Arbitration is often the preferred way to resolve international commercial disputes, providing benefits such as privacy, the ability to select arbitrators, flexible procedures, internationally enforceable awards and finality.
The Blakes Arbitration group can help assess your situation and develop a customized strategy to produce more favourable outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team is armed with the skills and insights required to achieve the results you want. From risk avoidance, assessment and mitigation advice to the commencement and carriage of an arbitration and serving on arbitration panels, we offer a complete range of dispute resolution services.
We act as counsel in numerous institutional international arbitrations conducted under the rules of the world’s leading international arbitration institutions, such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) and under United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. Above all, we are particularly adept in selecting the right arbitrators, negotiating the appropriate procedures, articulating complicated arguments and conducting all aspects of complex arbitration.
As a Canadian law firm with global reach and language capabilities that include English, French, Arabic, German, Italian and Spanish, among others, we offer a strategic advantage for clients operating in or across North America, Europe, Asia and other international jurisdictions. We are often engaged to resolve choice of law/venue issues, take evidence in foreign proceedings and enforce foreign judgments.
Our group includes fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and members of the arbitration panels of such institutions as the ICC and the ICDR.
We are well known and regularly sought out for our experience in domestic and international arbitrations across a wide variety of industry sectors, including:
Mining – Canadian and international mining companies in mine ownership, control and operations disputes.
Oil & Gas – Leading energy companies in disputes between companies, in the regulatory realm, and with governments regarding virtually every aspect of energy law.
Technology – Clients on software development and licensing, and arbitrating royalty and misuse disputes between developers and end users.
Insurance – Domestic and international policyholders and underwriters in complex commercial insurance disputes, including arbitrations under large property and liability insurance programs.
Construction/Infrastructure – Owners, developers and suppliers in some of the largest projects in the country.
International Trade – Clients before or involving the World Trade Organization in arbitrations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Chapter 11, at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, under the UNCITRAL Model Law rules, in courts at all levels and before administrative bodies throughout Canada.
Investor/State – Clients with disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.