Vasilis Pappas' practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, with a particular emphasis on construction disputes.
Vasilis represents multinational companies all over the world in complex commercial disputes in a diverse range of sectors, including oil and gas, mining, banking, insurance, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. He has acted as arbitration counsel under the world's leading international arbitration rule systems including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, and AAA, and as litigation counsel before the courts of the United States and Canada. Vasilis also represents sovereign states and multinational companies worldwide in investor-state disputes under NAFTA Chapter Eleven, the ICSID Convention, and other bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Vasilis practiced for eight years in New York City with a leading international law firm. He also practiced with the Government of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, representing Canada in investor-state arbitrations and investment treaty negotiations.
Vasilis now works out of Bennett Jones' Calgary and Doha offices. He is a sessional professor at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Law in the field of international commercial arbitration, and is on the Canadian roster of arbitrators of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He also publishes and speaks regularly on topics pertaining to international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration.
International Commercial Arbitration
- Representation of a British oil and gas company in multiple UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings exceeding USD $1.25 billion in value against a U.S. geological development corporation in relation to the development, production and sale of two gas and condensate fields in Kazakhstan
- Representation of Norwegian aluminium manufacturer in a USD $350 million dispute subject to ICC arbitration seated in London against U.S. and Korean contractors in relation to the construction of a power plant and aluminium smelter in Qatar
- Representation of an Australian contractor in a USD $100 million ICC arbitration seated in London against an Omani state-owned entity in connection with the construction of a gas and condensate processing plant in Oman
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