International arbitration

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. We are also one of the leading firms handling arbitration in the sports, luxury brands and arts sectors and act for some of the most high-profile and dynamic clients in these markets.

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.

Leading lawyers

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’.

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03 March 2022 - Article

Investment treaties and their role in protecting Chinese businesses abroad: A look at the Zhongshan v Nigeria award


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Recognition

2022 Chambers UK: leading firm for international arbitration

2021 Legal 500 UK, leading firm in international arbitration

Leading lawyers ranked in Chambers UK 2021

2021 Legal 500 Caribbean, British Virgin Islands - leading firm for dispute resolution

2021 Legal 500 Asia Pacific, leading firm for dispute resolution

2021 Legal 500 EMEA, Italy - leading firm for dispute resolution

GAR 100 2020, top UK firm for international arbitration

2020 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for international arbitration

Leading lawyers ranked in Who's Who Legal 2020

Leading firm for commercial dispute resolution

2019 Legal 500 UK, leading firm for international arbitration

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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 would definitely recommend Withers Law Firm for international arbitration. Mr Hussein Haeri and his team acted as legal counsel for Gemmo in a high value international arbitration which we won, and I can say they were all highly experienced, extremely helpful and always available to discuss strategies, with an eye to meeting the client’s needs and requests.

Mr Alessandro Chiappin, General Counsel - Gemmo SpA
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Hussein Haeri’s strategic advice and know-how on how to navigate international arbitrations has proved to be exceptionally valuable over the two years we have been working together.

Senior Oil and Gas Executive
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Hussein Haeri’s ability to connect to our people here and to simply explain different scenarios is amazing.

Marsha Lazareva, Vice Chairman and Managing Director - KGL Investment Company
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Withers has delivered positive results for us in three significant disputes resolved through arbitration. In each instance, the Withers team has delivered a great service along with a well-defined strategy for pursuing each matter.

Makstil
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A reliable and erudite expert’ and ‘always considers the real benefit for our company.

A11Y LTD.
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When we found ourselves drawn into an international dispute, we wanted a law firm which would pay close attention throughout the case and be able to effectively manage the proceedings taking place in a number of jurisdictions. Withers’ arbitration team were constantly in touch to keep us in the picture, and expertly managed a complex situation to deliver a welcome result for us.

Vebeca Holdings Limited
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The firm has impressed us greatly with their knowledge, expertise and experience. They have efficiently, effectively and professionally managed the entire process including the involvement of litigation funders and expert witnesses.

Global Arbitration Review, 2020
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They have excellent strength in depth across both commercial and investment arbitration. A truly diverse international team with deep knowledge and experience of many business sectors. They are particularly strong in the Russia/CIS area, especially cases linked to Cyprus.

Legal 500 UK, 2021
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A strong, cohesive team that interfaces well with counsel and with the client team, leading to a joined-up approach to cases.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

Meet the team

How the team can help

Track record

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.

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.

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. <br />

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

Caspian Sea $20 million arbitration

Acting for a British Virgin Islands company in relation to a claim for the return of US$20 million due to it from a Turkish company following the non supply of shares in a Swiss company which owned an oil terminal on the Caspian Sea.

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.

Multi-million dollar digital entertainment arbitration

Our cross border dispute resolution team acted for a Korean digital entertainment business in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration on a construction and commercial disagreement involving two Korean businesses and a Chinese company

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.

Multi-billion dollar energy arbitration

Acting on a multi-billion dollar energy arbitration arising out of an M&A transaction.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

India Ukraine arbitration

The awarding of an infrastructure contract in Ukraine to an Indian infrastructure company led us to work on an arbitration to deal with a dispute regarding the contract.

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 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.

Representing a German recycling company

Representing a German recycling company in its claim against an African State relating to expropriation and discrimination.

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 an Estonian company in an investment treaty arbitration

Representing an Estonian company in an investment treaty arbitration claim against a European State in relation to an alleged expropriation.

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.

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.

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.

Advising a British national on an investment treaty claim against a State in Southern Africa

Advising a British national on an investment treaty claim against a State in Southern Africa relating to an investment in the food and drink sector.

International arbitration for breaching of contract obligations

Assisted an Egyptian company in arbitration proceedings ruled by the International Chamber of Commerce, against an Italian company. The claim was brought by the client in relation to the counterpart's breach of their contractual obligations under a sale agreement whereby the Italian company was committed to supply the client with a production line for the production of starch.

International arbitration for breaching of contract obligations

Assisted an Egyptian company in arbitration proceedings ruled by the International Chamber of Commerce, against an Italian company. The claim was brought by the client in relation to the counterpart's breach of their contractual obligations under a sale agreement whereby the Italian company was committed to supply the client with a production line for the production of starch.

Representing a major global air filtration company

We achieved a successful result for a major global air filtration company in an ICC arbitration under a commercial contract.

Representing a major global air filtration company

We achieved a successful result for a major global air filtration company in an ICC arbitration under a commercial contract.

MHR International Limited

Representing an international company in an ICC arbitration relating to an infrastructure project in Egypt.

Acting for a professional footballer

We represented Paulo Dybala, a professional footballer of Juventus FC, in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Maltese company.

Acting for a professional footballer

We represented Paulo Dybala, a professional footballer of Juventus FC, in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Maltese company.

Defending the Government of Ukraine

We defended the Government of Ukraine in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning an investment in the gambling sector.

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