Michael Davar is a UK-qualified lawyer specialising in international arbitration and litigation in our London office. Michael advises on a range of complex multijurisdictional commercial disputes for various clients, including governments, oil and gas operators, offshore contractors, mining companies, ship owners, charterers, brokers, traders, shipbuilders, banks, private equity companies, information technology companies and high-net-worth individuals in arbitration, litigation and mediation.
Michael is highlighted in The Legal 500 2021 for international arbitration and commercial litigation – mid market, and was described in The Legal 500 2020 as a rising star for work in international arbitration.
Michael regularly speaks in conferences and for industry groups. He is the co-author of the specialist legal volumes International Commercial Arbitration: 21st Century Perspectives (2016); Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law Policy and Comparative Practice (2016); International Commercial Arbitration: 21st Century Perspectives (2020); and The Regulation of Decommissioning and Abandonment and Reuse Initiatives in the Oil and Gas Industry (2020). His cases Essar Oilfields Services Limited v. Norscot Rig Management PVT Limited  EWHC 2361 (Comm) and AB Bank Limited, Offshore Banking Unit v. Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC  EWHC 2082 (Comm) have set English legal precedent.
Prior to entering the legal industry, Michael worked as an FX and Fixed Income Trader at a hedge fund. He holds degrees in law and economic history and speaks several languages, including Russian and Georgian.
Shipping and Shipbuilding
Fraud, Private Equity, Private Client and General Commercial Matters