Amsterdam & Partners LLP is well known for its representation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the founder of the Yukos Oil Company. The firm was responsible for overseeing the global legal strategy, including the execution of a multinational public information campaign to raise awareness of the political nature of the charges against him.

The firm was successful in presenting the case to the public in light of the Russian government’s crackdown on human rights, while highlighting Khodorkovsky’s credentials as a symbol of democracy and civil opposition. The firm was responsible for the writing and publication of several highly regarded white papers, and undertaking a worldwide engagement campaign that led to Khodorkovsky being declared a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International and subsequently released from prison due to growing international pressure.