Transnational Litigation



Gibson Dunn is a recognized, premier leader in transnational litigation, with an unequalled track record of successfully defending our clients from threats posed by cross-border plaintiffs in national courts around the world. Our practice group includes over 175 lawyers in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and our clients include numerous global corporations and sovereign governments. We litigate in U.S. and other courts and before arbitral tribunals seated throughout the world. These representations have involved litigation implicating more than 70 countries in a wide variety of substantive contexts, including multi-jurisdictional environmental, tort, and contract disputes, climate change and ESG, global media management, technology, and intellectual property.

We have represented clients in some of the highest-profile cases across the globe, including Chevron Corporation in what The American Lawyer called “The Case of the Century”: Chevron’s successful RICO and fraud suit to bar enforcement of a $9 billion corrupt Ecuadorian judgment.

Our team is skilled, creative, and experienced in managing all aspects of transnational litigation, including devising, coordinating, and implementing the outside-the-box offensive and defensive global strategies that are crucial for success in this arena. Our lawyers have deep knowledge and experience with the various legal and factual issues that arise in transnational litigation, including: global fact investigations; cross-border discovery; jurisdictional disputes and extraterritoriality issues, forum non conveniens, and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; corporate separateness; presentation and management of foreign legal issues and foreign law experts in US courts; foreign judgment defense, enforcement, and asset recovery; and use of RICO and parallel regulations in offensive litigation. The team has also spearheaded extensive, high-stakes UK and Commonwealth litigation.

Our leading position in transnational litigation is recognized by various legal ranking publications. For example, the firm is ranked in Tier 1 by Legal 500 U.S. for International Litigation, and Chambers Global recognized our practice among the leading for Multi-Jurisdictional Dispute Resolution. The American Lawyer has also recognized the group’s work, separately naming the group’s representations of NML Capital and Chevron Corporation as “Global Dispute of the Year” during its yearly Global Legal Awards.

“The undisputed premier firm in highly complex, high-value litigation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s transnational disputes team boasts superb lawyers with great breadth of experience.” – The Legal 500 United States 

“The reason I hired Gibson Dunn was because the matter involved international elements. They staffed the matter perfectly, with experts in the relevant jurisdictions who worked collaboratively so that I felt the team had been working together for years.” – Client Quote, The Legal 500 United States

Representative Matters

  • Secured an important victory before the U.S. Supreme Court for Nestlé USA, Inc. in a case addressing extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute. The decision was a significant win for Nestlé USA in a case that has endured for over 15 years, with the claims still having never advanced beyond the pleading stage.  (Nestlé USA, Inc. v. Doe, 141 S.Ct. 1931 (2021))
  • Representation of Dell Technologies in a putative class action brought by the residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo which alleges that Dell (and other defendants) produced cobalt-containing technologies using forced labor.  (Doe et al. v. Apple Inc. et al., No. 19-cv-03737 (D.D.C.)).
  • Won dismissal with prejudice for Oath Holdings of Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act, and California Unfair Competition Law claims arising out of alleged activity in the People’s Republic of China. (Ning Xianhua v. Oath Holdings, Inc. et al., No. 20-cv-06185 (N.D. Cal.))
  • Representation of Eli Lilly in Brazilian litigation brought against its subsidiary, Eli Lilly do Brasil Ltda., arising from allegations that former workers were exposed to environmental contamination at an industrial facility. Since Gibson Dunn’s involvement, hundreds of claims brought against Lilly Brazil have been dismissed, and no new judgments have been issued against Lilly Brazil at the trial-court level.
  • Representation of Dole Food Company in environmental litigation brought by tens of thousands of plaintiffs nationally and internationally. Alleging exposure to DBCP, Plaintiffs from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and the Ivory Coast brought claims both across the United States and in the plaintiffs’ countries of origin. Tens of thousands of claims have been successfully defeated and no claims have survived to judgment since Gibson Dunn became lead Dole counsel.
  • Secured dismissal of an arbitral enforcement action against Chevron of a sham $18 billion arbitration award procured in Egypt. (Al-Qarqani v. Chevron Corp., No. C 18-03297 JSW (N.D. Cal.)) The Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal finding that “there was no binding agreement to arbitrate between the parties.” (Al-Qarqani v. Chevron Corp., 8 F.4th 1018, 1025 (9th Cir. 2021)).
  • Achieved a complete dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds of a $1.1 billion lawsuit brought against General Electric by Angolan corporations that formerly distributed GE power equipment in Angola. Plaintiffs alleged that three GE affiliates interfered with the plaintiffs’ relationship with the Angolan government, causing the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in business. In a comprehensive, 43-page opinion, the judge adopted the vast majority of our forum non conveniens arguments. (Aenergy, S.A., et al. v. Republic of Angola, et al., No. 20-cv-03569 (S.D.N.Y.)). The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal.  (Aenergy, S.A. v. Republic of Angola, 31 F.4th 119 (2d Cir. 2022)).
  • Obtained a victory for Daimler AG before the U.S. Supreme Court in a transnational case, in which the Court held that it violates due process for a U.S. court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a non-U.S. corporation based on the fact that an indirect corporate subsidiary performs services on behalf of the defendant in the forum state.
  • Secured an order, on behalf of Crystallex, attaching the shares of PDV Holding, Inc. (PDVH), nominally held by PDVSA, Venezuela’s national oil company, which Crystallex successfully argued is the alter ego of Venezuela. The attachment was in aid of a $1.4 billion award that Crystallex won against Venezuela. PDVH owns multibillion-dollar U.S. refiner CITGO Petroleum. The District Court has since authorized, subject to potential OFAC approval, the sale of shares of CITGO in satisfaction of Crystallex’s judgment.
  • Resolved groundbreaking, multibillion-dollar litigation by NML Capital against the Republic of Argentina when Argentina paid NML more than $2.4 billion to satisfy NML’s claims on the country’s defaulted bonds. This settlement marked the conclusion of what the Financial Times called the “sovereign debt trial of the century” and ended 13 years of litigation following Argentina’s default in 2001 on more than $80 billion in external debt.


