Senior Associate
Alexandra Smorodina

Alexandra Smorodina is a senior associate with RGD's Dispute Resolution practice.


Prior to joining RGD, Alexandra worked at the Moscow office of a major Russian bank.


Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution, International Litigation, Domestic Litigation

Secondary Practice Focus: Investigation

Industry Sectors: Energy & Natural Resources

Languages: English, Russian

Landmark engagement experience

Dispute resolution

  • Representing a private client in a high-profile criminal investigations in an EU member state, in the course of which unprecedented in scale and media coverage investigative actions were successfully challenged and declared unlawful

  • Representing a private client in administrative proceedings in an EU member state against the claims of the agency responsible for the enforcement of sanctions, which included challenging a series of large-scale and high-profile searches aimed at seizure of assets blocked subject to sanctions

  • Representing a private client in the mutual agreement procedure under a Double Taxation Treaty between the Russian Federation and an EU member state in connection with tax claims totaling more than half a billion euros

  • Representing PJSC Tatneft in USD 380 million English litigation proceedings in the High Court against four Ukrainian oligarchs – Messrs. Igor Kolomoysky, Gennady Bogolyubov, Pavel Ovcharenko and Alexander Yaroslavsky – in relation to huge and complex alleged cross-border fraudulent activities

  • Representing a major private energy generating company in a bankruptcy of a significant contractor in a dispute regarding subsidiary liability of its controlling persons, including former Minister for Open Government Affairs Mikhail Abyzov

  • Representing a major Greek bank in bankruptcy proceedings of Russian subsidiaries of a Greek development conglomerate following a EUR 40 million default under Greek law-governed facility agreements

  • Representing German development conglomerate in several Russian disputes against a notorious businessman in St.-Petersburg emerging from pushing a Russian subsidiary into insolvency by concluding fake loan agreement and bringing the mother-companies to secondary liability for its debts

reputation recovery

  • Providing comprehensive advice and legal representation to a private client in matters related to the protection of honor, dignity, and business reputation and general PR matters in a number of jurisdictions. Providing strategic guidance, coordinating foreign advocates/consultants outside of Russia (including the UK, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, Croatia, and etc.), and completing legal preparation for disputes concerning the protection of the client’s honor, dignity, and business reputation in foreign jurisdictions (with positive outcomes, including injunctions against foreign media in the client’s favor; signed cease-and-desist declarations, etc.). Developing comprehensive PR strategy, which included legal advice to the client and the client’s PR department, handling media relations, and preparing requests to publish responses and rebuttals

  • Providing legal support to the PR department of a major Russian investment holding company, handling relations with the media, filing requests to publish responses and rebuttals, managing claims, and representing the company in legal proceedings, including those in foreign jurisdictions

  • Advising a major Russian businessman (listed in Forbes Russia) and related companies regarding dissemination of defamatory publications in the media and on the Internet


  • LLM (with honours), Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2019

  • LLB (with honours), Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2017


  • Advocate, 2021

  • Russia, 2017

International Experience
Alexandra Smorodina
Senior Associate