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Energy Sector Disputes

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Our energy practice spans all nature of disputes involving energy companies around the globe.   We represent all types of energy companies ranging from traditional oil, gas, and electricity producers to alternative energy companies, including nuclear, wind, and solar.  We have represented industry giants, such as Total and Shell Oil, as well as start-up technology companies.  We have represented energy clients in disputes over patents, environmental claims and investigations, regulatory, contract, tax and tariff stabilization, price review, operation of hardship provisions, and business tort issues in court cases, regulatory proceedings, and international arbitrations.  We have extensive experience handling arbitrations between energy companies and foreign governments under project agreements, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).  Our lawyers understand the unique issues facing energy companies and can help navigate the difficult regulatory and contractual issues so often implicated in such matters.  We also bring to bear our significant litigation reputation, including trial and appellate expertise, to any energy dispute.

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Recent Representations Print

  • We successfully defended a motion for civil contempt sanctions brought against our client, Offshore  Exploration and Production, LLC in the SDNY. Eight months after the district court confirmed an arbitral award in excess of $75 million, Petitioners demanded payment and moved for escalating sanctions of $50,000 and then $100,000 per day. The Second Circuit has never defined a “money judgment” or held that money judgments are unenforceable by contempt. And a number of SDNY cases have, in fact, imposed sanctions for nonpayment of arbitral awards. But, after nearly one year and three oral arguments, the district court adopted our position that the judgment was a money judgment rather than an injunction or other form of equitable relief and was, therefore, not enforceable by contempt, but rather by writ of execution.
  • We successfully defended a leading European energy distributor in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva against a leading European gas supplier in connection with a medium-term gas supply agreement.  The dispute revolved around the validity under NY law of the termination of the agreement by application of a hardship provision. We obtained a complete victory  for our client.  The tribunal dismissed all of Claimant’s claims (totaling USD 100 million), including an unrelated claim for payment of contested invoices.  
  • We represented Shell in a patent infringement appeal involving benzene purification, and won a unanimous affirmance from the Federal Circuit that Shell did not infringe the asserted patent.  In a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit adopted our claim construction and non-infringement arguments in full, holding that the patent required a boiling-point purification process and that Shell's solubility-based purification process did not infringe as a matter of law.  
  • In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, we successfully opposed an emergency petition seeking shutdown of the Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant, which is owned and operated by our client Entergy.  The petition was filed by Friends of the Earth and two other organizations and alleged that Indian Point 2 should be shut down pending further study of degraded bolts that had been detected in the reactor vessel and replaced.  The petition was filed notwithstanding that the federal regulator, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”), had found Indian Point 2 could be operated safely.  The D.C. Circuit set an expedited briefing schedule over the course of a week, and then denied the petition.
  • We represented Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodity trading companies, in a major class action lawsuit alleging that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) and some of the world’s largest oil suppliers perpetuated a massive fuel oil fraud. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Puerto Rico, alleges that officials at PREPA, Puerto Rico’s government-owned power utility, accepted bribes and kickbacks from fuel oil suppliers in exchange for PREPA’s agreement to accept and pay for millions of barrels of fuel oil that did not meet contract specifications.  The complaint further alleges that the defendants conspired with a number of laboratories in order to falsify test results and fraudulently certify the fuel oil as compliant.  Plaintiffs are seeking billions in compensatory and punitive damages.  We obtained a full dismissal at the pleading stage, saving our client from costly litigation and bringing its liability to zero.
  • We defended American Electric Power, Inc.’s subsidiaries in a breach of contract and indemnification case alleging approximately $1.4 billion in damages related to the operation of a coal-fired power plant located in Rockport, Indiana.  Our clients operate the plant in accordance with certain contracts structuring a sale leaseback transaction with plaintiffs.  Plaintiffs alleged that our clients breached those contracts by entering into a Consent Decree that settled environmental litigation brought by the EPA against I&M and its affiliates.  After successfully moving to transfer the case from the Southern District of New York to Ohio, where Defendants are headquartered, we obtained dismissal of the majority of plaintiffs’ claims.  Plaintiffs subsequently withdrew their remaining claims with prejudice, with the result that after three years of litigation seeking more than $1.4 billion plaintiffs took nothing. 
