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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, Stockholm and Singapore, and we have significant on-the-ground arbitration capability in Mexico City, Miami, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Tokyo 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.

 

Download our International Arbitration brochure.
Download our Investor-State Arbitration brochure.
2012 International Arbitration Survey: Current & Preferred Practices in International Arbitration.
2010 International Arbitration Survey: Choices in International Arbitration.

 

AWARDS

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2015

Band One
Chambers Global 2015

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

International Arbitration Client Service Award
Chambers USA 2012

High-stakes claims

Multibillion-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 multibilliondollar arbitration relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant.

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.

Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration, 2013
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.

 

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 the Centre's history to become a claimant.  Following the commencement of this claim, we successfully negotiated the resolution of all three 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, 2013
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.

Ground breaking shutdown of claim, 2010
We defended Ukraine against an ICSID claim brought by two US investors, by successfully applying for summary dismissal under ICSID Rule 41(5) – the first time ever a tribunal dismissed a claim under this Rule.

 

Cutting-edge cases

First-ever mass investment claim, ongoing
We represent tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion claim before ICSID. In a seminal decision which was named 'Most Influential Award of the Decade' by OGEMID (Oil, Gas, Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Investment Disputes), the tribunal found jurisdiction over the case, giving the green light to the first-ever mass claim in investment arbitration history.

First-ever investment treaty claim dismissed on corruption grounds, 2013
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.

Victory in complex construction case, 2012
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.

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, Stockholm and Singapore, and we have significant on-the-ground arbitration capability in Mexico City, Miami, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong, Tokyo 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.

 

Download our International Arbitration brochure.
Download our Investor-State Arbitration brochure.
2012 International Arbitration Survey: Current & Preferred Practices in International Arbitration.
2010 International Arbitration Survey: Choices in International Arbitration.

 

AWARDS

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2015

Band One
Chambers Global 2015

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

International Arbitration Client Service Award
Chambers USA 2012

Experience

High-stakes claims

Multibillion-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 multibilliondollar arbitration relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant.

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.

Victory in long-running International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration, 2013
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.

 

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 the Centre's history to become a claimant.  Following the commencement of this claim, we successfully negotiated the resolution of all three 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, 2013
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.

Ground breaking shutdown of claim, 2010
We defended Ukraine against an ICSID claim brought by two US investors, by successfully applying for summary dismissal under ICSID Rule 41(5) – the first time ever a tribunal dismissed a claim under this Rule.

 

Cutting-edge cases

First-ever mass investment claim, ongoing
We represent tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion claim before ICSID. In a seminal decision which was named 'Most Influential Award of the Decade' by OGEMID (Oil, Gas, Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Investment Disputes), the tribunal found jurisdiction over the case, giving the green light to the first-ever mass claim in investment arbitration history.

First-ever investment treaty claim dismissed on corruption grounds, 2013
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.

Victory in complex construction case, 2012
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.