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WilmerHale offers one of the world's premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices.

Our international arbitration group has been involved in more than 650 proceedings in recent years. We have successfully represented clients in a number of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade. We pride ourselves on consistently achieving our client's objectives through efficient staffing and the use of in-house know-how and precedents.

The firm's international arbitration practice is headed by Gary Born, one of the world's preeminent authorities in the field. Mr. Born was awarded the inaugural "Advocate of the Year" prize by Global Arbitration Review (based on views of peers and leading arbitrators) and was also recently voted the "World's Best International Litigator" in a survey of in-house counsel and practitioners. Mr. Born has been ranked for most of the past decade by Chambers as the only international arbitration practitioner in London with "starred" status and one of two practitioners in the world with global starred status; he is ranked similarly by Global Counsel, Euromoney and other publications. Mr. Born is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (2d ed. 2014 Kluwer), International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements (3d ed. 2010 Kluwer)—read the first chapter hereInternational Arbitration: Cases and Materials (2011 Aspen) and International Civil Litigation in United States Courts (4th ed. 2006 Aspen).

Steven Finizio and Franz Schwarz—both in our London office—are also consistently ranked among leading international arbitration practitioners, as is John Pierce, in New York, and John Trenor, Rachael Kent and David Bowker in our Washington DC office. Our multinational team consists of more than 70 lawyers in the United States and Europe, all of whom practice principally in the international arbitration field.

Centered in the London office, the practice has additional team members in New York, Washington, Beijing, Palo Alto, Brussels and Berlin. Many members of our team are dedicated entirely to international arbitration, with a number of lawyers offering specialization in particular fields (such as oil and gas, insurance, joint venture and M&A). Our counsel and associates include highly talented younger lawyers with specialized training. Lawyers in our various offices routinely work closely together on disputes, as well as with local counsel when appropriate. Our international arbitration group includes both common and civil law practitioners, and prides itself on working together as an integrated team.

Our practice covers virtually all forms of international arbitration. Our lawyers are presently handling disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC) and UNCITRAL rules; we also have extensive experience with other forms of institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations, including arbitration of public international law issues. Our lawyers are or were recently involved in arbitrations seated in the United States (various situses), London, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, Frankfurt and Berlin. In recent years, our arbitration group has handled disputes governed by the laws of more than 70 different legal systems.

Our international arbitration practice has been uniformly lauded for its exceptionally high quality. One source reports that our practice is "renowned the world over as a centre of excellence." Another described our practice as boasting "highly intelligent lawyers at every level," and "highly sophisticated and powerful advocates." Other publications report that the team is "astute" and "truly innovative in its submissions," with a "genuinely international team." U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2011-2012 cites a client as saying "WilmerHale has a world-class practice in international arbitration. Gary Born and his team are superb lawyers and are absolutely committed to obtaining the best possible result for the client. We value our relationship with them very highly." Additionally, Gary Born has recently been recognized as an "awesome," "outstanding," "stellar" and "inimitable" advocate (Chambers Global), a "prolific and extremely experienced counsel" with a "huge reputation" (Chambers UK), and "one of the world's foremost experts in arbitration" (Legal 500).

The firm's arbitration group maintains a comprehensive database of know-how and documentation under all leading institutional rules and national laws. This includes model submissions, precedents and research materials on both procedural and substantive issues. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in all aspects of the arbitral process, including trial advocacy and presentation.

In appropriate cases, our lawyers also serve as arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses on issues of international dispute resolution.

Please see the Experience tab for a listing of representative international arbitration experience, and please see the Recognition tab for additional accolades received by the team and individual lawyers. Please see the Scholar-in-Residence tab for details of this program.

The International Arbitration Group's London Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for young lawyers from across the globe to experience the realities of a busy international arbitration practice and to learn from colleagues who are leaders in their field. 

WilmerHale offers one of the world's premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices.

Our international arbitration group has been involved in more than 650 proceedings in recent years. We have successfully represented clients in a number of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade. We pride ourselves on consistently achieving our client's objectives through efficient staffing and the use of in-house know-how and precedents.

