Disputes in the energy and natural resources sectors are at the heart of international arbitration. They come in a number of forms and offer both challenges and opportunities. The potential for disagreements between private parties in these sectors is manifold and ranges from simple contract claims to technology-driven, all-out battles putting entire companies at risk.
Developments in the energy market over the past two decades have led to an increase in disputes, which require particular expertise not just in civil and regulatory legal issues but also in how the industry works, as well as the relevant commercial and technical backgrounds. Further, with developing countries looking for the best ways to work with their natural resources, investment protection has become increasingly important for companies in this sector.
Our lawyers have considerable experience in advising on large-scale projects. This includes providing legal and strategic advice on the negotiation, planning and execution of natural resources and energy projects, as well as the representation of international contractors, owners and states in any disputes that may arise at different stages of a project’s lifecycle.
We have particular expertise in arbitration in energy cases involving the fossil fuels, nuclear, mining, oil and natural gas, hydropower and solar energy sectors, as well as in major disputes involving alternative and renewable energy technologies.
Our team combines real-world industry experience with an in-depth understanding of our clients, their businesses and the diverse issues they are facing. Combining this expertise with our network of technical and market experts enables us to assist our clients beyond the provision of mere legal advice and representation.
Our lawyers have acquired experience in high-stakes disputes in these sectors, representing clients in relation to a wide variety of natural resources and energy disputes, ranging from individual claims arising out of supply agreements to large-scale investment disputes. We also advise clients in preventing disputes, as well as assist in handling government investigations and regulatory compliance issues.
Applying this know-how in winning complex natural resources disputes and energy arbitrations has put Konrad Partners at the forefront of international law firms representing parties in a wide variety of energy-related disputes, ranging from investment protection to large-scale supply agreements, before international tribunals and domestic courts.
We represented a state-owned entity in Eastern Europe against two private companies based in Texas in a dispute arising out of a joint venture agreement relating to rehabilitation and production enhancements of 11 gas fields in Europe.
We represented a leading manufacturer of steam generators and air pollution control systems against a globally-operating industrial service provider in a dispute arising out of a refurbishment contract.
We represented a natural gas company headquartered in Germany against a CEE operator of underground and surface gas storage facilities in relation to a dispute arising out of a gas storage agreement.
We represented a world-leading supplier of steel piping products against an Israeli company seated in Cyprus concerning an agreement to deliver goods for the erection of a desalination plant.
We represented one of Europe’s biggest power and gas companies regarding the adaptation of a gas transportation agreement in light of new regulatory requirements.
We represented an international technology group with headquarters in Austria against a private limited offshore company incorporated under the laws of Dubai concerning a service agreement in the gas industry.