Michael Lee is a prominent name in the English market who also has a strong reputation in the global market, particularly for his work in the banking and commodities sectors.
Michael Lee is an experienced international commercial arbitrator. Before joining the English Bar and becoming a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers, he was a solicitor and a partner in a major international law firm, Norton Rose, where he managed the Paris office and the firm’s international arbitration group. He has had over 40 years’ experience practising commercial litigation in the English High Court and international arbitration, as well as co-ordinating and overseeing overseas litigation. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Asian Institute of ADR, and a CEDR-accredited mediator.
Michael Lee has a wide-ranging practice as an international arbitrator having served as a member of the tribunal in over 150 international arbitrations administered under the rules of various international arbitration institutions, including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), as well as ad hoc arbitrations and those under UNCITRAL Rules. Arbitrations in which he has been appointed have included disputes in the fields of energy supply, oil and gas, agency, joint ventures, shareholder and merger and acquisition disputes, expropriation, construction and engineering, as well as finance and banking, involving a variety of national laws and jurisdictions. He is on the panel of international arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, the Beijing Arbitration Commission, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Indian Council of Arbitration.
Michael Lee also has experience of mediation, having acted as mediator or
co-mediator in several mediations.
He was formerly the UK member on the ICC Court of International Arbitration, and is a member of the ICC commission on international arbitration.
Michael has written and edited various publications on international arbitration matters and has also spoken on arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution at various conferences and workshops.
Examples of recent cases include disputes in relation to a mining contract (LCIA Rules, chairman, London seat); engineering procurement contract (ICC Rules, party appointment, Singapore seat); a pipeline construction contract in Africa (ICC Rules, president, Toronto seat); an oil and gas production sharing agreement (ad hoc arbitration,president, Singapore seat, a satellite transmission contract (party appointment, UNCITRAL Rules, Hong Kong seat); a joint venture agreement for the provision of gaming facilities in South East Asia (SIAC Rules, chairman, Singapore seat); tax in relation to a inter-city transport contract (SIAC Rules, party appointment, Singapore seat); a telecoms contract (Caribbean ICDR rules, sole arbitrator, Barbados seat); tax treatment of payments under an oil and gas joint venture (Caribbean) (AAA International Rules, party appointment); a waste water exploitation agreement (US/Canada) (AAA International Rules, sole arbitrator); electricity generating agreements (South America/US UNCITRAL Rules, party appointment); alleged expropriation by a Middle Eastern state (ICSID, party appointment); and a power station O&M agreement (SIAC Rules, chair).