Valeriya Kirsey

Senior Associate


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Valeriya Kirsey

Valeriya Kirsey is an associate in our London office. Her practice focuses on international arbitration. She has advised and represented clients in industries as varied as oil & gas, renewable energy, telecommunications, construction and financial institutions. Valeriya has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in energy disputes, including institutional and ad hoc arbitrations involving parties from a variety of jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She regularly advises clients on effective drafting of arbitration clauses and structuring investments. She has also acted as tribunal secretary/assistant in LCIA arbitrations and an ICSID arbitration.

Valeriya is trained in both common law (L.L.M. from Harvard Law School) and civil law (French Law degrees). She is a dual-qualified attorney (New York and England & Wales).

Valeriya serves as an Assistant Editor of the Journal of International Arbitration, a leading international arbitration publication. She has also served as a teaching assistant in energy and arbitration at Queen Mary University in London.

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Valeriya was an associate in a Magic Circle UK firm and in the London office of a large U.S. firm.

Valeriya is a native Russian and Ukrainian speaker and is fluent in English and French.

Related Experience

  • An international telecoms company in an ICSID (Additional Facility) arbitration regarding expropriation of its investment
  • A Middle-Eastern energy company in an ICC arbitration in a dispute under an EPC contract
  • An operator of an oil field on force majeure related issues
  • A major LNG producer on price review discussions with an Asian LNG buyer
  • A major gas producer on price review discussions with a gas buyer
  • A petrochemicals producer in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of termination of an exclusive offtake agreement
  • An importer of organic products in an LCIA arbitration against a supplier
  • An energy company in connection with potential claims under the Energy Charter Treaty in the renewables sector*
  • A major LNG producer in a series of LNG price review and price determination claims in relation to six European gas markets (ICC arbitration seated in London)*
  • A major gas producer in a series of multibillion Euro price review arbitrations under a series of long-term pipeline gas supply contracts with European buyer (ad hoc arbitrations seated in Stockholm)*
  • A State entity in a London-seated LCIA arbitration against an energy consortium, arising out of a heads of agreement for exploration and development of oil*
  • An energy trading company in a London-seated LCIA arbitration, arising out of sale and purchase agreement for Kyoto Protocol carbon credits*
  • An investor on potential treaty claims against a State involving alleged expropriation of an insurance company*
  • Investors on potential treaty claims against States involving alleged expropriation of land*

*Prior to joining Baker Botts



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Baker Botts Oil & Gas Lawyer School

Baker Botts’ Energy Practice will be hosting its third Oil and Gas Lawyer School in London on Thursday, 21 March, 2019.