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Vitaliy Kozachenko

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About me

Vitaliy Kozachenko is the Managing Director of Fortior. Prior to the founding of Fortior, Vitaliy worked for Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the largest English law firms specialising in shipping and international trade. He then spent three years in an international arbitration office in Geneva, where he was partner and manager. Prior to going into private practice, Vitaliy worked in one of the world’s largest fiduciary companies located in the United States.

Vitaliy is admitted to practice in New York and in England & Wales. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a supporting member of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators Association).


Education and Languages:
  • LL.M. Boston University, Banking and Finance
  • Erasmus (European Law and International Arbitration), Catholic University of Leuven
  • LL.B. Queen Mary, University of London
  • English
  • Ukrainian
  • Russian
  • French
Representative experience
  • Representing a government-owned company in a US$450 million UNCITRAL joint venture / investment dispute with a Caspian region state;
  • Representing a Middle-Eastern investment fund in an LCIA contractual / fraud dispute worth US$100 million with a sovereign wealth fund in another Middle-Eastern country;
  • Representing several hundred employees of an international organisation in a dispute with that organisation worth approximately US$4 billion before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation and subsequently before the European Court of Human Rights;
  • Representing one of the largest Swiss banks in a dispute in the High Court worth US$$50 million with a trading company in connection with the interpretation of letters of credit and related instruments (letters of indemnity);
  • Representing a Geneva-based petroleum trading company in a dispute with the Iraqi state-owned oil-marketing corporation;
  • Representing one of Russia‚Äôs largest metal trading companies in an LCIA charter party dispute with an Indian trading house;
  • Representing a Geneva-based commodity trading house in a US$12 million charter party dispute with a Russian ship owner involving issues of maritime liens, demurrage and freight;
  • Representing a Geneva-based petroleum trading company in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in relation to a contractual dispute involving issue of conflict of laws;
  • Representing a commodity-trading house in a dispute with its hedging service provider, involving issues of illegality and failure to obtain a licence to provide financial services on the part of the latter;
  • Advising an international organisation on pension and internal tax reforms;
  • Advising on a joint-venture agreement between a Geneva-based petroleum trader and a state-owned Ukrainian company for acquisition and shipment of crude oil from the Balkans and its refinement and subsequent sale in Ukraine;
  • Advising and assisting a UK-based listed financial services provider firm with negotiations with financial regulators;
  • Training sessions for various commodity trading houses and shipping firms in Geneva.