Ilya V. Nikiforov

Rok urodzenia



  • Russian


  • English
  • Russian


  • commercial agreements in general
  • company law
  • energy law
  • finance, banking
  • intellectual property law
  • media and new technologies
  • mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • real estate, construction

Professional certification



  • School of Law, St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia;
  • School Of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH, USA;
  • School of Business, St.Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia;
  • College of Avionics Engineering And Automation, St.Petersburg, Russia.

Professional career

  • 1997 – present: Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners Law Offices;
  • 1996 – 2020: School of Law, St.Petersburg State University;
  • 1997 – Fulbright & Jaworski LLP;
  • 1995-1997 – Gide Loyrette Nouel – Neva;
  • 1996 – International Monetary Fund;
  • 1992 – 1994 – Special Law Faculty For Retraining Personnel, St.Petersburg State University.

Arbitration experience

Handled more than 50 arbitration cases on behalf of Russian and foreign parties and government instrumentalities relating to commercial disputes, lending, sales of goods, building and construction matters, IP/IT matters, services matters etc. Acted as sole arbitrator or tribunal member under the rules of ICC, Moscow Intl. Arb. Court (ICAC), Stockholm Arb. Inst. Ilya Nikiforov is consistently recommended as Tier 1 Dispute Resolution practitioner by leading directories.

Membership in organizations

  • Executive Committee Member at Swedish Arbitration Association;
  • Board Member at Russian Arbitration Association;
  • Member at ICC Russia Commission on International Arbitration;
  • Listed as an arbitrator by ICDR (including Energy Arbitrators List), SIAC (first member from Russia), HKIAC, SHIAC, BIAC, ICAC Moscow, VIAC and other European institutions;
  • International Bar Association, London, Great Britain, Arbitration Committee Vice-Chair (2008-2009), Secretary (2006-2008);
  • American Bar Association, Chicago, USA , Russia-Eurasia Committee Vice-Chair (2009-2011).


Ilya Nikiforov co-authored one of the leading Commentaries to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (vol. I-IV, 2006-2018). Published treatises on UNCITRAL rules and FIDIC contracts. His portfolio counts 100+ publications on commercial laws and international private law & dispute resolution.

Selected publications in English:

  1. Russian legal system and Dispute resolution in Russia : arbitration, mediation, and litigation in : Russia Corporate, Financial, and Commercial Law, ed. Scott Elliot Alexander Shostak, ABA Publishing (2018);
  2. “Panorama of World Case Law – Russia”, in: The Paris Journal of International Arbitration (2010-2018);
  3. International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, eds. Paul E. Mason, Horacio A. Grigera Naón, Lexis-Nexis, pages 12-1 – 12-32 Chapter 12 International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the Russian Federation (2012);
  4. “Russia”, in: Arbitration World, The European Lawyer Reference Series, ed. W. Rowley, 3rd ed. (2010);
  5. “Interpretation of Article V of the New York Convention by Russian Courts – Due Process, Arbitrability, and Public Policy Grounds for non-Enforcement”, in: Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 25, ? 6, December 2008.

Selected publications in Russian:

  1. The UNCITRAL arbitration rules 2010 (with the new paragraph 4 of article 1 adopted in 2013): Workbook (2015);
  2. Contracts for construction under the FIDIC rules: practical use and interpretation, Ilya Nikiforov, Lukas Klee, Statut, (2016);
  3. International Commercial Arbitration: Textbook, eds. O. Skvortsov, M. Savranskiy, G. Sevastianov (eds.). St.Petersburg, Moscow, (Autonomous non-profit organization “Editorial board of the “Arbitration” journal”, 2018).