International arbitration

Cross-border disputes are increasingly common, involving different cultures, legal systems and business concepts. They are often complex, time consuming and costly.

International arbitration procedures have been designed to overcome these difficulties. Many businesses adopt arbitration provisions in their commercial agreements so that any disputes may be resolved efficiently.

Our international arbitration practice has handled complex cross-border disputes in jurisdictions internationally under a wide range of arbitral bodies. We have helped clients worldwide reap the benefits of international arbitration procedures, including:

  • flexibility in procedures and rules of evidence
  • flexibility as to who will determine the dispute
  • greater ease of enforcement worldwide under international conventions
  • greater levels of confidentiality
  • greater neutrality

DLA Piper maintains a leading international arbitration practice with lawyers in New York, London, Dubai and throughout the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Many of our lawyers are acknowledged as leaders in the field of international arbitration. They have been cited in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, European Legal Experts (highly recommended for litigation and arbitration) and by the respected publishers of the Legal 500 guides (highlighted for dispute resolution).

Attorneys in the group have received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement and been named among the Global Arbitration Review’s ‘45 under 45’. Our arbitration practitioners serve on the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Many regularly serve as arbitrators and mediators and are asked to speak and publish articles about arbitration.

We represent parties in international arbitrations arising in a broad range of industry sectors, including aviation, banking, construction, energy, insurance and reinsurance, international finance, international trade and investments, intellectual property, maritime, media and communications, technology and telecommunications. Our lawyers have significant experience with complex, international disputes under all of the principal international arbitral rules, including:

  • The American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR)
  • The China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)

In addition, we have experience with ad hoc proceedings and arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, in numerous seats, under a wide variety of governing laws. Our experience arbitrating claims advanced under bilateral investment and multilateral investment treaties under public international law is significant and is especially relevant to those investing in developing markets (and governments that are signatories to such treaties).

With offices around the globe and teams well established in local markets, we provide detailed knowledge of arbitration institutions, regulations and practices, an understanding of local requirements, linguistic and cultural variations and a perspective that spans borders. We commonly deploy teams on a cross-office and multi-jurisdictional basis. The teams have on-the-ground experience of not just international arbitration laws and procedures but, crucially, how these are interpreted and addressed locally.

From single agreements to multi-party agreements and bilateral investment treaties, we can help.

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