  • We represented Edison in a major gas supply dispute against Eni in connection with a long-term gas supply agreement in the Italian gas market.  We obtained an arbitral award retroactively reducing by more than EUR 1 billion (without interest) the price paid by our client Edison.  ‎This billion-dollar victory is one the largest amounts ever awarded in a price review arbitration.  
  • In a case the New York Times called “the most ambitious environmental lawsuit ever,” we helped secure a complete dismissal with prejudice.  The headline-making complaint named our clients Koch Industries, Inc. and Koch Exploration Company, LLC, and nearly a hundred other oil and gas companies, and claimed that oil and gas activities destroyed Louisiana’s coastline.  The Board alleged that, as a result, it faced increasing storm surge risk and flood protection costs, and sought damages from the defendants to pay for the restoration of the coastline, an effort it claimed would cost approximately $50 billion.  The case was the subject of extensive national and local press coverage as it touched on national issues like the Keystone Pipeline debate and the federal government’s role in encouraging oil and gas exploration, and hot button local issues such as wetland loss and hurricane protection. 
  • We represented ICICI Bank Limited in proceedings concerning the construction of three letters of credit together worth $150 million.  ICICI Bank Limited was the issuing bank under the credits and by our construction of them the letters of credit expired before the liability against which they were being drawn became due and payable.  Both at trial and on appeal the court agreed with our construction and our client avoided this $150 million liability – this was critical given the low practical likelihood of recouping funds from the borrower.
  • We represented Entergy in a case involving its nuclear power plant, Indian Point Energy Center, which supplies a fifth of southeastern New York’s power.  As a result of our successful appeal of an adverse decision, a major obstacle to Entergy obtaining a federal renewal license to operate the plant for another 20 years has been removed. 
  • We successfully represented Entergy Corporation before the Vermont Public Service Board, obtaining a Certificate of Public Good for the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station through December 2014. The Public Service Board held that, on balance, continued operation of the VY Station through December 2014 will promote the general good of the state of Vermont. The victory preserves the VY Station’s role as an integral part of the New England power grid for its remaining period of operation.
  • We won an 8-1 victory for Shell Oil in the U.S. Supreme Court in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway v. United States, which greatly limited “arranger” liability under CERCLA and held that Shell could not be held liable as an arranger for shipping useful chemicals. The case also greatly clarified the standards for apportionment in CERCLA suits.
  • We obtained a significant victory in the Ninth Circuit for Shell Offshore Inc. and Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. in a decision denying petitions for review challenging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s approval of Shell Offshore Inc.’s Revised Camden Bay Exploration Plan under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and holding that the agency was entitled to significant deference when interpreting the Act, interpreting its own regulations, and making certain technical and scientific assessments. (This was our second win for Shell on such a petition; we obtained a similar win as to an earlier exploration plan in 2010. The Court also issued an unpublished memorandum opinion denying petitions for review of the agency’s approval of Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc.’s Revised Chukchi Sea Exploration Plan.)
  • One of our partners acted for a CNOOC subsidiary in relation to claims arising from the seizure of an oil tanker in Nigeria. 
  • One of our partners acted for Dana and Star Petroleum on their claim for damages for breach of an obligation to drill a carried well under a Farm-In Agreement. 
  • One of our partners acted for Chevron in its defense of Total’s claim that their joint venture managing company was liable for the £1 billion costs of the Buncefield oil depot explosion and that, alternatively, Chevron was obliged to indemnify Total for its liability for those costs. 
  • One of our partners acted for Shell UK in proceedings before the Special Commissioners relating to the application of Petroleum Revenue Tax to gas sold under the extended Brent Principal Agreement. 
