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Eva Kalnina

Eva Kalnina

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler3-5 Rue du Conseil-GénéralPO Box 552GenevaSwitzerlandCH-1211 4

Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"Eva is an elegant arbitrator, picking up on issues that go straight into the heart of a dispute and diving into them gently and cleverly, leading the parties to reveal the truth they tried to avoid facing"  
"She is very strong and excellent as an arbitrator"
"She is extremely hard working and well prepared for hearings"
"Truly a star in the arbitration market"
"A brilliant lawyer making her mark not only as counsel but increasingly as arbitrator"


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.

She is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, the PCA, the ICSID panel of arbitrators and other international arbitral institutions.

Eva has acted as arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, sole) in over 30 international arbitrations under all major institutional rules (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, SIAC, CAM, FAI, LMAA, VCCA and others), in cases governed by various procedural and substantive laws (e.g., Swiss, English, US, Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Singapore, Israeli, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, CISG and UNIDROIT principles).

Eva has particular expertise in CIS disputes. She has chaired CIS arbitrations involving amounts in dispute of up to US$1 billion and has acted as lead counsel in shareholders’ disputes in Eastern Europe. She has also advised Eastern European governments on their foreign investment policies, provided expert opinions in BIT cases to foreign investors, and acted as an arbitrator on an ICSID Annulment Committee.

Eva Kalnina is recommended by WWL Arbitration 2021 and the Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2020. In 2019, she was also noted as a Rising Star in the Expert Guides (Commercial Arbitration), and ranked as one of the two most highly regarded individuals in Europe by WWL (Future Leaders).  

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.

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