Olga Boltenko practises with Fangda Partners in Hong Kong.  She specialises in investment arbitration.  She has acted as legal counsel in investor-State disputes under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and as tribunal secretary in dozens of commercial disputes, both ad hoc and institutional (including Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), ICC, HKIAC and SCC), in a wide array of industries including oil and gas, infrastructure, construction, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals.  She is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.  She chairs the ICC Hong Kong Commercial Law and Practice Committee.  She is listed as arbitrator on the HKIAC list of arbitrators, and on the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), SIAC, and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) panels of arbitrators.

She graduated from Moscow State Institute (2005) as well as Paris Sorbonne University in 2006 (LLM in EU Law).

Significant Clients or cases:

-Representing Armenia against a US national in an ICSID dispute under the US–Armenia BIT arising out of Armenia’s alleged breach of the BIT’s full protection and security standards.

-Representing AFK Sistema in an ICSID arbitration against Turkmenistan arising out of the Turkmenistan cancellation of mobile telecommunication licences.

-Representing Ukraine in ICSID Case ARB/06/18 Joseph Charles Lemire v Ukraine.

-Representing Ukraine in ICSID Case ARB/09/11 Global Trading Resources Corp. and Globex International, Inc. v Ukraine.

-Acting as a PCA legal counsel in a set of ECT arbitrations against the Russian Arbitration over the expropriation of the Yukos Oil Company.

Pr. Boltenko’s most recent publications include:

-Olga Boltenko, “Umbrella revolution: The umbrella revolution: State Contracts and umbrella clauses in contemporary investment law”, Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy, edt. J Chaisse, L Choukroune, S Jusoh, 2020

-Olga Boltenko, Howard Chan, Ziwei Wong, “Setting Aside Jurisdictional Findings by Tribunals and the Ad Hoc Admission of Counsel in Singapore and Hong Kong”, Asian Dispute Review, April 2020

-Olga Boltenko, Reza Mohtashami QC, “Coup d’etat and failed States: investment in crisis”, Hong Kong Lawyer, January 2020

-Olga Boltenko, “The Rise of the RCEP: Regional Multilateralism and its impact on the EU-China BIT”, Sixty Years of European Integration and Global Power Shifts, edt. by J Chaisse, February 2020

-Olga Boltenko, “Arbitration in Russia: Investment Law – Inception and Evolution”, International Arbitration: Issues, Perspectives and Practice, Liber Amicorum Neil Kaplan, January 2019

-Olga Boltenko, Peter Yuen, Matthew Townsend, “Court Binds Third Party to Arbitration Agreement”, Hong Kong Lawyer, April 2019

-Olga Boltenko, Peter Yuen, Helen Shi, Damien McDonald, Matthew Townsend, “Hong Kong and Mainland China agree upon Bilateral Arrangement Regarding Interim Measures for Arbitration”, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, April 2019

-Olga Boltenko, “Investment Protection in China’s SEZs: Lee Jong Baek Case Study”, International Economic Law and the Challenges of the Free Zones, edt. By J. Chaisse and Jiaxiang Hu, 2019

Course: International Investment Law and Disputes Resolution

Course Modalities: 

Hourly Volume: 15 hours;

Scheduled: April;

Programs: International Executive Master in International Business Law (ULB), Year 2; 

Course Overview: This course looks into international disputes pertaining to cross-border investments involving private corporations and states as well as the existing international regulations that protect investments. 

Course Structure: 

Module 1 Asia Pacific Case Studies

Module 2Chinese Investment Framework

Module 3Investment Protection

Module 4History of Investment Law

Module 5Substantive Protections

Module 6 Sources of Investment Law

Module 7Treaty Interpretation

Module 8State Responsibility and Attribution

Module 9Substantive Validity

Module 10Case Exercise

Assessment: tba