Khristofor Ivanyan - Ivanyan and Partners
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Khristofor Ivanyan

St Petersburg, Moscow
For 25 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, on numerous occasions he has participated as strategist and chief trial counsel in transborder commercial litigation involving insolvency, corporate fraud, 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. Since 2015, he has also specialised in economic sanctions and compliance matters.



Advised the shareholders in Sibur Holding, Russia’s biggest gas processing and petrochemicals company, on selling minority stakes to international investors: (i) 10% of shares to China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) (2014-2015), (ii) 10% of shares to the Chinese Silk Road Fund (2016-2017), and (iii) 1.9% of shares to Mubadala Investment Company, a UAE sovereign investment fund (2021)

Represented a Russian businessperson and his group of companies, a major Russian importer of fruits, in $1 bn+ 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 in Novatek, Russia’s biggest independent natural gas producer, on ownership restructuring. Deal value: $7 bn+ (2018)

Provides regular advice to a Top-3 Russian bank on US and EU export control regulation issues that arise within the framework of the bank’s client operations (2016-present)