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Alexander Uff

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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International Arbitration


Partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration practice


Alex provides advice and representation to corporations, States and State-owned entities in complex international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and has conducted arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, CRCICA and CAS Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations including under the UNCITRAL Rules.

His experience includes joint ventures, investor-State disputes, disputes in the energy, telecommunications, mining, insurance, pharmaceutical, agribusiness, and defense sectors, infrastructure and technical disputes and delay claims, as well as sports arbitration.


English and French


  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Member, International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
  • Member, Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA)
  • Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
  • Member, Gray’s Inn                                        


  • Columbia University School of Law, LL.M.
  • The College of Law, Bar Vocational Course
  • Nottingham Law School, Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • University of Oxford, St Hugh’s College, BA, Modern History

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Shearman & Sterling LLP is best known for high-profile, sensitive and high-value matters and the firm fields lawyers with significant investment treaty expertise. The practice represented Cairn Energy in its treaty claim against the Republic of India, under the UK-India bilateral investment treaty; the claim was brought in relation to India's adoption of a retroactive tax measure.Mark McNeill has a longstanding reputation for advising investors and respondent states in investment treaty disputes; Jeremy Sharpe and Alexander Uff are also highly rated, as is counsel Ximena Herrera-Bernal.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The mining and minerals outfit at Shearman & Sterling LLP is jointly led by Jason Lehner in New York and Cynthia Urda Kassis in the London office and intervenes in corporate, financing, international arbitration and capital markets mandates. A team led by Trevor Ingram and David Dixter recently represented the underwriters as joint global coordinators on the $1bn rights offering by Sibanye, and M&A specialist Jeremy Kutner is currently assisting a major global mining company on the potential sale of a third of its interest in a South American coal mine. On the contentious front, Alexander Uff is representing two African subsidiaries of a global mining and exploration company as respondent in ICC arbitration proceedings brought by a South African contractor. Iain Elder , Nicholas Buckworth and counsel Anthony Lepere are key names to note in the project development and finance sub-team.

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