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Born, Gary

Gary Born

Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

+44 (0)20 7872 1020 (t)

gary.born@wilmerhale.com

Kent, Rachael D.

Rachael D. Kent

Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

+1 202 663 6976 (t)

rachael.kent@wilmerhale.com

Schwarz, Franz T.

Franz T. Schwarz

Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

+44 (0)20 7872 1025 (t)

franz.schwarz@wilmerhale.com

Born, Gary

Gary Born

Partner

+44 (0)20 7872 1020 (t)

gary.born@wilmerhale.com

Bowker, David W.

David W. Bowker

Partner

+1 202 663 6558 (t)

david.bowker@wilmerhale.com

Finizio, Steven P.

Steven P. Finizio

Partner

+44 (0)20 7872 1073 (t)

steven.finizio@wilmerhale.com

Flanagan, Mark D.

Mark D. Flanagan

Partner

+1 650 858 6047 (t)

mark.flanagan@wilmerhale.com

Fleming, Mark C.

Mark C. Fleming

Partner

+1 617 526 6909 (t)

mark.fleming@wilmerhale.com

Kent, Rachael D.

Rachael D. Kent

Partner

+1 202 663 6976 (t)

rachael.kent@wilmerhale.com

Ogden, David W.

David W. Ogden

Partner

+1 202 663 6440 (t)

david.ogden@wilmerhale.com

Pierce, John V.H.

John V.H. Pierce

Partner

+1 212 230 8829 (t)

john.pierce@wilmerhale.com

Quack, Ulrich

Ulrich Quack

Partner

+49 30 20 22 63 32 (t)

ulrich.quack@wilmerhale.com

Experience

Our practice covers virtually all forms of international arbitration. Our lawyers are presently handling disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC) and UNCITRAL rules; we also have extensive experience with other forms of institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations. Our lawyers are or were recently involved in arbitrations seated in the United States (various situses), London, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, The Hague, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada, Frankfurt and Berlin. In recent years, our arbitration group has handled disputes governed by the laws of more than 70 different legal systems.

We have particular experience in a number of specialized substantive areas. These include handling disputes related to joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; energy; construction and engineering; insurance and reinsurance; intellectual property; telecommunications; international trade and public international law. Representative cases in these sectors include:

 

Joint Venture DisputesInsurance Disputes
Merger and Acquisition DisputesIntellectual Property Disputes
Energy DisputesTelecommunications Disputes
Construction and Engineering DisputesPublic International Law

 

 

Joint Venture Disputes

We have extensive experience in joint venture, shareholder, corporate governance and control, and related disputes, including:

  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Madrid and London and governed by Spanish law, between US and Spanish companies. The arbitration involved amounts in dispute exceeding $150 million. The arbitration was settled on terms highly favorable to our client, after it was awarded provisional measures.
  • Two ICC arbitrations, sited in Geneva and governed by Turkish and English law, between a leading private equity fund and a Turkish joint venture partner. The dispute involved amounts in dispute exceeding $75 million and was settled on terms highly favorable to our client after it was awarded provisional measures.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Brussels with German, French and Belgian law applying, involving the break-up of a joint venture between leading European international telecommunications companies with more than $30 billion in dispute. The arbitration was settled on terms highly favorable to our client.
  • An LCIA arbitration, sited in London with English and Greek law applying, involving disputes under a shareholder's agreement between two large telecommunications companies. The arbitration was resolved following a partial award favorable to our client.
  • An LCIA arbitration, sited in London with law of a Latin American state applicable, involving disputes arising from a major joint venture in the financial services sector between European and Latin American parties.
  • Two ICC arbitrations, sited in Stockholm with Finnish and German law applicable, relating to the dissolution of a joint venture and the violation of non-competition commitments between two major European industrial enterprises.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Belgrade, involving breaches of agreements relating to a joint venture company.
  • An UNCITRAL arbitration, sited in Western Europe, concerning a former joint venture between two of the world's largest advertising groups.
  • Two related ICC arbitrations, sited in London with Spanish law applying, involving disputes over a joint venture company. We act as counsel for a major multinational aerospace and defense company in these disputes.
  • A $50 million ICC arbitration between two major mining companies involving termination of a joint venture in Latin America.

