International Arbitration

About

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, Houston, Madrid, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Moscow, the Middle East, Hong Kong 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 highest‑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 possibly, with the ultimate goal of full parity.

 

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2018 International Arbitration Survey:
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2015 International Arbitration Survey:
Improvements and Innovations in International Arbitration

2012 International Arbitration Survey:
Current & Preferred Practices in International Arbitration

2010 International Arbitration Survey:
Choices in International Arbitration

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Number One International Arbitration Practice globally
Global Arbitration Review 2019

Band One
Chambers Global 2019

Band One
Chambers Europe 2019

Band One
Chambers USA 2019

Band One
Chambers France 2019

Band One
Chambers Latin America 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

 

Experience

HIGH-STAKES CLAIMS

Multibillion-dollar nuclear dispute, settled in 2018
In one of the world's largest and most complex infrastructure disputes, we represented the purchaser in multibillion-dollar arbitrations and related litigations relating to the design and construction of a nuclear power plant. In 2018, we negotiated an agreement that ended the arbitration whilst retaining the main principles of the plan contract.

Largest arbitration in the world, ongoing
We are representing the Russian Federation in proceedings initiated by the ex-majority shareholders of YUKOS who are seeking to recover in excess of US$50 billion on the basis of arbitral awards issued in 2014. We are advising on the resistance of enforcement in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, while coordinating such efforts with other lawyers in Belgium, Canada, France, India, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

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 more than US$740 million in damages and legal costs.

 

CUTTING-EDGE CASES

Most Influential Award of the 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 for recognition as "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 percent 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 multibillion-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.

 

DECISIVE VICTORIES

Award for the State of New York, 2019
On behalf of the State of New York, we obtained an arbitral award against the Seneca Nation of Indians, a sovereign Native American tribe operating three casinos in western New York, in relation with the Nation’s ongoing failure to share with the State its casino revenues under the parties’ 2002 Gaming Compact. Revenue-sharing payments over the renewal term of the Compact are likely to exceed US$1 billion in revenues to the State and local communities in western New York.

Victory in gas price renewal arbitration, 2019
We secured a total victory in defending an ICC arbitration brought under a long-term gas Sale and Purchase Agreement. The claimant claimed approximately US$70 million for alleged overpayments, and its claims had potentially far-reaching consequences for our client in terms of gas prices under a number of other of its similar contracts. The tribunal dismissed all of the claims and also ordered the claimant to pay a significant portion of our client’s costs in the arbitration.

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.