An integral part of O’Melveny’s premier Dispute Resolution practice, our International Arbitration group arbitrates complex disputes for clients arising from global transactions anywhere in the world.

With international arbitration lawyers based in the key arbitration centers in Asia, Europe and the United States, we assist clients through the lifecycle of the dispute process. This includes dispute resolution clauses, pre-arbitral negotiations, advice on selecting the tribunal, arbitration proceedings, litigation arising from arbitration and advocacy at hearings, and related issues such as pre-arbitration attachments of assets and enforcement actions. 

Every arbitration is different, reflecting factors such as the nature of the dispute, nationality of the parties, background of the arbitral tribunal, the institutional rules (if any) governing the arbitration, and the seat of the arbitration. Members of our team have diverse cultural and jurisprudential backgrounds, an international perspective, and familiarity with various legal systems and rules, arbitrators, institutions and expert witnesses. We have represented and advised clients in the most common arbitral seats and under all major leading arbitral rule systems, including the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, ICSID, SCC, JCAA, and AAA / ICDR.

Chemtura Corporation

We represented Chemtura in an ICC arbitration in which the claimants, a Mexico-based chemical company and its parent, sought indemnity for damages incurred in defending criminal price-fixing investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Canadian DOJ, and the European Union Competition authorities, as well as follow-on civil class actions. Read

European and Japanese Financial Institutions

We have advised several major European and Japanese financial institutions in relation to investigations carried out by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Read

Grant Thornton International

We represented GTIL in LCIA arbitration resulting from the expulsion of its member firm in Hong Kong, successfully defending challenges to the arbitral award in the courts in London and Hong Kong. Read

US Importer of DVD Players from China

We represented a US importer of DVD players from China in two related arbitrations before CIETAC panels in Beijing and Shanghai. Read

Vivendi Universal

We acted for Vivendi Universal in both the English High Court and Court of Appeal to defend a challenge to an arbitral award arising from an LCIA arbitration between Vivendi and the Polish company, Elektrim SA. Read