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Zoya Burbeza

Solicitor, Head of Russia & CIS Desk


 

Career Summary

Zoya is a specialist international litigation and arbitration lawyer with extensive experience providing commercial legal services to clients from Russia, Ukraine and the CIS countries.

Zoya joined Zaiwalla & Co as a trainee in 2009, and since then has founded and developed the Firm’s Russia & CIS department, growing it into a successful practice representing a number of government and private companies, as well as high net worth individuals from Russia, Ukraine and the CIS countries.

Working closely with her counterparts at sister law firms in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Almaty and Minsk, Zoya provides a unique understanding of the cultural and legal landscape of these regions. Being fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian and proficient in Polish, she ensures that communication with Zaiwalla & Co.’s clients is highly practical and effective.

Zoya is of Ukrainian origin. After obtaining a law degree in Ukraine, Zoya obtained Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School in London.

Examples of Cases

  • Acting for a Russian client in a private LCIA proceedings relating to division of assets with the value of over USD 400 million.
  • Represented a Ukrainian high net worth individual in High Court (Chancery Division) proceedings in relation to a dispute over joint venture investments (approximate value of USD 500 million).
  • Acted for Defendants in successfully setting aside a stay application and eventually striking out a claim brought before the High Court (Chancery Division) by a well-known Russian oligarch for over USD150 million (Sergei Yurievich Polonskiy v Alexander Dobrovinsky & Partners LLP & Ors [2016] EWHC 1114 (Ch).
  • Represented Rosneft, Russian oil company, in several disputes and asset tracing matters.
  • Acted for a Kazakh company in successfully resisting a challenge in the Court of Appeal to the granting of a £72m worldwide freezing injunction against two former shareholders (Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc V Zhunus [2014] EWCA Civ 381).
  • Acted for a Ukrainian businessman in High Court (Chancery Division) proceedings in relation to the dispute over the ownership of a group of companies in Ukraine (approximate value of USD 20 million). Obtained a judgment for the client that he is the lawful owner of the business and successfully struck out the Defendants’ counterclaim.
  • Represented the largest bank in Iran in challenging imposition of economic sanctions by the EU.  (European Union v Bank Mellat C-176/13). In February 2016, the ECJ gave a favourable judgment to the bank.
  • Represented the second largest bank in Iran in challenging imposition of economic sanctions by the EU (Bank Tejarat v Council of the European Union T-176/12). In February 2015, the ECJ gave a favourable judgment to the bank.
  • Represented several individuals from Iran challenging imposition of economic sanctions (travel ban and asset freeze) in the European Court of Justice, who have been subsequently delisted before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) came into effect (General Court of the EU cases T-497/10, T-69/12 and T-71/12) 

Specialist Areas

  • Commercial disputes (domestic and international)
  • Economic sanctions
  • Enforcement of judgements
  • International investigations 
  • Commercial contracts

Languages

  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Polish (intermediate)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)