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Svetlana Shelepina

Svetlana Shelepina


Svetlana is an associate in the litigation, ADR and arbitration practice, and specialises in international arbitration.



Svetlana has acted as counsel, administrative secretary and assistant to arbitral tribunal in complex international arbitration proceedings under the rules of the leading arbitral institutions. Her experience encompasses both international commercial and investor-state arbitration. 

Svetlana is qualified in Spain and Russian Federation, and is a admitted to the Madrid Bar since 2017. 

She speaks fluent English, Spanish, German and Russian. 

Prior to joining the firm, Svetlana worked as an associate in a Spanish boutique law firm specialized in international arbitration and litigation. Before that, she did an internship in the international arbitration group of a leading US law firm in Frankfurt and in the dispute resolution team of a leading Spanish law firm in Barcelona. She also was a trainee at the International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation.

Svetlana's experience includes:

  • representing a Spanish company in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva against a Qatari company in relation to multiple joint venture agreements for the construction of infrastructure projects in Qatar*
  • representing several European financial entities in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty against a European Spate concerning the reduction of the aids to the renewable energy sector*
  • representing a Spanish group in an arbitration seated in Madrid concerning a number of contracts for the manufacture and supply of reflectors and other materials for solar power units*
  • acting as Administrative Secretary in an ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo involving a Latin American and two European companies arising from a share purchase agreement
  • representing an African company in various exequatur proceedings before the Spanish courts concerning the awards issued in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris*

*Experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills


Svetlana holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Moscow State Law University and a Master degree from the Pompeu Fabra University, where she specialized in international arbitration. She also studied Spanish law and completed a Spanish Bar Qualification Course at the Carlos III University. In addition, she spent a year at the University of Bonn, where she pursued studies in European and German law.