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International Arbitration

International arbitration is increasingly the preferred option for resolving international disputes, both in Ireland and overseas.

Our international arbitration group is ranked amongst the world's top 30 international arbitration practices by the leading international arbitration journal, Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

We are already the preferred choice of many leading financial institutions, State bodies, corporations, and investors looking for first-class international arbitration, global reach and deep industry experience.  Our global team has over 30 lawyers based in the key centres of arbitration including London, Dublin, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Stockholm, Vienna, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Singapore and Dubai.

We have significant experience of all the major arbitral institutions (including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, AAA, HKIAC, SIAC, and Swiss Rules as well as ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules) in all the major arbitral seats and under many different substantive laws.

In addition to law and practice, drafting, advocacy and enforcement of awards, our international experience extends to mediation, conciliation negotiation and other early assessment and resolution mechanisms.

As well as being involved in the resolution of international commercial disputes, our team focuses on investment arbitration, public international law (including boundary disputes and sanctions) and in mediation.

Many of our lawyers are advocates, mediators and/or arbitrators; with many of them also qualified in civil and common law jurisdictions and capable of working through numerous languages.

Our lawyers are frequently appointed to sit as arbitrators in ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, SIAC, CIETAC, ICSID and ad hoc proceedings. Several are members of international arbitration bodies such as the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the LCIA and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Our experience spans a range of sectors, including:

  • Construction and engineering disputes
  • Infrastructure and project disputes
  • Information technology and IP disputes
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • M&A, JV and shareholder disputes
  • Banking, debt and capital markets, securities and structured finance
  • Insolvency
  • Telecoms and media
  • International investment disputes
  • Commodities disputes
  • International trade and shipping disputes
  • Oil & gas and other natural resources, mining and exploration
  • Defence industry supply contracts (including for governments)
  • Aircraft leasing

International and Domestic Experience

  • Representing the owners and developers of an international hotel chain in a shareholder dispute in a multi-million euro dispute with the seat of the Arbitration in Dublin and a 3 party panel of arbitrators and ICC rules.
  • Representing a significant contractor in a domestic arbitration (domestic rules) on claims for delay and disruption running to 10s of millions of euro.
  • Representing a Brazilian State-owned reinsurance organisation in a $6 billion-arbitration in London, with parallel arbitrations in New York and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Representing a national Middle-Eastern gas supplier in ad hoc proceedings involving a $6 billion dispute over price revision under a cross-border gas sale and purchase agreement.
  • Representing a Middle-Eastern mobile operator in a £600 million ICC arbitration arising out of the bidding process for a mobile operator license.
  • Representing a subsidiary of a pan-African electricity operator in an ICC arbitration against a nationally-owned African electricity company about a hydroelectric power plant in Africa.
  • Representing a Yemeni State Agency in an ICC construction arbitration involving a water and sanitation project in Yemen.
  • Acting in a $40 million dispute between a US telecoms company and a major Polish telecoms operator, with the seat of arbitration in New York.
  • Acting for a Chinese State-owned entity in a dispute with a Middle Eastern management company over a $450 million Saudi Arabian petrochemical project.
  • Representing the Government of Sudan against the Sudan People's Liberation Movement / Army before the Permanent Court of Arbitration concerning the boundary of the Abyei Area.