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Zoya Burbeza


Career Summary

Zoya provides a range of commercial legal services to clients from Russia, Ukraine and CIS countries, including cross-border commercial disputes, international arbitrations, economic sanctions, shipping matters and business immigration. She originally joined Zaiwalla & Co as a trainee in 2009, qualified at the firm and has developed a highly successful practice representing a number of government and private companies, as well as high net worth individuals from Russia, Ukraine and CIS countries. Amongst Zoya’s current clients there is a Russian oil major, a large company from Ukraine, a fashion company from Armenia and a number of private individuals.

Along with her team at Zaiwalla & Co, Zoya is also involved in a number of legal proceedings in the Courts of the European Union (ECJ) challenging restrictive measures imposed by the EU against private companies and individuals from Iran. Three individuals Zoya is acting for have been delisted by the Council of the EU before the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) came into effect (General Court of the EU cases T-497/10, T-69/12 and T-71/12)

Working closely with her counterparts at sister law firms in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, Lviv, Almaty and Minsk, Zoya provides a unique understanding of the cultural and legal landscape of these regions and, fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian and semi-fluent in Polish, ensures that communication with Zaiwalla & Co.’s clients is highly practical and effective.

Zoya is of Ukrainian origin and, after obtaining a law degree in Ukraine, completed Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP University Law School in London.


  • European Union v Bank Mellat (case ref: C-176/13) - In February 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU gave a favourable judgment to the firm’s client Bank Mellat in a high profile sanctions Appeal case 
  • Bank Tejarat v Council of the European Union (case ref: T-176/12) In February 2015, the General Court of the EU gave a favourable judgment in the sanctions case where the firm represented the bank
  • Acting for Defendants in a claim brought before the High Court (Chancery Division) by a well-known Russian oligarch for over USD150 million
  • Acted for a large company from Kazakhstan in a USD 300 million claim before High Court (Commercial Court) in London against former directors and shareholders
  • Acted for a Ukrainian businessman in High Court (Chancery Division) proceedings in relation to the dispute over the ownership of a group of companies in Ukraine (approximate value of USD 20 million)


  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Polish (intermediate)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)