International Arbitration

Morrison & Foerster has expertise in both U.S. domestic and international arbitrations in every region of the world under all major institutional and ad hoc rules and procedures. We rank as one of the most active international arbitration practices in the world, having arbitrated cases before such leading international arbitration centers as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Center for Public Resources (CPR), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) as well as before ad hoc arbitration tribunals operating under the UNCITRAL and other rules. We also have extensive experience in proceedings under the Federal Arbitration Act and the New York Convention.

We represent both private parties and sovereign states in cross-border disputes involving commercial contracts, joint ventures, power and infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, distribution agreements, investment disputes, patent and intellectual property license and joint development agreements, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust issues, environmental contamination, real estate and employment issues.

In addition, we advise clients regarding the drafting and interpretation of arbitration clauses invoking all the major providers of international arbitration services, and assist clients in enforcing such clauses and collecting on arbitration awards.

Because of our tradition of emphasizing trial advocacy skills, our legal teams are well-qualified to conduct effective on-your-feet examinations of witnesses who may not been the subject of pre-hearing deposition discovery. Our global coverage allows us to handle disputes in multiple tribunals around the world, especially in Asia. Our lawyers are familiar with diverse cultures and can work effectively with clients, witnesses, counsel and arbitrators from many different countries in cross-border disputes.

Our lawyers are skilled in litigation proceedings related to arbitration such as motions to compel arbitration and challenges to the composition of the arbitral panel, as well as in post-hearing litigation to enforce arbitral awards, and our experience includes winning precedent-setting cases on these issues in state and federal courts in the United States.

Clients we have represented in arbitrations in various forums include Ericsson, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Javad Navigation Systems, Inc., Mattel, Inc., Mitsui, Novell, Inc., Quixtar Inc., Sumitomo Corporation, TDK Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and United Parcel Service, Inc.

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