International Arbitration

About

For more than 75 years, clients have been turning to our Firm's world-renowned practice for representation in international arbitrations. Our dedicated International Arbitration team provides trusted counsel and vigorous representation devoted to protecting our clients' interests.

We work with clients all over the world and handle both commercial and investor-State arbitrations. We have deep expertise in numerous industries and specialized sectors including financial services, energy, power, mining & metals, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, technology, telecommunications, transportation, construction, retail and manufacturing.

We have an all-star team, with 44 of our partners among the highest ranked international arbitration practitioners in the world.

Our group is known for handling the most challenging and complex cases and for getting the results our clients seek.  The legal directories, including Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review, place our practice at the top.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

"Outstanding group with an excellent track record in high-stakes commercial and investor-state arbitrations."
Chambers Global, International Arbitration, 2021

 "They stand out for having the greatest experience in international arbitration matters, and take a global approach to the client's problems."
Chambers Global, International Arbitration, 2019

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

Band One
Chambers Global 2021

Band One
Chambers Europe 2021

Band One
Chambers Latin America 2021

Band One
Chambers USA 2020

Band One
Chambers France 2021

Band One: Dispute Resolution, Africa-wide
Chambers Global 2021

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Who's Who Legal 2018 – 2020

One of five firms ranked International Arbitration Group of the Year       
Law360 2020

Most successful firm for results in ICSID arbitration
Credibility International 2021

Experience

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.