lshmatenko@peterandkim.com +41 58 317 70 70
Bar admission
Germany, 2016, Geneva (Foreign Attorney), 2018
German, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Ukrainian


Leonid Shmatenko specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. He has been involved as counsel and secretary in over 30 international arbitration proceedings conducted in German, English and French encompassing a variety of sectors, such as energy –including oil, gas and renewables, telecommunication services and infrastructure.
Leonid studied law at Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf from 2006 to 2011. He passed his First State examination (Dipl. iur.) in Düsseldorf in 2011 and his Second State examination in 2015. He finished his doctoral thesis and awaits receiving his doctorate from Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. He currently gives a seminar on investment arbitration at the National Law University "Yaroslav Mudryi". Prior to joining the firm, he worked with international arbitration practices of leading international law firms in Geneva, Munich, Paris, Düsseldorf and Sydney. Leonid is admitted to practice in Germany (2016) and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Geneva Bar (2018).

Areas of

  • Arbitration
  • Investments & BITs
  • Commercial Contracts
  • International Sales
  • Public International Law


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  • Represented a Turkish State-owned gas company in a Stockholm-seated ad hoc arbitration against a State-owned gas company in a gas-pricing dispute
  • Represented a CIS businessman against a CIS State in an investor-State arbitration (UNCITRAL) arising out of the alleged takeover and seizure of a chocolate factory.
  • Represented an Eastern European State against an Eastern European investor in an ICSID investor-State arbitration in a dispute arising out of the Government’s alleged misconduct concerning the tender process for a steel plant, and subsequent actions that allegedly rendered the plant unprofitable and caused its insolvency.
  • Represented a German publishing house against a German newspaper publisher in a post M&A arbitration under the DIS Rules.
  • Represented a Ukrainian gas trader against a Hungarian gas trader in a commercial arbitration concerning gas trading under the ICC-Rules, Zurich seat, and Swiss law applicable.
  • Acted as secretary to the Tribunal in an ICC-Case, Frankfurt seat, in a dispute between two German automotive suppliers arising out of a Supply Framework Agreement.
  • Acted as secretary to the Tribunal in an ICC-Case, Munich seat, in a dispute between two water meter manufacturers arising out of a Framework Agreement.
  • Represented a Western African state in an ICSID investor-State arbitration in a dispute arising out of a termination of a Concession Agreement for a container terminal of a port, its expansion and the development of a railway station.
  • Associate, Peter & Kim, Geneva (2020)
  • Associate, Peter & Partners, Geneva (2019-2020)
  • Associate, LALIVE, Geneva (2017-2019)
  • Associate, Kantenwein Zimmermann Fox Kröck & Partner, Munich (2016-2017)
  • Foreign Lawyer, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP, Paris (2015)
  • Law Clerk, Derains & Gharavi, Paris (2015)
  • Law Clerk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Lima (2014)
  • Law Clerk and Research Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Düsseldorf (2013-2015)
  • Intern, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Paris (2012)
  • Intern, Clayton Utz, Sydney (2011)
  • Intern, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe LLP, Düsseldorf (2008)
  • Second State Examination, Appellate Court of Düsseldorf, Germany (2013-2015)
  • PhD, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany (2012-today)
  • First State Examination, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany (2006-2011)
  • Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit e.V. (DIS)
  • Deutsche Initiative Junger Schiedsrichter (DIS-40)
  • Young ICCA
  • Russian Arbitration Association 40 (RAA40)
  • Russia-CIS Arbitration Network
  • Ukrainian Arbitration Association (UAA)
  • Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Groupe ASA des Jeunes Praticiens de l’Arbitrage (ASA Below 40)
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)
  • The Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP)
    Düsseldorf Moot Association e.V. (DMA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Bulletin

    Leonid Shmatenko, Dr. Svitlana Bevz, Arbitrability of Corporate Disputes in Ukraine, in : Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2018, pp. 53-76

  • New Horizons of International Arbitration

    Leonid Shmatenko, Sergey Alekhin, Corruption in Investor-State Arbitration – It Takes Two to Tango, in : New Horizons of International Arbitration, A.V. Asoskov, А.I. Muranov, R.M. Khodykin (eds.), 2018, pp. 150-179

  • Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialrecht (NZS)

    Leonid Shmatenko, Die Schließung einer Betriebskrankenkasse sowie ihre Auswirkungen auf Schuldverhältnisse, in : Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialrecht (NZS), Issue 8, 2018, pp. 306-310

  • Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa (WiRO)

    Leonid Shmatenko, Zur einseitigen Aufhebung einer Schiedsklausel in der Ukraine, in : Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa (WiRO) Issue 8, 2018, pp. 235-240

  • SchiedsVZ (German Arbitration Journal)

    Leonid Shmatenko, Dr. Svitlana Bevz, Die Schiedsfähigkeit gesellschaftsrechtlicher Streitigkeiten in der Ukraine, in : SchiedsVZ (German Arbitration Journal), No. 6, 2017, pp. 300 et seqq.

  • The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law

    Leonid Shmatenko, Dr. Svitlana Bevz, Arbitrability of Corporate Disputes in Ukraine, in : The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law, November 2017, pp. 32-34