Arbitration institutions

Stephenson Harwood's international arbitration team has a wealth of experience – both representing clients and sitting as arbitrators – in arbitrations at the world’s leading institutions including the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, SCIA and DIFC-LCIA. Members of our team are established thought leaders in the field as board and committee members of the leading arbitration institutions, having written leading texts and other award-winning treatises on international arbitration.

We also have expertise in centres for specialised types of arbitration work.  For instance, we have experience with arbitrations at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) under their rules. Our firm is also well known for its expertise in shipping and commodities and, as such, we regularly under take arbitration work in relation to institutions such as London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA), The Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations Ltd (FOSFA) and the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

We set out below a selection of the cases in which we have been involved at leading arbitral institutions.

ICC

We have experience with ICC arbitrations in many jurisdictions and across a number of sectors, from financial disputes to energy and international trade disputes. In the course of acting for clients in ICC arbitrations, we have also dealt with complex issues of fraud.

  • Acting for an advisory company in relation to an ICC arbitration to recover sums due to it in connection with the purchase and restructuring of a foreign bank.
  • Acting for a bank in relation to a claim involving a borrower arising out of a financing arrangement.
  • Acting for a bank in an ICC arbitration, which involved claims relating to its obligations under facility agreements and related instruments. This involved complex issues of authority and allegations of corruption.
  • Representing an international bank against another bank in dispute concerning fees due under a business co-operation agreement to establish and develop a proprietary trading derivatives business in North Asia.
  • Representing a trading company in international arbitration, worldwide freezing injunction proceedings and related insolvency claims relating to its commodities trading book.
  • Acting for an energy company in an US$100 million ICC dispute against a state entity concerning the purported withdrawal from an onshore field in East Africa.
  • Representing a European energy company in a Zurich-seated ICC arbitration in relation to an agreement for the supply of electricity.
  • Advising a major international bank in ICC arbitration proceedings pursuant to demands made under performance guarantees. 
  • Advising a European commodity trading group in concurrent ICC arbitrations. Bringing claims against a buyer under two contracts for the supply of coal; allegations of repudiatory breach under both contracts. Subsequent enforcement proceedings and world-wide freezing orders.   
  • Acting for lender under facility agreement in ICC arbitration proceedings seated in Singapore for recovery of accelerated sums due as a result of payment defaults. Acting in related arbitration proceedings concerning enforcement under corporate guarantee.

LCIA

We have a wealth of experience with arbitrations at the LCIA, both as counsel and as arbitrator. London partner Shai Wade has published one of the pre-eminent texts on the 2014 LCIA Rules, and the second edition on the 2020 LCIA Rules is due to be published shortly.

  • Advising the liquidators of a hedge fund in relation to a US$20 million LCIA arbitration with an investment bank arising out of the bank's close out of the fund's positions on a number of repo transactions.
  • Advising and representing a consortium in a multi-hundred million US dollar arbitration relating to a nuclear power plant project in the Middle East.
  • Advising an African logistics company on a US$1.5 million LCIA arbitration whilst the underlying contract and the parties' relationship continued.
  • Acting in a major LCIA arbitration (with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$750 million) concerning the management of two deep offshore oil blocks in West Africa.
  • Representing the claimant in a high profile arbitration involving futures trading in the oil reserves of an African state.
  • Representing an East African energy company in a London-seated LCIA arbitration against a state-owned company in relation to operation of a tax retention clause and the non-delivery of electricity.
  • Acting for a high net-worth individual in an LCIA arbitration in relation to the failed purchase of a superyacht.
  • Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in connection with a debt recovery claim under a settlement agreement under which the respondents were jointly and severally liable to repay the monies owed in respect of the purchase of gas oil delivered to Nigeria.
  • Successfully representing buyers in a dispute brought before the London Court of International Arbitration by builders claiming repayment of US$14 million under a terminated shipbuilding contract.
  • Advising in respect of multi-million dollar dispute leading to lengthy LCIA proceedings in relation to design and other construction issues concerning a specialised drilling tower for installation off the coast of West Africa.

ICSID

As one of the five constituent institutions of the World Bank, ICSID has traditionally been the leading institution for the resolution of foreign investment disputes. We have experience working under the ICSID Rules both at the arbitration stage as well as at the subsequent stage of enforcement.

  • Advising a sovereign state in resisting the enforcement of a US$700 million plus ICSID award against it.
  • Acting for the investor in an ICSID arbitration concerning an electricity generation and transmission project in a South American state.

DIFC-LCIA

We have undertaken significant arbitration work at one of the leading arbitral institutions in the Middle East, both for local as well as for foreign clients. 

  • Representing one of the world’s largest engineering companies in a multi-million dollar contractual dispute under the rules of the DIFC-LCIA (subject to UAE law).

SIAC

Our team has extensive experience working on arbitrations administered by the SIAC, as counsel and sitting as arbitrator (as sole, chair, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator) across a wide range of sectors involving parties based in multiple jurisdictions. Members of our team have worked at the SIAC secretariat as case counsel, have been involved in the SIAC Users Council (rules revision) and have also regularly been invited to speak as faculty/panellists at SIAC academies, and jointly organised panel discussions with SIAC. This has given us unparalleled insight into the workings of one of the world's leading institutions and a unique ability to navigate through the institution's rules and procedures.

  • Representing a Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth US$24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm-in agreement.
  • Representing an operator in inter-related arbitration proceedings concerning breaches of contract and defamation arising out of a transaction for the purchase of network equipment and services for roll-out across a Southeast Asian nation.
  • Representing a global food and nutrition company in complex multi-reference proceedings concerning contractual and tortious breaches relating to production of ingredients tainted with a fatal contaminant that was present in products for infant consumption across Asia.
  • Representing a multi-national broadcaster in claim against international distributor of sports programming arising from an agreement to broadcast rights concerning international cricket matches.
  • Representing a global confectionary manufacturer in dispute arising out of the US$1 billion sale of a division of its sourcing and manufacturing business and the post-acquisition completion accounts.
  • Representing a UK based private equity investor as claimant in separate arbitration proceedings against an Indonesian supplier and a Singapore based buyer of coal shipments to China. The case involved a non-standard financing agreement with a hybrid arbitration clause for the SIAC to administer ICC proceedings.

