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International Arbitration

A world class arbitration practice advising clients on commercial and investment arbitration all around the world

Our practice

Our international arbitration team has extensive experience advising multinational companies and sovereign States on complex, high value international arbitrations and enforcement proceedings. We act as counsel in arbitrations in any seat, under any law and before any tribunal and deliver exceptional service through our team of talented and diverse lawyers.

Our international arbitration experts act across all sectors, under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions, in ad hoc proceedings (including under the UNCITRAL Rules), in investment arbitration matters under bilateral and multilateral treaties and in public international law matters.

A global team

Our arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team, led by over 30 partners and counsel, act as counsel and as arbitrators in arbitral proceedings in seats throughout the world, including the key arbitration centres of Paris, London, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and New York. Our alliance with Allens and Webber Wentzel means we can present an integrated international arbitration offering on a global basis. Our experience and capabilities extend beyond these areas too. We have breadth and depth of experience working on matters all over the world, including in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the US, Asia and Europe.

How we can help

Our global practice covers all arbitration-related issues, both international and domestic. Besides acting as counsel and conducting our own advocacy, this includes representing clients in national court proceedings in support of arbitration and in recognition and enforcement proceedings. We also advise clients on investment structuring for treaty protection. We pride ourselves on advising our clients on holistic dispute resolution strategies tailored to their commercial objectives.

Read more on our relevant expertise below.


Investment Arbitration

We regularly represent both investors and States in significant arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. We also help our investor clients navigate complex legal, cultural and political landscapes to secure the best ongoing protection for their foreign investments.

Recent experience includes representing:

  • Spanish energy company Enagás in an ICSID arbitration against Peru, and related arbitrations before the Lima Chamber of Commerce, relating to a US$500 million investment in a natural gas pipeline project (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/26).
  • the Republic of Senegal in a US$100 million ICSID arbitration brought by a French cement producer under the Franco-Senegalese Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/19).

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Commercial Arbitration

Our experienced arbitration practitioners have expertise in representing a wide range of clients across a variety of sectors (including energy, mining, construction, technology, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals and many more) in complex, high value arbitrations.

Recent experience includes:

  • Successfully defending Elf Neftegaz (a former subsidiary of Total) in a US$22 billion UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a private Russian company and by two Regions of the Russian Federation for the alleged damages for non-performance of an oil and gas exploration and production agreement.
  • Successfully representing BP in a US$1.5 billion UNCITRAL arbitration against the Government of India relating to a production sharing contract.
  • Representing the Federal Republic of Germany in two ad-hoc arbitrations, with a total value of US$10 billion, relating to a truck toll system, giving rise to one of the largest arbitration matters in Germany’s history.

Key Sectors

+ Energy

+ Mining and natural resources

+ Telecommunications

+ Defence

+ Aerospace

+ Construction

+ Technology

+ Manufacturing

+ Financial services

+ Pharmaceuticals

FastTrack: Virtual Arbitration

The COVID crisis has resulted in a large number of disputes, but has made it challenging to travel and gather for in-person hearings. When speed is important, international arbitration via remote “virtual hearings” may become more attractive to resolve such disputes.

Virtual hearings offer benefits in relation to timing, accessibility and flexibility: find out more about using them in this animation.


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