Sven Volkmer

Partner, New York



Sven Volkmer is a partner in the International Arbitration Group in New York. His practice covers investment and commercial arbitration with a focus on energy-related disputes.

Prior to joining White & Case, Sven acquired experience within an international law firm in London.


Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Paris Bar
International Legal Studies
New York University
English and European Law
Queen Mary College, University of London
Certificat Supérieur de Droit Français
Université Paris II


Representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd. v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an ICSID arbitration under the Saudi Arabia-South Korea BIT relating to the claimant’s interests in a project for the construction of a power and desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

Representing Toshiba in three ICC arbitrations brought by SanDisk in connection with the sale of Toshiba’s multi-billion dollar memory business.

Representing a Portuguese telecoms company in a multi-billion dollar ICC arbitration arising out of a shareholder dispute concerning a telecoms company in sub-Saharan Africa.

Representing and advising several European gas buyers in price review arbitrations under long-term supply contracts.

Representing the claimants in ENGIE SA, GDF International SAS and ENGIE International Holdings BV v. Hungary, an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty relating to the claimants’ investment in the Hungarian gas market.

Representing the claimant in B3 Croatian Courier Cooperatif U.A v. Croatia, an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Croatia BIT relating to the claimant's investment in the Croatian postal market.

Representing Hungary in Vigotop Ltd. v. Hungary, an ICSID arbitration under the Hungary-Cyprus bilateral investment treaty relating to the alleged expropriation of a casino resort project.

Representing a former CIS state-owned gas company in a dispute concerning the sale, transit and storage of natural gas.


The Legality Requirement in Investment Arbitration, Jurisdiction in Investment Treaty Arbitration, IAI Series on International Arbitration No. 8, at 65 (Y. Banifatemi ed., Juris Publishing, 2018), (co-author with Michael Polkinghorne)

Price re-openers in long-term gas supply agreements, Leading Practitioners' Guide to Oil & Gas Arbitration, 2015, (co-author with Michael Polkinghorne)

Stay of Enforcement Decisions in ICSID Annulment Proceedings: Taking Stock, Journal of International Arbitration, Volume 29 Issue 6, 691, 2012