International arbitration

Our international arbitration group has extensive experience in representing corporations, individuals, sovereign states, state entities and international organisations in international arbitration proceedings worldwide as well as in bringing court proceedings in support of or challenging agreements to arbitrate and arbitral awards, including enforcing arbitral awards.

We advise in arbitrations around the world including London, Geneva, Milan, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Washington D.C and the British Virgin Islands. Our international arbitration work covers all major industries including oil and gas, power, mining, commodities, telecoms, construction, finance, shipping, property, tourism, fashion and sports. In addition, we have a thriving investment treaty arbitration practice advising both investors and sovereign states.

We act in pure ad hoc arbitrations and those conducted under the following rules:

  • ICSID;
  • UNCITRAL;
  • ICC;
  • LCIA;
  • SCC;
  • GAFTA;
  • LMAA;
  • FINRA (formerly NASD);
  • AAA;
  • CAS and;
  • JAMS rules.

We are recommended for our international arbitration expertise in leading legal publications including the Legal 500.

Our team

Our international arbitration group comprises of specialists in London, Singapore, Milan, New York and the British Virgin Islands. Languages spoken fluently within the arbitration group include French, Russian, Romanian, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek and Turkish. 

Withers ‘involves clients at all stages’. The practice stands out for its work on disputes related to the BVI, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and the CIS."

Extremely tactically aware.

Legal 500, 2014

Our work

Our international arbitration work is notable in its breadth and variety.

Below are some representable cases in which our team members have been counsel:

  • a listed Macedonian company, one of the largest in Macedonia, in two different ICC arbitrations in relation to two disputes between two joint venture parties, arising out of the collapse of a public procurement project to build a motorway in Poland. The legal issues, governed by Polish law, included claims for unpaid joint venture costs and breach of contract;
  • An LCIA arbitration for a trust company which specialises in buying and selling art in relation to a family dispute over the ownership of a Monet painting under Swiss law;
  • a NYSE listed Chinese company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a dispute which arose regarding the supply to an Italian company of multi-crystalline solar wafers. Legal issues included contractual construction, ‘take or pay’ and penalty clauses and competition issues;
  • a Cyprus company and its beneficial owner, a CIS billionaire, in an LCIA arbitration in a dispute involving a business in Russia owned as a joint venture by two Cyprus companies. The legal proceedings involved a number of jurisdictions including Cyprus, BVI and Russia;
  • Mauritian energy companies v Asian State: Counsel of the Claimants in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving issues of expropriation and bilateral investment treaties related to a major energy import terminal; 
  • a wealthy private individual and trust in relation to proceedings in respect of damages resulting for unlawful means interference further to the purchase of a flat at One Hyde Park;
  • We have been acting in an advisory capacity in connection with a CIETAC arbitration between a fertiliser supply company and a Chinese buyer over the last minute cancellation of a contract.
  • a Swiss company in an LMAA arbitration in a claim brought against it for non-payment of monies alleged to be due in circumstances where it argued that the counterparty’s breach of the European Waste Directive had caused it substantial loss;
  • an Iranian company bringing a claim against a listed Italian multinational for breach of an exclusive agency agreement before the ICC in Paris;
  • ATA Construction v The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Counsel of the Claimant in an ICSID arbitration related to a dam construction agreement. 

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