International Commercial Arbitration

International arbitration is the favoured means of resolving cross-border commercial disputes before neutral and impartial tribunals. Supported by international treaties, most notably the 1958 New York Convention, and the work of UNCITRAL, it has developed its own legal culture, rules of evidence and procedure and its own substantive law. It is distinct from domestic litigation. It requires competent and specialist advice. It has a logic of its own and calls for specific strategies. The practice of international commercial arbitration often relies upon knowledge and experience of more than one legal system.

International disputes invariably involve parties, lawyers and arbitrators drawn from diverse legal and cultural backgrounds. SR Shackleton LLP has professional capability in common and civil law and expertise and experience in techniques of comparative law. We are accustomed to handling disputes of an international character.

SR Shackleton LLP routinely conducts international arbitration pursuant to the rules of major arbitration institutions including the ICC, SCC, SIAC, LCIA, DIAC, Swiss Rules and many others as well as ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules. We act in arbitrations taking place at venues around the world. We conduct arbitral proceedings as a specialist practice, not as an adjunct to a general or local litigation practice.

We represent parties to proceedings both before international tribunals and in court proceedings for stay applications in favor of arbitration, ancillary relief and interim measures or for the enforcement or challenge of arbitral awards.

Selected assignments

  • Representing a Middle Eastern oil company in an LCIA arbitration against one of Europe’s largest oil refineries
  • Representing an Austrian oil and gas company in an LCIA arbitration against London insurers arising out of political risk insurance for Russia
  • Representing a United Arab Emirates Holding Company in an ICC arbitration with a European company arising out of a failed joint venture
  • Representing an Eastern European company in SCC arbitration against a CIS State ministry concerning a sale of petroleum products
  • Representing a Russian company in an LCIA arbitration against an international organisation arising out breaches of an agreement for mineral production rights
  • Representing one of Korea’s largest energy companies in enforcement proceedings for an arbitral award in England
  • Representing a European company In CIETAC arbitration against a Chinese company arising out of a distribution agreement
  • Representing a German pharmaceuticals company in ad hoc proceedings against an American company concerning the use of biotechnology know-how
  • Representing a French telecoms company in an ICC arbitration with an American telecoms company arising out of an agreement for the sale, sharing and use of patented technology
  • Representing one of India’s largest holding companies in an LCIA arbitration against one of the largest American food conglomerates concerning a failed production joint venture
  • Representing a UK company in an ICC arbitration against one of the world’s largest luxury products manufacturers arising out of a shareholder’s agreement
  • Representing a UK company in an ICC arbitration against a group of Russian companies arising out of an aluminium plant financing agreement, a shareholders agreement and production sharing agreement
  • Representing a South American State in arbitration related court proceedings in London
  • Representing a Gulf software company in an ad hoc arbitration against a public international law organisation in the Middle East
  • Representing an East European company in an HCCI arbitration against a UK company arising out of oil exploration in Eastern Europe
  • Representing an Italian company in an IFTA arbitration arising out of a film finance and production project with a major French publisher and distributor
  • Representing an East European exploration company in an LCIA arbitration against one of the world’s largest oil multinationals
  • Representing Lithuania in disputes arising out of the enforcement of an ICC arbitration award in England arising out of an oil exploration contract
  • Representing Yemen in arbitration award enforcement proceedings before English courts
  • Representing one of Europe’s largest telcommunications providers in enforcement proceedings for an ICC arbitration award in the English courts
  • Representing a major French publishing company in an arbitration under the Swiss Rules against a German party arising out of shareholder disputes
  • Representing a major North American company in disputes against one of the world’s largest oil multi-nationals arising out of a failed exploration joint venture
  • Representing a Middle Eastern company in an ad hoc arbitration taking place in Dubai arising out of a failed luxury goods distribution joint venture
  • Representing a Chinese company in three arbitration proceedings against an American trading company taking place in Hong Kong
  • Representing a Chinese company in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules against a European company concerning a failed computer and software development agreement
  • Representing a Middle Eastern company in an LCIA arbitration against London insurance market entities arising out of political insurance coverage for oil distribution in Russia
  • Representing a Russian trading company in an LCIA arbitration against an Asian Treaty based entity concerning mining rights
  • Representing a UK computer systems company in an ICC arbitration against three African State-owned banks arising out of a software production and implementation agreement
  • Representing an African mining company in an ICC arbitration against a North American multinational arising out of a disputed mining joint venture in Tanzania
  • Representing a UK petroleum company in an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration against a Central Asian State relative to an oil and gas transaction
  • Representing a German pharmaceuticals company in an ICC arbitration against an American pharmaceuticals company relative to license and distribution in Germany
  • Representing a multinational oil company in ad hoc arbitration proceedings arising out of a pipeline joint venture
  • Representing an Italian company in a GAFTA arbitration arising out of the sale and transport of feedstuffs
  • Representing a CIS airline against an American company in an ICC arbitration arising out of the lease of Boeing aircraft
  • Representing a Swiss trading company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a sale of commodities
  • Representing a French transport company in an ICC arbitration against a Swiss manufacturer arising out of a sale of rolling stock
  • Representing a Swiss services provider in an ad hoc arbitration against an African State entity arising out of a concession agreement
  • Representing a UK metals trader in an SCC arbitration against a Russian steel manufacturer arising out of a joint venture and distribution agreement
  • Representing an Indian manufacturer in an LCIA arbitration against a Swiss construction company arising out of a failed high technology project in India
  • Representing a European steel manufacturer in an ICC arbitration against an Asian company
  • Representing one of Europe’s largest telecoms companies in English courts to secure enforcement of an ICC award against a national Asian telecoms company arising out of the failure of a joint venture