  • One of our partners acted for ATP Oil & Gas Ltd. on its defense of Westerngeco’s claim for a contractual indemnity under the CRINE standard terms against Westerngeco’s liability to compensate Total for damage to a wellhead marker buoy. 
  • One of our partners acted for Chevron Nigeria Ltd. in Interpleader proceedings in which an English court upheld for the first time a purchaser’s equitable lien under a contract for work and materials. 
  • One of our partners acted for TXU Europe Energy Trading Ltd. in defense of claims for alleged breach of two long term “Virtual Power Station” agreements valued by Enron at £1.2 billion. 
  • One of our partners acted for the owners of the Britannia Field, Conoco and Chevron, in proceedings relating to entry capacity rights at the St Fergus gas terminal in Scotland. 
  • One of our partners acted for the six owners of the CATS North Sea gas pipeline, Amoco (UK) Exploration Co. and Ors, in a send-or-pay dispute with Enron through which Enron sought to avoid paying for pipeline capacity and ultimately to escape its obligations under the J-Block gas take or pay agreements. 
  • One of our partners acted for the owners of the Arbroath field, Amoco (UK) Exploration Co., in a dispute arising from the termination of a drilling contract by reason of defects in the Blow Out Preventer Control System and the pinions in the Jacking System.
  • Represented an international consortium in a number of court disputes with Russian environmental authorities regarding a major project worth several billions of U.S. dollars.
  • Advised a subsidiary of a major international energy sector company in a complex matter related to claims by environmental protection authorities.
  • Represented a Russian subsidiary of a leading international food producer in proceedings against Russian authorities seeking to close the newly built client’s factory on the basis of alleged environmental violations.
  • One of our partners acted for parties in a high value LCIA arbitration concerning the ownership of gas drilling rights in former Russian territories.
  • One of our partners acted for a Gibraltarian oil and gas investment company in defense of parallel proceedings brought by interested parties in London and Gibraltar alleging unfair prejudice and breach of trust.
  • One of our partners served as lead counsel for a major Argentine natural gas supplier in a multi-hundred million dollar dispute with a Chilean buyer regarding the impact on long-term supply contracts of dramatic changes in Argentine export policy (ICC arbitration).
  • We represented Allegheny Energy in the Second Circuit in a case arising from Allegheny’s purchase (from Merrill Lynch) of an energy trading business for $490 million in cash, stock in a newly formed energy trading company, and a $115 million repurchase option on the stock. The district court granted Merrill’s motion for summary judgment on its contract claim, dismissed Allegheny’s counterclaims after a bench trial, and awarded Merrill over $158 million in damages. Taking over the case on appeal, we persuaded the Second Circuit to overturn the District Court’s key rulings in their entirety. The Second Circuit vacated the $158 million verdict for Merrill and reinstated Allegheny’s counterclaims, which were worth over $300 million.
  • We represented a hedge fund in connection with an investor dispute relating to a Master Limited Partnership involved in coal and other energy resource development.
  • We represent the SemGroup Litigation Trust stemming from the bankruptcy of SemGroup, a midstream oil and natural gas company engaged in storage and transport services from producers to refineries and asphalt manufacturers, in pursuing claims against various individuals, auditors and financial institutions involving fraudulent transfer, professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duties, and other financial claims.
  • We obtained summary judgment for TRW in a $133 million negligence, negligent misrepresentation and fraud action brought by a European satellite manufacturer involving satellite manufacturing, solar arrays, solar energy, solar cells, solar array manufacturing, composite materials, rocket thrusters, optical glass, optical glass coatings, satellite telemetry data, and satellite communication.
  • We represented a large energy trading company in a variety of litigation arising from the California energy crisis. We obtained an injunction preventing the California Power Exchange from allocating losses to the client based on the defaults of other energy companies. We also obtained an emergency stay of an injunction from the Ninth Circuit allowing the client to exercise its contractual right to terminate the energy contract.
