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International Arbitration

A truly integrated global service for international arbitration

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Our specialist arbitration practitioners are based across Europe, Asia Pacific, the US, Africa and the Middle East and have extensive experience of advising clients on commercial, investor-state and state-to-state arbitration. 

We advise clients on arbitrations under a broad spectrum of civil and common laws as well as public international law. We are experienced in arbitrating under the rules of all major arbitration institutions, as well as having conducted numerous ad hoc arbitrations. Our genuine sector knowledge, commercial awareness and regional sensitivity are unrivalled. We advise clients and conduct arbitrations in a number of languages. Once you have an arbitral award, we can help you to enforce it around the world.

Our long standing experience of acting in investor-state and state-to-state arbitrations and in-depth knowledge of the nuances of these specialist areas means we can help you to best meet your objectives. We provide advice on the best possible investment and treaty protection.

Conducting our own advocacy means our skilled advocates play a critical role in the strategy of the case from the outset. It also minimises the cost and time involved for our clients in instructing external counsel.

Choosing arbitrators and expert witnesses can be highly significant in achieving a successful outcome and we offer our clients in-depth knowledge of both. Members of the arbitration group regularly sit as arbitrators and this valuable insight into the arbitral process from a different perspective helps us to identify winning strategies.

Whether you are a financial institution, a multinational, a government or state-owned entity, we combine in-depth legal and sector knowledge with a proven track record of successfully acting in complex disputes, working alongside local counsel where appropriate.

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Commercial Arbitration
Global Advocacy
Investment Arbitration and treaty protection
Public International Law

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Recent Experience

the United States of America

Advising the United States of America in LCIA arbitrations against Canada on softwood lumber imports into the US

an Australian sub-contractor

Advising an Australian sub-contractor in a dispute with a principal contractor over the construction of a major multipurpose Indian pipeline project. The contracts were governed by Swiss law and the disputes were determined under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), before a panel of three arbitrators in Lausanne, Switzerland and Paris, France. Parallel court proceedings were conducted in Italy, Australia, India and the Czech Republic on discrete issues such as the drawdown of bank guarantees and the securing of assets

a Swiss pharmaceutical company

Advising in a Geneva-seat arbitration arising out of the termination of a distribution agreement for pharmaceuticals in China

The Government of Spain

Advising the Government of Spain in successful proceedings commenced by 16 investment funds based on alleged violations of the protections in the Energy Charter Treaty according to foreign investors 

International energy companies

Advising on joint venture of international energy companies in an ICC arbitration regarding the gas supply to an LNG plant in a West African country