Landmark EU “Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive” Imposing Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Obligations on EU and Non-EU Companies Approved by European Parliament

-April 30, 2024

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

Benchmark Litigation Names Andrea Smith US Environmental Litigator of the Year 2024

-March 14, 2024

Top 10 Issues in Arbitration Clauses – Singapore and Hong Kong

-February 8, 2024

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

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

-August 2, 2023

EU Strengthens Cross-Border Access to E-Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

-August 1, 2023

Perlette Jura and Marcellus McRae Named Among Los Angeles’ 2023 Top Litigators & Trial Attorneys

-August 1, 2023

Supreme Court Holds That U.S. Trademark Infringement Claims Must Be Based On Domestic Use In Commerce

-June 29, 2023

Supreme Court Holds That Foreign Plaintiffs Can Pursue Civil RICO Claims If They Suffered An Injury That Arose In The United States

-June 22, 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

Child and Forced Labor Risks Global Task Force

-May 17, 2023

Candice Choh and Perlette Jura Named Among Los Angeles’ 2023 Most Influential Women Attorneys

-April 17, 2023

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

-January 6, 2023

Energy Charter Treaty – Recent Developments

-December 5, 2022

ESG ratings: key considerations for stakeholders

-September 29, 2022

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

-September 15, 2022

Germany Amends Implementing Act to the Hague Evidence Convention, No Longer Forbidding Pre-Trial Discovery of Documents

-June 24, 2022

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

-June 13, 2022

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

-March 24, 2022

Webcast: The World Reacts to the Crisis in Ukraine: A Deep Dive on the New Export Controls

-March 22, 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

Webcast: The Rise of International Class and Collective Actions

-January 13, 2022

Two Who’s Who Legal 2021 Guides Recognize Five Gibson Dunn Partners

-September 30, 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

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

-June 29, 2021

Supreme Court Limits Extraterritorial Reach Of The Alien Tort Statute

-June 17, 2021

DIFC Court of Appeal Rules That Riyadh Convention Is Not a Part of DIFC Law and Clarifies the Implementation of International Agreements

-June 1, 2021

Procedural Implications for Cross-Border Litigation: A Post-Brexit Briefing Note

-January 29, 2021

Supreme Court Holds That Amendments To The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Retroactively Authorized Punitive Damages Against Foreign State Sponsors Of Terrorism

-May 18, 2020

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

-May 13, 2020

Charles Falconer Appointed to UK Shadow Cabinet

-April 7, 2020

Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Standard Price Cap Is A Trade-Off

-February 10, 2020

Anne Champion and Randy Mastro Named Litigators of the Week

-October 1, 2019

Five Partners Named Among Top Women in Litigation

-August 15, 2019

U.S. Court of Appeals Allows Specific Personal Jurisdiction Over German Web-Services Firm With No Physical U.S. Presence

-September 24, 2018

SFO Successfully Defends Challenge over the Territorial Scope of Compulsory Document Requests

-September 11, 2018

Supreme Court Says That Patent Holders May Recover Lost Foreign Profits Resulting From Patent Infringement In The United States

-June 22, 2018

Supreme Court Holds That Foreign Corporations Cannot Be Sued Under The Alien Tort Statute

-April 24, 2018

Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Forum Non Conveniens Dismissals Do Not Require An Alternative Available Forum

-March 22, 2018

Intra-EU Investment Treaties: Is It Time to Restructure Your Investment?

-March 7, 2018

The DIFC Court’s First Ever Judgment on State Immunity Is a Welcome Sign for Investors

-October 3, 2017

Trump Administration Rescinds Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

-September 5, 2017

Update on Immigration Executive Order

-June 29, 2017

United States Supreme Court Limits Power of State Courts to Exercise Specific Personal Jurisdiction over Defendants

-June 19, 2017

Webcast: Are We Speaking the Same Language? Privilege Issues in Cross-Border Litigation, Investigations and International Arbitration

-May 16, 2017

Court Orders Block Implementation of New Immigration Executive Order

-March 16, 2017

Corporate Social Responsibility Statements – Recent Litigation and Avoiding Pitfalls

-March 9, 2017

Analysis of March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration

-March 7, 2017

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Opinion Upholding Nationwide TRO of January 27 Immigration-Related Executive Order

-February 10, 2017

2016 Year-End Aerospace and Related Technologies Update

-February 9, 2017

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Immigration

-January 30, 2017

Canadian Court Upholds Chevron’s Corporate Separateness and Its Right to Defend Against Judgment Obtained by Fraud

-January 27, 2017

Third Quarter 2016 Update on Class Actions

-October 27, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Transnational Litigation Update

-September 21, 2016

Have Alien Tort Statute Claims Run Their Course?

