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Leading International Law Firms to Represent Chinese Investors of PJSC Motor Sich in an Investment Dispute with the State of Ukraine

Three leading international law firms, such as WilmerHale, DLA Piper and Bird & Bird, will represent the interests of Chinese investors of PJSC Motor Sich (partners of DCH Group in the development of the Ukrainian aircraft industry) in an investment dispute to recover damage for $3.5 billion from the state of Ukraine. In the international arbitration, Arzinger law firm will be an advisor on Ukrainian law.

As it is known, on September 4, 2020, Chinese investors of PJSC Motor Sich sent a Notice of Investment Dispute to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The investors indicated that the Ukrainian authorities, by their conduct, have expropriated their investments, as well as violated their other rights provided for by the current Agreement on the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments signed on October 31, 1992, between the governments of Ukraine and the People's Republic of China.


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WilmerHale is one of the world's leading international law firms. Over 1,000 lawyers work in the offices across three continents. WilmerHale often accompanies high-profile cases at the intersection of law, business, and public policy. Many of the firm's lawyers have previously acquired experience at high levels in all branches of government. Among other factors, WilmerHale's international dispute resolution practice is one of the most respected in the world, as it has extensive experience in resolving commercial and investment disputes across the globe. Gary Bourne is the Head of the WilmerHale International Arbitration Practice Group employing over 70 lawyers. Mr Bourne is widely recognized as a preeminent global authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. Over the past 20 years, he has been recognized as one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in the world and a leading one in London. Mr Born has participated in over 600 international arbitrations, including the four largest ICC arbitrations and some of the most high-profile ad hoc arbitrations in recent years. Mr Bourne is the President of the Arbitration Court of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC). For many years in a row, the ratings of Euromoney, Chambers, Legal500 and Global Counsel have recognized Mr Born as one of the leading practitioners in this field. Mr Born is one of only two lawyers in the world and the only lawyer in London to receive a worldwide “star” status in the Chambers rating of international arbitration. Other WilmerHale’s employees also rank high in rankings such as Euromoney, Chambers, Legal500 and Global Counsel, and the WilmerHale’s team is recognized as one of the most successful in the world and is primarily renowned for its advocacy. The company has got an experience in representing companies from all over the world in arbitration according to the rules of leading institutions (ICC, LCIA, AAA, VIAC, SCC, ICSID), as well as ad hoc arbitration in all leading arbitration venues as London, Paris, Geneva/Zurich, Vienna, Stockholm, New York, Washington, and Singapore.

DLA Piper is an international law firm representing the interests of international companies from the Global 1000 and Fortune 500 lists, as well as the interests of more than half of the Fortune 250 companies and about half of the FTSE 350 companies or their subsidiaries. Besides, the company advises various governments and public sector organizations. Many of the company's employees are recognized as leaders ( in the field of international arbitration and work for institutions administering international arbitration around the world, such as the International Court of Arbitration ICC, the American Arbitration Association, the Singapore International Arbitration Association and the London Court.

Bird & Bird is one of the world's leading law firms with over 1,300 legal consultants who support clients in 118 countries. Many of the company's lawyers are considered leading experts in key legal practice sectors. They are also leading in leading legal ratings, including Legal 500 UK, Chambers & Partners UK, Chambers Europe, Chambers Asia, Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal. Bird & Bird International Arbitration Group is a team of experts ( in the field of international arbitration and foreign investment law operating in all major financial capitals of the world. Its specialists have advised clients on international commercial arbitration and participated in arbitration proceedings, including London, New York, Switzerland, Paris, Singapore, Shanghai, The Hague, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Santiago, and Warsaw, with disputes, including governed by the laws of New York, England, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Singapore. The team has extensive experience in representing clients in arbitration, including under the rules of the world's leading arbitration institutions such as ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, CIETAC, ICSID, WIPO, SIAC, Swiss Rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitration (UNCITRAL).

Arzinger is an independent law firm with regional branches in Lviv and Odesa and Headquarters in Kyiv. Arzinger has provided international standards for providing services and is a reliable partner thanks to its significant experience in various business sectors and areas of legal practice for more than 18 years. There are well-known representatives of international and national business among the firm's clients. Due to its impeccable reputation, Arzinger is one of the leading law firms in the Ukrainian market recognized by international ratings such as Chambers, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Who is Who Legal and others. Also, the company cooperates with international and European business associations, trade missions and embassies of different countries of the European Union. The Arzinger team of international arbitration practice is one of the largest in the Ukrainian market. It engages international-level specialists with extensive practice of representing clients in arbitration in leading international arbitration institutions such as ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, ICSID, SCC, VIAC, DIS, ICAC at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and in ad hoc arbitration (UNCITRAL).