International arbitration is far from an academic exercise. As soon as a dispute arises, counsel from a law firm with demonstrated success and knowledge of the arbitration framework and process is critical. At McDermott, we work side-by-side with our clients to analyze the strength of their claims and defenses in conjunction with their economic imperatives. We provide our clients with unvarnished advice, tailor an arbitration strategy that is determined by reality rather than wishful thinking, avoid over-lawyering a case, and never lose focus on the possibility of early resolution through settlement.
Our integrated team includes lawyers situated in the United States, France, England, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Korea, as well as in China through our strategic affiliate, MWE China Law Offices. Providing coordinated solutions to the most complex cross-border controversies, our work covers all types of international commercial disputes, investor state arbitrations, and litigation in aid of international arbitration. We also advise our clients in the drafting of international arbitration clauses, internal investigations and criminal defense matters.
Our lawyers have experience resolving international commercial disputes under all of the major international arbitration institutions and rules, and our work in this arena has been recognized globally by, among others, Global Arbitration Review, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa and Chambers Global. For McDermott, international arbitration is not just about scoring points against an opposing legal team on an inevitable march to a final hearing; rather, it is about partnering with our clients to achieve results that are consistent with their business goals and objectives.
A US multinational industrial chemicals company in defense of its Singaporean subsidiary in an ICC arbitration filed by the Singaporean subsidiary of a German multinational industrial chemicals company. The arbitration arises out of a long-term “supply agreement.” Although the arbitration was between two Singaporean entities, and concerns a dispute over the supply of chemicals in Singapore, the arbitration was governed by New York law with its seat in New York.
A Turkish CEO-entrepreneur against an investor in a chain of pharmacy stores in an ICC arbitration arising out of a dispute over the investment agreement.
A South African media company against a German private equity company in arbitration under the rules of the German Arbitration Institute arising out of a dispute over a joint venture agreement.