Speakers Academy for Arbitrators

  • Timur Aitkulov Partner at Aitkulov & Partners law firm.

    Timur Aitkulov graduated with honors from MGIMO with a degree in law in 1997 and from the Russian School of Private Law in 1999. In 2001, he defended his PhD thesis on “Legal regulation of mergers and acquisitions of joint stock companies under Russian and German law”.

    2007 – 2020 Partner of the Clifford Chance (Moscow office).

    2021 – present Partner at Aitkulov & Partners law firm.

    He specializes in international arbitration and litigation in Russia and abroad, acts as an advocate/arbitrator in international arbitration in M&A, construction, nuclear energy, oil and gas, shipbuilding and banking disputes, represents clients in the Constitutional Court. He is a member of the Moscow Bar Association, a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and a member of the board of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA). Timur Aitkulov is recognized as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers in Russia by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 international legal directories.

  • Anton AsoskovLomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

    Prof Asoskov, LL.D., is a Professor of Civil Law. He is a member of the governing bodies of the Russian Arbitration Centre at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RAC), International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), and the German Arbitration Institute (DIS). He has acted as an arbitrator in over 100 international arbitrations under major institutional rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

  • Alexey Anischenko Partner at Sorainen law firm

    Alexey Anischenko has extensive experience in arbitrations under ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, IAC at the BelCCI and UNCITRAL rules, litigation in the Belarusian courts and Economic Court of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Court of the Eurasian Economic Community and Court of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    Alexey is a member of VIAC International Advisory Board and Presidiums of International Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Arbitrators at the Union of Lawyers and Sports Arbitration Court at the Belarussian Republican Union of Lawyers. As an arbitrator (sole, presiding and emergency arbitrator), Alexey considered cases under ICC, SCC, IAC at the BelCCI and RAC rules.

    As a legal advisor, Alexey has extensive expertise in negotiating complex commercial contracts in trade, distribution, services, IP/IT, energy and construction and advised foreign companies and banks on their investments in Belarus and matters of M&A, corporate, tax, customs and competition law.

    Alexey works at the Belarusian State University as a senior lecturer in the departments of Eurasian studies and public administration.

  • Anna GrischenkovaArbitrator, LL.M., MCIArb, Deputy Chairman of ICC Russia Arbitration Commission

    Anna has 20 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution and acts as an arbitrator in Russian and international arbitral institutions being enrolled in the lists of arbitrators in Austria (VIAC), Kuala Lumpur (AIAC), Hong Kong (HKIAC), Belarus (Chamber of Arbitrators), Russia (RAC, Arbitration Center at RSPP), LCIA and SCC. Until 2022, Anna was a partner at KIAP law firm and headed the dispute resolution and international arbitration practice. Anna took part in litigation, international arbitration under the rules of leading arbitration institutions (ICC, LCIA, VIAC, SCC, ICAC, etc.) and in ad hoc arbitration. Over the years of practice, Anna has represented clients in state courts and international arbitration in more than 400 proceedings.

    Anna is the Deputy Chairman of the ICC Russia Arbitration Commission, a regional representative from Russia in the HK45 Committee at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), was a regional representative from Russia in the Judicial Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) in 2016-2018, 2020-2022, was a member of the Russian Arbitration Center Board in 2017-2023. In addition to her Russian education, Anna also received a Master's degree in American Law (LL.M) and has the status of Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(CIArb). Anna's main specialization is commercial disputes, disputes in the field of construction, during the implementation of infrastructure projects, including oil and gas, and corporate disputes.

    Anna is the author of the book “Psychology and Persuasion in the Litigation Process,” co-editor and co-author of the “Scientific and Practical Article-by-Article Commentary on the Arbitration Legislation” by the RAA and co-editor and co-author of the book “Arbitration in Asia.”

  • Roman ZajcevPartner and Head of Moscow Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at Nextons

    He focuses on Russian procedural, civil and bankruptcy law and enforcement proceedings. He has significant experience representing client interests in state commercial courts, where he has successfully represented major multinational corporations, individuals and various organizations, including commercial banks, energy companies, car manufacturers, state and municipal authorities and major enterprises.

    Roman has acted successfully in major commercial disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and disputes with state authorities as well as in cases involving the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in the Russian Federation. He has also represented clients in general enforcement proceedings, due diligence investigations, alternative dispute resolution and various other commercial, civil, procedural, general corporate and administrative matters.

    Roman has scientific degree of candidate of legal science, advocate status and is a member of the Moscow Region Bar Association.

  • Vasily KuznetsovManaging Partner at Kuznetsov, Marisin and Partners

    Vasily Kuznetsov has been representing Russian and international clients in major litigation and arbitration proceedings since 2002, including commercial cases on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Russia. Previously, he was a counsel at Clifford Chance, partner at Dechert, partner at Quinn Emanuel, partner and head of the Russian dispute resolution practice at Baker Botts.

    He was a member of the Expert Council of the “Arbitration” Journal and a member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Commission for Russia. Vasily has also been recognized as a leading expert by Chambers Europe and Legal 500 EMEA.

  • Lilia KlochenkoKlochenko & Partners Attorneys at Law Attorney at law, Managing Partner
    Education: In 1992 graduated from the International Law Faculty of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations cum laude with a degree on "international lawyer with knowledge of a foreign language". There in 2007 she defended her PhD thesis on "Legal regulation and models of liability insurance for environmental pollution: a comparative analysis (USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan)".

    2011-2014: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb, London).

    2011-2013: ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy, certified international arbitrator.

