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  Matthew Hodgson


Hong Kong

Matthew specialises in international arbitration and public international law. Since joining Allen & Overy in 2005, he has acted as counsel and advocate in many disputes worldwide including under all major arbitral rules. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New York.
He has substantial experience of disputes arising out of major infrastructure and construction projects. His practice includes disputes relating to joint ventures, distribution agreements and post M&A matters.

Matthew has extensive experience of representing investors and States in investment treaty disputes.  This has included successfully representing investors in ICSID claims against Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and representing the Governments of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Poland in six separate treaty claims.

Recent matters include: (1) representing a Chinese SOE in relation to an ICC arbitration arising out of a US$1.4 billion construction project in Latin America; (2) representing a Korean contractor in a US$140 million UNCITRAL claim arising out of a power plant construction in Bangladesh; (3) representing Deutsche Bank in its successful ICSID claim against Sri Lanka arising out of interference with an oil hedging contract; (4) representing a Belgian investor in the first successful ICSID claim against the Philippines arising out of a major dredging & construction project. He has defended the Governments of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Poland in six separate investment treaty claims.

Recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 since being identified as a "rising star"​ in 2012 (Chambers Global), Chambers 2014 states "[Matthew] continues to be highly regarded for his international arbitration work. Clients say: ‘He is an impressive arbitration lawyer with exceptionally solid insight into arbitrations involving investment treaties.’" Legal 500 states "Matthew Hodgson is outstanding" (2013), "sets the bar for others" (2015) and is "perfect for complex arbitrations" (2016). Who's Who - International Arbitration Future Leaders (2017) describes him as a "talented advocate with a big future ahead".

Professional qualifications

Admitted to the bar, State of New York, USA, 2005

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2007

Academic qualifications

MA, Law, University of Cambridge, 2003

LLM, Law, New York University School Of Law, 2004

Published work

"Investment Protection and Public Regulation: The Critical Balancing Act of Investment Treaty Arbitration" in Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law, Juris Vol. 6 (2013).

"Costs in Investment Treaty Arbitration: The Case for Reform" TDM 1 (2014).

"Counting the costs of Investment Treaty Arbitration", Journal of Global Arbitration Review, Journal of Global Arbitration Review Volume 9 – Issue 2 – March 2014.

"ICSID Arbitrators: is there a club and who gets invited?' co-authored with Noah Rubins and Anthony Sinclair, Global Arbitration Review, 2006 


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