Olena Perepelynska
Partner, Head of CIS Arbitration Practice
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Olena Perepelynska

Olena Perepelynska is a Partner and Head of the CIS Arbitration Practice at INTEGRITES.

Perepelynska is a recognized expert in the field of international commercial arbitration, litigation and international trade. Olena’s 16 years’ experience of legal practice includes representation of clients in dozens of complex, quite often multi-jurisdictional, arbitration and litigation matters, contract drafting and contractual schemes, advising on performance and termination of contracts, as well as on commercial activity in general.

Since 2003, Perepelynska has represented clients in more than 85 arbitrations under the Arbitration Rules of the ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, ICAC at CCIRF, ICAC and MAC at UCCI, GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and others. The arbitrations related to a wide range of legal issues, including disputes under contractor agreements, international sales, construction and operation of vessels, agency and distribution agreements, joint venture projects, supply of telecommunications equipment and services, insurance contracts, maritime and trade commodities disputes, and corporate clashes. Olena Perepelynska acted as an arbitrator, both as a sole and presiding arbitrator, in more than 30 arbitrations.


Master of International Law, Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;

Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK);

ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Central & Eastern Europe.

Professional experience:

Olena Perepelynska has started legal practice in 2003 and worked in the top Ukrainian law firms, including Vasil Kisil & Partners and Sayenko Kharenko.

Membership & Professional Appointments:

Olena Perepelynska is the President of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Alternate Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Club, Board Member of the Russian Arbitration Association, Member of TIAC Court of Arbitration, Member of ICC Central and Eastern European Arbitration Group (ICC CEEAG), Member of the Global Steering Committee of the ERA-PLEDGE and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). In 2006, Olena was admitted to the Ukrainian Bar.

Olena Perepelynska is included into the rosters of arbitrators of:

  • Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”;
  • Arbitration Court of the Economic and Agrarian Chambers of the Czech Republic;
  • Asian International Arbitration Center;
  • Court of Arbitration at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan;
  • Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania;
  • Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC);
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC);
  • International Arbitral Centre of the Federal Economic Chamber of Austria (VIAC);
  • International Arbitration Court at the Belorussian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
  • International Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan;
  • International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
  • Kazakhstani International Arbitrage;
  • Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC);
  • Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration (VCCA).


Publications & Speaking Engagements:

Author and co-author of more than 110 publications in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish. Speaker & moderator at many arbitration events held in the CIS countries, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

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  1. Olena Perepelynska is recommended in international arbitration and dispute resolution by leading international directories: Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2019, The Legal 500 2019, Best Lawyers 2020, Expert Guides - Rising Stars 2019, Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2019.
  2. Ranked #1 in International Arbitration and listed among the leading individuals (Top 4) in International trade: Commodities (The Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients 2018).
  3. Who's Who Legal: Olena Perepelynska is highly commended for her exceptional work as an arbitrator. She is praised for her “sharp-minded, strategic and creative” approach.
  4. Chambers Global noted Olena as a professional who “has a breadth of experience in international arbitration and cross-border disputes, where she regularly represents Ukrainian corporates. She enjoys solid praise from market sources, who describe her as a “very talented lawyer”.
  5. Mentioned among Practice Leaders in International Arbitration according to the Client Choice 2018 research.
  6. Olena Perepelynska among the most successful women in law on Ukrainian legal business arena according to Juridichna gazeta ranking "Ukrainian Women in Law"
Recent experience

✓ represented the UK-based Jereh's exclusive official dealer for Ukraine MOSTON Properties Limited in a USD 8 million LCIA arbitration against the largst gas production company in Ukraine PJSC UkrGasVydobuvannya; she prevailed on both the main claim and the counterclaim; later on she successfully represented the client before the Ukrainian courts of all instances in recognition and enforcement proceedings;

✓ represented a Ukrainian state enterprise in three inter-related ICAC (Kyiv) arbitrations with over USD 60 million at stake, initiated by Russian chemical giant; she prevailed in all three cases;

