Notable Representations, Key Contacts
- We have tried and won arbitrations under all the major arbitral and trade institutions, including: the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce); ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes); LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration); ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution); AAA (American Arbitration Association); SCC (Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce); HKIAC (Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre); SIAC (Singapore International Arbitration Centre); as well as numerous ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other rules.
- We have leading industry experience in a broad range of sectors, including oil, gas, power and renewables, life sciences, media and telecommunications, mining, financial services, hospitality, and lumber.
- We conduct our own advocacy, which is standard for us but not for the majority of firms, especially in the United Kingdom, which typically hire out to the Bar.
- Our team is among the most multicultural, multi-ethnic, multilingual, and multijurisdictional of the leading international arbitration firms, and our attorneys work fluently in multiple languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, and German.
Many of our lawyers have held high-ranking government positions, taught international arbitration in the world’s leading universities, and sat as arbitrators.
We are skilled and creative negotiators who understand and focus relentlessly on our clients' goals, and often achieve successful early resolution of disputes.
We have world-leading practices in:
International Commercial Arbitration
Few firms can compete with the diversity of our practice in international commercial arbitration or our more than four decades of success. We combine unparalleled knowledge of the law of international arbitration with deep knowledge of the substantive law, industry, and region at issue.
Weil is one of a handful of law firms in the world to have significant experience in state-to-state arbitration. We have represented both states and interested private parties in a wide variety of such disputes.
Our lawyers have experience in all of the different kinds of dispute settlement provided for in modern trade agreements: State-State, Investor-State, and Trader-State (of the type provided for in NAFTA Chapter 19). They have represented both States and private parties, and their representation of States includes experience both as “in-house” government lawyers and outside counsel. This range of perspectives in a single law firm is rare.
Recent Arbitrations and Disputes
Most recently, we successfully petitioned to have President Obama suspend Argentina’s eligibility to participate in the principal U.S. trade preference program (the Generalized System of Preferences) due to Argentina’s non-payment of the award held by Blue Ridge. According to Reuters, this is the first time the United States has imposed such a penalty for failing to pay an arbitration award.
Weil successfully represented CEZ Hungary – a subsidiary of CEZ Group, the leading Czech energy company – in a dispute with Vértesi Eromu Zrt., a Hungary-based power plant.
Ranked among the top 20 law firms in the world for Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global 2016.
Our practice and its lawyers have been consistently recognized as among the leaders in International Arbitration by Chambers USA 2005 – 2016
Sources say “We felt that they were our partners. Their level of knowledge was remarkable.”
The lawyers are smart, and give precise and practical advice. They have a great industry understanding.”
The firm is able to draw on its multijurisdictional and multilingual capabilities to tailor its service to each client and specific dispute. It is held in particularly high esteem for its investment treaty practice, and also has a successful commercial practice.”
The International Arbitration Group “delivers top-drawer, fit-to-purpose knowledge, wins cases, and works with clients. In a nutshell it brings value to the client.”
Legal 500 Latin America
Commended for its “deep-rooted experience in investor-state disputes,” while also maintaining a “strong commercial arbitration practice” that is praised for its “seamless approach to matters,” and “excellent coordination between teams on an international level.”
Excellent … highly practical, with good international experience … frequently called upon to advise on complex arbitration matters.”
Consistently ranked in Legal 500 UK for International Arbitration