroshnikova  photo Ms Maria Miroshnikova
 Mark Rovinskiy photo Mark Rovinskiy
 Daria Semenikhina photo Daria Semenikhina
 Ekaterina Smirnova  photo Ekaterina Smirnova
 Vasily Torkanovskiy  photo Vasily Torkanovskiy
 Baiju Vasani  photo Baiju Vasani
Number of lawyers : 90+
at this office : 60+
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Other offices : St Petersburg