International Arbitration

Latham’s international arbitration team delivers innovative strategies and seamless service to clients facing increasingly complex international arbitrations and related court challenges, as well as enforcement actions.

Why Latham

We routinely represent private corporations, investors, state-owned enterprises, and states in arbitration venues around the world, helping to resolve disputes that straddle borders, corporate structures, jurisdictions, cultures, political systems, and treaties. We bring deep experience representing clients in international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and public international law matters.

Our international arbitration lawyers are based in key arbitral centers and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. We regularly act under all of the major international arbitration rules and several of our lawyers have experience sitting as arbitrators. Latham lawyers serve as members of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre – SIAC Court of Arbitration, and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration – ICCA Governing Body, and as leaders in various arbitration organizations, providing thought leadership in key publications and forums.

Our team represents clients throughout a dispute’s life cycle, from drafting dispute resolution clauses, through arbitration, to arbitration-related litigation, such as court challenges to arbitral awards and pre-arbitration attachment and enforcement actions.

The group draws on collective experience within the public and private sectors to respond to clients’ most nuanced commercial, political, and diplomatic needs. We integrate substantive legal expertise and comprehensive industry knowledge, to address client needs across industries, from aerospace and defense, to financial services and technology. Clients trust Latham, not only to structure and run their deals, but also to solve problems when cross-border transactions cross the line into disputes.

Public International Law

Latham’s globally recognized public international law team advises clients on the effective resolution of disputes between states and between international investors and host states. The team also advises on the impact of public international law and business and human rights obligations on international commercial transactions. We have provided market-leading representation in matters ranging from concessions, including straddling resources, to those involving questions of international human rights and environmental law, as well as various trade, security, and land and maritime boundary treaties, and other questions of sovereignty and state responsibility.

We also advise clients on the complex and nuanced application of public international law in domestic courts. Clients often face issues that include sovereign immunity, state succession, trade sanctions, alien tort claims, and the extent of state responsibility. Latham offers clients our unique experience working on such issues and can draw on the skills and insights of the firm’s other practitioners around the globe.

 

Our Experience

  • 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.

Awards & Rankings

  • Latham Litigators Among Most Honored in 2020 - December 30, 2020
  • Nine Latham Attorneys Recognized Among World’s Leading Arbitration Practitioners - December 08, 2020
  • International Arbitration Practice Again Ranked Among World’s Elite - July 16, 2020
  • Four Partners Named Among Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers - June 02, 2020
  • Latham Again Named a Leading Business Law Firm of Latin America - March 29, 2020

Clients laud Latham's International Arbitration team as "without question - superior in skill, knowledge and finesse to the opponent's counsel."

– GAR 30 2019

Events

Emergency Arbitration: Perspectives from AsiaParallel Claims and Proceedings in Investment Arbitrations

Media Coverage

Salomon in line to succeed Mourre at ICCLatham Snags Litigator in DCLitigation Leaders: Latham's Michele Johnson on Client Service, Team Culture and Playing to Win

News

Latham & Watkins Advises GSK in Global Collaboration with Alector Latham Secures Major Victory for Ukraine in US$6 Billion ArbitrationLatham & Watkins Welcomes Counsel to International Arbitration Practice

Thought Leadership

UK Court: Compliance With Arbitral Preconditions Issue of Admissibility2020 in Review: Reflections on a Year of Steady Progress in East and Central AsiaICC Launches Revised Arbitration Rules for 2021

Webcasts & Podcasts

Navigating Sanctions & Anti-Terrorism Laws When Delivering Humanitarian AidInternal Revenue Service: Successfully Navigating the IRS Audit for Large Business and International Taxpayers