Tomas Vail | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Tomas Vail

Associate, London

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Tomas is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Group in London. He regularly advises clients on international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes, as well as on related litigation in domestic courts.

Tomas has particular experience in the petroleum and extractives industry, advising on investment treaty structuring, production sharing agreements, tax stability provisions and cost recovery mechanisms. Tomas also has experience of disputes in the mining, banking, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors, including joint-venture and post-M&A disputes.

Tomas sits on the editorial board of the quarterly newsletter of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and is listed on the LCIA database of neutrals/arbitrators. He is a member of the LCIA (YIAG), ICC (YAF), ICDR (Y&I), Young ICCA, Young ICSID and IBA.

Tomas joined White & Case in May 2016 from a leading Magic Circle law firm, at which he was seconded to the dispute resolution team of an oil major. As part of his legal education, Tomas completed master's studies in international arbitration at Université Paris X – Nanterre, as well as internships at the ICC International Court of Arbitration and two leading international arbitration practices in Paris.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar


  • JD, Washington College of Law
  • BA, Political Science, Macalester College


  • English
  • Russian
  • French


UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a gas field in Kazakhstan*

Advising a group of oil majors in a series of disputes with the Republic of Kazakhstan, and negotiating a highly complex settlement agreement in relation to the Karachaganak field.

LCIA arbitration relating to ownership of a sugar refinery*

Acting for shareholders in a joint-venture dispute in the Middle East, including drafting a successful application to compel document production under the Arbitration Act 1996 and obtaining a final award for specific performance.

ICSID arbitrations relating to a Ugandan oil block*

Advising an international oil company in two ICSID arbitrations against the Republic of Uganda arising out of a production sharing agreement (in parallel to domestic tax proceedings).

ICC arbitration relating to shareholding in a bank*

Representing the major shareholder of a bank in a post-M&A dispute with a Russian investor.

Intellectual property rights*

Advising an international consumer products manufacturer on its rights under various investment treaties (and in parallel to domestic litigation) in the face of worldwide regulatory changes.

*Matters worked on prior to joining White & Case.

Speaking Engagements

"The Brčko Arbitration: Exploring the State/Non-State Boundary", 2016: Conference of the International Law Association (British Branch),

"The role of Amici Curiae in International Arbitration", 2015: GIAC Arbitration Days,

"Investment Treaty Arbitration in the Construction Sector", 2013: St Petersburg International Legal Forum,


  • Ethics and the Arbitral Secretary, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, News & Notes, 2016
  • Advice to Young Arbitrators: Interviews with Leading Practitioners, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, News & Notes, 2016
  • Does The "Culture" Of International Arbitration Serve Its Users?, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 2015