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“The international arbitration group at Latham & Watkins remains a solid choice in this arena, and is acclaimed by market commentators for its international arbitration expertise.” — Chambers UK 2013

International Arbitration

Clients facing increasingly complex international disputes turn to Latham & Watkins for winning strategies and seamless service to prepare for arbitration, resolve high-value issues, and advise on enforcement actions.

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Latham provides private corporations, investors, State-owned enterprises and States a sophisticated International Arbitration Practice capable of resolving disputes that straddle borders, corporate structures, jurisdictions, cultures, political systems, and treaties. Latham offers particular expertise in:

Latham covers the world with international arbitration lawyers based in the key arbitral centers and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s lawyers have regularly and successfully handled proceedings under all of the major international arbitration rules and frequently sit as arbitrators. Members of the group serve on the ICC Commission on Arbitration and as leaders in various arbitration organizations, providing thought leadership in key publications and fora.

Latham represents clients through a dispute’s lifecycle: from drafting dispute resolution clauses, through arbitration, to arbitration-related litigation, such as pre-arbitration attachment and enforcement actions.

The group draws on its collective experience within the public and private sectors to respond to clients’ nuanced commercial, political and diplomatic needs. Latham lawyers integrate substantive legal expertise and comprehensive industry knowledge, to address client needs across industries, including:

In short, clients trust Latham, not only to structure and run their deals, but to solve problems when cross-border transactions cross the line into disputes.

  • Two ad hoc arbitrations governed by German law representing Daimler Financial Services AG and Toll Collect GmbH regarding damages for the delayed start of a complex toll collection system and compensation for its operation. The largest ever reported arbitration in Germany, the amount in dispute is more than €6.5 billion.
  • DIAC arbitration in Dubai between two Middle Eastern financial institutions over an aborted sale and purchase transaction involving the sale of shares in a prominent construction company.
  • One of the first DIFC-LCIA arbitrations, representing an insurance company in an insurance coverage dispute.
  • HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong under New York law, representing a US-based venture capital fund in a US$200 million claim regarding the breach of a convertible note agreement. The arbitration concluded with an award in favor of the client.
  • HKIAC arbitration in Hong Kong representing three private equity funds in an arbitration against a PRC businessman regarding the breach of obligations under a share purchase agreement.
  • ICC arbitration in London under New York law, defending LiveNation Entertainment Inc. in a US$900 million claim brought by CTS Eventim, a German company, arising out of the termination of a licensing agreement regarding ticketing software. Latham obtained a complete defense award for the client.
  • ICC arbitration in Geneva under English law, representing a global energy company involving a €230 million gas price re-opener dispute arising out of a long-term supply agreement.
  • ICC arbitration under Singapore law representing an Austrian subsidiary of a US-listed energy technologies company, against an India-based wind turbine manufacturer and supplier entity regarding a dispute arising from license and related supply agreements.
  • ICDR arbitration in New York under New York law involving a dispute between two content delivery network providers arising out of an acquisition and reseller agreement.
  • Multiple LCIA arbitrations in London (and associated court proceedings in England and other jurisdictions relating to interim relief and enforcement) involving the acquisition of the largest mobile telecommunications network in a former Soviet state. The amount in dispute was more than US$350 million.
  • UNCITRAL arbitration in London arising out of the construction of a US$5 billion refinery and petrochemicals complex in Asia.
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