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International Arbitration

Introduction Print

Quinn Emanuel is the largest business disputes specialist firm in the world. The Wall Street Journal describes us as  a “global force in business litigation.”  International arbitration is one of the cornerstones of the firm’s practice.  The firm has international arbitration specialists in all of its offices, globally.  Operating as a single, integrated team, our lawyers have achieved success representing the world’s largest companies, high net worth individuals, States and state-owned enterprises, in all of the world’s major arbitration centres and applying all major applicable legal systems including public international law, in:

  • International commercial arbitration
  • US and other domestic arbitration
  • Investor-state arbitration (including under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties)
  • State-state disputes

Our international arbitration specialists hail from both common law and civil law traditions, speak multiple languages, and include two former heads of international arbitration practices from other leading global law firms, and several highly qualified academics and published commentators in the fields of international arbitration and public international law, including a tenured professor of international law.  Described as “vastly experienced,” “among the most impressive advocates around,” and “simply terrific” by the leading legal directories, and as “extremely user-friendly” by top arbitrators, our team members are widely recognized for their expertise and client service.

Our goal is singular—to obtain the best results possible for our clients.  Sometimes that can be achieved through negotiation.  However, when that fails we are ready.  Arbitrations, like litigations are zero sum games.  There is a winner and a loser.  Experience makes a difference in determining who wins.  We take more complex business disputes to trial or arbitration hearing per year than any other firm.  This gives us an outcome-driven perspective, which creates cost-efficiencies without sacrificing quality.  Our “end game” perspective extends to related court proceedings, allowing us to best position our clients in the myriad forms of litigation—from compelling arbitration, to discovery requests, to seizing assets, and challenging and enforcing arbitral awards—that often accompanies complex international arbitration proceedings.  We also understand that the best outcome for a given client may not always be an award after a full hearing.  We take seriously our responsibility to devise and fashion creative mechanisms to settle international arbitration disputes in a manner that will best achieve our client’s objectives. 

Our Use of Alternative Fee Structures

As a firm that does only high-level business litigation and arbitration, Quinn Emanuel often makes available creative alternative fee arrangements that can address a client’s special financial needs in a particular case. We proactively propose and support alternative fee structures—including contingency, success fee, and flat fee arrangements in creative combinations—whenever we believe it would be mutually beneficial for us and our clients to do so.

Positive Results Under Any Arbitration Rules

Our lawyers have decades of experience in handling disputes both as counsel and arbitrators under all major international arbitration rules, including the following: 

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Hong Kong Centre for International Arbitration (HKIAC)
  • Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC)
  • Moscow Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Arbitral Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
  • Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce Rules of the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC)
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Expertise Across Industry Sectors

Our arbitration team has unrivalled expertise in all industry sectors, including:

  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Competition
  • Defense Contracting
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Information Technology 
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Private Equity/Hedge Funds
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities and Infrastructure

Because our firm does so much work in the high technology areas, over 130 of our lawyers also have academic qualifications in engineering and other scientific disciplines.

Expert and Arbitral Appointments

Our arbitration specialists frequently act as expert or arbitration in all forms of international arbitration, including in AAA, CIETAC, ICC, ICAC, ICDR, KCAB, LCIA, MCCI, HKIAC, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, and ICSID arbitrations.

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