Alena is an associate in Kennedys Moscow office. She has been admitted to practise as a lawyer in Russia and holds a PhD degree from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). She defended her doctoral thesis in international investment law. Furthermore, she completed a Master Degree in Law, with merit, from University College London in 2011 and finished Legal Practice Course with distinction in Advanced Commercial Litigation in 2014.

Alena represents international insurers and reinsurers operating within the Russian Federation, as well as Russian insurers/reinsurers and large industrial enterprises, in relation to wide range of insurance claims. She has also acted for claimant and respondent parties in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations (including under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC and LCIA Rules).

Prior to joining Kennedys, Alena interned at a leading London-based public international law firm and worked at the world’s largest non-governmental organization. She advised an African State on investment policy reform and helped deliver practical training in public international law to government officials of a Middle East State.

Alena is published in the field of public international law. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the MGIMO International Summer School where she focuses on various aspects of international law and Russia’s foreign policy. She also spoke at the BRICS Civil Society Forum in New Delhi in 2014 on Russia’s response to climate change.

Alena speaks a variety of languages including Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Hindi and Arabic.


Work highlights

  • Representing major international reinsurers and Lloyd’s syndicates as defendants in a dispute relating to reinsurance coverage of the loss resulting from the crash of prototype Russian aircraft, Sukhoi SuperJet-100, in Indonesia.
  • Representing the Claimant, a Turkish construction company, in an ICSID arbitration involving issues of expropriation and bilateral investment treaties related to a series of construction contracts.
  • Advising the Government of an African State on foreign investment policy (including amendments to laws on foreign direct investment) as part of the national economic reform.