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Energy Disputes

The political and economic volatility in the energy sector has resulted in complex, high-value disputes across a range of jurisdictions.

The increasing incidence of state intervention, coupled with more intense competition for resources and stronger regulation, has also contributed to a rise in contentious matters.

We have advised on many of the most high profile cases in this area, managing effectively and efficiently numerous disputes where hundreds of millions, sometimes billions, of dollars are at stake. These cases are typified by significant volumes of documentation and complex, disputed facts. We have an outstanding record of assisting our clients in avoiding or resolving disputes and regulatory issues through negotiation, mediation, international arbitration, litigation, expert determination and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. As well as multinational corporations active in the energy sector, we regularly advise states and international organisations on disputes in this sector.

We are, in particular, recognised as market leaders and innovators in relation to disputes arising under the Energy Charter Treaty in relation to cross-border energy investments. Having brought the first-ever claim under that Treaty in 2000, we are currently acting on the first collective proceeding under it, as well as representing clients on a number of other claims in the renewable energy sector.

Our gas price disputes practice is second to none and London partner Mark Levy has recently edited the first book on the subject, Gas Price Arbitrations: A Practical Handbook, which was published in April 2014.

Recognition for our work

  • “Clear market leaders in global project finance, with standout practices across Asia, Europe, and Africa. Exceptional bench strength in the full spectrum of projects and energy matters … Renewable energy and nuclear projects are also frequent sources of instructions.” Chambers Global 2014 (Projects & Energy)
  • “Strong European network of arbitration specialists, fronted by a market-leading London team. A high-profile Hong Kong practice, and a respected presence in the USA as well as Latin America. Noted for expertise in African, investment treaty and Asia-Pacific energy disputes.” Chambers Global 2014 (International Arbitration)
  • “Widely noted for its established strength in energy-related disputes and for representing global banking clients in key Asian arbitrations. Extensive regional presence, fronted by a market-leading practice in Hong Kong. Particularly active recently in investment treaty cases and in matters involving clients from the Indian subcontinent.” Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 (International Arbitration)
  • “Widely recognised for its presence in many of the largest arbitration matters across the continent, spearheaded by a top-rated practice in London. Highly active and knowledgeable in energy-related arbitrations, including gas price reviews …” Chambers Europe-wide 2014 (International Arbitration)
  • “Well regarded for international arbitration, with tri-fold strength in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi markets. Advises heavyweight oil and gas and construction companies on disputes arising from regional projects, as well as frequently defending the interests of Middle Eastern clients abroad.” Chambers Middle East-wide 2014 (Dispute Resolution)

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