Stephan Adell is a partner in our International Dispute Resolution Practice Group, focusing on international arbitration. He has extensive experience in international commercial and investment arbitrations, having intervened in more than 70 proceedings under the major arbitration rules (e.g. ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL and ICSID), and also acts as an arbitrator.

    He is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and is qualified in both Paris and the Dominican Republic. Stephan was recently recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2019, with one peer stating, “I particularly recommend him for construction disputes, where he is excellent in cross-examination.”

    Recently, he was part of the team that represented the Republic of Kosovo in a US$400 million ICSID arbitration (Case No. ARB/15/22) filed by a German investor that was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds and ordered the claimant to reimburse Kosovo’s legal costs.

    Stephan is part of the team currently representing the Republic of Croatia in a billion-dollar ICSID arbitration (Case No. ARB13/32) related to investments in an oil and gas company by a Hungarian company. He also currently represents a Latin American public oil and gas company in two ICC commercial arbitrations worth more than US$300 million.

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    • Representing the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID investment arbitration relating to the oil and gas industry valued at US$1 billion, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/32.
    • Representing the Republic of Kosovo in an ICSID investment arbitration relating to the telecommunications industry valued at €380 million, ICSID Case No. ARB/15/22.
    • Representing the Republic of Ecuador in the ICSID annulment proceeding in Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. The Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11.
    • Representing the Republic of Turkey in an ICSID investment arbitration relating to the telecommunications industry valued at US$19 billion, Case No. ARB/07/20.
    • Representing Joseph Lemire in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Republic of Ukraine relating to the radio industry valued at approximately US$60 million and the subsequent annulment proceeding, Case No. ARB/06/18.
    • Representing the Republic of Croatia in an UNCITRAL commercial arbitration arising from a shareholder dispute in the oil and gas industry, PCA Case No. 2014-15.
    • Representing Ruby Roz Agricol in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration against the Republic of Kazakhstan relating to the poultry farm industry.
    • Representing Caratube International Oil Company LLP in an ICSID annulment proceeding in Caratube International Oil Company LLP v. The Republic of Kazakhstan, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/12.
    • Representing the European Southern Observatory in an ad hoc commercial arbitration seated in Santiago, Chile, relating to road construction.
    • Representing a Middle Eastern company in an ICC commercial arbitration against an Italian company relating to the MDF industry.
    • Representing a publicly owned Latin American company in three ICC commercial arbitrations relating to the oil and gas industry.
    • Representing a Spanish company in an UNCITRAL commercial arbitration against a Caribbean company relating to a long-term gas supply contract.
    • Representing two Spanish companies in an UNCITRAL commercial arbitration against an African publicly owned company relating to a natural gas liquefaction plant.
    • Representing a Ukraine company in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Russian company relating to the mining industry.
    • Representing a publicly owned Caribbean company in an ICC commercial arbitration against an American company relating to the electricity production industry.
    • Representing a Belgian company in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Swiss company relating to the malt industry.
    • Representing an African state in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Panamanian company relating to a contract for the creation of special economic zones.
    • Representing a Finish company in an UNCITRAL commercial arbitration against a European state relating to the delivery of military equipment.
    • Representing a French company in an ICC commercial arbitration against an African state relating to the delivery of military equipment.
    • President and/or co-arbitrator in several commercial arbitrations.

    Education

    • Université de Versailles, Masters in Arbitration and International Commerce, 2007
    • Institut du Droit Comparé, Diploma in Comparative Law, 2007
    • Pontificia Univer. Catolica Madre y Maestra, Law Degree, 2005

    Admissions

    • Paris, 2010
    • Dominican Republic, 2008

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
    • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
    • Board of Reporters of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, reporting for the Dominican Republic
    • Club Español del Arbitraje, Member of the French Executive Committee
    • Comité Français de l’Arbitrage
    • Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), Member of the Commercial Arbitration Committee

    Languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017, 2018 and 2019, and in Expert Guides: Rising Star – Commercial Arbitration 2018

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    Publications

    • Author, “Cross currents? How national ethics rules affect international arbitration”, 40 under 40: Upcoming Issues on International Arbitration.
    • Co-author, “Cooling-off periods in investment arbitration”, in “Oxy Case: The Defense of a Sovereign and Legal Decision of the Ecuadorian State,” Procuraduría General de la Republica de Ecuador, 2014.
    • Co-author, “Los Nuevos Principios de Lealtad, Celeridad y Confidencialidad del Código de Procedimiento Civil Francés,” Spain Arbitration Review No. 11/2011, 2011.
    • Author, “France – Enforcement of Money Judgments,” Enforcement of Money Judgments, Juris Publishing, 2010.
    • Co-author, Commentary on the French case SNF vs. Cytec, Spain Arbitration Review No. 6/2009, 2009.
    • Author, “La Nouvelle loi Dominicaine sur L’arbitrage Commercial du 19 Décembre 2008,” Revue de l’Arbitrage, October 2009.
    • Author, “L’exequatur d’une Sentence Arbitrale Attaquée au lieu du Siège de L’arbitrage, Dont le Droit est Soumis au Traité OHADA,” Petites Affiches, October 2008.

