Monday, February 04, 2019
Ivanyan & Partners builds Competition/Antitrust practice headed by Ekaterina Smirnova
Ekaterina Smirnova, a specialist with significant experience in competition law matters, has joined Ivanyan & Partners. She will head the firm’s newly formed Competition/Antitrust practice.
Ekaterina Smirnova specialises in issues concerning the violation of Russian Antimonopoly legislation and public procurement questions. Over many 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.
Khristofor Ivanyan, Partner:
The establishment of the practice meets the market demand for all-around assistance in antitrust regulation matters. The involvement of such a specialist as Ekaterina will allow us to integrate, systematise, and significantly expand the firm’s expertise, and to protect our clients’ interests even better.
Ekaterina Smirnova, head of practice:
Both the team at Ivanyan & Partners and I have garnered vast experience in successfully representing clients’ interests in competition law matters of various kinds, and this experience is complementary. Therefore, for our clients, this fusion creates an opportunity to obtain comprehensive legal expertise of the highest quality from one source.
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). She 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.