Investment treaty arbitration

We have a leading specialist investment arbitration practice advising both investors and sovereign states as counsel and advocates. The businesses with which we work make investments around the world. They often call on us to ensure these are adequately protected from commercial and political risk in the context and framework of international investment law.

The predominant focus of our investment treaty practice is representing our clients on investment arbitrations, particularly under ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. We have a stand-out practice advising Governments on drafting investment treaties.

Our established investment treaty arbitration practice is grounded in the extensive expertise and strong track record of our dedicated team. Our team has advised on some of the highest profile and most complex investment treaty arbitration matters and is highly regarded in the field. Our practice spans investment disputes around the globe.

‘The framework that allows international investors to have recourse to binding arbitration in a neutral forum for disputes with host states remains a central feature of the investment treaty architecture,’ explains Hussein Haeri, international arbitration partner.

Recent cases include acting for a UK investor in an ICSID-administered expropriation case against the Czech Republic relating to the provision of technology solutions for blind people. We represent an international energy company in an ICSID arbitration against a state in Europe and a European company in the manufacturing sector in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against a North African state.

Our clients appreciate our ‘deep technical knowledge of investment treaty arbitration’ and ‘clarity of strategic direction’. They have described partner Hussein Haeri as ‘highly knowledgeable of international investment law, including important nuances, complexities and intricacies of the field’ and praised his work as ‘excellent in every way’. They laud the team as working ‘with high dedication to achieve a positive result’ and attribute our success to our ‘strong submissions, careful legal and factual analysis, persuasive arguments and excellent advocacy’.

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Hussein Haeri combines deep technical knowledge of investment treaty arbitration with clarity of strategic direction and impressive project management skills. He demonstrates excellent customer focus and sound judgement

Thomas Le Feuvre, Head of International Agreements, Government of Jersey
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I am very happy with Withers’ services, including with the advice provided, Mr Haeri’s leadership and management of the case and team

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Track record

UK-Czech Republic UNCITRAL arbitration

Our client is a leading assistive technology company in an expropriation dispute with the Czech Republic under the UK-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaty. We are representing the Claimant as counsel and advocates in an UNCITRAL arbitration, which is administered by the ICSID Secretariat.

Italian energy company ICSID arbitration

A dispute over an investment in the energy sector and ICSID investment treaty arbitration claim against a European state. Our client is seeking damages for breach of fair and equitable treatment, expropriation and other treaty standards.

Energy company UNCITRAL arbitration against Pakistan

Represented a Mauritian energy company as counsel and advocates in an investment treaty arbitration against Pakistan under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules.

Advising a Government on investment treaty drafting

Conducted an extensive project for a Government client advising them on international investment law issues and drafting an innovative model bilateral investment treaty.

Caribbean Government international investment law advice

A Caribbean Government has instructed us to advise on a range of international investment law issues.

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