Merger and Acquisition Disputes

We have wide experience in disputes arising from merger, acquisition, disposal and related types of agreements, including:

  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Paris under Luxembourg law, between major US and French financial services companies arising from a share purchase agreement. Amounts in dispute exceeded $100 million and the matter was resolved by a final award in favor of our client.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Geneva, involving disputes over the acquisition of a capital goods business. The dispute settled on very favorable terms for our client.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in London and governed by English law, between an oil field services company and a state-owned company in West Asia concerning acquisition of a plant. The matter is ongoing.
  • An LCIA arbitration, sited in London under Dutch and Greek law, arising from an aborted acquisition.
  • An arbitration and expert determination involving disputes over purchase price adjustments in a $1 billion acquisition. The dispute was resolved by settlement on highly favorable terms to our client.

Energy Disputes

We have represented leading international energy companies in a wide range of disputes, including under operating agreements, joint bid agreements, concessions, oil and gas supply contracts, and other arrangements, including:

  • A dispute subject to UNCITRAL Rules and governed by New York law relating to a revenue sharing agreement with a US oil and gas production company. The matter involves claims with potential value in excess of $300 million.
  • An ad hoc arbitration, sited in New York, pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules, and related expert determinations between a European energy company and a Caribbean supplier, concerning the pricing mechanism in a LNG sales contract. The amount in dispute exceeds $500 million. The matter is ongoing.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in London, involving rights to an off-shore oil block in West Africa allegedly valued in excess of $200 million. The dispute involves claims under a Farm-In Agreement, an Operating Agreement and applicable national law. The matter was resolved in favor of our client on all issues in a final award.
  • A dispute subject to arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre between a state-owned oil company and a multinational.
  • An ad hoc arbitration, sited in Washington, involving disputes between an Asian state and several leading multinational energy companies over a gas supply contract. The arbitration was resolved by an award in our client's favor.
  • Two consolidated ICC arbitration proceedings sited in London, involving disputes under a farm-in agreement between our client (a multinational oil company) and a local indigenous company. The amounts in dispute exceeded $1 billion with English law applying. The Tribunal ruled entirely in favor of our client.
  • An ICSID arbitration involving claims by a leading European energy company against a Central American state. The amounts in dispute are unquantified. The matter is ongoing.
  • A dispute subject to UNCITRAL arbitration between a European energy company and an Asian state concerning tax and pricing issues, with amounts in dispute in excess of $2 billion. The matter is ongoing.
  • An LCIA arbitration, sited in London with English law applying, involving the breach of a joint study and bid agreement between two leading international oil companies, with amounts in dispute exceeding $250 million. The arbitration was resolved by an award in our client's favor.
  • A UNCITRAL arbitration involving disputes between a Central African state and a foreign investor in the energy sector. The matter is ongoing.
  • A conciliation and mediation under ICSID rules in a dispute between a US oil company and a Caribbean nation over termination of a cooperation agreement.
  • An ICSID arbitration and expert determination involving pricing disputes under a complex set of agreements between an operator and a state-owned oil company.

Construction and Engineering Disputes

We have significant experience in disputes involving construction, engineering and related forms of contracts and projects, including:

  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Geneva and governed by Swiss law, between a leading US information technology company and a Latin American telecommunications company and a UN agency. The arbitration involved amounts in dispute exceeding $100 million, and the matter is ongoing.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Madrid, between a defense contractor and a Spanish software company. The arbitration involved intellectual property and software issues and was settled on terms highly favorable to our client.
  • A number of separate ICC and ad hoc arbitrations, sited in London, The Hague and Geneva with Dutch, English and Swiss laws applicable, involving disputes over construction of power plants in Western Europe and Africa.
  • An ad hoc arbitration, sited in London, involving claims for faulty construction of a Latin American chemicals plant. The dispute settled on highly favorable terms.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in The Hague, involving disputes over a consortium agreement on a major infrastructure project.
  • A $40 million ICC arbitration, sited in London, involving a construction dispute between an Asian state entity and the Western supplier of turn-key plant. The dispute was resolved on highly favorable terms following several preliminary rulings in favor of our client.
  • A $1 billion construction arbitration under UNCITRAL rules between a major multinational petroleum company and a Middle Eastern state arising from the destruction of a refinery. The arbitration was resolved by an award in our client’s favor.
  • Two consolidated ICC arbitrations, sited in New York, between a leading American capital goods manufacturer and two Colombian companies involving the sale of aircraft equipment in Colombia.
  • An ICC arbitration sited in Seoul, Korea, with Korean law applicable, involving an indemnification dispute concerning the sale of automobile equipment to a major Korean manufacturer.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in London, involving disputes over construction of a steel mill.
  • A mediation and Commercial Court litigation involving a leading US manufacturer in complex and high stakes proceedings arising from alleged breaches of a joint collaboration agreement, involving claims in excess of £3.5 billion.
  • An ICC arbitration regarding the establishment of a pan-European data service for consumers, involving a major Swiss watch and consumer electronics manufacturer The arbitration is sited in London, with German law applying. Proceedings commenced in late 2007 and are ongoing.

