Provided by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Orrick’s international arbitration practice acts for corporations, state-owned entities and governments in complex disputes often arising from transnational investments and transactions. Our practitioners work in highly specialised, multilingual teams (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic) that understand the business and priorities of Orrick’s energy and infrastructure, finance and technology clients. They arbitrate million- and billion-dollar disputes arising out of M&A and financial structuring transactions, turn-key infrastructure construction projects, worldwide commodities trading contracts, telecoms and IT agreements, oil & gas issues including long-term natural gas supply price reviews, renewable energy projects and life sciences licensing and intellectual property matters. Orrick also successfully represents both investors or States in all manner of ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations arising out of bilateral or multi-lateral investment treaties, including the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Orrick’s lawyers have acted as arbitrators, whether party-appointed, sole or chair; have helped draft the rules for the ICC, OHADA and DIAC, and have decades of experience in non-arbitral forms of dispute resolution, including settlement negotiation, mediation and conciliation. They obtain provisional measures ancillary to arbitration, enforce awards against assets traced through investigation, and conduct proceedings to set aside arbitral awards.
Orrick boasts an important arbitration practice that leverages on the strong reputations of key individuals to win instructions in high-value cases. The law firm acts for investors on ECT cases against European states. The team handles commercial cases relating to mining permits, intellectual property and real estate disputes.
Clients highlight that the team is "well prepared, experienced, excellent on the strategy and in understanding complex technical matters and presenting them in an easily understandable way."
Acted for the Democratic Republic of Congo on a USD60 million ICSID arbitration against a Kuwaiti investor in the telecom sector.
Michael Bühler has extensive experience in all matters relating to arbitration, including gas price revision cases and contractual disputes. He is described by clients as a "strategic thinker who sees the overall picture."
Charles Kaplan remains a well-known name in the French arbitration market. He often assists investors with disputes against sovereign states.