    2021: International Islamic Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (IICRA) Program (Certificate of Arbitrator and Expert in Islamic Law and Arbitration).

    2022: CIETAC Program for the application of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

    2021 и 2023: 2021: UNCTAD Programs «Digital Identity for Trade and Development» and «International Merchandise Trade Statistics 2023 (IMTS) » et al.

    Russian qualified attorney at law.

    Speaks Russian and Ukrainian (native languages), as well as English (fluent), German (fluent), French (fluent) and Polish (conversational). Studies Arabic and Chinese.

    Professional experience: Practical experience in Russian and international companies since 1991 till 2000, and since 2000 has been leading her own private practice.

    Certified international arbitrator, included into the lists of arbitrators, in particular, of the Maritime Arbitration Commission at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation (member of the Nomination Committee till 2021), Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC), Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA), German Institution for Arbitration (DIS), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), International Arbitration court “Chamber of Arbitrators at the Union of Lawyers” (Belarus), International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation and Arbitration (IICRA), neutral representative to serve as arbitrator, mediator, negotiator, ombudsman at the Federation of Integrated Conflict Management, India (FICM).

    Member of the American Bar Association (ABA, member of the Construction and Dispute Resolution Law Section, Ethics Committee, IT Technology Committee); International Bar Association (IBA, member of the Arbitration Committee, Insurance Law Committee, Banking Law Committee, Professional Ethics Committee); International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); ICC Russia Arbitration Commission, Austrian Arbitration Association (AUAA); Swiss Chinese Law Association (SCLA); Federation of Integrated Conflict Management (FICM); ArbitralWomen et al; signatory of the ERA Pledge.

    Practices in international arbitration as an arbitrator, party representative (counsel), expert in dispute resolution conducted under DIS, ICC, LCIA, VIAC, SCC, ICAC, MAC, RAC, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and other Rules; and currently focuses mainly on serving as an arbitrator in dispute resolution proceedings conducted under the Rules of various arbitral institutions and ad-hoc proceedings as well as a mediator.

    Since 2017, as a member of independent NGO observers, participates in the work of Working Group II “Arbitration and Conciliation” and Working Group III “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” of UNCITRAL.

    Areas of specialization in arbitration: Commercial disputes. Construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes (including disputes in the oil and gas, chemical, mining, energy, transportation and logistics industries). Insurance and reinsurance disputes. Maritime disputes. Corporate disputes. Environmental pollution disputes (environmental disputes). Investment disputes.

  • Maxim KulkovManaging Partner of Kulkov, Kolotilov & Partners

    Maxim Kulkov is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov and Master of the University of Nottingham (UK) in International Commercial Arbitration.

    Maxim has over 27 years of experience in representing clients in international commercial arbitrations (ICAC at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, SCC, ICC, LCIA) and Russian courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, as well as in foreign courts (England, USA, Jersey, BVI, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Switzerland). He has won more than a hundred disputes.

    He has considered more than 47 cases in international commercial arbitrations and arbitration courts (ICAC, SCC, RSPP, RAC) in various roles: co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and chairman of the panel of arbitrators.

    In the Chambers Europe 2020 in individual ratings of the best Russian lawyers, Maxim is among the top four in complex dispute resolution in Russia and the top ten lawyers in cross-border dispute resolution.

    In 2021, the Pravo.ru-300 in individual rating included Maxim Kulkov in the leading group in the following categories: Arbitration Litigation, International Litigation, International Arbitration.

    Independent international directories The GAR 100 (Global Arbitration Review), The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Who's Who Legal, Pravo.ru-300, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers recommend Maxim as one of the best Russian experts in international arbitration and mediation, resolution of complex litigation and arbitration proceedings.

  • Yulia MullinaGeneral Director

    Areas of professional expertise:

    • Private International Law
    • International Commercial Arbitration
    • International Investment Arbitration
    • Comparative Law

    Yulia graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Law (2015) and has a Master’s degree in private law (2017). In 2019, she was a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany). In 2020, she completed her postgraduate studies at the department of private law of the Lomonosov MSU, Faculty of Law.

    Besides, Yulia has been working in the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration (RAC) (Moscow) since the very beginning of the project in 2016. As of December 2019, Yulia is CEO of the RIMA and RAC. In this capacity, she is actively involved in developing and promoting arbitration domestically and internationally. Prior to that, Yulia served as a legal counsel and was involved in arbitral proceedings administered by the RAC as an assistant to arbitral tribunals.

    Before launching the RAC, Yulia practiced litigation and arbitration in one of the oldest Russian law firms.

    Yulia is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).

    She has fluent knowledge of Russian and English, basic German.

  • Evgeny RashchevskyPartner and Co-Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

    In 1999 he graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Volgograd State University; in 2001 he received a diploma with honors from the Russian School of Private Law (master's degree from the Research Center for Private Law named after S.S. Alekseev under the President of the Russian Federation); in 2004 he received PhD in Law.

    Since 2008, he has been a partner and co-head of the International Arbitration and Litigation Practice at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.

    He is a member of CIArb, RAC, International Board of the Arbitration Center at the RSPP; Vice President at the International Arbitration Court of the Qingdao Arbitration Commission in the SCO demonstration zone; member of KCAB INTERNATIONAL. Evgeny Is also a Solicitor for England and Wales.

    Evgeny has published a significant number of articles on international arbitration and civil law in specialized Russian and international legal journals, as well as a number of comments on international arbitration issues from the Russian Federation.

    He is a teacher of the master's program "Legal regulation of insolvency (bankruptcy)" of the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov, and of the course "Bankruptcy and International Arbitration".