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As a member of the firm's cross-departmental Russia & CIS Group, I often work on matters emanating from the CIS region.

I act for clients in high-value, complex commercial and energy disputes, usually with a cross-border element. I have also advised clients in matters concerning civil fraud, breach of fiduciary duties claims, shareholder disputes and contractual disputes, as well as, proceedings brought by the Pension Regulator. My experience includes applying for and responding to injunctions, including Worldwide Freezing Orders and contempt of court proceedings.

My arbitration practice comprises of both international commercial and investment treaty disputes. I have been involved in high profile, ultra-high worth arbitral proceedings under arbitral institutions and rules, including LCIA, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

Recent litigation cases include:
  • Acting for an ultra-high-net worth client in a Commercial Court claim alleging conspiracy to divert oil monies valued at over $350 million. The dispute involves complicated issues of Russian law, with multiple interlocutory hearings challenging the Court’s jurisdiction, discharge of the worldwide freezing order and security for costs;  
  • Part of a cross-jurisdictional team acting for claimants, the principal heirs of a prominent CIS businessman, in BVI proceedings against the deceased's former business partners and the corporate trustee of an alleged discretionary trust worth over US$250 million;
  • Acting for a former shareholder of a prominent CIS bank in a high profile $1.9 billion civil fraud case pursued by the bank, seeking to discharge a worldwide freezing order and challenge the Court’s jurisdiction. 
Recent arbitration cases include:
  • Acting for Cypriot minority shareholders of a major Ukrainian oil and gas company in an LCIA arbitration claim against a majority shareholder for breaches of a shareholders agreement;
  • Representing claimant investors in four interlinked Bilateral Investment Treaty claims under UNCITRAL Rules, with The Hague as the seat, in relation to expropriation of real estate property and involving novel law in investment treaty arbitration; 
  • Acting for a Dutch claimant in an investment treaty arbitration against the Ukrainian State, under ICSID Rules in relation to allegations of various breaches in the aviation sector;
  • Representing Cypriot claimants in an arbitration against the Ukrainian State, under the SCC Rules, pursuant to breaches of the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to investments made into the largest Ukrainian oil and gas company.
I am a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker.

In my spare time I practice hot dynamic yoga and enjoy long walks with my Labrador Retriever.

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