Elina Aleynikova

Associate, Paris



Elina Aleynikova is an Associate in the International Arbitration Group in Paris. Her practice includes international commercial and investment arbitration across a number of sectors, including in the construction and energy industries.

Prior to joining White & Case, Elina practiced law for six years in the Russian Federation where she led the law department of an FMCG corporation and worked as a legal counsel for a major international logistics company.

Elina has been teaching International Arbitration at the University of Cergy-Pontoise since 2015.

Bars and Courts
Paris Bar
New York State Bar
Russian Federation
Master 2 Droit des affaires
University of Cergy Pontoise
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Rostov State Economic University

Faculty of Law



Elina's recent experience includes:

Representation of an owner in an ICC arbitration regarding the construction of an airport in the Middle East;

Representation of an owner in an ICC arbitration regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant;

Representation of a consortium of major Western European contractors in an ad hoc arbitration under the ICC rules against a Southern European State, arising out of the construction of a motorway;

Representation of the government of Georgia in an arbitration brought under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules pursuant to the 1996 Georgia-Kazakhstan BIT and the Energy Charter Treaty in relating to a dispute over the regulation of gas tariffs;

Representation of the government of Georgia in a pending SCC and ICSID arbitrations brought by a major Russian energy company in relation to a dispute over electricity tariffs; and

Representation of a major player in continental Europe's retail property market in an ICC arbitration regarding tax consequences of the acquisition of shopping centre properties in Central Europe.

Speaking Engagements

"Taking account of public policy in order to render an enforceable award," September 2016: International Arbitration Roundtable – Recent Developments, Ethics, and Planning the Arbitration Clauses, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


ICC Commission Report: Construction Industry Arbitrations Recommended Tools and Techniques for Effective Management, Commission on Arbitration and ADR, 2019 Update (Member of the working group under the joint leadership of Aisha Nadar and Christopher Seppälä)

To What Extent Do Arbitral Tribunals Take into Account Public Policy in the Jurisdictions of Prospective Enforcement of an Award? An Analysis of ICC Awards, ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, Issue 1, 2016 (Co-author with Charles Nairac and Manu Thadikkaran)