January 13, 2020
RGP announces the appointment of a new partner
Effective from 1st January 2020, Ivan Meleshenko, a counsel at the dispute resolution practice of law firm Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners (RGP), is appointed as partner.

For over 15 years, Ivan has represented clients in a wide range of areas such as: dispute resolution, investigations, domestic and international tax issues, customs regulations, as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions.

He has extensive experience in developing complex strategies aimed at solving corporate conflicts and commercial disputes, handling challenging cross-border proceedings, including parallel litigations and arbitrations in multiple jurisdictions, internal investigations and investigations of regulatory and law enforcement bodies, as well as asset tracing and recovery worldwide. In addition to the above, Ivan focuses on international investment arbitration: he represented foreign investors in the disputes arising out of the breach of investment protection treaties with the Baltic, Central and Eastern European, Central Asian and African states.

Over the last six years, Ivan has been recognised by independent international legal rankings guide The Best Lawyers.

Prior to joining RGP, Ivan was a counsel at the Moscow office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and prior to that, an attorney at Hogan & Hartson and Noerr.

Ilya Rybalkin, the head of RGP’s dispute resolution practice, notes: “The growth of RGP partnership is one of the indicators of the boosting development of our firm and, in particular, its dispute resolution practice. Having known Ivan as a brilliant attorney for more than 15 years, I’m delighted that such a distinguished professional possessing first-class strategic vision will enhance our partnership and assist in achieving extraordinary results for the firm’s clients.”

Ivan Meleshenko commented on his appointment: “For me, this is a very exciting opportunity and, at the same time, a great honour and responsibility: to become the first partner of the firm after the establishment of RGP. I’m deeply grateful to our partners and other colleagues for this recognition and for their trust and support. I am certain that in the new year, RGP’s team will help their clients to achieve even greater success and implement new ambitious projects.”

Ivan graduated cum laude from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 2003, and received a PhD from the same institute in 2008. He is fluent in English and German.


Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners 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. 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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