Dmitry Smirnov

Dmitry Smirnov is an associate with RGD Dispute Resolution practice. He advises clients on international commercial and investment arbitration, international litigation and sanctions issues.

In the course of his professional training he has participated in international arbitration (William C. Vis Moot) and international investment arbitration (FDI Moot Court) moot-courts. Dmitry is a member of the Council for Modern Arbitration (YIMA) and organiser of the 2018 EAEC Dispute Resolution competition.


Prior to joining RGD, Dmitry completed an internship at a Russian law firm specialising in dispute resolution.


Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution

Secondary Practice Focus: Domestic Litigation, International Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Treaty Arbitration

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

Languages: Russian, English

Landmark engagement experience

  • Representing Client in an international arbitration against a sovereign state under the ICSID AF Rules

  • Representing a major Russian contractor in a dispute in Vietnam arising out of an EPC contract in arbitration under the SIAC Rules

  • Representing a Hong Kong company in a dispute with a European company under the LCIA Rules arising from a loan agreement related to a mining project

  • Representing an English company in a dispute related to setting-aside a ruling on jurisdiction of international arbitration ad hoc resulting from a consulting services agreement concluded with an authority of the Republic of Kazakhstan


  • LLM, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Law of International Trade and Dispute Resolution, 2023

  • LLB (with honours), Russian State University of Justice, 2021

  • Pericles Training and Advisory Centre, Legal Writing, 2021

  • Kant Baltic Federal University and Pericles Centre Summer School, 2019

  • ELSA Law Summer School on “International Investment Law and Investment Arbitration”, 2018


  • Advocate, 2024

  • Russia, 2021

International Experience
Dmitry Smirnov