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Kate Apostolova

Senior Associate

Disputes, litigation and arbitration

a fine arbitration lawyer with outstanding knowledge in the field.

Who’s Who Legal 2019

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About Kate Apostolova

Kate is a senior associate based in our Singapore office and has experience in both international commercial and investor-State arbitrations.

Ranked No. 1 on Who's Who Legal's "Most Highly Regarded" list of non-partner international arbitration practitioners in Asia-Pacific for 2020, and described by clients as "a fine arbitration lawyer with outstanding knoweldge in the field," "articulate and responsive," "quick in analysing complex legal situations," and "extraordinarily bright and quick on her feet," Kate has extensive experience representing clients in a wide-range of industries, including oil & gas, mining, nuclear power, construction, finance, technology. She has been involved in cases before the US courts, ICTY, ECHR, ITLOS, and all major arbitral institutions. She has also undertaken sovereign advisory work in international law-related areas.

Kate was adjunct faculty at the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law from 2015 to 2017. She also served on the board of directors of Solutions to End Poverty (STEP).

Kate previously worked as an associate at a prestigious international law firm in New York. Prior to that, she was a law clerk to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and a research assistant to the late Professor David D. Caron. 

Kate has a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She is admitted to practice in England & Wales, New York, before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Singapore International Commercial Court. 

Kate speaks English, Bulgarian and Russian.

Recent work

  • Advising an Asian water service provider in an UNCITRAL investor-state dispute with a southeast Asian government relating to the management of water resources pursuant to a concession agreement, with an amount in dispute in excess of $1bn.
  • Advising a southeast Asian state in an UNCITRAL investor-state arbitration commenced by a dual-national individual and associated company, involving novel public international law issues.
  • Advising an Asian state in an UNCITRAL investor-state arbitration commenced by Middle Eastern investors relating to an aborted M&A transaction in the electronics industry that turns on issues relating to state responsibility for, and characterisation of, the conduct of state-owned enterprises under international law;
  • Advising various private entities in structuring investments to achieve investment protections provided by bilateral investment treaties in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Advising a major Korean investment entity representing financial institutions and several Korean pension funds in an ICC international arbitration concerning that entity’s investment in the media sector.
  • Advising an international consortium in a DIAC arbitration relating to a construction dispute involving a major Middle Eastern infrastructure project.
  • Advising a multinational oil company in relation to a dispute in Indonesia concerning a share sale and purchase agreement.
  • Advising a French multinational in a Singapore-seated arbitration under the SIAC arbitration rules with Indian co-venturers under a joint venture agreement.

Qualifications

Education

  • Hague Academy of International Law (certificate in public international Law, 2010)
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), US (juris doctorate, International Peace Scholar, certificate in international law). Activities included:
  • Editor-in-chief, Berkeley Journal of International Law
  • Arbitrator and coach, Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition
  • Oralist, arbitrator and coach, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
  • President, Berkeley Eastern European Student Organization
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US (bachelor of arts, highest honors)major fields: economics, international studies, and political science; minor fields: German, human rights and human diversity

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to practise in England & Wales, New York
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Supreme Court
  • Singapore International Commercial Court 

Professional memberships

  • Board of directors, Solutions to End Poverty (STEP) 
  • Young ICSID
  • Young SIAC
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • ICDR Young & International
  • American Society of International Law
  • Asian Society of International Law
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association Arbitration Committee
  • Singapore Branch of the International Law Association

Additional responsibilities

  • Adjunct faculty, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
  • Representative to UNCITRAL for the Republic of Bulgaria (2014)
  • Assistant editor, World Arbitration & Mediation Review

Speaking appointments

  • International Arbitration in Asia: Past, Present and Future, Harvard International Arbitration Law Association, Harvard Law School, March 2017
  • Careers in International Arbitration, Harvard International Arbitration Law Association, Harvard Law School, March 2017
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: a model treaty for a new era?, Asian Society of International Law Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam, June 2016
  • Protecting your Myanmar investment, British Chamber of Commerce, Yangon, Myanmar, March 2016
  • Prevention of Money Laundering & Financing of Terrorism Rules, Law Society of Singapore, July 2015
  • Arbitrating complex financial disputes, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore, April 2015
  • The Singapore International Commercial Court: key features and opportunities, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, March 2015
  • Opportunities in international law, International Law Society, New York Law School, New York, November 2014
  • Careers in international arbitration, Columbia International Arbitration Association, Columbia Law School, New York, March 2011
  • Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot, Arbitrator, Frankfurt, Germany, October 2009