Senior Associate
Maxim Bezruchenkov

Maxim Bezruchenkov is a senior associate in our Dispute Resolution practice. He has extensive experience in Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration including participation in arbitrations under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ICACI), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), advising clients under the arbitration rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Maxim is experienced in advising on a wide range of disputes as well as proceedings to recognize and enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the Russian Federation and Russian judgments abroad. Maxim is a co-author of numerous articles on international arbitration published in Russian and foreign media. Maxim has written several articles as part of the HSE Academic Fund grant programme and is an author of a number of publications on business law and law of procedure. Maxim is actively involved in industry-specific events held by business and professional associations and often speaks at thematic conferences.


Prior to joining RGD, Maxim was an associate with the Litigation & Arbitration practice of one of the largest Russian law firms.

Maxim is a member of the young lawyers group of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC45), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (YSIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Centre (KCAB “Next”), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID-YG), the young practitioners group under the auspices of Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC-YPG), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS40), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA40), the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC-YAF), the networking group for arbitration of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR Young & International).


Primary Practice Focus
: Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, Investment Treaty Arbitration

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

Languages: English, Russian

Landmark engagement experience


  • Representing the Russian Federation in ad hoc arbitration proceedings with an energy major under the UNCITRAL Rules

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

  • Advising a major Russian company in a dispute against a foreign country in an investment arbitration under SCC Rules

  • Representing a Russian investor in a US$500 million dispute related to metallurgical asset expropriation in the territory of an Eastern European state (as per regulations of the UNCITRAL)

  • Representing Saint-Petersburg in a dispute on the termination of a concession agreement and recovery of losses


  • Representing a major Asian construction company in an arbitration related to construction of a large energy plant under the ICC Rules

  • Representing a Russian management company in commercial arbitration proceedings under the ICAC Rules against a CIS country to recover damages caused by improper performance under the sovereign guarantee

  • Representing Limitless, a UAE real estate developer, in a dispute over a JV with a Russian developer before LCIA

  • Advising a major Russian contractor on its lawsuit to recover debt under a construction contract under the SIAC Rules

  • Representing a Danish agro-industrial holding in arbitration proceedings under the SCC rules with respect to a dispute arising out of a purchase and sale agreement

  • Representing a Russian nuclear company in a dispute with an energy company from CIS related to a supply contract in international arbitration proceeding under ICC rules


  • Representing a nationalized Irish bank in Russian bankruptcy proceedings, corporate disputes, real estate disputes and parallel litigations and arbitrations in Ukraine, Ireland, Panama, and Belize

  • Representing Saint Petersburg in parallel disputes related to annulment of the award and enforcement of international awards of the Arbitrazh court of Moscow and the Arbitrazh court of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast

  • Representing a Lithuanian leasing company on enforcement of a Lithuanian arbitration award in Russia

  • Representing SAFMAR, a TOP-3 Russian pension fund, and its asset management companies in multiple disputes against state-owned banks before Russian commercial courts

  • Representing Limitless, a UAE real estate developer, in a dispute over a JV with a Russian developer before Russian arbitration courts and LCIA

  • Representing a large foreign bank in the matter on invalidity of loan agreements and security transactions for the amount over 1 billion RUR


  • Representing the International Chamber of Commerce before the Russian Ministry of Justice in the process of obtaining of the license of the permanent arbitral institution in Russia


  • DL (with honours), National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Department of Civil Law, 2015

  • Investment Arbitration Programme, SIAC Academy, 2024


  • Advocate, 2018

  • Russia, 2015

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Oxford Russia Fund scholarship, 2013–2015

  • Certificate of Achievement for involvement in the organisation and holding of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, awarded by V. L. Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia

  • The Legal 500 "Arbitration Powerlist: CIS and Caucasus" - recommended among the leading arbitration experts of the region in 2020

International Experience
Maxim Bezruchenkov
Senior Associate