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Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
ENTRANCE C, 5TH FLOOR
2, TSVETNOY BOULEVARD
MOSCOW, 127051
Russia

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

Dispute resolution boutique Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has been on an expansion streak since its establishment in 2018, most recently gaining ground in the international commercial and investment arbitration space through multiple arrivals from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in early 2020. Particularly notable is the appointment of highly regarded practice head Dmitry Dyakin (‘he’s one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best’). Alongside Dyakin, clients also praise Vladimir Pestrikov and senior associate Vsevolod Taraskin for ‘attending diligently to all matters’. Other noted practitioners include counsels Dmitry Kaysin and Yuri Makhonin, and senior associate Stanislav Karandasov.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Dyakin

Other key lawyers:

Vladimir Pestrikov; Ilya Rybalkin; Vsevolod Taraskin; Dmitry Kaysin; Yuri Makhonin; Stanislav Karandasov

Testimonials

‘Dmitry Dyakin is one for the hardest and most complex disputes when you need the best.’

‘RGP is fairly unique in that it is a domestic boutique that is launched by international lawyers. It has truly international experience, with team members having been involved in some huge and complex cross-border cases which ordinarily would be undertaken by large international firms rather than boutiques. So, it is small, agile and has exceptional experience of big-ticket disputes.’

‘Ilya Rybalkin is an international transactional and disputes lawyer with excellent judgement, strong tactical instincts and a client list that would be the envy of every international firm doing Russian work.’

‘We are working with Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners on international matters (international arbitration and litigation outside Russia). They have an experienced team with international background, who are skilled and result-oriented. They are a first choice for us on Russian market for complex international disputes involving numerous jurisdictions.’

‘Our main contact is Yuri Makhonin. He is an excellent and hardworking lawyer with an out-of-the-box approach. Very knowledgeable and effective, and very easy to work with. His clear and persuasive advocacy skills are highly impressive and recommended for the most complex matters.’

‘The absolute star individual in the team – and in my view, in Russia – is Dmitry Dyakin. I have not seen a better Russian arbitration practitioner and his track record says it all. He is highly experienced and versed both in treaty arbitration as well as in commercial arbitration.’ 

‘Dmitry Dyakin is one of my favourite Russian arbitration specialists; this lawyer is super-smart. Fabulously internationally oriented, incredibly smart and collegial.’

‘I have worked with Dmitry Dyakin, Vladimir Pestrikov and Vsevolod Taraskin and found them to be an exceptionally dynamic and talented team. They were all diligent, approachable and collaborative throughout the case. All three gentlemen were exceptional in their approach to the case. They were unfailingly courteous, well-informed and entirely appraised of the legal issues, attending diligently to all matters as they arose.’

Key clients

Da Vinci

Eurobank

Grand Express

Hochtief

Renova

T Plus

Tatneft

Titan-2

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Since its establishment in 2018, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has been focused on bolstering its dispute resolution offering. It continued its expansion streak with multiple hires from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, including Dmitry Dyakin, whose expertise significantly contribute to the group’s ability to handle cross-border disputes. Founding partner Ilya Rybalkin leads the practice; he is a key contact for fraud litigation – a strength that manifested itself in the team’s role in representing Renova Industries in its $1bn case brought against a former Russian minister. Counsel Yuri Makhonin is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Ilya Rybalkin

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Dyakin; Yuri Makhonin

Testimonials

‘RGP is fairly unique in that it is a domestic boutique that is borne of international practitioners. It has a truly international disputes experience, with team members having been involved in some huge and complex cross-border cases which ordinarily would be undertaken by large international firms rather than boutiques. So it is small, agile and has exceptional experience of big ticket disputes.’

‘Ilya Rybalkin is an international transactional and disputes lawyer with excellent judgement, strong tactical instincts and a client list that would be the envy of every international firm doing Russian work.’

‘A stellar partner to have for complex multinational disputes: they pool international teams in various jurisdictions together in no time and manage these teams brilliantly. This is particularly valuable to smaller in-house departments who either do not have resources or experience running multi-jurisdictional disputes on their own. Lawyers of RGP become part of your in-house team. They understand the needs of the clients in terms of timing strategy and deliverables. ’

‘Ilya Rybalkin has been our close working partner for many years, gives his clients utmost attention, makes himself available at any time, and has a brain that seemingly never stops pondering of what else can be done on the case at hand.’

