Marina Akchurina is a co-founder of the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators and a private practice lawyer whose practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation. In her practice Marina relies on more than 14 years of experience at international law firm Cleary Gottlieb where Marina took part in a number of complex commercial and investment disputes before a variety of judicial and arbitral bodies, including international arbitrations before tribunals formed under the ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as in litigation matters before Russian courts.
Marina is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), an ICC YAF Regional Representative for Russia for 2019-2021 and a member of the Steering Committee of CIArb European Branch Russian Chapter.
Marina holds a degree in law, summa cum laude, from State University - Higher School of Economics (Moscow), 2007, and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, 2014.
Denis Almakaev is a co-founder of the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators and a Counsel at Hogan Lovells. He is a triple-qualified lawyer (admitted in New York, England & Wales and Russia) with a focus on complex transnational disputes, both before state courts and in international arbitration.
Denis has extensive experience acting as counsel in international arbitration and in satellite proceedings before state courts, having represented his clients in wide range of civil law and common law jurisdictions, such as England and Wales, France, the U.S., Switzerland, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Monaco, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar and others. His practice also focuses on cross-border insolvency.
Denis holds a degree in law from the Moscow State University and an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School. He is a graduate of the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy.
Denis is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
Izabella Kharlamova is a co-founder of the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators and a Special Counsel at Baker Botts LLP. She concentrates primarily on dispute resolution issues. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, including both commercial and public international law disputes. Izabella has acted as counsel in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (including under the SCC, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL rules).
Prior to joining Baker Botts Moscow office Izabella practiced in the firm's London office as part of its arbitration team.
Izabella's 13+ years' experience in cross-border disputes includes advising sovereign states and companies in investment arbitrations, advising on sanctions related issues and other litigations.
Izabella holds a degree of Master of Laws, University College London and also a degree in law from Moscow State Linguistics University.
Olga Tsvetkova is a co-founder of the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators and counsel, co-founder of International Arbitration at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.
She specialises in complex cross-border cases and has 13+ years of experience in over 50 transnational disputes. Olga has acted as a counsel and an arbitrator in arbitration and litigation. She has advised states, companies and individuals in institutional and ad hoc investment and commercial arbitrations (UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, SCC, Swiss Rules, ICAC etc.) and in state courts (Russia, UK, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan and others).
Olga is a former Deputy Director of the Department for International Law and Cooperation at the Ministry of Justice of Russia. She led an international arbitration team at the Ministry responsible for representing the Government in a number of investment cases. She also worked on a number of Russia and EEU trade and investment agreements.
Olga holds a degree in law from the Moscow State University and an LL.M. degree from MIDS.
Sergey Usoskin is a co-founder of the Guide to Next Generation of Russian Arbitrators and an advocate at Double Bridge Law where his practice focuses on international arbitration, public international law and cross-border disputes. Sergey has sat as arbitrator in more than 30 cases dealing with construction, sale of goods and R&D contracts.
Sergey has appeared as counsel in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SCC Swiss and UNCITRAL Rules and has advised both investors and States on investment arbitrations. He has advised clients on cross-border disputes involving proceedings in England, France, Switzerland, the US as well as major offshore jurisdictions. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Russian courts in arbitration-related cases.
Before setting up Double Bridge Law Sergey practiced with international disputes practices of two major Russian law firms and had spent a period of time working as an inhouse counsel for a major construction company coordinating dispute management and settlement with respect to a major infrastructure project.
Sergey is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law and University College London (LL.M.)