Stephen Anway is a partner and global co-chair of the firm’s world-ranked International Dispute Resolution (IDR) Practice Group, which was named International Arbitration Group of the Year by Law360 in 2020. In that role, he leads a team of more than 140 lawyers across 25 offices in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

    Stephen acts as lead counsel and as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. He has represented the winning party in many of the largest international arbitrations in the world over the past 15 years. He has worked in more than 40 countries and has represented clients in some 100 international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law on international arbitration.

    Stephen’s investment treaty arbitration experience includes acting as lead counsel for more than 12 different sovereign nations and numerous foreign investors in more than 25 different investor-state arbitrations, many of which involve claims in excess of US$1 billion. In December 2019, the Slovak Republic appointed Stephen to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an autonomous international institution – affiliated with the World Bank – which is the world’s principal forum for resolving disputes between foreign investors and sovereign nations. Stephen will serve for a term of six years.

    Stephen also specializes in international commercial arbitration. In June 2013, The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard published its list of the 20 largest commercial arbitration awards in history, and Stephen represented the winning party in three of them. No other law firm had more than two. He is one of the world’s leading lawyers in natural gas price review arbitrations, having represented the winning party in the first price review arbitral award in history and having now secured more than US$10 billion for his clients in price review proceedings.

    Stephen is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, which has one of the top-10 international law programs in the US, where he teaches a full 13-week doctrinal course on international arbitration every fall semester. On May 6, 2020, he received the Judge Richard M. Markus Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, which recognizes an exceptional adjunct professor based on professional achievement, teaching and service. Stephen also has served as a visiting Adjunct Professor of Law at various law schools around the world, most recently at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China, where he taught international arbitration in 2019.

    In December 2019, Stephen concluded a four-year term on the firm’s Global Board – a position to which the firm’s partners elected him in 2015.

    Stephen is a member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He also is the General Editor of UCIA – Universal Citation in International Arbitration, published by the Global Arbitration Review.

    Stephen began his career with the firm while in law school as a summer associate in 2000 and 2001. He thereafter accepted a two-year clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the late Thomas J. Moyer, who was the then-longest sitting chief justice in the US. After completing the clerkship, Stephen returned to the firm and has been there ever since.

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    Stephen’s investment arbitration experience includes acting as counsel in the following cases:

    • Contour Global Kosovo LLC v. Republic of Kosovo and others (ICSID Case No. ARB/20/50)
    • IuteCredit v. Republic of Kosovo (ICC Case No. 25135/HBH)
    • Blerim Devolli v. Republic of Kosovo (ICC Case No. 25183/HBH)
    • beIN Corporation v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (OIC Treaty)
    • Qatar Pharma and Ahmed Bin Mohammad Al Haie Al Sulaiti v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (OIC Treaty)
    • Marko Mihaljevic v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID Case No. ARB/19/35)
    • Bedri Selmani v. Republic of Kosovo (ICC Case 24443/MHM/HBH)
    • Rand Investments Ltd. v. Republic of Serbia (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/8)
    • United Utilities (Tallinn) B.V. v. Republic of Estonia (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/24)
    • Spółdzielnia Pracy “Muszynianka” v. Slovak Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2017-08)
    • Nurol İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş. v. State of Libya (ICC Case No. 22042) 
    • ACP Axos Capital GmbH v. Republic of Kosovo (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/22)
    • EuroGas Inc. et al. v. Slovak Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/14)
    • BCH Group Ltd. v. Gabonese Republic (ICC Case No. 20691/RD)
    • MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Plc v. Republic of Croatia (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/32)
    • Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. Republic of Ecuador (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11)
    • Achmea B.V. v. Slovak Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2013-12)
    • Jürgen Wirtgen, Stefan Wirtgen, Gisela Wirtgen and JSW Solar (zwei) GmbH & Co. KG v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-03)
    • Antaris Solar GmbH and Dr. Michael Göde v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-01)
    • G.I.H.G. Limited, Natland Group Limited, Natland Investment Group NV, and Radiance Energy Holding S.A.R.L. v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2013-35)
    • Voltaic Network GmbH v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-20)
    • I.C.W. Europe Investments Limited v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-22)
    • Photovoltaic Knopf Betriebs GMBH v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-21)
    • WA Investments Europa Nova Ltd. v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2014-19)
    • ECE Projektmanagement v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2010-5)
    • InterTrade Holding GmbH v. Czech Republic (UNCITRAL, PCA Case No. 2009-12)
    • Sergei Paushok, CJSC Golden East Company and CJSC Vostokneftegaz Company v. Government of Mongolia (UNCITRAL)
    • Phoenix Action, Ltd. v. Czech Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/5)