HKIAC

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), established under Hong Kong law, is one of the world's leading dispute resolution organisations, specialising in arbitration, mediation, adjudication and domain name dispute resolution. We work closely with HKIAC on resolving disputes in Hong Kong. We cohosted with HKIAC to kick off the Decoding Hong Kong Contract Law webinar series in English.

  • Representing the minority shareholder (49%) of a BVI company in its claim against the majority shareholder, a subsidiary of a state-owned company arising from their Share Purchase Agreement for valid termination and buy back the shares at the price of RMB385 million and US$64 million plus damages and interest; drafted the pleadings in Chinese language for this HKIAC arbitration and achieved a favourable settlement for the client.
  • Representing a leading mobile phone brand and smart phone developer in Turkey in its US$30+ million claim against its suppliers based in Shanghai, China arising out of their international sale of goods contract in this HKIAC administered arbitration; and advised on its claim strategy; preparatory work; drafted the notice of arbitration, provided instructions to counsel and negotiated the appointment of a three-member tribunal.
  • Advising a Taiwanese family business, the claimant in an HKIAC arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of two sets of Lease Agreement with parallel PRC Court Proceedings; advised the client on its strategy, and managed parallel proceedings in both Chinese and English.
  • Advising a major insurance company in relation to export credit insurance in the order of $42 million in relation to a construction project which was halted by conflict in the target country.
  • Advising a Chinese mining interest in relation to a failed US$100 million sale contract subject to HKIAC arbitration.
  • Advising a client in relation to a HKIAC arbitration in respect of technology transfer and sale and purchase agreement with a price in excess of €2 million.
  • Representing a party in expedited HKIAC procedure in relation to a dispute arising in respect of a sales and marketing agreement for real estate in the South Pacific.

CIETAC

Headquartered in Beijing, China, The China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) is one of the major permanent arbitration institutions in the world. We work with CIETAC to help companies independently and impartially resolves economic and trade disputes, as well as investment disputes by means of arbitration. We are currently co-hosting with CIETAC-HK on a series of webinars focusing on Decoding Hong Kong Contract Law in Chinese.

  • Advising and representing Chinese export traders in disputes relating to international sale and purchasing contract in case before CIETAC and successfully enforcing the winning arbitration award in Bulgaria.
  • Representing a Singapore based trading house in respect of a Beijing CIETAC arbitration in relation to a dispute arising out of the sale and purchase of metals.
  • Advising a major Swiss trading house in respect of Beijing CIETAC arbitration, with related HK litigation and Singapore arbitration arising out of the trading activities of petrochemicals by mainland individuals and companies.
  • Advising a media company in relation to a HK CIETAC dispute arising in respect of TV distribution and licensing rights for sports coverage.

SCIA

Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (also known as South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, or Shenzhen Arbitration Commission, formerly known as CIETAC South China Sub-Commission and CIETAC Shenzhen Sub-Commission) was established in 1983 and was the first arbitration institution established at the provincial and municipal level. Moreover, it was the first arbitration institution in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao region after China's reform and opening up. SCIA has actively promoted the innovative development of China's international arbitration within the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen. In 1984, it took the lead in employing overseas arbitrators. In 1989, SCIA became the first arbitration institution of China whose arbitral award was enforced overseas in accordance with the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention"). The arbitration and mediation services provided by SCIA has been extended to 119 countries and regions worldwide. Our Partner Fan Yang is a listed arbitrator at the SCIA. 

  • Partner Fan Yang was appointed by SCIA as the Presiding Arbitrator in a cross-border sale of goods dispute under the law of the People’s Republic of China.
     

LMAA

Our dedicated team of maritime lawyers frequently represent clients in LMAA arbitrations, covering complex marine incidents and contractual disputes.

  • Successfully acting for a German shipowner against a major Chinese shipbuilder in a US$36 million international arbitration claim for the reimbursement of instalments under a shipbuilding contract following the repudiation and early termination of the same.
  • Representing owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.
  • Acting for the charterers in disputes arising out of a time charterparty on an amended NYPE 1946 form. Coordinating work of foreign lawyers in respect of potential claims by cargo interests following vessel casualty in South America.

SCMA

Our team is well versed in undertaking SCMA arbitrations. Partner John Simpson is a Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration and partner Timothy Cooke is a member of the SCMA's Procedure Committee and has been working on the drafting of the next edition of the SCMA Rules.

  • Acting for the seller of a vessel in a scrap sale MOA dispute pursuant to SCMA Rules, in relation to the buyer's failure to take delivery for ethical recycling of the vessel in an approved yard due to alleged force majeure issues.
  • Acting for Owners in SCMA arbitrations for Charterers' breaches of offshore support vessel charters.
  • Acting for a charterer in an SCMA arbitration regarding the termination of a fixed term charterparty due to performance issues of an offshore support vessel.

FOSFA

Our international trade and commodities team have extensive experience in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and regularly represent clients before commodity trade tribunals, including FOSFA.

  • Representing a Russian soybean trader in a US$11 million dispute under FOSFA Rules relating to non-delivery of a cargo of soybeans following a Russian ban on imports from the Ukraine.
  • Advising a Mozambique-based food production company in a FOSFA arbitration in Durban, South Africa, against a leading Indian flour trading company. The claim was for US$5 million.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern trading house in three GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations totalling US$40 million and in related High Court proceedings in London.

GAFTA

Our team regularly advises our global client base in relation to GAFTA arbitrations.

  • Representing Moroccan buyers of cargoes of Canadian wheat in claims under GAFTA Rules following attempts by their seller to appropriate an inferior grade of wheat to the sale contract.
  • Advising an Asian commodities trader in its successful defence of claims brought by one of the world’s largest commodities traders concerning the sale of yellow peas.
  • Advising a global pulses trader on their challenge of an arbitration award for reason of serious irregularity and substantive jurisdiction affecting the award.

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, we have extensive global experience – both representing and sitting as arbitrators – in arbitrations at the world’s leading institutions including the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and DIFC-LCIA.

