Our team is comprised of specialist arbitration lawyers who have substantial experience representing clients in high value and complex international arbitrations, whether pursuant to institutional rules or in ad hoc proceedings. We also have extensive experience in bringing ancillary or enforcement proceedings before national courts.
Our depth of experience and conflict free platform means we are well-placed to provide expert representation and advocacy in complex international matters.
We are able to advise on all stages of the arbitral process including: drafting of arbitration agreements; choice of law and jurisdiction; conducting the arbitral proceedings including acting as advocates before arbitral tribunals; enforcement of arbitral awards; and connected court matters such as anti-suit injunctions, freezing orders and other emergency measures. Our team is also experienced in investment treaty arbitration under the ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules.
We regularly act in arbitration matters for corporate clients and high net-worth individuals in the construction, energy, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, telecoms and technology sectors. Our recent experience includes acting for claimants and respondents in claims under the following rules:
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
- Swiss Chamber of Commerce Rules of International Arbitration (SCIA)
- Arbitral Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
- Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
- Dubai International Finance Centre-London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA)
- Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
- China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
Our expertise in international arbitration has been recognised in legal directories:
Legal 500 UK 2017
“Signature Litigation LLP is ‘a superb firm that is highly specialised in disputes and has a strong international touch, given the multi-lingual skills and cross-jurisdictional training of its staff.’ Natalia Chumak acts in institutional arbitration proceedings, ad hoc arbitrations and investment treaty disputes, and she is particularly focused on acting for clients from ex-Soviet Union countries, predominantly Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Chumak’s ‘performance impresses clients; she is totally committed and literally dedicates all of her time to the matter she is working on’. Senior associate Nick Storrs is ‘a competent, hardworking rising star’.”
Acting for a Kazakh high net-worth individual in LCIA arbitration claims against a Chinese company concerning investments relating to oil and gas exploration activities.
Acting for a group of high-net worth individuals in LCIA arbitration claims relating to share options in a series of Russian automobile companies.
Representing a major natural resources conglomerate in complex, multi-party LCIA proceedings.
Acting for a Russian investor in ICC arbitration claims concerning disputes arising from an investment management agreement with a Cayman Islands registered company.
Acting for a Russian investment bank in SCC arbitration proceedings relating to an alleged breach of an Agency Agreement.
Advising on investment treaty claims under the ICSID Rules and applicable BITs in relation to the exploration of a metallurgical plant in the CIS region and breaches of investment protection rights.
Representing the infrastructure arm of one of Canada’s largest pension funds in relation to a US$1 billion shareholder dispute concerning the exercise of pre-emption rights.
Representing a BVI company in an arbitration relating to the recovery of a defaulting loan.
Acting for a Serbian investor in LCIA proceedings brought by a high net-worth Russian businessman relating to the financing of various investments in Serbian companies.
Advising on claims arising out of the expropriation of high profile media assets by an Eastern European State.
Acting for a major NOC in a Swiss Rules arbitration arising out of a cooperation agreement concerning upstream and downstream projects in Algeria.
Acting for a Hong Kong based supplier of consumer goods in DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings and parallel English High Court proceedings against a Saudi Arabian purchaser for non-payment of goods received.
Acting for a multinational mobile telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a tender for a mobile license in a Middle Eastern State.
Acted for a Middle East drilling contractor in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore concerning a dispute over the hiring of rigs in Iranian waters.
Acting for an international oil major in an LCIA arbitration in London concerning the sale of assets in Cameroon and the enforcement of warranties and indemnities, involving issues of both English and Cameroonian law.
Acting for the respondent State in defending ad hoc arbitration proceedings brought by an Asian investor under the auspices of a Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to alleged losses suffered on the termination of its investment in construction and infrastructure projects in the host State.