PARIS, July 12, 2012—Eric A. Schwartz, a partner in the international arbitration practice of King & Spalding, was appointed to a three-year term as the United States vice president of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), effective July 1. Previously, he had been the U.S. member for the past three years.
Schwartz, one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world, served as Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration from 1992 to 1996 and oversaw the work of the ICC court and its secretariat in relation to 2,500 international arbitration cases.
Membership of the Paris-based court comprises more than 80 nations. The International Court of Arbitration was founded in 1923, four years after the International Chamber of Commerce was formed to serve world business by promoting trade and investment, open markets for goods and services, and the free flow of capital. Arbitration under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration is on the increase. The court received close to 800 cases in 2011 and had 1,500 cases pending at the end of last year.
Schwartz, who has practiced law in Paris for 30 years, focuses on international commercial arbitration, with particular expertise in large, complex disputes in the areas of civil engineering and construction, oil and gas, and information technology and telecommunications. He also has a substantial investment treaty arbitration practice and handles a number of treaty-based arbitrations on behalf of investors and states. He is co-author of A Guide to the ICC Rules of Arbitration, one of the leading treatises on ICC arbitration.
King & Spalding is a world leader in both foreign investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. In 2012 Global Arbitration Review ranked King & Spalding fourth among the world’s top global firms serving as arbitration counsel. In the Chambers Global 2012 guide 10 King & Spalding arbitration lawyers received a total of 18 listings, and the 2012 edition of Legal 500 U.S. selected King & Spalding as one of four firms recognized in Band 1 for arbitration experience. In 2011 the firm earned the number three spot in Focus Europe’s arbitration scorecard, a worldwide survey by The American Lawyer.
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