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Timothy J. Tyler

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Tyler, Timothy J.

Tim’s 20 year litigation practice emphasizes both international commercial and investor-state arbitration and U.S. litigation with a non-U.S. element. His work involving contracts with state parties has a strong focus on the oil and gas industry. In practice, he regularly advises on and drafts international arbitration clauses in contracts as well as structuring transactions to gain investment treaty protection.

He has been involved in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules, as well as institutional arbitrations under the rules of ICC, ICDR, ICSID, AAA, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre. In these and other proceedings, his international work encompasses particular experience with clients in Canada, Mexico, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, and Europe.

Tim has taught international commercial and investor-state arbitration at The University of Texas School of Law, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor. Beginning fall 2009, he will be a director of the international arbitration section of The University of Texas School of Law Center on Global Energy, International Arbitration, and the Environment.

Representative Experience
International Arbitration – Energy Disputes
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  • Advised transactional attorneys on dispute-resolution and arbitration issues in Firm's representation of Reliance Industries Limited in Reliance's acquisitions of interests in Marcellus Shale gas assets and joint ventures to develop those assets
  • Advised on dispute-resolution and arbitration issues in Firm's representation of SM Energy Company in connection with the $710 million acquisition and development agreement concerning 12.5% working interest in its non-operated Eagle Ford shale position
  • Advised on dispute-resolution and arbitration issues in Firm's representation of Barra Energia in its purchase of a 20% interest in Block B-S-4, offshore Brazil, from Chevron
International Arbitration – Investor-State Disputes
  • Advised on and drafted briefing in investor-state arbitration under a United Kingdom-Egypt bilateral investment treaty in the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, in a matter related to a contract for mining equipment
  • Advised U.S. company and drafted demand letters concerning possible treaty-based claims against Central American State based on State’s unexpected taxation of company’s capital gain on sale of subsidiary
  • Member of a team that advised South American state party on defense against claims in ICSID under bilateral investment treaties
Commercial Ventures/Contracts
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  • Advised on an international commercial arbitration based on a contract for mining equipment between a UK company and a North African company, Cairo Regional International Arbitration Centre
  • Advised a Colombian seller in a pesticide distribution agreement dispute with Italian parties under Italian law
  • Assisted in representation of a U.S. company in an international arbitration in Singapore under Singaporean law against a pulp-and-paper company for breach of contract for the sale of paper-making machines
International Arbitration – Infrastructure/Construction
  • Advised non-U.S. construction company on potential responsibility for claims by displaced native peoples
  • Advised an EPC contractor on U.S. law and ICC arbitration issues for dispute over a cogeneration facility in Netherlands against claims of malpractice, cost overruns, and delays
International Counseling
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  • Researched and drafted sections of appeal before the United States Fifth Circuit on binding non-signatory state and state parties to arbitration agreements, and on manifest disregard of law in vacatur of international arbitral award
  • Advised sovereign wealth fund on sovereign immunity issues
  • Gave strategic advice on and briefed two motions to vacate international arbitration awards in Southern District of New York
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • The University of Texas School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1994 (Editor in Chief, Texas International Law Journal)
  • Yale University, B.A. English, cum laude, 1986
  • Briefing Attorney to Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Supreme Court of Texas, Austin, 1994 - 1995
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1994; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Other languages: German and French (fluent), Spanish (basic knowledge)
Professional Recognition
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  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2015
  • Recognized in International Arbitration - Legal 500 Latin America, 2013 and 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in international arbitration, 2011 - 2014
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Chair: State Bar of Texas International Law Section, 2012-2013
  • Fellow: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London), 2006 - Present
  • Vice-President: Houston International Arbitration Club, 2005 - Present
Publications and Presentations
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