International Arbitration

Leading companies across the globe rely on Ropes & Gray’s international arbitration experience to help them resolve disputes efficiently and effectively.


Ropes & Gray’s international arbitration practice uses its extensive global knowledge and experience to provide clients with practical, cost-effective ways to resolve disputes. We collaborate seamlessly across offices and practice areas to deliver focused and successful legal solutions at all stages of arbitration for clients in a wide range of industries, including banking, finance, technology, manufacturing, insurance, health care and life sciences.

Whether handling matters before international arbitrators or related proceedings in U.S. and local courts, our lawyers draw upon the full resources of the firm to produce results for our clients. We also take a proactive approach by counseling clients on contractual arbitration and dispute resolution clauses to maximize our clients’ chances of success in the event of a dispute. 

We have handled arbitrations under a variety of arbitral rules, including the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), among others.


Representative engagements include:

  • Technology company in an HKIAC arbitration brought against a Chinese supplier for breach of warranty, resulting in a $98.5 million award on behalf of the client.
  • Major global bank in ICDR proceedings concerning shareholder rights and remedies in connection with an investment in a large Latin American telecommunications company.
  • Major life sciences company in emergency proceedings before the LCIA regarding agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine and distribution arrangements with the COVAX facility.
  • Asset manager on an investment involving a complex series of disputes in multiple jurisdictions, including an ICC arbitration, LCIA arbitration and multiple litigation cases.
  • Multinational investment bank regarding the dispute mechanism of $150 million nonconvertible debenture for an Indian infrastructure company, including the potential interaction between a SIAC arbitration and issues required to be submitted to the Indian Court.
  • Luxury fashion brand in a successful year-long international arbitration over termination of the client’s global trademark license agreement for fragrances and cosmetics.
  • Global hospitality company in an ICDR arbitration brought by an Australian company following the termination of the parties’ sales representative agreement.
  • Public semiconductor company in a successful LCIA arbitration completely fighting off unjustified claims of trade secret misappropriation and recovering legal fees.
  • Nonprofit organization in advising on potential dispute resolution strategy related to its conservation efforts with sovereign nations.