Julia Zagonek | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Julia Zagonek
Julia Zagonek

Julia Zagonek

Partner, Moscow, London

T +7 495 645 4931

T +7 495 787 3001

T +44 20 7532 1000

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“Julia Zagonek’s transfer from London has significantly enhanced the firm’s Moscow-based arbitration capabilities.”

Legal 500 2014


Julia Zagonek is an English solicitor-advocate and concentrates on international arbitration and commercial litigation, guiding her clients towards the successful resolution of contentious matters.

Julia's client list is international and she has worked for a broad spectrum of clients, both high-net worth individuals and multi-national corporate entities. Julia has had experience of investment as well as commercial arbitrations conducted in accordance with the rules of LCIA, VIAC, ICC, AAA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL as well as ad hoc arbitrations, and is regularly appointed as arbitrator.

Julia is also involved in shaping arbitration law and practice. She has been appointed to the LCIA Court for the period ending in May 2022. She is also a Nominations Committee member of the ICC Russia, member and sub-committee member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Advisory Committee member of the Anglo-Russian Law Association (ARLA), as well as member of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA), Russia and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN) and Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

She is a sought-after speaker, and lectures on international arbitration and English law at MGUA (Moscow State Law Academy), MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations), MGU (Moscow State University). Julia is also a regular speaker at client seminars and international conferences on arbitration and English law.

Bars and Courts

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


  • PGDL, LPC, College of Law, London
  • BA (Hons), Courtauld Institute of Art, London


  • English
  • Russian
  • French


Arbitration proceedings in Cyprus, 2014

Julia advised a receiver appointed by the Cypriot court in support of arbitration proceedings to preserve assets situated in Russia.

Russian distributor of telecommunication equipment, 2014

Julia represented a Russian distributor of telecommunication equipment in dispute with its supplier and on regulatory matters.

Victor Pinchuk and EastOne, 2013

She advised her clients regarding 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.

Russian state-owned company construction disputes, 2012

Julia represented a Russian state-owned company in SCC and VIAC proceedings in two construction disputes arising out of contracts for the supply of building modules.

Russian telecommunications company MTS, 2012

Julia represented MTS in ICC arbitrations against state entities and the state of Turkmenistan, in connection with breaches of contractual obligations.

ICC arbitration, 2012

Julia represented 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).'

MTS, 2011

She represented MTS, a major Russian telecommunications company, in ICSID (Additional Facility) arbitration against an ex-soviet state.

A Major Bank, 2011

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

High-Net Worth Individual in Insurance Dispute, 2011

She represented a high-net worth individual in a dispute involving a major insurance company, including obtaining interim orders in other jurisdictions in support of arbitral proceedings.

Speaking Engagements

On the subject of "Corporate Disputes in a CIS Context: Managing Conflicts Between Successive Generations of Shareholders", September 2014: The ABA's Sixth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes,

Session "Expert Proceedings – A convenient dispute resolution method or just extra hassle?", September 2014: The Swedish Arbitration Days,
Stockholm (moderator of said discussion)

"Liability of arbitrators and arbitration institutes vis-à-vis parties", June 2014:

"TOP-10 of Origins of Post-M&A Disputes", June 2014: IV St. Petersburg International Legal Forum,
Saint- Petersburg

"Enforcement of arbitral awards", May 2013: Roschier Arbitration Forum,

"Arbitrability and public policy – how to reach harmonization?", March 2013: Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC),

"2012 International Arbitration Survey" (discussion on a survey conducted by the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London), February 2013:
Moscow (moderator of said discussion)

"Arbitrating commercial disputes in Russia", November 2012: Russian Law Week seminar hosted by ARLA, The General Council of the Bar, BRLA and The Law Society,

"2012 International Arbitration Survey", November 2012: Launch Event,

"Calculating Damages in the CIS", September 2012: The 4th Annual ABA Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes,


  • Chapter 2: 'Relevant Aspects of the English Legal System', Arbitration in England, with chapters on Scotland and Ireland, Lew, Bor, et al. (ed), 2013
  • Optional Arbitration clauses, Legal Insight Magazine, January 2013
  • Cases involving Russian parties in English courts, ILQ publication, November 2012
  • Dispute Resolution in the LCIA, Legal Insight Magazine, November 2012
  • English court considers public law aspects of enforcing arbitral awards, W&C insight: Commercial Litigation, July 2012
  • In the Russian legal system, confidence in commercial courts on the rise, Modern Russia, January 2011
  • International arbitration. Streamlining, while competition heats up, PLC Magazine, April 2011
  • Top Russian judge defends role of courts in arbitration, Global Arbitration Review, December 2010
  • Russians to London, The Legal Week, 30 September 2010
  • Russia introduces new mediation laws - changes due from January 2011 will ease an accumulation of court cases, The Resolver, November 2010
  • Enforcing Ukrainian monetary judgments in England, The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law, June 2008
  • 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 & Recognition

Arbitration, Who's Who Legal 2015

Julia is recommended as of the world's leading arbitration specialists.

Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 2014

Julia Zagonek's transfer from London has significantly enhanced the firm's Moscow-based arbitration capabilities.