October 21, 2019
The leading litigation specialist joins RGP from an international law firm Dechert
On 21 October 2019 Yuri Makhonin joins Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners (RGP) as a counsel to its dispute resolution practice. Yuri is the second dispute resolution lawyer joining RGP from Dechert in 2019.

Yuri focuses on litigation and arbitration in Russia, he represented foreign and local clients in more than 400 cases in state arbitrazh, general jurisdiction courts and in international arbitration tribunals.

Yuri is recognized for Dispute Resolution in Russia by international rankings Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 EMEA describing him as a “rising star in the Russian market”, “a diligent, fierce litigator who is absolutely fantastic in court”.

For over 15 years Yuri has been focusing on commercial, real estate, construction and corporate disputes, bankruptcy, debt recovery and administrative disputes.

Prior to joining RGP Yuri worked at the leading Russian and international law firms. During the last ten years Yuri was working at Dechert where he supervised all of the Russian dispute resolution work of its Moscow office for the last 3 years. Yuri also used to work at Salans (now – Dentons) and Noerr.

With Yuri joining RGP the number of lawyers only of its burgeoning dispute resolution practice will make as many as 16 people.

Yuri was named one of top ten young arbitration practitioners by the Russian Arbitration Association in 2015-2017. Yuri is on the panel of recommended arbitrators of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ICAC), the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RIMA) and the Russian Arbitration Association; he is a member of the Russian national committee of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and a committee member of Moscow Commercial Litigators’ Forum.

Head of RGP dispute resolution practice Ilya Rybalkin notes: “We are happy to welcome in our team such a highly qualified lawyer, who shall strengthen the presence of our practice in Russian courts – workstream which explosive growth and developments overcomes our expectations”.

Yuri comments upon his appointment: “I am very excited to join RGP team and very anxious to be a part of one of the most hard-fighting and reputable litigation firms on the Russian market. In the rapidly changing and sanctions influenced business environment in Russia RGP provides an excellent platform to render best quality legal advice for both Russian and international companies”.

Yuri graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University named after M. Torez, Faculty of law, Specialist degree in law (magna cum laude). A native Russian speaker, he is fluent in English.


Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners (RGP) is an independent law firm established in 2018 in Russia, supporting clients from all over the world in their business dealings involving Russia and CIS countries. In addition, our firm offers unparalleled expertise in foreign legal matters to Russian companies with significant international presence.

We are a cohesive team of seasoned professionals, highly ranked in all aspects of dispute resolution and corporate work and with significant international expertise, gained in leading international law firms.

Our lawyers have worked on the largest corporate deals, investigations and disputes in the history of modern Russia and represented clients in 175 jurisdictions worldwide.

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