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Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Ilya Nikiforov receives extensive recommendations from peers for his profound expertise in IP, property and project development arbitration disputes.


Ilya Nikiforov is a founding member of the leading law firm in the CIS.

Founded in St Petersburg (Russia), the firm now has 200-plus lawyers working in Moscow (Russia), Kyiv (Ukraine) and Minsk (Belarus), and in satellite practices in the UK and Cyprus. Ilya leads an arbitration team that is consistently regarded as the top counsel/co-counsel in Russia, and is the only CIS team ranked by the Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100.

Ilya Nikiforov has an edge in finance, energy, construction and technology arbitration. Renowned in the Russian arbitration world, he is acclaimed by the Chambers guide as an eminent practitioner. Ilya is applauded for his creativity and hands-on approach to cases. He was admitted to plead before higher domestic courts.

An active member of the professional community, has served as vice chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration (Russia); an executive committee member of the Swedish Arbitration Association; and an LCIA councillor. Ilya Nikiforov was appointed an officer of RAA, the IBA arbitration committee and the ABA Eurasia committee.

Ilya Nikiforov is well known in the international arbitration community as a seasoned practitioner. He is listed as an arbitrator by ICDR (including in its Energy Arbitrators List), SIAC (first panel member from Russia), HKIAC, VIAC and other European institutions.

An adjunct lecturer at St Petersburg State University Law School, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of municipal and international private law. He co-authored a Commentary to the RF Civil Code.

Ilya is fluent in English, and acquainted with foreign legal systems, as well as continental and common law traditions.

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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