KWM Europe LLP
Viktoriya’s recent experience includes representing:
• A Hong Kong company in a HK $5.8 billion HKIAC arbitration and potential SIAC arbitration in a dispute under a failed share subscription agreement.
• Naftogaz in a US$5.5 billion LCIA dispute over control of Ukraine’s largest oil company Ukrnafta with three companies linked to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.
• A High-Net-Worth Chinese Individual in five HKIAC and UNCITRAL arbitrations, as well as litigations in foreign jurisdictions, worth c. HKD 1.2 billion, relating to a convertible bond scheme.
• A Chinese company in an ICC arbitration against a Ukrainian bank concerning a failed biogas project and breach of an on-demand guarantee.
• A Ghanaian company, an operator of an offshore oil field, as claimant in two separate ICC arbitrations against a French manufacturing company concerning quality issues with tubing for water injection wells supplied under a series of purchase orders.
• A Luxembourg energy company as claimant in ICC proceedings against a Swiss company seeking damages for the delay to the construction of a solar plant in Italy.
• A client in ICC proceedings concerning variations and delay to the construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant in North Africa.
• A client in a VIAC arbitration concerning the termination of a FIDIC based contract for the construction of a hydropower plant in Vietnam.
• A client in ICC proceedings relating to the construction of facilities to liquefy natural gas in North Africa.
• A pharmaceutical company in the settlement of a dispute between it and a counterparty, following disputes avoidance work and a mediation. The dispute involved several potential LCIA arbitrations arising from alleged non-supply of a portfolio of pharmaceutical drugs.
• A Chinese manufacturing company in relation to claims made by its business partner, a Guernsey company, under a turnkey contract for supply and installation of scrubber systems on vessels, governed by English law. The turnkey contract provided for arbitration under the rules of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.
• A Japanese company in relation to its liability due to alleged defects with industrial equipment it supplied to a Chinese company under a contract governed by English law and providing for an ICC arbitration.
• A client in an ICC investment arbitration concerning offshore oil and gas exploration rights.
• An Asian state in a US $340m ICSID arbitration brought by a Japanese investor over land rights.
• The Kyrgyz Republic in UNCITRAL proceedings concerning a Canadian investor Stans Energy’s US $304m claim for expropriation of its rights in a rare earth metals mine. The tribunal awarded the investor only 6% of the total amount claimed.
• The Kyrgyz Republic in a US $300m UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a BVI investor Penwell for the alleged expropriation and denial of justice in relation to its investment in telecoms.
• A client in two separate ICSID arbitrations concerning the termination of concessions to operate respectively a plant and a port in North Africa.
• The Kyrgyz Republic in UNCITRAL proceedings concerning a Kazakh company’s US $41m investment in a ferromanganese plant.
• The Kyrgyz Republic in UNCITRAL proceedings commenced by a Russian investor RusHydro in relation to its US $37.4m investment in a hydropower plant.
• A CIS investor in relation to a potential US $31m ICSID or UNCITRAL claim against a CIS state concerning the arrest and seizure of the investor’s bank account through a series of investigations and court cases.
English; French; Russian; Ukrainian
Qualification Exams (QLTS), BPP Law School, United Kingdom – 2016
Qualification Exams and Training, Paris Bar School, France – 2014
Master of Laws (Master en Droit du Commerce International) (Distinction), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France – 2012
Master of Laws (Maîtrise en Droit International des Affaires) (Distinction), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France – 2011
Bachelor of Laws (Licence en Droit International et Européen), Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France – 2010
Bachelor of Laws (Licence en Droit), Université de Versailles, France – 2009
Bachelor of Laws (Distinction), University of Kyiv T. Shevchenko, Ukraine – 2010
Viktoriya acts as a KWM London office representative and member of KWM International Arbitration Group’s blog sub-committee.
Viktoriya regularly sits as an arbitrator for several international arbitration moots and is member of various organisations, including Young ICCA, LCIA YIAG, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and ASA Below 40.
Viktoriya is an international dispute resolution specialist with experience acting as counsel and advocate in international disputes in France and England. She supports clients across a wide range of industries including the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings under a range of arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, VIAC and LCIA, in some 10 investor-state cases and 15 commercial arbitrations.
She is one of the few Senior Associates who were appointed to the panel of arbitrators of the Russian Arbitration Centre in 2019, the most active of the six key Russian arbitration institutions.
Viktoriya has been recognised by Legal 500 (UK) 2022 as a recommended lawyer for International Arbitration and Public International Law. She was also described as being “very efficient and responsive” by her clients.
She is dual qualified (admitted in England & Wales and France) and prior to joining KWM Europe LLP in 2017, was an arbitration associate with a Silver Circle firm in Paris.