Integrites is reporting that on November 14, 2016, the General Meeting of Members of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association elected Integrites Partner Olena Perepelynska, the Head of the firm's CIS Arbitration Practice) as its new President, succeeding outgoing UAA President Tatyana Slipachuk, Partner and Head of International Dispute Resolution at Sayenko Kharenko.
The President of the UAA is elected for a four-year term.
The Ukrainian Arbitration Association was founded in September 2012 by the initiative of the Ukrainian and foreign arbitration experts. The key goals of the UAA include, first of all, the promotion of Ukraine, and Kiev in particular, as the seat of arbitration, facilitation, and support of interest in international arbitration, extending knowledge and exchange of experience in cross-border dispute resolution, and enhancing cooperation and communications among international arbitration practitioners around the world.
"It was a real challenge to set professional arbitration association and to be its first president," said Tatyana Slipachuk, in a statement released by Integrites. "I would like to thank all my colleagues in Ukraine and abroad who continuously support UAA, and I do believe that only a joint effort could be successful. Despite my decision not to run for a new term I will remain with the UAA and I will do my best to promote international arbitration in Ukraine and Ukrainian arbitration lawyers abroad."
New President Olena Perepelynska is one of the founding members of the Association and elected a member of the UAA Board both in 2012 and 2015. Throughout the past four years she was in charge of coordinating and implementing several UAA educational and legislative initiatives, including its annual Arbitration Schools, and for contributing to the creation of a draft law to improve the procedural legislation of Ukraine in support of arbitration, which currently awaits its first reading in the Ukrainian Parliament.
"It is an honor to be chosen by my colleagues to serve as the second UAA President," commented Perepelynska. "It is my sincere belief that UAA plays a central role in the development and promotion of arbitration in Ukraine. I also believe that Ukraine can become a more arbitration-friendly jurisdiction by improving its arbitration legislation, implementing best international practices into Ukrainian arbitration, and educating different groups of Ukrainian lawyers, both for counsel’s and arbitrators’ work. I will work hard to continue the success that my predecessor has achieved."