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Steve Abraham

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Steve Abraham is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution practice in London. He joined Baker McKenzie from another leading international firm in January 2013. Steve has extensive experience in international arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation; he focuses on disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. He is also a solicitor advocate. Steve is recognised in his field by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Steve's work is predominantly international, with projects in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and CIS countries. His practice focuses mainly on international arbitration, and he is experienced in working with all of the major arbitral institutions. In addition to commercial dispute resolution, Steve regularly advises on investment treaties and public international law issues. As well as representing clients in disputes, Steve advises on dispute avoidance and project management issues. He also sits as an arbitrator.


Trained Norton Rose; qualified 2000; partner Baker McKenzie 2013. Steve graduated from the University of Bristol/Universite de Poitiers with an LLB Honours in Law and French in 1996. He joined Norton Rose as a trainee solicitor in 1998, qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and was promoted to partner in 2007. Steve joined Baker McKenzie in January 2013.




Law Society of England & Wales - Member; London Court of International Arbitration - Member; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Member; Society of Construction Lawyers - Member; International Chamber of Commerce - Member


University of Bristol/Universite de Poitiers (1996 LLB); Nottingham Law School (1997 LPC).

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Standing out for its global footprint, Baker McKenzie regularly acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular expertise in fraud, administrative and public law, and competition litigation. The team's 'service is excellent, with fast turnarounds and succinct and practical advice'. Recent matters include representing Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC in proceedings to recover approximately $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud. John Leadley heads up the global dispute resolution practice group; and Hugh Lyons, whose 'work is always reliable' regularly advises clients on litigation and investigations arising from financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud, and financial misconduct. Other principal advisers include Charles Thomson, Steve Abraham and of counsel Nadia Banno.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Baker McKenzie's international arbitration practice covers financial and M&A disputes; energy, mining, construction and infrastructure; and it fields lawyers with regional expertise in the Middle East and CIS. Steve Abraham leads the firm's London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; Andy Moody  is'highly experienced'; Kate Corby is 'excellent, smart, focused and very adaptable'; and Ed Poulton is recommended for financial services and M&A-related disputes.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Richard Blunt 's oil and gas offering at Baker McKenzie is currently advising Shell on its involvement in the Baltic LNG project and recently negotiated a production sharing contract with the government of Salah Aldeen in Iraq on behalf of Crown Energy. In other highlights, Tim Sheddick recently represented Macquarie in its consortium agreements regarding the all-cash £3.6bn acquisition of a 61% stake in National Grid's UK gas distribution business, and Neil Donoghue continues to counsel a power generation company alongside Calvin Walker with regards to the financing, construction and development of a new gas-fired plant in the UK. Steve Abraham is one of the main names to note for dispute resolution and international arbitration, and Marc Fèvre handles greenfield developments and project financing mandates. Corporate specialist David Duncan recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP .

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Arbitration specialist Steve Abraham leads the contentious team at Baker McKenzie, with Mike Webster heading up the transactional team. The firm principally acts for employers or owners on large and complex heavy engineering and process plant projects, often in the context of privately financed structures, but also has a booming practice in high-profile commercial, residential and industrial developments in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights include advising Maybank and a consortium of lenders in relation to the $215m financing of the initial phases of the Royal Wharf development in the Docklands; and advising a consortium of Suez and Itochu as the successful sponsors on their bid for the 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.

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