  • We represented Bloom Energy, maker of the world’s most remarkable solid oxide fuel cell, for more than seven years.
  • We represented hedge fund Wexford Capital LP in connection with an investor dispute relating to Rhino Resource Partners LP, a Master Limited Partnership involved in coal and other energy resource development.
  • We represent Miasole, a photo voltaic solar company, in two separate patent suits.
  • We represented General Atomics Energy Services, Inc. in an AAA proceeding to recover costs attributable to respondent’s negligence in causing the unplanned shutdown of a uranium hexafluoride production plant, which was jointly owned by the parties. We prevailed on cross-claims for wrongful termination.
  • We represented Luz Solar Partners in a two-week arbitration and additional hearings relating to warranty claims by five solar power partnerships against letters of credit insured by Lloyds of London. Our client obtained an award that included $600,000 in interest on withheld payments and $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees.
  • We represented Northrop Grumman in a $132 million lawsuit alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of contract arising out of the manufacture of solar arrays for satellites.
  • We represented Occidental Petroleum and won a jury verdict establishing liability in an insurance coverage case regarding business interruption losses sustained from over two hundred terrorist bombings of an oil pipeline in Colombia. The case settled for nine figures before the damages phase of the trial.
  • We represented Shell Oil in an antitrust case brought by California gas station dealers alleging price discrimination in setting wholesale price zones (“zone abuse”). After a month-long trial, and following plaintiffs’ rebuttal case, Shell renewed various dispositive motions, including motions for Judgment as a Matter of Law, and to strike expert testimony. The court granted both motions, dismissing the case in its entirety.
  • We represented Mobil Oil in overturning a $3 million default judgment in Venezuela (that had been affirmed by the Venezuelan Supreme Court) based on Mobil’s alleged failure to diligently prosecute an oil exploration effort on land where the plaintiff held a royalty interest, but where there had never been shown to be any commercial quantities of oil. After an investigation into the facts in Venezuela, and proceedings in five courts (three in Virginia and two in New York), we obtained a judgment declaring the Venezuelan judgment null and void and requiring the plaintiff to pay Mobil’s costs.
  • We represented Occidental Petroleum in a class action brought by an indigenous Peruvian tribe for environmental contamination in which damages were alleged to be in excess of $30 million.
  • We advised Mobil, one of the minority shareholders in the Alaskan Pipeline, in numerous suits, including the federal criminal investigation involving the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • Pennzoil-Quaker State and its subsidiary, Medo Industries, turned to us when petroleum giants, Valvoline and Ashland, and the inventors of the two patents at issue sued for patent infringement for after-market car products. At the hearing on cross-motions for summary judgment, we explained to the court why, in light of the claim construction and file histories, the accused products did not infringe. The court adopted our argument and granted summary judgment of non-infringement to Pennzoil-Quaker State.
  • We represented Occidental Petroleum in a mass environmental tort action relating to a train derailment that allegedly resulted in the release of toxic chemicals to the air and groundwater.
  • We are defending GE Energy against the New York Power Authority in a suit claiming in excess of $75 million in damages in the construction of an electrical generating plant in Queens, New York, that was widely praised as one of the best constructed and operated power plants in the U.S.
  • We represented Enron in-house counsel in congressional hearings and regulatory investigations conducted by the S.E.C., the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and various state and federal law enforcement authorities over the alleged manipulation of the electricity markets and power shortages in California.
  • We represented a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum as a plaintiff in a price-fixing antitrust action against the provider of fuel necessary to operate its drilling pumps. The case settled for a multi-million dollar payment shortly after it was filed.
  • We represented San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Sempra Energy in two putative class actions arising from the wildfires that burned much of San Diego County in October 2007. We defeated certification of both classes, each of which sought to include as many as 500,000 San Diego residents and to claim potentially billions of dollars in damages, and won unanimous affirmance of both denials of class certification before the California Court of Appeal.
