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International arbitration

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International arbitration is a global practice. Numerous jurisdictions and legal systems can intersect in one international arbitration proceeding.

We have dispute resolution lawyers in every major jurisdiction across the globe. We can advise seamlessly on questions of enforcement in one jurisdiction, procedure in another, and the application of substantive law in a third.

Our international arbitration group operates as a global team, regardless of the geographic location of each individual.

We combine more than 20 years of international arbitration experience with a commercial approach to offer our clients the very best chance of determining their disputes promptly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

We deliver

  • experience in all aspects of international arbitration, from commercial arbitrations to investment treaty arbitrations

“Highly regarded for disputes relating to life sciences, transport, and banking as well as technology and energy and natural resources. Broad coverage, with recognized offices across North and South America, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.” Chambers Global, 2015

  • a dedicated team to drive the international arbitration process and produce a winning strategy
  • experienced advocates, entirely comfortable arguing out before tribunals, who will oversee the whole dispute from start to final award
  • a commercial approach from a team that will promote appropriate settlement opportunities and whose experience in mediation and negotiation is second to none

 

Our areas of international arbitration work include

  • representing clients in international commercial arbitrations, both in ad hoc proceedings and under all institutional rules
  • appearing as arbitrators in international arbitrations
  • representing clients in investment treaty arbitration proceedings
  • advising clients on the scope of arbitration agreements and enforcement of arbitration awards across the globe

Our recent international arbitration work

AAA and ICDR

  • served as a presiding arbitrator administered by the ICDR in a dispute over purchase of an aircraft that involved the claimant alleging a breach of contract, misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment
  • served as an arbitrator for an arbitration services provider for legal matters in an ICDR case over real estate development in Mexico, where Mexico law applies to merits
  • served as presiding arbitrator in an Austin-seated AAA commercial arbitration over the services of a seating company at a Formula 1 event
  • defended a worldwide producer of mooring lines against a products liability claim based on alleged defects in a tether chain as well as a potential arbitration claim under the ICDR rules
  • represented a multinational energy and chemical company for a dispute under AAA Commercial Arbitration rules regarding the dissolution of an international joint-venture, with technology and facilities located worldwide The joint venture was a leading supplier and marketer of industrial catalysts and chemical manufacturing processes
  • represented two Brazilian companies in an ICDR arbitration against an Asian producer of household electrical appliances
  • represented a Latin American electronic components manufacturer in an arbitration against a Latin American TV operator The arbitration was under the AAA Commercial Arbitration Rules (including the AAA Procedures for Large, Complex Commercial Disputes) as supplemented by the AAA International Commercial Arbitration Supplementary Procedures
  • represented an international telecommunications company in an ICDR arbitration seated in New York concerning the payment of royalties under a patent license agreement
  • represented a US drilling company in an ICDR arbitration against the Asian subsidiary of a US independent oil and gas company The seat of arbitration was Houston The case involved one of the first applications for emergency interim relief under Article 37 of the ICDR International Arbitration Rules, a matter in which our client prevailed

CIETAC

  • represented a distributor of semiconductors and electronic passive components in a CIETAC arbitration seated in Shanghai against an international telecommunications company
  • represented a Chinese pharmaceutical trading company in a CIETAC arbitration against a Hong Kong subsidiary of an international medical products producer in relation to an exclusive distributorship agreement under Hong Kong law
  • represented a Cayman Islands incorporated IT company in a CIETAC arbitration against a Chinese government-related entity for breach of contract and interference with an existing contractual relationship concerning a medical computer management system
  • represented a Swiss trading company in CIETAC arbitrations against Chinese buyers for breach of contract in international commodity sales contracts
  • represented an Australian company in a CIETAC arbitration against a Chinese company arising from non-performance of an international metals sales contract
  • represented an international beverage company in dispute-related matters in China, including a CIETAC arbitration
  • represented a Hong Kong project management company in a CIETAC arbitration against a Sino-foreign Joint Venture concerning project management fees

ICC

  • represented a one of the world’s leading satellite service providers concerning the terms of a lease of a satellite transmission facility in an international commercial arbitration in the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • represented a the largest oil producer in Peru, in relation to an ICC arbitration involving the remediation of an area in the Amazonian jungle in Peru
  • served as presiding arbitrator involving the wealth management division of an American bank regarding a construction dispute involving a power generation plant in Chile under ICC Arbitration Rules
  • served as presiding arbitrator in a Mexico City seated ICC arbitration over drilling services in the oil and gas industry
  • representation of an individual in an ICC arbitration regarding several asset allocation agreements that cover holdings in the Middle East, India, and Europe
  • represented an electric power company in an ICC construction arbitration
  • represented an international consortium of North American and Brazilian investors that developed a 450-MW power generation plant in Brazil in an ICC arbitration With more than US$2 billion in controversy, this widely reported case involved, among other things, anti-suit injunctions and complex jurisdictional issues
  • represented a companies in a leading engineering, construction and energy services group in a number of complex arbitrations against European and Asian counterparties The arbitrations were seated in different European cities and the applicable rules included the ICC and SCC Arbitration Rules
  • represented an international telecommunications company in two large ICC arbitrations against West African telephone companies
  • represented a semiconductor manufacturer in a multi-million US dollar ICC arbitration against an Asian counterparty The seat of arbitration was Singapore
  • represented a two independent oil companies and a drilling company in ICC arbitrations against a commission agent The disputes involved oilfield exploration services in West Africa
  • represented an Eastern European government in a commercial contract dispute in Geneva under the ICC Arbitration Rules
  • represented an international oilfield services company in an ICC arbitration in connection with a joint venture in the Middle East The seat of the arbitration was in Houston, Texas
  • represented an chemical manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration regarding a joint venture in the Middle East for the manufacture of certain chemicals The seat of the arbitration was London, and the governing law of the contract was English law The arbitration also involved issues of the law of the relevant Middle Eastern country