-September 16, 2016

Chevron Earns Decisive Victory in Second Circuit Civil RICO Appeal Concerning Corrupt Scheme to Obtain $9.5 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment Through Bribery and Fraud

-August 9, 2016

One Small Step or One Giant Leap? FAA Releases Final Rules on Commercial Drone Use in the United States

-June 27, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of Civil RICO

-June 21, 2016

Del. High Court Sets Example For Revisiting Daimler

-June 6, 2016

Webcast – Kiobel Three Years On: ATS Scope and Litigation Trends

-May 24, 2016

Follow the Money

-April 29, 2016

DIFC Courts: A Gateway to Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Onshore Dubai

-March 14, 2016

2015 Year-End Transnational Litigation Update

-February 17, 2016

Courts Make Doing Good Abroad Bad For Business At Home

-January 14, 2016

2015 Year-End FCPA Update

-January 4, 2016

Serious Fraud Office v Standard Bank Plc: Deferred Prosecution Agreement

-December 3, 2015

The 2015 Myanmar Elections: Impact on Myanmar Sanctions

-November 17, 2015

The Final Countdown Begins for Hong Kong’s Competition Regime: Time to Comply

-November 3, 2015

Webcast: Enforcing Arbitral Awards and Judgments Against Foreign Entities

-October 14, 2015

Bilateral and Multilateral Investments Treaties: What All Dealmakers Need to Know

-September 25, 2015

9th Circ. Cracks Door Ajar To Imputed Jurisdiction

-September 21, 2015

2015 Mid-Year FCPA Update: Part 2

-August 31, 2015

2015 Mid-Year FCPA Update: Part 1

-August 17, 2015

2015 Mid-Year E-Discovery Update

-July 15, 2015

2015 Mid-Year FCPA Update

-July 6, 2015

Delaware Enacts Legislation Endorsing Exclusive Forum Clauses and Prohibiting Fee-Shifting Provisions

-June 26, 2015

2014 Year-End Transnational Litigation Update

-February 27, 2015

Venezuela’s Currency Regulations May Violate Investment Treaty Protections

-February 25, 2015

Enforcing Arbitration Awards in California

-February 20, 2015

Webcast: Transnational Litigation: Obtaining U.S. Discovery to Litigate in Foreign or International Tribunals Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1782

-January 28, 2015

2014 Year-End E-Discovery Update

-January 20, 2015

President Obama Signs the Ukraine Freedom Support Act into Law, Authorizing New Sanctions on Russian Entities and Foreign Companies Conducting Business in Russia

-December 22, 2014

Recent French Court Decision Cancels Whistleblowing Procedure That Did Not Limit the Scope of Information French Employees Could Report (irrespective of the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act)

-December 3, 2014

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide – UK

-November 21, 2014

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide – US

-November 21, 2014

Protecting Your Investments in Emerging Markets

-October 6, 2014

Media Relations in High-Profile Litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger

-September 30, 2014

Litigating the Crime-Fraud Exception: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger

-September 11, 2014

Second Circuit Holds That the Supreme Court’s Decision in Morrison May Limit Section 10(b) Claims in U.S. Relating to U.S. Transactions Involving Primarily Foreign Securities and Foreign Issuers

-August 25, 2014

District Court Upholds Government’s Ability to Seek Digital Information Stored Abroad

-August 4, 2014

Employing U.S. Subpoena Power in Support of Foreign Litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger and 28 U.S.C. § 1782

-July 14, 2014

Applying Morrison Extra-Territorial Limits of U.S. Securities Laws, Second Circuit Rejects Claims Regarding Securities Dual Listed on U.S. and Foreign Exchanges

-May 9, 2014

Disparate Treatment of the Corporate Citizen: Stark Differences Across Borders in Transnational Lawsuits

-May 1, 2014

Court of Appeal Affirms Order Vacating Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Against Dole Food Company and Dismissing Case Due to Plaintiffs’ Attorney-Driven Fraud

-March 10, 2014

Chevron Wins Major Civil RICO Trial Victory Against Purveyors of Corrupt $9.2 Billion Ecuadorian Judgment

-March 5, 2014

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide

-September 1, 2013

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in 29 Jurisdictions Worldwide

-September 1, 2013

Ten Lessons from the Chevron Litigation: The Defense Perspective

-August 1, 2013

The Statute of Limitations Governing SEC Actions Against Foreign Defendants

-July 9, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Presumption Against Extraterritoriality Applies to the Alien Tort Statute

-April 18, 2013

The Outer Limits Of Expert Testimony Gatekeeping

-March 13, 2013

The Global Reach of American Criminal Law

-February 25, 2013