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Alexander Slade

Alexander Slade Counsel, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Alexander has broad experience in investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration, under a wide range of arbitral seats and governing laws. Alexander is familiar with all major institutional rules, and has particular experience under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules. He has also been involved in numerous claims in the English High Court. Alexander is admitted in England as a Solicitor Advocate.

Alexander’s practice covers a wide variety of sectors, particularly energy, infrastructure, construction, and telecommunications, and he advises on dispute resolution clauses, public international law, international investment law and nationality planning, and issues arising out of EU sanctions.  

In 2011, Alexander was seconded to the London Court of International Arbitration where he administered arbitrations as part of the counsel team. The following is a list of representative matters in which Alexander has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • Acting for a Lithuanian company, UAB E energija, in a claim presented at ICSID against the Republic of Latvia. The dispute arises from the cancellation of a concession for the private operation of a centralised heating facility in Latvia
  • Acting for a European contractor in a billion dollar ICC arbitration arising out of the cancellation of a major offshore pipeline project
  • Representing a Middle Eastern state in an ICC arbitration against another state involving breaches of contract and breaches of a treaty between the two states; the case also involves ancillary proceedings in different jurisdictions
  • Represented the claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the India-Mauritius Bilateral Investment treaty concerning the cancellation of telecoms licences
  • Represented a UK investor in a claim to be brought in respect of an upstream oil and gas project against an East European State under the terms of its foreign investment law
  • 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
  • Represented investors in relation to two potential parallel arbitrations against a Central Asian state under a national investment law and a bilateral investment treaty, arising out of an investment in the banking sector

International Commercial Arbitration

  • Represented a large gas company in defending a $2 billion claim brought in SCC arbitration by a state government in relation to gas pricing
  • Represented the municipality of an Asian state in defending a $3.5 billion claim brought in ICC arbitration by a U.S. contractor with respect to an aborted infrastructure project
  • Represented a UK oil and gas company in a series of linked arbitrations relating to royalty interests over oil and gas fields in East Asia
  • Represented an oil trading company in an ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern state-owned company; the claim was for $96 million and involved supportive court proceedings in different jurisdictions
  • Represented a European contractor in arbitration against an African state government relating to a contract to rehabilitate the road network
  • Represented an Azerbaijani company in defending an ICC arbitration brought by an Austrian contractor in connection with a hotel construction project
  • Represented an agricultural development company operating in Africa in WIPO arbitration brought by a Dutch NGO
  • Represented a Bulgarian employer in defending claims brought in ICC arbitration by a Kuwaiti contractor with respect to the construction of an airport runway and associated buildings

Contact Details


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London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
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Alexander's Practices

  • University College London, B.A., (Hons) French and Philosophy, 2005
  • BPP Law School, GDL, 2006
  • BPP Law School, LPC, 2007
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Other languages: French
  • Chambers UK, Notable Practitioner, International Arbitration, 2019
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.); Future Leaders – Arbitration, 2017−2020
  • Legal 500 UK, Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, 2018
  • Member: Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member: LCIA European User’s Council
  • Member: LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group
  • Member: ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum
  • Member: ASA Below 40
  • Member: ICDR Young & International

Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers. A list of partner names is available for inspection at 20 Fenchurch Street, 24th Floor, London, EC3M 3BY. Vinson & Elkins RLLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of New York authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 0079019).