Khristofor Ivanyan - Ivanyan and Partners
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Khristofor Ivanyan

St Petersburg, Moscow
For 20+ years, Khristofor has specialised in Russian and cross-border commercial disputes and Public International Law issues.

He advises clients on complex corporate conflicts and transactions and shareholder disputes, developing judicial defence strategies in Russian and foreign courts. In particular, he has participated on numerous occasions as strategist and chief trial counsel in transborder commercial litigation involving issues of insolvency, corporate fraud, and asset tracing and freezing/recovery.

For 10+ years, Khristofor has led teams representing the Russian Federation in interstate disputes before the ICJ, ECHR, and other international courts.



Represented Russian businessperson and his group of companies, a major Russian importer of fruits, in $1bn+ insolvency proceedings in the UK and Russia (2012-2016)

Represented the Russian Ministry of Justice before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a case initiated by the Republic of Georgia (Georgia v Russia II, 2010-2021)

Represented the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in a case brought by Ukraine under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (2016-2022)

Advised a shareholder of Novatek, Russia's largest independent natural gas producer, on the restructuring of ownership. Deal value: $7 b+ (2018)

Advised Gazprombank – in the Russian TOP-3 – on a complex restructuring of $580m+ debt arrangements for the major Russian coal and steel producer Mechel (2016)