Dmitry A. Pentsov
Dmitry’s specialisms include banking and finance, international arbitration (with a particular focus on Russia and other republics of the former USSR), corporate and commercial (especially international joint ventures and cross-border transactions governed by Swiss law) and international private client law (wealth transfer and structuring, including trusts, acquisition of aircraft and real estate and relocation to Switzerland).
He has been an associate in our Geneva office since 2006 and became a Partner in 2016. He has extensive legal experience in Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union. He has represented foreign investors in joint-venture projects with local companies (banking, oil, gas and other natural resources, transportation, real estate, telecoms), as well as domestic and foreign purchasers, sellers and brokers in connection with the purchase and sale of securities, custodial relationships, creation of investment funds and institutions, and brokerage contracts. He acted as a counsel in international arbitration (ICC, Swiss Rules, VIAC, amongst others) in various disputes, arising out of the international sale of goods, joint venture agreements as well as distribution agreements. He also acted as counsel in the CAS arbitration.
Prior to joining Froriep, Dmitry has worked as legal counsel for one of the largest Russian natural resource companies, as legal counsel for a major New York-based commodities trading company, as an associate at the Moscow office of a leading US law firm, and as a legal officer at the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office, a U.N. specialized agency. While working at the ILO, Dmitry dealt with the application of the international labour standards and national legislation on seafarers, fishers and working time.
Chambers Global (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) ranked him as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance Russia and Switzerland. Dmitry is also listed in Legal 500 (Switzerland: Banking & Finance (Geneva).
He has a law degree from St Petersburg State University (1993), where he also gained a Candidate of Legal Sciences degree in 2000. In 1995 he obtained an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center (Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship, awarded by the United States Information Agency) and a Bachelor of Laws (2006) and Master of Laws (2008) from the University of Geneva. Dmitry is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York (2001), in the Russian Federation (St. Petersburg City Bar Association) (2001) and in Switzerland (2013) (ranked 2nd at the Geneva Bar Exam).
He has published two books and more than fifty articles on various aspects of international arbitration, trusts, international financial markets and bankruptcy, commercial and international employment law. His working languages are Russian, English, French and Spanish.
Dmitry is included into the Cantonal Registry of Attorneys, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the St Petersburg City Bar Association.