David Foster is a partner in the London office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and head of the firm’s dispute resolution group in London and Europe. David is a solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience before the English courts. His practice focuses on complex and high-value commercial arbitration and litigation cases, usually involving a significant international element. David has particular experience acting in disputes in the financial services industry and the offshore, power and energy sectors. He has conducted numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in a variety of European seats, as well as representing clients in the English High Court. His representations include: acting for the government of India in the US$1.6 billion investment treaty arbitration relating to the Dabhol power station project; acting for Moscow Oil Refinery in a US$300 million ICC arbitration in London; and acting for one of the world’s largest online gaming software providers in four consolidated arbitrations conducted under the WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules. The 2013 edition of Chambers UK comments on David’s ‘extensive expertise in commercial arbitrations’, that he is ‘held in high esteem by sources’, and praises his client service skills.
David studied modern history at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, graduating in 1989. After serving as an army officer in the Parachute Regiment, he qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and a solicitor-advocate in 2007.