Rena Scott, Co-Leader of the Geneva Office, is a member of the “outstanding team in Geneva” with “impressive arbitration skills” (Legal 500) who advises companies in highly complex and high-value disputes involving a wide variety of cross-border matters and on major projects.
Rena acts as counsel in arbitrations conducted under all the main institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SAC, ICDR), as well as ad hoc rules, in venues around the world. She represents owners of valuable trademarks licenses, trade and commodities, major construction development project owners (involved in commercial, retail, residential, high rise, low rise, infrastructure, and conventional power and clean power generation projects), contractors and sub-contractors, including pursuant to consortia and joint venture agreements and energy. Rena also provides assistance in the development of construction contract terms and conditions, as well as delivery assistance and construction project dispute avoidance assistance to construction development and delivery teams and is regularly invited to speak on issues in the industry, where she has “great knowledge” (client commentary, Global Arbitration Review).
Rena represents clients in all stages of mediation, litigation and arbitration – from pleadings to trial/hearing to appellate matters – and in matters pending in a variety of venues, including before U.S. state and federal court, the English High Court, the British Virgin Islands, and the Isle of Man.
Active in pro bono issues, Rena has advised not-for-profit organizations on various legal aid programs around the world, prepared immigration reform practice manuals for U.S. court practice, and carried out impact litigation training programs for CSOs and lawyers working on critical human rights issues in Myanmar.
Rena is recognized by Legal 500 as a leading International Arbitration practitioner and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Society of Construction Law and the Swiss Arbitration Association. Prior to joining Orrick, Rena worked in the Geneva office of an international law firm, and also for other top tier law firms in California.
Some of Rena’s representative matters include the following engagements:
Represented a multinational beverage corporation in pre-arbitration negotiations against an international sports governing institution regarding a long-term product supply contract governed by Swiss law. The claim involved certain fundamental changes to the long-term product supply contract proposed by the counterparty. (Swiss Rules, Swiss law, London seat).
Represented a joint venture party in a dispute arising out of a joint venture for the development and production of a copper mine in an eastern European country. The dispute concerned allegations that the joint venture contracts were frustrated because of a change in English law. (LCIA Rules, English law, London seat).
Represented an international banking group in arbitration proceedings involving the bank’s commodity trade financing business arising out of a financing arrangement for goods stored in Bulgaria and alleging claims for breach of contract and fraud against a specialized inspection company. (ICC Rules, Swiss law, Paris seat).