Practice
Resolving the most difficult and complex legal issues
specialism
Since 2006, we have been providing legal assistance to business owners, state corporations and authorities, private clients, and non-profit institutions. Our key competencies are support for complex investment projects and resolving complicated disputes, including cross-border lawsuits.

people
90+ lawyers and attorneys in the firm’s Moscow and St. Petersburg offices protect the interests of our clients.

experience
We combine high legal proficiency with the skills of juridical protection of corporations before public authorities. Beyond that, we have unrivalled experience in Russia in the area of Public International Law.

expertise
The main areas of our work are corporate and finance transactions; litigation and bankruptcy proceedings in Russia and abroad; infrastructure / PPP projects and real estate investments; compliance and public procurement; Public International Law and economic sanctions; and private clients and tax structuring of assets in various jurisdictions.

scale
Ivanyan and Partners is in the Top-10 of the largest and most successful law firms in Russia. The total volume of the projects we have advised on over the past five years (2015-2019) exceeds $63 b, and the geographical reach of our work covers 29 countries on three continents.

competition / antitrust

Resolving complex competition law matters

We advise companies and public clients on a wide range of competition issues. Key types of work include advice on anti-competitive agreements (including agreements with state authorities) and abuse of a dominant position; support for M&A transactions and other corporate projects, including merger control and strategic investment filings; advice on state and corporate procurement matters; and resolving disputes involving Russian federal and regional competition authorities.

Experience

Advised Otkritie Holding, a TOP-5 financial group in Russia, on the regulatory aspects of the acquisition from the Russian oil & gas major Lukoil of 100% in a company operating Russia’s 2nd largest diamond mine. Deal value: $1.45 b (2017)

Represented the road construction company Bashkirdorstroy in a precedent-setting dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia (FAS) concerning the use of a concession agreement model for the construction of a toll road in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan. The interpretation of the law on concessions proposed by the FAS would have created an insurmountable obstacle to implementing infrastructure projects under the PPP model in Russia. Contract value: ₽20 b ($330 m+) (2017)

Advising a Fortune-500 Chinese state-owned energy corporation on Russian regulatory aspects of a planned acquisition of an Israeli engineering company. Deal value: $120 m + (2018-present)

Represented the Committee on Investments of St. Petersburg in contesting the cancellation of the results of bidding for the right to conclude a concession agreement on the creation of a high-speed tram network in St. Petersburg. Construction cost: ₽25 b ($415 m+) (2018)

Represented a major Russian pharmaceutical company in a court trial concerning the rights to a cancer drug whose state registration had been contested by a direct competitor. Matter value (annual sales under public procurement agreements): ₽800 m ($13 m+) (2016)

Represented authorities of a Russian region (the governor, the government, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Property and Land Relations) in the case of a possible violation of the federal law “On the Protection of Competition" in concluding an anticompetitive agreement with a commercial company (2018)

Represented a regional ministry of road construction in court disputes with a competition authority on the possible non-compliance of the ministry's actions with the requirements of the federal law “On the Contract System" and the federal law “On the Protection of Competition" (2018)

Judicial protection of a major Russian fishing group in a precedent-setting court dispute on invalidating a ruling by the Russian competition authority, which could have led to the cancellation of the client’s quotas for seafood catches and significant economic loss (2019)