International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Orrick’s international arbitration practice acts for domestic and multinational corporations, state-owned entities and governments in complex and high-value disputes often arising from transnational investments and transactions. We work with highly specialised, multilingual teams (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic) that truly understand the industry and practices of our energy and infrastructure, finance and technology clients. We have arbitrated billion-dollar infrastructure disputes, multi-billion-dollar gas price review arbitrations, bet the company energy disputes and represent clients in, among others, telecoms, IT, licencing, and IP disputes. Many of our team also act as party-appointed, sole, or presiding arbitrator. We have helped draft arbitration rules for the ICC and OHADA and have decades of experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including settlement negotiations and mediation.

International Commercial Arbitration

We appear before all major arbitral institutions - ICC, DIFC-LCIA, AAA, ICSID, ICDR, WIPO, DIS, CAS, CEPANI, DIAC, SCC, CIETAC, HKIAC, CRCICA, the Swiss Arbitration Centre under the Swiss Rules and SIAC. as well as ad hoc tribunals, in particular under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. We obtain provisional measures from national courts, enforce awards (coupled with asset tracing) and conduct setting aside actions against arbitral awards.

Investor-State Arbitration

We represent private investors, corporate clients or private individuals in investment disputes based on bilateral or multi-lateral investment treaties (including the Energy Treaty Charter) or investment agreements. We know all the principal third party litigation funders and assist clients who seek redress from expropriation and discrimination and compensation if the rights of full protection and security and fair and equitable treatment have been violated by states or their entities. We also act for sovereign states against actions brought against them by private investors and have a deep understanding of the interests and approaches of both investors and nations.

Recognised in the Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Top 30 Arbitration practices in the world in 2022, more than a quarter of the international arbitration practice is also recognised in Chambers and Legal 500.