    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., with honors, managing editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 2002
    • Bowling Green State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1999

    Admissions

    • New York
    • District of Columbia
    • Ohio

    Courts

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of New York
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Ct. of App., District of Columbia Circuit

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
    • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) 
    • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)

    Recognitions

    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021 in the Arbitrator and Counsel category – USA
    • Judge Richard M. Markus Law School Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, 2020
    • Appointed to the Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) Panel of Arbitrators for International Investment Disputes, 2020
    • The Slovak Republic’s Appointment to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, December 2019
    • Who's Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders 2019
    • Selected to serve on Law360’s 2018 International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board
    • Recognized as one of three “MVPs” for international arbitration by Law360 2017
    • Who's Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders 2018
    • Who's Who Legal Arbitration Future Leaders 2017
    • 2016 Law360 International Arbitration Rising Star
    • 2016 National Law Journal top 50 “ADR Champion” 
    • 2015 Recipient of the Arbitration Award at The American Lawyer’s Transatlantic Legal Awards
    • Exclusive recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Client Choice Award from the International Law Office (ILO) for the “Arbitration” category in New York
    • 2014 Crain’s Business “Forty under 40”
    • Represented the winning party in three of the 20 Largest Commercial Arbitration Awards (dating back to 2001) listed by The American Lawyer Arbitration Scorecard; no other law firm had more than two
    • Selected for inclusion eight times in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a distinction that recognizes the top 2.5% of Ohio lawyers under the age of 40 or those in practice for 10 years or less

    Client Accolades

    • "I have benchmarked Stephen against all the other many very good lawyers I worked with over the years on several arbitration proceedings and have no doubt that Stephen is the number one."
    • "For the very beginning of his cooperation with our company we noticed his great skills in distilling complex and usually extremely technical matters in a way that makes our case easy to grasp and appealing for arbitrators ears, not necessarily knowledgeable of our industry."
    • "He is a rare combination of great personality, strong character, leadership, care, confidence, integrity, clarity, engagement, brightness, excellent persuasion ability and focus."
    • "Stephen is a great lawyer with extremely good commercial acumen and understanding of clients’ needs."
    • “His drafting of the different memorials was stunning and extremely effective. His cross examination and managing of the hearings were superlative. Nothing was left behind; every single aspect of the case was taken into consideration and deeply analyzed.”
    • “His logical thinking skills and business acumen are among the best I have ever seen in a lawyer.”
    • “What is exceptional about Stephen is his creative ability to find solutions when problems and unique situations arise, and to think outside the box in order to protect his client’s interests.”
    • “He has always shown the utmost commitment, perseverance, honesty and loyalty to us as his client. Stephen and his team are not only our legal representatives and advisers; their firm is also a real partner to our organisation.”
    • “He has the skills of a natural leader to develop trusting relationships within his team as well as with his clients.”

