Independent Counsel and Arbitrator

Anna Guillard Sazhko is a multilingual independent counsel and arbitrator based in Paris. Throughout her 15-year career, she has garnered extensive experience in international arbitrations conducted under the ICC, ICSID, ISTAC, UNCITRAL and SCC Rules. Her specialized focus lies in Ukraine, Central Asia, and the CEE region, where she has represented clients in significant high-stakes cases.

Anna has been appointed as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and presiding arbitrator.

Anna’s influence extends beyond her professional practice. She actively contributes to the field of arbitration as a board member of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association. Additionally, Anna is a co-founder and co-President of the Turkic Arbitration Association. She also holds the position of Vice President for Energy and Environmental Protection at ICC Ukraine, reflecting her commitment to advancing sustainable practices within the legal sector. Anna also demonstrates her dedication to fostering the growth of young professionals in arbitration through her involvement as an Executive Committee Member and Coordinator of the Mentorship Programme at Young ISTAC.

Anna holds Ukrainian and French law degrees from the National University “Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine” (summa cum laude) and the University Panthéon-Sorbonne Law School.

Anna is admitted to practice law in Ukraine and France and speaks English, French, Russian, Ukrainian and basic Turkish.

Anna is featured in Who’s Who Legal’s Arbitration lists for 2021, 2022 and 2023 as a “Future Leader”. This guide identifies the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners through independent research and nominations from clients and peers. WWL 2023 ranked Anna among the 15 “Most Highly Regarded” Individuals in Europe, Middle East and Africa Region: They write: “The ‘smart and diligent’ Anna Guillard Sazhko performs well this year and is ‘always in high demand’ due to her ‘natural leadership skills and her ability to think critically with business awareness’”.

WWL 2022 recognized Anna as a national leader in France and recommended her as “one of the brightest arbitration practitioners in the market focusing on Eastern European disputes” and described “her knowledge of investment law and arbitration is second to none”.

Anna was also named a winner of Lexology's Client Choice Award 2021 for Arbitration – France. Since 2005, the Client Choice Awards have aimed to highlight those who provide exceptional client care and high-quality service, adding value to their clients’ business.


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