David Goldberg

Partner, London, Moscow


“David Goldberg is “fantastic” in arbitration”.
Chambers Global 2018


David is a solicitor-advocate whose practice focuses on international commercial and investment arbitration. David divides his time between London and Moscow offices of White & Case. He is recognised by the leading legal directories for the strength and particular expertise in complex investment disputes and disputes involving states, as well as those arising out of corporate transactions, and connected to Russia, the CIS and Eastern Europe. He is one of only three lawyers in the world ranked Band 1 for "Dispute Resolution—Russia (Expertise Based Abroad)" by Chambers 2018 and is featured in the Hall of Fame by the Legal 500 2018.

David has experience of arbitrations conducted under all major arbitral institutions and rules, including LCIA, ICC, 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. His experience covers 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 LCIA, ICC, ICAC and UNCITRAL rules.

David is a co-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


International Commercial Arbitration
Keble College, Oxford University


Representing the Republic of Belarus in investment treaty claims commenced by: (i) OOO Manolium Processing under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning a real estate project in the center of Minsk; (ii) Grand Express NJSC under the ICSID Rules concerning insolvency of a railcar producing plant; (iii) Delta Belarus Holding BV under the ICSID Rules concerning insolvency of Delta Bank in Belarus.

Representing the Russian Federation in its defence of a claim by Russian oligarch Mr Sergei Pugachev. Mr Pugachev has commenced arbitration proceedings under the 1976 UNCITRAL Rules pursuant to the French-Russian BIT on the basis that he recently acquired French nationality. The claim relates to allegations of expropriation, mistreatment and denial of justice, and that criminal proceedings in Russia were brought against Mr Pugachev without foundation.

Representing the Russian Federation in the resistance of the enforcement of the +US$50 billion Yukos investment treaty arbitration award, the largest award in the history of arbitration.

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

Representing Russian telecommunications company MTS in ICC arbitrations against state entities and the state of Turkmenistan in connection with breaches of contractual obligations.

Representing a major Russian bank in a US$ multi-million fraud claim involving proceedings and ancillary measures in a number of jurisdictions.

Representing a major Russian corporation in connection with an investment arbitration claim against an ex-Soviet state.

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.

Representing the respondents in an LCIA arbitration in respect of claims for breach of warranties and indemnities in a sale and purchase agreement regarding a major insurance business in Russia brought by a major international insurance company.


David is the editor of the Russian version of the new Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and has written a number of articles on arbitration related matters.

"Why Russian disputes are resolved outside Russia?" Russian Investment Review, September 2007.

The Russian Federation chapter of C. Liebscher & A. Fremuth-Wolf (eds.), Arbitration Law and Practice in Central and Eastern Europe, Juris Publishing, June 2006.

Awards and Recognition

Chambers 2018 – Band 1

The Legal 500 2018 – Hall of Fame