Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Disputes

Recent Experience in Commercial Arbitration:

  • representing a Russian shareholder in its disputes with an English joint venture partner over one of the 10 largest oil and gas companies in the world; the dispute took place in three separate English law arbitrations under UNCITRAL rules in Stockholm, Sweden
  • acting for a Saudi Arabian entity against Spanish engineering and construction companies for their performance of several EPC projects in oil and gas processing in Saudi Arabia (ICC rules, Swiss law, Geneva forum)
  • representing a German EPC company in a €100 million ICC arbitration against its Polish boiler subcontractor for work on a 833 megawatt, lignite-fired power plant in Belchatow, Poland; the case involves more than 20 heads of claim and counterclaim, with the main issue in dispute being the extent of pass-through liability for the €89 million in delay liquidated damages that were assessed by the owner of the plant under the main EPC contract
  • pursuing the claims and defenses of a Houston-based technology company in a US$180 million ICC arbitration against a Korean industrial manufacturer and Hyundai affiliate to which had been licensed proprietary technology for manufacturing polysilicon (a key ingredient in solar panels and semiconductors) in exchange for license fees and reimbursement of its out-of-pocket expenses
  • acting for a Middle Eastern chemical company in a US$120 million London-seated LCIA arbitration against a U.S. oil and gas company concerning the failure to supply required volumes under a gas sale and purchase agreement, alleged force majeure and complex technical questions of reservoir engineering
  • successfully defending claims of up to US$19 billion in a London seat UNCITRAL arbitration arising under a New York law-governed agreement; this case involved lawyers from our New York, London and Geneva offices operating seamlessly together as a single team
  • acting for the trustee of US$500 million of bonds issued by the Brazilian owner of an FPSO; the case involves multiple sets of proceedings in Brazil, an LCIA arbitration in London and proceedings in the High Court
  • acting for the provisional liquidators of a South African maritime supply business on a London-seated LMAA arbitration, which raises issues of cross-border recognition of the liquidators, and complex issues of contractual interpretation (English and South African law) and the application of statutory maritime liens
  • acting for a pension fund on an arbitration pursuant to the ICC Rules (seated in Mexico City) relating to a breach-of-warranty claim arising out of a major alternative energy infrastructure investment
  • acting for a Russian oil major in relation to a US$1.2 billion LCIA arbitration arising from the sale of a 50 percent stake in substantial oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan; GAR reported the successful settlement of the case in August 2015
  • acting for the administrators of a FTSE100 oil and gas company, in relation to a US$100 million JOA arbitration in Nigeria concerning disputed ownership of liftings of oil
  • acting for the claimant in international construction arbitration seated in Dubai under the DIFC-LCIA rules. The dispute concerns the Dubai International Airport and whether a joint venture agreement between the claimant and BK Gulf was properly determined and, if so, what the profit/loss share ought to be; this is an important arbitration award that will resolve long-awaited questions of wider public importance, under the Law of the United Arab Emirates, concerning whether prior court approval is needed before a party can determine a contract, and on the assessment of consequential loss; the matter value is US$100 million plus
  • acting for the claimant in a Dubai-seated arbitration with a three-person tribunal in respect of final account, contractual audit, extensions of time, prolongation and defects claims concerning a project in Dubai; the matter value is US$120 million plus
  • acting for an emerging markets private equity house in an ICC arbitration in London concerning alleged breaches of a non-compete agreement, in particular, confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses, arising from a multimillion dollar joint venture in Turkey
  • acting for a major East Asian renewable energy company in defending a US$40 million LCIA arbitration claim in London brought by a Scandinavian counterparty in relation to an agreement concerning the sale of materials to be used in solar power generation
  • acting on the claims of a Middle Eastern chemical company in a US$120 million London-seated LCIA arbitration against a U.S. oil and gas company concerning the failure to supply required volumes under a gas sale and purchase agreement, alleged force majeure and complex technical questions of reservoir engineering
  • acting for a Finnish oil company in US$250 million UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in London concerning a raft of disputes concerning a process plant joint venture
  • acting for an independent oil company in a “bet the company” LCIA arbitration in London in a confidential contractual dispute; we also represented the company in a related challenge to the arbitration award in the English Court, which was successfully dismissed
  • acting for an Israeli chemicals company in a US$100 million LCIA arbitration in London concerning a gas sale and purchase agreement with a U.S. energy company