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Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
MOSCOW, 127051

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 3

Dispute resolution boutique Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners has significant capabilities in investment treaty and commercial arbitration, as well as arbitration enforcement work. Name partner Ilya Rybalkin heads up the department, which expanded its arbitration offering in 2019 with the arrival of counsel Yuri Makhonin, who was previously practice head at Dechert Russia LLC. Dmitry Dyakin and Vladimir Pestrikov were new arrivals in 2020.

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The firm exists in a unique space of being a domestic boutique firm, and therefore has an in-depth understanding of the commercial needs of Russian corporate and private clients. The team is very loyal, reliable and creative. The lawyers are accepted as peers by prestigious US and UK firms and barristers, which makes cross-border interaction smooth and very effective.

Founding partner Ilya Rybalkin is a longstanding trusted adviser to a number of high-net-worth individuals and heavyweight corporates. Experienced in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, he has tremendous insight into the commercial objectives of his clients, and is a highly creative lawyer unafraid to think outside the box to achieve those objectives.

Yuri Makhonin is a brilliant counsel for complex international arbitration.

Key clients

Renova Industries


Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 5

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Key clients


Aeon Corporation


Upfield (backed by KKR)

Papa John’s International


Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 5

Established in late 2018, Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners handles domestic commercial litigation proceedings and cross-border disputes involving the Russian Federation. The team's broad sector-specific expertise spans the energy and natural resources, fintech and financial services, transportation, retail, real estate and TMT industries. Ilya Rybalkin heads up the practice, which expanded its offering in late 2019 with the arrival of Dechert Russia LLC’s former dispute resolution practice head Yuri Makhonin. Dmitry Dyakin was a new arrival in 2020.

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Yuri Makhonin is an excellent trial lawyer. He is very impressive in court, creative, hardworking and thoughtful.

Key clients

Renova Industries Limited


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 +74951396500
Litigation & Investigations Ilya Rybalkin +74951396500
Arbitration Dmitry Dyakin +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
 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
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian Arbitration Association
Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)