Dr. Galina Zukova

International Arbitration   |   Dispute Resolution   |   International Contracts

Dr. Zukova regularly acts as an arbitrator, counsel and expert in international arbitration proceedings. Prior to joining private practice, she worked as Counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she was in charge of the Case Management Team that handled matters involving parties from Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. In that role, she oversaw hundreds of arbitration proceedings and scrutinized as many arbitral awards. Her previous work experience also includes the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, RoschierRaidla in Riga and the Latvian European Integration Bureau (Latvian Government), where she was in charge of the legal aspects of Latvia’s accession to the European Union.

Arbitrator experience:

Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving two Eastern European companies in the pharmaceutical sector.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Istanbul related to the provision of works at the power plant.
Emergency Arbitrator (institutional appointment) in a dispute arising out of the gas supply contract.
President of the Arbitral Tribunal (nominated jointly by the co-arbitrators) in an ICC arbitration seated in London between two South European companies in the field of telecommunications.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a BelCCI (Belarussian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Minsk involving a CIS company and a Western European company in the insurance sector.
Co-arbitrator (appointed by the LCIA) in an LCIA case seated in London between an Eastern European entity and a European financial institution.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the VIAC) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna between an Eastern and Western European companies over an international contract for the supply of goods.
Co-arbitrator (appointed by the LCIA) in a number of related LCIA commercial cases seated in London between Eastern European parties.
President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed by the Milan Arbitral Chamber) in an arbitration seated in Milan between multiple Western European parties related to a shareholders agreement.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a major Eastern European company and a Western European company related to a construction project in the agricultural sector.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Middle Eastern company and a major Western European company related to a consultancy agreement.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the VIAC) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna between two Western European companies over an international contract for the production and supply of goods.
President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed jointly by the co-arbitrators) in an ICC arbitration seated in Vienna between a Western company and a CIS state company related to the manufacturing and delivery of goods for the construction of a power plant.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a SCC arbitration seated in Stockholm between a CIS energy state company and a South European company related to the construction of an energy centre (FIDIC).
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in a UCCI (Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) arbitration seated in Kiev involving a CIS state company and an Eastern European state company related to the transit of gas.
Sole Arbitrator in a CAM arbitration seated in Brescia (appointed by the Milan Arbitral Chamber) between a Western European company and a North African company concerning an international sales agreement.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed jointly by the parties) in a VIAC arbitration seated in Vienna (expedited procedure) involving a major Asian company and an Eastern European state company concerning the modernization of a power plant.
Emergency Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris involving large Asian and Latin American companies over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a North African company and a Central African company related to the construction of a tourism complex.
Co-arbitrator (party-appointed) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Western European company and a CEE state over a major infrastructure project related to the construction of a bridge (FIDIC).
Co-arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC investment arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot investor and a CIS state entity related to a SPA in the agricultural sector.
Sole Arbitrator (appointed by the ICC) in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris between a Cypriot company and a South Asian company related to an international sale of goods.
President of the Arbitral Tribunal (appointed by the co-arbitrators) in a DIS case seated in Berlin involving a CIS company and a Central European company related to an international sale of goods.

Counsel experience:

Representing Eastern European parties in a shareholders dispute.
Representing a Western European construction company against the employer on the hydroelectric project located in Central America.
Advising a Latin American party in a dispute with an Eastern European producer.
Representing a European buyer of gas in price reopener dispute.
Advising a Central Asian party in a dispute with a Western European company pursuant to the agency agreement.
Representing an Eastern European medical service provider in a series of disputes arising out of supply agreements.
Representing high net worth Eastern European individual in claims for loss of profits and dividends.
Representing Eastern European respondents in a high-value shareholders dispute.
Advising a Middle East client for recovery of its investment in a foreign bank following the state’s Central Bank’s decision to put the private bank under resolution.
Representing an Eastern European state in an ad hoc BIT arbitration.

Past employment:

  • 2016 – 2019:
Belot Malan & Associés, Paris, Partner
  • 2013 – 2016:
White & Case LLP, International Arbitration Practice, Paris, Associate
  • 2008 – 2012:
ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, Counsel
  • 2007 – 2008:
Lejins, Torgans & Partners/RoschierRaidla, Riga, Of Counsel
  • 2006 – 2007:
Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Court of Arbitration, Legal Counsel
  • 2003 – 2005:
European Court of Justice, Luxembourg
  • 1997 – 2000:
 European Integration Bureau, Riga, Senior Desk Officer
  • 1996 – 1997:
Unilever Baltic/Lysoform, Riga, In-House Lawyer.