Alexander Taranenko

Aleхander Taranenko is an Associate at RGD’s Sanctions and Dispute resolution practices.



Prior to joining RGD team, Alexander worked at major public-private financial institutions and several law firms in Russia and Asia. Alexander's experience covers sanctions compliance in organizations with an international presence and legal advice on the application of sanctions legislation and mitigation of sanctions risks. Alexander supported a group of companies offering business development services in new jurisdictions and provided legal guidance on tax legislation (including DTA application) and common law application (USA, Canada, Crown Dependencies, Singapore, and Hong Kong).

Over the past 7 years, Alexander has held senior positions in the legal departments of major Russian banks. In the banking sector, he arranged and coordinated court proceedings in Russia and other countries, overseeing the efforts of domestic and foreign legal advisers. Alexander handled various bankruptcy cases and cross-border disputes, including complex instances of cross-border insolvency where the powers of the liquidator needed to be recognized at the debtor's assets location. He also specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration, such as UNCITRAL, LCIA, and SIAC proceedings. His expertise extends to disputes involving the enforcement of foreign state and arbitration court decisions, debt recovery cases concerning public and private securities, corporate disputes, and disputes related to breach of contract and compensation of damages for torts.


Primary Practice Focus: Sanctions, Dispute Resolution, International Litigation

Secondary Practice Focus: Corporate Finance

Industry Sectors: Fintech & Financial Institutions, Energy & Natural Resources, Industry & Transportation, Retail & Real Estate

Languages: Russian, English

Landmark Engagement Experience


Sanctions Law and Sanctions Compliance

  • Formalizing, negotiating, and approving internal sanctions compliance, AML, and KYC compliance policies for a major cryptocurrency and fiat money exchange platform.

  • Advising the client on the potential risks of legal relations with individuals included in various sanctions lists and entities operating in sanctioned economic sectors.

International Litigation

  • Coordinating a cross-border bankruptcy case involving a large agro-industrial complex and simultaneously pursuing debt collection for individual assets across Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, and other Balkan states.

  • Advising a client on patent infringement litigation in the United States involving the use of software to prevent unauthorized software installation in ATMs of a major Russian bank.

  • Coordinating litigation in the High Court of Justice (England) upon receipt of an order denying debt relief under English law as part of a debt restructuring process governed by the law of the debtor's jurisdiction.

  • Advising a client regarding recovery of funds for non-contractual legal services in the High Court of Delhi (India) on behalf of the defendant.

  • Advising a client on the protection of exclusive rights to the commercial name of a major bank in Eastern Europe.

  • Advising a client on recognition and enforcement in Singapore of a foreign judgment from a continental state court, including interim measures and preliminary investigation of the debtor's assets.

  • Coordinating proceedings under the LCIA Rules to recover the debt from the guarantor and obtain a WFO.

  • Coordinating a dispute in English courts regarding the unlawful blocking of funds in bank accounts.



  • LLM with honors, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, 2013

  • Specialist in Taxation, Synergy University, 2011

  • Financial Expert, Synergy University, 2009


Professional development

  • Banking Law, M-LOGOS Law Institute, 2019

  • Anglo-American Contract Law, STATUT Law School, 2018

  • AML and KYC Compliance under 115-FZ, Bank Corporate School, 2018

  • Contract Law, STATUT Law School, 2014

  • Corporate Bankruptcy, STATUT Law School, 2014

  • Contract Law, STATUT Law School, 2013

  • International Commercial Arbitration, Russian Managers Association, 2012

  • Banking Law, STATUT Law School, 2011




  • Russia, 2013

International Experience
Alexander Taranenko