Angola

Angola

Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in a LCIA arbitration in relation to whether demobilisation could be undertaken during the term of the contract, and if so, what demobilisation fees and early termination fees were applicable.

Egypt

Egypt

Advising on two LCIA arbitrations involving alleged disputed rejections of large consignments of clinker to be used in the manufacture of Portland Cement in Egypt.

Kenya

Kenya

Acting in several LCIA arbitrations relating to a consortium which won the concession of privatising the railways of Kenya and Uganda. Subsequently advising two respondents in relation to challenges to the award.

Acting in an arbitration and related litigation arising out of the joint venture to acquire land close to Nairobi, Kenya, to create a USD 5 billion development known as "Tatu City".

Mauritius

Mauritius

Advising the clients in a London-seated ICC arbitration relating to a shareholders’ agreement with respect to an African bank.

Mauritius

Mauritius

Advising in a substantial LCIA arbitration relating to the Privatised Railways of Kenya and Uganda in which the concession holding companies were incorporated in Mauritius.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Advising a Mozambique-based food production company in a FOSFA arbitration in Durban, South Africa, against a leading Indian flour trading company. 

Nigeria

Nigeria

Advising Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on defending the enforcement of a US$400 million plus Nigerian arbitral award in England. The ground-breaking 14-year dispute with projects company, IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd, concluded following referral to the Supreme Court. This is a leading case in England and indeed worldwide on the enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards. 

Representing a Nigerian member of a consortium which holds an Oil Production Licence over a Nigerian oil block on a multi-jurisdictional claim for around US$50 million brought by a Chinese finance provider seeking to recover funds.

Acting for a West African sovereign state in English High Court proceedings to challenge a US$8.6 billion arbitration award concerning the supply of gas.

Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in connection with a debt recovery claim under a settlement agreement under which the respondents were jointly and severally liable to repay the monies owed in respect of the purchase of gas oil delivered to Nigeria.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Advising the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the enforcement of a US$20 million arbitral award against it.

South Africa

South Africa

Acting for a large African power generation company in an arbitration against the main contractor arising out of a gas plant in South Africa under the NEC form.

Advising a South African subsidiary of a European multi-national company in relation to a series of adjudications and an ICC arbitration arising out of various significant process plant projects.

Tanzania

Tanzania

Advising Dowans Holdings SA and Dowans Tanzania Ltd in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$80 million ICC award against the State Electricity Company of Tanzania.

Uganda

Uganda

Acting in several LCIA arbitrations relating to a consortium which won the concession of privatising the railways of Kenya and Uganda. Subsequently advising two respondents in relation to challenges to the award.

China

China

Acting for owners in claims worth US$200 million in ICC arbitration and related litigation against Chinese contractor arising out of construction of coal-fired power plant.

China

China

Successfully representing shipowners in arbitration with a Chinese shipyard that failed to construct vessels, successfully claiming on Chinese refund guarantees.

China

China

Acting for Mercuria in their successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim, relating to “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

China

China

Representing share purchaser in post-acquisition dispute concerning breach of warranty and misrepresentation concerning industrial action taken by workers in factories in China.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Acting for Hong Kong insurers and reinsurers on arbitration proceedings relating to infrastructure projects, landfill site, water drainage scheme, harbour rehabilitation scheme and contractors.

India

India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

India

India

Acting for India’s largest real estate developer in enforcement proceedings in England in respect of a US$300 million plus arbitral award.

Acting as emergency arbitrator in dispute concerning purported termination of distribution contract relating to distribution rights in India. The arbitration award was subsequently upheld and enforced by the Indian courts.

Acting for listed company in automobile industry against group of Indian companies complex multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning investments and loans made worth over US$150 million. 

Securing an arbitration award in excess of US$500 million in favour of our client Daiichi Sankyo in claims of fraud brought against Malvinder Singh and other family members who sold their majority stake in Indian generic pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy. 

Representing a multi-national car rental and leasing company in claims against a former franchisee in India for breaches of a licence agreement in an ICC arbitration. Award in client’s favour enforced in India.

India

India

Defending a FTSE 100-listed Indian conglomerate against a US$400 million LCIA arbitration and English High Court proceedings in claims of misrepresentation, non-performance and breach of contract regarding the largest mining and metals company in Zambia.

Representing an Indian conglomerate in a London-seated ICC arbitration against Middle East state-owned company in relation to non-delivery of Calcium Petroleum Coke.

India

India

Acting for an Indian conglomerate in an LCIA arbitration against a major US bank regarding a dispute about the closing out of a number of currency swaps.

Advising a major Indian conglomerate in relation to US$9 million LCIA arbitration arising out of the alleged breach of various swaps contracts and a US$183 million Commercial Court claim brought by bond trustees.

 

India

India

Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Advising on an ICC arbitration seeking to recover US$3 million paid in shares under an investment contract to develop a nickel mining operation in Indonesia.

Representing a commodity trader in defence of claims in SIAC arbitration arising out of the sale of a cargo of Indonesian steam coal. The case involved disputes over delay in payment, quality of the cargo at load port, and delays at the discharge port due to exercise of lien over cargo.

Korea

Korea

Advising a leading Korean shipbuilder in dispute with a Middle East government owned entity under an engineering, procurement, construction installation, commissioning & startup (EPCIC) contract.  The dispute was valued at circa US$60 million and settled under ICC arbitration rules. The proceedings were seated in Paris, France, with a three member tribunal and the law of the contract was the law of the State of Libya.

Advising one of Korea’s largest shipping companies on a US$400 million LMAA arbitration concerning defective LNG carriers.

Representing a major Korean shipbuilder on a US$270 million LMAA arbitration involving a claim for substantial cost overruns and additional work.

Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a very large gantry crane to a French shipyard.

Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

Korea

Korea

Acting for a Korean contractor (as Claimant) in ICC arbitration proceedings pursuing claims valued at circa US$75 million against a Libyan Government entity (as Employer and Respondent).

