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Steven P. Finizio

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Finizio, Steven P.

Steven Finizio is recognized as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in London in the ChambersUK Guide, named in the EuromoneyGuide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and recognized for his standing in the field of international arbitration in Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International Arbitration, PLC Which Lawyer? and Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best. Mr. Finizio has been resident in the firm's London office since 2000.

Mr. Finizio's practice includes international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, general commercial litigation, and internal investigations, focusing on complex commercial and regulatory issues. Mr. Finizio also serves as an arbitrator.
 
Mr. Finizio has particular experience with shareholder, oil and gas, telecommunications, financial services, joint venture and M&A issues. Mr. Finizio has advised clients regarding disputes under the rules of most of the well-recognized international arbitration institutions and governed by the laws of jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US. He regularly advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses and on jurisdictional issues and his pro bono work has included assisting a Central European government to draft new arbitration legislation. Mr. Finizio also was part of a team that argued the first freedom of expression case in the African Court on Human and People's Rights in Issa Loha Konaté v Burkina Faso, see http://www.livestream.com/afchpr.
 
Mr. Finizio also has represented non-US clients in US litigation, and before a variety of regulatory and law enforcement agencies. He has been involved in responding to a number of government investigations on behalf of European and US companies, and has conducted internal investigations in Europe, Asia and the US.

Recent Highlights

Mr. Finizio represents a variety of clients. Recent matters include representations of:

  • US and UK financial services companies in an LCIA arbitration, sited in London, relating to a services agreement;
  • an international energy company in multiple ad hoc arbitrations, sited in Stockholm, relating to price reopener disputes; 
  • a UK agribusiness in an investment treaty claim against an East African state;
  • a European energy company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Geneva, relating to a price reopener dispute;
  • an international computer company in an HKIAC arbitration, sited in Hong Kong, relating to a purchase agreement;
  • a European oil and gas company in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules, sited in New York, relating to a revenue sharing agreement in an LNG supply contract;
  • an international electronics company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Zurich, relating to an IP licensing agreement;
  • a number of matters involving US and UK energy and oil field services companies in ICC arbitrations, all sited in London, relating to claims of illegality with regard to a services agreement in a number of African countries;
  • a European manufacturing company in a DIS arbitration, sited in Zurich, relating to a share and purchase agreement concerning manufacturing facilities in China;
  • a global financial services company in two ICC arbitrations, sited in London, relating to franchise agreement disputes;
  • a European telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Geneva, concerning shareholder and ownerships rights;
  • a European energy company in consolidated ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules, sited in New York, concerning the interpretation of a gas sales and purchase agreement and requested price revisions;
  • a US financial services company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Paris, concerning an M&A dispute relating to the sale and purchase of an insurance company; and
  • three multinational energy companies in an expert determination and related proceedings, sited in Washington DC, concerning a gas purchase and sales agreement with a state-owned gas company in Asia.

Publications

Book

Speaking Engagements

July 3, 2014

4th Annual Congress on Long Term Gas Supply Contracts

Berlin, Germany

June 18, 2014

C5's Forum on Translantic Litigation 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 5, 2014

Legal Ethics Panel

London, United Kingdom

January 30, 2014

LexisNexis® Webinar: Alternative dispute resolution

Webinar

December 17-18, 2013

LexisNexis PSL Dispute Resolution

Webinar

November 27, 2013

ICC UK Annual Arbitrators’ Forum

London, United Kingdom

November 12, 2013

2013 CDR Litigation and Arbitration Conference

London, United Kingdom

September 23-27, 2013

AILA London Annual Programme: Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration

London, United Kingdom

September 1-5, 2013

Academy on International Commercial Arbitration

Cologne, Germany

May 16, 2013

ICC YAF & YAR Conference

Lisbon, Portugal

Honors & Awards

Mr. Finizio has been ranked among the leading international arbitration lawyers in Legal 500, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global for a number of years. Legal 500 2014 recommends him as a "leading individual" for international arbitration; Chambers UK 2015 states he is "highly regarded for his dedicated arbitration practice"; Chambers UK 2014 says he is "admired" and "well known for his strong advocacy skills"; Chambers Europe 2013 calls him "utterly excellent"; Chambers UK 2012 calls him "first rate" and Legal 500 2012 describes him as a "top quality advocate."  Legal 500 2010 describes him as having established himself as a "major figure" and Chambers UK 2010 describes him as having "wide-ranging expertise" and as "extraordinarily bright."  He also has been described as having "developed into a significant player" with a "calm and measured style" and "a natural, eloquent style of advocacy, which allows him to persuade by force of reason alone" (Chambers UK 2008); "distinguished" (Who's Who Legal) and as a "formidable advocate and master tactician" (Chambers Europe 2007). 

He also is listed in a number of other rankings based on peer and client review, including Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International Arbitration, PLC Cross Border Dispute Resolution Handbook, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration, Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best, Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who's Who of Arbitration Lawyers.

Professional Activities

Mr. Finizio teaches International Commercial Arbitration as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University Law School in London and is on the faculty at the Cologne Academy of Arbitration and for the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) annual International Treaty Law and Arbitration Programme. He speaks regularly on international arbitration at conferences and seminars, including at events sponsored by the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, German Arbitration Institute (DIS), Swedish Arbitration Association, Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Harvard Business School, the London Shipping Law Centre/University College London, the University of Belgrade, the State Chancellery of Latvia, and Humboldt University in Berlin. Mr. Finizio also recently designed and led three-day seminars in international arbitration for oil and gas executives in Malaysia and UAE.

Mr. Finizio has served as a UK representative on several ICC task forces, and is a member of a number of arbitration and international law institutions and related associations, including the International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), American Society of International Law (ASIL), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Mr. Finizio also is a member of the Global Arbitration Review Editorial Board, the Lexis®PSL Arbitration (LexisNexis) Editorial Board and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). 

Mr. Finizio is co-author (with Duncan Speller) of "A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration:  Assessment, Planning and Strategy," (Sweet & Maxwell 2010), as well as co-author of "International Commercial Arbitration," in The Law of Transnational Business Transactions  (West 2004) and a contributing editor to the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration (Global Legal Group). 

Practices

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Education

JD, with honors, University of Chicago Law School, 1992, Order of the Coif; Associate Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review

AB, magna cum laude, Georgetown University, 1988

Bar Admissions

California

District of Columbia

Clerkships

The Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1992 - 1993