Mr Mikhail Ivanov > Dentons > St Petersburg, Russia > Lawyer Profile

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191011 St Petersburg

Work Department

Dentons’ Russian Litigation and Arbitration practice


Mikhail Ivanov is a partner and Head of Dentons’ Russian Litigation and Arbitration practice. He specializes in the resolution of disputes between foreign investors and major Russian companies.

Over the past 20 years, Mikhail has represented the Firm’s clients in litigations before the Russian commercial courts and general courts of law, participated in international commercial arbitrations in Russia and abroad under UNCITRAL, ICC, SCC and ICAC Rules, and represented foreign clients in recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Russia.

After graduating from the international law department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1984, Mikhail went on to complete post-graduate studies in 1987, earning a Candidate of Science degree in International Law.

He is fluent in English and German.



Partner, Head of the Russian Litigation/Arbitration practice, Dentons, St. Petersburg, 2007–present

Managing Partner, Salans, St. Petersburg, 2005–2011

Of Counsel, Salans, St. Petersburg, 2002–2003

Associate, Salans, Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, 1998–2002

Associate, Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, Moscow, 1996–1998

Partner, M. Ivanov & Partners, St. Petersburg, 1993–1996


English, German, Russian


Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), 1987, Ph.D
Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), 1984, Law Degree

Lawyer Rankings

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation

The ‘very strong dispute resolution practice’ at Dentons is split between the offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively led by department co-heads Roman Zaitsev and Mikhail Ivanov. The group is ‘well known for its success rate in handling disputes’; it has a particular emphasis on assisting large domestic and international clients with contentious bankruptcy, contractual and real estate issues. The team in St. Petersburg has extensive experience in IT litigation, an area where Victor Naumov has a stellar reputation. Counsel Maria Mikheyenkova is noted for her credentials in procedural law.

Russia > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation

Dentons relies upon its strength across the CIS region to handle complex cross-border issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and parallel proceedings in Russia; Richard Cowie and dual-qualified Konstantin Kroll are key contacts for multi-jurisdictional matters. The team regularly acts for clients in commercial arbitration initiated in relation to breaches of contracts and corporate disputes. St. Petersburg-based Mikhail Ivanov heads up the national department, while Roman Zaitsev leads the team in Moscow.