Malaysia

Malaysia

Advising a leading Malaysian construction company in dispute with an international manufacture in DIFC-LCIA proceedings concerning the installation of equipment in a district cooling plant in the UAE. After successfully obtaining a favourable award, DIFC Court recognition enforcement proceedings were initiated and an order for recognition and enforcement obtained.

Acting for a Malaysian defence contractor in an SIAC arbitration against a South Asian State in a dispute arising out of the establishment of a major defence project in the State.

Singapore

Singapore

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

Advising on a US$3 million plus arbitration regarding the withdrawal of a vessel and termination of a bareboat charter. We also sought immediate injunctive relief from the Singapore High Court for unconscionable conduct.

Singapore

Singapore

Representing a Singapore investment company in arbitration-mediation-arbitration proceedings pursuant to the SIAC-SIMC Protocol in relation to disputes arising out of an investment agreement worth SG$65 million.

Representing a global confectionary manufacturer in dispute arising out of the US$1 billion sale of a division of its sourcing and manufacturing business and the post-acquisition completion accounts.

Representing a global food and nutrition company in complex multi-reference proceedings concerning contractual and tortious breaches relating to production of ingredients tainted with a fatal contaminant that was present in products for infant consumption across Asia.

Singapore

Singapore

Representing a listed Singapore company in proceedings arising out of a confidentiality agreement concerning an oil and gas concession granted by a Southeast Asian state.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Advising a trading house on litigation and arbitration arising out of a dispute over steel consignments supplied to a customer in Sri Lanka.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Representing sellers in relation to LC disputes arising out of the sale of goods in to Vietnam, VIAC arbitrations and injunctions from the Vietnam courts.

Caribbean

Caribbean

Acting for the investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) claim against a Caribbean State concerning the redevelopment of an offshore oil field.   

New Zealand

New Zealand

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

North Sea

North Sea

Representing owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

Brazil

Brazil

Advising 3 major trading houses in around 100 GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations (both first tier and Board of Appeal) arising out of detention / demurrage and time-bar disputes in Paranagua.

Brazil

Brazil

Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

Guatemala

Guatemala

Acting for Jaguar Energy in claims arising out of delay to the construction of a power plant in Central America, including claims for delay/extensions of time, and breaches of the construction contract and vendor financing agreements. The dispute was beset with innumerable extra-contractual efforts made to derail the arbitration. Secured arbitration award in favour of the client for over US$150 million. The award was challenged unsuccessfully by the contractor in the Singapore Courts.

Mexico

Mexico

Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in an AAA arbitration in relation to whether the increased costs associated with new tax legislation were for contractor's or employer's account.

United States

United States

Acting for a US Fund Manager in ICC arbitration against East African institutional investors regarding the management and operation of a telecom asset-focused fund.

United States

United States

Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

Venezuela

Venezuela

Successfully discharging a $12 billion freezing order in England on behalf of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, in connection with ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, with related proceedings in several jurisdictions including New York. Acting for PDVSA on a series of high-value disputes concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells.

Advising the Government of Venezuela in the enforcement in England of a US$700 million plus arbitration award made against it. There are multiple enforcement proceedings afoot in France, US and England.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Representing the Dutch investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) arbitration proceedings against Kazakhstan. The claim arose from the expropriation of a bank and involved unfair treatment and expropriation claims.

Representing an investor in an ICSID arbitration against Kazakhstan with a claim valued at US$1.5 billion.
 

Russia

Russia

Advising a Russian oil trading group on issues arising under a complex series of interlinked and back-to-back oil trading contracts of Russian oil origin to the value of US$200 million and on related LCIA proceedings.

Defending claims for price adjustments to the API2 price under split shipments of Russian coal in a long term supply agreement.  

Russia

Russia

Obtaining a freezing injunction in the Commercial Court on behalf of a leading agribusiness client, restraining the disposal of shares in a Russian company in aid of a London seat LCIA arbitration in which we also acted.

Russia

Russia

Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in a US$1 billion ICSID  investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

Ukraine

Ukraine

Advising a Ukrainian investor on his claim against a former USSR republic in relation to his investments structured via acquisition of the plant in that republic via a Swiss company.

Ukraine

Ukraine

Advising a Ukrainian parastatal company on a US$20 million ICC arbitration in Geneva relating to disputes with an Asian based company under a Consultancy Agreement.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Acting in an ICC arbitration in relation to the development of a shopping centre in Bulgaria, with claims and counterclaims worth €50 million.

France

France

Representing a French multi­national bank against its insurers on fraud cover (bankers blanket bond) disputes in relation to two major events for losses in excess of €500 million.

Representing a French data storage company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the implementation of a spin-off agreement and related manufacturing agreements.

Germany

Germany

Acting for contractor in arbitration proceedings arising out of construction contract for installation of turbine tripods offshore Germany.

Germany

Germany

Assisting a German platform supply vessel operator in claims against an Indian shipyard.

Greece

Greece

Acting for a Greek energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in relation to the exercise of its rights under an indemnity clause pursuant to a share sale and purchase agreement.

Greece

Greece

Advising and representing an energy trading company in the Balkans in an ICC arbitration under Swiss law against a large Greek energy company in relation to issues of force majeure events.

Kosovo

Kosovo

Acting for Fox Marble in connection with an investment arbitration arising from the unfair treatment and expropriation of an investment (marble quarry) in Kosovo.

Moldova

Moldova

Acting in an arbitration involving a claim under a guarantee against a Moldovan individual and provided advice in relation to the subsequent enforcement of the arbitration award.

Netherlands

Netherlands

Representing the Dutch investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) arbitration proceedings against Kazakhstan. The claim arose from the expropriation of a bank and involved unfair treatment and expropriation claims.

Netherlands

Netherlands

Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

North Macedonia

North Macedonia

Advising a high net-worth individual and his foundation in an LCIA arbitration with a high net-worth individual based in Northern Macedonia over the failed multi-million euro sale and purchase agreement involving issues of restitution, agency agreements and cross-border asset tracing.

Norway

Norway

Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues.

Assisting Norwegian owners in proceedings against Norwegian Charterers, in delivery dispute under a time charter.
 

