International Arbitration

Overview

The International Arbitration Practice Group advises leading multinational corporations in arbitration proceedings around the world. We regularly assist clients in litigation involving arbitration issues and have represented clients in national court proceedings under the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance, the U.S. Federal Arbitration Act, the English Arbitration Act and the New York Convention. 

The International Arbitration group's lawyers have appeared before many of the world's leading arbitrators and work with all major arbitral institutions and rules, including: 

  • International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
  • Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  • Swiss Rules
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Our practice and experience is particularly deep in the energy, telecommunications, insurance, construction, pharmaceutical and banking sectors, and our cases arise in a wide variety of contexts that include:

  • Concession and privatization agreements
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Insurance and reinsurance arrangements
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensing and distribution agreements
  • Complex financial transactions

We advise clients on each stage of the dispute resolution process, from the drafting of arbitration clauses to mediation or early neutral evaluation to the conduct of arbitration proceedings and through to the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Our international arbitration lawyers are ranked as leaders by legal publications including Chambers and PLC's Which Lawyer

Experience and Recent Representations

  • A major oil company in related, multibillion dollar UNCITRAL proceedings in the Hague alleging expropriation and other violations under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • A French power generation company in a €200 million ICC arbitration in Geneva arising from a long-term contract for supply of natural gas.
  • A European energy company in a $150 million ICC arbitration in London for a price review under a long-term contract for supply of LNG.
  • An Asian energy company in connection with ICC arbitration claims against an Asian state-owned entity under an offshore oil and gas production sharing agreement.
  • A vessel owner in related LMAA arbitration proceedings in London arising from a luxury yacht construction agreement.
  • A Middle Eastern contractor in an ICC arbitration in Paris arising from a gas plant project in Saudi Arabia.
  • A major oil company in connection with claims under a joint venture agreement for the exploration and production of natural gas in a Central American state.
  • A major oil company in a $1.5 billion ICC arbitration in London regarding a dispute arising from the purchase and sale of an Eastern European refinery, pipeline and export company.
  • Defending U.S. court proceedings seeking to enjoin a major oil company's investment treaty arbitration against a Central American state.
  • Multiple LCIA arbitrations representing investors in a dispute concerning ownership of a landmark Russian hotel construction and redevelopment project.
  • An Asian subsidiary of a major global mining company in connection with claims against an Asian state under a bilateral investment treaty.
  • A Brazilian mining conglomerate in an ICC arbitration in Paris regarding a dispute arising from the termination of long-term contracts to purchase and ship iron ore.
  • A Canadian mining company in an ICC arbitration in London regarding a dispute over mining concession rights in Ghana.
  • A material witness in an LCIA arbitration in London concerning a dispute over ownership of a major Russian telecommunications company.
  • A Middle Eastern company in connection with claims concerning ownership and operation of an Iraqi telecommunications company.
  • A Middle Eastern consulting firm in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in Dubai arising from telecommunications projects in Central Asia.
  • A multinational telecommunications corporate in a multibillion dollar UNCITRAL Rules investment treaty arbitration in the Hague against an African state.
  • A multinational telecommunications corporate in a $1.2 billion dollar ICC arbitration in Geneva concerning a shareholder dispute in relation to a telecommunications subsidiary.
  • A leading telecommunications company in an LCIA arbitration in London and related interim relief proceedings arising from a shareholder dispute.
  • A telecommunications corporate in an ICC arbitration in Paris alleging breach of shareholders agreement in respect of a North African joint venture.  
  • A telecommunications joint venture in a $1 billion ICC arbitration in Stockholm arising out of an Eastern European privatization of telecommunications services.
  • A European contractor in an ICC arbitration with a state agency concerning the termination of an agreement to implement a digital terrestrial television network in an Eastern European country.
  • A Middle Eastern cable manufacturer in an ICC arbitration arising out of a contract for the expansion and modernization of the telecommunications system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • A Middle East investment bank in related DIAC proceedings in Dubai arising from a property development project.
  • An international investment bank in related LCIA arbitrations in London arising from a joint venture project in the Ukraine.
  • A major European financial institution in an ICC arbitration arising out of the termination of services and technology agreements for the establishment of a structured derivatives business.
  • A UK financial institution in an LCIA arbitration concerning claims under political risk insurance coverage following civil unrest at a gold mine in the Solomon Islands.
  • A Czech subsidiary of a U.S. financial institution in an LCIA arbitration in London arising out of a business restructuring and privatization program implemented by a Czech government agency.
  • A major UK and Middle East financial institution in an LCIA arbitration in London arising out of currency trading transactions and services with a trading client in the United Arab Emirates.
  • A syndicate of investment banks in an LCIA arbitration in London involving political risk insurance claims for expropriation of energy receivables as a result of the damage to investment by Argentina's enactment of the Emergency Law.
  • Two international banks in LCIA arbitration proceedings in London involving political risk insurance claims for expropriation of energy receivables as a result of Argentina's Emergency Law.
  • A major insurer in several international arbitrations in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors, including disputes in relation to product liability and securities claims valued at more than $1 billion.
  • A U.S. insurer in an ad hoc proceeding arising from the unwinding of a PA LMX spiral.
  • A group of European insurers in an ad hoc arbitration with a U.S. state insurance department regarding claims related to pooled reinsurance participations.
  • A reinsurer in an LCIA arbitration relating to claims arising from financing of English football clubs.
  • An African state in a $100 million LCIA arbitration in London alleging breaches of a concession agreement for a port and terminal project.
  • A major U.S. multinational in an ICC arbitration in Amsterdam alleging liability for environmental clean-up at various manufacturing sites.
  • A Russian investor in a $60 million LCIA arbitration in London arising from an ownership dispute concerning a Moscow shopping complex.
  • A multibillion dollar fund manager in an ICC arbitration in London concerning a high-value  shareholder dispute arising from a joint venture Turkish port development infrastructure project.
  • A U.S. software corporate in an ICC arbitration in London in relation to the termination of  distribution agreements across the Middle East.
  • A global leader in technology and travel services in an ICC arbitration in Paris regarding a dispute arising from a long-term distribution agreement.
  • Floyd Landis in a CAS arbitration in Lausanne and New York arising out of the actions taken by the United States Anti-Doping Agency regarding Mr. Landis's victory in the 2006 Tour de France competition.
  • A major Saudi Arabian publishing company in an ICC arbitration in London arising out of the termination of a contract with a UK publishing company for the adaptation and translation of school textbooks for use by the Saudi Ministry of Education.