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The Team

Konstantin Dobrynin

Advocate. Senior Partner  |  vCard

Konstantin is responsible for the strategic management of our firm. He deals with the strategies and ideologies of long-term operational development at the firm and manages the largest and most complex projects of Pen & Paper.

Konstantin has been an official representative of Pen & Paper in London since March 2019.

He specialises in criminal and criminal-procedural law, constitutional law and the protection of property. He represented the Arkhangelsk Region for four years as a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly (senator) and Deputy Chair of the Federation Council Committee for Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, and was the plenipotentiary representative of the Federation Council at the Russian Justice Ministry. Through his active work in the upper chamber of the Russian Parliament he has become an acknowledged legislative expert among the legal community and has been responsible for over 70 legislative initiatives, most of which have since become federal laws.

He has developed and teaches a special academic course at the Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk called ‘Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Citizens in Criminal Proceedings’.

Since October 2015 Konstantin has served as State Secretary and Deputy President of the Russian Federal Chamber of Lawyers. He is responsible for cooperating with state authorities such as the Parliament, the Government, the Prosecutor General’s Office and others. His functions also include coordinating issues on improving the legislation of the Bar Institution in Russia, organising work on draft bills and promoting the Bar as a special institution for protecting the constitutional rights of citizens, including the professional image of lawyers.

Konstantin devised a successful strategy and tactics to protect minority shareholders of the Lenta hypermarket chain in a corporate conflict with other shareholders, including those of the largest American foreign investment funds TPG Capital and VTB bank. His work led to the biggest deal in the history of the Russian retail sector. This was concluded in 2011 and was valued at USD 1,14 billion.

Furthermore, between 2001 and 2004 he played a direct role in the largest corporate dispute of leading Russian paper pulp manufacturer, Ilim Pulp Enterprise (now OJSC Ilim Group), with Oleg Deripaska’s company Basic Element. He assumed management positions, acting as director of the Legal Department at Ilim Pulp Enterprise.

Konstantin was one of the key developers and organisers of successful programmes for the resolution and appropriate legal conclusion of this dispute with the company Basic Element. This related to ownership of the property title to the Bratsky, Ust-Ilimsky and Kotlasskiy pulp and paper works. The protected assets were valued at over USD 2 billion.

He is the co-author of ‘Thomson Reuters Investing in Russia Global Guide’.

Konstantin Dobrynin


Law Faculty of St. Petersburg University (Criminal Law Department)

Konstantin was awarded a grant from the US Library of Congress and the Centre for the Study of Organised Crime and Corruption under St. Petersburg University. He has completed a fellowship in the USA

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Lawyers

Member of the Chair’s Council of the Federal Council of the Russian Federal Assembly for Cooperation with Civil Society Institutions

Member of the Council at the Russian government on trusteeship in the social sphere

Member of the International Bar Association

Specialist areas

  • Providing GR (government relations).
  • Devising strategies for comprehensive legal protection in corporate disputes and major projects.
  • Mediating and negotiating in complex corporate disputes.
  • Conducting criminal investigations of business projects (criminal due diligence).
  • Offering legislative expertise.
  • Providing reputation management.