Alexander Marcopoulos is counsel in the International Arbitration practice.
He represents companies and States in commercial, investor/State and maritime arbitrations carried out under the auspices of a variety of institutional rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and the LMAA. His practice focuses particularly on disputes in the energy and maritime sectors.
Alexander is featured in the Who’s Who Arbitration – Future Leaders 2019. The publication, which is based upon an independent survey of general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide, profiles the foremost practitioners in the arbitration community aged 45 and under and notes that “Alexander Marcopoulos gains widespread recognition from international peers who praise his ‘great strategic mind’ when handling complex disputes, particularly in the maritime and energy sectors.” Alexander was also featured in the 2018 edition, which notes that he “masters the art of simplifying complex facts.”
Alexander is also listed as a “Rising Star” in the field of commercial arbitration in Euromoney’s LMG Rising Stars expert guide (2017-19).
- Five gas importers as Respondents in SCC and UNCITRAL arbitrations in Stockholm initiated by an upstream supplier. The disputes arise from a gas price review clause in long-term supply contracts. Swedish law applies.
- A South East Asian listed company as Claimant in an LMAA arbitration in London against a Chinese shipyard. The dispute arises in connection with various shipbuilding contracts. English law applies.
- A U.S. private equity firm in relation to its acquisition of a leading U.S. dry barge and logistics company, including with respect to issues arising under the general maritime law of the U.S.
- Two international construction contractors as Respondents in an ICC arbitration in London brought by a Middle Eastern State entity arising out of the development of a world-class medical facility in the Middle East. The law of the Claimant’s State governs and the language of the proceedings is English. Over $3 billion is at stake.
- A French-German consortium in an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against a Finnish utility company. The dispute arose from an agreement for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland. Finnish law governed. Over €6.1 billion was at stake.
- A U.S. investment bank in relation to the assignment of bills of lading and issues concerning vessel arrest and cargo seizure in international waters.
- A European energy company (as buyer in a long-term gas supply agreement) against another European energy company (as seller) in an ICC arbitration in Geneva. The dispute arose out of a long term, oil-linked gas purchase agreement and concerned the continued marketability of the purchased gas in the relevant downstream, domestic market. New York law applied.
- The Democratic Republic of Algeria in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Mærsk Olie, Algeriet A/S (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/14). The arbitration, which was brought under the Algeria-Demark bilateral investment treaty, was in relation to windfall profit tax in the context of a production-sharing contract. Over $3 billion was at stake.
Tulane University Law School
J.D., cum laude
- Managing Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
New York University
B.A. in Economics and Philosophy
- Lecturer (Writing skills in international arbitration), Sciences Po, Master 2 diploma, France (since 2015)
- Lecturer (International Investor/State Arbitration), Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II), Master 2 diploma, France (since 2014)
- Member, Maritime Law Association of the U.S. (MLAUS)
- Member, European Maritime Law Organisation
- Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
- Member, LCIA European Users’ Council
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Member, ICC Hellas
- Member, ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF)
- Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
- Member, Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- “High Court Upholds Tribunal’s Dismissal of Claim on Grounds Not Specifically Advanced by Either Party,” 2018(3) ICC Disp. Res. Bull. 31
- “Planning for the Worst to Manage the Best: a Proactive Approach to Managing Construction Disputes,” MDA No. 101, at 8 (2015)(with A. Bevan)
- “Flags of Terror: An Argument for Rethinking Maritime Security Policy Regarding Flags of Convenience,” 32 Tul. Mar. L.J. (2007)
- “Ferrostaal v. M/V Sea Phoenix: The Third Circuit’s Sinking of the Fair Opportunity Doctrine,” 31 Tul. Mar. L.J. 679 (2007)
- Keynote address, YPCP Conference on “Construction Arbitration in the East Mediterranean,” Paris, France (April 17, 2019)
- “Η Διαχείριση Εξαιρετικά Περίπλοκων και Τεχνικών Διαφορών” [Handling Especially Complex and Technical Disputes], Conference on Current Issues in Domestic (Greek) and International Arbitration, Thessaloniki, Greece (January 25-26, 2019)
- “The Review and Reviewability of Non-ICSID Investment Arbitration Awards by State Courts,” Sharm El Sheikh VII Conference, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt (December 9-10, 2018)
- “The Role of Gas Price Review in Addressing Structural Changes,” 2nd East Mediterranean Energy Law Forum, Athens, Greece (November 30, 2018)
- “Examining the Effectiveness of Institutional Arbitration Where the Need (or Desire) to Consolidate Related Maritime Disputes Arises,” ICC Dispute Resolution Seminar held at Posidonia 2018 in Athens, Greece (June 7, 2018)
- “International Arbitration: An Unavoidable Yet Advantageous Dispute Resolution System,” 1st Greek Law Digest Conference on Legal and Business Challenges in Today’s Greece (February 3, 2017)
- Alexander has also worked with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, assisting in the prosecution of those accused of participating in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.
- Alexander served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.