Dmitri Evseev

Arbitrator
Nationality: American, Russian, British
Languages: English (native) , Russian (native), Spanish (fluent), French (proficient)

Dmitri Evseev has a decade of experience acting as arbitrator under leading institutional rules, and two decades of experience acting as arbitration counsel in some of the most high-profile investment treaty and commercial disputes in the world.  He serves as vice-chair of the board of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute (SCC), where he was a member of the 2022 SCC Rules Revision Committee and has been involved with the launch of a series of innovations including the SCC Express and the SCC Platform.

Mr. Evseev is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has acted as sole arbitrator and tribunal member in over a dozen cases under LCIA, ICC and other institutional rules.  He has been described as a “go-to arbitrator” for Russia-related matters by Chambers Global, and has extensive experience with disputes originating in Latin America, Europe and Asia.  Since joining Arbitra International Mr. Evseev has been a full-time arbitrator and no longer acts as counsel.

As further elaborated below, his industry focus areas include information technology and telecommunications, electricity and energy, mining and public concessions, banking and finance, as well as construction, infrastructure and joint ventures.  Many of his cases have involved issues of international law and international public policy, including allegations of corruption, anti-competitive activities, and breaches of environmental law.  Mr. Evseev is also praised for his use of technology and mastery of complex fact patterns and quantum issues.

Between 2010 and 2022 Mr. Evseev was a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he acted as lead counsel to  governments, including Sweden, Thailand, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Kyrgyzstan, as well as to numerous companies, in complex public international law and commercial disputes in Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia.  Prior to 2010, he was an associate at Arnold & Porter and other leading global law firms as specified further below.  He has acted as arbitration counsel in over thirty investment treaty cases under ICSID and ad hoc UNCITRAL Rules and has advised States and international organizations on inter-State disputes and issues of international humanitarian law, climate change law, space law, and the relationship between investment protection treaties and EU law.

Mr. Evseev has taught international arbitration as a faculty member at Pepperdine University, American University Washington College of Law, and other academic institutions and training programmes.  He is a regular speaker on public international law and arbitration-related topics.  He also has a background in IT and is the founder and  director of a legal technology company, Arbitration City Ltd.

Mr. Evseev  is ranked as a “Global Leader” in GAR Who's Who Legal: Arbitration since 2020 (“highly recommended by peers who identify him as an incredibly sharp mind, with an impressive record”).  According to WWL client feedback, he is "one of those rare lawyers who can look at a case, understand its strengths and weaknesses and really focus and hone in on that; a great drafter and a brilliant mind; he knows the law inside out."  He is "recommended" by Legal 500 UK for international arbitration and public international law, and has been spotlighted by numerous other publications including Chambers Global, Law360 (link) and Arbitrator Intelligence. 

Mr. Evseev graduated in the top 10% of his class from Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, class of 2001), where he served as Publishing Editor of the Harvard Law Review, the leading legal journal in the United States and lead publisher of the Bluebook citation guide.  He clerked for Judge Bruce M. Selya on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, one of the most frequently cited U.S. federal judges outside the Supreme Court.

Electricity, Energy & Renewables

  • Sole arbitrator in LCIA arbitration between UK-registered company and Ukrainian state entity in relation to the sale of gas exploration equipment (link).
  • Co-arbitrator in ICC arbitration between major Russian gas pipeline infrastructure company and a Greek construction company.
  • Co-arbitrator in LCIA arbitration between a Chinese party and a European party relating to solar photovoltaic panels.
  • Lead counsel to Czech Republic in six investment treaty arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules and one under the Swiss PILA brought by investors in the solar photovoltaic sector.
  • Lead counsel to Republic of Bulgaria in investment treaty arbitration under ICSID Rules brought by Czech investor in the electricity sector.
  • Lead counsel to the Slovak Republic in investment treaty arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules brought by steel manufacturer in relation to electricity tariffs.
  • Lead counsel to Bulgarian state-owned energy company in commercial UNCITRAL Rules arbitration relating to electricity tariffs.
  • Counsel to Republic of Hungary in two investment treaty arbitrations under ICSID Rules in the electricity sector concerning long-term electricity power purchase agreements (link1, link2).
  • Counsel to European Commission in amicus curiae submissions to U.S. federal court litigation in several proceedings involving enforcement of intra-EU investment arbitration awards in the renewable energy sector.
  • Counsel to Chinese investor in renewable energy sector in dispute against a sovereign State outside the EU.

