Vladimir Pestrikov

Vladimir is a Partner, Head of International Investment Arbitration practice. Vladimir focuses on complex international commercial, corporate, financial and investment arbitrations, including complex cross-jurisdictional disputes with parallel proceedings both in state courts of various jurisdictions and in international commercial and investment arbitration institutions. He has an extensive experience in handling arbitration processes under the rules of various arbitration institutions as well as proceedings to recognize and enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Furthermore, Vladimir is an acknowledged expert in debt recovery, bankruptcy and restructuring, including cases with international aspect. He represents his clients from a number of industries, including gas and oil, retail, telecommunications, construction, and other.


Vladimir is a member of the ICC Russia Commission on International Arbitration.

Prior to joining RGD, Vladimir acted as a counsel with the Litigation & Arbitration practice of a leading law firm for several years. He has an excellent track record of multiple successful cases both in Russia and many other jurisdictions and international institutions. Before that, Vladimir held the position of a general counsel at a major Russian industrial holding. His responsibilities included ensuring legal support for the company’s commercial projects, in particular, with regard to corporate, tax and antitrust law issues, and providing legal advice on securing exemptions, benefits and state support.


Primary Practice Focus
: Dispute Resolution

Industry Sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Fintech & Financial Institutions, Telecom & Media, Retail & Real Estate

: English, Russian, German

Landmark engagement experience


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

  • 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

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

  • Representing a contractor in a dispute with one of the leading European telecommunication companies before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)

  • Advising a Russian client in a shareholders’ dispute in Stockholm under the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) Rules, as well as coordinating parallel court proceedings in the BVI and Cyprus seeking injunctions in aid of the arbitration


  • 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 a foreign shareholder of the largest Russian retail company in a corporate dispute considered in Russian courts, LCIA, and BVI court proceedings

  • Representing a major Russian pension fund in a dispute over bankruptcy before a Russian court

  • Supporting a Russian state-owned corporation in its dispute concerning the ownership and management of an investment fund in a Cypriot court

  • Advising a global commodities trading company on the enforcement of a FOSFA arbitral award issued in favour of our client and related to the recovery of damages from a Russian grain trading company

  • Representing a TOP-3 Russian pension fund and its asset management companies in multiple disputes against state-owned banks and the Central Bank of the Russian


  • DL, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 2000

  • LL.M., German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 1999


  • Advocate, 2015

  • Russia, 2000

Recognitions & Awards

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2019–2021 – in 2019-2020 recognised as a “Rising Star” in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and Mediation, in 2021 recongnised as a “Next Generation Partner”

  • The Best Lawyers 2013–2022 - ranked among the top Arbitration and Mediation, Competition / Antitrust Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, International Arbitration, Litigation lawyers in Russia

  • The Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2021: Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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

  • Pravo-300 - recommended lawyers in International Arbitration, Bankruptcy (including Disputes) (High Market)

  • "Kommersant" ranking - ranked among leading individuals in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Corporate Dispute Resolution.

International Experience
Publications and public speaking
April 1, 2021
Language Русский
"Appointment of Arbitrazh Receivers: Modern Approaches in Court Practice". Vladimir Pestrikov's speech at the session "Bankruptcy 2020: Positive Signs" of the XVII Annual Russian Legal Forum organised by the Vedomosti newspaper.
Vladimir Pestrikov
March 17, 2021
Language Русский
International Trade Legal Day. Conference by ICC Russian National Committee of The International Chamber of Commerce – the World Business Organization (ICC Russia) supported by Rybalkin, Gortsunyan and Partners. Chairman of the Conference: Dmitry Dyakin.
Dmitry Dyakin | Vladimir Pestrikov | Anastasia Konstantinova
February 3, 2021
Language Русский
Online seminar “Arbitration: Problems and Effective Solutions”. Joint webinar held by RGP and Deloitte, moderated by Dmitry Dyakin.
Dmitry Dyakin | Vladimir Pestrikov | Yan Kalish
July 16, 2020
Language Русский
Practical aspects of construction arbitration. Online seminar by ICC Russia supported by RGP, moderator: Dmitry Dyakin
Dmitry Dyakin | Vladimir Pestrikov | Timur Abushakhmanov | Vsevolod Taraskin
Vladimir Pestrikov