International Arbitration


When the stakes are high in international arbitration, leading corporations, financial institutions, investors, and sovereign states turn to White & Case. And for good reason. We zealously advocate for our clients and are recognized for our ability to win the tough cases.

The depth of our experience and expertise in both commercial and investor-State arbitration is second to none. We represent parties in every major arbitral forum. We work around the world, in multiple jurisdictions and in multiple languages. With one of the largest dedicated International Arbitration practices globally, we customize our teams to meet our clients' needs.

We have expertise in numerous industries and specialized sectors including financial services, energy, power, mining & metals, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecommunications, transportation, construction, retail, and manufacturing.

Our practice is recognized as preeminent; a recent market review named 51 of our international arbitration lawyers as global market leaders, more than any other law firm. Year after year, the legal directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review, place our practice at the top.


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"Outstanding group with an excellent track record in high-stakes commercial and investor-state arbitrations."
Chambers Global 2024

"A pre-eminent global team in high demand for its extensive experience acting on sophisticated arbitration matters throughout Latin America."
Chambers Latin America 2024

"An extremely experienced team capable of giving efficient advice on complex disputes."
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024

"Outstanding credentials in the international arbitration field and houses a sizeable team of arbitration specialists. The firms expertise is pre-eminent in the construction field where it acts for companies and state entities in some of the world’s largest disputes."
The Legal 500 EMEA 2024

"A dominant investment treaty practice across both the claimant and state sides, with significant strength in arbitrations involving emerging markets. The team offers additional expertise in commercial arbitrations, acting for clients from a wide range of sectors."
Chambers Global - The Elite - USA 2024

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Chambers Global 2024

Band One
Chambers USA 2023

Band One
Chambers Europe 2024

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Chambers France 2024

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2015-2019, 2021

Most successful firm for results in ICSID arbitration
Credibility International 2014, 2021


Memory chip dispute
We successfully represented Toshiba, as a respondent, in three ICC arbitrations regarding the sale of its US$18 billion memory chip business. The dispute focused on whether Toshiba's joint venture partner, SanDisk, could block the US$18 billion sale proposal from Toshiba's coveted memory chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital. 

Telecommunications dispute 
We secured a victory obtaining a US$650 million ICC award for a Portuguese telecommunications company in a shareholder dispute in Africa. 

Gold mining dispute
We secured a US$740 million ICSID award for Canadian gold mining company Gold Reserve in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela relating to one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold/copper deposits. 

Bondholder dispute
We represented tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine bonds in a US$2.4 billion  dispute before ICSID and successfully negotiated an historic settlement, whereby Argentina agreed to pay 150 percent of the principal value of the affected bonds.

Nuclear power dispute
We represented the purchaser in multibillion-dollar arbitrations relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant, and successfully negotiated an agreement that ended the arbitration while retaining the main principles of the plant contract.

Major infrastructure - construction dispute 
We represent the contractors in a multibillion-dollar dispute comprising several ICC and ICSID arbitrations with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion project.

LNG project dispute
We represent INPEX in disputes involving ICC arbitration regarding the pricing of works for an onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing facility that is part of a mega LNG project developed by INPEX. The project has an estimated value of more than US$40 billion and is one of the biggest and most significant natural gas projects on the planet.

Pharmaceutical licensing dispute
We obtained a victory for a US biotechnology company that had developed a revolutionary device for the long-term treatment of a chronic disease, in an ICC arbitration against a major European pharmaceutical company arising out of disputes over a licensing and know-how agreement.

Post-M&A dispute
We obtained an award of more than €100 million for our client in an ICC arbitration relating to a clawback agreement in a post-M&A dispute involving the telecommunications sector.

Real estate development dispute 
We represented a real estate developer in an investor-State arbitration of a dispute regarding commercial real estate development and related development agreements.