Dimitry Afanasiev is the Chairman and co-founding partner of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the largest law firm in Russia and the CIS.
Dimitry specializes in international corporate transactions, dispute resolution and public policy issues. He has represented the interests of the Russian Federation and leading multinational and Russian corporations. He is a board member of UC RUSAL, a leading global aluminium company.
Dimitry was named European Managing Partner of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2015. In 2010, the Financial Times listed Dimitry among the 10 most innovative lawyers in the world. In 2011, the “Russian Reporter” listed Dimitry in the top 10 of the most respected lawyers in Russia. He is recommended by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: CIS and other prominent legal guides as a leading practitioner in the areas of M&A and corporate law, dispute resolution, antitrust, banking and finance, investment, and restructuring/insolvency.
Prior to co-founding Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in 1993, Dimitry worked at Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis and Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen. In 1999 he became Chairman of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. He was a board member at MMC Norilsk Nickel in 2009 and at CTC Media Inc. between 2011 and 2012.
Dimitry is a board member of Business Russia, an all-Russia public organization, a founding member of the Russian-American Business Council, a member of the Expert Council under the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights, a Presidium member of the Association of Lawyers of Russia, and a member of the Russian Council for International Affairs. He is the Chair of the Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law, and a member of the Competition Experts Association.
Dimitry is a Co-Chairman of the CIS Leading Counsel Network, a professional network of the leading law firms across the CIS offering clients integrated multijurisdictional legal advice.
Dimitry holds a state award as an Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation (2015). He was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Service in Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms (2015), the Medal for Professional Excellence (2004) by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers; in 2017 he received the National Award in the “Business Reputation” category. He received commendations from the President of the Russian Federation for achievements in defending human rights (2015) and for active work on protecting the interests of the Russian Federation (2011).
Dimitry studied law at the University of Leningrad, University of Pennsylvania and St. Petersburg Institute of Law. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association.