Bevan, Alex

Alex Bevan


Alex Bevan is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group and the Managing Partner for the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Alex advises and represents clients in complex international arbitration proceedings arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. These disputes arise in a range of industries, in particular infrastructure, power, oil and gas and telecoms.  Alex also serves as Arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

Alex Bevan has been distinguished in Chambers UK as a “powerful advocate” and “a clinical cross-examiner” with “invaluable strategic thinking.” He is also described as “outstanding – shrewd, hardworking and able.” He is “recommended for complex arbitration and litigation” in Legal 500 EMEA and also listed in Legal 500 UK and Legal 500 Latin America. He is commended as “efficient and smart” in the June 2014 edition of India Business Law Journal.

Selected Experience

  • International consortium of contractors as Claimants in ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out of the design and construction of an airport. Law of the Middle Eastern State. Close to USD 1 billion at stake
  • European consortium as Claimants in ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.  Stockholm seat, Finnish law. Over EUR 6.1 billion at stake
  • Turkish industrial group as Claimant in ICC arbitration arising out of a major urban development project in Moscow.  Geneva seat, English law
  • Indian industrial conglomerate as Respondent in ICC arbitration arising out of an agreement for the construction of an industrial gasses facility in Oman.  Bahrain seat, Omani law
  • US engineering firm as Claimant in LCIA arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules in connection with a fire at an oil refinery in Lithuania.  London seat, Lithuanian law


  • “Planning for the Worst to Manage the Best : A Proactive Approach to Managing Construction Disputes”, Magazine des Affaires – Special Infrastructure (2015) (with Alexander J. Marcopoulos)
  • “Independent Guarantees in International Construction Projects: A Note of Caution,” Construction Law Journal, Vol. 28 No. 3, 2012, Sweet & Maxwell
  • “Worldwide Freezing Orders in Support of Foreign Arbitrations: A Rare Breed of Relief,” 3(2) Global Arbitration Review 37 (2008)


  • The College of Law, Chester, Legal Practice Course, 1997, (Commendation) 
  • The College of Law, Chester, Common Professional Examination, 1996, (Commendation)
  • University of Southampton, B.A., 1995, Combined Honours Politics and Spanish/Latin American Studies (1st Class Hons) 



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