International Arbitration

  • Firms of the Year 2012

Clients are increasingly turning to arbitration to resolve complex international disputes. Our arbitration team serve as advisors, counsel and arbitrators in a variety of complex and high-value international arbitrations around the globe. Many of these cases involve sums in excess of $100 million in value and arise from virtually every industry sector, including telecoms, construction, energy, oil and gas, chemicals, pharma, financial services and insurance, as well as disputes arising from shareholder and joint venture agreements. We operate across industry sectors and combine our sector knowledge with technical arbitration and dispute resolution skills. We are among the select number of firms who regularly represent both investors and states in Investment Treaty arbitrations.

With more than 90 lawyers focusing on international arbitration, we have one of the largest teams worldwide. Our global reach means that we serve clients from all around the world in arbitrations taking place in every important arbitral centre. We conduct arbitrations under the rules of all of the international arbitration institutions.

Reed Smith is recognised as one of the leading international arbitration firms. We are rated as among the top-20 international arbitration firms in London (Chambers and Partners UK) and as a top-10 dispute resolution firm in Hong Kong (Chambers and Partners Asia). The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia have consistently noted the firm's arbitration work for clients based in India. In ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL magazine’s annual survey of in-house counsel, our international arbitration practice received Honorable Mention recognition.

"Able to offer ‘a great deal of expertise', Reed Smith is noted for its experience in arbitrations under investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty...the lateral hire of three [senior arbitration partners] added further to the infrastructure and JV disputes practice particularly in construction and energy"
Leading Individuals - Gordon Bell; Gautam Bhattacharyya
(Legal 500 2011)

"A highly rated international arbitration group..."
"...a top outfit, with good strength at both partner and associate level."
"They offer great client service and there's real depth to the team."
(Chambers & Partners 2011)