“They are very good at resolving issues, they know how business actually works in the real world.” – Client testimonial

International Arbitration

International arbitration is often the preferred dispute resolution mechanism for multi-jurisdictional businesses, due to its confidential nature and the comparative ease with which arbitral awards can be enforced in many different jurisdictions. We advise clients on arbitrations under a broad spectrum of civil and common laws as well as public international law.

We are a City law firm with established strong cross-border relationships with like-minded lawyers in many other jurisdictions. We use our international experience and the flexibility of the arbitration process to give maximum effect to our clients’ dispute resolution strategies.

We are experienced in arbitrating under the rules of all major arbitration institutions, as well as having conducted numerous ad hoc arbitrations. We conduct arbitrations with seats in London and abroad under the main arbitral institutions including LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and SCC. We have also acted for clients before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Our expertise also encompasses all manner of court applications in support of arbitral proceedings whether that involves pre-arbitral applications for emergency injunctive relief or enforcement of arbitration awards both here and abroad. We often co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation for clients to ensure the continuity of those actions within an overall strategic plan to deliver innovation and results through a single point of contact.

Our clients use us because they trust our skill, experience and reputation to achieve the best possible outcome, and because Kerman & Co’s partners are accessible and personally handle their cases. Throughout the arbitration process our focus is on providing a confidential, strategically sound, pro active and cost-effective service to achieve the right result for our clients.

Representative International Arbitration Experience

Our team’s international arbitration expertise includes:

  • Acting for an emerging market pure-play gold producer listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in connection with its claims for breach by a gold mining company of a sale and purchase agreement for gold bearing sulphide pyrite concentrate for delivery to and use in a BIOX refining facility in Kazakhstan. The value of the claim was approx. US$10m.
  • Acting for the initial members of a partnership operating in the banking IT project delivery space, in the defence of serious and unfounded claims of dishonesty, levelled by a departing partner whom they expelled from the business, including resolving outstanding drawings and the valuation of the departing partner’s equity share. The value of the claim was approx. £2m.
  • Acting as co-counsel in numerous arbitration and emergency arbitration proceedings taking place in the USA on behalf of a mid-cap oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the AIM exchange of the LSE. These claims all related to multiple attempts by the client’s concession partner to forfeit the company’s participating interest share in a valuable concession in Africa and to prevent further drilling in the exploitation license area. The value of the claims was over US$200m.
  • Acting for one of the owners of an oil transfer terminal (held by a local Russian company with the usual Cypriot and off-shore structures) relating to the fraudulent sale of the terminal at a gross undervalue. Co-ordinating proceedings in Russia and Cyprus to engineer arbitral proceedings in England thereby providing the client with the certainty of an English award for enforcement outside of the jurisdiction as part of an overall strategy to attack the theft of this asset worth in excess of US$150m.

Key Contacts