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International Arbitration
International Arbitration

International Arbitration

International arbitration is a complex and evolving field of law, and the need for deeply knowledgeable legal counsel is paramount.

For our International Arbitration Practice Group, international arbitration isn't the occasional instruction: it's all we do. Our deep and varied practice sets us apart and affords our clients invaluable insight into winning strategies and arguments. Our group's collective experience brings with it unrivalled knowledge of arbitrators, institutions, expert witnesses and opposing counsel, which can make the difference in the outcome of a dispute.

We have the largest international arbitration practice of any firm. Our arbitration lawyers are based in the key arbitral centers of New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Geneva, Stockholm and Singapore, and we have significant on-the-ground arbitration capability in Mexico City, Miami, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul and beyond. We cover every jurisdiction, arbitral forum and industry sector, and work under multiple laws and in diverse languages.

We act for global corporations, financial institutions, foreign investors and sovereign states, and we have a high number of repeat clients. They turn to us because they trust our skill, experience and reputation to achieve the best possible outcome, and because our partners personally handle their cases. Our high-profile cases often make headlines, and include some of the most important decisions in international arbitration history.

We continue to be recognized by clients and industry observers alike as a unique top brand practice. The legal directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review, place our practice at the very top. Members of our team are among the top-ranked international arbitration practitioners in the world.

 

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2015 International Arbitration Survey:
Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration

2012 International Arbitration Survey:
Current & Preferred Practices in International Arbitration

2010 International Arbitration Survey:
Choices in International Arbitration

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2016

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Who's Who Legal 2016

Band One
Chambers Global 2016

Band One
Chambers Europe 2016

Band One
Chambers Latin America 2016

Band One
Chambers USA 2016

Band One
Chambers France 2016

Large International Arbitration Practice of the Year
Global Arbitration Review 2014

Most successful firm in ICSID arbitration
Credibility International 2014

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year: United States and France
Euromoney's Global Commercial Arbitration Awards 2014

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year:
Governmental (2014) and Commercial (2012)
US News and World Report – Best Lawyers

HIGH-STAKES CLAIMS

Multi-billion dollar nuclear dispute, ongoing
In one of the world's largest and most complex infrastructure disputes, we represent the purchaser of a nuclear power plant in a multi-billion dollar arbitration relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant.

Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration, 2015
In a politically-charged US$1 billion dispute relating to public works that had remained unpaid for 30 years, we obtained an award of €550 million, plus costs, for Commisimpex against the Republic of the Congo, and have since been successful in the French courts in annulment and enforcement-related proceedings.

US$740 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) award, 2014
We achieved a major victory for Gold Reserve in a long-running ICSID arbitration against Venezuela relating to one of the world's largest undeveloped gold/copper deposits. In a unanimous award, the tribunal found that Venezuela had acted unlawfully in violation of the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty and awarded Gold Reserve over US$740 million in damages and legal costs.

 

CUTTING-EDGE CASES

Most influential award of the last decade, 2016
We represented tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion ICSID claim.   In a seminal decision named 'Most Influential Award of the Decade,’ the tribunal found jurisdiction over the case, giving the green light to the first-ever mass claim in investment arbitration history. In May 2016, the parties reached an historic settlement, whereby Argentina agreed to pay 150% of the principal value of the affected bonds – an extraordinary result in a dispute that lasted more than a decade.

Construction dispute with global economic significance, ongoing
We represent the contractors in a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project. Given the importance of the Panama Canal to world trade, this dispute has major global economic significance.

Victory in complex construction case, 2014
In one of the longest running and most technically complex cases to be referred to the ICC, we obtained a major victory for our client, an Asian contractor, in a US$1.4 billion Spanish-language arbitration relating to the construction of an oil refinery and pipelines in Latin America, and have since been successful in the US courts in enforcement-related proceedings.

 

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

ICSID claim brought by a State, 2014
In the face of two related ICSID claims relating to the electricity sector, our client Peru retaliated by bringing an ICSID claim against the claimant – the first ICSID claim brought by a Latin American State and only the fourth State in ICSID's history to become a claimant.  Following the commencement of this claim, we successfully negotiated the resolution of all related ICSID disputes, turning a risk of more than US$125 million into a reward of US$40 million for Peru.

Greater protection for foreign investors, 2014
In a landmark ICSID case which expands the protection afforded to foreign investors under international law, we secured victory for SGS by persuading the tribunal to adopt an innovative interpretation of the investment treaty.

First-ever investment treaty claim dismissed on corruption grounds, 2014
We represented Uzbekistan in an ICSID claim brought by Metal-Tech relating to the Uzbek mineral industry. In a unanimous award, the tribunal refused jurisdiction over Metal-Tech's request for more than US$170 million, finding that Metal-Tech had made corrupt payments to obtain its alleged investment. The case is the first-ever investment treaty claim to be dismissed on corruption grounds.

