Denis Arkhipov
Managing Partner (Moscow), Co-Head of Litigation Practice
Denis Arkhipov

21, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str.,
Moscow, 125047, Russia

Tel.: +7 (495) 935 8010
Fax: +7 (495) 935 8011



  • Chambers Global (2015-2017, 2019-2022)
  • Chambers Europe (2015-2017, 2019-2021)
  • The Legal 500 (2018-2021)
  • Best Lawyers (2012-2021)
  • Коммерсантъ (2017-2022)
  • (2020-2022)

« A special legal intuition and good understanding of the market »

The Legal 500

Denis Arkhipov is a Partner and Co-Head of Litigation practice. He specialises in disputes in the areas of corporate and commercial law, IP, competition law, protection of titles to real estate and sole rights, securities, as well as telecommunications sectors.

He is also the Head of Defamation Practice. Denis has expertise and significant experience in representing individuals within the settlement of family disputes, including litigation, divorce and division of marital property. Denis’ experience in the field of family disputes and divorce proceedings includes but is not limited to advising a Russian billionaire with significant assets both in Russia and abroad on drafting the prenuptial agreement and further on the divorce proceedings and the division of property, as well as advising on issues relation to children (custody, alimony procedure and so forth).

Denis consistently represents clients in court proceedings in Russia’s Supreme Arbitrazh Court and arbitrazh (commercial) courts of Moscow and St. Petersburg and the regions of Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Arkhangelsk, Rostov, Khanti-Mansiysk, Komi and Krasnodar as well as relevant courts of appeal and cassation instances.

He has been involved in some landmark and precedent-setting disputes including:

  • Representing a shareholder of a mining and metals company, in the largest shareholder dispute in Russian corporate history.
  • Representing a packaging monopoly regarding abuse of dominance charges and a case on the exclusive supply deal prohibited by antitrust laws.
  • Representing Russian Railways in a dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia over the change in the schedule of commuter railway trains.
  • Representing the Bolshoi Theatre in a dispute with a music critic who sought to recover RUB 2m and an official apology as a compensation for moral damages. As a result, the Tver District Court of Moscow rejected the claim of our Client’s opponent.
  • Representing the Russian Federation and the Foundation for Tube Industry Development in disputes related to the defence of the Russian market in regard to imports from Ukraine, this included hearings in the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of Russia.
  • Representing a lender in bankruptcy proceedings of a well-known car dealership holding.
  • Representing a foreign investor in litigation against the State over a stake in the biggest pulp and paper plant.
  • Advising a major timber holding in the attempt of its hostile takeover.

In the area of intellectual property Denis has acted in such cases as:

  • Representing one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers in a claim brought by Russian inventors. The plaintiffs alleged that the company is infringing their rights to an invention and demanded to ban the import of certain models of refrigerators into the Russian Federation. As a result of the Firm’s actions, the opponents’ patent was found invalid and the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow denied the relief sought.
  • Representing a UK-based company in series of measures to stop the importation of counterfeit products (toys) into Russia.
  • Representing a leading Russian daily newspaper in the dispute with a website owner which violated IP rights of the client for more than 100 articles.
  • Performing legal due diligence of IT assets of one of the world’s leading vendors of biometric identification systems.
  • Participation in the settlement of disputes between a leading Russian telecommunications service provider and other market players, as well as between the client and regulating authorities.

Prior to joining Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Denis worked with the government of the Kemerovo Region and Moscow-based law offices where he represented major federal landline and mobile operators in various disputes, including those related to titles to real estate, corporate and antitrust law, bankruptcy proceedings of a number of coal mining and automotive companies.

Denis graduated cum laude from the Law School of Kemerovo State University in 2001. He obtained a Master’s degree in Private Law cum laude at the Russian School of Private Law in 2004. In 2011 he earned a PhD degree at the Law Department of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Denis is the author of the book Risk Distribution in Contract Law (2012) and a number of articles.

He was admitted to the Moscow Bar Association in 2002. He is also an alumni of SKOLKOVO business school program and International Institute for Management Development (IMD) “LIFT: Leadership Identity Foundation and Transformation”.