Although he does his best to shun the limelight, the publicity shy Dmitry Vozianov has emerged from the shadows as an adviser to the Kazakh mining company ENRC in its lawsuit against its former lawyer Neil Gerrard. Several sources suggested he has also supported Dmitry Rybolovlev during his dispute with art dealer Yves Bouvier (IO, 16/11/16); Vozianov stated to Intelligence Online that he does not currently work for Mr Rybolovlev and did not confirm nor deny having this work relationship in the past.
Vozianov, a trained engineer born in St Petersburg on 23 May, 1971., did not seem destined for career in the world of influence and big-stakes legal clashes. Dmitry Zimin, who cofounded the mobile telephone company Vimpelcom in 1992, offered him his first career opportunity in 2000, when he put him in charge of BeeLine, the company's brand. His big break, which catapulted him into a different sphere, came when corporate raider Mikhaïl Fridman, the cofounder of the consortium Alfa Group, appointed him to spearhead his telecoms offensive in the 2000s.
Under Fridman's wing, Vozianov quickly made his mark at Alfa Group's investment branch, Alfa Eco, being decisive in its acquisition of MegaFon's stakes. The deal marked a turning point in Vozianov's burgeoning career, giving him an appetite for "special situations" but also leaving a bittersweet feeling when the reward for his efforts on the MegaFon deal was less generous than he had hoped.
In the 2010s, Vozianov brought his experience to bear in several big civil cases, including, according to our sources, the hunt for Russian bank assets for the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) and for Magomedov (IO, 21/10/20) the head of Summa Group. He was decisive to the Irish Bank Resolution Company's (IBRC) lawsuit against its former shareholder Sean Quinn in 2013. These cases earned him kudos in London and turned him into a go-to litigation shooter in 'Londongrad' as the London-based Russian business community has been dubbed.
After attracting the attention of the FBI and the Attorney General's Office (AGO), according to Intelligence Online's sources, for his services to US sanctioned oligarchs (IO, 14/02/18), Vozianov switched to running a group of small consulting firms in Moscow - AXIOMA and Group A - with the help of a tight band of consultants, mainly veterans of A1, as Alfa Eco was later called.
Although he no longer has a formal role with Alfa, Vozianov still uses the skills that he acquired while working for Fridman, helping with the company takeovers, while developing his expertise in litigation support to companies that find themselves in 'special situations'.