Vanina specialises in international arbitration and has experience advising clients on a diverse range of cross-border disputes involving commercial contracts, investigations and anti-corruption, joint ventures, construction and infrastructure projects, environmental contamination and investment treaty arbitration. Vanina has experience acting as counsel and advocate in arbitrations across multiple jurisdictions under the auspices of institutions including HKIAC, ICC, SIAC, AAA, and TAI. Vanina is the Court Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and is sitting as arbitrator. Admitted to the California Bar, she has practiced in the San Francisco, Paris, and Bangkok and is currently practicing in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Vanina developed her career as a litigation and arbitration associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, practicing a range of U.S. commercial litigation matters including securities, antitrust, trademark, and class action. She also has experience in international arbitration on issues of expropriation and public international law.
Vanina completed her undergraduate studies at University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctor at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is currently preparing a doctoral dissertation on the backlash against investment arbitration at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Vanina speaks English, Thai, and French.
Vanina is a member of a number of arbitration associations and speaks regularly at conferences.