✓ represented a leading Ukrainian steel works in USD 1,5 million arbitration against the Russian buyer under the Swiss rules; the tribunal granted 100% claims of her client, and rejected all respondent’s objections regarding reduction of penalties;

✓ represented a leading steel plant in Ukraine in a multimillion multi-party LCIA arbitration, where she has prevailed on a defence of limitation having proved that part of the claim was barred; as a result, the tribunal reduced the amount of the claim by USD 7 mln;

✓ represented a leading steel plant in Ukraine in multimillion multi-party SCC arbitration, initiated by a foreign steel trader; the initial penalty claims against her client were reduced by over 70%.

✓ represented an oil trader in ICAC (Russia) arbitration initiated by a Russian oil giant; the case was settled to the benefit of her client;

✓ advised one of the largest supermarket chains in Ukraine in USD 25 million litigation in Cyprus and Ukraine, which was settled for the benefit of her client;

✓ representing a Ukrainian state enterprise in ICAC(Kiev) arbitral proceedings against one of the largest Russian chemical company with over USD 190 million at stake;

✓ representing a leading steel plant in Ukraine in a multi-party ICC arbitration arising out of loan agreement with over USD 180 mln at stake;

✓ acting as advisor in Ukrainian law issues in the USD 2 billion litigation before the High Court of London between a Ukrainian politician and his former business partners in one of Ukraine's largest industrial groups;

✓ advising a steel plant in Ukraine regarding litigation in Cyprus with over USD 40 million at stake;

✓ representing Swiss grain trader in GAFTA arbitration against another Swiss grain trader;

✓ advising a shareholder of a leading Ukrainian agricultural company regarding litigation in the BVI with over USD 20 million at stake;

✓ advising a Swiss grain trader regarding fraud & conspiracy litigation in Cyprus against Ukrainian agricultural group and its UBO;

✓ representing a Swiss company in a USD 55 million ECHR proceedings arising out of a landmark Ukrainian litigation.


INTEGRITES partners listed among top-100 best lawyers in Ukraine in “Client’s choice” ranking by “Yurydychna Gazeta”

INTEGRITES senior partner Vyacheslav Korchev and partner Olena Perepelynska have been listed among top-100 best lawyers of Ukraine according to the “Client Choice 2019. TOP-100 best lawyers in Ukraine” research published by “Yurydychna…

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INTEGRITES is recommended by «Ukrainian Law Firms 2019. А Handbook for Foreign Clients» in 13 areas

INTEGRITES has been ranked among Ukrainian leading law firms in International Arbitration (TOP 10), Energy (TOP 10), Litigation (TOP 10) and Transport: Aviation, Maritime, Shipping (TOP 5) by the guide “Ukrainian Law Firms 2019. А Handbook for…

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INTEGRITES partner Olena Perepelynska became contributor to the new book of the RAA

Olena Perepelynska, partner and head of CIS Arbitration practice at INTEGRITES, contributed a chapter on Ukraine to the book dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the New York Convention “Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in…

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Public policy in the Ukrainian legislation and court practice on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards (Russian version only)

Olena Perepelynska, Partner and Head of the CIS Arbitration Practice at INTEGRITES told about formation of an increasingly pro-arbitration Ukrainian court practice of resorting to the “public policy” category in the context of recognizing and…

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INTEGRITES partner Olena Perepelynska took part in ICC Institute advanced level training

INTEGRITES partner Olena Perepelynska took part in the advanced level training “Drafting enforceable awards”, which took place in Kyiv on 12th September. The event was organized by ICC Institute of World Business Law and supported by Ukrainian…

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INTEGRITES partner Olena Perepelynska spoke at the conference of the RAA’s IV Online Arbitration Moot

“Even if you make a brilliant presentation during the oral hearing, you will hardly win a case in international arbitration with poor written submissions. What is more, some arbitrations do not have hearings at all, so properly drafted procedural…

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