Bryan Dayton is of counsel in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice Group and is based in Dubai.

He has represented clients before arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, DIAC, SIAC and SCC, and US courts including the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits, SDNY, ED Texas and Delaware Chancery Court. He has also represented clients before government agencies including the US Department of Commerce, US Customs and Border Protection and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. He clerked for the Honourable Donald C. Pogue on the US Court of International Trade from 2004 to 2006.

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Major Projects
  • Represented an MEP subcontractor in two LCIA arbitrations against the main contractor in disputes governed by UAE law involving delay and disruption claims arising from landmark construction projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Represented a main contractor in its claims under Qatari law against employers involving major construction projects in Doha, Qatar, in third-party expert determination processes and settlement discussions.
  • Represented a joint venture as the main contractor in the preparation of claims regarding the construction of a large infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Represented a US project management company in an ad hoc arbitration governed by Lithuanian law for delays in the reconstruction of an oil refinery in Lithuania.
  • Represented an employer defending claims in a DIAC arbitration, for claims brought for the alleged wrongful termination of a project management company for a major hotel project in Dubai governed by UAE law.
  • Advised an employer in relation to an oil/gas project regarding potential overpayment claims against an EPCm contractor in a dispute governed by the UNCITRAL Rules.
Commercial and Investment Disputes
  • Represented a chemical company in a successful billion-dollar Paris-based ICC arbitration involving the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets from a joint venture governed by French law.
  • Represented a chemical company in a successful multibillion-dollar LCIA arbitration involving the breach of a joint venture agreement governed by English law.
  • Successful representation of a state-owned enterprise, as respondent in an investor-state arbitration regarding the alleged breach of the host state’s investment statutes.
  • Represented a Saudi conglomerate against a major corporation in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration seated in the Dubai International Financial Centre concerning investments made in a logistics and transportation business governed by English law.
Government Regulatory
  • Represented Mexican tomato producers in an antidumping case before the US Department of Commerce and the negotiation of a “suspension agreement” with the US government.
  • Represented ArcelorMittal in various antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Court of International Trade.


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2004
  • University of Chicago, A.B.,  Economics and Political Science, 2000


  • New York, 2005
  • Washington DC, 2007


  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • Guest lecturer, lecture on investor-state arbitrations, University of Athens, July 2023.
  • Speaker, “Border Disputes under International Law”, CIArb, Dubai Arbitration Week, November 2022.
  • Co-editor, Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects, Sweet & Maxwell, 2020.
  • Co-author “Delay (Legal)”, “Quantum (Legal)” and “Quantum (Legal and Technical)”, Dealing with Delay and Disruption on Construction Projects, Sweet & Maxwell, 2020.
  • Presenter, "Suspensions and Terminations under KSA, Qatari and UAE Law”, SCL (Gulf), Webinar, September 2020.
  • Presenter, “Construction Contract Models”, LACIAC-ACEN Dispute Management Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, January 2019.
  • Presenter, “Making Claims under FIDIC Red Book (2017)”, FIDIC Africa Contract Users’ Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2018.
  • Co-author, “Global Claims: An Area Ripe for Development in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates”, BCDR International Arbitration Review, 2017.

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