Irina Nazarova managing partner

Managing partner

Tel:      +38 044 498 7383
Fax:     +38 044 498 7385
Email:  irina.nazarova@engarde-attorneys.com

Overview:

Irina has more than 15 years experience in dispute resolution, including commercial litigation, cross-border litigation, international arbitration, and mediation. Ms. Nazarova has acted as Of Counsel to the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine.

She is regularly engaged as counsel, arbitrator and expert in arbitral proceedings under various arbitral rules. Irina moves easily between traditional litigation, international arbitration, and ADR, matching her professional courtroom and arbitration skills.

Irina Nazarova is a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is ranked as a leading lawyer in dispute resolution in Ukraine by Chambers Global (Band 1), Chambers Europe (Band 1), Who’s Who Legal (Litigation, Arbitration, and Product Liability Lawyers), The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, Best Lawyers International.

Representative experience:

  • Acting as Counsel in a multi-million dispute against the State of Ukraine before the ICSID
  • Serving as Arbitrator in a dispute over termination of a joint activity agreement on exploration of natural resources in Ukraine (amount in dispute exceeds USD 1 billion)
  • Represented a Ukrainian oil and gas company in an SCC arbitration dispute arising out of the annexation of Crimea due to non-performance of a natural gas exploration project (amount in dispute approx. USD 8 million)
  • Represented interests of a client in settlement negotiations on enforcement of an LCIA arbitral award (amount in dispute approx. USD 20 million)
  • Acted as Counsel in a dispute under the LCIA Arbitration Rules over a failure to perform an investment agreement into a Ukrainian agricultural holding (amount in dispute approx. USD 40 million)
  • Represented the Client in arbitration under the ICC Arbitration Rules in multijurisdictional post-M&A dispute as to recognizing the underlying agreement void (amount in dispute approx. USD 400 million);
  • Defended the interests of a Client within the LCIA dispute concerning illegal seizure of a financial asset (amount in dispute approx. USD 400 million)
  • Appeared as an Expert on Ukrainian law in major arbitration proceedings before the LCIA concerning a shareholder dispute within a major Ukrainian airline (a sector maker)
  • Advised in the dispute of renationalization of Kryvorizhstal, Ukraine’s largest integrated steel company, and represented clients’ interests on all stages of the dispute before Ukrainian courts (the asset was re-privatized for USD 4.8 billion)
  • Advised in the dispute of improper privatization of Nikopol Ferroalloy Works, a major ferroalloy producer; represented clients’ interests on all stages of the dispute before Ukrainian courts (valued more than USD 100 million)
  • Defended interests of an owner of a Ukrainian TV channel Studio 1+1 in a case regarding the ownership of the company
  • Represented Telenor before Ukrainian courts in connection with the shareholder dispute between Telenor and the other major shareholder of Ukrainian mobile operator Kyivstar G.S.M. – Storm. Coordinated international arbitration related to the dispute in foreign jurisdictions
  • Represented the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in litigation against a Russian media company on rebuttal of misleading information
  • Served as an arbitrator under the ICC Rules of Arbitration in a case arising out of a complex infrastructure construction project in Ukraine involving a foreign counterparty (amount in dispute approx. USD 100 million)

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Professional associations and memberships:

  • member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • the representative from Ukraine in the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris
  • Ukrainian Bar Association (Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee)
  • initiator and programme coordinator of  the first independent Ukrainian International Arbitration Conference “Kiev Arbitration Days: Think Big!” (2011 – up to now)
  • member of Arbitration Committee of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration
  • member of Swedish Arbitration Association
  • member of Austrian Arbitration Association
  • member of International Advisory Board at the Vienna International Arbitral Centre
  • Kyiv Region Bar Association

Education:

  • Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Institute of International Relations, School of Private International Law (Ukraine, 2000)

Languages:

  • Ukrainian
  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Admitted to bar:

  • Ukraine, 2002

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