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    • Speaker, “Whether to Challenge an Arbitrator,” GAR Live, Hong Kong, October 22, 2020.
    • Speaker, “Recent Developments in International Arbitration,” The University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, March 3, 2020.
    • Speaker, “Midstream & Downstream Disputes,” AIPN/LCIA Dispute Resolution Conference Program, Houston, Texas, October 24, 2019.
    • Speaker, “EU Role in Shaping the Future of Investor State Arbitration,” International Law Weekend, convened by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), Fordham Law School, New York, New York, October 12, 2019.
    • Panel Moderator, “Achmea v. Slovakia – The end of an era or simply a bump in the road?”, 9th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2019, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 10, 2019.
    • Speaker, “Investment Arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty in the Wake of Achmea v. Slovakia,” 13th Annual Juris Conference on Investment Treaty Arbitration, Washington DC, April 8, 2019.
    • Panel Moderator, “Hot Topics in International Arbitration,” Harvard Law School, November 8, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Oil & Gas Pricing Disputes,” AIPN/LCIA Dispute Resolution Conference Program, London, UK, October 26, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Issues Faced by Respondent States,” 8th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 24, 2018.
    • General Editor, “UCIA – Universal Citation in International Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, March 2018.
    • Speaker, “The Usual Suspects? Choosing an Arbitrator and Eliminating Bias in International Arbitration,” American Bar Association Section of International Law, New York, New York, April 18, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Emergency Arbitration, Expedited Procedure and Early Determination,” New York, New York, April 17, 2018.
    • Panel Moderator, “Public and Private Interest in International Arbitration,” Paris, France, April 11, 2018.
    • Panel Moderator, “The Current Status of Treaty Shopping and Denial of Benefits Clauses,” 7th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2017: Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 26, 2017.
    • Author, “The Evolution of Natural Gas Price Review Arbitrations,” The Guide to Energy Arbitrations (2nd ed.), Global Arbitration Review, June 2017.
    • Speaker, “Stare decisis and appellate mechanisms in ISDS,” Loyola University Chicago Law Journal’s 2017 Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 7, 2017.
    • Author, “Advocacy in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” The Guide to Advocacy – Advocacy in International Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Global Arbitration Review, November 2016.
    • Speaker, “Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business – Pricing Disputes,” AIPN/ICDR Dispute Resolution Conference Program, Houston, Texas, October 28, 2016.
    • Panel Moderator, “Evidentiary Standards & Adverse Inferences,” 6th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 13, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Soft law in international arbitration: A friend or a foe?" International Bar Association Conference 2016, Washington DC, September 21, 2016.
    • Panel Moderator, GAR Live Energy, “Gas pricing now oil is cheap – what next for reopener disputes?” London, UK, 16 June 2016.
    • Speaker, “The Intersection of Health and Environmental Regulations with Investor-State Arbitration,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 31, 2016.
    • Speaker, “International Arbitration & Cross Border Business Transactions: Making the Right Choices,” ICC event, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, February 19, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Is It Time to Recognize the Doctrine of Stare Decisis in Investment Treaty Arbitration and/or Establish an Appeal Mechanism?” Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) 100th Anniversary: YMG Events, Paris, France, November 6, 2015.
    • Speaker, “New Trends in Oil and Gas Investment Arbitration and Lessons Learned from Recent Decisions,” Second Houston Annual Conference Oil and Gas Investment Arbitration 2015, Houston, Texas, October 30, 2015.
    • Panel Moderator, “Managing the Practical Aspects of Increased Transparency and Corruption Allegations in Investment Treaty Arbitration,” 5th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 22, 2015.
    • Speaker, “The Scope and Effect of Arbitral Awards on Long-Term Energy Contract Relationships Beyond the Resolution of the Precise Dispute Adjudicated,” International Energy Arbitration Conference, presented by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and the Institute for Energy Law (IEL), Houston, Texas, January 16, 2015.
    • Lecturer, “Investment-Treaty Law & Arbitration (Part 3): Remedies, Annulment, and Enforcement,” Lawline course, New York, New York, November 20, 2014.
    • Lecturer, “Investment-Treaty Law & Arbitration (Part 2): State Responsibility and Content of Protections under Investment Treaties,” Lawline course, New York, New York, November 19, 2014.
    • Speaker, “International Energy Dispute Resolution,” International Energy Dispute Resolution, Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section, Houston, Texas, November 18, 2014.