Insurance Disputes

We have substantial experience in insurance coverage disputes, including:

  • A $40 million ad hoc arbitration, sited in London, under a Bermuda Form insurance policy. The arbitration was settled on highly favorable terms.
  • An AAA arbitration, sited in Washington with District of Columbia law applying, involving claims of expropriation and violations of international law in connection with an investment in the Middle East. The arbitration resulted in an award in favor of our client on all issues.
  • A multiparty ICC arbitration with English and Texas law applicable, arising from a political risk insurance policy. The arbitration involved more parties than any other ICC arbitration to date and was settled on favorable terms.
  • An ad hoc arbitration, sited in London with English and Indian law applying, involving US, English and Indian parties. The arbitration involved issues of English insurance and contract law, with the IBA Rules of Evidence applying.
  • Representation of a leading North American manufacturing corporation in ongoing disputes with a major European insurer in relation to coverage for a medical incident in the United States.
  • An ad hoc international arbitration seated in Bermuda under a Bermuda Form policy, governed by New York substantive law, involving one of the largest US insurance companies

Intellectual Property Disputes

We have extensive experience in a wide range of intellectual property matters, involving:

  • A multiparty ICC arbitration, sited in London with Indian and Texas law applicable, involving claims in excess of $100 million under a technology transfer agreement between US and Asian parties.
  • An AAA arbitration, sited in London with English and European Community competition law applicable, involving claims under a distribution agreement between US and European parties.
  • A $45 million arbitration sited in Stockholm under Stockholm Arbitration Institute Rules with Russian and New York law applying. The arbitration involved claims by a Russian purchaser against a North American supplier. The dispute was settled on highly favorable terms.
  • A $90 million ICC arbitration, sited in London, involving technology transfers between two US parties and one Asian party.
  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Zurich between two computer software producers involving claims of copyright infringement and competition law violations.
  • An arbitration under ICC rules, sited in Geneva, between two chemical companies in a dispute over intellectual property rights.
  • An arbitration under ICC rules between a US high technology company and a Scandinavian manufacturer over misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • A complex arbitration under ICC rules, sited in Geneva, between industrial equipment manufacturers, raising issues of EU, US, and other competition laws.
  • Related LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations, sited in London, between Latin American and Western European shipping lines, raising issues of competition and unfair trade practice law.

Telecommunications Disputes

We have very broad experience in arbitrations involving the telecommunications industry, including:

  • An ICC arbitration, sited in Zurich with English and Swiss law applying, involving disputes between two major European enterprises over control of a joint venture company valued at more than $1 billion. At our request, the arbitration was conducted on a fast-track basis, proceeding from Terms of Reference to a successful award in less than three months.
  • A series of related ICC arbitrations, sited in Geneva with Italian and Swiss law applying, involving the break-up of a telecommunications joint venture between German, French, and Italian parties, involving claims in excess of $10 billion.
  • Two related arbitrations sited in Vienna under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Arbitral Center of the Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna. The arbitrations involve disputes over control of a major telecommunications joint venture, with Polish and Austrian law applying.

Public International Law

We also have broad experience in matters involving public international law, foreign states and state-owned entities. Our international arbitration practice has handled a number of groundbreaking public international law matters in recent years and is one of the world's premier practices for challenging, complex and sensitive public international law matters.

