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Ekaterina Smirnova

Ekaterina Smirnova
Counsel, Head of Competition law practice
Ekaterina Smirnova specialises in issues concerning the violation of Russian Antimonopoly legislation and public procurement questions. Over 11 years of legal consulting, she has represented the interests of the largest companies in cases of anticompetitive agreements (including agreements with public bodies), developed procurement policy for companies partially owned by the state, and represented clients’ interests before the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) and in court disputes with public authorities.

Ekaterina is a member of the Russian Association of Antitrust Experts and an Arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration.

Prior to joining Ivanyan & Partners, Ekaterina was a partner with one of the oldest law firms in Russia and an attorney at the Bar Association of the Sverdlovsk region. She studied EU Competition Law in the UK (Cambridge University and King's College) and Public Procurement in the EU in Germany (Academy of European Law, ERA). Ekaterina takes a postgraduate diploma programme at King's College (London, UK).

Ekaterina was recognized by The Best Lawyers™ in Russia 2020 in the fields of Government Practice and Litigation. She is also recognised as Lawyer of the Year in Government Practice.

Work experience

2019 – present
Ivanyan & Partners
Head of Competition law practice

2013 – 2019
Yakovlev & Partners law firm

2008 – 2013
Bar Association of Sverdlovsk region
Assistant Attorney, Attorney


2017 – present
King’s College London, UK
EU Competition Law Postgraduate diploma programme

Cambridge University, UK
EU Competition Law Summer School

Academy of European Law (ERA), Germany
Course on European Public Procurement law

2006 – 2008
Ural State Law University
Diploma of the professional legal translator with honors

2003 – 2008
Ural State Law University
Diploma in law with honors

Professional membership

Arbitrator at the Russian Arbitration Center at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration, since 2017

Member of Antimonopoly experts association, since 2016

Bar Association of Sverdlovsk region, 2010 – 2013

Moscow Bar Association, since 2013

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