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Matthew Bate

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Winston & Strawn

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International Arbitration


Matthew Bate has over 15 years of experience counselling and representing clients in international arbitration. His practice focuses on the resolution of complex, high-value disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions in a wide variety of sectors. Fluent in three languages, he has particular experience in disputes involving emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, and Africa.

Matthew has extensive experience in the prosecution and defense of claims in international arbitration proceedings. He has acted as lead trial counsel or second chair in both international commercial arbitrations and investor-State arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules AAA/ICDR, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, UNCITRAL, etc.), and arising under a wide variety of substantive laws. Matthew has handled cases in all of the world's leading arbitral seats including London, Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong, Washington D.C., and New York.

Matthew's work spans across a range of economic sectors including oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, power generation, transportation, civil engineering, and telecommunications. A large percentage of his caseload is dedicated to resolving disputes involving projects and investments in emerging markets including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia and the former states of the Soviet Union.


English, French, German


Matthew is an adjunct lecturer at the Geneva Masters in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) Program and an active member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), and other international arbitration associations.


Havard Law School, JD, 2001
University of Chicago, BA, 1996

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Winston & Strawn London LLP's 'established team is first-rate in sometimes difficult circumstances'. A substantial part of the London's group includes the representation of clients in large-scale infrastructure disputes as well as cases involving traditional and renewable energy power, and transportation projects. The London team is led by Michael Stepek and Matthew Bate; Stepek led advice to Rolling Vista Ventures  in an arbitration proceeding under the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre arbitration rules, which arose out of a master investment and shareholder agreement. Ricardo Ugarte divides time between Chicago and London; and senior associate Daniel Meagher is 'a standout arbitration lawyer and a very strong operator'. Other key advisers are of counsel Kseniya Elfimova, who divides her time between London and Brussels, and associate Shayan Farhad.

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