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International Arbitration Review

The new normal? Trends in international arbitration and policy

The Covid-19 pandemic dominated the agenda for much of 2020, leading to rapid changes in the conduct and subject matter of international arbitration. We also saw other important developments, some influenced by changing global trade dynamics and the Brexit trade deal, and others by the push to reform investor-state dispute settlement, as well as the move towards making ESG and climate change commitments binding and enforceable across borders.

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Recent developments and emerging trends in international arbitration law and policy

Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration group

Our International Arbitration group advises a diverse range of corporates, financial institutions and governments on complex cross-border commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

With specialist arbitration practitioners, including leading advocates, in all the key arbitral jurisdictions globally, we advise on the most pressing and complex disputes wherever they arise. Our global expertise is combined with regional expertise in disputes involving the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

A&O’s international arbitration expertise spans the full range of sectors in which arbitration is used, including:

Representing clients in arbitrations under all the key rules, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, our specialist practitioners around the world are qualified in many jurisdictions and fluent in numerous languages. Senior members of our team regularly sit as arbitrators and hold key positions with the leading arbitral institutions, legal associations and academic faculties.

We advise our clients at every step of the process and typically conduct our own advocacy in clients’ arbitration cases, delivering cost savings and ensuring our advocates are involved from the very start of proceedings. Our approach to the conduct of matters is always informed by our clients’ commercial interests and strategic objectives.