International Arbitration
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International arbitration is a complex and evolving field of law, and the need for deeply knowledgeable legal counsel is paramount.

For our International Arbitration Practice Group, international arbitration isn't the occasional instruction: it's all we do. Our deep and varied practice sets us apart and affords our clients invaluable insight into winning strategies and arguments. Our group's collective experience brings with it unrivalled knowledge of arbitrators, institutions, expert witnesses and opposing counsel, which can make the difference in the outcome of a dispute.

We have the largest international arbitration practice of any firm. Our arbitration lawyers are based in the key arbitral centers of New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Geneva, Stockholm and Singapore, and we have significant on-the-ground arbitration capability in Mexico City, Miami, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul and beyond. We cover every jurisdiction, arbitral forum and industry sector, and work under multiple laws and in diverse languages.

We act for global corporations, financial institutions, foreign investors and sovereign states, and we have a high number of repeat clients. They turn to us because they trust our skill, experience and reputation to achieve the best possible outcome, and because our partners personally handle their cases. Our high-profile cases often make headlines, and include some of the most important decisions in international arbitration history.

We continue to be recognized by clients and industry observers alike as a unique top brand practice. The legal directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review, place our practice at the very top. Members of our team are among the top-ranked international arbitration practitioners in the world.

 

View all lawyers in International Arbitration

Download our International Arbitration brochure

Download our Investor-State Arbitration brochure

2015 International Arbitration Survey:
Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration

2012 International Arbitration Survey:
Current & Preferred Practices in International Arbitration

2010 International Arbitration Survey:
Choices in International Arbitration

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2016

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Who's Who Legal 2016

Band One
Chambers Global 2016

Band One
Chambers Europe 2016

Band One
Chambers Latin America 2016

Band One
Chambers USA 2016

Band One
Chambers France 2016

Large International Arbitration Practice of the Year
Global Arbitration Review 2014

Most successful firm in ICSID arbitration
Credibility International 2014

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year: United States and France
Euromoney's Global Commercial Arbitration Awards 2014

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year:
Governmental (2014) and Commercial (2012)
US News and World Report – Best Lawyers

Experience

HIGH-STAKES CLAIMS

Multi-billion dollar nuclear dispute, ongoing
In one of the world's largest and most complex infrastructure disputes, we represent the purchaser of a nuclear power plant in a multi-billion dollar arbitration relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant.

Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration, 2015
In a politically-charged US$1 billion dispute relating to public works that had remained unpaid for 30 years, we obtained an award of €550 million, plus costs, for Commisimpex against the Republic of the Congo, and have since been successful in the French courts in annulment and enforcement-related proceedings.

US$740 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) award, 2014
We achieved a major victory for Gold Reserve in a long-running ICSID arbitration against Venezuela relating to one of the world's largest undeveloped gold/copper deposits. In a unanimous award, the tribunal found that Venezuela had acted unlawfully in violation of the Canada-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty and awarded Gold Reserve over US$740 million in damages and legal costs.

 

CUTTING-EDGE CASES

Most influential award of the last decade, 2016
We represented tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion ICSID claim.   In a seminal decision named 'Most Influential Award of the Decade,’ the tribunal found jurisdiction over the case, giving the green light to the first-ever mass claim in investment arbitration history. In May 2016, the parties reached an historic settlement, whereby Argentina agreed to pay 150% of the principal value of the affected bonds – an extraordinary result in a dispute that lasted more than a decade.

Construction dispute with global economic significance, ongoing
We represent the contractors in a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project. Given the importance of the Panama Canal to world trade, this dispute has major global economic significance.

Victory in complex construction case, 2014
In one of the longest running and most technically complex cases to be referred to the ICC, we obtained a major victory for our client, an Asian contractor, in a US$1.4 billion Spanish-language arbitration relating to the construction of an oil refinery and pipelines in Latin America, and have since been successful in the US courts in enforcement-related proceedings.

 

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

ICSID claim brought by a State, 2014
In the face of two related ICSID claims relating to the electricity sector, our client Peru retaliated by bringing an ICSID claim against the claimant – the first ICSID claim brought by a Latin American State and only the fourth State in ICSID's history to become a claimant.  Following the commencement of this claim, we successfully negotiated the resolution of all related ICSID disputes, turning a risk of more than US$125 million into a reward of US$40 million for Peru.

Greater protection for foreign investors, 2014
In a landmark ICSID case which expands the protection afforded to foreign investors under international law, we secured victory for SGS by persuading the tribunal to adopt an innovative interpretation of the investment treaty.

First-ever investment treaty claim dismissed on corruption grounds, 2014
We represented Uzbekistan in an ICSID claim brought by Metal-Tech relating to the Uzbek mineral industry. In a unanimous award, the tribunal refused jurisdiction over Metal-Tech's request for more than US$170 million, finding that Metal-Tech had made corrupt payments to obtain its alleged investment. The case is the first-ever investment treaty claim to be dismissed on corruption grounds.