We have acted in arbitrations or similar matters involving Bangladesh, Colombia, the Congo, Eritrea, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Peru, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, the United States, Yemen, and Yugoslavia, including:

  • The Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and our client the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, concerning boundary delimination issues arising out of a peace agreement seeking to end decades of civil war in Southern Sudan. The proceedings were webcast live and archived footage is on the Permanent Court of Arbitration's website.
  • An arbitration, sited in London, under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration between two African nations over territorial sovereignty.
  • Disputes between an aerospace company and a Middle Eastern state involving claims under a bilateral investment treaty and contractual instruments.
  • An ICSID arbitration, sited in Washington with international law applicable, involving multiple disputes between a European multinational and an Asian State, with amounts in dispute exceeding $100 million.
  • A $100 million ICC arbitration, sited in London, involving a European/Japanese consortium and an Asian state.
  • An arbitration, sited in Stockholm, under ICC Rules, between an international energy company and a Central Asian state.
  • An ICSID arbitration between a multinational petroleum company and an Asian state.
  • An ICSID annulment case involving a challenge to an ICSID arbitration award made in an expropriation dispute between two Hong Kong companies and the government of a Middle Eastern nation.
  • An arbitration between an international environmental nonprofit organization and a European government over an attack on the organization's property and personnel.
  • Arbitrations before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.

Publications & News

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November 25, 2014

2014 IBA Guidelines On Conflicts of Interest In International Arbitration

An article by John Pierce and James Carter, published in the New York Law Journal on November 17, 2014.

November 25, 2014

Russia and the CIS: eastern approaches

An article by Steven Finizio and Kenneth Beale, appearing in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Vol. 5, Issue 5, pp. 18-22, September–October 2014.

November 19, 2014

Korean Commercial Arbitration Board: An Interview with Gary Born

Gary Born, chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group and the world's preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, participates in an interview with the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.

November 14, 2014

EU Legislates to Encourage Private Antitrust Damages Claims

On November 10, the EU Council adopted a Directive “on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of the competition law provisions of the Member States and of the European Union” (the Directive).

November 12, 2014

FRAND Royalty Disputes: A New Challenge for International Arbitration?

A chapter authored by James H. Carter in Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation, The Fordham Papers 2013.

November 6, 2014

Gary Born Delivers 2014 Lalive Lecture, “A New Generation of International Adjudication: Reflections on Developments in International Law” in Geneva

The annual Lalive lecture series provides a forum for intellectual reflection on developments in the interface between public and private international law.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.

November 3, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers Honor Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as International Arbitration "Law Firm of the Year" for the Third Consecutive Year

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP has again been ranked as the "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the 2015 edition of the annual "Best Law Firms" list.

October 17, 2014

Q&A with Gary Born Featured in the Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2014

Gary Born, chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice Group and the world's preeminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation, discusses his career and his passion for his practice in a profile piece that was first published in the Legal Business Disputes Yearbook 2014.

October 3, 2014

The Legal 500 UK Honors WilmerHale with Top Rankings in 2014 Edition

The Legal 500, the United Kingdom's guide to outstanding lawyers, has again selected WilmerHale as a top-tier law firm in dispute resolution - international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. The guide also names three lawyers to its "leading individuals" list, and recognizes a total of eight of the firm’s London-based lawyers

Scholar-in-Residence Program

WilmerHale’s Scholar-in-Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for academics to collaborate with our international arbitration practice based in London.

The initiative allows talented professors, lecturers and other academics from all jurisdictions to work with our international arbitration team on both professional matters and academic projects and to contribute in general to the intellectual life of the office.

Visiting scholars are provided an office, use of the library and research facilities, and secretarial support and other support services. The exact terms and conditions of each appointment, including the length of the residence and weekly time commitments, are determined on a case-by-case basis in light of experience, needs and other academic and professional engagements. Past participants have been in residence for periods varying from 6 weeks to 18 months with time commitments ranging from a few hours a week to full-time.

