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#1 in international trade – Legal Award 2018
"Market-leading expertise in international commodities arbitration" – Chambers and Partners
"Leading firm for international trade and commodities disputes" – Legal 500
USD 26,5 bln – advising on the biggest ever commodity supply deal involving Ukraine
USD 1 bln won for our clients
90% case success rate in 13 years of practice
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Biography
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Aminat
Suleymanova
Managing partner, Attorney-at-law
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Education 

Candidate for Legal Sciences degree of the International Law Department of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University

GAFTA Continuing Professional Development Programme (Kyiv, Ukraine), 2007

International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France), 2003

Law School at Nottingham University (Nottingham, the United Kingdom), 2001

Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine), 1999, Diploma magna cum laude

Professional experience

Aminat Suleymanova specializes in representing clients’ interests in international commercial arbitrations, such as the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and institutional arbitration at GAFTA and FOSFA. Also, Ms. Suleymanova is a recognized expert in the field of international public and private law.

In addition, Ms. Suleymanova’s unique practice and special education enables her to protect the interests of legal entities and individuals at the European Court of Human Rights.

Aminat is a well-known expert in the field of family law and private projects. Clients for whom the adviser's personality, professional and human experience, reputation, and ability to find adequate solutions for the benefit of a client, are crucial, entrust her with the most sensitive and complex cases.

Aminat Suleymanova has been practicing law for more than 20 years now. She was the first Ukrainian lawyer to become a member of IAML (International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers).

Currently, Aminat Suleymanova is a well-recognized leader in her profession. She is often invited to speak at international conferences and symposia, including conferences under the auspices of International Bar Association (IBA) and American Bar Association (ABA). Furthermore, such ratings and surveys as Ukrainian Law Firms (A Handbook for Foreign Clients), Client Selection. Top 100 best lawyers of Ukraine, and Legal 500 recommend Aminat as one of the leading Ukrainian lawyers in the field of international arbitration, international trade, European and family law. According to the results of Ukrainian Women in Law 2017, a special study by the Legal Newspaper, Aminat is one of the most successful women lawyers who influenced the development of legal business in Ukraine.

Aminat is also frequently invited by the largest TV channels of Ukrainian television as an expert in the field of law, who is able to give correct and adequate assessment of the situation.

Membership in professional associations

2007 – 2008, Head of the Kyiv Office of UBA

2008 – 2009, UBA Vice President

Kyiv City Bar Association

International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)

International Bar Association (IBA)

Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) - Head of the Committee on International law 

Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA)

Languages

Fluent Ukrainian, Russian, and English

  • Representing international company’s interests in GAFTA arbitration in a dispute against one of the biggest Ukrainian exporters of sunflower oil. The claim amounting USD 1 million was granted in favor of the client, due to the seller’s illegal refusal to supply products in connection with the growth of market prices. The payable amount has been collected from the defendant in accordance with GAFTA award.
  • Representing client’s interests in GAFTA arbitration, considering demand to recover damages in the amount of USD 200,000, arising from the seller’s non-delivery of the full contract quantity of the goods. The successful recovery of funds was achieved by arrest of the defendant's bank accounts in Switzerland.
  • Advising Israeli insurance company on the territory of Ukraine on the subject of damages recovery. Successful representation of client’s interests in the commercial court of Kiev, as well as negotiations with contractors for amicable settlement of the dispute.
  • Representing Ukrainian exporter’s interests in GAFTA arbitration. The client claimed demands in the amount of USD 2.5 million, due to improper execution of the grain supply contract by transnational agricultural holding.
  • Representing interests of large Egyptian agricultural holding in the first instance of GAFTA arbitration in dispute concerning execution of the CIF contract, filing and revocation the notice of appropriation.
  • Representing client’s interests in GAFTA’s arbitration in a dispute concerning recovery of losses given default. The case in peculiar due to mechanisms of provisional remedy of lawsuit in Switzerland.  After initiating GAFTA arbitration, defendant’s bank account was arrested via Swiss distraining, whereupon the defendant compensated the full amount of asserted damages to the client.
  • Representing interests of large Egyptian agricultural holding in the first instance of GAFTA arbitration in a dispute concerning execution of CIF contract, filing and revocation of appropriation notice.
  • Consulting large Ukrainian freight forwarding company concerning reorganization and acquiring corporate rights of foreign companies. Development of corporate rights purchase/sale contract and full legal support.
  • Consulting large Russian agricultural holding concerning execution of GAFTA contracts on CIF, FOB terms. Developing individual CIF, FOB contracts in accordance with the client’s demands. Consultations and legal support on contract execution stage.
  • Elaboration of the agreement for long-term cooperation between large agricultural holdings in the spheres of supply and realization of agricultural production with planed annual turnover exceeding USD 50 million.
  • Legal and organizational support of client’s relocation, as well as his family, to the permanent place of residence to Austria.
  • Legal and organizational support of client’s relocation, as well as his family, to the permanent place of residence to France. Acquiring business in France.
  • Legal and organizational support for reimbursement of Client’s companies funds lost in connection with the bankruptcy of the bank in Lithuania.
  • Appealing the judgment by default on divorce made by Ukrainian court in the case, where neither of spouses was present during hearing on the merits. The peculiarity was that both spouses were permanent residents of England, and by the time had the UK citizenship. The husband, using the fact that his wife had not officially withdrawn from Ukrainian citizenship and remained residing in Kiev, initiated the divorce in Ukraine, which gave him a significant advantage in the matters of division of property located in the UK. Divorce in Ukraine was declared illegal, and the case was heard in the court of Great Britain, at the place of residence of the spouses.
  • Developing an effective structure for the grain-trading company with the involvement of European and island jurisdictions, taking into account the requirements of Ukrainian legislation on transfer pricing. The company's annual turnover is USD 10 million.
  • Creating a system of trusts for the purpose of company’s efficient asset management.
  • Assisting private clients in participating in private banking programs of major international banks of Europe and USA.
  • Assisting client in the process of acquiring second/alternative citizenship in Cyprus.
  • Assisting client in process of acquiring second/alternative citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda.

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners Announce Combination

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners announced that two law firms have agreed to combine effective 9 July 2018. This strategic combination brings together renowned transactional practice of AVELLUM and experienced dispute resolution practice of A.G.A. Partners.