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International Arbitration at Phillips Lytle: Navigating Global Disputes

The international business community has widely adopted arbitration as its preferred dispute resolution method for disputes arising out of cross-border deals. This is due to the relative ease of enforcement provided by the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards against assets located overseas in any one of the 172 party states, compared to the corresponding variety of procedures for enforcing a court judgment in those countries. Most of those procedures provide far less certainty of outcome and timeframe.

At Phillips Lytle, we understand the complexities of arbitrating in various countries around the world, including issues associated with challenges to arbitral jurisdiction (both during and after the arbitration) and the process for confirming, vacating and enforcing arbitral awards in the United States.

Our attorneys are admitted to practice in several countries and, where appropriate, we can also leverage seamless access to an exceptional group of similarly qualified local counsel in dozens of countries through LawExchange International.

Our multilingual attorneys have experience representing and advising clients on arbitrations across several continents, under a wide range of governing laws and pursuant to a full spectrum of institutional arbitral rules, including:

  • AAA-ICDR: American Arbitration Association — International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • ICSID: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
  • UNCITRAL: United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
  • ICC: International Chamber of Commerce
  • SIAC: Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • DIAC: Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • DIFC-LCIA: Dubai International Financial Centre — London Court of International Arbitration
  • HKIAC: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • ADCCAC: Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre

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Representative Experience in International Arbitration

  • Represented a sovereign oil and gas company in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of Croatia asserting violation of the Energy Charter Treaty of 1994.
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador and Petroecuador in an ICSID arbitration concerning alleged breach of a hydrocarbons production share contract.
  • Represented a multinational conglomerate in pre-arbitral dispute with subcontractor concerning delays and cost overruns during construction of a nitrogen rejection unit in Mexico.
  • Represented a client in international arbitration proceedings pursuant to AAA-ICDR rules related to a shareholder dispute and breach of an employment agreement.
  • Represented a major Asian mining company in a US$37 million insurance claim in a SIAC arbitration following a landslide at an Indonesian mine.
  • Represented a ship owner in a US$1.6 million charter party dispute.
  • Represented a major listed multinational corporation in SIAC arbitration to seek injunction restraining a world renowned architecture firm from copying the design of the client’s very prominent building in Singapore in another project in China.
  • Represented buyer of a vessel in ad-hoc arbitration against a shipbuilder.
  • Represented Malaysian palm oil seller in a US$6 million trade dispute with buyer.
  • Advised a major multinational insurer on liability under PAR policies following widespread devastating flooding in Thailand.
  • Advised a Mexican and Canadian film production consortium on a claim against an Italian film distributor pursuant to a breach of a licensing agreement.
  • Advised a European plastics manufacturer on a claim against a Japanese engineering firm for a design of a defective plant and machinery in use in factory in Thailand.
  • Advised a French facilities management company in dispute with a major global oil company for failure to pay for services provided to their Singapore oil refinery.
  • Advised a Finnish manufacturer of ship engine parts on a claim for unpaid invoices against a Jordanian shipping company, including planning arrest of a vessel in Australia.
  • Acted for the U.A.E. commodities trader in SIAC arbitration under expedited procedure against Indonesian mining companies for failure to supply coal.
  • Advised a Singaporean Fintech company on arbitral claim by a government-linked company in Côte d’Ivoire for failure to adequately implement an IT solution.
  • Acted for the U.A.E. subsidiary of a major U.S. professional services provider in a DIFC-seated arbitral claim under DIFC-LCIA rules against a major regional healthcare company for failure to pay for services rendered.
  • Advised a Singaporean Fintech consultancy on a claim against it by a multinational tech company relating to breach of confidentiality.
  • Advised a Singaporean Fintech company on its intellectual property claim against a Tunisian telecommunications company.
  • Managed a large claims portfolio for a U.A.E. construction company which included arbitrations with various suppliers and subcontractors pursuant to DIAC and ADCCAC rules.
  • Acted for various ship owners in a wide range of demurrage claims and other charter party disputes.
  • Acted in various trade disputes for failure to deliver cargoes of steel, timber, produce etc., under a variety of rules including SIAC, HKIAC and LCIA.
  • Acted for a U.A.E. construction company in an arbitral claim against a property developer for unpaid work carried out in the construction of a luxury hotel in Dubai.
  • Represented a Canadian construction company in an arbitration over a U.S. construction project.

Meet Our International Arbitration Team

Christopher D. Barraza Partner
Alan J. Bozer Of Counsel
Eoin Ó Muimhneacháin (Moynihan) Associate
Paula P. Plaza Associate
James Kevin Wholey
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