Indications of interest are invited from all full-time legal academics, particularly in the fields of international arbitration and litigation, private international law, public international law, and comparative law, regardless of seniority or country of qualification. Please send your Curriculum Vitae to John Trenor together with a brief indication of your preferred starting and ending dates of residence and contemplated time commitments. General inquiries regarding the Program, including for future years, are also invited.

Current and recent scholars-in-residence include:

Dr. Patricia Shaughnessy: Supervisor of International Commercial Arbitration Law Program, Stockholm University and Chair of the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Section of the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law

Professor Robert D. Sloane: R. Gordon Butler Scholar in International Law at Boston University School of Law

Professor Paul Stephan: Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Professor Jeffrey Waincymer: Professor of International Trade Law at Monash University in, Melbourne

Professor Jose Alvarez: Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law

Professor Jose Amado: Professor of International Arbitration at the Catholic University of Peru

Professor Sornarajah: CJ Koh Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore

Professor Joongi Kim: Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Affairs at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea

Professor John H. Jackson: University Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the Institute of International Economic Law

Professor Linda Silberman: Martin Lipton Professor of Law at New York University School of Law

Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich: William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, and Academic Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution

Dr. David Chekroun: Assistant Professor of Business Law at ESCP Europe, and previously Assistant Professor at the University of Paris IX – Jean Monnet and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Dr. Andrew Mitchell: Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Galina Zukova: Associate Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia, and counsel at the ICC International Court of Arbitration

Dr. Sergey Ripinskiy: formerly Research Fellow in International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in London, and in particular at the Institute's Investment Treaty Forum

London Intern Program

The International Arbitration Group's London Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for young lawyers from across the globe to experience the realities of a busy international arbitration practice and to learn from colleagues who are leaders in their field.

The intern program, which runs from the firm's Park Lane office in London, welcomes students in the final stages of their legal education, and practitioners in the early stages of their legal careers. The program provides participants from both civil and common law jurisdictions with exposure to the wide range of international commercial disputes handled in our Global International Arbitration Practice.

During their time at WilmerHale, interns are given the chance to put theory into practice by working with the International Arbitration Group's lawyers on factual and legal assignments stemming from current cases, as well as the opportunity to further academic interests with involvement on research projects in conjunction with lawyers in the practice. The program provides interns the opportunity to work with our lawyers and professional staff as members of the team, and interns are actively encouraged to participate fully in all of the work and social aspects of the firm. We also encourage our interns to participate in training opportunities with the International Arbitration Group.

"WilmerHale's Intern Program provided me with a chance to experience the world of international arbitration in practice," says a former intern who is now an associate with the firm. "Exposure to highly regarded practitioners and the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting cases in the field helped cement my decision to pursue a career in international arbitration."

If you are a candidate applying for an internship position, please send your two-page resume, one-page cover letter and law school transcripts to arbitrationinternship@wilmerhale.com. We encourage you to send applications at least six to nine months in advance of the starting date you seek. If you need more information before applying, feel free to contact one of us directly.

Dr. Maxi Scherer
Special Counsel
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1067
maxi.scherer@wilmerhale.com

Olga Braeuer
Senior Associate
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1613
olga.braeuer@wilmerhale.com

Sabrina Lee
Senior Associate
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1652
sabrina.lee@wilmerhale.com

Valeriya Kirsey
Associate
International Arbitration
49 Park Lane
London W1K 1PS UK
+44 (0)20 7872 1668
valeriya.kirsey@wilmerhale.com

Recognition

WilmerHale's International Arbitration group is frequently cited as one of the world's top teams in its field with individuals and partners highly ranked across all leading directories. Recent group accolades include:

"The international arbitration group is well equipped to handle cases in a broad range of areas including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and insurance disputes, and it is often involved in arbitrations in various European cities." Chambers Global 2013 (Ranked in Band 2)

"WilmerHale's London arbitration practitioners form part of a truly premier practice. The 'exceptional team' is equally distinguished in both commercial and investment treaty disputes, and draws praise for its dedicated approach to international arbitration." Chambers UK 2013 (Ranked in Band 1)

"They are very smart people who are very knowledgeable about the rules and procedures of international arbitration." Chambers USA 2013 (Ranked in Band 3)

