Eva Kalnina is “a very committed and smart lawyer” who stands out for her ability to “pick up on issues that go straight into the heart of a dispute”.
Eva Kalnina is a partner at Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler. She specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration with a focus on energy, construction, shareholder and finance disputes.
Eva has acted as arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, sole), counsel and arbitral secretary in over 50 international arbitrations. She is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, the PCA, the ICSID panel of arbitrators and other international arbitral institutions.
As an arbitrator, Eva has acted in numerous disputes under all major institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, SIAC, FAI, LMAA and others), governed by various procedural and substantive laws (Swiss, English, US, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Singapore, Israeli, Latvian, Estonian, CISG and UNIDROIT principles).
Eva has particular expertise in CIS disputes. She has chaired CIS arbitrations involving amounts in dispute of up to US$350 million and has acted as lead counsel in shareholders’ disputes in Eastern Europe. She has also advised Eastern European governments on their foreign investment policies, as well as provided expert opinions in BIT cases to foreign investors.
In 2019, Eva was named one of the top two most highly regarded individuals in Europe by Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, as one of the practice area’s future leaders (non-partners). She has also been listed as a “rising star” by Expert Guides 2019 and as a name to note in The Legal 500 (dispute resolution/arbitration in Switzerland, 2019).
Eva holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (Fulbright scholar) and is admitted to the New York bar. She speaks and publishes regularly on international arbitration topics and has acted as a representative of ICC YAF (Europe) and Young ICCA (Europe). She speaks English, French, Italian, Latvian, Russian, German and Spanish.