International Arbitration

LEADERS

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 & 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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

European Court of Human Rights Rules on the Positive Obligations of Convention States in the Face of the Climate Crisis – Key Takeaways

-April 16, 2024

Renewable Energy Disputes in the Asia-Pacific – Emerging Trends and Challenges

-April 11, 2024

Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Recognized in 2024 GAR 30

-March 22, 2024

Hong Kong Court Reiterates the Exceptional Nature of Challenges to Arbitral Awards Under Section 81 of the Arbitration Ordinance

-March 19, 2024

Gibson Dunn Named International Arbitration Firm of the Year at Asia Legal Awards

-March 15, 2024

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2024

-March 14, 2024

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among 2023 International Arbitration Practice Groups of the Year

-February 15, 2024

Top 10 Issues in Arbitration Clauses – Singapore and Hong Kong

-February 8, 2024

The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Awards Global Advocacy Prize to Gibson Dunn Partner Rahim Moloo

-February 6, 2024

Gibson Dunn Named a 2023 Firm of the Year

-January 22, 2024

Rahim Moloo Named to GAR’s 45 Under 45 List

-December 6, 2023

UK to Update Arbitration Act and Join Hague Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

-December 5, 2023

Abu Dhabi Global Market Court of Appeal Deepens ADGM’s Wholesale Adoption of English Law

-November 29, 2023

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Five Gibson Dunn Partners in Arbitration 2024

-November 29, 2023

Gibson Dunn Partner Robert Spano elected to the Board of the International Register of Damage for Ukraine

-November 16, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 Latin America 2024

-October 26, 2023

United States Eases Sanctions on Venezuelan Oil and Gas, Gold, and Securities

-October 25, 2023

Cyrus Benson and Penny Madden KC Named in The Legal 500’s 2023 UK Arbitration Powerlist

-October 20, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2024

-October 19, 2023

Sanctions Clauses under Singapore Law: An Objective Inquiry, and Validity Questioned

-October 11, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2024

-October 4, 2023

Paul Tan Named in The Legal 500’s 2023 Southeast Asia Arbitration Powerlist

-August 29, 2023

Hong Kong Court Clarifies Application of the Guy Lam Approach to Arbitrable Cross-Claims

-August 22, 2023

UK Supreme Court Rules That Many Litigation Funding Agreements Are Unenforceable in England & Wales

-August 2, 2023

Brad Roach and Paul Tan Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Southeast Asia 2023

-July 25, 2023

Best Lawyers in France 2024 Recognizes 17 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 28, 2023

Supreme Court Holds That Appealing The Denial Of A Motion To Compel Arbitration Automatically Stays District Court Proceedings

-June 23, 2023

Best Lawyers in Germany 2024 Recognizes 24 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 16, 2023

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2024 Recognizes 21 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 8, 2023

Gibson Dunn Earns 108 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

-June 1, 2023

UK and Australian Courts Confirm No Sovereign Immunity from Recognition of ICSID Arbitral Awards Against Sovereign States

-May 31, 2023

Russia in the European Court of Human Rights – Recent Decisions May Impact Rights of Investors

-May 30, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023

-May 17, 2023

FT Recognizes Gibson Dunn at the Asia Innovative Lawyer Awards 2023

-May 5, 2023

Arbitrability and Public Policy Challenges

-April 28, 2023

Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Recognized in 2023 GAR 30

-April 6, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers Europe 2023

-March 16, 2023

Investors’ Right to Seek NAFTA Protections Set to Expire on 1 July 2023

-March 6, 2023

Singapore Launches Model Clause for Arbitration-Related Litigation

-January 18, 2023

German Federal Court of Justice on Full Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards in Case of Alleged Violations of Antitrust Laws

-January 17, 2023

Adoption of a New Global Biodiversity Framework – Key Takeaways for Global Organizations and Financial Firms

-January 6, 2023

Who’s Who Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2023 Recognizes Eleven Gibson Dunn Partners

-January 4, 2023

The European Union’s Proposed Amendments to Article 10(1) of the ECT: Advancing or Undermining Its Ambitions for the Green Transition?

