Vilija Vaitkute Pavan is a partner at Ellex Valiunas, and has specialized in the field of arbitration, as well as international commercial litigation, for more than 20 years. She was an ICC Arbitration Court member for 12 years.
Vilija participates as a party-appointed arbitrator/chair and counsel in numerous arbitration proceedings under various arbitration rules including those of the ICC, the SCC, the LCIA, VIAC, the Finland Chamber of Commerce, the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration and UNCITRAL. Matters involved a wide range of legal issues arising out of general contract law, joint ventures, M&A, shareholders disputes, privatisation, FIDIC contracts, distribution and financing, within a broad range of industries including retail, chemicals, oil and gas, financial institutions, and infrastructure and transport. She has also represented clients in several investment arbitration cases under the arbitration rules of UNCITRAL, ICC and ICISD involving investments in energy, beverage and banking sectors.
Vilija has represented clients in several landmark cases involving recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, professional liability, property expropriation, shareholders and M&A disputes.
International legal directories such as The Legal 500, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global name Vilija as a leading arbitration and litigation lawyer in jurisdiction. According to Chambers, Vilija “is one of the first people you’d go to in terms of disputes here in Lithuania”. She is praised “for her expertise in high-profile litigation and arbitration, with notable expertise in significant cross-border mandates”. The guide adds that she has a “good sense of humour”.
She regularly gives lectures at conferences and is the author of several articles and papers on arbitration.
Vilija is fluent in Lithuanian, English, Russian and has a speaking knowledge of Italian.