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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Michael Valo is hailed as a “future star with excellent experience in construction arbitration”.


Michael specialises in international construction arbitration, and has experience working for owners, contractors and engineers. His work focuses on large-scale infrastructure projects including pipelines; power generation and transmission; refineries; tunnelling; mining; and hospitals. Michael’s international arbitration experience includes disputes under ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as ad hoc rules. Michael has also advised clients in respect of disputes before project dispute resolution boards.

Michael’s dispute practice relates to all manner of project delivery methods including design-build, design-bid-build, EPC and EPCM contracts, as well as public-private partnerships. Michael has extensive experience with claims for disruption, delay and prolongation, designer negligence, and construction deficiencies.

Michael is a guest lecturer on construction law issues for the Osgoode Hall LLM programme; and on the construction law courses at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and George Brown College in Toronto.

Michael is a founding member of the Society of Construction Law North America, and a regional director of the SCL for Ontario. He is a co-editor of the IBA’s Construction Law International; has published on numerous current construction and international arbitration issues; and is co-author of a chapter in Review of Construction Law: Recent Developments (Toronto: Carswell, 2012) on the subject of building information modelling.

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