Igor Gorchakov

Partner / Advocate

Igor is an experienced and versatile lawyer, specialising in banking and dispute resolution, and dual-qualified in Russia and England and Wales.

His wide-ranging banking expertise includes lending, project finance, securitisation, derivatives and bank regulation. Igor also practises in international capital markets. With over 23 years' experience, Igor is a well-known disputes lawyer, specialising in domestic and cross-border litigation and international arbitration. In recent years he has focused on bankruptcy and restructuring mandates and defended international clients in proceedings involving Russian language and law aspects, being a Russian qualified advocate.

Igor works with major international and local clients, including financial institutions and manufacturing, retail, energy and natural resources companies, across the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region and leads our CIS Banking and Dispute Resolution teams. He also supports with sanctions-related and regulatory matters. Igor has been praised among leading banking, disputes and project finance lawyers in the CIS.


Representative matters

A CIS technology company in relation to an SCC arbitration with the developer and supplier of software products.

A leading trading company in the high-profile bankruptcy proceedings of one of the largest oil processing plants in the CIS.

Lenders on a multi-billion dollar facility to a major gold producer.

Leading international players, including financial institutions, transportation, retail, energy and natural resources companies, on various issues connected with Russian law regulatory advice.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Moscow Advocates Bar
  • Associate Member, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Law Society of the Republic of Ireland
He's a very good and experienced lawyer.
Chambers Europe, 2020
A real professional who expertly handles complex transactions in the most efficient way.
Legal 500, 2019



Russia, 2000
Advocate, Russia, 2002
Solicitor, England and Wales, 2022
Solicitor, Republic of Ireland, 2022
Part I and Part II practitioner (with full rights of audience), the DIFC Courts, 2023


DIFC Laws Certificate Programme, DIFC Academy (in cooperation with Middlesex University Dubai), 2023
Diploma in law (with high honours), St. Petersburg State University, 2000


English, Russian
Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practising in the Emirate of Dubai as “Allen & Overy RLLP” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.