Konstantin
Christie

JD
Partner

kchristie@peterandkim.com +41 58 317 70 70
Bar admission
New York and Massachusetts, 2007
Nationalities
US, Russian
Languages
English, Russian, French
Location
Geneva

PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE

Konstantin Christie specializes in international commercial and treaty arbitration. He has acted as lead associate in numerous disputes, stemming from a variety of industries, including oil, gas and electricity, (with a particular emphasis on long-term supply agreements), as well as cases arising from the commodities trading, extraction of natural resources and joint ventures.
As a US-trained attorney based in Europe for many years, Konstantin often deals with cases under Swiss and other civil laws. In addition, Konstantin regularly works with damages experts and clients in order to evaluate the financial compensation and potential viability of claims, arising out of a treaty or contract. He often represents clients from the United States and the CIS region, and has significant experience with arbitrations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Areas of
Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Joint Ventures / Consortia
  • Investments & BITs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Public International Law
  • Shareholder Agreements

Industry
Sector

  • Automotive & Heavy Industry Icon Automotive & Heavy Industry
  • Commodities Trading Icon Commodities Trading
  • Electricity Supply Icon Electricity Supply
  • Gas Icon Gas
  • Mining & Metals Icon Mining & Metals
  • Oil Icon Oil

WWL (arbitration – future leaders from 2017-2018) says: Konstantin Christie boasts outstanding expertise in commercial and investment disputes and is held in particularly high esteem for his work in the energy sector.

  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration between a state-owned enterprise and a sovereign state, involving aspects of public international law, with an amount in dispute of USD several billion.
  • Representing two respondents from the CIS region in arbitrations in the automotive and agricultural sector, under the ICC and Swiss Rules, respectively.
  • Counsel to a major energy conglomerate in its price adjustment disputes under long-term supply agreements subject to ICC Rules.
  • Advising a European energy concern in a price review against a major Eastern European conglomerate, subject to SCC Rules.
  • Lead associate in an investment treaty arbitration, US Steel Global Holdings I v. Republic of Slovakia, which ended in favorable settlement for the client.
  • Representing a German client in an ad hoc investment arbitration against a CEE government concerning an expropriation of an enterprise.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration subject to Swiss law, concerning a failed joint venture in a Middle-Eastern country, which involved military and public procurement contracts.
  • Advising a client in relation to collateral management agreements and the trading of grain in a Swiss Rules arbitration, under Swiss law.
  • Associate and Senior Associate, Python & Peter, Geneva (2008 to 2015)
  • Trainee, Shearman & Sterling, Paris, France (2007-2008)
  • Trainee, Bose Corporation, Boston, USA (2006-2007)
  • Juris Doctor Degree, Suffolk University, Boston, USA (2004-2007)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Northeastern University, Boston, USA (2000-2004)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association below 40 (ASA)
  • International Bar Association
  • Russia-CIS Arbitration Network
  • Young ICCA
  • Compensation for Expropriation, in The Investment Treaty Arbitration Review

    Edition 3, April 2018

    with and Rodica Turtoi
  • The interplay of force majeure and change of circumstances with dispute resolution clauses in modern long-term LNG Contracts

    what role for a price review clause?, in Oil, Gas and Energy Law Special issue on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), October 2017

    with
  • Global Arbitration Review – Overview: Joint Venture Disputes

    The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2016-2017

    with Daniel Greineder