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Uliana Cooke
0207 842 1676
07415 888731
Russian, English
With experience working across multiple jurisdictions, including in complex cross-border disputes, Uliana has a particular focus on international commercial and investment arbitration.

Uliana has acted as counsel in arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC and SIAC Rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations emanating from the CIS region, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Whether representing states, individuals, family businesses or multinational corporations, she is experienced conducting parallel proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions, and appreciates the nuances of both common and civil law.

Notably, Uliana has advised a government on drafting the new generation model bilateral investment treaty. And she frequently advises corporate clients on protections afforded by international investment treaties as part of their corporate planning.

Notable experience
  • Acting for the respondent in a multi-million LCIA arbitration involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and breach of an English law governed agreement in relation to the sale of companies in the forestry sector in Russia, which resulted in an outright win for the client including the tribunal's dismissal of all claims on the points of law, obtaining substantial award of security for costs and all adverse legal costs.
  • Acting for seven claimants in multi-million LCIA consolidated arbitration proceedings involving allegations of contractual breaches, fraudulent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, tort of conversion and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of the break-up of the relationship between two prominent businessmen.
  • Advising a trader with respect to parallel arbitration and litigation proceedings in Russia and England arising out of claims under the insurance policy and associated gasoil sale contracts and securing a favourable settlement.
  • Defending a Russian oligarch in English High Court proceedings for the recovery of sums allegedly due following the dissolution of an alleged partnership in the aluminium industry.
  • Representing a Russian investor in a prospective multi-million investment arbitration against a Central Asian State under the Eurasian Investment Agreement in the meat retail sector.
  • Representing a Dutch investor, the Respondent in the ICSID annulment proceedings, in relation to the resistance of the annulment application of the ICSID award in the renewable energy sector initiated by a European State.
  • Representing an Asian investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against an African state related to a free trade zone.
  • Representing a German investor in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration claim in relation to discrimination measures taken by an African State.
  • Representing a CIS state in an investment treaty arbitration in the gambling sector.
  • Acting for the Claimant under the UK-Czech bilateral investment treaty related to assistive technology solutions for blind and visually impaired individuals (A11Y LTD. v Czech Republic, ICSID Case No. UNCT/15/1) and securing a win on jurisdiction.
  • Drafting a new generation model bilateral investment treaty for a government and negotiating a bilateral investment treaty on the basis of it with another government.
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, Uliana is also a Russian qualified lawyer and has worked for global law firms in Moscow and London. She holds the LLM with distinction in International and Comparative Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary University of London, regularly lectures on international arbitration issues and is a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University of London – where she teaches international commercial arbitration on the LLM programme, run by the School of International Arbitration.
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