Vitaly Dianov

Partner, Competition Practice

Vitaly Dianov is a recognised expert, who advises clients on all competition law related matters with a focus on cartel investigations, competition trials and abuse of dominance disputes. Vitaly has represented clients in a number of cases during cartel investigations, including “dawn raids” conducted by the antimonopoly authorities, and has participated in the majority of the competition trials the Firm has been instructed to take part in. Vitaly has also organised and examined a number of simulation “dawn raid” for clients.

Vitaly Dianov has considerable positive experience of acting for clients in state arbitration courts, courts of general jurisdiction and arbitration tribunals, including the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

Vitaly is actively involved in the drafting of antitrust laws and regulations and lectures on enforcement of the antitrust legislation at a law institute. In addition to empirical articles devoted to practical aspects of use of law in both Russian and foreign publications, Vitaly has also written a number of conceptual articles on law.

In 2018 Vitaly successfully completed the Economics for Competition Law course at King’s College, London.

For several years, Vitaly Dianov has been a member of the Competition Experts Association (Vitaly was elected in partnership’s Board Council in 2014 – 2016). Vitaly’s contribution to improvement of the antitrust legislation and development of competition policy was recognised in 2011, 2012 and 2014 by certificates of merit issued by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. In 2017, he has been honoured with the Medal of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland", 2nd class. Vitaly has been recommended by Global Competition Review 2013 – 2018 as a practicing antitrust lawyer. He is also listed in the Best Lawyers 2016 – 2021 Editions in the field of Competition / Antitrust law and is recommended by The Legal 500 2015 – 2018 as a lawyer, providing “a masterful use of various options, ensuring full legal protection” and Chambers Europe 2015 – 2018: “a highly-qualified trial lawyer who conducts trials, manages the litigation prospect, knows the legislation and steadfastly upholds his legal position.” Vitaly has been also recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017-2018: “Vitaly Dianov receives praise for combining "a proactive approach" with "strategic thinking". In particular, clients praise him for his "flexibility and very friendly attitude to clients in sensitive situations such as during dawn raids".


Some of Vitaly’s recent projects include:

  • Represented the Tuapse Commercial Sea Port (UCL Holding) in a case brought by the Russian FAS over alleged monopoly high prices for stevedoring services;
  • Supported Federal Freight Company in handling an antitrust case over alleged abuse of dominance by setting excessive prices and challenging a decision and order of the antitrust authority in court.
  • Acted for one of the biggest private companies in the oil and gas sector in the antimonopoly body and in court on a case challenging the company’s alleged dominant position. Participated in developing an antitrust risk tree for the company, together with a financial assessment of their weight and potential consequences for the company should they materialise (in conjunction with engaged economists).
  • Acted for United Metallurgical Company in a case regarding an alleged cartel: division of the large diameter pipe market for construction of trunk pipelines. During the court hearings, it was proven that the parties to the agreement should be released from liability by virtue of achievement of a positive socio-economic effect.
  • Represented one of the biggest car manufacturers in court in a case challenging the company’s alleged dominant position: analytical report and order of the FAS Administration on inclusion in the register.
  • Advised Russian Platinum Group on a number of strategic and tactical aspects of a project to develop one of the world’s largest mineral deposits, including support and representation on a number of disputes with the local authorities and in Federal Antitrust Service.
  • Represented a major credit history bureau in an antitrust field audit.
  • Representing a foreign investor in a complex case against the Federal Antimonopoly Service in relation to a transaction to purchase a Russian "strategic" company.
  • Representing a major Russian telecommunications company during a cartel investigation conducted by the antimonopoly authorities, including at the "dawn raid" stage.
  • Accompanying representatives of a Russian subsidiary of a major international lift and lift equipment manufacturer at lift industry events (such as self-regulating organisation meetings and joint conferences) for the purpose of precluding anticompetitive conduct by any participant therein.
  • Representing a major Russian player on the retail and commercial real estate market in antitrust proceedings against a Federal Antimonopoly Service allegation against the company of coordinating the economic activities of tenants.
  • Supported acquisition of stakes in the authorised capital of a domestic company that holds a substantial share on the relevant regional goods market (draw up a report on a comprehensive due diligence, worked on the sale and purchase agreement for the stakes and the participants’ agreement and obtained consent from the Russian antitrust bodies to the transaction, etc.).
  • Advising Intel on the Russian aspects of acquiring Soft Machines Inc., a group of telecommunications companies headquartered in the USA.