Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Nigel Blackaby is a partner at the Washington D.C. office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and global co-head of the firm’s international arbitration group. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in the English and Spanish languages (including nearly 40 investment arbitrations for investors and states). He has particular expertise in Latin America and energy and mining disputes. Recent cases include obtaining a US$340m award in an ICSID contractual and investment treaty arbitration against Ecuador and state-owned company Petroecuador, following Ecuador’s imposition of royalties on extraordinary revenues and a settlement of US$5bn for Repsol in Spanish language proceedings brought against Argentina in respect of the expropriation of their controlling stake in YPF SA, Argentina’s largest oil company.
Nigel is a member of the Court of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and a member of the Board of the Centro de Arbitraje de Mexico. He is former president of the IBA Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration and an editor since 1995 of Arbitration International. He is co-author of Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (6th edition, Oxford, 2015), Guide to ICSID Arbitration (2nd edition, Kluwer, 2010) and International Arbitration in Latin America (Kluwer, 2003). He is a professor of international arbitration at American University Washington College of Law.
A graduate of the University of Exeter (UK) and the Université d’Aix-Marseille III (France), Nigel is qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in England and a special legal consultant in the District of Columbia. He speaks (and has conducted arbitrations in) English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.