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International Construction Disputes
Head of the firm’s International Construction group, Nick has a wide range of experience, focusing on international arbitration and dispute resolution of construction and engineering disputes all over the world, as well as drafting construction contracts and procurement strategy development, and all aspects of construction insurance.
In recent years, Nick has increasingly advised clients regarding the engineering aspects of major energy projects, particularly offshore works and vessels. He is particularly well known for his lead role in a number of high profile ICC arbitrations concerning major international construction projects.
Nick’s experience covers projects, international disputes, and arbitrations in the UK, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, St. Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Jordan, India, Egypt, Algeria, Gambia, Angola, Venezuela, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Qatar, UAE, Caspian Sea, and other European countries.
A leading authority on the FIDIC and LOGIC/CRINE forms of contract, and EPC and EPCM contracting, Nick advises regularly on highly complex disputes involving detailed technical construction and engineering issues (defective works, delay and cumulative impact claims, errors in FEED and basic engineering, claims for loss and expense, disruption, force majeure, termination, etc.), related to many types of engineering and construction projects.
Nick has represented a wide variety of clients in very significant international arbitrations and numerous pieces of litigation in the Technology and Construction Court, as well as before high-profile Dispute Adjudication Boards and a substantial number of domestic adjudications.
The College of Law, Guildford, England, 1992
University College London, LL.B. (Honours), 1991
Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Clients praise the ‘highly sophisticated‘ service provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP, and that seems ‘better prepared and more knowledgeable‘ than most other firms handling Latin American international arbitration work. Its predominant caseload features commercial claims and arbitration opposing states and state-owned entities following breaches of investment guarantees and/or treaty agreements – most frequently in relation to transactions in the energy or oil-and-gas segments. The team also continues to receive instructions from the Panama Canal Authority regarding proceedings with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, and other contractors, in relation to aspects of the canal’s expansion project. Houston-based practice head James Loftis, who ‘combines comprehensive legal knowledge, strategic thinking and remarkable availability’, recently ensured a successful outcome for Exxon Mobil in its long-running bilateral treaty dispute with Argentina alongside the ‘accomplished‘ London-based Nick Henchie. Elsewhere, the ‘sophisticated and pragmatic‘ New York-based Camilo Cardozo is representing Prime Energia regarding design and construction contracts for five Chilean power plants. Cardozo and of counsel José Sanchez (noted for his ‘fastidious attention-to-detail’), are also acting for Offshore Exploration and Production against government-owned oil-companies from Colombia and South Korea.
Vinson & Elkins LLP ’s international construction group is overseen by Nick Henchie from the firm’s London office. However, Ferguson McNiel – known for his broad litigation handling – and Kaam Sahely – an infrastructure and finance specialist – lead a ‘highly-skilled and seriously client-focused‘ US department in Houston. One of the team’s main strengths lies in its ‘ability to find viable legal solutions to complex commercial and technical topics‘, during public and energy sector work. To this end, Sahely is assisting Gulf Coast Ammonia with their $800m hydrogen-based ammonia production facility in Texas, with backing from ‘very good lawyer, but even better shepherd of projects‘ Alan Alexander and senior associate Stephanie Coco. Mark Brasher and Dallas-based Mark Early are representing Texas Central Partners in the development and construction of a $20 billion high-speed rail line between the DFW Metroplex and Houston, featuring an Italian contractor and Japanese technology consortium, alongside the intended domestic operator.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable‘ London international dispute resolution and arbitration team is well known for its representation of energy and oil and gas clients in complex and significant disputes worldwide. It also acts for clients in the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Louise Woods and counsel Alexander Slade lead the international arbitration team in London, where Nick Henchie and Scott Stiegler are also key members.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP is praised for its ‘very business-minded and solution oriented team’ led by Nick Henchie, who primarily focuses on international arbitration for construction and engineering clients. His most prominent work has included acting for the Panama Canal Authority in a number of ICC arbitrations, and is described as ‘a masterful tactician’. Scott Stiegler is also noted for his expertise in energy and infrastructure disputes, especially in the international arena. An area of growth in his practice is energy from waste disputes.
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