Yuri Makhonin


Yuri Makhonin


Moscow | Dechert Russia LLC, ul. Gasheka 7 str. 1, Moscow, Россия 123056
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Yuri Makhonin focuses on litigation and arbitration in the Russian Federation. Mr. Makhonin is recognized as a “next generation lawyer” in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019, with the guide describing him as “very knowledgeable, committed and commercially driven” and a “superb litigator” and noting his work in arbitration and mediation, as well as in restructuring and insolvency. He is noted for his work in dispute resolution in the 2018 and 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. In The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017, Mr. Makhonin was recognized for his "top legal intellect with an ability to translate his expertise into practical and commercial advice" and he has been praised as "a rising star in the Russian market." Mr. Makhonin is noted for his work in dispute resolution in the 2018 and 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. In The Legal 500 EMEA, 2018, he was described as "unflappable" and "a diligent, fierce litigator who is absolutely fantastic in court." He is cited as a "go-to lawyer with great commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach", as well as a "top-notch litigator, who commands great respect in court" in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2016, and is noted for his work in domestic and international dispute resolution in the 2016 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

Mr. Makhonin advises clients on commercial, real estate, construction, corporate, debt recovery, bankruptcy, and administrative disputes. He also has broad experience in advising Russian and international clients on real estate, development and construction projects in Russia, as well as in providing legal support on M&A transactions and joint ventures.

Mr. Makhonin is on the panel of recommended arbitrators with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, as well as with the Russian Arbitration Association. He has been named one of the top ten young arbitration practitioners by the Russian Arbitration Association at its RAA40 Awards since 2015.

In 2012, Mr. Makhonin was recognized for his commitment to providing pro bono legal services and was the first Russian lawyer to receive the Samuel E. Klein Pro Bono Award.



  • A UK-headquartered multinational oil and gas company regarding a claim valued at approximately US$500 million of a minority shareholder of one of its Russian subsidiaries.
  • A number of Russian businessmen and their companies in several multibillion dollar LCIA arbitrations and court proceedings in Cyprus arising out of a major hotel development in the heart of Moscow.
  • A metallurgical plant in arbitration proceedings before the SCC against a Chinese contractor in a dispute valued at US$200 million regarding construction of a rolling mill in Chelyabinsk.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in a dispute resulting from the performance of fit-out works in a business center in Moscow for a global U.S. manufacturer of consumer goods.
  • A major German bank in a number of disputes regarding the recovery of US$300 million from one of the largest agricultural companies in the CIS.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in the ICC Court of Arbitration with regard to construction and fit-out works in an iconic development in Moscow (the total amount in dispute was about US$200 million).
  • One of the largest banks in Greece in a number of disputes and bankruptcy proceedings regarding the recovery of about EUR40 million from a Russian subsidiary of a Greek development conglomerate, as well as regarding the foreclosure of a number of high-value land plots in the Moscow Region.
  • A leading Turkish development and construction company in obtaining asset freezing orders from Russian courts in aid of arbitral proceedings before the ICC Court of Arbitration.
  • One of the world’s top automakers in a settlement before the SCC with a largest Russian retail savings bank in connection with a failed deal to buy the automaker’s German subsidiary.
  • A foreign government agency in bankruptcy proceedings against major Russian banks (the value of the client’s claim exceeding US$190 million).
  • A number of U.S. investment companies and private funds in an employment dispute with a former senior manager before the AAA and Russian state courts.
  • A leading Austrian retail group in more than 35 disputes and a number of bankruptcy proceedings in Moscow and Saratov, which related to the misappropriation of certain of its retail assets in more than 30 supermarkets in Moscow and Tula worth tens of millions of dollars and the pledge of those assets to top Russian banks.
  • A leading Austrian retail group in a complex multimillion dollar dispute governed by English law regarding lease payments for 16 supermarkets in Moscow with a Cyprus special purpose vehicle (SVP), which was resolved before Russian state courts.
  • An owner of a logistics center in a dispute with the administration of one of the districts of Moscow Region regarding the illegal takeover of a multimillion dollar land plot under the logistics center, as well as obtaining an asset freezing order over the land plot.
  • A Bermudian fund in BVI and Russian proceedings in relation to misappropriation of certain of its assets in Russia worth US$80 million.
  • A global leader in high-tech electronics headquartered in South Korea in disputes concerning the termination of the lease agreements of its office premises in Moscow.
  • A German pharmaceutical manufacturer in a debt recovery dispute in the Arbitrazh at the MCCI arising from a supply of pharmaceuticals to Russia.
  • An investment company in a multimillion dollar dispute in the ICAC with a defaulting contractor over the construction of a warehouse complex in the Moscow Region.
  • A major shareholder in a dispute dealing with the price of shares during the mandatory tender offer.
  • A subsidiary of one of the world’s largest brewers in a number of disputes under a FIDIC contract.
  • A German furniture-manufacturing company in a multimillion dollar dispute against the Russian oligarch over fit-out and woodwork works for a luxurious private residence in the Moscow Region.
  • One of the leading U.S. airline companies in more than 60 administrative cases before the Russian Federation Federal Customs Service.
  • An IT company in a complex litigation against a leading global iron ore and hot briquetted iron producer regarding an implementation of SAP products.
  • An Austrian trading company in a number of shareholder and corporate disputes in Moscow and Krasnodar regarding the sale of shares in its Russian subsidiary to a third party.
  • An international non-governmental organization in multimillion dollar property disputes concerning an Olympic center and hotel in Sochi.
  • An international provider of engineering and consultancy services to the power industry in a multimillion dollar dispute with a major Russian company over a concession agreement in the wholesale electricity market in relation to the construction of combined cycle power units and coal-based generating units for a number of regional power plants.
  • A Cyprus company as claimant in a dispute with a large Russian agricultural investment company as issuer and its guarantors resulting from the issuer’s failure to perform its obligations regarding bonds listed on the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange.
  • An international construction consultancy in a dispute regarding the reclassification of a land plot in the Moscow Region.

Corporate and Real Estate

  • An ad hoc noteholder committee on the restructuring of the US$875 million eurobonds of a Russian transportation and logistics conglomerate, implementing the eventual deal using a scheme of arrangement.
  • A multinational steel manufacturer based in Luxembourg on the greenfield construction of a steel mill in the Tver region.
  • A French chain of hypermarkets on the acquisition of Russian companies owning land plots in Tula, Tomsk and Volgograd valued at c. €150 million.
  • A German investor in relation to the purchase of a concrete-mixing plant together with a land plot in the Moscow Region.
  • An investment company with regard to the construction of a warehouse complex in the Moscow region.
  • Moscow State Linguistic University, Law Degree, 2006, magna cum laude
  • Russian Federation
  • Russian
  • English