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Steven P. Finizio

Steven Finizio's practice focuses on international dispute resolution. Mr. Finizio also serves as an arbitrator. He has particular experience with energy, financial services, shareholder, joint venture and M&A, and manufacturing issues. He 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, as well as under bilateral and regional investment treaties. His pro bono work has included assisting a Central European government to draft new arbitration legislation and he was part of a team that won a landmark decision in the first freedom of expression case in the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Issa Loha Konaté v Burkina Faso.

Professional Activities

Mr. Finizio speaks regularly on international arbitration at conferences and seminars. He also teaches classes on arbitration at law schools, including as an Adjunct Professor at SOAS University of London and at Pepperdine University Law School in London. He is a founding member of the International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA) and is on the faculty at the Cologne Academy of Arbitration. He also has been on the faculty for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) and the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) International Treaty Law and Arbitration Programme.

Mr. Finizio is a member of the LCIA Court and a member of the GIAC Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Global Arbitration Review Editorial Board, the Lexis®PSL Arbitration Consulting Editorial Board, and the arbitration.ru Editorial Board, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).

He 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). In addition, Mr. Finizio is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Media Defence Legal Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Small and Micro States.

Publications

Mr. Finizio publishes extensively on issues relating to international dispute resolution. He is the author, with Duncan Speller, of "A Practical Guide to International Commercial Arbitration: Assessment, Planning and Strategy," (Sweet & Maxwell 2010) (second edition forthcoming), and "International Commercial Arbitration," in The Law of Transnational Business Transactions (Nanda, ed. Thomson Reuters updated 2020). See “Publications” under “Insights & News” for a full list of Mr. Finizio’s publications and articles.

  • Steven Finizio Appointed to the LCIA Court

    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of London-based International Arbitration partner Steven Finizio as a Member of the LCIA Court.

    May 23, 2019
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  • WilmerHale Conference Highlights Human Rights Issues Facing Small States

    WilmerHale, the Institute of Small and Micro States, and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted a two-day conference titled Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy on November 12–13, 2020.  

    December 28, 2020
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  • Trends in LNG Supply Contracts and Pricing Disputes in the Asia Pacific Region

    The Asia Pacific region includes the largest import markets for LNG in the world, as well as some of the world’s leading exporters.

    May 22, 2020
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Experience

  • Representation of a number of clients in gas price revision disputes relating to long-term gas and LNG supply contracts in Europe, the Americas, and Asia, including in a number of ad hoc arbitrations and in arbitrations under the ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules, sited in New York, Stockholm, London, Geneva and Lugano.
  • Representation of Asian investors in an aerospace manufacturing company in an investment treaty claim against an Eastern European state.
  • Representation of a European investor in an investment treaty claim against a Central European state relating to financial services and real estate investments.
  • Representation of a developer in an ICC arbitration relating to EPC contracts for the construction of solar power facilities in Africa, sited in New York.
  • Representation of an Eastern European manufacturing company in an investment treaty claim against an Eastern European state.
  • Representation of a European telecommunications services company in an ICC arbitration against a Swiss customer, sited in Zurich.
  • Representation of a Japanese manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration against a Korean company, sited in New York.
  • Representation of a European construction company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state.
  • Representation of a multinational clean energy company in multiple ICC and ad hoc arbitrations against an Indian company relating wind power projects in India, sited in London and New Delhi.
  • Representation of US and UK financial services companies in an LCIA arbitration, sited in London, relating to a services agreement and a fraud.
  • Representation of a UK agribusiness in an investment treaty claim against an East African state.
  • Representation of an international computer company in an HKIAC arbitration, sited in Hong Kong, relating to a purchase agreement.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of an international electronics company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Zurich, relating to an IP licensing agreement.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of a European manufacturing company in a DIS arbitration, sited in Zurich, relating to a share and purchase agreement concerning manufacturing facilities in China.
  • Representation of a global financial services company in two ICC arbitrations, sited in London, relating to franchise agreement disputes.
  • Representation of a European telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration, sited in Geneva, concerning shareholder and ownership rights.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Representation of 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.
  • Recent matters as an arbitrator include serving as the presiding arbitrator, the sole arbitrator, and a party-appointed arbitrator in cases under the ICC and LCIA rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

Recognition

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    Recognized for International Arbitration

    The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom

    2022

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    Recognized as a Thought Leader

    Who's Who Legal: Arbitration

    2021

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    Selected for Inclusion in the Hall of Fame for Dispute Resolution

    The Legal 500 UK

    2018

Mr. Finizio has been ranked among the leading international arbitration lawyers in Legal 500 UK, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Chambers Global for a number of years. He is described in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 as an “effective and brilliant practitioner” who is “excellent as counsel.” Chambers UK 2020 notes his experience handling ICC and LCIA arbitrations for clients in the energy and telecoms space, and quotes an interviewee who describes him as "a fantastic lawyer with deep knowledge not only of investment arbitration but also other fields of law." He was inducted into The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame in 2018 for dispute resolution: international arbitration (London) and The Legal 500 UK recommends him as a "Leading lawyer" for international arbitration and dispute resolution, and for public international law.

He also is listed in a number of other rankings based on peer and client review, including Best Lawyers in the United KingdomGlobal 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.

Insights & News

Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 1992

      with honors Order of the Coif; Associate Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review
    • AB, Georgetown University, 1988

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • California

    • District of Columbia

    • England and Wales, Registered Foreign Lawyer

  • Clerkships

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

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