    • Speaker, GAR Live, Paris, France, November 14, 2014.
    • Co-author, “The Tribunal’s Finding of ‘Negligence,” The Oxy Case: The Defense of a Sovereign and Legal Decision of the Ecuadorian State, published by the Attorney General of the Republic of Ecuador, November 2014,.
    • Panel Moderator, “Threshold Steps in the Investment Treaty Arbitral Process,” 4th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference 2014: Investor versus State Settlement Cases: Practical Steps, in Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 30, 2014.
    • Lecturer, “Investment-Treaty Law & Arbitration (Part 1): Sources of Legal Norms, Triggering Protection, and Jurisdiction of Arbitral Tribunals,” Lawline course, New York, New York, October 23, 2014.
    • Panelist, “Cross Border Energy Disputes,” ICC Second Annual ICC Houston Conference, Houston, Texas, October 7, 2014.
    • Lecturer, at Lawline course, “International Commercial Arbitration: Judicial Control over International Arbitral Awards,” in New York, New York, 18 June 2014.
    • Lecturer, “International Commercial Arbitration: Who Decides Threshold Issues – The Court or the Arbitrators?” Lawline course, New York, New York, June 18, 2014.
    • Co-instructor, at the International Law Institute, “Investor-State Arbitration,” in Washington DC, 4 June 2014.
    • Lecturer, “International Commercial Arbitration: Focal Points in the Arbitral Process,” Lawline course, New York, New York, April 29, 2014.
    • Panelist, “Managing Project Development Risks for Oil and Gas Companies,” AIPN 2014 Spring Conference, New York, New York, April 28, 2014.
    • Co-author, “Entre la imparcialidad y la convicción: Issue conflict en el arbitraje internacional,” Latin American Arbitration Yearbook, Spring 2014.
    • Speaker, “Internationalizing Commercial Contracts: Dispute Resolution Basics,” Ontario Bar Association Institute 2014, Toronto, Canada, February 6, 2014.
    • Co-author, “ICDR Developments: ICDR Tertulia Sessions Gaining Popularity,” Dispute Resolution Journal, Volume 69, No. 1, 2014.
    • Speaker, “Americanization of International Arbitration: Myth or Reality,” Young ICSID, ICC YAF and ICDR Conferences, Paris, France, December 5, 2013.
    • Introductory Speaker, “Precedents: Benefits, Dangers and Myths,” the ICC YAF Conference, Miami, Florida, November 2, 2013.
    • Panel Moderator, “Recent Events in the Renewable Energy Arbitration Arena,” 3rd Prague Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 31, 2013.
    • Panelist, “The Ethics of Preparing Witnesses In International Arbitration: Is There An Uneven Playing Field?” ICC Canada 2013 Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 24, 2013.
    • Lead Speaker, “Factual & Expert Witnesses,” Young ICCA Workshop, Portorož, Slovenia, September 17, 2013.
    • Reporter, “Disclosures, Deliberations and Dissents,” ICDR Miami Conference Tertulia Session, Miami, Florida, September 11, 2013.
    • Lecturer, “International Arbitration: What Companies Should Know About Cross Border Contracts & Investing Abroad,” Lawline course, New York, New York, June 12, 2013.
    • Speaker, “Transparency in International Arbitration,” Latin American Congress on Arbitration, Lima, Perú, April 25, 2013.
    • Panelist, “Damages in Energy Disputes,” Juris Conferences' Seventh Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington DC, April 22, 2013.
    • Panelist, “Litigation and Arbitration: How to Manage, Resolve and Avoid Risk?” webinar, Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers, April 16, 2013.
    • Speaker, “Investment-treaty Arbitration,” University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 4, 2013.
    • Author, “Enforcing International Transactions: Why Your Company Should Include Arbitration Clauses In Its International Contracts What They Should Say,” International Law for CEOs: Lessons from Leading International Lawyers, March 2013.
    • Speaker, “International Arbitration: Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group, Cleveland, Ohio, January 22, 2013.
    • Speaker, “Natural Gas Disputes: Price Review Arbitration and Investment Treaty Arbitration,” Canadian Bar Association, National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section, Toronto, Canada, December 5, 2012.
    • Panelist, “Approaches to Arbitration: Across the Ages,” an ICSID investment-treaty arbitration panel, World Bank, Washington DC, November 1, 2012.
    • Introductory Speaker, and Panel Chair, “A Case Study of a Recent Award,” 2nd Prague Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 25, 2012.
    • Speaker, “Enforcing International Arbitral Awards,” ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, Chicago, Illinois, July 17, 2012.
    • Speaker, “International Arbitration: Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration,” International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, November 16, 2011.
    • Introductory Speaker, “Are BITs Serving Their Purpose?” 1st Prague Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, at the invitation of the Czech Ministry of Finance, October 20, 2011.
    • Speaker, “State Responsibility under Investment Protection Treaties: Nature and Scope,” Ecuador Investment Treaty Conference, Guayaquil, Ecuador, at the invitation of the Ecuadorian Attorney General, October 21, 2010.

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