Steven P. Finizio


Finizio, Steven P.

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.

Recent Highlights

Mr. Finizio's current and recent work includes:

  • US and UK financial services companies in an LCIA arbitration, sited in London, relating to a services agreement;
  • an international energy company in two ad hoc arbitrations, sited in Stockholm, relating to a price reopener dispute;
  • 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;
  • 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 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.Mr. Finizio has been responsible for internal investigations concerning corporate governance and compliance issues for an international bank in the UK and a European telecommunications company. He also recently helped a central European government draft a new arbitration law. 



Speaking Engagements

June 17-18, 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


December 17-18, 2013

LexisNexis PSL Dispute Resolution


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

April 13, 2013

Harvard Asia Business Conference 2013: Uncertainty and Opportunity

Allston, Massachusetts

Honors & Awards

Mr. Finizio is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of international dispute resolution. He has received the following rankings from client and peer reviews:

  • Recommended in the 2008, 2009, 20102011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Legal 500 UK in corporate and commercial: financial services (2008) and dispute resolution: international arbitration (2008-2013)
  • Recognized as a leader in his field in the 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers Europe; and in the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers
  • Named a leading international arbitration lawyer in each edition of Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession since 2003
  • Featured in Global Arbitration Review's The Who's Who in International Arbitration
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Arbitration chapter)
  • Recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? as a leader in the "dispute resolution: arbitration" category
  • Named in Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • Recognized by his peers as one of the world's leading experts in commercial arbitration in Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best

Professional Activities

Mr. Finizio is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Law School in London, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration. 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 and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).


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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


District of Columbia


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