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Dmitri V. Nikiforov

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Moscow, , RUS


Dmitri Nikiforov is a corporate partner and Chair of the Moscow office. For the past 23 years, Dr. Nikiforov has practised law in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In addition to his work at the firm, Dr. Nikiforov has occasionally worked for the Russian Government focusing on complex international transactions.

Dr. Nikiforov is principally involved in such areas as oil, gas, natural resources, telecommunications, venture capital transactions, M&A, corporate financing and general corporate practice. He has participated in a number of major transactions in the Russian oil and gas industry in addition to many significant telecommunications projects. Dr. Nikiforov is ranked as a leading lawyer in PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook and was named by International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as recommended counsel in Russia for telecommunications projects and by European Legal Experts as recommended counsel in Russia for project finance and energy work.

Dr. Nikiforov has actively participated in the development of modern Russian and CIS legislation, including acting as intermediary between the Western oil and gas industry, the Russian Government and the Russian Parliament. In addition, he represented the Petroleum Advisory Forum in developing Russian production sharing legislation and drafting the Kyrgyz Republic Law on Communications. Dr. Nikiforov is the co-author of various articles in the areas of investment, natural resources and currency laws in Russia.

Dr. Nikiforov joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2004. Prior to joining Debevoise, he was a senior legal counsel in the Russian Ministry of Local Industries. He received his J.D. with honours from the Moscow State University Law School and Certificate for Foreign Practicing Lawyers from Columbia University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in economics (oil and gas industry investments) in June 1999. In 1988, he served as a research intern with the Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences. From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Nikiforov was a Counsel to the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry Consultation Center.

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