Key clients

BASF

Eurobank

Global Flot

Hochtief

Regional Charter Capital

Region Group

Renova

Safmar

T Plus

Tatneft

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 4

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners assists a well-balanced mix of large Russian and foreign companies with M&A and joint venture transactions, typically in its core sectors of expertise, including the financial services, energy, transport, real estate and TMT industries. Managing partner Suren Gortsunyan heads up the department; private equity practice head Oleg Isaev is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Suren Gortsunyan

Other key lawyers:

Oleg Isaev; Vadim Kukushkin; Konstantin Mineev

Testimonials

‘RGP is an excellent team, certainly among the most experienced corporate practices in the market. I can always count of them for timely and commercially minded legal advice on the most complex issues of corporate law.’

‘This is by far the most innovative firm I have come across in Russia. On the one hand, they are a new-generation independent Russian firm, but on the other hand, all key members of their team have 10+ years of experience working for large UK and US firms, and they are doing a great job at combining the best practices of both cultures.’

‘A new Russian law firm that has assembled a very experienced and diversified team.’

‘My main contacts at RGP are partners Oleg Isaev and Suren Gortsunyan. Oleg is my go-to lawyer. He is a top-notch corporate expert who has worked on some of the highest-profile transactions in Russia, yet he remains very dedicated, responsive and approachable whenever my company is facing a challenging legal task. Suren is one of the heavyweights of the Russian corporate scene. He has a solid track record in successfully closing deals and his level of expertise deserves the highest praise.’

Key clients

Aeon Corporation

CSKA

Finstar

Papa John’s International

Petrowelt Technologies

Tatneft

Transcomponent

Upfield

Aeon Corporation

Vance

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners launched a restructuring and insolvency practice following the arrival of Vladimir Pestrikov from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in June 2020. Reflective of its dispute resolution focus, the group is particularly well-equipped to handle contentious insolvency work. Its sector-specific expertise spans banking and finance as well as energy, among others. Dmitry Dyakin and name partner Ilya Rybalkin are also key figures in the team, which is recommended by clients for being ‘versatile, commercially minded and meticulously thorough’.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Pestrikov

Other key lawyers:

Dmitry Dyakin; Ilya Rybalkin

Testimonials

‘Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners is a major player in the Russian market for insolvency disputes. The team has handled dozens of different high-profile bankruptcy disputes for us, with dozens of millions of dollars at stake. The team is an excellent choice for bankruptcy litigation. It follows a combative but not aggressive approach.’

‘Legal advice is of a high quality and team members are very responsive to queries.’

‘Vladimir Pestrikov deserves a special mention – he has been a loyal legal adviser over many years, assisting us on a very important project. His diligence and attention to detail are to a very high level and the success of the project would not have been possible without his valuable input.’

‘This is a solid team with a proven track record of successful cases. We have recently instructed them to provide legal opinion on a complex dispute resolution matter involving a criminal law angle and some compliance issues. I was pleased with how they approached the task. They highlighted all the potential risks associated with our case and were very efficient in offering ways to mitigate those risks.’

‘Ilya Rybalkin, leads his team with precision ’

‘A top-notch team that helps us to navigate the most complex and high-profile disputes our company is facing. They are versatile, commercially minded and meticulously thorough in their approach to handling cases. They have a great network of contacts across various jurisdictions that we as clients benefit from whenever we have a cross-border matter to take care of. ’

‘My main contacts at RGP are Dmitry Dyakin and Vladimir Pestrikov. Dyakin is a legendary arbitration and mediation expert. Pestrikov is one of the pillars of this team and it is his amazing ability to rise above and get a helicopter view of each matter at hand, with an abundance of vital details to be considered, that allows us to predict our opponents.’

Key clients

Ema Invest

Eurobank Ergasias

Hochtief Projektentwicklung

T Plus

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners is an independent law firm established in 2018 in Russia, supporting clients from all over the world in their business dealings involving Russia and CIS countries. Our firm offers unparalleled expertise in foreign legal matters to Russian companies with significant international presence.

