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Alekhin Sergey

Alekhin Sergey

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Tel: +33626072357
Address: 21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque 75008 Paris France
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General information

Russian Federation
Russian - fluent
English - fluent
French - fluent


Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP , Paris, France
Associate; Counsel
Derains & Gharavi , Paris, France
Salans , Paris, France
Derains & Gharavi , Paris, France
ICAC at the RF CCI , Moscow, Russia
ICC International Court of Arbitration , Paris, France

Experience as arbitrator

Served as arbitrator in 1-3 cases in international arbitrations
RAC Rules

Examples of cases

Sole arbitration in an international commercial arbitration under the RAC Rules between a Russian law firm and a foreign client concerning non-payment for legal services

Experience as the tribunal’s secretary / assistant to the president of the tribunal

Tribunal secretary in an ad hoc commercial arbitration between two European companies concerning non-delivery of equipment (amount in dispute: 15m USD)

Experience as counsel

Acted as counsel for 5-10 years in domestic and international arbitrations
LCIA Rules
ICC Rules
ICSID Convention

Examples of cases

Counsel in three related ICC arbitration proceedings between three Hong Kong companies (on one side) and a Thai and a BVI company (on other side) relating to the sale of a wind energy business in Asia (favorable award for over USD 520 million); Counsel in two separate ad hoc commercial arbitrations between an international organization and its contractors: (i) a Turkish construction company in relation to a construction of an airfield (favorable award dismissing all claims); and (ii) and African logistics company in relation to a services contract (favorable settlement reached post-merits hearing); Counsel in four separate PCA-administered ad hoc investment arbitrations between a Central Asian State and: (i) a foreign State-owned company regarding construction of a metallurgical plant (amount in dispute - approx. USD 50 million); (ii) a Russian State-owned company regarding termination of an inter-State agreement pertaining to construction of a large infrastructure project (amount in dispute - approx. USD 40 million); (iii) a BVI company regarding an alleged expropriation of a telecommunications business (amount in dispute - approx. USD 300 million); and (iv) a foreign company regarding allegedly unlawful taxation measures with respect to a telecommunications business (amount in dispute - approx. USD 75 million); Counsel in an ad hoc investment arbitration under UNCUTRAL Rules between a British company and a Central Asian State in relation to an investment in the gold mining industry, and associated enforcement and set aside proceedings before the French courts (favorable award, partially upholding the claims); Counsel in four separate investment arbitrations (ICSID and ad hoc under UNCITRAL Rules) between investors from the U.S. and the Middle East, and a Central Asian State in relation to an investment in the agricultural industry, an investment in the oil industry, an investment in the pharmaceutical industry, and an investment in the air transport industry and associated set aside proceedings before the UK courts (several favorable awards partially upholding claims and subsequent favorable global settlement); Counsel in an ICSID investment arbitration between a group of Turkish companies and a Central Asian State in relation to an investment in the oil transshipment industry (favorable award, partially upholding the claims).
quantum (damages) experts
construction experts
Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Uzbek law; mining; telecommunications

General arbitration experience

Geneva and/or Zurich
Hong Kong
Russian law
English law
French law
Swiss law
Public international law
commercial arbitration
investment arbitration
commercial arbitration
сonstruction arbitrations
commercial arbitration
International Arbitration Database of the Russian Arbitration Centre (‘RAC’) at the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration; Roster of Russian arbitrators compiled by the ICC Russia Commission on Arbitration; International and Investment Disputes Panel of the Arbitration Centre at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (‘RSPP’)

Education, qualifications, awards

Russian Academy of State Service, Master’s degree in Law, 2012
Sciences Po Paris, Double-degree Master’s program “Law and economic globalization”, Honors: Merit scholarship, 2011
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Double-degree Master’s program “Law and economic globalization”, 2011
Voronezh State University, Specialist Degree in International Relations, Honors: Cum Laude, 2009
Top-10 Young Arbitration Practitioners by the Russian Arbitration Association’s under 40 division (2018, 2019 and 2021)
Member of the Task Force on Third Party Funding in Russia-Related Arbitrations; Former co-Chairman of the Young Institute of Modern Arbitration (Young IMA, Russia).

Preferences as an arbitrator

IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration
Hourly, daily or lump sum. Willing to waive travel and associated costs.
no general preference
no general preference
no general preference
no general preference
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
Arbitrators should encourage parties to settle the dispute including by making inquiries and/or steps such as encouraging participation of in-house counsel / management in hearings

Other information

Selected publications: Sergey Alekhin and Dmitry Bayandin, “Cherry-picking or cherry-biting? The res judicata doctrine and the limits of permissible parallel and consecutive proceedings in investment arbitration” in New Horizons of International Arbitration, Vol. 5 (2019); Sergey Alekhin, Alexis Foucard and Greg Lourie, “Cybersecurity, International Arbitration and the Ethical Rules and Obligations Governing the Conduct of Lawyers: A Comparative Analysis,” TDM 2019 Special Issue on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration; Grégoire Bertrou and Sergey Alekhin, “The Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration: Does the End Justify the Means?” Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage / The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 4 (2018); Sergey Alekhin and Leonid Shmatenko, “Corruption in Investor-State Arbitration – It Takes Two to Tango” in New Horizons of International Arbitration, Vol. 4 (2018), pp. 150-179.