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International Arbitration

We are increasingly being asked by clients, who have used us for large-scale litigation, to handle their arbitration work. We bring to those disputes our skills in legal analysis and in building and presenting the facts, as well as our expertise in obtaining interim relief from Courts in support of the arbitration.

PCB has been instructed in relation to a number of domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under various institutional rules such as those of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Association, the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). These have included:

  • LCIA arbitrations concerning

    • A US$2bn mining industry claim which involved allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy, with related injunctive proceedings in Cyprus.

    • The management control of energy companies worth US$1bn.

    • The broadcasting of an international television channel in Asia.

    • Joint venture/shareholder disputes relating to property developments.

  • ICC arbitrations concerning

    • A multi-million dollar breach of contract relating to an African mine.

    • The oil industry and related injunctive proceedings to the value of US$50m.

    • A joint venture dispute in the construction industry to the value of $10m.

  • An SCC arbitration worth US$450m involving the oil and gas sector with related proceedings in numerous other jurisdictions.

  • A US$1bn mining industry Zurich arbitration.

  • An AAA arbitration in respect of the scope of environmental pollution liability.

  • An LMAA arbitration in respect of a hire charge dispute and arrest of a vessel in Italy.

  • Ad hoc arbitrations concerning

    • A multi-million dollar construction dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

    • Acting for a state-owned shipping company in a multi-million dollar dispute over the purchase of a vessel alleged to involve the making of corrupt payments.

    • The ownership of land to be developed for the purposes of Heathrow Terminal 5.

    • The betting industry including the obtaining of freezing orders in support.

  • Applications to the Courts of various jurisdictions in respect of

    • Enforcing of Awards.

    • Opposing enforcement of Awards.

    • Challenging Awards.

    • Obtaining evidence in support of arbitrations.

    • Obtaining injunctive relief in support of arbitrations.

  • Advising on prospective investment treaty arbitrations and investment disputes against various states in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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