Switzerland

Switzerland

Representing a Middle Eastern commodity trader in a US$66 million Geneva-seated SCIA arbitration in relation to the sale of LPG.

Acting for a Geneva-based oil trader in LCIA arbitration proceedings in successfully defending claims by an oil major in relation to the alleged non-delivery of a shipment of base oils on grounds of force majeure.

Acting for a Geneva-based trader in successfully defending claims in arbitration proceedings for non-delivery on the basis that the buyer was controlled by an individual who was subject to US and EU sanctions imposed on supporters of the Assad regime in Syria.

Switzerland

Switzerland

Advising and representing an energy trading company in the Balkans in an ICC arbitration under Swiss law against a large Greek energy company in relation to issues of force majeure events.

Turkey

Turkey

Advising a Turkish company in relation to commencing ICSID arbitral proceedings against the government of a Middle-Eastern country.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to act in CIArb’s intervention as an interested party in the appeal brought by the oilfield services giant, Halliburton, in the UK Supreme Court, following a highly controversial Court of Appeal decision holding that, although the arbitrator should have made disclosure at the time of his appointments, it cannot be concluded that there was a real possibility of bias.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in an investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

Iraq

Iraq

Advising co-counsel for the Republic of Iraq in an ICSID claim filed against the Republic by a Kuwaiti contractor under the Iraq/Kuwait Bilateral Investment Treaty. The claim is an important landmark for Iraq as it is the first ICSID claim against the Republic in its history.

Advising the Republic of Iraq as respondent in an international arbitration case filed by an Indian electricity contractor (BGR). The claim arises out of the termination of a contract for the construction of a power plant in the Nasiriya province.
 

Jordan

Jordan

Representing a Middle Eastern state in defending a Jordan-seated LCIA arbitration claim in relation to force majeure.

Advising on an ICC arbitration (London seat) where we successfully represented a Jordanian Respondent in a multi-million dollar claim brought against it, recovering almost all costs.
 

Kuwait

Kuwait

Advising co-counsel for the Republic of Iraq in an ICSID claim filed against the Republic by a Kuwaiti contractor under the Iraq/Kuwait Bilateral Investment Treaty. The claim is an important landmark for Iraq as it is the first ICSID claim against the Republic in its history.

Oman

Oman

Advising an Omani company (as claimant) in respect of a debt claim arising from a contract for the sale of fuel oil.

Oman

Oman

Acting for an Omani company (as claimant) in connection with a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement. The arbitration is valued at approximately US$74,900,000.  

Qatar

Qatar

Advising a Qatari company in relation to commencing arbitral proceedings arising out of a breach of a distribution agreement, which had caused it losses of in excess of £20 million.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Advising a Saudi Arabian based client (as main contractor and claimant) in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning disputes arising from a series of energy conversion agreements relating to the construction of three electrical power and steam cogeneration plants valued at US$200 million.

Assisting a Saudi Arabian Employer (as respondent) in ICC arbitration proceedings defend claims valued at circa US$5 million and advancing a counter claim valued at circa US$11 million.

Yemen

Yemen

Representing the respondent/counter claimant in an arbitration concerning the engineering and construction of an LNG plant in Yemen.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Acting for the contractor on a series of disputes with the main employer and subcontractor relating to a gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi leading to a mediation and ICC arbitration.

Acting for a UAE government employer in connection with a claim against its main contractor for failing to deliver a critical infrastructure project on schedule (subject to UAE law).

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Acting for an individual as claimant in an arbitration against a substantial retail and hospitality business concerning investments made in the shares of the respondent.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Representing a ship-recycling company (claimant) in connection with a dispute concerning the recovery of a deposit for the purchase of a vessel following the termination of a memorandum of agreement.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Advising a UAE commodities trader in a series of GAFTA/FOSA arbitrations worth US$3 million for failure to deliver and wrongful termination of a number of contracts for the sale of soy beans by the seller.

Advising a UAE oil trader in a US$4.5 million LCIA Arbitration regarding a dispute under a contract for the sale of MSFO and LSFO from refineries in Turkmenistan. Successfully procured the discharge of an emergency injunction obtained by the buyers, preventing our clients from dealing with cargo the subject of the dispute.

Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in two LCIA arbitrations and two ad hoc arbitrations (to be consolidated under one arbitration) worth approximately US$8,900,000. Each arbitration has been commenced under four separate contracts for the sale of Jet A1/Gasoil and the dispute concerns monies owed under the contracts.

Acting for a Middle Eastern trading house in 3GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations totalling c.US$40 million and in related High Court proceedings in London.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Acting for one of Hong Kong's largest conglomerates in arbitration proceedings relating to the rent payable by a tenant of the largest industrial premises in the world.

Acting in an arbitration and related enforcement proceedings in Singapore and Hong Kong, leading to judgments, which are amongst the leading authorities on enforcement in those jurisdictions.

Involved with resisting the enforcement of 5 SIAC awards amounting to US$130 million at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal.

Acting for a UK subsidiary in Hong Kong arbitration proceedings relating to a joint venture with a Chinese mainland company involving the misappropriation of a public relations business by the Chinese company.

China

China

Representing a listed medical company in claims against regional joint venture partner for breaches of a put and call option agreement concerning a franchise health business in China.

Representing a Chinese group in the preparation of an action to vacate an ICC Arbitration Award on the grounds of due process violation.

  • Angola

    Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in a LCIA arbitration in relation to whether demobilisation could be undertaken during the term of the contract, and if so, what demobilisation fees and early termination fees were applicable.

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  • Brazil

    Advising 3 major trading houses in around 100 GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations (both first tier and Board of Appeal) arising out of detention / demurrage and time-bar disputes in Paranagua.

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  • Brazil

    Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

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  • Bulgaria

    Acting in an ICC arbitration in relation to the development of a shopping centre in Bulgaria, with claims and counterclaims worth €50 million.

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  • Caribbean

    Acting for the investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) claim against a Caribbean State concerning the redevelopment of an offshore oil field.   

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  • China

    Acting for owners in claims worth US$200 million in ICC arbitration and related litigation against Chinese contractor arising out of construction of coal-fired power plant.

