Government and state entities

We regularly work for government and state-owned enterprises internationally and are able to assist in legislative reforms and dispute resolution in the public law area. We have worked in a number of sectors including banking, construction, infrastructure,  natural resources, power, telecoms, transportation and utilities, where the application of our market-leading expertise gives us a strong advantage. We have particular experience advising governments and state entities across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Our experience includes:

  • Acting for a Southeast Asian sovereign state in a US$4 billion ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.  
  • Acting on behalf of the State in two major ongoing matters (with sums in dispute in the hundreds of millions of dollars) regarding the enforcement of international investment treaty arbitration awards.
  • Advising a sovereign state, resisting the enforcement of a US$700 million plus ICSID award against it.
  • Representing the government of a CIS state in arbitration proceedings under the Rules of Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, arising from the termination of a joint venture agreement with a CIS state enterprise.
  • Acting for a central bank in ICC Arbitration proceedings under the ISDA Master Agreement arising from non-payment of alleged Termination Payment obligation and connected High Court proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996.

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.

Nigeria

Nigeria

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

India

India

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Turkey

Turkey

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

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.
 

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.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

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).

  • India

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

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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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  • 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.

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Turkey

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

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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

    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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  • 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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