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International Energy Disputes

Experience 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

  • Advised investors in Kurdistan Regional Governate in dispute with Regional Government over relinquishment of oil and gas properties

  • Representing a defendant oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the proper operation of a sole risk provision in a joint operating agreement

  • 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 the owner of a power generation facility in UNCITRAL arbitration with offtaker/guarantor over credit support obligations for power sales involving claims in excess of $1 billion

  • Acting for the claimant (an Omani branch of a multinational drilling rig supply company) in relation to an ICC arbitration over the non-payment of monies owed under a services contract for drilling in Oman

  • Obtained a final award in favor of our client of approximately $120 million (net) in an LCIA arbitration in connection with a dispute over production rights in a Nigerian oil and gas venture

  • Won an $80 million (net) arbitration award in Brazil on behalf of an energy company involving a power plant development project, and achieved a successful resolution after seeking to enforce the award in the U.S.

  • Obtained award on behalf of a subsidiary of an energy company operating natural gas and refined petroleum products pipelines in an ICDR New York-seated arbitration, under Brazilian law involving breach of contract, against a Brazilian state-owned energy company

  • Acted for the claimant in an ICC arbitration concerning a gas sales agreement in Pakistan (Singapore Seat); this case involved detailed arguments regarding the applicability and scope of impossibility and force majeure under the contract