International Arbitration

"'An impressive team with a strategic view of matters and an excellent knowledge of arbitration processes.’"
Chambers Global, 2016

Clients, competitors and leading professional publications have described our practice as “one of the best on the market,” “at the top of the arbitration tree” and “a fantastic experience for clients,” adding that our team is “sought out by clients that have a great deal to lose or whose problems other law firms have found too intimidating,” and describing our team's output  as "the pinnacle of excellence."  Members of our team have been noted for their “range of expertise” and “amazing grasp of the most thorny competency and technical questions,” as well as for their “outstanding sense of diplomacy.”

We have a unique record in successfully handling high stake and sensitive disputes around the world. The group secured the two largest awards ever rendered in the history of international arbitration.

We offer clients assistance, representation and advice at all stages of the arbitration process. This includes pre-arbitral negotiations, the conduct of arbitral proceedings and advocacy at trial. We also appear before national courts to enforce or resist enforcement of international arbitration agreements and arbitral awards, as well as to prosecute or defend applications for interim measures in support of arbitration. Members of our team also regularly serve as arbitrators or expert witnesses. Because we are a key player in the field, we know the majority of the arbitrators regularly appointed to act in international disputes, as well as the personnel of leading arbitral institutions, and we understand the tactics and strategies applied by other law firms that regularly handle investment and commercial disputes.

Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration lawyers have represented companies, States and State entities in hundreds of international arbitrations, primarily in investment, energy, construction, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, intellectual property, and general commercial disputes. These cases were held under more than 100 governing laws and international instruments and subject to all major international arbitration rules.

Our 16-partner International Arbitration Group is headed by Emmanuel Gaillard. It includes over 100 fully-dedicated lawyers with a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds, operating from our offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington, DC. They are able to conduct arbitrations in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.

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