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Petar Petkov


Career Summary

Petar specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. He often acts in disputes related to Russia, Ukraine (and other CIS countries) and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Zaiwalla & Co, Petar worked and trained with a specialist dispute resolution law firm in Mayfair, London. Previously, he gained experience in the litigation and arbitration department of a US law firm and an arbitration boutique firm in London. Petar also spent approximately three years as a legal assistant to a prominent Swiss arbitrator in Geneva, Switzerland.

Recent/landmark cases

Petar’s recent cases include acting for:

  • An international energy company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute and a worldwide freezing order application related to the gas sector in Eastern Europe
  • An oil and gas company in a claim for breach of contract related to the energy sector in Africa
  • A high-net-worth individual from the CIS region in a high-value trust claim
  • A high-net-worth individual from Hong Kong in breach of contract and bankruptcy proceedings

Specialist areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Investment-treaty arbitration 
  • Public international law


  • Bulgarian
  • English
  • French
  • Russian


  • Higher rights of audience in the civil courts of England and Wales

Professional Memberships

  • ASA Below 40 – Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) – International Chamber of Commercial (ICC)
  • Young ICCA – International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Young ICSID – International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Young Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration (MCIA)


  • MA in international affairs, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Qualifying degree in French law (Maîtrise en droit), University of Strasbourg, France
  • LLB, University of Leicester, UK