David Goldberg | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
David Goldberg
David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Partner, London, Moscow

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“A recognized international arbitration specialist with a strong track record in cases relating to Russia and other CIS/CEE countries. ‘He has excellent, well-established client relationships and he is very well known and visible’, sources report.”

Chambers Global 2015


David is a solicitor-advocate whose practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration.

He divides his time between London and Moscow, and is recognized by leading legal directories for the strength of his Russian, CIS and Eastern European practice. He is one of only three lawyers in the world ranked Band 1 for "Dispute Resolution - Russia (Expertise Based Abroad)" by Chambers Global 2016.

David has experience in arbitrations conducted under all major arbitral institutions and rules, including ICC, LCIA, ICAC, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations. He also represents clients in court proceedings concerning the conduct of arbitral proceedings, including the enforcement or challenge to arbitral awards, the appointment of arbitrators and applications for interim measures such as disclosure and worldwide freezing orders.

David has particular experience of complex international arbitrations arising from corporate transactions connected to Russia and the CIS. Such matters span a broad range of sectors, including oil and gas, metals and mining, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services and insurance.

David is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator, with recent appointments including arbitrations conducted under the ICC, LCIA, ICAC and UNCITRAL rules.

He is a founder, trustee and the Secretary General of the Anglo-Russian Law Association, a co-founder and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Russian Arbitration Association and a board member of the LCIA.

Bars and Courts

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience)


  • BPP Law School, London
  • Diploma, International Commercial Arbitration, Keble College, Oxford University


  • English
  • Russian


Resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos award

Acting for the Russian Federation, resisting the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos arbitration award, the largest award in the history of arbitration.

'Victor Pinchuk v. Gennadiy Bogolyubov and Igor Kolomoiskiy'

Representing Victor Pinchuk in both LCIA and the High Court claims for loss of profits and dividends arising out of the operation and management of a ferroalloy holding in the Ukraine and a claim for breach of an obligation to transfer shares in a Ukrainian iron ore plant.


Representing Russian telecommunications company MTS in an Additional Facility ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan and related three ICC arbitrations against state entities and the state of Turkmenistan in connection with breaches of contractual obligations.

Russian bank

Representing a major Russian bank in a multimillion-dollar fraud claim involving proceedings and ancillary measures in a number of jurisdictions.

Joint venture party in the transportation sector

Representing a party to a joint venture operating in the transportation sector in Russia and structured through the use of Cypriot companies in connection with a corporate dispute between the venture parties involving arbitration and ancillary measures in national courts.

'Remington Worldwide Limited v. Ukraine'

Representing the successful claimant in the first ever Russian language Stockholm SCC investment arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty.

A bank

Representing a bank on breaches of financial obligations by its customer, including interim measures and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Managers of a Russian private equity fund

Representing the managers of a Russian private equity fund on a dispute resolution strategy in respect of a dispute with investors in the fund.

Russian manufacturing in the automotive sector

Representing a Russian manufacturer in the automotive sector on a contractual debt dispute with an English company, including insolvency proceedings in respect of the English company.

Respondents in shareholders dispute

Representing the respondents in a high-value shareholders dispute conducted under the rules of the LCIA concerning a major Russian company.

ImageSat International NV

Representing a successful claimant in an ICC arbitration against a sovereign state, including defending a challenge of the arbitral award on jurisdiction in the English Court ('Republic of Serbia v. ImageSat International NV' [2009] EWHC 2853 (Comm)).


  • Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, Russian Edition, 2012, (editor)
  • How to Prepare For a Hearing, Resolver Magazine, August 2014
  • Litigation and dispute resolution: Russian to London, Legal Week, September 2010
  • The Russian Federation chapter of Arbitration Law and Practice in Central and Eastern Europe, C. Liebscher & A. Fremuth-Wolf (eds.), Arbitration Law and Practice in Central and Eastern Europe, Juris Publishing, June 2006

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1): Dispute Resolution—Russia (Experts Based Abroad), Chambers Global 2016

Leading Lawyer: Arbitration (International)—Europe-wide, Chambers Global 2016

Leading Lawyer: Dispute Resolution—International Arbitration—UK, Chambers Global 2016

Leading Lawyer: International Arbitration—UK-wide, Chambers UK 2016

Leading Individual: Arbitration, The Legal 500 UK 2015