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  • China

    Successfully representing shipowners in arbitration with a Chinese shipyard that failed to construct vessels, successfully claiming on Chinese refund guarantees.

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  • China

    Acting for Mercuria in their successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim, relating to “repo” deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

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  • China

    Representing share purchaser in post-acquisition dispute concerning breach of warranty and misrepresentation concerning industrial action taken by workers in factories in China.

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  • China

    Representing a listed medical company in claims against regional joint venture partner for breaches of a put and call option agreement concerning a franchise health business in China.

    Representing a Chinese group in the preparation of an action to vacate an ICC Arbitration Award on the grounds of due process violation.

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  • Egypt

    Advising on two LCIA arbitrations involving alleged disputed rejections of large consignments of clinker to be used in the manufacture of Portland Cement in Egypt.

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  • France

    Representing a French multi­national bank against its insurers on fraud cover (bankers blanket bond) disputes in relation to two major events for losses in excess of €500 million.

    Representing a French data storage company in an ICC arbitration in relation to the implementation of a spin-off agreement and related manufacturing agreements.

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  • Germany

    Acting for contractor in arbitration proceedings arising out of construction contract for installation of turbine tripods offshore Germany.

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  • Germany

    Assisting a German platform supply vessel operator in claims against an Indian shipyard.

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  • Greece

    Acting for a Greek energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in relation to the exercise of its rights under an indemnity clause pursuant to a share sale and purchase agreement.

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  • Greece

    Advising and representing an energy trading company in the Balkans in an ICC arbitration under Swiss law against a large Greek energy company in relation to issues of force majeure events.

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  • Guatemala

    Acting for Jaguar Energy in claims arising out of delay to the construction of a power plant in Central America, including claims for delay/extensions of time, and breaches of the construction contract and vendor financing agreements. The dispute was beset with innumerable extra-contractual efforts made to derail the arbitration. Secured arbitration award in favour of the client for over US$150 million. The award was challenged unsuccessfully by the contractor in the Singapore Courts.

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  • Hong Kong

    Acting for one of Hong Kong's largest conglomerates in arbitration proceedings relating to the rent payable by a tenant of the largest industrial premises in the world.

    Acting in an arbitration and related enforcement proceedings in Singapore and Hong Kong, leading to judgments, which are amongst the leading authorities on enforcement in those jurisdictions.

    Involved with resisting the enforcement of 5 SIAC awards amounting to US$130 million at the Hong Kong Court of Appeal.

    Acting for a UK subsidiary in Hong Kong arbitration proceedings relating to a joint venture with a Chinese mainland company involving the misappropriation of a public relations business by the Chinese company.

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  • Hong Kong

    Acting for Hong Kong insurers and reinsurers on arbitration proceedings relating to infrastructure projects, landfill site, water drainage scheme, harbour rehabilitation scheme and contractors.

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  • India

    Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

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  • India

    Acting for India’s largest real estate developer in enforcement proceedings in England in respect of a US$300 million plus arbitral award.

    Acting as emergency arbitrator in dispute concerning purported termination of distribution contract relating to distribution rights in India. The arbitration award was subsequently upheld and enforced by the Indian courts.

    Acting for listed company in automobile industry against group of Indian companies complex multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning investments and loans made worth over US$150 million. 

    Securing an arbitration award in excess of US$500 million in favour of our client Daiichi Sankyo in claims of fraud brought against Malvinder Singh and other family members who sold their majority stake in Indian generic pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy. 

    Representing a multi-national car rental and leasing company in claims against a former franchisee in India for breaches of a licence agreement in an ICC arbitration. Award in client’s favour enforced in India.

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  • India

    Defending a FTSE 100-listed Indian conglomerate against a US$400 million LCIA arbitration and English High Court proceedings in claims of misrepresentation, non-performance and breach of contract regarding the largest mining and metals company in Zambia.

    Representing an Indian conglomerate in a London-seated ICC arbitration against Middle East state-owned company in relation to non-delivery of Calcium Petroleum Coke.

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  • India

    Acting for an Indian conglomerate in an LCIA arbitration against a major US bank regarding a dispute about the closing out of a number of currency swaps.

    Advising a major Indian conglomerate in relation to US$9 million LCIA arbitration arising out of the alleged breach of various swaps contracts and a US$183 million Commercial Court claim brought by bond trustees.

     

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  • India

    Acting for an Indian state-owned engineering corporation in a dispute against a Middle Eastern state-owned power corporation regarding the refurbishment of a prominent hydroelectric power project in the Middle-East.

    Acting for a leading Indian infrastructure corporation in a dispute under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a South Asian State arising from the establishment of two power projects.

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  • Indonesia

    Acting for an Indonesian media corporation in a dispute concerning the broadcasting rights in Indonesia of a premier international sporting event.

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  • Indonesia

    Advising on an ICC arbitration seeking to recover US$3 million paid in shares under an investment contract to develop a nickel mining operation in Indonesia.

    Representing a commodity trader in defence of claims in SIAC arbitration arising out of the sale of a cargo of Indonesian steam coal. The case involved disputes over delay in payment, quality of the cargo at load port, and delays at the discharge port due to exercise of lien over cargo.

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  • Iraq

    Advising co-counsel for the Republic of Iraq in an ICSID claim filed against the Republic by a Kuwaiti contractor under the Iraq/Kuwait Bilateral Investment Treaty. The claim is an important landmark for Iraq as it is the first ICSID claim against the Republic in its history.

    Advising the Republic of Iraq as respondent in an international arbitration case filed by an Indian electricity contractor (BGR). The claim arises out of the termination of a contract for the construction of a power plant in the Nasiriya province.
     

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  • Jordan

    Representing a Middle Eastern state in defending a Jordan-seated LCIA arbitration claim in relation to force majeure.

    Advising on an ICC arbitration (London seat) where we successfully represented a Jordanian Respondent in a multi-million dollar claim brought against it, recovering almost all costs.
     

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  • Kazakhstan

    Representing the Dutch investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) arbitration proceedings against Kazakhstan. The claim arose from the expropriation of a bank and involved unfair treatment and expropriation claims.

