Polina Lysanova

Polina Lysanova

St. Petersburg Representative Office of Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited


Polina Lysanova is an associate in the St. Petersburg office of Baker McKenzie. She joined Baker McKenzie in September 2015.

Polina participated in Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Philip C. Jessup Moot Court and Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court as well as coached the Saint Petersburg State University teams.

Practice Focus

Polina focuses her practice on dispute resolution matters, including commercial, insolvency and employment disputes. Polina also advises clients on corporate, M&A and commercial transactions matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a foreign insolvency administrator in disputes on the recovery of assets located on the territory of various constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The aggregate value of the assets subject to the foreclosure was USD 112 million.

  • Represented Mastercard, the world global payment system, in a number of Russian litigation proceedings initiated by individuals (clients of banks) against Mastercard and Russian banks. The successful representation of the client in this matter resulted in established court practice crucial for the regulation of financial services in Russia.

  • Assisted GHP Development, the developer and investor of a high-end residential development in St Petersburg (Trinity Place), with contesting amendments to the Law of St Petersburg on Zoning Public Green Territories in the St Petersburg City Court to allow the developer to proceed with the construction. This was a landmark legal case which received significant media coverage in Russia. The court held that the amendments to the law were void.

  • Representing foreign banks in a complex corporate dispute related to shares in a major Russian plant. Several shareholders of the company filed numerous claims against the client and other shareholders disputing various transactions with the shares, requesting reinstatement of corporate control, payment of damages and alleging other claims. The Baker McKenzie team successfully proved in all three cases that the claimants are not entitled to the relief sought, including a significant sum of damages. The claims have been dismissed in full.

  • Represented a Chinese manufacturing company in a number of disputes concerning the invalidation of a construction permit and the positive opinion of a state ecological expert study. The environmental protection prosecutor's office and other complainants contested these documents permitting the construction of a factory in a special ecologic zone.

  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a lawsuit filed by a deceased patient's successors against the insurance company. The claimants filed a claim arguing that the patient, who participated in clinical trials, was harmed as a result of the trials. The case was very complicated factually and involved various procedural questions, including the level of proof that a party shall submit to discharge its burden of proof.

  • Represented a Kazakh subsidiary of a global telecom group in several parallel proceedings initiated by the parties in Russia and Kazakhstan in connection with the conditional sale and purchase agreement of a share in a Kazakh telecom operator. The opposing party initiated court proceedings in Kazakhstan to declare the contract invalid, in spite of an arbitration clause. The client’s subsidiary submitted a claim in arbitration seated in Russia to declare the contract valid.

  • Represented a major global leader in developing and producing packaging in an employment lawsuit against one of its top managers who claimed the disciplinary sanction to be declared unlawful. The courts denied the request thereby confirming the disciplinary dismissal.

  • Advised a major European conglomerate an international manufacturer of building materials on potential acquisition of a Russian company operating in construction materials market. The advice included several stages of due diligence, transaction structuring advice, coordination of the target's pre-transaction business restructuring and preparing a first draft of a complex share purchase agreement under Russian law.

  • Conducted a search of the beneficial owners of more than 40 Russian and foreign non-profit organizations for a major international player in the financial services market. The search was conducted in order to identify persons on the EU and US sanctions lists among those beneficial owners, as part of the client's decision making to conclude an agreement on sponsoring these organizations. As part of the project, independent verification of organizations was carried out, as well as coordination of the work of colleagues from other offices and partner law firms in China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Finland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Belarus and several other jurisdictions.


  • Russia (2015)


  • St. Petersburg State University (Master's degree) (2017)
  • St. Petersburg State University (Law) (2015)


  • English
  • Russian