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International Arbitration

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

With arbitration experts, including leading advocates, spread across our global network of offices, we advise on the most pressing and complex disputes wherever they arise. 

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

  • Energy and natural resources
  • Construction and infrastructure projects
  • Telecommunications
  • Life sciences
  • Banking and finance
  • Intellectual property rights
  • M&A and joint ventures

Representing clients in arbitrations under all the key rules, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC 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 and/or legal associations. Our experience allows us to most effectively represent our clients' best commercial interests.

We 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 advocacy experience.

News & insights

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Publications: 21 OCTOBER 2020

Governing law of an arbitration agreement: UK Supreme Court ruling brings clarity

In Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. v OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38, the Supreme Court unanimously held that, if the parties have chosen a governing law for a contract containing an arbitration…

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Publications: 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

LCIA introduces new arbitration rules to improve efficiency and effectiveness

The London Court of International Arbitration (the LCIA) has published its new arbitration rules (the 2020 Rules) which will apply to arbitrations commenced from 1 October 2020. This is precisely six…

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Japan eases restrictions on foreign lawyers

Publications: 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

Japan eases restrictions on foreign lawyers

In May 2020, Japan's parliament passed a bill to amend the Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Legal Services by Foreign Lawyers (the Foreign Lawyers Act), which governs the provision…

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Publications: 24 JUNE 2020

The governing law of an arbitration agreement and why it matters

The Court of Appeal ruled that, where there is no express choice of law governing the arbitration agreement, there is a strong presumption that the parties have impliedly chosen the law of the seat.…

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Awards

  1. Band 1, Dispute Resolution, Global-wide, Chambers Global 2019
  2. International Arbitration Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019
  3. Best Arbitration Team of the Year in Spain and Portugal, 2019 

 

Recognition