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Litigation and Arbitration

Litigation and Arbitration

Globalization of world markets has brought limitless commercial opportunities. However, it has also increased the potential for legal liability by exposing corporations around the world to financial and reputational risk across multiple jurisdictions. Mitigation of those risks requires early engagement with experienced lawyers who understand the cultural as well as the legal and regulatory landscapes but who will also drive relentlessly to deliver results for their clients when a dispute or regulatory intervention is unavoidable.

We have the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and develop case strategies. We regularly handle technically challenging and complex multi-jurisdictional matters.

In an environment where regulation and its enforcement will only increase, we recognize that effective compliance and avoidance of regulatory intervention are business critical issues.

We work with you to manage potential risk and implement the most effective solutions to reduce costly escalation. We aim to solve complex business disputes as swiftly and effectively as possible and provide solutions which are aligned with your business objectives. Our lawyers are skilled in litigation and arbitration and will deploy that experience to devise, with you, the best strategies.

International Arbitration

Cross-border disputes are ever more significant in international business. International arbitration has increasingly become the preferred method of resolving such disputes, offering the benefits of greater flexibility, confidentiality and crucially, prospects for enforcement, than national court based litigation. The right advice in relation to incorporating optimum international arbitration agreements in commercial deals can pay dividends not only in terms of ultimate success if a full-blown dispute arises, but also in allowing for the negotiation and settlement of disputes from the strongest possible position. Given the multitude of options in terms of arbitral institutions, seat and governing law, it is often not straightforward to make the right choices in an arbitration agreement and therefore getting tailored advice from experienced international arbitration lawyers all the way from the contract drafting stage to the resolution of any disputes can be critical.

International arbitration offers flexibility in procedures and rules of evidence; flexibility as to who will determine the dispute; a greater ease of enforcement worldwide under international conventions; and increased levels of confidentiality and neutrality.

Our leading international arbitration practice has lawyers who are acknowledged as leaders in the field of international arbitration and serve on the institutions that administer international arbitration across the world such as the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the London Court of International Arbitration.

We represent parties in international arbitrations arising in a broad range of industry sectors, including aviation, banking, construction, energy, insurance and reinsurance, international finance, international trade and investments, intellectual property, maritime, media and communications, technology and telecommunications.

We have extensive experience in handling arbitration disputes involving sovereign states, including claims brought under bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multilateral investment treaties (MITs), such as the Energy Charter Treaty, involving the application of public international as well as private law.

Real Estate Litigation

Contentious issues can arise in even the most carefully managed real estate portfolios. Our real estate litigation team has the market understanding to offer legal advice about those issues that reflect our clients’ business needs.

When issues arise, we can identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, either by pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration proceedings or through other alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or negotiations.

In addition to their acute dispute resolution function, our real estate litigators fulfill an advisory role in relation to both high value and complex transactional work and day-to-day portfolio management issues, ranging from covenant and/or rights disputes on city center development sites to landlord and tenant issues such as the enforcement of tenant repair obligations.

Banking and Finance Litigation

We are experienced in handling large and complex investigations and claims, both domestic and international, and are regularly instructed by some of the largest financial institutions in relation to their most substantial and sensitive disputes. Our big case experience means that we are accustomed to managing large multi-disciplinary teams across international borders, spanning the life cycle of a dispute from investigation, through contentious regulatory proceedings to litigation or arbitration.

Our experience is deep and diverse and includes representing banks and financial institutions in a full range of financial disputes, before courts and tribunals.