  • One of our partners represented Rosukrenergo AG, a 50% subsidiary of Gazprom, in a series of SCC Stockholm Swedish law arbitrations against Naftogaz of Ukraine. The claims totalled USD 6 billion and resulted in the largest published arbitration award of 2010.
  • One of our partners was counsel to GE and Bechtel in a $6.6 billion dispute with India over the Dahbol power plant, which involved a bilateral investment treaty arbitration, parallel international commercial arbitrations, and related court proceedings in several countries.
  • One of our partners acted for ARCO and others in relation to a dispute concerning a take or pay gas sales agreement for the Trent field.
  • One of our partners represented the Ninian and Heather Field Groups (comprising ten oil companies) and Elf Exploration PLC in relation to a dispute with the Alwyn North and South Field Groups concerning the latter’s entitlement to transport crude oil from the Alwyn South Field without payment of tariff.
  • One of our partners represented Amoco (UK) Exploration Co and Ors v. Enron Corp: obtaining an anti-suit injunction restraining parallel proceedings in Texas.
  • One of our partners represented the owners of the Nelson field in relation to proceedings arising out of an expert’s equity redetermination process under the Nelson Field Unitisation Agreement in Svenska and Neste v. Shell, Esso, Enterprise and Enterprise Elf.
  • One of our partners acted for United Gas in proceedings against National Power concerning interpretation of a “take-or-pay” gas supply contract and, in particular, the obligations for physical delivery of gas in National Power v. United Gas.
  • One of our partners represented Shell UK and Esso UK in relation to a disputes relating to the price formula under the Brent Gas Principal Agreements in British Gas Marketing v Shell UK and Esso UK . 

INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATIONS 

OIL & GAS

  • We obtained three victories in Russia for a prominent Ukrainian businessman, Dmitry Firtash. The dispute was about control over EMFESZ, a leading Hungarian gas trader with annual turnover of over $1 billion. We won a Russian arbitration for entitlement to trader’s shares and also succeeded in two related Russian litigations, where the courts upheld the client’s cornerstone legal argument and then refused to set aside the award.
  • Counsel for the Republic of Azerbaijan in ICSID proceedings under the Energy Charter Treaty involving an alleged investment in Azpetrol, Azerbaijan’s largest downstream petroleum company, and Azertrans, an oil transportation and transshipment company. Outright success when the Claimants agreed to a “drop hands” settlement following the State’s application to dismiss the claims on grounds that, through acts of corruption, the Claimants had violated transnational public policy.
  • Counsel to a North American oil and gas company in proceedings under the Germany-Venezuela BIT and Canada-Venezuela BIT concerning interference with its interests in a field in the Orinoco. Achieved a favorable lump-sum settlement for our client.
  • Counsel to GasTransBoliviano in proceedings against the Republic of Bolivia concerning interference with the operation and taxation of a natural gas pipeline. Achieved a favorable settlement.
  • Counsel for Caratube International Oil Company LLP in an ICSID case against the Republic of Kazakhstan arising under the U.S.-Kazakhstan BIT involving expropriation of a license to develop an oil field in Aktobe oblast.
  • Counsel to Deutsche Bank AG in bringing proceedings under the Germany-Sri Lanka BIT concerning the Sri Lankan Central Bank’s interference with the terms and performance of an agreement with the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation for hedging against high oil prices.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a major European energy company in an ad hoc arbitration in Paris against an African state concerning the treatment of decommissioning costs for existing fields (inshore or offshore), and more specifically whether these costs constituted petroleum costs. A full victory was obtained in this case.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Maersk Olie, Algeriet A/S. The arbitration was brought under the Algeria-Denmark bilateral investment treaty in relation to windfall profit tax. Several billion U.S. dollars were claimed. A settlement was achieved.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for the majority shareholders in former Yukos Oil Company in three parallel UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Russian Federation in relation to the expropriation of shares. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty. Compensation is claimed for an amount in excess of 114 billion US dollars, making this case the largest investment arbitration ever. In an Interim Award on November 30, 2009, the Arbitral Tribunal decided that it had jurisdiction over the dispute and that the claims were admissible.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. in an arbitration against the Republic of Poland. The dispute arose out of the Polish authorities’ conduct in relation to an alleged failure to keep and to establish mandatory reserves of refined products. The claims were brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration was conducted under the auspices of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. 

