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International Investment Arbitration

Sheppard Mullin represents investors and sovereign states in investment disputes, including arbitration matters before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and  the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) under United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. Whether you need to commence arbitration or resist it, we leverage our knowledge of arbitration and international investment law to defend your rights and get you results that protect your investment and serve your business interests.  We also understand the unique needs and interests of sovereign clients facing investment claims.

We know arbitration procedures from top to bottom and can guide you through the process, including jurisdictional challenges and court proceedings about the enforceability and scope of agreements to arbitrate; selection of arbitrators; gathering and presenting evidence, including experts; and written and oral argument. We also help with recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards and we know the rules and tools regarding annulment.

Our main goal is to help you avoid disputes in the first place. We know that is not always possible, but we can help you understand the protections offered by bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements, and structure agreements that minimize the likelihood of a dispute and maximize your advantage if a dispute arises. We also have experience drafting treaty language.