Vice President for Legal Affairs
Alexander Smirnov is appointed Rostelecom Vice President for Legal Matters. In this role Alexander will be responsible for legal support of Rostelecom activities, legal issues related to transactions, protection of the Company interests in courts and litigations, elaboration and implementation of legal risks management, and supervision of the Company legal support organization.
Alexander R. Smirnov was born in Baku in 1980. He graduated cum laude from Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL). Alexander is master in international private law, and has his Ph.D. in law.
His professional career in law started over 18 years ago initially in SOGAZ insurance group. Later he continued as Head of Corporate and Commercial Law in Renaissance Insurance group of insurance companies. In various periods Alexander was in charge of legal departments of some largest in their respective sectors companies like Exmo-AST Publishing House and (formerly) Russian Alcohol Group of Companies (currently Russian Standard Group). In 2011 he was head of commercial practice with Goltsblat BLP (currently Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner) – a leading international law firm.
In the period starting from 2013 Alexander was Director of Legal Department and later in 2019 became Executive Director for Risk Management and Compliance of PJSC Moscow Exchange.
Alexander is Chairman of Financial Panel with Arbitration Centre at RSPP. He is among Top 100 most influential Russian lawyers according to Legal 500 rating.