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Cyrus Benson is a US and English-qualified partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice group. Mr Benson focuses on international arbitration and represents clients from a wide variety of sectors before arbitral tribunals, including the ICC, LCIA and AAA/ICDR, with particular emphasis in telecoms, oil and gas, and financial services. He is experienced in complex litigation and has significant trial and appellate experience in US federal and state courts. His recent representations include advising a major oil company in a $1.5 billion ICC arbitration arising from divestment of an Eastern European refinery, pipeline and export company; a European power generation company in a high-value ICC arbitration arising from the termination of a long-term contract for the supply of natural gas; and a major oil company in multibillion dollar claims for expropriation under the Energy Charter Treaty. Mr Benson has represented financial institutions in disputes concerning derivatives, alleged predatory mortgage lending practices, and the demise of Enron. He has also represented corporate clients in shareholder class action litigation. Mr Benson is a frequent speaker and writer on arbitration topics, a member of the IBA Task Force on Party Representation in International Arbitration and also sits as an arbitrator.
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