ELECTRICITY 

  • Counsel for GE and Bechtel in a $6 billion power plant dispute against India in UNCITRAL, ICC and U.S. court proceedings.
  • Counsel for the Cambodian Government in a $300 million ICSID arbitration against a U.S. LLC, relating to a failed Independent Power Project in Cambodia.
  • Counsel for AES Corporation Tau Power BV in a pending ICSID case against the Republic of Kazakhstan, involving the Energy Charter Treaty and the US-Kazakhstan BIT.
  • Counsel for AES Summit Generation Ltd and AES-Tisza Eromu Kft. against the Republic of Hungary in an Energy Charter Treaty case under ICSID.
  • Counsel for the Republic of Slovenia in a pending ICSID dispute involving a nuclear power plant operation. Successfully achieved dismissal of the Energy Charter Treaty claims in a preliminary ruling.
  • Counsel for the CDC Group against the Republic of Seychelles in ICSID proceedings involving an energy contract. Achieved success on the merits following a cost-effective and strategic application for a preliminary determination and defeated respondents’ subsequent application for annulment.
  • Counsel for an El Salvador state owned power company in an UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitration against a foreign investor.
  • Counsel for the Republic of Panama in its first ever ICSID dispute, which was filed by three U.S. investors and involved a thermal power plant operation. Successfully achieved dismissal of all claims after a full hearing on the merits and obtained an award taxing costs against the Claimants and in favor Panama.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for Electricité de France (EDF) as claimant in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Hungary. The dispute arises from the termination of the Power Purchase Agreements put in place during the privatization of the electricity sector. The claims are brought under the Energy Charter Treaty. 

INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATIONS

  • We represent an African National Oil Company in ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against a Tunisian company, claiming termination of two contracts for the exploration, development, and production of gas/oil fields.  The procedure was bifurcated into three phases: jurisdiction, merits, and quantum.  Quinn Emanuel won the first two phases for its client and is now engaging in the third phase.  The award on the merits gave right to Quinn Emanuel on all grounds.  The amount in dispute is approximately USD 2.5 billion.  The seat of arbitration is Geneva.
  • We are representing Moscow Oil Refinery in its dispute with Fiber Technologies International Ltd. in an arbitration regarding construction of a refinery plant worth $500 million.
  • Counsel to a major Russian natural gas company in a dispute against a Polish company in a multimillion dollar arbitration over payments for gas.
  • Counsel to a major Russian natural gas company in a dispute with an Italian company in a multimillion dollar litigation concerning payments under a sponsorship agreement.
  • Counsel to a major U.S. electric utility company in assessment of a possible international arbitration claim against the Republic of Bolivia.
  • Counsel to Russian uranium monopolist Techsnabexport in a dispute worth more than $900 million against an American company in an arbitration concerning deliveries of nuclear materials with final award entirely in client’s favor.
  • One of our partners is representing Reliance Industries in an arbitration against another international oil company under a Joint Operating Agreement relating to oil fields in India.
  • One of our partners represented International Petroleum Refining Services in an arbitration under a charterparty.
  • One of our partners acted as an arbitrator in proceedings brought against a host state and recently privatised oil company relating to exploration and development rights claimed by Svenska Petroleum in Lithuania. The award (under Lithuanian law) was unsuccessfully challenged by the Government of Lithuania on grounds of jurisdiction and sovereign immunity in the English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in an arbitration against a European state under a Production Sharing Agreement.