ICSID

  • represented an gold mining company in conjunction with enforcement in the United States of a $750 million ICSID Additional Facility Award against the country arising out of the expropriation of the client’s mining concern in the country
  • represented an multinational energy company in a treaty arbitration regarding a biomediation project in Indonesia pursuant to a production sharing contract and Bank of Indonesia Regulation requiring exporters to rout foreign currency proceeds
  • Assisted a gold mining company with operations and mining property in Venezuela in the enforcement of a $730 million international arbitration award against the Government of Venezuela
  • represented a US energy company in a treaty-based ICSID arbitration against a Latin American government The case involved denial of justice, umbrella clause and unfair and inequitable treatment claims
  • represented a group of the claimants in an ICSID arbitration against a Latin American government The case involved claims for breaches of legal stability agreements, the first such claims ever to be brought in ICSID
  • represented two European construction companies in a treaty-based ICSID arbitration against a Latin American government

LCIA

  • represented a partnership of regional energy companies providing hydrocarbons under separate supply and purchase agreements to a large number of Middle Eastern purchasers in a dispute over the price of hydrocarbons under long-term agreements, and potential recourse to LCIA arbitration to resolve their controversies
  • served as lead counsel in an LCIA arbitration arising out of a shareholder dispute between our shareholder and its co-shareholder concerning the operations of their jointly owned company, the largest satellite pay television platform in the Middle East/North Africa region
  • served as lead counsel for a private Saudi investment company in a shareholder dispute with a travel service concerning the operations of their joint-venture company in proceedings before the LCIA
  • represented an international telecommunications company in an LCIA arbitration concerning an agreement for satellite TV services in various Middle East countries
  • represented a provider of financial services in an LCIA arbitration against a credit card company London was the seat of arbitration
  • represented a US oil company in an LCIA, London seat arbitration concerning a Joint Operating Agreement dispute with respect to an oilfield offshore West Africa
  • represented a European company in respect of claims against the purchasers of a Russian mobile phone retailer The contracts at issue provided for LCIA arbitration with the seat in London and were governed by English law

NAFTA

  • represented an energy company against Canada in a NAFTA Chapter 11 International Arbitration at the World Bank
  • represented a group of US investors in a judicial review of the award of a NAFTA tribunal concerning water rights in Mexico
  • represented US investors in a NAFTA arbitration concerning measures to eliminate tax benefits for investors in the energy sector in Canada
  • represented a separate groups of US investors in relation to two NAFTA arbitrations concerning water rights in Mexico and the energy sector in Canada

UNCITRAL

  • served as a presiding arbitrator in an international arbitration where US claimants allege a DR-CAFTA claim against Costa Rica, filed in accordance with DR-CAFTA and UNCITRAL rules
  • represented the Canadian affiliate of an international oil field services firm in an arbitration brought by a national oil company based in the Caribbean in defense of claims relating to drilling services in a dispute under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • represented a US power generation company in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Central American state-controlled public utility and a related ex parte application for discovery (including documents and depositions) pursuant to 28 USC 1782
  • represented a US power generation company in another UNCITRAL arbitration against a Central American state-controlled public utility enterprise The seat was Geneva
  • represented a Canadian energy company in an investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules against a Latin American state and in an ad hoc contractual arbitration against one of Latin America's largest mining companies
  • represented a party in relation to claims under a substantial Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM) project The contract provided for arbitration in London under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • represented an international construction company in a dispute against an Asian state-owned oil company The dispute arose out of a contract providing for arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • represented a major international oil company in claims against a prime contractor in respect of a significant LNG project The dispute arose out of a contract governed by English law and provided for arbitration in London under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • represented a venture comprising Pacific Rim investors in an arbitration against an internet business company The dispute is in connection with certain service provider agreements and is pending under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre is the appointing authority

Other

  • represented an American multinational energy company with respect to a claim relating to the sale of certain downstream energy technology by a previous owner of the technology The dispute is subject to CPR arbitration in San Francisco
  • represented a national oil company in a US court case involving a claim for US$1 billion arising from alleged bribery of an international arbitration tribunal located in Switzerland The US Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court's dismissal of all claims against our client and the three international arbitrators
  • represented a major international oil company and a major international insurance company in anti-suit injunction proceedings in the English courts in support of a London seated arbitration
  • represented an independent North American oil and gas exploration, development and production company on the bilateral investment treaty implications of the restructuring of its investment in a major offshore oil field
  • represented a European company, the assignor of several arbitration claims, in relation to claims under Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code for the sale price due on the assignment
  • represented of an international construction company in SCC arbitration proceedings against an Asian company The arbitration was seated in Stockholm and arose out of a technology licensing agreement
  • represented a North American aircraft manufacturer in a recently-concluded arbitration against an Asian company This arbitration was conducted under the Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • represented a Middle Eastern company in dispute resolution proceedings under a bilateral investment treaty with a Latin American government in connection with a power generation and tax dispute
  • represented energy companies in their international claims against a Latin American State in connection with a power generation project

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, national rankings for international arbitration – commercial and international arbitration – governmental, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Chambers Global, Global-wide: Arbitration (International), Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Chambers Global, USA: International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Chambers Latin America, Latin America-wide: International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: International Arbitration, Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Global Arbitration Review, GAR 30: Listed among the world’s top 30 arbitration practices, Law Business Research, 2017
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide: International Arbitration, The Legal 500, 2016
  • International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, Silver Award: International Arbitration, Leaders League, 2016
  • International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, Best US Law Firm: International Arbitration, Leaders League, 2015
  • Legal 500 Latin America, International Firms: International Arbitration, The Legal 500, 2015