Akin Gump to Add Partner to International Corporate Transactions Practice in Moscow

(Washington, D.C.) – Ilya M. Rybalkin will join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in the international corporate transactions practice in Moscow in July. 

Mr. Rybalkin’s practice encompasses international and domestic taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation and arbitration.  Mr. Rybalkin advises Russian companies on structuring their international operations and international companies on their Russian investments and activities.  He has particular experience in corporate and tax issues in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and private equity fund structuring.  He also represents clients in complex corporate disputes.  His clients include companies in the oil and gas, mining, energy, automotive, real estate and food industries. 

Rick L. Burdick, managing partner for international offices and head of Akin Gump’s international corporate transactions practice, said, “Well-known and widely respected in the marketplace, Ilya is a skilled practitioner whose diverse and vibrant practice will enhance our capabilities in Moscow.  We are very pleased to welcome him to the firm.” 

Mr. Rybalkin added, “Akin Gump has long enjoyed a very strong reputation in Russia, having unparalleled expertise in the energy, real estate and telecom industries and acting for the largest Russian companies in what are perceived as landmark transactions.  I am excited to become part of Akin Gump.”

Mr. Rybalkin received his law degree from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Department of International Law.  He joins Akin Gump from Hogan Lovells. 

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  The firm’s Moscow office opened in 1994 and is home to a team of Russian, U.S. and English-qualified lawyers who advise on investment funds; international and Russian capital markets transactions; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; bank, vendor and other financings; real estate development and transactions; international arbitration and litigation in Russia or involving Russian companies; large-scale project development; corporate governance; and complex public law and policy matters in Russia and the United States. 

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