Mathew Rea is a partner in the Commercial Disputes and International Arbitration Practice Groups with 30 years' experience of handling complex international business disputes of all types, in court and arbitration.  He has extensive experience of successfully taking disputes to trial in the English High Court, as well as in arbitrations administered by the well-known arbitration institutions, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration, amongst others. Mr. Rea is a practising solicitor advocate and has acted as lead advocate in the High Court, and in a number of trials before international arbitration tribunals. In addition, Mr. Rea frequently counsels clients on risk management, and assists them to resolve their disputes through alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Mr. Rea's client work has had a particular focus on the commodities, media and financial services sectors and his experience includes contract and commercial disputes, corporate merger and acquisition disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, commercial fraud, professional negligence and breach of trust claims.

Prior to joining Bryan Cave in 2011, Mr. Rea served as the Head of Commercial Litigation in London for Dawsons. He had previously served as Managing Partner of that firm. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration, and a Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.  He speaks fluent French and has written for legal journals and for The Times.

Mathew Rea was included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Litigation. He is also recommended for commercial litigation and international arbitration work in The Legal 500 UK 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Professional Affiliations

    • Solicitor Advocate - Higher Courts (Civil Proceedings)
    • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
    • Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association
    • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
    • Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association
    • Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association
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Representative Experience

Mr. Rea's pending or recent matters include the representation of:

  • A Swiss trading company in an ICC arbitration in London under English law concerning shipments of coal from South Africa. Successful final award following trial.
  • A provider of electronic products in a multi-million dollar dispute in the Commercial Court under a manufacturing and supply contract. Judgment successfully obtained summarily.
  • A number of commercial clients in successful urgent court actions taken to recover funds stolen by persons unknown following sophisticated IT scams.
  • A South Korean trading company in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration in London under English law concerning shipments of wheat from Romania to Bangladesh. Successful final award following trial.
  • A Russian shareholder in a US $100 million joint venture dispute concerning a substantial area of commercial real estate in Moscow.  LCIA arbitration in London under English law involving alleged minority oppression, jurisdiction issues, and questions of interpretation of the joint venture agreement.
  • A minority shareholder and investor in a multimillion pound royalty dispute and unfair prejudice claim in the English High Court in relation to a major theatrical production and film. Successful settlement.
  • A Hong Kong based trading company in a successful application in the Commercial Court under section 72 of the Arbitration Act to set aside an LMAA arbitration award made following a dispute under a contract of affreightment: Sino Channel Asia Ltd v Dana Shipping and Trading Pte Singapore and Another [2016] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 97. Later overturned on appeal: [2018] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 17.
  • A global TV broadcaster in a US $ 1.6 dollar billion ICC arbitration in Paris under French law concerning sports TV broadcasting rights in the Middle East and North Africa, involving alleged breaches of a channel distribution licence and agency agreement and unfair competition claims. Successful final award following trial.
  • A US TV production company, in a claim in the English Commercial Court concerning the TV show MasterChef US, and a disputed license to the MasterChef US brand. Success at trial: Reveille Independent LLC v Anotech International (UK) Ltd [2015] EWHC 726 (Comm). And on appeal: Reveille Independent LLC v Anotech International (UK) Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 443.
  • A boutique hotel company in High Court proceedings in England concerning the validity of a notice to extend an interest rate swap agreement under the ISDA 1992 Master. Success at trial: Greenclose Limited v National Westminster Bank plc [2014] EWHC 1156 (Ch); [2014] WLR (D) 173.
  • A Swiss telecommunications operator in a substantial CCJA arbitration in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, concerning the management and operation of an exclusive gateway for international voice traffic.  Governing law of the dispute the OHADA Uniform Commercial Code, and language French.
  • A hotel and golf resort developer in the Eastern Caribbean in a dispute concerning ownership and control of the company, including local court proceedings in the Caribbean, applications for injunctions and to rectify the Register.
  • The major shareholders in a Bulgarian satellite TV company in a multi-million Euro claim in the English Commercial Court concerning a share sale and claims for breaches of warranty and misrepresentation. Success at trial: Bikam OOD and Central Investment Group SA v Adria Cable Sarl [2013] EWHC 1985 (Comm). Also: Bikam OOD and Central Investment Group SA v Adria Cable Sarl [2012] EWHC 621 (Comm) (successful early strike out of misrepresentation claims).
  • A substantial property development and management company in the Eastern Caribbean in local Court proceedings brought against a former director and manager for breaches of fiduciary duty and fraud involving sums in excess of $30 million.  Freezing orders were obtained in the local courts following which a successful settlement was achieved.
  • An Indian power supply company in a claim brought in the English Commercial Court to enforce a guarantee given to secure a loan to another Indian company: India Coke & Power Private Limited v Shah [2013] All ER (D) 48 (Sep)(successful opposition to application for a stay based on the Sick Industrial Companies Act of India).
  • The major shareholder in a listed raw materials production company in a high profile LCIA arbitration between shareholders concerning disputed rights of veto over related party transactions and competition law claims in relation to substantial long term commodity supply contracts worth over $50 billion.  Successful settlement shortly before trial.  
  • Russian investors into a substantial power plant project in Macedonia in an LCIA arbitration in connection with the recovery of their investment.  Successful final award.  
  • A Panamanian construction consultancy in an LCIA Arbitration in Geneva under English law relating to a US $300 million project for the construction of an urban waste water treatment plant and disputed consultancy fees.  Successful settlement.  
  • A French mining contractor in a US $10 million claim brought under Nova Scotia law by way of ad hoc arbitration under the ICC Rules in London concerning a project for drilling and blasting at an open cast gold mine in West Africa.  Successful final award following trial.  
  • Russian investors into a diamond exploration and production facility in Angola in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute over the terms of a contract of association and joint participation.
  • A US software development company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in the High Court in London, New York and Geneva involving a team-move of software developers to a competing company and claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and of proprietary computer source code.  Successful settlement.  
  • Korean cotton traders in a cotton trade arbitration conducted under the International Cotton Trade Association Rules against Chinese buyers concerning alleged performance and quality issues in a series of substantial cotton trades.  Successful final award.  
  • A French oil services contractor in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of the terms of a joint venture agreement for an oil services and supply operation in Iraq.  Successful settlement.