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Christopher Ryan

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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International Arbitration


Partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration practice


Christopher Ryan is a partner in the International Arbitration practice at Shearman & Sterling.

He has extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation, and has represented private and governmental clients in disputes before ICC, AAA, ICSID, UNCITRAL LCIA, ad hoc arbitral tribunals, and U.S. federal courts. His practice focuses on commercial and investment disputes in the construction, infrastructure, mining, and energy sectors. He has advised U.S. and foreign companies on issues of public and private international law, investment and trade policy, and strategies for mitigating the risks associated with foreign investment.

He also serves as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law and the George Washington School of Law, where he teaches a course on international investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration, respectively.


  • Advisory Board Member, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Advisory Board Member, Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Corresponding Editor, International Legal Materials – American Society of International Law
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)


  • Yale Law School, Visiting Scholar, Fall 2005
  • The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctor, (With Honors), 2000
  • Villanova University, M.A , 1993
  • Temple University, B.A , Honors Program, 1992

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP is representing the Republic of Panama in an ICSID arbitration relating to a series of infrastructure construction projects and is acting for a Latin American aviation consultancy firm in two disputes with European manufacturers arising from the termination of agency contracts. Christopher Ryan, Henry Weisburg and recently promoted partner Ximena Herrera are names to note.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP has sector strengths in energy, pharmaceuticals, and financial services. In New York, Henry Weisburg has particular expertise in cross-border financial litigation and arbitration matters, having recently represented thirteen investment companies in an ICC arbitration. Over in Washington DC, key members of the team include Christopher Ryan, who has a track record of representing government clients in ICC, UNCITRAL and ad-hoc tribunals, and Thomas Wilner, who specializes in international trade disputes.

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International litigation

Within: International litigation

Shearman & Sterling LLP's 'impressive' client base spans multinational corporations and financial institutions on high-profile, and often cross-border matters including global investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters and US-based litigation involving non-US entities. Global practice head Adam Hakki and deputy head of the litigation department Richard Schwed are both recommended for their expertise in securities class actions and banking litigation. In Washington DC, Christopher Ryan is acting for Yukos Oil Company in the enforcement of $50bn of arbitral awards from the Russian Federation after its expropriation of investments in the client. Other contacts include Henry Weisburg, who is noted for his expertise in cross-border financial disputes, and rising star Paula Anderson. All named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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