James Dingley - Ivanyan & Partners
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James Dingley

partner
Moscow
James specializes in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings.

He has 14 years’ experience handling complex, high-value international disputes, often involving States or state-owned entities, and has been recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in international arbitration in the Legal 500 UK 2021 directory. 

He has represented clients in arbitrations conducted pursuant to all major international rules (including the LCIA, ICC, SCC and ICSID Rules and the Energy Charter Treaty), and in ad hoc arbitrations (including pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules, the LMAA Terms and national legislation).

He also advises as to suitable dispute resolution regimes and investment protection strategies for major energy & infrastructure and natural resources projects.

James is admitted to practice in England & Wales and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

specialization


experience

Representing the Russian Federation in several investment treaty arbitrations brought by Ukrainian individuals and companies over the alleged expropriation of their assets in Crimea (2019-present)

Represented the national oil company of a former Soviet State in a series of disputes with a long-standing services provider arising out of commercial shipping arrangements and related loan agreements. The proceedings involved three related commercial arbitrations (LCIA, UNICTRAL and LMAA) and associated court application in several jurisdictions (2017-2020)

Advised an international energy company in relation to potential investment treaty arbitration proceedings against Nigeria arising out of attempts by the Federal Government to recover $13 bn of ‘additional revenue’ retrospectively (2018-2020)

Advised an international energy company in relation to potential investment treaty arbitration proceedings against Nigeria arising out of its refusal to engage with the conversion of a highly prospective deep-water block to an OML (2018-2020)

Advising a South African bank and two syndicates of lenders in a series of related arbitrations against a State-owned mining company involving complex issues of fact and law and several sets of associated applications to the English courts (2013-2017)

Advised two UAE investors in the petrochemicals and tourism sectors in two sets of investment treaty proceedings against Egypt arising out of the expropriation of investments following the Egyptian Revolution  (2011-2014 and 2011-2016)

Represented a consortium of international energy companies in respect of claims totaling $3 bn+ arising under a Production Sharing Contract relating to a deep-water Oil Prospecting Licence off-shore Nigeria (ad hoc, Abuja) (2008-2013)

Represented an international energy company in investment treaty claims totaling $1.3 bn+ regarding the expropriation of contractual rights to a Production Sharing Contract relating to a deep-water Oil Prospecting Licence off-shore Nigeria (2007-2011)

Represented the Government of Poland in an Energy Charter Treaty claim worth $400 m+ regarding the operation of an oil product business in Poland (2008-2010)

Advised a UK mining company in $300 m+ investment treaty claims arising out of the expropriation of a gold mining licence in the Kyrgyz Republic (2006-2008)