Banking, Finance and Joint Ventures

  • Co-arbitrator in several related LCIA arbitrations between a Cypriot entity and a Russian individual related to a series of loan agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator in LCIA arbitration between two Eastern European individuals concerning a failed joint venture.
  • Co-arbitrator in ICC arbitration between a Russian and an American company concerning guarantee agreements.
  • Co-arbitrator in LCIA arbitration between a Cypriot and Ukrainian company concerning trade in agricultural products.
  • Counsel to the Republic of Bulgaria in investment treaty arbitration under ICSID Rules brought by an Omani investor in the banking sector (link).
  • Counsel to the Republic of Korea in ICSID investment treaty arbitration brought by US investor in the banking sector (link).
  • Counsel to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration and US federal court litigation in relation to financial instruments (link).
  • Counsel to major Russian metals producer in two commercial Swiss Rules arbitration proceedings seated in Zurich relating to a joint venture in Central Asia.
  • Counsel to Ukrainian state-owned bank in loan dispute with Russian bank.

Construction & Infrastructure

  • Co-arbitrator in ICC arbitration between Chinese company and Ukrainian road agency in the civil engineering sector (link).
  • Co-arbitrator in SCC arbitration between Russian industrial company and Czech EPC contractor
  • Counsel to US multinational in commercial ICC arbitration relating to an infrastructure development project in Nigeria.

Mining and Public Concessions/Contracts

  • Lead counsel to the Kingdom of Thailand in TAFTA UNCITRAL Rules arbitration brought by Australian investor Kingsgate Consolidation Limited in relation to a gold mining project.
  • Lead counsel to the Kyrgyz Republic in one investment treaty arbitration under ICSID Additional Facility Rules brought by Kazakhstani investors (link) and five contractual arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules by a Canadian investor in the gold mining sector.
  • Lead counsel to Czech Republic in multi-billion dollar ad hoc investment treaty arbitration brought by Swiss investors in the health sector.
  • Counsel to the Republic of Costa Rica in investment treaty arbitration under ICSID Rules brought by a Canadian investor in the gold mining sector (link).
  • Counsel to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in two ICSID investment treaty arbitrations brought by Canadian investors in the gold mining sector.

Information Technology and Telecommunications

  • Lead counsel to the Kingdom of Sweden in ICSID Rules treaty arbitration brought by China’s Huawei over exclusion from 5G telecommunications network (link).
  • Counsel to the Republic of Hungary in two ICSID Rules treaty arbitrations brought by investors in radio broadcasting licenses (link1, link2).
  • Counsel to US multinational in ICC arbitration against Latin American state-owned telephone company and an intergovernmental organisation.

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2001, magna cum laude
  • BA, Miami University, 1997, summa cum laude
  • BPhil, Miami University, 1997, summa cum laude

Employment History

  • Partner at Arnold & Porter (2010-2022, London and Washington DC)
  • Associate at Arnold & Porter (2007-2009, Washington DC)
  • Associate at Winston & Strawn (2005-2007, Washington DC and Geneva)
  • Associate at White & Case (2004-2005, Washington DC)
  • Associate at Wilmer Hale (2002-2004, Washington DC)
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2001-2002, Providence RI)
  • IT professional (1995-2001, various U.S. locations)

Bar Admission

  • Attorney-at-law, District of Columbia

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"an incredibly sharp mind, with an impressive record”

- Who's Who Legal: Arbitration

"recommended" for international arbitration and public international law

- Legal 500 UK