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Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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"He is a formidable opponent"
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Matthew is a partner and head of our global international arbitration practice. He regularly handles some of the most complex disputes in this sector, including those involving individuals and he focuses on international arbitration relating to international projects and the energy and resources sectors, with a particular focus on investment treaty arbitration, gas pricing disputes, and SCC arbitration.

Matthew has experience in advising a broad range of clients including sovereign and federal governments, international energy businesses, multinational corporations and financial institutions globally. Most recently he has advised extensively on "force majeure" and "change in law" provisions in the context of Covid-19 and he is a member of Ashurst's Brexit steering group. He is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Matthew's practice covers both contract and investment treaty arbitration having acted for Governments of India, Kenya and Georgia in bilateral investment treaty proceedings and advised Kyrgyzstan on investment treaty obligations. He led the team responsible for the largest arbitral award of 2011 (American Lawyer) and, before his departure from DLA Piper, led for two years the team representing Gazprom in the largest SCC arbitration proceedings by value ($428 billion).

Matthew regularly contributes to publications on all aspects of arbitration and he recently contributed to the SCC yearbook.

Matthew's work in arbitration has been recognised by multiple directories which list him as a Leading Individual for International Arbitration and also for Public International Law.

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