"Non progredi est regredi."

    Not to go forward is to go back (Lat.)

    Legal services

    By an expert in Russian and international law with many years of experience of working for leading Russian legal consulting companies, who offers services at the market leader level.
    Russian advocate. Solicitor of England and Wales. International lawyer.



    Commercial litigation
    Courts of general jurisdiction
    Disputes with state bodies
    Day-to-day consulting  
    Comparative legal research
    International litigation and arbitration

    Fields of work

    Civil law
    Banking and finance law
    Land and construction
    Intellectual property rights and IT
    Tax law
    Business law
    Private and public international law
    English law, EU law etc.


    My name is Oleg Haritonov. I am an expert in Russian law who, since 2010, has rendered services of legal representation in litigation before state courts (commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction) and in arbitration before Russian and foreign tribunals as well as in contentious matters before administrative bodies.


    In addition to dispute settlement services, I advise on the matters of day-to-day business activities of legal entities and sole traders including drafting documents, communicating with registering and administrative authorities in respect of conducting business.


    ​Due to the high level of my linguistic skills and training in laws of England and Wales (solicitor), I can render services related to English law, EU law and conduct legal research on laws of other foreign countries. In case of my appointment, I will do my best to resolve legal issues of your business while offering reasonable fee rates.

    About me


    2008 - University of Oxford (UK), law department, Magister Juris.
    2006 - Belarusian State University, law department, specialist (diploma with distinction).


    Fluent English (C1), native Russian and Belarusian, working skills in French; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb); actively publishing legal articles and reviews in academic and professional periodicals.


    2018 - sole practice lawyer*.
    2016 - senior associate (advocate), dispute resolution practice, VEGAS LEX (Moscow, Russia).

    2012 - associate, Alimirzoev and Trofimov Law Firm (Moscow, Russia).

    2010 - associate, Law Firm "Verkhovodko and Partners" (Moscow, Russia).

    2008 - research assistant (intern), British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London, UK).

    2006 - leading specialist of the law and international treaties department, National Center of Intellectual Property (Minsk, Belarus).

    Please see some of articles and reviews written by me for external publishers:

    Bank guarantee payment VS amount of loses of the beneficiary (in Russian).

    ICAC’s new “kompetenz-kompetenz” dilemma in domestic arbitration (in English).
    Russian courts tend to find independent guarantees as quite dependent (in English).


    > 100 cases


    > 5 billion RUB


    Dispute resolution (main focus):


    • Legal representation in litigation on the matters of civil, business, contract, tort, banking and finance, tax, employment, administrative laws and bankruptcy before Russian commercial courts, courts of general jurisdiction as well as in arbitration and in contentious matters before administrative tribunals.


    • Legal representation in contentious matters before foreign state courts, arbitral tribunals, administrative bodies (directly, when allowed by foreign laws, or in cooperation with a foreign counsel).


    Advising businessmen on their day-to-day activities:


    Full-service legal advice in the course of business activities including matters of business law, contract law, tort, employment, intellectual property rights, IT and TMT, banking and finance law, property law, and other issues of conducting business.

    Conducting legal research:

    Preparing legal opinions with respect to effective legislation and the necessity of its amendments, conducting comparative legal research on foreign laws (CIS laws, EU law, laws of other common and civil law jurisdictions).

    • legal representation before Russian commercial courts of a subsidiary of one of the biggest Russian oil companies in legal disputes on construction and independent bank guarantees worth circa 2 billion RUB;


    • legal representation before commercial courts of the biggest national postal service provider in legal disputes over recovering debts with respect to unregistered postal correspondence submitted by aggregating contractors;


    • legal representation before a national arbitral tribunal (the ICAC at the RF CCI) of an arms industry manufacturer in a dispute over contracts of supply;


    • legal representation of one of the largest CIS online airline ticket sellers in a series of domain name disputes before the WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Center;


    • legal representation of one of the largest global producers of building materials in disputes on recovering damages stemming from contracts of service provision;


    • legal representation of the leasing company of an European car manufacturing group in disputes over failure to execute lease agreements;


    • legal representation of a Russian energy company in disputes related to receiving insurance compensation for the destruction of a purchased equipment;


    • taking part in litigation on behalf of debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings involving large Russian and foreign companies of oil and energy sectors, as well as from real estate development and transportation fields etc.

    • drafting a share purchase agreement related to a transfer of a tax-free shopping business under law of England and Wales;


    • drafting the rules of an e-payment service and an application to obtain a Bank of Russia license to act as an e-payment service operator;


    • drafting a contract to create an audiovisual work to broadcast it by federal TV-channels;


    • transferring a business of selling insurance and credit services in the process of retail trade of vehicles in Russia by a major global automobile manufacturer;


    • revising a construction contract to build in Russia a factory to manufacture auto components by a major global alliance of automobile manufacturers;


    • revising license agreements related to software copyright transfer activity in Russia of a major global industrial 3D software developer;


    • corporate structuring of an IT business operating in Russia and offshore jurisdictions to improve taxation of the group;


    • preparing proposals to amend the Civil Code of Russia to regulate liability of service providers by analyzing the EU and US legislative approaches; 


    • preparing guidelines to collect evidence in Russia to submit it before US federal courts etc.

    Projects in contentious matters:

    Projects in non-contentious matters:

    Solely or as part of a legal team, I have participated in the following projects (examples):