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  Lucia Raimanova

Counsel

Bratislava

Lucia is a solicitor-advocate of England & Wales and a Counsel in Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Group. Before relocating to Bratislava in June 2016 to lead the firm’s arbitration practice within Central and Eastern Europe, Lucia practised with the firm for ten years in London and was also seconded to the firm’s Hong Kong and Moscow offices. Prior to joining Allen & Overy, Lucia was engaged under the terms of reference of the World Bank as a Junior Advisor to the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and helped to design and implement a number of successful legal reforms.

Lucia’s extensive experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration includes disputes arising out of various bilateral investment treaties, the Energy Charter Treaty as well as commercial contracts (e.g. production sharing contracts, licensing and distributorship agreements, shareholders’ agreements, insurance policies and bespoke structured finance products), spans various jurisdictions (e.g. England, Austria, Croatia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Netherlands, Tanzania, UAE, USA) and sectors (e.g. oil & gas, banking, brands licensing, intelligence services, aluminium, aviation, water and sewerage utilities). She also has experience of litigation before the English and Indian courts. She also sits as arbitrator.

Lucia has a Diploma in International Arbitration with Distinction from Queen Mary College, University of London and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. She has been named by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in International Arbitration and ranked by The Legal 500 among next generation lawyers (Band 1). She has also been recognised in Thomson Reuters SuperLawyers 2013-2014 as a “Rising Star” in Commercial Litigation.

Lucia’s recent experience in investment treaty matters includes successfully defending the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in two UNCITRAL arbitrations brought by Mr Ali Allawi and the Progas group of companies. She is currently acting, amongst others, for UniCredit Bank Austria A.G. and Zagrebačka banka d.d. in an ICSID proceeding against the Republic of Croatia. She also regularly advises clients on structuring investments, drafting investment agreements, aspects of sovereign immunity, privileges and immunities of international organisations and other aspects of public international law such as succession of States.

Lucia has also represented clients in numerous commercial arbitration proceedings seated in both civil and common law jurisdictions (e.g. London, Paris, South Korea, Vienna, Zurich) and under all the major arbitration rules (e.g. CIArb, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, VIAC). Her experience includes representing BG Exploration and Production India Limited and Reliance Industries Limited in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings arising out of two production sharing contracts against the Union of India, with the claims valued in excess of USD500 million. As part of this instruction, Lucia helped to secure two important judgments from the Supreme Court of India, which clarified the status of arbitral agreements signed before the landmark Balco decision.

Lucia is a Slovak national and is fluent in Slovak, English, German and Czech and can read Russian.

Professional qualifications

EU registered lawyer, 2016

Counsel, 2016

Admitted as solicitor-advocate, England and Wales, 2011

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006

Academic qualifications

Diploma in International Arbitration, Distinction, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2011

LPC, Distinction, BPP Law School, London, 2003

Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation, The College of Law, London, 2001

Master, Law, University of Vienna, 2000

General Course, Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1999

Published work

“The Implications of Brexit for International Arbitration”, Chapter in Austrian Yearbook on International Arbitration 2018 (Klausegger et al. (ed), C.H. BECK, Stämpfli Verlag, MANZ, 2018), co-author with Lucia Dulovičová

“Multiparty Proceedings and Mass Claims”, Chapter in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review (Barton Legum (ed), Law Business Research Ltd, 2016 and 2017), co-author with Jeffrey Sullivan and Marie Stoyanov

“Yukos and its Progeny”, Stockholm Arb. L. Rev. (2009:1), pp 63-87 (also in Noah Rubins (ed) “Investment Arbitration Decisions” (Juris Net, 2012))

 “MFN Treatment and the Adjudication of Investment Disputes”, 21(2) Nat. L. Sch. Ind. L. Rev. (2009), co-author with Dr. Anthony Sinclair

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