    Representing an investor in an ICSID arbitration against Kazakhstan with a claim valued at US$1.5 billion.
     

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  • Kenya

    Acting in several LCIA arbitrations relating to a consortium which won the concession of privatising the railways of Kenya and Uganda. Subsequently advising two respondents in relation to challenges to the award.

    Acting in an arbitration and related litigation arising out of the joint venture to acquire land close to Nairobi, Kenya, to create a USD 5 billion development known as "Tatu City".

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  • Korea

    Advising a leading Korean shipbuilder in dispute with a Middle East government owned entity under an engineering, procurement, construction installation, commissioning & startup (EPCIC) contract.  The dispute was valued at circa US$60 million and settled under ICC arbitration rules. The proceedings were seated in Paris, France, with a three member tribunal and the law of the contract was the law of the State of Libya.

    Advising one of Korea’s largest shipping companies on a US$400 million LMAA arbitration concerning defective LNG carriers.

    Representing a major Korean shipbuilder on a US$270 million LMAA arbitration involving a claim for substantial cost overruns and additional work.

    Representing a Korean shipyard in the context of a pre-arbitration dispute (ICC) over the construction and delivery of a very large gantry crane to a French shipyard.

    Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

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  • Korea

    Acting for a Korean contractor (as Claimant) in ICC arbitration proceedings pursuing claims valued at circa US$75 million against a Libyan Government entity (as Employer and Respondent).

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  • Kosovo

    Acting for Fox Marble in connection with an investment arbitration arising from the unfair treatment and expropriation of an investment (marble quarry) in Kosovo.

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  • Kuwait

    Advising co-counsel for the Republic of Iraq in an ICSID claim filed against the Republic by a Kuwaiti contractor under the Iraq/Kuwait Bilateral Investment Treaty. The claim is an important landmark for Iraq as it is the first ICSID claim against the Republic in its history.

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  • Malaysia

    Advising a leading Malaysian construction company in dispute with an international manufacture in DIFC-LCIA proceedings concerning the installation of equipment in a district cooling plant in the UAE. After successfully obtaining a favourable award, DIFC Court recognition enforcement proceedings were initiated and an order for recognition and enforcement obtained.

    Acting for a Malaysian defence contractor in an SIAC arbitration against a South Asian State in a dispute arising out of the establishment of a major defence project in the State.

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  • Mauritius

    Advising the clients in a London-seated ICC arbitration relating to a shareholders’ agreement with respect to an African bank.

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  • Mauritius

    Advising in a substantial LCIA arbitration relating to the Privatised Railways of Kenya and Uganda in which the concession holding companies were incorporated in Mauritius.

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  • Mexico

    Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in an AAA arbitration in relation to whether the increased costs associated with new tax legislation were for contractor's or employer's account.

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  • Moldova

    Acting in an arbitration involving a claim under a guarantee against a Moldovan individual and provided advice in relation to the subsequent enforcement of the arbitration award.

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  • Mozambique

    Advising a Mozambique-based food production company in a FOSFA arbitration in Durban, South Africa, against a leading Indian flour trading company. 

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  • Netherlands

    Representing the Dutch investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) arbitration proceedings against Kazakhstan. The claim arose from the expropriation of a bank and involved unfair treatment and expropriation claims.

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  • Netherlands

    Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

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  • New Zealand

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

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  • Nigeria

    Advising Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on defending the enforcement of a US$400 million plus Nigerian arbitral award in England. The ground-breaking 14-year dispute with projects company, IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd, concluded following referral to the Supreme Court. This is a leading case in England and indeed worldwide on the enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards. 

    Representing a Nigerian member of a consortium which holds an Oil Production Licence over a Nigerian oil block on a multi-jurisdictional claim for around US$50 million brought by a Chinese finance provider seeking to recover funds.

    Acting for a West African sovereign state in English High Court proceedings to challenge a US$8.6 billion arbitration award concerning the supply of gas.

    Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in connection with a debt recovery claim under a settlement agreement under which the respondents were jointly and severally liable to repay the monies owed in respect of the purchase of gas oil delivered to Nigeria.

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  • Nigeria

    Advising the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of the enforcement of a US$20 million arbitral award against it.

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  • North Macedonia

    Advising a high net-worth individual and his foundation in an LCIA arbitration with a high net-worth individual based in Northern Macedonia over the failed multi-million euro sale and purchase agreement involving issues of restitution, agency agreements and cross-border asset tracing.

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  • North Sea

    Representing owners in an LMAA arbitration for a breach of charterparty in relation to unpaid invoices. This matter involved appeals to the English courts and enforcement actions in several locations around the world.

    Representing a charterer in a LMAA arbitration for breach of charterparty in relation to the overconsumption of fuel.

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  • Norway

    Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues.

    Assisting Norwegian owners in proceedings against Norwegian Charterers, in delivery dispute under a time charter.
     

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  • Oman

    Advising an Omani company (as claimant) in respect of a debt claim arising from a contract for the sale of fuel oil.

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  • Oman

    Acting for an Omani company (as claimant) in connection with a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement. The arbitration is valued at approximately US$74,900,000.  

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  • Qatar

    Advising a Qatari company in relation to commencing arbitral proceedings arising out of a breach of a distribution agreement, which had caused it losses of in excess of £20 million.

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  • Russia

    Obtaining a freezing injunction in the Commercial Court on behalf of a leading agribusiness client, restraining the disposal of shares in a Russian company in aid of a London seat LCIA arbitration in which we also acted.

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  • Russia

    Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in a US$1 billion ICSID  investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

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  • Russia

    Advising a Russian oil trading group on issues arising under a complex series of interlinked and back-to-back oil trading contracts of Russian oil origin to the value of US$200 million and on related LCIA proceedings.

    Defending claims for price adjustments to the API2 price under split shipments of Russian coal in a long term supply agreement.  

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  • Saudi Arabia

    Advising a Saudi Arabian based client (as main contractor and claimant) in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning disputes arising from a series of energy conversion agreements relating to the construction of three electrical power and steam cogeneration plants valued at US$200 million.

