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Oliver E. Browne

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Oliver Browne is a partner in the London office, Chair of the London Litigation Department, and a Solicitor Advocate. Mr. Browne has been an international arbitration specialist for over 20 years, and has represented companies and states in proceedings conducted under all the major rules as well as on an ad hoc basis. Mr. Browne also has considerable experience with complex commercial litigation around the world, and arbitration related litigation in all levels of the English courts. Mr. Browne's recent experience includes disputes in various industry sectors, including power generation and distribution, energy, defence, media, retail and manufacturing, financial services, and private equity.

Mr. Browne is listed as one of Legal Week’s litigation Rising Stars 2016, which profiled him as one of the up-and-coming litigation stars at UK top 50 and top international firms in London.

Mr. Browne is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the LCIA's Young International Arbitration Group, and a member of the LCIA. He has lectured on various international arbitration related topics in Paris and London.

Selected recent publications include:

  • "London v Paris: Territorial Competition in International Commercial Arbitration" [2004] 1 Int.A.L.R. 1.
  • "Dispute Resolution and Financial Transactions: Is Arbitration the Answer?," Bloomberg Law Reports, Securities Arbitration, Vol. 2, No. 9, October 2006 (with Philip Clifford)
  • "Finance Agreements: A Practical Approach to Options to Arbitrate," Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 1, Issue 6, 2007 (with Philip Clifford)
  • "Arbitration and Fraud: Convergence Between English and New York Law," Global Arbitration Review, Vol. 2, Issue 4, 2007 (with Philip Clifford and Marc Suskin)
  • "Lost at Sea or a Storm in a Teacup? Anti-Suit Injunctions After Allianz Spa (Formerly Riunione Adriatica Di Sicurta Spa) v West Tankers Inc," [2009] Int.A.L.R. 19 (with Philip Clifford)
  • "England: Scope of Challenges Following an Alleged Error of Foreign Law," [2010] 4 Int.A.L.R. N-31 (with Philip Clifford)

Mr. Browne's experience includes advising:

  • Croatia in an investment treaty arbitration brought by an Austrian company, Adria Beteiligungs GmbH.
  • A Polish foundry industrialist in a “bet the company” case against a major Polish private equity house.

  • The subsidiary of one of the world’s largest industrial conglomerates on a €300 million French law arbitration in Paris in relation to a joint venture for the marketing, distribution, and sales of products.

  • A Qatari financial institution over an aborted sale and purchase transaction involving the sale of shares in a prominent Middle East construction company.

  • A major European integrated energy company in relation to oil and natural gas in connection with its disputes with another major European energy company over a long-term gas supply contract.

  • A promoter of professional tennis tournaments in relation to a US$10 million claim in arbitration proceedings in London about a joint venture in Thailand (and working on the subsequent court proceedings relating to the arbitration).

  • A Russian financial organization, and its Cypriot based subsidiary, in two sets of LCIA arbitration proceedings, one relating to complex financial instruments and one relating to attempts to recover sums under finance instruments.

  • A large German power utility active in both upstream and downstream work in relation to allegations of breaches of confidence in relation to gas field exploration rights in the Middle East.

  • A State in connection with a high-profile, high value enforcement action and dealing with the issues of sovereign immunity arising as a result.

  • Clients in relation to a challenge to the Award made in the English High Court in a “bet the company” case. The landmark judgment (B v A [2010] EWHC 1626 (Comm), July 1, 2010, Tomlinson J) gives parties increased confidence that a choice of London as the seat for their arbitration will bring with it solid supervisory courts that will not, without very good reason, entertain long and expensive challenges to awards or try to second guess the arbitrators’ determinations of foreign law.

  • One of the world’s largest providers of trustee services in relation to the potential risks and likely exposure arising out of a series of investments (totalling €100 million) in real estate in Central and Eastern Europe and court proceedings brought by liquidators in relation to a trust operated for a high net worth individual.

  • A major financial institution in relation matters arising from the Madoff US$65 billion fraud. The matters include a number of active litigation matters in the UK, Ireland, Cayman Islands, BVI, the Isle of Man, the United States, and various European countries and include representing the lead defendant in the multibillion dollar Fairfield Sentry proceedings recently successfully ruled upon by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England.

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