Allen & Overy has one of the world’s leading arbitration practices. A&O’s international arbitration group acts in arbitrations arising anywhere in the world, under any national legal system, as well as public international law. With dedicated arbitration specialists in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Singapore, as well as across continental Europe, Australia, Russia and mainland China, there are few firms that can match A&O’s footprint for international arbitration expertise. The arbitration group is led by global co-heads, Matthew Gearing QC and Michael Young, partners in Hong Kong and Paris respectively.
A&O represents clients in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. The firm is particularly recognised for its expertise in the natural resources and energy sectors, including gas price reviews and renewables, as well as arbitrations relating to banking and complex financial products, and intellectual property.
The arbitration group is also recognised as one of the leading investment treaty practices in the world and is at the forefront of resolving disputes that arise under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. A&O has represented clients in more than 40 investment treaty claims and have extensive experience of handling arbitration proceedings under the ICSID Convention and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. The arbitration group also regularly represents both sovereign states and claimant investors in these complex disputes. In addition, A&O advise states in relation to the negotiation of, and accession to, investment treaties and other public international law instruments, such as free trade agreements.