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 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 edited the first book on the subject, Gas Price Arbitrations: A Practical Handbook, which was published in April 2014.
News & insights
Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020
The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward.Read more
News: 09 JANUARY 2020
We have recently produced a client presentation on global trends in private M&A. Our findings draw on an in-depth analysis of more than 1,250 private M&A deals that A&O has advised on globally over the last eight years, looking at deal dynamics, execution risks and deal terms. This has given us exceptional insight into global and regional trends in market practice.Read more
News: 07 JANUARY 2020
A&O has marked the end of Q4 2019 with a stellar performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our global network in 2019.Read more
Publications: 01 OCTOBER 2018
Ukraine’s recent attempt to resist enforcement of an UNCITRAL award on sovereign immunity grounds has failed. Most importantly, the decision confirms the inherent value in any arbitration agreement –a State may lose the right to claim immunity, as a basis for resisting enforcement, by agreeing to arbitrate “any dispute” in the underlying Bilateral Investment Treaty: PAO Tatneft v Ukraine  EWHC 1797 (Comm), 13 July 2018Read more
Interviewees view the practice as being “of highest calibre” and highlight “good strategic thinking, good advice and friendliness”
Chambers Global 2017 (International Arbitration)
Represents key industry players in the energy sector, with significant expertise in disputes relating to gas price reviews.
Chambers Global 2018, International Arbitration