Working with me is a good move. Global business needs global-savvy lawyers.
When you work with the International Arbitration Chambers New York you’ll see things done differently. You’ll see new ways of practicing international arbitration and litigation — new ways of using the broad powers of New York courts, doing research, managing projects, controlling costs, arranging fees. You’ll find new kinds of communication that make far better use of your time. And you’ll get first-rate lawyering, delivered with uncommon efficiency.
Negotiation and Drafting of International Arbitration Agreements and Cross-Border Contracts
Savvy general counsel knows that a tailored dispute resolution clause can make or break a contract. Gone are the days when copy-paste, one-size-fits-all arbitration agreements worked just fine. Picking the right seat, governing law, procedural mechanisms, protection against recourse from third-parties, permissibly tweaking the levels of interference from local and secondary jurisdiction courts, avoiding judgment-proof debtors or immunity from suit and enforcement, are just some of the elements that need to be taken into consideration in making a stock dispute resolution agreement, the money-saving, substance-enhancing tool that it should be. In my experience more than 90% of the cases that ended up in protracted arbitration and subsequent or parallel litigation would not exist if an experienced international arbitration lawyer drafted the clause and/or the underlying agreement. In other words, making sure you don’t spend millions of dollars litigating preliminary matters before you even get to the merits of your dispute, or even worse, spending millions to get an award that won’t in the end get you your money, is hands down one of the best investments you can make at the beginning of your relationship with your counterparty. Some of the cross-border contracts with a significant international element that I have been involved with include: Production Sharing Agreements, Concession Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Share-Purchase Agreements, Escrow (various types), Letters of Credit (and various other credit facility related agreements), Advisory Services Agreements, Merger Agreements, Licensing Agreements (Software), Licensing Agreements (Trade Marks, Geographical Designations etc.), Supply Agreements (Commodities), Construction Agreements (FIDIC), Construction Agreements (Non-standardized forms), GC and Subcontractor Agreements, Distribution Agreements (Steel, Automotive, Foodstuff, Alcohol etc.), Insurance and Reinsurance Agreements, Gas Supply Agreements (Complex Long-Term Supply) and others. The underlying transactional documentation in my cases has been governed by, among others, US, EU, New York, Illinois, Florida, California, English, French, Russian, Bulgarian, Dutch, Austrian, German, Ghanaian and UAE law.
Representation in Litigation Related to Arbitration
The system established by the New York Convention involves supervision of the arbitration process from the enforcement of the arbitration agreement to the enforcement of the arbitration award. With very few exceptions the state and federal courts of New York offer some of the most sophisticated and jurisprudentially developed supervision in the world at each stage. Knowing how to use these powers to support your arbitration or defend against tactical litigation in the U.S. and abroad can be crucial. Some of the most important options include:
Motions to compel arbitration
Motions to stay litigation/arbitration pending parallel proceedings
Motions for pre-arbitration attachments and conservatory measures
Motions for injunctive relief (anti-suit and anti-arbitration injunctions preventing tactical litigation/arbitration abroad)
Motions for § 1782 discovery in aid of arbitration
Motions to set aside (vacate) awards
Motions to recognize and enforce international arbitration awards (rendered in the U.S. or abroad)
Representation before International Arbitration Tribunals
International arbitration is gradually assuming governance over global commerce and FDI inflow. This form of dispute settlement comes with its own culture and uniformly accepted practices that transcend the specific institutional rules and local arbitration laws (ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA etc.) Many international institutions work hard to create uniform principles in each facet of the international arbitration process squaring off the common and civil law traditions. I have received full training in both of these systems in the US/UK and the EU. Coupled with my experience in cases under virtually every major set of arbitration rules the international dispute settlement arena is my natural professional habitat. For example in one of my current cases I represent two parties from two different EU Member States against five parties from the US and four different EU jurisdictions. The governing law is English, the seat is Paris, but the Tribunal will likely also apply international principles of arbitration law: an approximation of global practice.
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Arbitrator Appointment
I consider requests for appointments in commercial and investment cases. Please see my credentials, language capabilities and citizenship here.
Expert Witness Services
In addition to being a practicing international arbitration lawyer qualified in the US and the EU, I am a published author and a lecturer in International Arbitration. I offer expert witness services in International Law, US, EU, New York and Bulgarian laws.