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Popova Svetlana

Popova Svetlana

Uralchem JSC
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General information

Russian Federation
Russian - fluent
English - fluent


Uralchem JSC , Moscow
Head of International Law Practice
Rosneft PJSC , Moscow
Deputy Head of International and Significant Disputes Unit
Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners (EPAM) , Saint-Petersburg
Attorney-at-law (advocate), International Disputes Resolution
Kirkland & Ellis LLP , New York

Experience as counsel

Acted as counsel for 11-15 years in domestic and international arbitrations
ICAC Rules
LCIA Rules
ICC Rules
SCC Rules
Swiss Rules

Examples of cases

• FNPC vs Tyumenneftegaz: protected Rosneft's affiliate from enforcing an SCC award against it for USD 200 mln in the U.S. District Court in the state of Texas: • Foreign investment bank vs. Russian client (major manufacturing holding): dispute over a payment for investment banking services rendered within a major M&A deal, London seat, English law, LCIA rules, approx. GBP 9 mln. Favorable outcome for the client – 50%: the bank sought payment of two parts of consideration under the agreement – the tribunal dismissed part of the relief sought by the bank, thus denying request for payment of the second part of the consideration; • Bank Saint-Petersburg vs Arkhangelsky, High Court of Justice: successful representation of a major Russian private bank in the longest litigation in the history of the High Court of Justice in London. The Bank's claim for recovery of all debts under credit agreements was satisfied in full. The counterclaim based on allegations of fraud and hostile takeover seeking compensation of circa USD 500 mln in damages was rejected. Applicable law – Russian. • Swiss client vs. Russian steel scrap supplier: successful representation of the client in a dispute seeking compensation for goods of inadequate quality, St. Petersburg seat, Russian law, Arbitration Rules of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, approx. USD 1,2 mln. • Foreign client (affiliate of a major aluminum producer) vs Russian contractor - representation of the client in a dispute arising out of a loan agreement, Stockholm seat, English law, SCC Rules, approx. USD 1,5 mln: successful protection of the client at the appeal stage in the Svea Court of Appeal and enforcement of the award in Russia. • Russian client (subsidiary of Russian paper producer) vs foreign contractor: successful representation of the client in a dispute over a payment for goods supplies, Geneva seat, Swiss Rules, Swiss Law, approx. USD 0,7 mln.
quantum (damages) experts
Experts on Russian and English law, politics, cognitive bias, evaluation of assets, banking practice, forensic experts.

General arbitration experience

Geneva and/or Zurich
Russian law
English law
Swedish law
commercial arbitration
Has been involved in expert determination as counsel

Education, qualifications, awards

Saint Petersburg State University, Law faculty, Master Degree, 2010
Saint-Petersburg State University, Philology Faculty - Additional to the Higher Education, "Interpreter in the Field of Professional Communications (English Language)"
Co-Chair of RAA40 (Russian group for young arbitration practitioners)

Preferences as an arbitrator

IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration
no general preference
no general preference
printed submission and electronic exhibits
no general preference
Maximum deference to the right to present the party’s case
Rigorous control of the process by the tribunal
If it is a legal issue or an important factual issue
It is only for parties to decide and arbitrators should focus on resolution of the dispute

Personal preferences

Ukha (fish soup)