International Arbitration - Energy

Overview

BakerHostetler’s 40-lawyer International Arbitration and Litigation team provides leading energy sector and extractive industry clients, sovereign state governments and state-controlled entities with sophisticated representation in complex cross-border energy and natural resource disputes before international arbitration tribunals around the world as well as in U.S. and foreign courts. Our partners include recognized leaders in the field with a proven track record of success. Our team’s clientele and representations include multibillion-dollar investment and commercial disputes involving some of the largest exploration and production, oilfield services, and mining companies and state-controlled entities in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Team members have decades of experience in the international energy and mining sectors and work seamlessly with BakerHostetler’s 80-member Energy practice, recognized as Energy Group of the Year by Law360 in 2015. Our team excels not only in representation before arbitration panels and in courts, but also in enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards against assets worldwide.

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  • Represent an affiliate of Russia’s second-largest oil producer in respect to potential third-party claims involving the enforcement of multibillion-dollar arbitral awards against a South American government.
  • Represented a major U.S. oil exploration company in an LCIA arbitration against Nigerian owners of drilling rigs, including interim measures proceedings in Cameroon, Cyprus, Dubai, London, Panama and New York.
  • Represented a U.S.-based oil exploration company in an ICSID arbitration against the Côte d’Ivoire government relating to expropriation arising from the imposition of taxes.
  • Served as special outside arbitration counsel to the U.S. government in an unprecedented state-to-state investment arbitration against the Republic of India stemming from the expropriation of the $3 billion Dabhol Power Project.
  • Represented the Peruvian government in a significant arbitration brought by a U.S. energy company regarding investment in an electrical utility.
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Experience

  • Represent an affiliate of Russia’s second-largest oil producer in respect to potential third-party claims involving the enforcement of multibillion-dollar arbitral awards against a South American government.
  • Represented a major U.S. oil exploration company in an LCIA arbitration against Nigerian owners of drilling rigs, including interim measures proceedings in Cameroon, Cyprus, Dubai, London, Panama and New York.
  • Represented a U.S.-based oil exploration company in an ICSID arbitration against the Côte d’Ivoire government relating to expropriation arising from the imposition of taxes.
  • Served as special outside arbitration counsel to the U.S. government in an unprecedented state-to-state investment arbitration against the Republic of India stemming from the expropriation of the $3 billion Dabhol Power Project.
  • Represented the Peruvian government in a significant arbitration brought by a U.S. energy company regarding investment in an electrical utility.
  • Represented the largest engineering, manufacturing and electronics firm in Europe in a $1.5 billion ICC arbitration dispute against PEMEX involving the design and construction of an oil refinery and pipeline.
  • Represented one of the leading U.S. oilfield services companies in respect to resolving disputes in Angola, Qatar and Mexico.
  • Represent a German subsidiary of a major U.S.-based manufacturer with an ICC arbitration with Brazilian energy developers regarding electric power generation equipment.
  • Represented a U.S. oil services company in an ICC arbitration against Colombian entities regarding claims of breach of share purchase agreement, violation of fiduciary duties and unfair competition.
  • Represented a major offshore oilfield supply and engineering company in an ICC arbitration of a contractual dispute regarding equipment sold to a European company.
  • Won injunctive relief in federal court against a foreign government-owned oil company in support of an UNCITRAL arbitration for recognition and enforcement in Albania.
  • Successfully defended against the claims of an industrial valve distributor in an ICDR arbitration against the manufacturer.
  • Defended a large oil and gas equipment manufacturing company against fraud, breach of contract, breach of warranty and negligence claims resulting from a broken deepwater riser in the South China Sea.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 oilfield services company in an ICDR arbitration against a Nigerian ship charterer involving interim measure ship arrests in Singapore.

Recognition

  • Law360 Energy Practice Group of the Year (2015)
  • BTI Client Service 30 (2014 to 2016)
  • BTI Best Value Leader (2016)
  • Chambers USA
    • 11 BakerHostetler Energy lawyers ranked in 2016
    • 4 BakerHostetler International Arbitration and Litigation lawyers ranked in 2016

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