Onur Saka | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Onur Saka

Associate, Washington, DC

T +1 202 626 3639

E [email protected]

Overview

Onur Saka is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Saka represents companies and sovereign states in high-stakes cases before major arbitral institutions such as the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and in ad hoc arbitrations under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Mr. Saka has experience in disputes in a wide range of industries, including finance, energy, construction, infrastructure, industrial production, and consumer and retail services. His dual training and experience in the civil and common law jurisdictions allow him to understand the differences between various legal systems and structure advice accordingly. He is also actively involved in pro bono matters at the Firm.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar

Education

  • LLM, University of Miami, specialization in International Arbitration
  • Certificate in International Trade and Commerce, UCLA
  • LLB, Istanbul University

Languages

  • English
  • Turkish
  • Azerbaijani
  • Uzbek

Experience

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A., major construction dispute (ICC), ongoing

Representing the main contractor and its shareholders on one of the world's largest infrastructure projects located in Central America, in a series of ICC arbitrations against the employer.

Bursel Tekstil and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan, ongoing

Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty relating to an investment in the textile industry.

Güneş Tekstil and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan, ongoing

Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty arising out of a dispute concerning shopping facilities in Uzbekistan.

Federal Elektrik and others v. Republic of Uzbekistan, ongoing

Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty and the Energy Charter Treaty, in a dispute concerning the natural gas industry.

DP World Callao and others v. Republic of Perú, ongoing

Representing the Republic of Perú in an ICSID arbitration relating to a port terminal concession.

Spentex Netherlands, B.V. v. Republic of Uzbekistan

Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty arising out of a dispute involving the textile industry.  Uzbekistan prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of all of the claims totaling US$130 million.

Abaclat & Others v. Argentine Republic

Represented tens of thousands of Italian holders of Argentine sovereign bonds in an ICSID arbitration under the Italy-Argentina BIT.  Claimants prevailed in obtaining a cash settlement in 2016 worth over US$ 1 billion.

Publications

  • Mass Claims in Investment Arbitration, ICC Dossiers, Class and Group Actions in Arbitration (International Chamber of Commerce 2016) (with Carolyn B. Lamm and Eckhard R. Hellbeck)
  • Global Financial Disruptions and Investment Treaty Arbitration, P.R.I.M.E. Finance 2015 (with Carolyn B. Lamm, Eckhard R. Hellbeck, and David P. Riesenberg)