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Allen & Overy Legal Services
107031 MOSCOW

Work Department

Banking and finance / Dispute resolution


Igor Gorchakov is a partner in Banking and Dispute Resolution practices. He is an experienced and versatile Russian lawyer specialising in banking and dispute resolution, including domestic and cross-border litigations and arbitrations. His wide ranging banking and finance expertise includes general lending, syndicated lending, project finance, real estate finance, securitisation, derivatives and bank regulation. Igor also practises in the areas of international capital markets and M&A.


Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), Member of the Moscow Bar Association

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side

(Leading individuals)

Igor GorchakovAllen & Overy Legal Services

Allen & Overy Legal Services combines Russian and English law expertise, which, coupled with its access to the firm’s global networks, makes it a key destination for large domestic and international banks. The team regularly takes lead roles on mandates involving the energy, mining and natural resources sectors, and has seen recent activity in the acquisition finance space. In a standout highlight, the practice acted for VTB Bank on backing up Fortiana Holdings as a buyer of a 40.06% stake in Highland Gold Mining from Roman Abramovich. Igor Gorchakov and Ilya Dvorkin head up the department with Oleg Khomenko, who splits time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is another name to note.

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side

(Leading individuals)

Igor GorchakovAllen & Overy Legal Services

Distinguished by its English law capabilities on the ground, Allen & Overy Legal Services has a core focus on handling cross-border structured finance transactions. Syndicated lending is also a mainstay of the practice; in this space, it benefits from its collaboration on Russian law standard documentation with the Association of Regional Banks of Russia. The department is led by Igor Gorchakov, asset finance specialist Ilya Dvorkin, and Oleg Khomenko, who splits his time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is also noted.

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency

Allen & Overy Legal Services is noted for its capacity to handle restructuring matters for both debtor and creditor clients, with an unsurpassed strength in the banking sector. The team relies upon the wider firm’s global resources for cross-border transactions; recent work has involved close cooperation with the firm’s offices in places such as London and Warsaw. Igor Gorchakov and Ilya Dvorkin share leadership of the practice with Oleg Khomenko, who splits time between Moscow and London. Counsel Sergey Blinov is also a key team member.

Russia > Energy and natural resources

Allen & Overy Legal Services fields a capable cross-departmental team, which comprises specialists from a number of the firm’s core practices. Anton Konnov and Bulat Zhambalnimbuev are jointly responsible for overseeing corporate and regulatory mandates, while Ilya Dvorkin focuses on work which intersects with the transport sector. Igor Gorchakov and Oleg Khomenko handle matters relating to the financing of energy and natural resources projects.

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation

Clients prize Allen & Overy Legal Services’ ‘excellent preparation’, ‘great proactivity and clear advice’. The team is well-equipped to handle bankruptcy proceedings, particularly in the financial services sector. It also works on cross-border matters with the firm’s wider network; its recent work involves the teams in Warsaw and London. Igor Gorchakov sits at the helm of the practice. Counsel Andrey Panov (‘outstanding specialist in dispute resolution’) joined the group from Norton Rose Fulbright at the end of 2019.

Russia > Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation

At Allen & Overy Legal Services, the appointment of ‘outstanding’ counsel Andrey Panov at the end of 2019, formerly at Norton Rose Fulbright, was recognised by clients and peers alike as a ‘significant move’. Indeed, this new arrival significantly bolstered the team’s ability to act as counsel in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a demonstrable strength in arbitration instituted under the rules of the LCIA and the SCC. It has a particular focus on sectors including financial services, energy and telecoms. Igor Gorchakov heads up the practice.