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King & Spalding LLP
United States
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John Bowman specializes in disputes involving the oil and gas industry. A partner in the International Arbitration practice and leader of our Upstream Oil and Gas practice segment, John represents international energy companies in commercial and investment disputes. He was chosen by the Institute for Energy Law to receive its Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award, given to one energy litigator each year whose achievements “have won the admiration of his or her peers,” at its annual energy litigation conference in November 2017. In 2014–2015, he served as President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He teaches International Energy Arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center, and is also an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, in Dundee.

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United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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King & Spalding LLP fields ‘an extraordinary arbitration team’, with recent work shows its strengths across a range of commercial and investment arbitration work, as well as arbitration-related litigation. The group’s ability to act worldwide is enhanced by the firm’s global network and the arbitration experience of its counterparts spread across 17 offices worldwide. In Houston, the team is routinely involved in disputes relating to large projects in the oil and gas industry; John Bowman is a well-known name in this space, as is Reginald Smith, whom clients have singled out as ‘vigilant, courteous, and persuasive‘. The group has a strength in energy disputes across the board, but also acts for leading construction, manufacturing, transport, telecoms, and hospitality companies. Further, demonstrating its ability to represent individual investors equally well, the team recently secured a $45m award for Dutch national Trinh Vinh Binh in an arbitration initiated under the Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; at the time of writing, this victory marks the largest compensation for moral damages awarded to an individual investor to date. Also recommended is New-York based Viren Mascarenhas, who represented the UK claimants in a £3bn UNCITRAL arbitration against Uruguay. The department is led by Edward Kehoe and Doak Bishop, based in New York and Houston, respectively. The group’s French language arbitration offering was somewhat weakened with the departure of Caline Mouawad to dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP in December 2019.