International Arbitration

"The McNair team has handled high value, complex commercial disputes for our organisation.
Their approach has been nothing short of brilliant." (Chairman, global energy trading firm)

McNair International specialises in international arbitration.

We advise and appear in a very wide range of disputes including energy and natural resources, investment treaty arbitration, and a full array of complex commercial and corporate disputes, which are typically characterised by confidentiality.

We have vast experience of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, SIAC, LMAA, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, with seats including London, The Hague, Paris, Geneva, Singapore, New York, Washington DC, Hong Kong and GCC states, a fraction of which is listed below. Some of our practitioners regularly sit as arbitrators.

Our practitioners appear extensively before national courts in arbitration matters, including challenges to awards, proceedings relating to the recognition and enforcement of awards, anti-suit injunctions and freezing orders.

Our practitioners have authored various textbooks on arbitration, including Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: An Overview (Wildys, 2016) and Bilateral Investment Treaty Claims: The Essentials(Wildys, 2016) and are frequently invited to speak at international conferences.

Examples of our engagements are set out below. For more details of our experience in specific sectors or jurisdictions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Advising and representing a State entity on a challenge before the English High Court to an LCIA award concerning a long term power purchase agreement
  • Advising an African State on a challenge to a UNCITRAL award relating to the power sector

  • Advising and representing a GCC Financial Institution in respect of a Share Purchase Agreement dispute (DIAC arbitration/English arbitrators)

  • Advising and representing an African State in a high value LCIA arbitration in the mining sector

  • Advising and representing an Israeli company in respect of proceedings relating to a joint venture in the Bio-tech sector

  • Advising and representing a Gulf Head of State in respect of an infrastructure (Port) development ICC arbitration seated in Paris

  • Advising and representing a major oil company in an ICC arbitration against an African State on a production sharing agreement tax claim.

  • Advising and representing a State entity in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a major oil company on claims arising out of a long term production sharing agreement.

  • Advising Indian parties on potential investment treaty claims against a Middle Eastern State/State entity on a matter arising out of the transport sector

  • Advising a US oil major on potential ICSID and UNCITRAL claims against a West African State concerning disruption to exploration rights in one of the largest oil finds in West Africa

  • Advising a UK company on an ICSID claim against a Caribbean state

  • Advising a South East Asian Sovereign Wealth Fund on Investment Treaty based claims against a State

  • Advising Investors on an ICSID claim against an EU State (infrastructure concession dispute)

  • Advised major European energy company in relation to prospects of a gas price review arbitration in light of a previous adverse award, Swedish governing law, amount in dispute more than EUR 100 million

  • Advised third-party funder in relation to the merits of a claim under a construction company against a Turkish contractor, English governing law, amount in dispute USD 30 million

  • Advising a grain exporter on an appeal to the High Court under s. 69 Arbitration Act 1996 from a GAFTA award

  • Representing a manufacturer of specialist weapons technology in an ICC arbitration

  • Counsel to a Turkish building contractor in two related arbitrations against a Ukrainian state company arising out of a construction contract, Ukrainian governing law, arbitrations under the ICC Rules and Swiss Rules, combined amount in dispute USD 60 million

  • Co-counsel to Canadian company in a dispute with two Chinese state-owned enterprises arising out of a production sharing contract in the nonconventional gas sector, Chinese governing law, arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, amount in dispute USD 550 million

  • Co-counsel to a major European bank in a dispute with a Turkish pension fund arising out of an M&A transaction, Turkish governing law, arbitration under ICC Rules, amount in dispute USD 380 million

  • Acting as second counsel on litigation strategy in Bermuda, Dominica, and Grenada involving international arbitration, statutory appeals, judicial review of central government, and certain constitutional issues

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