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Elena Zimovchenko is a Senior Lawyer with Belfast ALT Disputes practice of Herbert Smith Freehills.

Before taking up her role in Belfast, Elena was a Disputes Associate with Russian legal practice of Herbert Smith Freehills. She has been involved in cross-border litigations, proceedings in state courts and international commercial arbitrations.


Elena graduated from the Law Faculty of the Moscow State University in Russia in 2014.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • an ultra-high net worth individual in connection with a complex cross-border shareholders dispute regarding coal mining business in 9 jurisdictions (Cyprus, BVI, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Seychelles, Belize, England, Greece and Russia) including obtaining of disclosure and freezing orders in a number of jurisdictions

  • a major metals company in proceedings before Royal Court of Jersey (Samedi Division) in relation to an expert opinion on matters of recognition of foreign judgments in Russia

  • a Russian bank in an LCIA arbitration relating to an English law governed share and purchase agreement on a sale of shares in a Ukrainian subsidiary, including defending emergency arbitration proceedings commenced by the counterparties under the LCIA rules

  • an ultra-high net worth individual on a complex strategy to battle defamation campaign in Russian courts and regulators