-January 3, 2023

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Eight Gibson Dunn Partners

-December 27, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2023 Chambers Asia-Pacific

-December 15, 2022

Energy Charter Treaty – Recent Developments

-December 5, 2022

Gibson Dunn Promotes 37 Lawyers to Partnership

-November 15, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds International Arbitration Partner Paul Tan in Singapore

-October 31, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2023

-October 20, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 Latin America 2023

-October 19, 2022

Euromoney’s Rising Star Awards 2022 Recognizes 16 Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 12, 2022

Provisional Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration: Protecting the Playing Field

-October 12, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2023

-September 29, 2022

A Major Leap Towards Reciprocity in the Enforcement of Judgments Between the English and Dubai Courts

-September 15, 2022

Best Lawyers in Germany 2023 Recognizes 26 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 24, 2022

Recent Iraqi Supreme Court Decision Likely to Trigger Investment Arbitration Claims

-June 17, 2022

Supreme Court Holds That Parties To Private Foreign Or International Arbitrations Cannot Seek Discovery Assistance From U.S. Courts

-June 13, 2022

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2023 Recognizes 18 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 9, 2022

Gibson Dunn Earns 101 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2022

-June 1, 2022

Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Recognized in 2022 GAR 30

-May 24, 2022

Supreme Court Holds Prejudice Not Required To Show Party Waived Right to Arbitrate

-May 23, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2022

-April 12, 2022

Supreme Court Limits Federal Jurisdiction To Confirm Or Vacate Arbitral Awards

-March 31, 2022

Russia’s Suppression of the Media Violates Its International Law Obligations

-March 24, 2022

Update on UN Roadmap for a New Global Plastics Treaty

-March 21, 2022

The United States Becomes the Sixth Signatory to the 2019 Hague Judgments Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

-March 18, 2022

Which Law Governs the Arbitration Agreement? UK Supreme Court Refuses to Enforce a Paris-Seated Award Already Upheld by the French Courts

-February 18, 2022

The Latest Chapter of the Intra-EU Investment Arbitration Saga: What It Entails for the Protection of Intra-EU Investments and Enforcement of Intra-EU Arbitral Awards

-February 4, 2022

ICDR, JAMS, and CPR Comparison Chart (International)

-February 1, 2022

Webcast: The Rise of International Class and Collective Actions

-January 13, 2022

Who’s Who Legal 2022 & 2021 Guides Recognize Seven Gibson Dunn Partners

-December 6, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Europe 2022 Recognizes Gibson Dunn

-October 26, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2022

-October 21, 2021

Protecting Your Foreign Investment

-October 15, 2021

Jus Mundi Featured Gibson Dunn as Arbitration Team of the Month

-October 8, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2022 UK Legal 500

-October 7, 2021

Seventeen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-October 7, 2021

Intra-EU Arbitration Under the ECT Is Incompatible with EU Law According to the CJEU in Republic of Moldova v Komstroy

-September 7, 2021

Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Recognized in 2021 GAR 30

-July 1, 2021

Enforcement of Arbitral Awards against a Sovereign State: UK Supreme Court Reinstates the Service Requirements in General Dynamics v Libya

-June 29, 2021

New York Updates Law on Recognition of Foreign Country Money Judgments to Bring in Line with Other U.S. Jurisdictions

-June 22, 2021

Arbitrability and Public Policy Challenges

-June 17, 2021

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 Recognizes 10 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 3, 2021

Mexico’s Reforms to Hydrocarbon Law and Electricity Industry Law May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

-June 1, 2021

Appeals 2021: United Kingdom

-May 6, 2021

Sixteen Partners Named Among the Lawdragon Global Litigation 500

-February 23, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Arbitration, Tax and Competition

-January 14, 2021

Jeff Sullivan Appointed Queen’s Counsel

-December 17, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named International Arbitration Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2020

-November 24, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2021

-October 23, 2020

The Singapore Convention on Mediation: New Kid on the Dispute Resolution Block Now in Force

-October 16, 2020

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as 2020 MVPs

-October 5, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2021 UK Legal 500

-October 5, 2020

Benchmark Litigation Europe 2021 Names Four Partners Stars

-October 5, 2020

Thirteen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-September 22, 2020

Gibson Dunn’s International Arbitration Practice Recognized in 2020 GAR 30

-July 10, 2020

Law360 Names Five Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2020 Rising Stars

-July 6, 2020

Best Lawyers in France 2021 Recognizes 17 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 25, 2020

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2021 Recognizes 12 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 12, 2020

Supreme Court Holds That The New York Convention Permits The Use Of Equitable Estoppel To Enforce An Arbitration Agreement Among Nonsignatories

-June 1, 2020

The Termination of Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Impact on Foreign Investment Protection in Europe

-May 13, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2020

-April 30, 2020

Technology and Construction Court of England and Wales Holds That Experts Can Owe Clients a Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty

-April 30, 2020

California Supreme Court Confirms That the Hague Service Convention Does Not Preempt Right of Parties to Contract for Their Preferred Method of Service

-April 6, 2020

Online Dispute Resolution: An Option for Times of Crisis and Calm

-March 30, 2020

Ryan Whelan Named 2020 Legal Personality of the Year

-March 12, 2020

UK Supreme Court Paves the Way for Enforcement of an ICSID Award in the Long-Running <em>Micula v Romania</em> Dispute

-February 21, 2020

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its 2019 International Arbitration Practice Groups of the Year

-February 13, 2020