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, including sole and presiding arbitrator, in more than 25 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 Club of Arbitration, Member of the Board of the Russian Arbitration Association and Member of ICC Central and Eastern European Arbitration Group (CEEAG), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). In 2006, Olena was admitted to the Ukrainian Bar.

Olena Perepelynska is listed as an arbitrator at

  • 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;
  • Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan «Atameken»;
  • Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania;
  • Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine;
  • 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
  • Kazakhstani International Arbitrage;
  • Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC);
  • Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration (VCCA).

Publications & Speaking Engagements:

Author and co-author of more than 100 publications in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Spanish. Speaker & moderator at many arbitration events held in the CIS countries, Europe and the USA.

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  1. Olena Perepelynska is recommended in international arbitration and dispute resolution by leading international directories: Chambers Global 2019 and Chambers Europe 2019, The Legal 500 2018, Best Lawyers 2019, Expert Guides - Rising Stars 2018, Who's Who Legal 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 Europe praised Olena's "strategic thinking and ability to find non-standard solutions in difficult situations".
  5. Chambers Global noted Elena 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”
  6. Mentioned among Practice Leaders in International Arbitration according to the Client Choice 2018 research.
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;
  • represented a Ukrainian state enterprise in three inter-related ICAC (Kiev) arbitrations with over USD 60 million at stake, initiated by Russian chemical giant; she prevailed in all three cases;
  • 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 the leading steel plant in Ukraine in multi-party LCIA arbitrations with over USD 330 mln at stake, initiated by a Swiss creditor;
  • representing the leading steel plant zin ukraine in USD 80 mln multi-party SCC arbitration, initiated by a Lebanon steel trader;
  • representing a Ukrainian state enterprise in ICAC(Kiev) arbitral proceedings against one of the largest Russian chemical company with over USD 14 million at stake;
  • avcting 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;
  • representing a leading Ukrainian steel works in arbitration against the Russian buyer under the Swiss rules;
  • 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 mln ECHR proceedings arising out of a landmark ukrainian litigation.

INTEGRITES Ukraine is a leader in nine practices according to Legal 500 EMEA 2019

One of the most prestigious International legal ranking – Legal 500 2019 recommends INTEGRITES Ukraine in nine practice areas: Banking, Finance and Capital markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Competition, Dispute Resolution, Energy,…

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Women in Arbitration Congress, Peru

Olena Perepelynska, Partner and Head of CIS Arbitration Practice at INTEGRITES, told about the congress “Women in Arbitration” took place on January 31, 2019 in Lima. The article was published in media source  – Arbitration.ru #2(6)…

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Arbitration Reform in Ukarine: Overview of Major Changes (Part 1,2)

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Olena Perepelynska acted as a speaker at the event “Sharing is Caring: Challenges and Best Practices of Arbitral Associations” held in Geneva

On May 10, Olena Perepelynska, Partner and Head of CIS Arbitration practice at INTEGRITES took part at the discussion devoted to contribution of bringing arbitration in the 21st century with other representatives of ASA, CFA, CEA, AIA, CEPANI, RAA,…

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Olena Perepelynska spoke at the ICC Conference in Geneva

On May 10, Olena Perepelynska, Partner and Head of CIS Arbitration practice at INTEGRITES, participated in the ICC Conference on Enforcement, setting aside and related treaty claims: A view from Europe.
Olena Perepelynska delivered a presentation…

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