Eleni Polycarpou

Partner | London

Eleni is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and focuses on international arbitration.

She has long standing expertise in commercial arbitration as party appointed Counsel under various institutional rules including LMAA, ICC and LCIA as well as ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Eleni is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and qualified to take arbitrator appointments.

Eleni specializes in international and domestic commercial disputes including heavyweight commercial fraud work both in the English Courts and in international arbitration. She acts for high net worth individuals and their companies often advising on shareholder and joint venture disputes, banking disputes, contract and tort disputes. She has a particular expertise in art law and is responsible for contentious art matters in the London office.

She has been described in the directories as someone who is ‘extraordinarily hard-working and conscientious’, a ‘star of the future’ and as someone who ‘just gets it, knows how cases should be handled especially when it comes to the very sensitive ones’. In art law she is described as someone who is ‘highly respected within the sector’.

She is from Cyprus and speaks fluent Greek, English and Italian.

Secretary Federica Spagnoletti

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Eleni Polycarpou, ‘never leaves any stone unturned’, ‘an excellent lawyer who combines strong forensic analysis with brilliant people skills’. Eleni, who [also] heads the art litigation team, is ‘an excellent litigator to have on your side and is relentless in pursuing her clients’ best interests’

Legal 500, 2017
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Highly respected within the sector

Legal 500

Track record

Admissions

Publications

Memberships

Acting for NRC (a Cypriot company) in relation to fraud proceedings issued in London and in Cyprus against a former business associate (AAD) and companies controlled by him. In London Eleni and her team obtained a default judgment in the sum of £5 million. Their attempts to enforce this Judgment by obtaining a charging order over a property in West London legally owned by a BVI company, ended in a 3 day trial in the High Court in which the BVI Company vigorously defended the claim for the final charging order. Eleni and her team won at that trial and the Judge found that the Property is beneficially owned by AAD and that therefore NRC could proceed to enforce its default judgment.

Dexia Crediop SpA and Provincia di Brescia and Deutsche Bank AG London and Provincia di Brescia: Acting for an Italian local authority in two misselling of swaps claims against two banks and related Italian proceedings

LCIA Arbitration – acting for a company owned by a Russian Oligarch in fraud proceedings over the alleged alienation of a Russia based asset; proceedings brought in the LCIA and in parallel proceedings taking place in Russia, Cyprus and in the BVI and involving resisting freezing order applications in all the jurisdictions

England and Wales, 2005

British Virgin Islands, 2013

‘AI survey briefing report’, special AIJA report, May 2017

‘Respect for the artist’, Arts Professional - February 2017

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb),

Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA),

British Italian Law Association (BILA),

British Russian Law Association (BRLA),

Russia and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN),

Hellenic Law Association of London

Education


Languages


  • English
  • Greek
  • Italian

Dates


Joined

2003
Partner

2017

Recognition


London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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Clients

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