Anna Kozmenko “possesses a combination of all the qualities required to be a superb lawyer and a leader in her field”. One client says: “She is able to identify the most crucial facts and legal arguments at a glance and come up with a winning strategy.”
Dr Anna Kozmenko is a partner (as of 1 January 2019) in Schellenberg Wittmer’s dispute resolution and sports group in Zurich. She represents parties in complex disputes across a wide range of sectors with a particular emphasis on natural resources, energy, telecommunications, construction and sports.
Anna’s experience as counsel and arbitrator includes numerous arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional (under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, VIAC, AAA/ICDR, UNCITRAL, CAS, ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility and Swiss rules), at various seats and under a broad range of applicable laws.
Anna's recent notable matters include: successful representation, before the CAS, of 39 Russian athletes who had been wrongly banned for life from the Olympic Games amid allegations of a systematic doping scheme around the Sochi Olympic Games; representation of Russia before the Swiss Supreme Court to set aside awards on jurisdiction in a series of investment arbitration matters; and successful defence of GazpromNeft PJSC before a Swiss court against the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Anna is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she teaches international commercial arbitration. She is on the global executive board of ICDR Young & International. In 2016, WWL ranked Anna among the "most highly regarded individuals". She was named as "top arbitration practitioner" by the Russian Arbitration Association in 2014–2018.
Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer, Anna practised at a leading international law firm in Paris and New York. She graduated with highest honors from Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (BA, MA and SJD degrees) and obtained an LL.M degree in international dispute settlement from the University of Geneva (MIDS).