International Arbitration

The Paul Hastings International Arbitration practice serves domestic and foreign parties before major arbitral bodies around the world. Whether tackling matters before international arbitrators or handling related proceedings in the local courts, our arbitration lawyers draw upon the resources of our full-service firm to deliver dispute-resolution results for our clients.

The Paul Hastings team includes attorneys who have been recognized as Leading Lawyers by Chambers and who have been honored as fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and as ICC-registered arbitrators. Our practice has been recognized by Global Arbitration Review. Our arbitration specialists call on experienced commercial litigators, international trade specialists, foreign-qualified lawyers, transnational corporate practitioners and colleagues in numerous complementary disciplines to field the most appropriate team for any given matter. We understand the business aspects of arbitration disputes and shape the process to achieve the client’s core business objectives.

We arbitrate for clients in a broad range of industries and commercial sectors, with particular experience in insurance and reinsurance matters, political risk disputes, securities, trade, energy, contracts, technology, patent licensing, employment and bilateral investment disputes.

  • We serve U.S. and foreign clients before all major arbitral bodies around the world—including the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, ICSID, CIETAC, Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, CEPANI, JAMS, and under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules

  • Our International Arbitration specialists have acted as counsel in threatened or actual litigation or arbitration in more than 50 countries

Client Successes

  • Lotte Chemical, a South Korean company and member company of the Lotte Group previously known as Honam Petrochemical, faced a wide-ranging lawsuit involving multiple South Korean parties involving serious allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and numerous related causes of action in a complex intellectual property dispute. Under a novel arbitration doctrine, Lotte Chemical moved to compel arbitration of the entire dispute pursuant to a long-term supply agreement concerning carbon-fiber technologies. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama granted the Paul Hastings motion in its entirety, agreeing that the dispute should be resolved in South Korea, not Alabama. The Court concluded that the “nonsignatory” arbitration doctrine permitted our clients to invoke an arbitration clause in the long-term agreement, to which Lotte Chemical was not a signatory. The U.S. District Court then stayed the proceedings pending resolution of the trade-secret dispute before the International Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, South Korea. Plaintiffs subsequently dismissed the suit in its entirety without filing any arbitration against Lotte Chemical. This reflected a complete win for the client.

  • Represented Dong-A Pharmaceutical on the successful defense of an ICC arbitration brought by a U.S. biotech venture. The arbitration rose out of a contract dispute over IP licensing rights between the Korean pharmaceutical company and a U.S. company, which alleged damages totaling over US$100 million. Our defense of the client resulted in a settlement for less than 1% of what was originally demanded.

  • Represented CCX Colombia S.A. in an arbitration against YCCX Colombia concerning the sale of the largest underground mining project in the Americas and other open-pit mining projects for over US$130M.

  • Represented CITGO on various issues related to Crystallex International Corporation’s application before a federal court in Delaware to attach the CITGO shares owned by PDVSA.

  • Represented a Central African Sovereign in the defense of that country’s actions in response to the investor’s attempts to develop a significant energy project on a major lake in central Africa.

  • Represented Mexican billionaire Jorge Carlos Vergara Madrigal in a dispute concerning the ownership of 50% of Grupo Omnilife, one of the largest conglomerates in Mexico with operations in over 30 countries.

  • Represented The Republic of the Philippines in a US$2.6B dispute arising out of a 1997 Build-Lease-Transfer Agreement between Metro Rail Transit Corporation and the Philippines.

Industry Recognition

  • Recognized as Practitioner – Nationwide International Arbitration by Chambers USA

  • Ranked Tier 4 for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration in Legal 500 US

  • Named Top 12 in International Arbitration by Latinvex

  • Joseph Profaizer were recognized as leading lawyers for Nationwide International Arbitration by Chambers USA

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