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Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
MOSCOW, 127051

Work Department

Litigation & Investigations


Founding Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution practice


Ilya Rybalkin is a founding partner of RGP and the head of our Dispute Resolution practice. His practice focuses on large-scale commercial cross border disputes, fraud litigation, investigations and reputation recovery matters. Ilya also advises major Russian and international clients on corporate activity, especially those having a significant litigation component.

Prior to founding RGP Ilya was a partner with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Hogan & Hartson and Noerr. He has over 20 years’ professional experience representing clients in complex, corporate disputes and developing legal strategies for international litigation and arbitration; internal investigations relating to allegations of corruption; cross border, white-collar crime matters; and regulatory investigations and enforcement matters, as well as investigations regarding improper dealings with public officials. Ilya’s credibility and depth of knowledge in relation to Russian and international fraud and asset tracing litigation is appreciated by clients and acknowledged by the legal press. He advises clients in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, energy, retail, real estate and media.

In 2020 Ilya became a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on International Law under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and a member of ICC FraudNet. In 2019 Ilya was included in the ICC Russia’s roster of arbitrators and his questionnaire was added to the List of Practitioners on VIAC’s website.


Russian, English, German, French


ICC FradNet
Scientific Advisory Board on International Law under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation


DL, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 1999

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation

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.

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency

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’.