Michael Darowski - McDermott Will & Emery


Michael Darowski focuses his practice on international commercial and investment disputes resolved through arbitration. He handles cases under English and other governing laws, and under the rules of all of the main arbitral institutions. Michael has substantial experience of acting in national court proceedings in various jurisdictions relating to all aspects of the arbitration process.

Michael has particular skill in advising clients in the natural resources, oil and gas, energy, food & beverage, financial, transportation and telecoms sectors. He has arbitrated disputes all around the world, but has a wealth of experience of disputes from the CIS and Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Far East. Michael’s client base is fully international, ranging from multinational corporations and financial institutions to wealthy private individuals.

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Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, and Energy

  • Acting for a UAE based energy company in an ad hoc arbitration proceedings claiming multi-billion dollar damages against a Middle-East NOC in relation to its total failure to supply pursuant to a long-term gas supply agreement, including successfully obtaining an award establishing liability and defending the award on the subsequent challenge to the English High Court pursuant to ss.67 and 68 Arbitration Act 1996*
  • Represented an East European state in ICSID arbitrations (including pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty) relating to an alleged expropriation of a hydropower project, a waste to energy project, and a television station, as well as in related ICC arbitrations pursuant to a hydropower Build Operate Transfer Concession Agreement*
  • Acted for UAE based energy company in LCIA arbitrations against European energy major relating to a farm-in to a gas field PSC in Iraqi Kurdistan*
  • Acted in gas price review arbitrations under the ICC rules relating to LNG and pipeline gas supplies to Northern Europe.*

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  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended Lawyer in Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, 2023


  • ICCA
  • LCIA
  • ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


BPP Law School, PDGL and LPC, 2002
University of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, History, 2000

England & Wales
Hong Kong