Senior Associate
Mikhail Riazantsev

Mikhail Riazantsev is a Senior Associate at RGD’s Dispute Resolution practice. Mikhail has extensive experience in cross-border and domestic litigation, investment and international commercial arbitration under UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, ICAC and RSPP rules, as well as in interstate disputes before the International Court of Justice.


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



Primary Practice Focus: Dispute Resolution

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

Languages: English, Russian

Landmark engagement experience



  • Representing a shipping company in international commercial arbitration under SIAC rules in connection with non-performance of shipbuilding contracts

  • Representing a licensor in international commercial arbitration under ICC rules arising out of non-performance of a license agreement

  • Representing the government in cases brought against Russia in the International Court of Justice and investor-state arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules

  • Representing an owner of an aircraft in international commercial arbitration on the issue of reimbursement of customs duties related to the use of the aircraft under ICC rules

  • Defending a Russian coach in a sports dispute involving breach of disciplinary rules

  • Representing a construction company in a series of international and domestic commercial arbitrations related to the quality of construction works under RSPP rules


  • Representing an entrepreneur in a dispute over the ownership of shares in the High Court of England and Wales

  • Representing a retail group in several disputes over damages and insurance compensation following a fire accident

  • Representing one of Russia’s biggest banks in bankruptcy proceedings of a construction company: disputes over the submission and admission of creditors’ claims, reversal of juridical acts, former director’s liability

  • Representing an entrepreneur in divorce proceedings for division of assets located in the Isle of Man

  • Representing a beneficiary of a big retailer in connection with the company’s insolvency: disputes over the reversal of juridical acts, former directors’ liability

  • Representing an ice-hockey club in a dispute over the recovery of compensation for illegal use of IP rights for a work of art

  • Representing an oil trader in litigation with customs services on reclassification of low-octane petrol

  • Representing a buyer of property acquired at auction in a case of another bidder challenging the results

  • Representing a power engineering company in a dispute on debt collection under a bank guarantee



  • LLM in International Dispute Resolution (with distinction), Queen Mary University of London, 2023

  • Degree in Law, Russian Academy of Justice, 2013



  • Advocate, 2016

  • Russia, 2013


Recognitions & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers 2020-2022 – ranked among the top Insolvency and Reorganization Law lawyers in Russia

International Experience
Mikhail Riazantsev
Senior Associate