Vitaly Morozov is a member of the Arbitration practice group at Hughes Hubbard. His practice focuses on investment treaty arbitration, international public law, complex cross-border litigation, and anti-corruption matters.
Vitaly has represented clients in numerous investor-State disputes under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty in arbitrations pursuant to the ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as high-stakes multi-jurisdictional disputes involving parties from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in matters relating to a range of industries, including oil and gas, energy, mining, air and space, real estate and banking.
2017 Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Member, International Bar Association
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Obtained jurisdiction rulings on behalf of Ukrainian claimants in arbitrations pending before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague arising from Russia’s breaches of international law following the unlawful annexation of Crimea -- the first decisions by any international tribunal to apply a bilateral investment treaty to the occupying power in control of territory occupied in defiance of international law. (See e.g. PJSC CB PrivatBank and Finance Company Finilon v Russian Federation (PCA case no. 2015-21); Aeroport Belbek and Igor Valerievich Kolomoisky v Russian Federation (PCA case no. 2015-07)
Representing Ukrainian real estate investors, obtained a $159 million award against the Russian Federation (PCA case no 2015-36, Everest Estate LLC et al v Russian Federation), which marked the first time Russia had been held liable by an international tribunal for its actions following the annexation of the Crimean peninsula
Representing a major oil company PJSC Ukrnafta and other Ukrainian claimants in two parallel arbitrations against the Russian Federation seated in Switzerland, obtained awards finding Russia liable for expropriation of several petrol station networks following the unlawful annexation of Crimea. PJSC Ukrnafta v The Russian Federation (PCA case no. 2015-34); Stabil LLC et al v The Russian Federation (PCA case no. 2015-35)
In arbitration proceedings under the ICSID Convention, assisted Turkish national petroleum company Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı (TPAO) in bringing to a successful resolution its dispute with the Republic of Kazakhstan over hundreds of millions of dollars of investments TPAO has made in the oil and gas sector of Kazakhstan
Representation of a leading manufacturer of spacecraft and space station components in dispute concerning financing for an international joint venture in commercial satellite industry before the U.S. Federal Court
Representation of minority shareholders in Yukos Oil Company in international arbitrations against the Russian Federation before the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Litigation in the U.S. District Courts in a case involving false advertising and use of trademark
Anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)