Maxim Osadchiy is a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, resident in London. His practice focuses on commercial and investment treaty arbitration, and he also has experience in cross-border litigation, including before the English courts. Mr. Osadchiy is recommended for international arbitration by The Legal 500 UK (2022).

Mr. Osadchiy has represented States, corporations and individuals in many significant international proceedings governed by various substantive laws of civil and common law systems and conducted under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, SCC, HKIAC, VIAC, and UNCITRAL. He has been counsel in disputes across a broad range of industry sectors, including oil & gas, services, mining, construction and pharmaceuticals, often involving parties from CIS and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Osadchiy began his career in 2008 as a corporate lawyer in the Moscow office of a magic circle law firm, where he represented major domestic and international clients in M&A transactions, primarily in the telecommunications, transport, mining and retail sectors. He also acquired considerable experience advising clients on large PPP and concession projects, some of the first in Russia, including the award winning €1.8bn airport development scheme in St. Petersburg and the $2bn toll road concession in the Moscow region.

Following his decision to specialise in international arbitration, he joined the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), where he gained unique insights into day-to-day operations of the Institution and in-depth experience with the application of the LCIA Rules. He was closely involved in scrutiny of numerous arbitral awards and communications with Members of the Board, and helped complete a major empirical study on cost awards in international commercial arbitration.

Mr. Osadchiy has also spent time at a premier litigation funder. The first private practice secondee to gain that experience, he supported the team during all phases of funding process, including claim assessment and negotiation of funding terms. He conducted review and legal analysis of nearly forty litigation and arbitration claims, including over a dozen of investment treaty claims against States in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, examining jurisdiction, liability and quantum aspects of the claims.

Mr. Osadchiy graduated from the Russian Academy of Justice magna cum laude and obtained an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He also holds a Master of Laws in Comparative Dispute and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London, where he graduated first in his specialisation. Whilst at Queen Mary, he was a research assistant to a prominent arbitrator and academic.

Mr. Osadchiy maintains a strong interest in academia. He serves as a teaching assistant at Queen Mary University of London in two popular dispute resolution courses: International Arbitration and Energy (led by Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer) and International Commercial Arbitration (led by Professor Stavros Brekoulakis).

Mr. Osadchiy’s recent publications include “State Courts’ Attitude to Arbitrator Challenge Applications: Rich Tapestry of Arbitrator Bias Standards,” Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution International Arbitration Review (July, 2021); “The Guide to Energy Arbitrations - Third Edition: Compensation in Energy Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review (January, 2019); “Emergency Relief in Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Word of Caution,” Journal of International Arbitration (2017), and “Winning by Design: An Outsider’s View on Third-Party Funding at Vannin Capital,” Funding in Focus (2017). He also helped co-author a chapter on provisional measures in a leading commentary on the LCIA Rules (2014).

Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Mr. Osadchiy was an associate in the Paris and London offices of a leading international law firm. Mr. Osadchiy is a member of the New York Bar and is also admitted to practice in Russia. He is a native Russian speaker and is fluent in English.

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