    Speaking Engagements

    • Speaker, “Shutting down businesses: when a party to an arbitral proceeding goes impecunious, bankrupt or insolvent”, 16th ICC Miami Conference, 11-13 November 2018.
    • Speaker, “Quiborax Annulment Decision”, CAINCO, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 28 August 2018.
    • Speaker, “Scrutiny of ICC Awards”, 3rd ICC Bolivia Arbitration Day, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 27 August 2018.
    • Speaker, IBA Young Lawyers’ Training, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 26 June 2018.
    • Speaker, “Construction Arbitration”, 8th International Arbitration Seminar, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 7-8 June 2018.
    • Speaker, “Arbitral Procedure”, 4th ICC International Arbitraje Forum, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 21-22 May 2018.
    • Speaker, “Constitution of arbitral tribunals in Latin America”, XI Conference on International Arbitration, 22-23 March 2018.
    • Lecturer, Workshop for Bolivian judges on the relationship between arbitration and the judicial system, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 11-14 September 2017.
    • Speaker, “Cross-examination in international arbitration”, YIAG Conference, Bogota, Colombia, 9 August 2017.
    • Speaker, “Litigation at the seat of arbitration: The role of counsel”, 3rd ICC International Arbitration Forum, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 25 May 2017.
    • Speaker, ICC Arbitration Workshop, Ecuador’s State Attorney’s Office, Quito, Ecuador, 23 May 2017.
    • Lecturer, “Investment Arbitration”, OMG Institute of Law, Santo Domingo, 4 May 2017.
    • Lecturer, Madrid International Arbitration Summer Course, Carlos III University, jointly organized by ICC, Madrid, Spain, 19 July 2016.
    • Speaker, “Back to the Future: Tecnología y Arbitraje,” ICC YAF Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, 14 February 2016.
    • Speaker, “Problems and Practical Cases in Relation to Arbitration Clauses,” III Judicial Dimension of Arbitration Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 29 October 2015.
    • Lecturer, Diploma on International Arbitration, organized by the Universidad Privada Boliviana and Bolivia’s General Attorney’s Office, La Paz, Bolivia, 23-24 October 2015.
    • Speaker, “Differences Between Lost Profits and Loss of Chance,” 1st International Forum of ICC Arbitration, Santo Domingo, 23 April 2015.
    • Speaker, “Arbitration and Company Law,” ICC YAF Conference, Managua, Nicaragua, 26 November 2014.
    • Speaker, “The Assessment of Damages in Investment Arbitration,” ICC Conferencia de Arbitraje Internacional, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 12 August 2014.
    • Speaker, “Contractualization of National Rights,” CLA/ICC VI Conferencia Latinoamericana de Arbitraje, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 29-30 May 2014.
    • Seminar, “Organization of Arbitral Proceedings,” OMG Institute, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 12-13 February and 4-5 April 2014.
    • Speaker, “Precedents: Benefits, Dangers and Myths,” ICC YAF Conference, Miami, Florida, 2 November 2013.
    • Speaker, “Advocacy in International Arbitration,” Encontros Internacionais de Arbitragem de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, 24 October 2013.
    • Speaker, on Investment Arbitration, seminar, OMG Institute, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 16 July 2013.
    • Speaker, “The Next Wave of Investor-State Claims: Arbitration Under Concession Agreements, Special Regulatory Regimes and Different Institutional Rules,” International Business Transactions Conference of the Florida Bar, Miami, Florida, 1 March 2013.
    • Speaker, on Damages in Investment Arbitration, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum Conference on the Omnipresence of Damages in International Arbitration, Paris, France, 12 July 2012.
    • Speaker, on Investment Arbitration, Generations in Arbitration Conference, Hong Kong, China, 19 March 2012.
    • Courses, on Commercial Arbitration for Trainee Judges, Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 6 and 13 October 2010.
    • Speaker, “Arbitration in Energy Sector,” Jornada de Arbitraje Nacional e Internacional en el Sector Energético, Madrid, Spain, 24 May 2010.
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