Ian is a Corporate Partner with over 20 years’ experience of living and working in London, Moscow and Hong Kong.
He has significant expertise in international M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital across a range of sectors and jurisdictions, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions and high-growth/emerging markets.
Ian has been with the firm since 1998; he is the former Head of Corporate for Asia (2015-2018), former Head of English Law in Russia (2009-2015) and former Head of the Private Equity Group (2007-2009).
Ian is a Fluent Russian speaker, and reads, writes and speaks Chinese Mandarin to HSK Level 3.
Co-author of the following legal textbooks:
“English Law On China’s Belt and Road – And The Competitive Challenge from Chinese Law As An Alternative” (2016).
“A Case Study Guide to M&A Transactions in Russia” (2013).
“Use Of English Law In Russian Transactions - A Comparative Review” (Alpina Publishers 2011), a ground-breaking in-depth review of how and why English law is widely used on deals in Russia and the CIS.
Ian regularly lectures on legal topics and has presented at conferences and seminars all over the world on his specialist subjects, including at events organised by International Bar Association (IBA), Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI), Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Hong Kong, Kazakhstan Bar Association, Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO), Russian State Duma Company Law Subcommittee, Skolkovo Innovation Centre.