Notable Representations, Key Contacts
The lawyers on our team combine trial experience, deep knowledge of international arbitration law and procedure, experience across a broad range of industries and substantive areas of law, and the ability to work fluently in multiple different languages. 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 tried and won arbitrations under all the major arbitral rules, including: ICC; ICSID; LCIA; ICDR; AAA; SCC; HKIAC; SIAC; as well as numerous ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other rules.
- We have experience in a broad range of sectors, including energy, oil and gas, power and renewables, life sciences, media and telecommunications, mining, financial services, hospitality, and renewable resources such as lumber.
- Our team includes lawyers who have sat as arbitrators.
Principal Areas of Expertise
International Commercial Arbitration: The diversity of our practice in international commercial arbitration and our more than four decades of success help distinguish Weil. We combine substantial knowledge of the law of international arbitration with deep knowledge of the substantive law, industry, and region at issue in each of our cases.
Investor-State Arbitration: We have successfully represented both investors and states in arbitration arising out of bilateral investment treaties (BITs), multilateral investment treaties (such as NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, and the Energy Charter Treaty), investment agreements, and domestic investment laws. We combine a substantive understanding of international investment law with skills in arbitral advocacy, a deep understanding of the political and commercial settings in which these cases arise, and experience in successfully resolving these cases – both by arbitrating them to conclusion and by negotiating settlements. Importantly, we have handled not only investor-state arbitration cases through to award, but also ICSID annulment proceedings and other post-award challenges, as well as recognition and enforcement proceedings.
Weil obtained a successful result in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules in relation to a billion-dollar investment in networks of telecommunication masts, towers, tower sites and in-building telecommunication devices in Africa. The claim related to an alleged failure to commit funding towards the investment in accordance with the terms of a Shareholders’ Agreement, which, it was claimed, caused the deal to collapse thereby causing substantial loss and damage. The arbitration took place in 2018 and an award was handed down in September 2018. A settlement agreement was subsequently entered into, which resulted in our client recovering the entirety of its costs of the arbitration. Weil also advised in relation to parallel English Court proceedings, which were withdrawn as part of the settlement agreement.
Sources describe the international arbitration team as “clever, client focused and well organized.”
Legal 500 UK 2020
Weil is recognized as a “Leading” firm for International Arbitration.
Legal 500 US 2020
Sources say “‘the firm is top-notch, very experienced, and pays a lot of attention to detail. The team members are hands-on and very thorough in their analysis on how to approach matters.”
Legal 500 US 2020
Finalist for International Arbitration Team of the Year
Legal Business Awards 2017
Weil's "smart and savvy," "broad-based team provides 'high quality advice...[and] displays an excellent knowledge of the relevant law and policy.'”
Legal 500 US 2018-2019