International Arbitration

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Vlavianos George High Resolution Image George M. Vlavianos
Doha Managing Partner, Head of Arbitration
T: +974 4020 4700

Bennett Jones is a premier international arbitration law firm, providing legal services to clients worldwide in both international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration.

In our international commercial arbitration practice, we represent multinational companies in jurisdictions all over the world in complex commercial disputes in a wide variety of sectors, including construction, energy, natural resources, financial services, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. In our investor-state arbitration practice, we represent sovereign states and multinational companies worldwide in disputes under NAFTA Chapter Eleven, the ICSID Convention, and other bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. We also advise our clients on how to structure their cross-border investments to benefit from investment treaty protections.

What sets us apart from other firms is that for us, international arbitration is not merely an occasional mandate; it is what we do. Our lawyers are dedicated to international arbitration, and routinely act as counsel and arbitrators in international disputes worldwide. We work with all of the leading arbitration rule systems, under virtually any law in the world, and in multiple languages. This has given us an unparalleled insight into arbitrators, the institutions, expert witnesses, and opposing counsel, which often makes all the difference in the outcome of a dispute.

Indeed, our lawyers are routinely recognized as some of the best in the field by, among others, Chambers Global, Best Lawyer International, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Our roster includes lawyers who are trained in both the common law and civil law traditions; who have authored textbooks on arbitration; who have negotiated investment treaties on behalf of sovereign states; who have advised Parliamentary Committees, WTO, NAFTA, and CD working groups; who work in numerous languages; who have practised international arbitration all over the world; and who are recognized as authorities on topics pertaining to international commercial and investor-state arbitration, and who publish and lecture extensively on those subjects.

Perhaps most importantly, we get results for our clients. Our partners personally handle all of our cases, ensuring that all of our clients benefit from the expertise and experience of our most senior practitioners. Our clients turn to us because they trust that our experience and skill will enable them to achieve the best possible outcome in their disputes.

In short, no matter where in the world your dispute may be, and no matter how large or complex, we have the skill, experience and expertise to help you achieve the best possible result.

Select Experience

Our lawyers' international arbitration experience includes the following matters:

International Commercial Arbitration

  • Representation of a Qatari insulation subcontractor in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration seated in Doha against Lebanese and Qatari contractors in relation to the construction of two LNG facilities and a gas processing facility in Qatar
  • Representation of a British oil and gas company in multiple multimillion dollar UNCITRAL arbitrations against an American geological development corporation in relation to the development, production and sale of two oil fields in Kazakhstan
  • Representation of an Australian construction contractor in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration seated in London against an Omani state-owned entity in connection with the construction of a gas processing plant in Oman

Recent Recognitions

  • 2015, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, International Commercial Arbitration
  • 2014, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada

    Bennett Jones, recognized as one of Canada's leading cross-border litigators
  • 2014, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bennett Jones, consistently recommended, International Arbitration

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