International business often entails increased risks, and handling the issues that arise between business partners can be particularly challenging. International arbitration is swiftly becoming the method of choice for resolving cross-border business disputes, because of its efficiency and economy, its confidentiality and the relative ease of enforcing arbitral awards throughout the world. Thompson Hine represents U.S., foreign and multinational corporations, closely held concerns, NGOs and individual clients in international arbitrations and related court proceedings. Our lawyers have deep experience handling arbitrations seated and heard in the United States, the U.K., Europe, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Bermuda, the Caribbean and other offshore jurisdictions. We act in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings for clients doing business in a wide range of sectors including finance and banking, manufacturing and trade, construction and infrastructure, investment management, life sciences, oil and gas, technology and real estate.
Our team frequently represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings, including enforcement of arbitration agreements, investigative and discovery efforts, and pre-award injunctions. In addition, we have substantial experience in cross-border asset tracing and seizures, and in the enforcement of awards and judgments, and we deploy those capabilities aggressively, where appropriate, in support of our clients’ interests. We counsel clients on dispute risks in advance of contemplated cross-border transactions, and provide bespoke arbitration and dispute resolution clauses for inclusion in their contracts. Clients also benefit from our experience with innovative dispute funding strategies and our access to sources of third-party dispute funding for matters where such funding is advisable. And, as in all matters involving litigation or other types of disputes, we offer the benefits of our proprietary SmartPaTH® legal service delivery program, for which we were ranked #1 for Innovation in North America by the Financial Times in 2015.
Our attorneys have acted in arbitrations involving parties, projects and proceedings in jurisdictions around the world, including Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Gabon, Hong Kong, Laos, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the U.K. and the United States. We have conducted ad hoc proceedings as well as proceedings under virtually all of the major arbitration rule sets, including ICC, ICDR, ICSID, CIETAC, HKIAC, JAMS International, LCIA and UNCITRAL, as well as more “exotic” local rules.
Illustrative examples of our experience include:
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