February 11, 2020
RGP Counsel Yan Kalish to Become a New RAA40 Co-Chair
New RAA40 Co-Chairs were announced on 11 February 2020, including: Counsel with the Dispute Resolution practice at Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners Yan Kalish, Counsel with the International Centre for Legal Protection Sergey Morozov, Head of the International Legal Department at Uralchem Svetlana Popova, and Senior Associate at White & Case Oleg Todua. The new Co-Chairs will work alongside RAA40 regional representatives: Iryna Akulenka (in Dubai), Managing Consultant at HKA and Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and Irina Samodelkina (in Frankfurt am Main), Foreign Associate at Busse Disputes. The new Chairs will be effective for the next three consecutive years.

The main objective of the Chairs is promoting arbitration in Russia and abroad.

Yan Kalish represents clients before arbitral tribunals acting under the rules of various institutions, including ICC, SCC, LCIA, and SCAI. He also advises clients on complex cross-border litigations involving proceedings before the courts of the United States, Norway, British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, and Russia. Yan’s experience covers matters governed i.a. by New York, Delaware, English, Swedish, Norwegian, German, BVI, Cypriot, Swiss, Bahamian, Panamanian, and Russian law.

Yan Kalish commented on his appointment: “I am very honored and excited to join the new RAA 40 Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs have been making an invaluable contribution to developing and promoting arbitration in Russia and CIS, touching upon the most topical and interesting issues. This is a great platform for cooperation and development of the international arbitration community in Russia. We already have a lot of plans and hope to see all those who are interested in arbitration at the future RAA40 events.”

The RAA40 is a group for young arbitration practitioners and academics. The key purpose of RAA40 is to promote arbitration among young lawyers and to create more opportunities for professional development of its membership. RAA40 is the continuator of the Moscow Arbitration Forum 40 (MAF40), which was established in 2008 by Francesca Albert, Anton Asoskov, and Richard Chlup.


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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