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Konstantin Dobrynin

Senior Partner, Pen & Paper

Areas of Expertise

Konstantin is responsible for the strategic management of Pen & Paper. He deals with the strategies and ideologies of long-term operational development and manages the largest and most complex projects of the firm. He specialises in criminal and criminal-procedural law, constitutional law and the protection of property.

Konstantin 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 on academic course ‘Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Citizens in Criminal Proceedings’, which he teaches at the Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk.

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.

Notable Cases

  • 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.
  • Between 2001 and 2004, played an important 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.
  • 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.

Professional Associations

Konstantin is a member of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Lawyers, International Bar Association, Council at the Russian government on trusteeship in the social sphere and the Chair’s Council of the Federal Council of the Russian Federal Assembly for Cooperation with Civil Society Institutions.


Konstantin has developed and teaches a special academic course at the Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk ‘Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Citizens in Criminal Proceedings’. He is also the co-author of ‘Thomson Reuters Investing in Russia Global Guide’.