Veronica Astashonak | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Veronica Astashonak

Associate, London

Overview

Veronica is an associate in the Dispute Resolution group in London, whose practice covers a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, often arising out of, or in connection with Russia and CIS.

Veronica also advises both companies and individuals in relation to regulatory and enforcement matters. She has advised on a number of government, regulatory and internal investigations, particularly in relation to matters involving money laundering, bribery and corruption.

Before joining the Dispute Resolution group, Veronica spent six months in the Corporate M&A group of the Firm's Tokyo office, as well as six months in the Capital Markets group of the Firm's Singapore office, where she gained experience in various corporate matters and outbound M&A transactions, as well as structured finance, bond issuances and securities transactions throughout Asia.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor, England and Wales

Education

  • Legal Practice Course, BPP, London
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP, London
  • Law Degree, Belarus State University

Languages

  • English
  • Russian

Experience

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

Acting for an investment bank in connection with cross-border investigations conducted by several regulatory authorities in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Russia, in relation to alleged money laundering.

Representing the owner of a controlling stake in Turkey's leading mobile phone operator in the proceedings concerning the disputed ownership of a US$1.5 billion stake in the operator.

Advising a leading financial institution in connection with cross-border investigations by the UK FCA, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the ACPR, the European Commission, the Swiss COMCO, the US Department of Justice, the US CFTC  and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in connection with the setting of LIBOR, EURIBOR and SIBOR.

Representing an investor in relation to the enforcement of an ICSID arbitration award made in the context of a bilateral investment treaty, and involving issues of European law determined or to be determined by the European Commission and the General Court of the European Union.