Senior Associate
Alexandra Khizunova

Alexandra Khizunova is a senior associate at RGD’s Dispute Resolution and Sanctions practices. Alexandra is experienced in coordinating complex judicial proceedings including those with cross-border component, as well as in advising on issues connected with proceedings to recognize and enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the Russian Federation.


Prior to joining RGD team, Alexandra was a senior associate in a reputable Russian dispute resolution law firm. Alexandra focused on advising (including on international arbitration, international trade law and sanctions matters) Russian and foreign clients, representing them in Russian courts, as well as on preparing opinions explaining Russian law to foreign courts and tribunals in the course arbitrations and coordination foreign judicial proceedings.

Alexandra also worked at workout department of the large Russian bank. She participated in development of various strategies of enforcement in Russia and foreign jurisdictions and coordinated relevant processes subsequently, as well as provided legal support in the course of transactions concluded to settle the debt.

Alexandra is an author of a number of articles and publications.


Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution, Sanctions

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

Languages: English, Russian

Landmark engagement experience


  • Representing a Spanish industrial company in proceedings on recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award (Sweden) in Russian commercial courts.

  • Representing an Austrian construction (engineering) company in proceedings on issuance of the writ of execution for enforcement of the arbitral awards (issued in a dispute considered under ICAC at the RF CCI rules) in Russian commercial courts against a debtor avoiding the voluntary execution.

  • Participation in the project group representing Russian energy service company in the dispute against Russian bank on challenging the currency options in Russian commercial courts (amount of claims — 1 bln USD).

  • Advising a Russian company in the course of negotiations with a foreign contractor in order to overcome difficulties to launch a unique natural gas liquefaction unit by the beginning of heating season in Russia.

  • Advising Russian and Swiss companies on a dispute with a supplier regarding recovery of damages in the amount of more than 90 mln USD in a Canadian court.

  • Coordinating representation of one of major creditors (Russian financial institution, amount of claims — more than 70 mln Euro) in the course of insolvency proceedings in Germany.


  • Advising Russian major internet-recruiting company on potential risks in the context of foreign sanctions regimes and adoption by this company of the internal policy on sanctions compliance system.

  • Advising a major Kazakh energy sector company on the use of the maritime areas to import cargo into Russia and on the use of the Russian inland waterways system to carry the cargo to other EAEU member-state including an analysis of the associated risks in connection with economic sanctions.

  • Advising a major US manufacturer of medical equipment on issues emerged in the context of sanctions in connection with the supply of the equipment to Russia.

  • Advising a Russian automotive company in the course of structuring and concluding a transaction, including on drafting a sanctions clause.

  • Advising a Russian oil and gas sector company on the grounds for termination of contracts in connection with economic sanctions of various foreign jurisdictions.



  • LL.M. in American Business Law (with honors), ANO Pericles (Pericles Center for International Legal Education), 2012

  • DL (with honors), Urals State Law Academy (Urals State Law University), 2010


  • Russia, 2010

Recognitions & Awards

  • Pravo-300 - ranked among recommended lawyers in Sanctions

"Pravo-300" Ranking
International Experience
Alexandra Khizunova
Senior Associate