Michelle Glassman Bock has more than 15 years of experience in international arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of leading arbitration institutions, as well as with ad hoc proceedings. She has particular expertise with natural gas and other energy disputes, having acted as counsel in more than 20 gas price reviews. She has acted for both European and Asian parties to long-term gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply contracts, addressing all manner of issues arising under them.

Michelle also acts for parties in disputes involving LNG cargo shipping and delivery, hardship, telecoms, automotive, waste management, technological manufacturing and distribution, international joint ventures, shareholder disputes and contract disputes.

Who’s Who Legal reports that peers and clients say Michelle is “a very experienced and talented lawyer working in oil and gas arbitration, who impresses market commentators with her outstanding communication skills” and is “a fantastic arbitration lawyer with substantial international experience”. Who’s Who Legal has previously reported that “Michelle Bock is ‘a smart and thorough’ practitioner who ‘is extremely good at cross-examining witnesses’ and ‘excellent on damages matters.’ According to peers, ‘Her ability to digest massive volumes of information is tremendous.’”

Michelle teaches a course on international arbitration and litigation at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and regularly lectures at other European universities on the same.

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  • Advising various parties to LNG and pipeline-gas sale and purchase agreements (SPAs) regarding missed cargoes, delivery flexibility, and declarations of force majeure.
  • Acting for an Asian party in an Asia-based LNG price review arbitration, administered under the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Rules, with an amount in dispute of several hundred million US dollars, with English law applying.
  • Acting for multiple Asian parties in Asia-based LNG price reviews, with English law applying.
  • Advising an Asian party on their long-term LNG supply contract portfolio.
  • Acting in a European price review dispute under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules with an amount in dispute of several hundred million US dollars, with New York law applying.
  • Multiple gas price reviews under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) rules and ad hoc, regarding natural gas imported into the Turkish market.
  • Multiple gas price reviews under the ICC rules and ad hoc, regarding natural gas imported into European markets.
  • A series of national court cases regarding post-award proceedings in price reviews.
  • Represented a biotechnology company regarding a technology and engineering dispute in an ICC arbitration, sited in London with English law applying.
  • Represented an international energy-related concern regarding parallel proceedings in the US and Germany, with US and German law applying, respectively.
  • Represented a German renewables concern regarding parallel litigation in US and German courts, with US and German law applying, respectively.
  • Represented a leading European manufacturer in an ICC arbitration regarding a shareholder dispute sited in London, with English and Japanese law applying.
  • Represented a leading European telecommunications company involving the break-up of an international joint venture, with Swiss law applying.
  • Represented a leading European telecommunications company in multiple related arbitrations regarding an international joint venture sited in Vienna, with Polish and Austrian law applying.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Rice University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000

Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2006

Courts

  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Lecturer, International Arbitration, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Lecturer, Austrian Arbitration Academy Sommerhochschule, University of Vienna
  • Lecturer, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader, Energy – Oil & Gas 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader, Arbitration 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal: Future Leader, Arbitration 2017-2021

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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Global Conference of the Co-Chairs’ Circle, Brussels, Belgium, June 2022.
  • Panelist, CMBA International Arbitration program, November 2020.
  • Panelist, GAR Live Vienna, Vienna, Austria, October 2019.
  • Speaker, 2. Konstanzer Schiedsforum, Konstanz, Germany, September 2019.
  • Panelist, Young ICCA/CEPANI40 Skills Training Workshop on Cross-examination, Brussels, Belgium, September 2018.
  • Panelist, DRI Panel on Settlement of Disputes, London, England, June 2018.

Publications

  • “Flexibility from Uncertainty”, LNG Industry, August 2022.
  • “The Evolution of Natural Gas Price Review Arbitrations”, The Guide to Energy Arbitrations, Global Arbitration Review, 2022.
  • “Force Majeure Issues in Today’s Gas Market” in Global Arbitration Review, July 2022.
  • “The Asia LNG Market: Ongoing Impact of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict,” Squire Patton Boggs Alert, 2022.
  • “Gas Payment Issues in Europe: What Are the Next Steps?” in Global Arbitration Review, 2022.
  • “Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration,” in Wilhelmi, R., Stürner, M. (eds) Mehrparteienschiedsverfahren. Juridicum - Schriften zum Unternehmens- und Wirtschaftsrecht. Springer, Wiesbaden, 2021.
  • “The Adjustment Phase,” Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations, Globe Law and Business, 2020.
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