Yuri Ivanov


As a member of Andrey Goltsblat’s team since 2008, he is now a Counsel in the Employment, Pensions & Benefits Practice, for several years running recommended as one of the strongest in Russia by The European Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

For several years in a row, Chambers & Partners recommend Yuri for Employment:

“Yuri Ivanov is admired by clients for his creative approach, with one enthusing: "He always finds solutions in difficult situations." He is well-versed in a range of contentious labour matters, including unfair dismissals.” (Chambers Europe 2020)

“Yuri Ivanov wins praise from interviewees for his experience in this field, with clients reporting him to be a "client-oriented and proactive" lawyer." (Chambers Europe 2019)

"Yuri Ivanov focuses on contentious labour law matters and assists the team's most significant clients." (Chambers Europe 2017)

Yuri Ivanov was selected by peers as one of the best lawyers in Russia in the field of Labour and Employment Law (2021), Product Liability Litigation (2020 - 2021), according to Best Lawyers in Russia.

Yuri focuses on settling labour disputes, including by acting for clients in relevant court cases. He also specialises in labour and civil law. Yuri has taken an active part in resolving a multitude of labour conflicts, both in and out of court, including cases involving appeals against the legality of dismissal, claims for payment of compensation and Golden Parachutes, distribution of powers between company management bodies, recovery of regional coefficients and much more.

Yuri regularly heads up hiring and firing projects, advises on HR work, including by resolving staff disputes, negotiating with employees, training and testing personnel, performing redundancies and job cuts, developing ways to engage personnel (outsourcing), transferring powers to employees and protecting confidential information and personal data.

Yuri has also taken a direct part in a series of successful due diligence projects in relation to different companies, has developed optimal staff engagement schemes and proposed effective staff restructuring plans.


Some of Yuri Ivanov’s recent projects:

  • Resolved labour disputes between a Leading Insurance Company and its top-manager. This involved developing a termination strategy, negotiating and agreeing the best dismissal option, including by reducing the Golden Parachute, and conducting the court cases. 
  • Acted for Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Mars, The Royal Bank of Scotland, OAO Pervaya Gruzovaya Kompaniya, Arla Foods Artis, Teva, Royal Canin, OOO Odintsovo Confectionary Factory (Korkunov), Bunge CIS and Estee Lauder in judicial disputes with employees;
  • Acted for Danone, including in court, in a dispute with the leader of the primary trades union organisation;
  • Advised and acted for OOO Iron Mountain CIS on disclosure of confidential information by an employee and reimbursement of the company’s losses.
  • Advised and acted for Kimberly-Clark, TEVA, Royal Canin, OOO Odintsovo Confectionary Factory (Korkunov) and other clients regarding payment of regional salary coefficients. This also included handling court cases with employees claiming recovery of regional coefficient debt.
  • Participated in comprehensive company due diligences, including of a group of companies, analysing the consequences of a hostile takeover and assessing the potential labour risks.
  • Participated in an HR due diligence of a leading manufacturer of confectionary, foodstuffs and pet-food (Mars).

Yuri has also participated in developing optimal forms of presence and business for foreign companies in the Russian Federation (Guardian, NISSAN); advising on staff hiring (Mars, Danone, Nike and others); and staff training (Royal Canin, Mars).

Yuri Ivanov has written many articles and publications on labour law and court practice.