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Lucia Raimanova

Counsel

Bratislava

Raimanova Lucia
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 an advisor to the Slovak Government.

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 currently serves on the Board of the Vienna Internation Arbitration Centre (‘VIAC’). She is also on the roster of arbitrators of several arbitral instituions, and is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. She has been named by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in International Arbitration, ranked by The Legal 500 among next generation partners (Band 1), and recognised in Thomson Reuters SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” in Commercial Litigation. Lucia also has a Diploma in International Arbitration with Distinction from Queen Mary College, University of London.

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, Seoul, 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.

News & insights

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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Publications: 01 JULY 2019

The General Court comes to Miculas’ aid

In a decision rendered on 18 June 2019 (joint Cases T 624/15, T 694/15 and T 704/15), the General Court of the European Union (the Court) annulled the European Commission’s (the EC) decision 2015/1570 of 30 March 2015 on State aid SA.38517 (2014/C) (ex 2014/NN) (the EC Decision) that precluded Romania from complying with an award rendered by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in favour of Swedish investors Ioan Micula and Viorel Micula and a number of corporate entities they control (the Court's Decision). 

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Publications: 21 JUNE 2018

Act of State doctrine applies in arbitration

The foreign Act of State doctrine applies to arbitration just as it applies to litigation before the English courts, according to Popplewell J, in the first English law authority on the point. The dispute arose under two oil and gas Production Sharing Contracts, in which the Indian Government had refused to pay for oil and gas. The ruling will be of interest to all commercial parties who contract with foreign states: Reliance Industries Ltd and BG Exploration & Production India Ltd v Union of India [2018] EWHC 822 (Comm), 16 April 2018.

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Publications: 30 MARCH 2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union finds the arbitration provision in The Netherlands-Slovakia BIT incompatible with EU law

On 6 March 2018, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the Court) delivered its judgment in Case C-284/16, Slovakia Republic v Achmea B.V., declaring that the investor-State arbitration provision in the bilateral investment treaty between The Netherlands and Slovakia (the BIT) is incompatible with EU law.  The Court did not follow the Advocate General’s Opinion issued on 19 September 2017, which reached the opposite conclusion. This was previously reported on here.

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Office

Bratislava

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.
Eurovea Central 1, Pribinova 4
Bratislava
81109

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor in Ireland, 2019

EU registered lawyer, 2016

Counsel, 2016

Admitted as solicitor-advocate, England and Wales, 2011

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006

Academic

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, 2002

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