Margarita Nikki Michael

Counsel

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Margarita Nikki Michael focuses on international arbitration and business trial and litigation. She has extensive experience working in the United Kingdom and Europe. Margarita is a solicitor advocate with full rights of audience before the English courts and her extensive practice includes cross-border dispute resolution, particularly international arbitration and High Court litigation. Moreover, Margarita is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Margarita’s practice focuses predominantly on the following sectors: energy, joint ventures, project finance, aerospace and defence, pharmaceutical, technological, telecommunications, M&A, investment banking, construction and the airline industry. Notably, she has worked on one of Europe’s largest gas price review arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC. She acts for a diverse range of prominent clients including governments, international organizations, and private clients and often acts as lead counsel on matters.

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Languages

  • Greek
  • Spanish

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor Advocate, Supreme Court of England & Wales

Education

  • Nottingham University, LL.B.: Upper Second-Class Honors
  • BPP Law School, LPC: With Distinction

Professional Activities

Author

  • “Brexit International Arbitration Clause is Misunderstood,” Law360 (February 2019)
  • “Third Party Funding: Can costs be awarded against third-party funders by an arbitral tribunal?” Corporate Disputes Magazine (January-March 2018)
  • “Time For Costs Budgeting In International Arbitration?” Law360 (April 2017)
  • “Setting Aside an Award for Serious Irregularity: The Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems Ltd,” International Arbitration Law Review, Vol.18 Issue 2 (2015)
  • “The ‘Good Faith’ Movement: Swimming Against the Tide,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2015)

Co-author

  • “English Court of Appeal Decision: Limits Scope for Global Antitrust Claims,” O’Melveny & Myers Antitrust and Competition Alert (Oct 2015)
  • “The ‘Automatic’ Enforcement of ICSID Awards: The Elephant in the Room,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2014)
  • “Degrees of Immunity: A Lesson from the Privy Council,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2013) 

Recognised Contributor

  • “Lost in Translation?: The Independence of Experts under the 2010 IBA Rules,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review (2011)
  • “Economic Sanctions Laws: The European Union and the United States,” a chapter in the Serious Fraud Office handbook, Serious Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance

Mock Arbitrator

  • “International Commercial Arbitration Advocacy,” Mock Arbitration (sitting as Arbitrator), Queen Mary Summer School and K&L Gates (Repeat appointment, July 2015-July 2017)
  • Vienna Pre-Moot, Fox Williams (27 February 2016)

Speaker

  • International Women’s Day legal event sponsored by AlphaSights, London (March 2019)
  • The Rise of Third Party Funding in English Litigation,” O’Melveny Video Primer (December 2018)
  • “Should successful claimants be awarded their costs of third-party funding?” CDR Autumn Arbitration Symposium 2017, Sofitel Hotel, London St James (September 2017)
  • “Best Practices of International Arbitration,” International Centre for Dispute Resolution Y&I, Belgrade, Serbia (December 2016)
  • “Strategic Choices in International Arbitration,” AIJA 8th Annual Arbitration Conference, New York (October 2016)
  • “A Code of Ethics for Counsel in International Arbitration,” Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge (March 2016)
  • “Practical Issues in International Arbitration,“ ICC YAF Roundtable, Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge (March 2016)
  • “ICC YAF meets ICC UK - The Future of International Arbitration,” ICC YAF event, K&L Gates London (December 2015)
  • “Is London a ‘safe’ haven for arbitration?” ICC YAF Conference; “Arbitration vs. Litigation,” internal legal seminar

Commentator

  • “SIAC proposes ‘ground-breaking’ consolidation protocol,” CDR News (21 December 2017)

Member

  • Committee Secretary, International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee (2017/2018)
  • Chair of the Management Team of the Hellenic Law Association
  • Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee (2016)
  • Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre of SIAC (YSIAC of SIAC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF)

  • Successfully representing one of the largest natural gas trading companies in Eastern Europe against a leading exporter of natural gas in a high value gas price review arbitration under the auspices of the ICC
  • Representing a Latin American State in a HKIAC arbitration concerning disputes arising out of the purchase of a ship by the navy from a PRC shipbuilding yard
  • Representing a Latin American State in a PRC law claim against a Chinese bank concerning disputes under a performance guarantee
  • Representing a government-owned entity in a shipping dispute under the auspices of the LMAA.
  • Advising on the interpretation of a teaming agreement in relation to a public authority tender for management and development of energy sites with a value of US$8 billion
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