We are a cohesive team of seasoned professionals, highly ranked in all aspects of dispute resolution and corporate work and with significant international expertise, gained in leading international law firms.

Our lawyers have worked on the largest corporate deals, investigations and disputes in the history of modern Russia and represented Russian companies in over 170 jurisdictions worldwide.

Our expertise: We offer a unique mix of high-end dispute resolution capability with unrivalled corporate practice, with our two core practices mutually enriching each other:

  • our founding partners and other senior lawyers are consistently highly ranked in international legal directories
  • our lawyers have the comprehensive cultural and language skills to tackle assignments in any part of the world
  • our founding partners and special counsel have over 20 years’ experience in the Russian market, including over 10 years each as partners in major law firms in Moscow
  • our dispute resolution team has first-hand experience of working in litigation and arbitration proceedings in over 20 jurisdictions and on all five continents
  • our corporate team has in depth experience of working on deals and projects of a combined value exceeding US$ 90 billion in over 170 jurisdictions globally

Our approach: We have summarised below our approach and the main reasons why clients chose to work with our team:

  • Some of the best contests are those that have never happened – we work diligently, thoughtfully and tenaciously to assist the parties to achieve a reasonable compromise
  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way – we work creatively, proactively and meticulously on each task, no matter how challenging
  • Don’t beat about the bush – we are not afraid to be unpleasant or to appear aggressive when required
  • In a conflict one needs to know how to attack fast and to defend steadfastly – we have been on both sides of a conflict and know what to do and can traditionally predict what to expect
  • There is power in the truth – we speak in a direct and open manner to our clients just as we expect from them and we are not afraid to say ‘no’
  • Leave no stone unturned – we believe there is no superfluous information, so in our review of information we are usually able to locate potential by finding something that others thought to be redundant
  • All’s well that ends well – conflict is a process, but it needs to end with some specific, hopefully quick and reasonable result
  • Give me a fulcrum, and I will move the world – we always look for new ways to approach an instruction. We usually start our work with asking a client to introduce us to background and key facts of a case and even other counsel’s work product. We are then typically able to offer new ideas by looking at the world through fresh eyes
  • From soup to nuts – we manage our cases throughout and offer ‘turnkey’ solutions to our clients who trust us to engage other specialists whose expertise or skill could benefit the case, such as PR and image consultants, court experts, forensic accountants, IT experts, lobbyists and government relations specialists, investigative consultants, foreign studies experts and translators
  • We do not do everything and we do only what we do well
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Suren Gortsunyan sgortsunyan@rgp.legal +74951396500
Litigation & Investigations Ilya Rybalkin irybalkin@rgp.legal +74951396500
Arbitration Dmitry Dyakin ddyakin@rgp.legal +74951396500
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dmitry Dyakin photo Dmitry Dyakin Partner, Head of Arbitration practice
 Suren Gortsunyan  photo Suren Gortsunyan Managing Partner
 Oleg Isaev  photo Oleg Isaev Partner
 Yan Kalish  photo Yan Kalish Counsel
 Dmitry Kaysin  photo Dmitry Kaysin Counsel
 Anastasia Konstantinova  photo Anastasia Konstantinova Counsel
 Vadim Kukushkin  photo Vadim Kukushkin Senior Adviser
 Alexander Lazarev  photo Alexander Lazarev Counsel
 Yuri Makhonin  photo Yuri Makhonin Counsel
 Ivan Meleshenko  photo Ivan Meleshenko Partner
 Konstantin Mineev  photo Konstantin Mineev Counsel
 Gayane Nadzharova  photo Gayane Nadzharova Counsel
 Vladimir Pestrikov photo Vladimir Pestrikov Partner
 Victor Radnaev photo Victor Radnaev Counsel
 Ilya Rybalkin  photo Ilya Rybalkin Founding Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution practice
 Nato Tskhakaya  photo Nato Tskhakaya Counsel, Head of Antitrust & Competition practice
 Varvara Voynova  photo Varvara Voynova Counsel
Number of lawyers : 40
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