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Ease of cross-border enforcement of awards, party autonomy and greater confidentiality makes international Arbitration the preferred dispute resolution choice with business leaders.

However, it remains a changing and complex area of law in which our arbitration lawyers are recognised specialists.

Notable highlights

  • We acted for Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management against Ukraine in an investment arbitration brought in the SCC under the Energy Charter Treaty. The claim relates to investments made into Ukraine's biggest oil and gas company. This is the largest and most high profile dispute in the host State.
  • We acted for successful Cypriot investors against Ukraine state-owned gas company, Naftogaz.
  • Our team represented the Dutch investor Gilward Investments B.V. against Ukraine. This is an investment treaty arbitration under the ICSID rules. It concerns the expropriation of the claimant's shares in a Ukrainian airline.
  • We acted for four interlinked public international law Bilateral Investment Treaty claims on behalf of successful Claimant investors under UNCITRAL Rules, Hague seat, relating to real estate investments made in the host State (Russia).
  • We represented Georgian claimants in the first emergency arbitrator interim injunction application relying on MFN clause under the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Rules.
  • We acted for a claimant oil trader in respect of multi-million dollar dispute before the LCIA.
  • We acted for the applicant in a recent successful challenge to an LCIA tribunal's award in the English High Court under s.68(2)(d) of the Arbitration Act 1996. On application a key liability issue was remitted back to the eminent three member Tribunal and amended in July 2018 as a result of the court’s order.

Reserve Judgement: Arbitrating natural resources disputes in Africa

Fieldfisher dispute resolution partner, Simon Sloane, considers the difficulties facing energy companies seeking to protect their investments while respecting the transformational needs of host states.


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