Steven Finizio's practice focuses on complex commercial and regulatory disputes, and concentrates primarily on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and internal investigations. Mr. Finizio also serves as an arbitrator in international arbitrations.
Mr. Finizio has advised clients on matters arising under the rules of all the major international arbitration institutions, and in disputes sited in both common law and civil law jurisdictions and governed by the laws of jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the US. Mr. Finizio also frequently advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses for commercial agreements. His pro bono work has included assisting a Central European government to draft new arbitration legislation.
In addition to international arbitration matters, Mr. Finizio has advised clients on matters in US federal and state courts and before a variety of regulatory and law enforcement agencies, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission, US Attorneys Offices and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. He also has been involved in responding to a number of government investigations on behalf of US and European clients, and has conducted internal investigations for clients in Europe, Asia and the US.
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), the London Shipping Law Centre/University College London, the University of Belgrade, Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA), 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 is co-author of A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration: Assessment, Planning and Strategy (Sweet & Maxwell) and also of "International Commercial Arbitration" in The Law of Transnational Business Transactions (West 2004) and is a contributing editor to the International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration (Global Legal Group). Topics of recent articles include the arbitrator appointments, evidence issues in international arbitration, the Energy Charter Treaty, revision of the UNCITRAL rules, anti-suit injunctions, arbitrator conflicts, revisions to the ICSID rules, provisional measures in investor-state arbitration, a comparative law discussion of the "plain meaning" rule of contract interpretation, and expert determination clauses.