"This firm is one of the most prolific in the marketplace. These lawyers carefully prepare submissions and demonstrate excellent cross-examination techniques." Chambers UK 2012 (Ranked in Band 1)

"The firm is one of the leading authorities on international arbitration." Chambers Global 2012 (Ranked in Band 2)

"This firm possess one of London's leading arbitration practices, and the team is noted for its strong advocacy skills." Chambers Global 2011 (Ranked in Band 3)

"The attorneys have the experience, the know-how and the determination to produce excellent work." Chambers USA 2011 (Ranked in Band 3)

"Praised for its 'excellent service and analysis of the cases'" Legal 500 UK 2010 (Ranked in Tier 1)

Recent group and individual accolades include:

  • Gary Born is the exclusive recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award for Arbitration in the UK from International Law Office (ILO).
  • Best Lawyers in America named James Carter "New York City Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" in the 2014 edition of their peer-review publication.
  • Named the 2013 and 2014 "Law Firm of the Year" in International Arbitration in the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings.
  • Recipient of the 2013 OGEMID's "Diversity" Award for the International Arbitration Group's Intern Program and voted runner-up for the "Creativity" Award for our Scholar-in-Residence Program.
  • Gary Born has been awarded Global Arbitration Review's inaugural "Advocate of the Year" prize. In addition to the GAR award, in the past Mr. Born has been selected by the Legal Media Group as the "World's Best International Litigator."
  • Since its inception in 2008, have been named amongst the world's top international arbitration practices within Global Arbitration Review's GAR 30 list.
  • Named Pro Bono Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2010 in London for the group's work on behalf of The Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army.
  • Gary Born's book International Arbitration and Forum Selection Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Kluwer 3rd ed. 2010) was voted the "Book of the Year" for international dispute resolution by members of the Oil-Gas-Energy-Mining-Infrastructure Dispute Management (OGEMID) Network. Born also received the "Book of the Year" award in 2009 for his treatise International Commercial Arbitration.
  • In the 2011-2014 "Best Law Firm" rankings by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, the firm's international arbitration practice was ranked in the first-tier nationally and in Boston and New York. The practice was also ranked in the second-tier in Washington DC.
  • In 2010, Partner Franz Schwarz was awarded the inaugural Swiss Arbitration Association's (ASA) Prize for Advocacy in International Arbitration. The award, established in 2008, was given for the first time at ASA's annual conference in Geneva on 29 January 2010.
  • Gary Born, Steven Finizio and Rachael Kent are recognized in the most recent edition of Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.
  • Rachael Kent is recognized as a leading practitioner in Expert Guide's 2010 edition of Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
  • Gary Born and Franz Schwarz are recognized in the latest edition of Legal Media Group's Best of the Best: Commercial Arbitration.
  • Gary Born, Steven Finizio, Rachael Kent and Franz Schwarz are recognized as leading lawyers in the most recent edition of Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who Legal: Arbitration.
  • Chambers Global 2012, 2013 and 2014 recognized our international arbitration practice as having a "stellar multinational team" who receives "praise for their international approach, attention to detail and impressive cross-examination techniques" and is "well equipped to handle cases in a broad range of areas."
  • Chambers USA 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 recognized our international arbitration practice, calling us "one of the best law firms in international arbitration," "excellent advocates," and "an impressive firm, home to talented lawyers who provide an excellent service." New York-based lawyers John Pierce, James Carter and DC-based lawyer Rachael Kent were individually recognized as leaders in the field.
  • Chambers UK 2013 and 2014 recognized our International Arbitration Practice as an "exceptional team" who is "known for being a formidable international arbitration group earning wide respect from peers and clients." London-based lawyers Gary Born, Steven Finizio and Franz Schwarz were praised for knowledge and experience in all aspects of the field.
  • The Legal 500 UK 2012 and 2013 recognized WilmerHale as a top tier law firm in dispute resolution: international arbitration, and highly recommends the firm in nine other categories. WilmerHale's International Arbitration Practice was named "Firm of the Year" in 2013.
  • The Legal 500 US 2013 applauded our international arbitration practice "for excellence on response times, business acumen and industry knowledge," and stated "WilmerHale is a great firm and clearly world class."