Experience

    • Francesco Becchetti and five other Italian investors in ICSID proceedings against Albania arising out of claimants’ investments in a hydroelectric plant and a media company, winning a historic order of provisional measures suspending criminal and extradition proceedings.
    • A leading telecommunications and digital media company in an LCIA arbitration of a contractual dispute arising out of the purchase of assets in multiple jurisdictions.
    • Perenco Ecuador, prevailing on novel jurisdictional and merits issues in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the Republic of Ecuador’s unilateral increase of its participation to 99% of all revenues from oil sales above a fixed “reference price” and its declaration that Perenco’s contracts had come to an end. In September 2014, the tribunal ruled that Ecuador breached its contracts with Perenco and violated its obligations under the applicable bilateral investment treaty to provide fair and equitable treatment, not to impede the investment, and against unlawful expropriation.
    • An Asian solar cell manufacturer in a dispute under the LCIA Rules involving claims for breach of contract and under the CISG.
    • Pueblo Viejo Dominicana, a joint venture between Barrick Gold and Goldcorp Inc., in a dispute with the Government of the Dominican Republic regarding the Pueblo Viejo gold, silver and copper mine, which is reported to be the largest foreign investment in the Dominican Republic.
    • A European equipment manufacturer in an SCC arbitration arising out of the termination of a supply contract requiring performance in a country subject to trade restrictions.
    • Norilsk Nickel and Interros International Investments in a dispute with United Company Rusal, including LCIA arbitration proceedings and related court litigation in the United States, England, Russia, Switzerland, St. Kitts & Nevis and The Netherlands.
    • Hyundai Heavy Industries in an ICC arbitration involving disputes between the shareholders of Hyundai Oilbank Ltd. (HDO), South Korea’s fourth largest oil refining and marketing company, winning the largest ICC award issued at the time and Global Arbitration Review’s Arbitration Win of the Year 2010.
    • Swiss cement manufacturer Holcim in its ICSID arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the expropriation of its Venezuelan subsidiary, in which Holcim announced a settlement for some $650 million.
    • Investors in a Mexican business in a shareholder dispute involving contractual and fiduciary duty claims under Texas and Mexican law.
    • The UK Government as amicus curiae in litigation before U.S. federal courts and the United States Supreme Court.
    • A publicly-listed mining company in socio-environmental matters relating to a mine in Latin America.
    • A publicly-listed sporting goods company in a dispute arising out of a distribution agreement, winning dismissal of all claims for over €30 million in addition to an award of attorney’s fees.
    • An investor in a European solar module manufacturer in a dispute regarding a production line for thin film technology solar cell modules.
    • A major publicly-listed mining company in a dispute with an African government regarding a mining project.
    • Siemens’s Audit Committee in a world-wide investigation into possible corrupt payments to government officials leading to an early settlement with the U.S. and German authorities.
    • A publicly-listed mining company in a cross-border mining project.
    • An investment manager in acquiring and settling on favorable terms a series of investment arbitration awards.
    • An investor in an African mining project in a dispute arising from an electrical power supply agreement with the national electric company.
    • U.S. multinational corporations in European, German and Austrian law aspects of FCPA investigations and OFAC sanctions
    • General Electric in resolving disputes with multiple customers whose contracts involving sanctioned countries were cancelled when GE acquired a subsidiary. Some of the disputes led to arbitration or litigation, and many others were resolved amicably.
    • A major publicly-listed mining company in designing an industry-wide alternative dispute resolution protocol for government disputes in Africa.
    • A major publicly listed mining company in a dispute with an African government regarding a mining project.
    • A Swiss company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings relating to payments for a commodities transaction, winning dismissal of a claim for over $16 million.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, 2007, LL.M.
  • Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, 2006, Maîtrise en droit
  • University of Cambridge, 2006, B.A.

Languages

  • Bulgarian
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish