Christopher Ryan is a partner in the International Arbitration practice.
He has extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation and has represented private and governmental clients in disputes before ICC, AAA, ICSID, UNCITRAL LCIA, ad hocarbitral tribunals and U.S. federal courts.
His practice focuses on commercial and investment disputes in the construction, infrastructure, mining and energy sectors. He has advised U.S. and foreign companies on issues of public and private international law, investment and trade policy and strategies for mitigating the risks associated with foreign investment.
- The Republic of Panama as Respondent in an ICSID case involving the alleged termination of eight public-works construction contracts (Omega Engineering LLC and Oscar Rivera v. Republic of Panama, ICSID Case No. ARB/16/42)
- A state-owned Latin American oil and gas company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration against a European contractor. The dispute arose from the alleged breach of an EPC contract and associated delays and cost overruns in the construction and expansion of a state-owned oil refinery. Dutch law applies. The seat of arbitration is The Hague
- An international joint venture as Respondent and Counterclaimant and in an ICDR arbitration initiated by a North Asian company. The dispute arose from the alleged breach of an EPC contract and associated delays and cost overruns associated with the construction of a chemical plant in North America. New York law applies. The seat of arbitration is New York
- An international contractor in an ICC arbitration against an African mining company. The dispute arose from alleged breaches of an agreement to construct a pipeline from a mining site to a processing plant and involved issues of design changes, unforeseen physical conditions and other events that delayed the completion of the project. The law of Ontario applied. The seat of arbitration was Toronto
- The U.S. subsidiary of a European solar power company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration brought by a consulting company. The dispute involved the alleged breach of various contracts relating to the construction of a solar power plant in the United States. New York Law applied. The seat of arbitration was New York
- Subsidiaries of a European renewable energy company as Claimants in an ICC arbitration brought against a Latin American energy company. The dispute arose from alleged breaches of contract in relation to the construction and development of a wind farm project in Latin America. Argentine law applied. The seat of the arbitration was Montevideo, Uruguay
- An African Government in a commercial dispute with an Indian contractor. The dispute, which was subject to ICC Arbitration Rules, arose from the alleged breach of an FIDIC Yellow Book contract for the construction of various port facilities. French law applied. The matter was settled through pre-arbitral dispute processes
- A Latin American construction company as Respondent in multiple ICC arbitrations brought by a U.S. contractor regarding the construction of an oil refinery pursuant to an EPC contract. The dispute relates to claims for extension of time and additional payment. New York law applies
- The Dow Chemical Company in an ICC arbitration in London against Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) arising out of the failure of the latter to close a large joint-venture transaction. English law applied. The seat of arbitration was London
- A North American agro-sciences company as Claimant and counterclaim respondent in AAA arbitration in Illinois against a plant-breeding company regarding the alleged breach of a collaborative research and development agreement. Approximately $400 million was at stake. Illinois law applied
- The Republic of Venezuela as Respondent in four ICSID arbitrations brought by Vestey Group Ltd (ICSID Case No. Arb/06/4), Koch Minerals Sarl and Koch Nitrogen International Sarl (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/19), O.I. European Group B.V. (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/25) and Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes, C.A. and Owens-Illinois de Venezuela, C.A. (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/21). The claims are brought, respectively, under the Venezuela-U.K., Venezuela-Switzerland and Venezuela-Netherlands bilateral investment treaties
- A French chemical company as Claimant in an ICC arbitration and Defendant in parallel U.S. litigation initiated by a Luxembourg company. The cases arose out of claims that the Claimant misappropriated certain industrial trade secrets in the development of a chemical facility in Asia. French law applied
- Alcolac Inc. as a defendant in a putative class action lawsuit brought by Kurdish nationals in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute and the Torture Victims Protection Act. Plaintiffs allege that Alcolac aided and abetted Iraq’s violation of U.S. and international law through use of chemical weapons against Kurdish civilians in 1988
- Kazatomprom, a Kazakh State entity, as Respondent in arbitration initiated by World Wide Minerals against our client and the State of Kazakhstan. This case arose out of allegations of breaches by the Respondent of the applicable investment statute and contracts in relation to mining rights allegedly granted to the Claimant. The Respondent objected to jurisdiction and contested the claims on their merits. The amount at stake was in excess of $4 billion. The Claimant has suspended its claims
- Bank of America in the first successful “lenders” claim brought to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. The claim involved the expropriation of insured assets in India
Yale Law School
The George Washington University Law School
B.A. (Honors Program)
- New York
- District of Columbia
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- United States Court of International Trade
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Advisory Board Member, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
- Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
- Corresponding Editor, International Legal Materials – American Society of International Law
- Member, American Society of International Law
- Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
- Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Awards & Accolades
- Clients tell Chambers USA that Chris Ryan “earns praise for being in tune with arbitrators through the course of the tribunal proceedings” (2017), that he “handles both commercial and investment treaty proceedings, in particular those involving construction claims” and that he is “noted for his extensive Latin American practice” (2016).
- Chris serves as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law and the George Washington School of Law, where he teaches a course on international investment law and international arbitration, respectively.