International Arbitration

Stephens Chu acts as counsel or arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations and assists clients with post-award litigation.

OUR INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION EXPERTISE

International arbitrations arising out of cross-border transactions and investments may involve multiple contracts, laws or procedural rules. We have deep experience of the legal and procedural issues that arise, having acted in commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations under a wide range of arbitration rules (eg, ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, CCJA, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, UNCITRAL) and applicable laws (eg the laws of England, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, as well as international law). We know the practices of leading arbitral institutions. We have appeared before some of the world’s leading arbitrators and understand tribunal dynamics. We have argued cases at the cutting edge of the law and understand what it takes to present a compelling claim and manage all aspects of a case effectively.

MANAGING YOUR  CASE

Building a strong case that aligns with the client’s objectives requires a thorough understanding of the client’s organisation and industry, and the local business and political environment. We have counselled many corporations, often on a repeat basis, both on business-critical and smaller disputes. We are also familiar with the workings of States and State-owned entities and the specific constraints they face. In addition, we have worked with leading experts and gained experience across a range of industries. We enjoy working with in-house lawyers, their internal stakeholders and external co-counsel to gather evidence and develop the case strategy. We view each case as a partnership and adapt the way we work with clients and co-counsel to best suit the interests of each case. Through our relationships with leading litigation funders, we can also help clients explore alternative funding options for your cases.

Defending or enforcing your award

Obtaining an award is one thing, enforcing and monetizing it is another. We help clients enforce or defend arbitral awards in England and France. We also have experience coordinating enforcement and annulment proceedings in other jurisdictions, in particular in Africa. We also work with investigative and asset tracing firms and other specialist firms to help clients collect on their award.

International arbitration expertise

We have deep expertise in the practice of international arbitration, having acted in commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations under many arbitration rules (e.g. ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, CCJA, AFA, Milan Chamber of Arbitration, UNCITRAL) and applicable laws (e.g. the laws of England, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt, as well as international law). We know how major arbitral institutions operate and have appeared before some of the world’s leading arbitrators. We have argued cases at the cutting edge of the law and understand what it takes to present a compelling claim and manage all aspects of a case effectively.

Managing your case

Building a strong case requires not only legal expertise but a thorough understanding of a client’s organisation, industry and regulatory or political environment. We have counselled many corporations, often on a repeat basis, both on business-critical and smaller disputes. We are also familiar with the workings of States and State-owned entities and the specific constraints they face. We enjoy working in partnership with clients to gather evidence and develop the case strategy. Where appropriate, we draw on relationships with leading lawyers and experts around the world to build the optimal team for an individual case. Through our contacts with leading litigation funders, we can also help clients explore alternative funding options for their case.

Defending or enforcing your award

Obtaining an award is one thing, enforcing and monetizing it is another. We help clients defend, challenge, or enforce arbitral awards and obtain related judicial measures, in England or in France. We also have experience coordinating enforcement and annulment proceedings in other jurisdictions. To maximise clients’ chances of ultimately collecting on a successful award, we consider enforcement from the very outset of a case, working with investigative and asset tracing firms to identify counterparties’ assets and to ensure the award will be enforceable in the jurisdictions where those assets are located.
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