    Assisting a Saudi Arabian Employer (as respondent) in ICC arbitration proceedings defend claims valued at circa US$5 million and advancing a counter claim valued at circa US$11 million.

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  • Singapore

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

    Advising on a US$3 million plus arbitration regarding the withdrawal of a vessel and termination of a bareboat charter. We also sought immediate injunctive relief from the Singapore High Court for unconscionable conduct.

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  • Singapore

    Representing a Singapore investment company in arbitration-mediation-arbitration proceedings pursuant to the SIAC-SIMC Protocol in relation to disputes arising out of an investment agreement worth SG$65 million.

    Representing a global confectionary manufacturer in dispute arising out of the US$1 billion sale of a division of its sourcing and manufacturing business and the post-acquisition completion accounts.

    Representing a global food and nutrition company in complex multi-reference proceedings concerning contractual and tortious breaches relating to production of ingredients tainted with a fatal contaminant that was present in products for infant consumption across Asia.

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  • Singapore

    Representing a listed Singapore company in proceedings arising out of a confidentiality agreement concerning an oil and gas concession granted by a Southeast Asian state.

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  • South Africa

    Acting for a large African power generation company in an arbitration against the main contractor arising out of a gas plant in South Africa under the NEC form.

    Advising a South African subsidiary of a European multi-national company in relation to a series of adjudications and an ICC arbitration arising out of various significant process plant projects.

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  • Sri Lanka

    Advising a trading house on litigation and arbitration arising out of a dispute over steel consignments supplied to a customer in Sri Lanka.

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  • Switzerland

    Representing a Middle Eastern commodity trader in a US$66 million Geneva-seated SCIA arbitration in relation to the sale of LPG.

    Acting for a Geneva-based oil trader in LCIA arbitration proceedings in successfully defending claims by an oil major in relation to the alleged non-delivery of a shipment of base oils on grounds of force majeure.

    Acting for a Geneva-based trader in successfully defending claims in arbitration proceedings for non-delivery on the basis that the buyer was controlled by an individual who was subject to US and EU sanctions imposed on supporters of the Assad regime in Syria.

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  • Switzerland

    Advising and representing an energy trading company in the Balkans in an ICC arbitration under Swiss law against a large Greek energy company in relation to issues of force majeure events.

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  • Tanzania

    Advising Dowans Holdings SA and Dowans Tanzania Ltd in relation to the enforcement in England of a US$80 million ICC award against the State Electricity Company of Tanzania.

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  • Turkey

    Advising a Turkish company in relation to commencing ICSID arbitral proceedings against the government of a Middle-Eastern country.

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  • Uganda

    Acting in several LCIA arbitrations relating to a consortium which won the concession of privatising the railways of Kenya and Uganda. Subsequently advising two respondents in relation to challenges to the award.

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  • Ukraine

    Advising a Ukrainian investor on his claim against a former USSR republic in relation to his investments structured via acquisition of the plant in that republic via a Swiss company.

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  • Ukraine

    Advising a Ukrainian parastatal company on a US$20 million ICC arbitration in Geneva relating to disputes with an Asian based company under a Consultancy Agreement.

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Representing a ship-recycling company (claimant) in connection with a dispute concerning the recovery of a deposit for the purchase of a vessel following the termination of a memorandum of agreement.

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Advising a UAE commodities trader in a series of GAFTA/FOSA arbitrations worth US$3 million for failure to deliver and wrongful termination of a number of contracts for the sale of soy beans by the seller.

    Advising a UAE oil trader in a US$4.5 million LCIA Arbitration regarding a dispute under a contract for the sale of MSFO and LSFO from refineries in Turkmenistan. Successfully procured the discharge of an emergency injunction obtained by the buyers, preventing our clients from dealing with cargo the subject of the dispute.

    Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in two LCIA arbitrations and two ad hoc arbitrations (to be consolidated under one arbitration) worth approximately US$8,900,000. Each arbitration has been commenced under four separate contracts for the sale of Jet A1/Gasoil and the dispute concerns monies owed under the contracts.

    Acting for a Middle Eastern trading house in 3GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations totalling c.US$40 million and in related High Court proceedings in London.

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Acting for the contractor on a series of disputes with the main employer and subcontractor relating to a gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi leading to a mediation and ICC arbitration.

    Acting for a UAE government employer in connection with a claim against its main contractor for failing to deliver a critical infrastructure project on schedule (subject to UAE law).

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  • United Arab Emirates

    Acting for an individual as claimant in an arbitration against a substantial retail and hospitality business concerning investments made in the shares of the respondent.

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  • United Kingdom

    Representing a client in two LCIA arbitrations arising out of a construction contract of a Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) Vessel including warranty matters (i.e. post-construction defects). The disputes were against one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, the contract price being over US$700 million.

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  • United Kingdom

    Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to act in CIArb’s intervention as an interested party in the appeal brought by the oilfield services giant, Halliburton, in the UK Supreme Court, following a highly controversial Court of Appeal decision holding that, although the arbitrator should have made disclosure at the time of his appointments, it cannot be concluded that there was a real possibility of bias.

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  • United Kingdom

    Acting for Lehram Capital, a UK-based private equity firm, in an investment treaty arbitration claim against the Russian Federation in relation to an expropriated mine.

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  • United States

    Acting for a US Fund Manager in ICC arbitration against East African institutional investors regarding the management and operation of a telecom asset-focused fund.

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  • United States

    Advising on US$10 million plus indemnity claims brought in Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand, for damages arising from a defective mooring system.

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  • Venezuela

    Successfully discharging a $12 billion freezing order in England on behalf of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, in connection with ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, with related proceedings in several jurisdictions including New York. Acting for PDVSA on a series of high-value disputes concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells.

    Advising the Government of Venezuela in the enforcement in England of a US$700 million plus arbitration award made against it. There are multiple enforcement proceedings afoot in France, US and England.

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  • Vietnam

    Representing sellers in relation to LC disputes arising out of the sale of goods in to Vietnam, VIAC arbitrations and injunctions from the Vietnam courts.

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  • Yemen

    Representing the respondent/counter claimant in an arbitration concerning the engineering and construction of an LNG plant in Yemen.

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