International Arbitration

Representative Experience

  • International arbitration counsel for Chinese-owned business entities in complex international ownership, intellectual property and unfair competition dispute. Prepared for hearing under expedited scheduling procedure, and conducted week-long arbitration hearing under JAMS Arbitration Rules and Procedures, including preparation of direct and cross-examination of Chinese-language witnesses and principals.
  • Lead counsel for Austrian client in successful application in federal district court under international discovery statute (28 U.S. C. § 1782) to obtain critical financial documents from U.S. affiliates of complex worldwide group of Austrian manufacturing company affiliates.The documents were for use in a series of court proceedings in the Republic of Austria, including disputes related to share ownership. AGG’s business litigation lawyers worked with its cross-border and German language teams to develop the winning approach, in which the court granted AGG’s application as well as a subsequent heavily contested motion to compel.
  • Coordinated representation of shareholders of a Cyprus holding company with interests in Ukrainian power distribution companies in multiple parallel proceedings involving court and injunction proceedings in Ukraine, a London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration and injunction proceeding in London, injunction and dissolution proceedings in Cyprus, and civil claims in Switzerland.
  • Represented foreign investors in a U.S. steel production facility in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration in Paris in connection with a contract claim involving dismantling and shipment of steelmaking equipment resulting in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Successfully represented an insurer in a coverage dispute arising from the turnkey sale of an oil refinery to a Chinese enterprise. The award not only upheld the coverage denial, but also included attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully represented an Indian software company in international arbitration proceedings seated in Helsinki, Finland under the UNCITRAL (UN Commission on International Trade Law) rules for international arbitration. The tribunal granted AGG’s client all of the relief it requested, including interest and attorney’s fees.
  • Obtained a complete defense award on behalf of a U.S. food distributor in an arbitration seated in Paris, France and administered by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). AGG’s client also recovered its attorney’s fees against the claimant (a Belgian chocolate manufacturer).
  • Obtained an interim award on behalf of a Chinese company from an emergency arbitrator appointed under Article 37 of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Rules. The award enjoined the disposition of property by the respondent and effectively terminated the case.
  • Succeeded in staying an action in U.S. federal court in favor of proceedings before the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA).
  • Represented a U.S. naphtha-trader in an arbitration administered by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce against a major Russian oil refinery in a claim to recoup overpayments in connection with the supply of oil products, and also coordinated Russian court proceedings under the New York Convention resulting in recognition of the $28 million award.
  • Secured recognition in Russia of a $28 million international arbitration award for a U.S. company owned by prominent New York real estate developer.
  • Successfully obtained Article 37 emergency measures of protection before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and shortly thereafter, successfully resolved a multimillion dollar controversy between an international manufacturer and an American distributor.
  • Obtained an injunction in Cyprus preserving status quo in connection with a shareholders dispute over the ownership of electric power assets in Ukraine involving court proceedings in Ukraine, Switzerland, U.K. and arbitration under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Secured dismissal of the proceedings in an arbitration claim brought by a Russian coal producer against a U.S. coal trader in the International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Successfully defeated a motion to stay litigation and compel arbitration in the Philippines based on an argument that the arbitration was unenforceable.
  • Represented a Russian company in proceedings under the New York Convention in Seattle, Washington to obtain the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered by the Moscow-based International Commercial Arbitration Court (MKAS). AGG also collected the resulting judgment, notwithstanding a bankruptcy filing by the respondent that was prompted by the enforcement order.