Scott Vesel and Katherine Shen recently co-authored an article, “The Impact of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on Commercial Disputes”, with Pavlo Byelousov of Aequo, for Corporate Disputes Magazine.

The article considers contractual disputes that are likely to arise as a consequence of sanctions and countersanctions and foreign companies’ decisions to exit the Russian market. It also addresses the types of investment disputes that may be brought against Russia under bilateral investment treaties and the possibility of Russian investors bringing investment disputes against Ukraine.

To read the article, click here.


Scott is a partner with a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and in an international organisation. He is qualified as an attorney in New York and as a barrister in England & Wales.

Scott has been recognised in various publications, including Who’s Who Legal every year since 2016, The Legal 500 UK Arbitration Powerlist 2019, and Lawdragon’s 2021 Global Litigation 500.


Katherine is an associate in the Washington, DC office. She advises on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across a range of sectors. Katherine has interned at World Bank Group, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and the International Criminal Court. She was the 2021-22 Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal and was the U.S. Champion and World Champion of the 2022 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot.

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