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Uff, Alexander

Alexander Uff


Alexander Uff is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group. He provides advice and representation to corporations, States and State-owned entities in complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and has conducted arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, CRCICA and CAS Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations including under the UNCITRAL Rules. Alex’s experience includes joint ventures, investor-State disputes, disputes in the energy, telecommunications, mining, insurance, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, and defense sectors, infrastructure and technical disputes and delay claims, as well as sports arbitration.

Alex joined Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris in 2007 after practicing in the Paris and New York offices of two major international law firms. He relocated to Shearman & Sterling’s London office in 2013. 

Selected Experience

Recent or pending arbitrations on which Alexander Uff has advised include the representation of:

  • Two international contractors as Respondents in an ICC arbitration in London initiated by a Middle Eastern State-owned company. The dispute concerns the development of a world-class medical facility in the Middle East. The law of the Claimant's State applies.
  • A French-German consortium in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company. The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Finnish law governs. Over EUR 6.1 billion is at stake.
  • Two African subsidiaries of an international mining and exploration company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration in London initiated by a South African contractor. The dispute relates to a mine expansion project in Sub-Saharan Africa. English law applies.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Investment arbitration: past, present and future – the application of proportionality in investment arbitration, CIArb London Branch, 17 May 2017
  • La réparation du dommage et le règlement transactionnel dans le cadre de la responsabilité des entreprises mutlinationales, in L’entreprise multinationale et le droit international, Actes du colloque annuel de la Société Française pour le Droit International du 21 May 2016, p. 483 (L. Dublin et al. eds., Pedone, 2017)
  • Numerous presentations on Investment Treaty Arbitration topics for African International Legal Awareness (AILA), including Investment Treaty Threshold Issues: Jurisdiction and Admissibility; Provisional Measures in Investment Treaty Arbitration; Interpretation of Investment Treaties; and Sources of International Investment Law, 2013-2015
  • The Potential for Investment Disputes After the EU Third Energy Package, IBA Annual Conference, Dublin, 5 October 2012
  • Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration 2007 – U.S.A. (with J. Kerr, R. Smit and J. Whittaker)
  • Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration 2006 – U.S.A. (with J. Kerr, R. Smit and J. Whittaker)


  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 2004
  • The College of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 1998
  • Nottingham Law School, Post-Graduate Diploma in Law with commendation, 1997
  • University of Oxford, St Hugh's College, B.A. in Modern History, 1996




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