Partners, counsel and associates

Alevtina Kamelkova

Alevtina Kamelkova
Partner, Head of FinTech & IT
Alevtina Kamelkova has experience – exceptional for the Russian market – advising on highly complex hi-tech and blockchain projects implemented in Asia, Europe, and Russia. Her portfolio includes innovative solutions for digitising fiat assets of major Russian corporations and large-scale IT-infrastructure projects.

Alevtina is a member of the Working Group “Legislation and Regulation” within the Digital Economy Program under the Russian Government, she is also a member of the FinTech Expert Group formed by the Financial Markets’ Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

Prior to joining Ivanyan & Partners, Alevtina was Of-counsel in the Moscow office of Baker McKenzie and for more than 10 years headed the legal departments of technology corporations Alcatel-Lucent and then Nokia, where she was in charge of the Eastern Europe and CIS region.

Alevtina’s experience includes advice on the following FinTech projects:

  • To an international leader in the blockchain industry on the set-up and launch of a platform for arranging and conducting cryptofinancing in an Asian jurisdiction, including a review of the company's activities and preparation of a submission to regulatory authorities, as well as successful representation in negotiations with authorities.

  • To a large international banking group on the development and-set up in Switzerland of a banking product involving the issuance of credit cards backed up by crypto currency.

  • To a transnational energy corporation on legal issues surrounding building a digital management system on distributed ledger technology.

  • On a cross-jurisdictional blockchain project in the area of "tokenising" of fiat assets on the legal issues of organising cryptofinancing, corporate structuring, and regulatory aspects in a number of European jurisdictions, including the necessary licensing and participation in specialised self-regulatory organisations.

  • To an international online games developer on corporate structuring for a group of companies, the legal aspects of utilising funds attracted through cryptofinancing, their taxation, and subsequent accounting.

Work experience

2018 – present
Ivanyan & Partners

2016 – 2018
Baker McKenzie, Moscow

2006 – 2016
Alcatel-Lucent / Nokia
Head of Legal Russia & CIS (Alcatel-Lucent),
Head of Legal & Compliance Region Europe East (Nokia), Moscow

2004 – 2006
Mobile Digital Communication (Velcom), Minsk, Belarus
In-house Counsel

2000 – 2002
International Trade and Investment Bank, Minsk, Belarus
In-house Counsel

1998 — 2002
Belarusian State University, Faculty of International Law, Minsk, Belarus
Lecturer in International Commercial Law


2014 – 2015
ICC Arbitration Academy, France

2002 – 2003
University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
LL.M. in European Business Law

1993 – 1998
European Humanities University / Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV University, Belarus / France
LL.B. (cum laude) in International and European Law

Professional membership

Board Member of Russian Arbitration Association (RAA), since 2013

Board Member of Russian Corporate Counsel Association (RCCA), 2011 – 2017

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