Agnieszka Zarówna

Associate, London

Biography

Agnieszka has been noted by Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who Legal for her “depth of knowledge pertaining to investor-state arbitration, especially in matters involving Eastern Europe” who has “an absolute grasp on the intricacies of investment disputes and the ICSID system.”

Overview

Agnieszka is an associate in White & Case's International Arbitration group based in London, focusing on international arbitration and public international law. She has particular experience in representing private individuals, companies and States in investment treaty arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC rules, applicable bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and foreign investment laws spanning a variety of sectors, including mining & metals, telecom, and finance. Agnieszka also advises clients on corporate/nationality planning for investment treaty protection. She has experience serving as a secretary and assistant to arbitral tribunals. 

Agnieszka is recognised in Who's Who Legal as Future Leader in International Arbitration, Legal500 as Key Lawyer (both in International Arbitration and Public International Law), and IFLR1000 as Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration. She regularly speaks and publishes on international arbitration and public international law topics. I have been invited as a speaker at events hosted by GAR Live, ICDR Y&I, DIS, ICC and various universities. Agnieszka joined White & Case in 2018 from another leading international law firm based in London.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
England and Wales
Education
LLM
Harvard Law School
Master of Laws
Université de Poitiers
Master of Laws
University of Warsaw
Languages
English
French
Polish

Experience

Acting for two US investors in the gold mining industry in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala under the DR-CAFTA.

Acting for an investor in the coal mining industry in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Serbia under a bilateral investment treaty.

Acting for the Republic of Belarus in an ICSID arbitration brought by an investor in the banking sector under a bilateral investment treaty.

Acting for an investor in the media sector in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Türkiye under a bilateral investment treaty.

Acting for an investor in the telecom sector in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a CIS State under a national investment law.

Acting for an investor in the mining sector in an ICSID arbitration against the FYR of Macedonia under a bilateral investment treaty.

Acting for UK claimants in an ICSID arbitration against Mauritius under a bilateral investment treaty.

Advising an investor in the transportation sector on claims against a Central European State under two intra-EU bilateral investment treaties.

Advising an Eastern European State in an SCC arbitration brought under the Energy Charter Treaty by investors in the oil and gas sector.

Advising an Eastern European State in a potential arbitration to be brought under a bilateral investment treaty by investors in the chemicals sector.

Advising an investor in the insurance sector on claims against an Eastern European State under an intra-EU bilateral investment treaty.

Advising, together with a Swiss counsel, a South-Asian State on a challenge to an investment treaty award brought in Switzerland by unsuccessful claimants.

Acting for a Chinese client in the airline sector in a multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute.

Publications

"Effects of Disposal of Investments on Claims in Investment Arbitration", Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 36(2) (2019; co-authored)

"The growing importance of investment arbitration in relation to tax measures in the energy and natural resources sector", Turkish Commercial Law Review 4 (2018; co-authored)

"Termination of BITs and Sunset Clauses – What Can Investors in Poland Expect?", Kluwer Arbitration Blog (28 February 2017)

"Possible Ramifications of the UK's EU Referendum on Intra- and Extra-EU BITs", JOIA 33 Special Issue (2016; co-authored)

"Why Brexit May Be Good for UK Investors Abroad", Kluwer Arbitration Blog (24 October 2016; co-authored)

"Rendering an Award under Polish Arbitration Law", Arbitration Bulletin 24 Young Arbitration Issue (2016; co-authored)

Awards and Recognition

Who’s Who Legal: Future Leader in International Arbitration

Legal500: Key Lawyer in International Arbitration, Public International Law

IFLR1000 Expert Guides: Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration