Eva Kalnina specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration, with focus on energy, construction, shareholder and finance disputes. Over the past 15 years, Eva has acted as arbitrator (chair, party-appointed, sole), counsel and arbitral secretary in over 50 international arbitrations.
In 2019, Eva was ranked as the 2nd most highly regarded individual in Europe, in Who’s Who Legal ranking Arbitration – Future Leaders (Non-partners), where clients and peers say she is “like a fish in water when it comes to complex and sophisticated arbitration”.
Eva is a Member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and a Court member at the PCA. She is also a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has advised Eastern European governments on their foreign investment policies, as well as provided expert opinions in BIT cases to foreign investors.
Eva is often appointed as arbitrator by parties and various arbitral institutions around the world. She has acted in numerous disputes stemming from a wide array of industries under all major institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SCC, SCAI, SIAC, FAI, LMAA and others), governed by various procedural and substantive laws (Swiss, English, US (New York and Connecticut), Swedish, Russian, Ukrainian, Singapore, Israeli, Latvian, Estonian, CISG, UNIDROIT Principles).
Eva has particular expertise in CIS disputes. In addition to Italian, French, German and Spanish, Eva also speaks Latvian and Russian, allowing her to take an active role in complex arbitrations involving international companies and governments from Eastern Europe, including Russia. She is on the recommended list of arbitrators of the Russian Arbitration Center (RAC) and a council member of the Georgian International Arbitration Center (GIAC). She has chaired CIS arbitrations involving amounts in dispute of up to US$350 million and has acted as lead counsel in shareholders’ disputes in Eastern Europe.
Prior to joining LKK in 2009, she was an associate at a large European firm, where she represented several energy and construction companies in investment arbitrations.
Eva holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (Fulbright scholar) and is admitted to the New York bar. She speaks and publishes regularly on international arbitration topics, has acted as a representative of ICC YAF (Europe) and Young ICCA (Europe), taught courses on dispute settlement and worked as a mediator in Boston courts within the framework of the Harvard Mediation Program. In addition to Who’s Who Legal, she has also been listed as a “rising star” by the Expert Guides 2019 and Legal 500 (Switzerland 2019).
ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration: National Report on Latvia
Alphen aan den Rijn, Supplement No. 92 - Yearly contributor since 2009 (co-author)
The Scope of ICSID Review, Remarks on Selected Problematic Issues of ICSID Decisions
in: Liber Amicorum Christoph Schreuer, Oxford 2009, pp. 221-250 (co-author)
White Industries v. The Republic of India: A Tale of Treaty Shopping and Second Chances
9(4) Transnational Dispute Management Journal 2012