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Mitchell Dearness

Mitchell Dearness

Senior Associate

Mitch specialises in cross-border disputes in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors.

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Experience

Mitch has a commercial practice covering arbitration and cross-border litigation, with a focus on the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.  He has appeared as counsel (advocate) in arbitration proceedings involving claims worth billions of dollars and has experience of arbitration proceedings conducted under all major institutional rules.  Mitch's practice also involves a front end component; he regularly advises clients on investment structuring, compliance, sanctions and dispute avoidance matters.

Mitch's experience includes advising:

  • energy companies in trading disputes involving different commodities arising under short and long term contracts
  • energy companies in relation to contentious LNG trading issues
  • a leading renewables company in a SIAC arbitration involving an offtake agreement and a project in the PRC
  • a project company in a dispute with a PRC contractor concerning the construction of a major renewables project in Vietnam
  • a project company in SIAC arbitration proceedings against a consortium of contractors concerning the construction of a major project in Vietnam
  • a South Korean company in an ICC arbitration concerning pricing and supply obligations under a distribution agreement
  • an executive in regulatory proceedings involving bribery and corruption allegations connected to a project in Africa
  • a listed company in regulatory proceedings involving bribery and corruption allegations connected to a transaction in South East Asia
  • a leading energy company in relation to crisis management issues arising from grid supply issues caused by the failure of wind turbines
  • a leading international resources company in relation to crisis management issues arising from operational and mine failures resulting in the loss of significant mine capacity

 

 

Background

Mitch is admitted to practice in Australia (New South Wales). 

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