International arbitration

​A dedicated, market-leading, international arbitration practice

We are the only major New Zealand law firm with a dedicated international arbitration practice – which is now ranked by Global Arbitration Review as one of the top 100 practices worldwide.

International arbitration is the most widely enforceable and, in many industry sectors, the preferred, method for solving international commercial disputes.

We assist clients with dispute resolution planning and drafting sophisticated arbitration clauses. Our lawyers are skilful and experienced advocates, providing the highest levels of representation and strategic advice.

We represent businesses, investors, state enterprises and States across Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Our international arbitration team has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region and has worked on a variety of cross-border disputes including corporate governance, fraud, oil and resource projects, construction, technology and telecommunications, private equity and institutional investment.

Our team is experienced in conducting arbitrations under all major arbitral institutions and rules, including LCIA, ICC, SCC, SIAC, ICSID and the UNCITRAL Rules. Firm partners also sit as arbitrators.

Our lawyers, including a former New Zealand Government negotiator, have deep experience with international investment and trade law. We also regularly advise on private international law and the trans-Tasman proceedings regime.

Daniel Kalderimis, who leads our international arbitration and trade law practice, is the only New Zealand law firm partner included in Who’s Who Legal 2016 for arbitration and Euromoney’s Guide to Experts in Commercial Arbitration. He is an established and active member of the international arbitration community and is New Zealand’s representative to the ICC Commission and national correspondent to UNCITRAL for the Model Law and the New York Convention.

We have special expertise in:

  • dispute planning and arbitration, jurisdiction and governing law clause drafting, and
  • the procedures and techniques for effective international arbitration advocacy.

We have:

  • represented a multinational company in a significant commercial UNCITRAL arbitration in Singapore, as well as in ancillary court proceedings in New Zealand
  • advised on the first bilateral investment treaty arbitration hearing held in New Zealand
  • advised clients in a variety of off-shore jurisdictions (including London and Singapore) and rules, both ad hoc and institutional
  • advised on numerous ancillary court proceedings in New Zealand, including for interim measures and to obtain evidence, and
  • advised on some of the most significant and difficult disputes facing those clients.
International trade & investment

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