University of Houston Law Center - Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center, Spring 2016 Lecture Series
Baker Botts has one of the world’s leading teams of dedicated international arbitration lawyers. Our diverse team combines a global reputation with excellence in advocacy, working across all of our offices to provide round the clock service with round-the-world experience.
"They are extraordinary from every perspective. I was really impressed by their optimum response times, broad experience in international arbitration and, most importantly, the results."
Chambers Global 2015 - Global-wide - Arbitration (International)
WHO WE ARE
Highly Credentialed Lawyers with Global Experience:
We are a multinational team, with international arbitration lawyers from North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Our lawyers have been trained in the civil law, the common law and public international law. Members of the team have been employed by or worked with key arbitral institutes. Because we sit as arbitrators as well as serve as counsel and advocates, we understand the decision-making process.
Our deep experience in the hearing room gives us the insight to understand what is important to motivate a successful result. That gives us the confidence to separate what actually matters — the “big picture” — from the rest. This means we can work effectively and efficiently for our clients. It also means our clients have instant credibility with the arbitrators who will decide their cases . . . and with the adversaries that must evaluate their litigation risks.
International disputes are often complex, with multiple applicable laws, different languages and factual twists and turns influenced by cultural differences. We look for strategic opportunity in these complexities. As a testament to our ability, our lawyers are often engaged to save a case that appears to have already been “lost.” Our clients also look to us to solve their most serious disputes, with many of our cases involving claims for hundreds of millions — and sometimes billions — of U.S. dollars.
"This well-known U.S. firm is acclaimed for its in-depth expertise in the areas of energy and IP, which strongly complements its international arbitration practice."
Chambers Global 2013 - Arbitration (International)
WHAT WE DO
International Commercial Arbitration:
International commercial arbitration provides parties from different legal, national and cultural backgrounds with neutral ground, flexible procedures and independent decision makers to solve their disagreements, often confidentially. When “fast track” procedures are used, a final and internationally enforceable decision can be obtained in months.
Our commercial arbitration practice finds us representing claimants and respondents in many industries, including construction, energy, finance, insurance, manufacturing, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications.
The proceedings are seated – and our clients are found – throughout the world. They are before all of the major arbitration bodies, as well as ad hoc arbitral tribunals.
These disputes arise under the civil law, common law and lex mercatoria, with examples including the laws of Belgium, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Yemen.
"The 'thoroughly impressive' arbitration team at Baker Botts serves up an expert offering on both the commercial and investment treaty fronts."
Chambers UK 2013 - Dispute Resolution - International Arbitration
Investor State Disputes:
Thousands of bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including many recent free trade agreements, give those doing business outside their home country important substantive rights vis-à-vis the States hosting their investments. Frequently, the foreign investor will be entitled to enforce those rights through international arbitration against the host State.
Our investor-State dispute practice finds us representing investors and States in disputes regarding the alleged mistreatment of investments. These disputes raise issues such as expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, most favored nation treatment, and the adequacy of the protection and security provided by the host State. The amounts in dispute range from the millions to over US$ 100 billion.
These disputes present often intricate questions of public international law, including issues of treaty interpretation. When they cannot be resolved amicably, they are brought before the ICSID, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and other arbitration bodies.
Other Public International Law Matters:
Recognizing the unique combination of our arbitration lawyers’ forensic skills and legal training, our clients regularly ask us to advise on other issues of public international law, often in the context of cross-border projects involving natural resources.
Our public international law practice finds us advising on claims under the European Convention of Human Rights, disputes involving the application of the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the rules and principles concerning dealings with the effective government of a State, the customary rules of the Law of the Sea and the effects of termination of and withdrawal from international treaties.
Frequently, our clients face multiple, related legal proceedings in different jurisdictions. In these situations, coordination and consistency of strategy are essential – and so is the expertise to understand and manage the complex procedural issues that arise from the multiple, potentially different laws and rules that may apply.
Our multi-jurisdictional litigation practice finds us pursuing or defending a wide variety of parallel legal proceedings, including arbitrations, national court lawsuits and international court proceedings.
Because our team includes lawyers trained in the common law, the civil law and public international law, we are adept at developing and effecting a consistent, commercially sensible strategy that works multi-jurisdictionally. We then implement that strategy, selecting local counsel where needed from our network of trusted colleagues around the world.
