Whether you are a multinational corporation, international investor, private equity business or Government, our arbitration practice can help you to resolve your international disputes.Our dedicated arbitration team works with clients around the world to resolve major commercial and investor-state disputes across a wide range of key industry sectors including oil and gas, natural resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, construction and finance.
Strategic, commercial advice
With arbitration lawyers around the world, including London, Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and the British Virgin Islands, we act as strategic advisors, counsel and advocates on complex, high-value international disputes.
Our work covers the entirety of arbitration cases, from initial case analysis through to the successful enforcement of arbitral awards worldwide. We work on arbitrations under all the major arbitration rules (including ICC, LCIA, ICSID, LMAA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, CAM, ICDR and SCC) and pure ad hoc arbitrations. The geographic range of our cases crosses Europe, Anglophone and Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, the CIS, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Our multilingual team is well-versed in numerous languages and our lawyers are admitted to practice in many jurisdictions around the globe, qualified in both common and civil law jurisdictions. We serve as arbitrators and are prominent thought leaders in the field, with extensive experience working in international organisations and emerging markets.
Acknowledged as 'extremely tactically aware' by the legal market, we are recognised for our 'know-how on how to navigate international arbitrations'. Clients praise our team for 'exceptionally valuable' skills with 'excellent customer focus'. They also acknowledge our 'deep technical knowledge' and 'sound judgment', describing our communication skills as 'simply amazing'.
High profile dispute involving "Asia's Fort Knox"
Represented the owner of the Singapore Freeport, Worldwide VGS B.V. ("Worldwide") controlled by Mr Yves Bouvier who is an internationally recognised Swiss businessman and art dealer, in relation to damages arising from contractual breach of the purchase of the Singapore Freeport.
International Table Tennis Federation
Represented International Table Tennis Federation ("ITTF") in relation to investigations of the conduct of the previous President of ITTF and current Honorary President during his terms of office.
Multi-million dollar energy ICC international arbitration
Acted on the instructions of Boustead Singapore Limited to represent its wholly owned subsidiary PT Boustead Maxitherm Industries in a multi-million dollar energy ICC international arbitration against the Indonesian state owned energy company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara.
Artificial intelligence based web marketing and technology services
Represented an artificial intelligence based web marketing and technology services company in a dispute with an Australian headquarterd artifical intelligence conglomerate over the company's investments in a Cayman Islands' based fund. The dispute was resolved before commencing any litigation or arbitration proceedings.
Represented a Belgian funder in a dispute with Chinese counterparties over a financial investment in a Cayman Islands' incorporated company that was meant to go public. All disputes to be resolved by arbitration in Hong Kong is to be administered by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
Mainland Chinese industrial conglomerate
Represented a mainland Chinese industrial conglomerate, Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co. Ltd., on a billion-dollar treaty claim against the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the China-Nigeria bilateral investment treaty.
Acting for a major Chinese conglomerate
Acting for a major Chinese conglomerate in an investment treaty arbitration claim against an African State relating to the development of a special economic zone.
Acting for a UK company in an LCIA arbitration
Acting for a UK company in an LCIA arbitration relating to a steel foundry in Eastern Europe.
Acting for an Italian waste management company
Acting for an Italian waste management company in an ICSID claim against an African State relating to the expropriation of the company's investment.
Acting on the challenge to an investment treaty arbitration award in the High Court
Acting on the challenge to an investment treaty arbitration award in the High Court relating to a dispute over an energy sector investment.
Advising an American company on a potential NAFTA claim
Advising an American company on a potential NAFTA claim relating to an investment in the energy sector
Representing a German recycling company
Representing a German recycling company in its claim against an African State relating to expropriation and discrimination.
Representing the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration
Representing the Claimant in an LCIA arbitration relating to gold mining licences and permits in South America.
Representing the Respondent in an LCIA arbitration concerning the forestry sector in a CIS country.
Representing the Respondent in an LCIA arbitration concerning the forestry sector in a CIS country.
Croatian gaming concession arbitration
Acting as Counsel for the respondent in Adria Beteiligungs v The Republic of Croatia, we worked on an UNCITRAL arbitration under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration related to a gaming concession agreement in Croatia.
Greek TV merger leads to arbitration
A proposed merger in the Pay TV market in Greece led to a dispute in which we represented Greek clients in a substantial LCIA arbitration.
Cypriot company in a USD$72 million arbitration
Acting for a Cypriot company with Russian connections in an arbitration claim challenging a USD$72 million London Court of International Arbitration Award
A regional education provider in Singapore in a cross border arbitration
We advised our client (the Claimant) in a cross border arbitration under the SIAC Rules involving claims of USD $70 million. Our client entered into a funding arrangement with a private equity firm, allowing the funder to acquire shares and/or control in a company which acquires, runs and manages schools, and the arbitration concerned the corporate structure and approach to governance and controls.
ICC motorway arbitrations
Representing one of the largest companies in Macedonia in two ICC arbitrations relating to the collapse of a public procurement project to build a motorway in Poland, including claims for unpaid joint venture costs and breach of contract.
LCIA arbitration in art sector
Advised a company specialising in buying and selling art in an LCIA arbitration dispute over the ownership of a Monet painting under Swiss law.
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.
Construction dispute and ad hoc arbitration in North Africa
A major construction project in Libya has resulted in an ad hoc commercial arbitration for our client, an Italian company.
ICSID dispute over energy investment
A dispute over an investment in the energy sector has resulted in an ICSID investment treaty claim against a European state. Our client is seeking damages for breach of fair and equitable treatment, expropriation and other breaches of 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.
Italy-CIS dispute over contract and arbitration venue
A complex international case has seen us acting in a dispute between parties in Italy and a former CIS region state. The case involves a possible arbitration in Paris over a contract under English law, as well as questions of the English court's ability to grant relief in the case.
Russian real estate project in LCIA arbitration
In an LCIA arbitration concerning a high profile real estate project in Moscow, worth $160m, and involving complex issues of fraud, illegality and a combination of Russian, Kazakh and BVI law, we have taken an innovative approach to calculating the damages at stake.
A luxury yacht builder
An Italian luxury yacht builder consulted Withers when it found itself in dispute with a Maltese client over a shipbuilding agreement. This was essentially a contractual dispute involving delay, construction in accordance with strict shipbuilding specifications and a claim for liquidated damages.
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