Oleg Todua

Local Partner, Moscow

Biography

Overview

Oleg Todua is a dual-qualified local partner in the White & Case Dispute Resolution Practice, admitted in England & Wales and Russia. He focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation. Oleg has advised on a number of complex international disputes involving various jurisdictions and has had experience in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions.

Oleg's career path includes a six-month secondment to the LCIA, where, in his capacity as Counsel, he handled a wide spectrum of issues at all stages of arbitration proceedings, including appointment of arbitral tribunals. Oleg is highly active in the Russian arbitration community. He currently serves as a Co-Chair of Arbitration Association 40 and co-chairs the Russian Arbitration Association's Working Group on Amicus Curiae Briefs. He also acted as an LCIA YIAG regional representative for Russia.

Oleg is included in the Arbitration Future Leaders list by Who's Who Legal, and is recognised as one of Russia’s Top Young Arbitration Practitioners (Russian Arbitration Association 40 Awards for 2016, 2018 and 2019).

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, England and Wales
Qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation
Education
MA
Law
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Moscow State University, Law Faculty
Languages
English
Russian

Experience

Representation of the Russian Federation in a multi-billion dollar investment treaty claim commenced by a high-profile individual under the UNCITRAL rules.

Representation of the Republic of Belarus in an investment treaty claim commenced by Delta Belarus Holding BV under the ICSID Rules in connection with the revocation of Delta Bank's licence.

Representation of 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.

Representation of a Belarussian contractor in an SCC arbitration against a Central Asian state and a state concern. The dispute relates to the construction of an ore fertiliser plant under a US$1 billion contract.

Representation of a receiver of a high-net worth individual appointed by a Russian court in connection with a precedent-setting case in the US, the amount in dispute being in excess of US$500 million. The proceedings resulted in an order of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granting recognition of the receiver’s status as a foreign representative and the Russian bankruptcy proceedings in the US.

Representation of a group of companies in a dispute between former business-partners involving Bermuda court proceedings and an LCIA arbitration in connection with liabilities created by them.

Representation of Victor Pinchuk and EastOne in 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.

Representation of a major Russian bank on successful settlement of a dispute arising out of debt restructuring. Our work included developing strategy of debt recovery in multiple jurisdictions, as well as coordinating local counsel in Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK, including in connection with a number of litigation proceedings in Cypriot and Dutch courts.

Representation of an Asian multinational electronics company in an LCIA arbitration against a software developer.

Representation of a client in connection with the alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duties by the general partner of a fund which was established for the purpose of making venture investments into various hi-tech start-ups.

Representation of an employee of a major Russian financial institution, in a federal criminal case in which he was accused of conspiring to and acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.

Representation of one of the largest steel companies in Russia in connection with a dispute with a long-term supplier.

Representation of a Ukrainian client in an LCIA arbitration and supporting court proceedings against a joint venture partner.

Representation of a Russian state-owned entity in SCC and VIAC proceedings in two construction disputes arising out of contracts for supply of building modules.

Representation of Czech companies in an ICC arbitration and a set of related proceedings before the Russian state courts of several instances arising out of a set of construction contracts and bank guarantees.

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

Representation of MTS in ICSID (Additional Facility) arbitration against Turkmenistan.

Representation of a receiver appointed by a Cypriot court over two Cypriot companies and their subsidiaries in Russia in support of arbitration proceedings on the issues of preservation and recovery of their assets and representing them in various court proceedings in Russia.

Representation of a Russian individual in a dispute between former business partners concerning the ownership of a number of different industries companies including banking sector and ferroalloy production registered in Russia, Cyprus, BVI, Singapore, Hong Kong and other jurisdictions.

Publications

Oleg has contributed to various pieces on international arbitration and litigation, including:

  • Russian Supreme Court sets out courts' approach to arbitration cases – LexisNexis – 2020
  • Co-author: Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Russia and Post-Soviet States – 2019 (Russian Arbitration Association)
  • Russian cassation court quashes decision setting aside arbitration award – LexisNexis – 2020
  • Russian Courts Refuse to Enforce ICC Award on Public Policy Grounds and Lack of Proper Notice to Respondent – LexisNexis – 2019
  • Co-author: Case For and Against the Reform of the New York Convention – Liber Amicorum in Honour of the 70th Anniversary of A.S. Komarov – 2019
  • Co-author: Dispute Resolution in Russia: the Essentials – 2018
  • Co-author: Key Decisions in Arbitration Proceedings – Advokatskaya Gazeta – 2017
  • Co-author: Practical Commentary on the Arbitration Laws – 2017 (Russian Arbitration Association)
  • Secondment to the LCIA: on the Other Side of Proceedings – Legal Insight – 2017

Oleg has also co-authored and coordinated, under the auspices of one of the Russian Arbitration Association's working groups, a number of amicus curiae briefs for the Russian Supreme Court on precedent-setting cases involving arbitration-related issues.

Awards and Recognition

"Future Leader: Arbitration" 2021 Who's Who Legal

Featured in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2018 and 2019

Recognised as one of Russia's Top Young Arbitration Practitioners (Russian Arbitration Association 40 Awards for 2016 and 2018)