HONG KONG, September 2, 2015 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Michael Arruda, Joanne
“Baker Botts is a top global legal brand, and adding high-quality lawyers supports our international growth strategy and offers significant additional value to our clients,” added Mr. Baker.
Arruda, Du and Georgiou join Baker Botts from the Hong Kong office of Jones Day.
“Over the last 12 months, we have added new lawyers in London, Dubai and now Hong Kong/Beijing. This speaks to our commitment to expanding our international capabilities through the addition of highly regarded lawyers with in-depth knowledge and experience in their respective practice areas,” said Jamie Baker, Chair of Baker Botts’ Global Projects Group.
“Joining Baker Botts positions our practice on a world-renowned energy platform,” said Mike Arruda. “The firm’s reputation in arbitration will further enable, as well as enhance, the
About the Lawyers
Michael Arruda has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of oil and gas matters, primarily representing international and national oil and gas companies and other industry clients in their full range of activity, from exploration and development through midstream processing and transportation, to downstream refining and sales, as well as oilfield services. Mike also has significant oil and gas merger and acquisitions experience for Asian-based clients going overseas as well as global clients looking to invest in Asia.
Joanne Du counsels national and international oil and gas clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint
Phillip Georgiou is a highly respected international arbitration lawyer with significant experience, having represented clients in arbitration cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the Asia region before various institutions including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, JCAA, KLRCA and CIETAC as well as ad hoc tribunals under the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration. He is well known in the Hong Kong construction disputes field and has regularly represented clients in both arbitration and High Court litigation proceedings. In addition, he is one of the few international arbitration lawyers in Asia with considerable experience in energy-related disputes, including matters arising out of production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements, construction and engineering contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and power purchase agreements.
In October, 2015 Baker Botts announced the opening of its 15th office in San Francisco, CA.
This new office enhances the global reach of the firm’s market leading practices and will be located in the heart of city’s Financial District.San Francisco has traditionally been viewed as the region’s financial and cultural center, as well as a gateway to Asia, but increasingly it has become a destination for both established and start-up technology companies. The new San Francisco office is a natural strategic development for the firm given the depth and breadth of our practices in the technology sector.
Baker Botts' San Francisco office will draw upon the firm’s reputation for outstanding client service and firm wide expertise in areas such as technology, corporate, patent litigation, real estate, life sciences and white collar to add significant value for our clients.
This will mark the second California office for Baker Botts. The Palo Alto office, which the firm opened in 2008, has since grown to over 30 lawyers. The San Francisco and Palo Alto offices will be highly integrated and will maintain the high level of professional excellence and client service that has been a hallmark of Baker Botts for 175 years.
Baker Botts has a well-earned reputation as a leader in patent prosecution and litigation in California and around the world. The new San Francisco office and the firm’s expansion in California continues to demonstrate Baker Botts’ commitment to being a world-class technology law firm.
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Baker Botts lawyers discuss the popularity of post-grant review (“PGR”) proceedings at the U.S. Patent Office.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss recent developments in the area of IP and antitrust enforcement, including recent European Commission decisions in the smartphones and pharmaceuticals industries.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss the standard for determining whether a reference qualifies as “analogous art” in connection with an assertion of obviousness.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss Notice 2015-79 (the “2015 Notice”), released on November 19, 2015.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss voting policies for the 2016 proxy season.
International Trade Update
On January 16, 2016, the United States, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany and Iran, with the High Representative of the European Union (“EU”) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, marked the arrival of Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), the international agreement designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
On November 6, 2015, Baker Botts Advises Hercules Offshore In Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case Restructuring over $1.2 Billion in Debt.
On August 18, 2015, EPA proposed a sweeping expansion of the existing Clean Air Act new source performance standards (“NSPS”) designed to reduce methane and VOC emissions from upstream and midstream operations.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 (“Amendment”) and its applications.
Baker Botts lawyers discuss the 2014 Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International decision.
On December 18, 2015, extensions to the production and investment tax credits that are applicable to wind, solar and other renewable power projects were enacted
Baker Botts lawyers discuss how the Supreme Court carefully guards the twenty-year expiration date of a patent, allowing the public the unrestricted right to make or use a patented article after that date.