  • One of our partners advised two international oil companies on arbitral claims under investment agreements against a central Asian state arising from the imposition of environmental taxes.
  • One of our partners represented a power distribution company in proceedings against a power generating company under a Bulk Supply Agreement relating to distribution rights in Central Africa.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in an arbitration brought by another international oil company to enforce trading restrictions imposed under an agreement to sell a lubricants business in Greece.
  • One of our partners advised on arbitral disputes under take-or-pay gas sales contracts in the Philippines.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in an arbitration against another international oil company under a Joint Bidding Agreement relating to a West African offshore interest.
  • One of our partners represented a French contractor in an arbitration relating to a power station in the Middle East.
  • One of our partners represented a Middle Eastern Government in an arbitration against an international oil company arising from a catastrophic failure and explosion in a gas fractionation plant and tank farm.
  • One of our partners advised an international oil company in an arbitration against a Middle Eastern state concerning rights under a gas concession agreement.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in an arbitration against another international oil company under a Joint Venture Agreement relating to interests in Venezuela.
  • One of our partners represented a group of six international oil companies in proceedings under a take-or-pay gas sales contract relating to the price escalation formula.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in an arbitration against another international oil company concerning the Accounting Procedure under a Joint Operating Agreement relating to a development in West Africa.
  • One of our partners represented an international pipeline company in an arbitration against its main contractor for breach of contract.
  • One of our partners represented a Central Asian oil company in proceedings against the supplier of well head equipment.
  • One of our partners represented two groups of oil companies in connection with three separate proceedings relating to price formulae under long term gas sales agreements.
  • One of our partners represented an international oil company in expert and arbitration proceedings relating to an equity redetermination for a unitized field offshore of West Africa.
  • We represent a French oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration arising from disputed reserves in a gas block located in Colombia.
  • A member of our team was counsel for an African national oil company in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva initiated by an international oil company arising from an unitization agreement. Hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars are in dispute.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for Sonatrach in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva initiated by Anadarko Algeria Co. LLC and Maersk Olie, Algeriet AS over the interpretation of certain provisions of a production sharing contract in the context of the implementation windfall profit tax. The amounts claimed were in excess of 11 billion U.S. dollars. A settlement was achieved.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a National oil company in two UNCITRAL arbitrations in Geneva against a major international oil company arising from a production sharing contract. The amounts in dispute exceeded 2 billion U.S. dollars. These cases were successfully settled.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a European oil company in an ICC arbitration in London against a U.S. contractor in relation to a defective rig located in Eastern Africa. A favorable settlement was achieved.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a European oil company in an ICC arbitration in London against a Canadian oil company arising from a farm-in agreement concerning a block in Latin America. English law applied. A favorable settlement was reached.
  • Counsel for a major European energy company in a price review arbitration and expert determination proceeding against another major European energy company. We obtained a first major victory for our client by securing the suspension of the expert determination proceeding and an award on jurisdiction dismissing the counterparty’s objection to jurisdiction. We are now proceeding to the merits of the arbitration.
  • Counsel for a European buyer in an ICC arbitration in London against a European seller. The dispute arises out of a long-term gas purchase agreement and revolves around the disconnect between the price formula and the market price. English law applies.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a West African LNG seller in an UNCITRAL arbitration in Geneva initiated by a European buyer in order to take into account major changes in the buyer’s market. The dispute arose from the revision of a price formula in two long term contracts for the sale of liquefied natural gas. English law applied. A settlement was achieved by the parties.
  • A member of our arbitration team was counsel for a European buyer in an ICC arbitration in Geneva against a European seller. The dispute arose out of a long term gas purchase agreement and the disconnect between the price formula, based on oil products, and the situation in the buyer’s market, in which market price plays an important role. English law applied. A settlement was achieved by the parties.
  • We represent Repsol in two litigations before the courts of the United States involving Argentina’s expropriation of Repsol’s investment in YPF. 
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