Irina E. Orlova

Irina E. Orlova

Partner, Attorney
+7(495) 933-75-67


Irina Orlova's experience spans over 15 years and includes corporate and antitrust law matters, drafting memoranda, contracts, joint venture agreements, articles of incorporation, shareholder agreements, purchase and sale contracts, and legal support of transactions. She provides advice to and represents foreign and Russian clients operating in various business sectors, including smelting, textiles, electronic telecommunications, advertising, food production, etc. Irina both heads projects and works efficiently in a team of lawyers in the following fields:
- Organizational and legal support for setting up foreign companies’ subsidiaries in Russia and joint ventures with Russian partners; representing clients in negotiations and at the beginning of interaction; organizational advice on companies’ operations and legal support during the start-up period;
- Due diligence of legal entities and preparing legal opinions;
- Representing and providing ongoing advice to Russian and foreign clients on various business issues, including corporate management, preparing and organizing transactions, and providing legal support for day-to-day business activities;
- Advice on labor legislation issues, including expatriate employment in Russia;
- Legal support of real estate transactions, including title due diligence, advice on disputable issues, review of real estate purchase or lease agreements;
- Representing clients in enforcement of court judgments and arbitral awards;
- Drafting and review of memoranda, legal opinions, articles of association and constitutive agreements of companies, including those with foreign capital, and other contracts in various areas of law.


  • Transaction support and comprehensive due diligence of the Russian assets (13 companies) of United Company RUSAL, a major aluminum holding company, stemming from the issue of shares and depositary receipts. The issue volume was over $2.2 billion.
  • Represented OJSC RUSNANO before the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia in economic concentration transactions: drafted requests and obtained FAS approvals for purchase of shares in the authorized capital of Russian enterprises.
  • Continually representing and consulting major foreign investors with an interest in the Russian market, such as American Councils, American Express, IBM, and Microsoft, and their Russian subsidiaries.
  • Legal support of the restructuring of a large European food producer’s Russian business.
  • Represented a foreign investor in a wood processing plant purchase transaction.
  • Comprehensive legal support of the acquisition of the coal holding Belon OJSC (19 companies). The target asset was capitalized at more than $1.5 billion.
  • Represented large Russian telecommunications companies in two ADR offerings on the London Stock Exchange and five Eurobond issues (total issue volume of more than 5 billion USD), including the due diligence of issuers and their subsidiaries: drafted legal opinions on Russian law for underwriters and the New York Stock Exchange; reviewed agreements and other documents related to the ADR and Eurobond offerings for compliance with Russian law.
  • Represented major Russian smelting companies in the acquisition of shares of Russian and foreign issuers.

Practice of law:

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners (since 1993)
Attorney (since 2002)


New State University
Degree in Legal Studies (1999)


Moscow Bar Association (since 2002)


  • English
  • Russian (native)