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Basil Woodd-Walker

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International Arbitration, Commercial Litigation


Basil specialises in dispute resolution in the finance, telecoms, energy and mining sectors.  Many of Basil’s cases involve parties or facts in Africa, China and Central Asia (including Russia and CIS).

Basil has conducted institutional and ad hoc arbitrations under all the main rules, including LCIA, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL, and has acted on numerous ancillary court proceedings including enforcement of awards.  In addition to advising clients on complex commercial disputes, he regularly acts for investors and States in relation to high-value claims under public international law.  He acts for clients in court as well as in arbitration.

Basil is a solicitor advocate and member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Basil Woodd-Walker - Simmons & Simmons

Within: International arbitration

Simmons & Simmons 'has a fantastic arbitration practice that is very responsive'. It has particular expertise in disputes involving emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, China and the Far East and the firm's lawyers are strong industry experts in TMT (particularly telecoms), financial institutions, and energy and infrastructure. The team acted for the Indonesian Government in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys, which concerned an investment in a coal mining project. Simon Morgan 'has massive experience in this field', Jayne Bentham is 'a total star who is very tactically aware and has an excellent eye for a good point', and Stuart Dutson has extensive experience of arbitrations in Africa. Other names to note are David Sandy, managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker  and managing associate Minesh Tanna. Rob Horne joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

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