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International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Vinson & Elkins strives to provide seamless representation for our international clients, wherever they operate and whatever the dispute. From litigation in the English courts to an arbitration in Singapore or enforcement litigation in India, V&E handles international arbitration and international litigation around the globe. With experienced practitioners in every key region, we have the experience and resources to assist our clients in resolving disputes wherever they arise.

Legal Strategies Aligned with Clients' Commercial Objectives

Our clients’ commercial goals are our prime directive. Every approach is tailored to each client’s individual needs. Whether a dispute calls for an early settlement or a full-length proceeding, a lean team or a global team, V&E has the knowledge and resources to steer the dispute toward the most commercially beneficial result. We also aid our clients in front-end planning, carefully drafting contracts to limit the potential for disputes and creating cost-effective strategies to resolve them.

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Global Footprint

V&E has represented clients in more than 60 countries, in virtually every common arbitral venue, and under all major international and regional rules systems. Our unified team works in offices on three continents, and is supported by a network of local counsel across the world. Our lawyers speak multiple languages and regularly travel between countries to represent clients. We have experience handling disputes in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on energy, construction, and technology/intellectual property, and storied experience in insurance, banking, and pharmaceuticals. 

Insider's Perspective

Our lawyers know the institutions, arbitrators, opposing lawyers, and the written and unwritten rules of the international arbitration system. Members of V&E’s IDR team are regularly appointed as arbitrators, which speaks to their standing in the arbitration community, while giving greater insight into what it takes to be effective when appearing as counsel on behalf of our clients in international arbitration cases. Many of our lawyers are experienced trial lawyers, skilled in written and oral advocacy and persuasive strategy.

Additional Information

Practice Highlights

  • Representing consortia of international and domestic companies in two arbitrations arising out of a hugely successful oil field offshore India in connection with a series of profit sharing disputes with the Government of India; these are collectively valued at just short of $1 billion, and have spawned significant satellite litigation in the courts of both India and Malaysia
  • Acted for Teva Pharmaceuticals in a suite of 10 ad-hoc arbitrations (London Seat) concerning a denial of coverage in a pharmaceutical-related insurance policy tower
  • Acting on a number of ICC arbitrations in connection with the design and construction of a major maritime project in Central America
  • Successfully represented El Paso International Company defending against Argentina’s application to annul the ICSID award in El Paso’s favor; the annulment was dismissed affirming our client's award
  • Representing a private equity fund in relation to breaches of confidentially in proceedings before the DIFC court
  • Obtained a major victory for a U.S. E&P company in an AAA arbitration in connection with the purchase of more than 20,000 acres of leases in the Utica Shale for US$120 million; after discovery and evidentiary hearings, the arbitrator ruled in favor of our client on all claims; the award obligates the opposing party to pay the significant per-acre bonus if payment is required to avoid termination of the defective leases
  • Represented two investors in linked arbitrations against a Southeast Asian State — one under a bilateral investment treaty (ICSID Rules) and one under a multilateral investment agreement (UNCITRAL Rules); the claims arise out of an investment in the banking sector
  • Representing a major Turkish conglomerate in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of the disputed termination of one of the EPC contracts relating to the Marmaray Project in Istanbul (FIDIC Silver Book based)
  • Representing a Middle Eastern state in an ICC arbitration against another state in relation to breaches of an oil pipeline agreement and a Treaty of Friendship; in a separate matter, represented Middle Eastern state in a Texas court case against a political subdivision in relation to a dispute over an oil cargo
  • Advising upstream investors in connection with three maritime boundary disputes, including interface with competing sovereign over rights in field