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King & Spalding LLP

9 RAFFLES PLACE #31-01, REPUBLIC PLAZA, SINGAPORE 048619, SINGAPORE
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John Savage

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King & Spalding LLP

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He has more than 20 years experience representing governments, corporations and high-net-worth individuals in over 140 international arbitrations. These include many corporate, construction, energy and investment treaty disputes, with an emphasis on the oil & gas and power sectors. Mr. Savage’s cases have involved a variety of applicable laws, venues, rules and subject matters.

Position

He has more than 20 years experience representing governments, corporations and high-net-worth individuals in over 140 international arbitrations. These include many corporate, construction, energy and investment treaty disputes, with an emphasis on the oil & gas and power sectors. Mr. Savage’s cases have involved a variety of applicable laws, venues, rules and subject matters.

Career

In addition to his work as counsel, Mr. Savage has been appointed chairman of the tribunal, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator in more than 25 commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in Asia and beyond. He is a director of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and one of two Vice-Presidents of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.


London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

King & Spalding LLP 'offers qualified legal services and its lawyers are very easy to work with'. The practice handles a large volume of complex work for household-name, commercial litigation clients. It successfully represented the defendant (Alexander Chistyakov) in high-profile fraud claims in the Commercial Court, which alleged misuse of funds paid to the defendant.  Nicholas Cherryman 'can deal with any sort of legal issue'; and the team boasts four silks in Thomas Sprange QC, John Savage QC,  Stuart Isaacs QC and Gareth Rees QC, the latter joining from the Financial Reporting Council, where he was the executive director of enforcement. Other key contacts include Sarah Walker, Egishe Dzhazoyan, Ruth Byrne and counsel Glyn Rees. Aaron Stephens  joined the special matters and government investigations practice in 2018 from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

King & Spalding LLP 'provides a top-level service for international arbitration; the practice has the requisite industry knowledge in order to efficiently and effectively handle disputes and its advice is spot-on'. The practice has a special focus on disputes involving energy, particularly oil and gas, and it fields lawyers with additional experience in financial services, mining and shipping. Thomas Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed led advice to Reliance Industries in a New Delhi arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, which related to a production-sharing contract with the Indian Government. Other key figures include Stuart Isaacs QC, who 'possesses a fine legal mind and is articulate, persuasive and extraordinarily efficient'; Nicholas Cherryman, who is 'an extraordinary specialist and a highly reliable person, whose commitment to excellence and sharp instincts of a court lawyer make his performance unparalleled'; and John Savage QC, who divides his time between London and Singapore and 'stands out as a person who has exceptional international experience'. Ruth Byrne and Egishe Dzhazoyan are also key names.

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Singapore

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

King & Spalding LLP has 'the leading practice in Singapore' according to one rival international firm. It has 'a great oil and gas practice' in the arbitration field and attracted 'some massive construction cases'. The team continues to grow with New York and Philippines qualified counsel Jun Bautista joining from Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office to reinforce the firm's standing in Philippines-related cases. The team is also making further inroads into Indonesia disputes. Clients include ConocoPhillips, Shell, General Electric, Chevron and Samsung C&T Corporation. Department head Wade Coriell is an 'excellent and smart lawyer' and continued to represent Shell Philippines Exploration in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Republic of the Philippines, concerning the allocation of petroleum revenues earned by Shell. Emerson Holmes is a big name in construction and engineering arbitrations, while Simon Dunbar and Elodie Dulac both provide 'a safe pair of hands', the latter gaining prominence in investment treaty cases. Though now based in London, John Savage remains 'a great name in the market', thanks to his 'gravitas and stature' and 'great mind'.

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