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Serhii Sviriba

Serhii Sviriba

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Profile Overview

Serhii focuses on international arbitration and cross-border litigation with particular expertise in complex disputes in oil and gas, energy and natural resources, real estate and construction, media and technology sectors, financial transactions, as well as in connection with top-managers’ duties and fraud.

  • recognized as an Eminent Practitioner in arbitration, Chambers Global 2020 and Chambers Europe 2020
  • listed as one of the best top-managers, “TOP-100. Best Top-Managers of Ukraine”
  • acknowledged among leading individuals in dispute resolution, The Legal 500: EMEA 2020
  • recommended lawyer in arbitration and mediation, international arbitration, Best Lawyers 2020
  • named the “Lawyer of the Year” (litigation) in Ukraine, Best Lawyers 2019
  • recognized as an Authority in international arbitration, Ukrainian Law Firms 2019. A Handbook for Foreign Clients
  • listed among leading asset recovery lawyers, Who’s Who Legal 2019
Arbitrator’s listing:
  • Empaneled with the KLRCA as Mediator and Arbitrator (2017-2020)

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian


Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 1995
Admitted in Ukraine


Representative experience:

represented Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (IBRC) in its multidimensional dispute (over 35 litigations in Ukraine) relating to the enforcement of the Bank’s rights to the commercial real estate;

represented the State of Ukraine in four separate cases brought by foreign investors at ICSID: three cases resulting in wins for Ukraine, including one dismissed under Art. 41.5 of the ICSID Arbitration Rules first time in the ICSID history;

represented the State of Ukraine with respect to vacating of an award rendered against in favor of a Norwegian investor by the Arbitration Institute of the SCC and protecting Ukraine's assets in France, Netherlands, Belgium and UK against attempts by the investor to attach such assets;

represented NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in eight related SCC arbitrations arising out of disputes relating to gas supply, storage and transit contracts with aggregate value of claims exceeding USD 8 billion;

represented a global grain trading and food processing company in arbitration proceedings in London and Ukraine over classification of grain terminal structures;

represented an international shipping company in multijurisdictional proceedings in Ukraine, the UK, Cyprus, France, Monaco, the BVI and Panama on recovery of approx. USD 25 million in connection with a dispute regarding the development of a container terminal on the Black Sea shore;

represented a shareholder of a major Ukrainian telecommunication services provider in a multijurisdictional dispute over control of assets USD 23.8 billion.

Awards, Honors & Memberships

Membership and activities:

International Bar Association
Ukrainian Bar Association
Vice Chair of the Eurasia Committee of American Bar Association