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International arbitration legal advice

Eversheds Sutherland has a team of 9 specialist partners focussed on international arbitration involving commercial, construction and insurance disputes. We represent companies, investors, financial institutions, States and State entities around the world.

We have grown rapidly in recent years as more and more clients recognise Eversheds Sutherland growing reputation as a top-level arbitration practice. We are known for our forensic preparation, pragmatic strategic advice, efficient working practices and winning advocacy. In recognition of our success, Global Arbitration Review ranks us in the top 30 arbitration practices worldwide. Our team of lawyers now spans the world’s major international arbitration centres, including London, Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Stockholm, Vienna, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Eversheds Sutherland international arbitration experience

Our core service is advising on high-value complex commercial disputes, and we are particularly strong in energy, telecoms, financial services and construction sectors. Recently we have, for example:

  • Acted for a Middle Eastern telecoms company in a multi-million-dollar arbitration under International Chamber of Commerce rules, and involving three substantive bodies of law.
  • Represented various partner oil companies in respect of a threatened take-over of a highly valuable and strategic pipeline in North Africa, which gave rise to potential commercial and investment arbitrations, as well as potential English court proceedings.
  • Acted for a Russian oil major in relation to two arbitrations at the London Court of International Arbitration against an Eastern European national oil company, for the non-delivery of $500m worth of fuel oil.

Our team also has an outstanding reputation in investment treaty arbitrations, successfully representing both States and investors. We have recently:

  • Represented foreign investors against a Southeast Asian State in two separate high value disputes in the energy/gas sector.
  • Represented a Middle Eastern State defending an investment treaty claim brought by a large telecoms company, in relation to a billion dollar mobile telecoms licence.
  • Advised an oil major on its rights under a series of investment treaties, and how best to safeguard its multi-billion dollar investment in off-shore oil production facilities in Africa.
  • We act for Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad against International Petroleum Investment Company and Aabar Investments PJS, in a matter relating to the well-publicised “1MDB Scandal” whereby billions of dollars were misappropriated from the Malaysian people by, amongst others, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia.

  • We represent National Iranian Oil Company as respondent in one of the world’s largest oil & gas arbitrations in relation to the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE under a long-term gas sales agreement. Following a jurisdiction and liability award in 2014, we now represent NIOC in the damages phase of the arbitration, in which Crescent Petroleum sought damages of over $15 billion. Whilst the case remains ongoing, the Tribunal issued a Partial Award on remedies during 2021.


Investment Treaty Arbitration

We have one of the world's leading investment treaty practices, advising both investors and host States.

For investors, we regularly advise on structuring investments to maximise investment treaty protection. For States, we assist in the negotiation and drafting of investment treaties. This makes us particularly well attuned to the concerns arising from both perspectives.

We represent both States and investors in all stages of disputes, from the choice of arbitrators and initiation of proceedings through pleadings and advocacy to enforcement, execution and challenge of arbitral awards. This includes acting in investment disputes arising out of nationalisation or privatisation.

Our practice draws significantly on our long established Public International Law expertise, and has broad sector experience, including;