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Portrait of Valya Georgieva
Areas of expertise: Commercial dispute resolution


Valya is a senior associate in the commercial dispute resolution team in London and specialises in commercial dispute resolution across all sectors. She assists clients on a broad range of contentious commercial matters, including commercial contract disputes, company disputes, breach of warranty claims, financial services disputes and professional negligence. A member of the firm’s international trade and commerce group, she has a strong track record in complex and high value litigation, often with a cross-border element.

Valya joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2019, having previously spent eight years at a leading national law firm. During this time she was seconded to the in-house legal team of a regulatory organisation for six months. Earlier in her career, Valya gained experience as a paralegal in travel insurance litigation, working on a number of medium to large cross-border insurance matters.

Valya is an active member of the International Association of Young Lawyers, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the London Solicitor Litigation Association.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting in a US$900 million claim against a FTSE 250-listed Georgian company in relation to an improperly constituted auction.
  • Advising a Russian businessman and a BVI company on a Commercial Court claim arising out of the alleged misappropriation of a substantial production business in Russia.
  • Acting for the respondents in their successful defence of an unfair prejudice petition at trial which was heard over seven days.
  • Acting for company shareholders in their successful claim arising out of an indemnity agreement granted in respect of tax and other liabilities incurred by the shareholders as a result of the sale of the company.
  • Defending a financial adviser in a professional negligence claim by an investor in the fraudulent Harlequin Caribbean property investment scheme.

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