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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, Sydney 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.

White & Case is a proud signatory of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. This Pledge seeks to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators in order to achieve a fair representation as soon as practically possible, with the ultimate goal of full parity.


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Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2018

Band One
Chambers Global 2018

Band One
Chambers Europe 2018

Band One
Chambers Latin America 2018

Band One
Chambers USA 2018

Band One
Chambers France 2018

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

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Benchmark Litigation 2018

International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year
Law360 2017

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year: Governmental
US News and World Report – Best Lawyers 2018

Most successful firm in ICSID arbitration
Credibility International 2014



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 arbitration, 2016
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. France's highest court then upheld the award, ending the substantive phases of a €1 billion worldwide dispute spanning more than three decades.

US$740 million International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes award, 2015
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.



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.

Victory in first case under the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, 2016
We secured a major victory for longstanding client the Republic of Peru in the first case under the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. The Renco Group brought claims approaching US$1 billion in connection with a privatized metallurgical facility in Peru. The tribunal accepted Peru's first line of defense and dismissed the claims for lack of jurisdiction.

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.



Complete success defending Uzbekistan, 2016
We secured a third-consecutive victory for the Republic of Uzbekistan when an ICSID tribunal dismissed in its entirety a US$132 million claim brought by Spentex Netherlands B.V. for alleged violations of the applicable investment laws.

Award for Indian investor against Poland, 2016
We successfully represented Indian investor Flemingo DutyFree in an UNCITRAL claim against Poland under the India-Poland Bilateral Investment Treaty. The tribunal found that Poland had expropriated Flemingo's investment in duty-free stores at Warsaw's International Airport without compensation, and that Poland had failed to accord it fair and equitable treatment.

Victory in complex construction case, 2015
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.