Margaret Ryan is a senior associate in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice. She represents and advises companies and States in international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of a variety of rules, including the ICC, LCIA, CRCICA, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules. Her practice focuses particularly on international investment and energy disputes and matters involving clients and interests in Africa and Europe.
- Advising a U.S. investor in an ICSID arbitration against a CIS State involving railway and road concessions.
- The Arab Republic of Egypt as Respondent in two investor-State arbitrations concerning alleged violations of investors’ rights under the Egypt-Poland, Egypt-U.S. and Egypt-Germany bilateral investment treaties. The investment concerns a long-term contract for the supply of natural gas.
- Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) in two commercial arbitrations against East Mediterranean Gas S.A.E. (EMG), respectively conducted under ICC Arbitration Rules in Geneva and under CRCICA Rules in Cairo. The dispute arises out of a long term gas supply contract between EGAS, EGPC and EMG.
- Three European chemical companies in an ICC arbitration in Paris against European subsidiaries of a large North American chemical concern. The dispute arose from the confidentiality provision contained in a joint venture agreement formed to manufacture a product used for the production of nylon. French law applied and the language of the arbitration was both French and English. Settlement was achieved.
- Mercuria Energy Group Ltd., a Cypriot energy company, as Claimant in an arbitration against the Republic of Poland. The dispute arose out of the Polish Authorities’ conduct in relation to an alleged failure to keep and to establish mandatory reserves of refined products. The claims were brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration was conducted under the auspices of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The amount at stake was in excess of USD 700 million.
- A North African energy company as Respondent in an ad hoc arbitration in London initiated by a European company. The dispute arose from a sales contract. English law applied. The claim filed against our client was dismissed.
University of Cambridge
M.Phil. European Philosophy
B.A., Joint Honours, Contemporary Philosophy/German/French
- Member, ICC Commission Arbitration Task Force on “Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence”
- Member, ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
- Member, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
- Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)
- Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
- Member, Young Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Young ITA)
- Member, ICDR Young & International
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Panellist, ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, “Mareva Injunctions in Support of the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards” (October 2016)
- Research Assistant and Co-Team Leader, New York Convention Guide Project (www.newyorkconvention1958.org)
- Speaker, McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution Symposium, “Evidence in International Arbitration: Rules & Practices” (February 2016)
- Co-Author, “Meeting the requirements of article 3(3) of the IBA rules” in Defining Issues in International Arbitration: Celebrating 100 Years of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (OUP: 2016) (with M. McNeill)
- Co-author, “Preparing Witness Statements in International Arbitration,” in PLI International Arbitration 2015 (with M. McNeill)
- Author, “Glamis Gold, Ltd. v. The United States and the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard” (2011) 56 McGill Law Journal 919