Jacob Grierson represents clients from numerous countries in a broad range of international arbitrations, including disputes arising out of the oil and gas, construction, pharmaceutical, telecom and internet industries. Jacob has represented clients in matters involving joint venture disputes, post-merger and acquisition disputes, licensing disputes and distribution and franchising disputes, among others. He has handled arbitrations in all of the major places of arbitration, although predominantly in London and Paris. Jacob has also represented clients in arbitration-related proceedings (including annulment applications) before the English and French courts.
Jacob has extensive experience in arbitrations under the rules of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), as well as in investment arbitrations, including those under the rules of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and in ad hoc arbitrations. Additionally, Jacob is a Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)-qualified mediator, with a focus on helping clients achieve amicable settlements of disputes either before or during arbitrations. He has also acted as sole arbitrator, president and co-arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations in London and in Paris, including a treaty-based arbitration. Jacob is Vice-President of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center (CIMAC).
Prior to joining the Firm, Jacob practiced at a leading US firm and before that at the prestigious One Essex Court Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC in London from 1994 to 2001. He is the Treasurer of the Arbitration Academy and a Vice-President of the recently launched Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Center. He has co-authored articles and handbooks on arbitration, including Arbitrating under the 2012 ICC Rules: An Introductory User’s Guide, published by Kluwer Law International, and is a visiting professor (chargé de cours) at the College of Europe in Bruges, the University of Versailles, the University of Paris-Assas and the University of Paris Est-Créteil.
Served as counsel in an ICSID arbitration in Paris between Lundin Tunisia B.V. and the Tunisian State, arising out of Lundin’s investments in Tunisia
Served as counsel in an ICC arbitration in Hong Kong between a Korean manufacturing company and a US manufacturing company relating to a technology licensing agreement, subject to New York law
Served as counsel in an ICC arbitration in London between a Swiss consulting firm and a Japanese manufacturing company, following the termination of a purchasing optimisation agreement, subject to Japanese law
Served as counsel in an LCIA arbitration in London between a South African oil company and a Marshall Islands company, relating to a share purchase agreement, subject to English law
Served as counsel in a Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) arbitration in Hong Kong between a US supplier and a Chinese distributor relating to a distributorship agreement, subject to New York law
Global Arbitration Review (GAR), highlighted in its 2015 edition of the GAR 100 for his work as an arbitrator in two ICC cases and his preparation of the second edition of his book on arbitrating under the 2012 ICC Rules. Recognized in GAR 2016 and GAR 2017
Chambers Europe 2017-2018, recognized with a ranking in Band 4 for France: Dispute Resolution International Arbitrationpractice