International arbitration can be an excellent forum for resolving complex commercial disputes, but it comes with its own unique set of challenges and nuances. When there can be huge sums or big issues at stake, you need the very best team at your disposal, made up of expert lawyers able to handle arbitrations of any kind, and offer you best-in-class advice and representation across the globe. 

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, we have built one of the premier international arbitration teams in the world. Our team of over 100 lawyers sits across the globe, based in our offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Miami, Moscow, New York and Singapore, meaning we can effectively service our clients’ arbitration needs 24 hours a day. We have teams with deep experience of disputes arising from projects in Latin America, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.   

Our team covers a variety of specialist areas, including construction and engineering projects, investor-state disputes, energy and natural resources, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, commodities, sports and the full range of corporate and commercial matters.  

We have experience in 20 different sets of arbitral rules – including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, DIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, AAA, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA and AFSA. 

We have recognised market leaders in investment arbitration, construction and engineering disputes and commercial arbitration-  our team members take leading roles in the arbitration community, in terms of teaching, writing, speaking and taking leadership positions. They are regularly appointed to sit as arbitrators. Members of the team have previously worked at international courts and tribunals, including the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Several members of our team hold or have held teaching positions in international arbitration and international law at leading law schools around the world, including New York University, Queen Mary University of London, Emory University, Universidad de Navarra and Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola. Many also are frequent speakers and writers on international dispute resolution issues.  

Our team is multicultural – our international arbitration lawyers are qualified in a variety of civil law and common law jurisdictions, and present cases not only in English, but also in Russian, Spanish, French and Italian.  In addition, individual members of the team speak a range of other languages. 

Forensic accounting – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner prides itself on being at the forefront of innovation. We can provide instant access to in-house accountancy advice on the financial aspects of arbitration claims. This provides clients with a more complete quantum analysis early on, which can lead to a strong competitive advantage. 

“They're very attentive and skilled people who are alive to commerciality and legalese.” Chambers UK 2018 

“Provides a truly international approach, but with a deep understanding of national specifics and mentality.” Legal 500 2017

Key Facts & Figures

Experience in 20 different arbitral rules – including ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SIAC, SCC, DIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, AAA, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, CRCICA and AFSA. 

Advocacy capability – our ability to handle all aspects of a case, including written and oral advocacy, not only offers our clients significant savings in costs, it also offers an important advantage to clients, particularly when presenting cases to arbitrators from diverse backgrounds. 

Over 100 lawyers globally practicing international arbitration 

International Arbitration Survey

International Arbitration Survey 2018

Our 2018 survey looks at the issue of cybersecurity.

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International Arbitration Survey 2017 

Our 2017 survey looks at the issue of party appointed arbitrators. 

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International Arbitration Survey 2016 

Our 2016 survey considered the issue of diversity among appointed arbitrators.  

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 International Arbitration Survey 2015 

Our 2015 survey examined the use of tribunal secretaries in international commercial arbitration. 

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International Arbitration Survey 2014 

In previous years, the firm's Arbitration Group has conducted surveys on various aspects of international arbitration: conflicts of interest (2010), delay (2012) and document production (2013). We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many international arbitration practitioners within our preferred firm network, and more widely, who responded to those surveys. 

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International Arbitration Survey 2013 

In 2012, our International Arbitration Group conducted a survey on the problem of delay in international arbitration. The 2012 survey demonstrated that there is a considerable amount of concern about the time it takes to complete arbitration proceedings. There are various reasons for this – many of them perfectly legitimate. However, what the survey responses highlight is that arbitrators and parties alike should continue to be vigilant in monitoring whether arbitration practice matches the objective of achieving a process that is both fair and efficient. This involves keeping under review how well each of the individual steps in the process meets those criteria. With this in mind, we decided to conduct a survey on attitudes to document production in international arbitration. 

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International Arbitration Survey 2012

In 2010 our International Arbitration Group conducted a survey on perceived conflicts of interest involving arbitrators and advocates in international arbitration. Given the high level of interest shown in the 2010 survey, we decided to conduct a second survey on delay in the arbitration process. 

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Representative Experience

  •  Representing the Bulgarian subsidiary of a global energy company in a high-value ICC arbitration regarding the failure to properly design and build a lignite-fired power plant in Bulgaria.  
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a global construction company in a dispute under a joint venture agreement relating to the development of a container terminal in Aqaba, Jordan. The claim, valued at US$70m, was subject to a tiered dispute resolution clause, which includes ICC arbitration.  
  • Representing RusHydro in an international arbitration brought against the Kyrgyz Government over reimbursement of RusHydro’s costs of USD 37m incurred in connection with the project for construction of the Upper-Naryn hydroelectric power plant cascade in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Representing a shareholder in a high-profile LCIA arbitration seated in London. The dispute concerns the management and operation of one of the largest Russian e-commerce companies. The case includes unfair prejudice claims, which are rare in international commercial arbitration.