David Foster


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David Foster is a seasoned litigator and head of O’Melveny’s International Disputes and Arbitration Practice Group in London. David is a Solicitor-Advocate with full rights of audience before the English courts. He frequently represents international clients in disputes in the English High Court, international arbitration, and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

David specializes in complex and high value commercial arbitration and litigation cases, usually involving a significant international element. He has particular experience acting in disputes in the financial services industry and in defending large follow-on and stand-alone competition law claims. He has conducted numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations seated in a variety of jurisdictions.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers Global for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (London) (2020 - 2023)
  • Recognized by Chambers UK for International Arbitration (2010-2022)


  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England & Wales (1997)


  • Brasenose College, Oxford University, MA (Oxon)

Professional Activities


  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


  • “International Alternative,” Legal Week (July 2006)
  • “Umbrella Clauses — a Retreat from the Philippines?” International Arbitration Law Review (August 2006)
  • “Necessity Knows No Law!”: LG&E v Argentina, International Arbitration Law Review (December 2006)
  • “Internationalisation” — Contractual Claims in BIT Arbitrations, European Arbitration Review (2007)
  • Challenges to Arbitrators, European & Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2008)
  • C v D - The English Court of Appeal Upholds an Anti-Suit Injunction in Support of Arbitration Proceedings, International Arbitration Law Review (April 2008)
  • The Effects of Insolvency on Arbitration Proceedings, European & Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2009)
  • European Law and International Arbitration, European & Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2010)
  • Asymmetric Arbitration Agreements: Are They Worth the Risk? European & Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2014)


  • Chapter on Challenge to and Replacement of Arbitrators, Arbitration in England (Kluwer, 2013 Edition, edited by Julian Lew QC)
  • Acting for Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd, the world's largest producer of silicon solar power units, in a €500 million cross-border fraud case involving proceedings in the Commercial Court in London, the High Court of Singapore and several other jurisdictions
  • Defending the Government of India in the US$1.6 billion investment treaty arbitration commenced by GE and Bechtel relating to the Dabhol power station project
  • Acting for Texas-based oil company, Sargeant Petroleum, LLC, in an investment treaty arbitration under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules against the Dominican Republic for alleged breaches of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement
  • Representing two defendants in High Court proceedings brought by a Seychelles company relating to the ownership of crypto-currency assets said to be worth £4.5 billion