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Chris Bailey leads our global disputes practice in Tokyo and specializes in arbitration, litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. A partner in our International Arbitration practice, Chris represents clients in cross-border disputes and regulatory matters across a range of industries, with the core of his practice in the construction, energy and resource sectors. Chris has practiced for over 10 years in Tokyo, including a two-year secondment with one of Japan's leading trading houses.

Chris represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes submitted to arbitration under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce , the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, amongst others; and in national courts in England, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S.

Chris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and appears as an advocate in international arbitration. He is also a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in the English High Courts. In London, Chris was a commercial litigator appearing before the Commercial Court at the Royal Courts of Justice. In Japan, Chris is a member of the Dai-Ichi Bar Association and registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi.

On the regulatory front, Chris has been involved in full-scale corruption investigations involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the UK Serious Fraud Office and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as well as investigations arising out of transactions in Africa and the Middle East. He is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience before the English High Courts.

Since 2013, Chris has been featured in the Asia Pacific legal directories for Disputes and Projects & Energy, and in recent years, has been individually recommended in both Chambers and Legal 500 directories for Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms.

Chris speaks on investment protection, arbitration, dispute resolution and anti-corruption matters throughout Asia. His articles have been featured in publications such as Bloomberg Law Report and on the Lexology website.

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Credentials

England & Wales

Japan - Gaikokuhojimu Bengoshi

England & Wales ( Admitted 9/15/2003; Reg # 313807)

Japan - Gaikokuhojimu Bengoshi (Admitted 5/1/2013; REg # G846)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Reg #29335)

Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms


Legal 500

Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms


Chambers

Recognized in


Who’s Who Legal

Disputes and Projects & Energy: "… fantastic to work with. His analytical ability is exceptional. He always went into great detail and left no stone unturned”;“approachable, very knowledgeable on litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory investigations and a trusted adviser”; “tenacious, precise and excellent negotiator”; “a very smart guy”; “energetic.”


Asia Pacific legal directories

Named in


Asian Legal Business 40 Under 40, 2013–2017

Matters

Represented a Korean construction contractor in respect of a multi-contract dispute involving EPC works at a mine in Australia with SIAC arbitration and related Australian proceedings commenced under numerous heads of claim and quantum in excess of AUD 1 billion.

Advised Japanese interests on contractual and tortious liability over which the English courts had jurisdiction arising out of the supply to the Kashagan oil project in Kazakhstan following the suspension of production at the project. The suspension was expected to last for 2 years and cost billions of dollars.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an English Commercial Court claim in excess of GBP 709 million involving claims for deceit, misrepresentation and breach of contract and arising out of a GBP 48 million contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art customer management system.

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Represented a Korean construction contractor in respect of a multi-contract dispute involving EPC works at a mine in Australia with SIAC arbitration and related Australian proceedings commenced under numerous heads of claim and quantum in excess of AUD 1 billion.

Advised Japanese interests on contractual and tortious liability over which the English courts had jurisdiction arising out of the supply to the Kashagan oil project in Kazakhstan following the suspension of production at the project. The suspension was expected to last for 2 years and cost billions of dollars.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an English Commercial Court claim in excess of GBP 709 million involving claims for deceit, misrepresentation and breach of contract and arising out of a GBP 48 million contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art customer management system.

Represented a global automobile group in a JCAA arbitration and litigation the Thai courts for US$ 326 million arising out of the termination of long-term distribution agreements with local SEA counterparties governed by Japanese law. Parallel satellite litigation in the Singapore courts which proceed to trial.

Represented a Japanese trading house in ICC arbitration, and a jurisdictional challenge that passed through to the Thai Supreme Court, in respect of claims brought by a Thai state owned entity for USD 100 million in respect of allegedly defective equipment for a Combined Cycle Power Plant.

Advised a Japanese energy company on Energy Charter Treaty arbitration claims for fair and equitable treatment provisions and expropriation, and also Spanish judicial review, arising from changes to Spain’s wind power incentives and energy tariff regime. Estimated losses in the region of EUR 100 million.

Represented a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in a USD 84 million dispute with its US business partner arising out of Michigan law contracts that provided for AAA arbitration. The facts concerned treatment under the relevant contracts of a 2013 multi-million dollar corporate acquisition in Europe.

Represented a leading worldwide provider of oil field products and services in relation to a USD 79 million claim in the English Commercial Court arising out of a contract for the design and supply of a Drilling Instrument Control System and an incident involving a well off Equatorial Guinea.

Represented a leading Middle Eastern construction contractor in a jurisdictional petition to the House of Lords and an English Commercial Court trial for in excess of GBP 50 million in respect of profit from oil production and cost recovery from an interest in the Masila oil field concession in South Yemen.

Represented a Japanese construction company in ICC arbitration in London in relation to employer and sub-contractor disputes arising out of the construction of a plant in Algeria. Quantum was in the region of USD 25 million, with forty heads of claim and a tribunal including the Hon. Mr Justice Ramsey QC.

Advised Japanese interests in relation to their involvement in the Gorgon offshore field development in Western Australia. The relevant contracts concerned supply to the project and provided for reference to institutional arbitration in Perth. The issues that arose impacted the critical path to completion.

Advised the Korean project operator of the Shwe gas field in Myanmar. Issues have included a dispute over the volume and specification of natural gas delivered to the Chinese buyer, the disputed termination of a rig management contract; and the consequences of an explosion in the onshore gas terminal.

Advised various state and private Asian purchasers of LNG on their contractual rights in relation to price review provisions under long-term LNG SPA contracts concerning offtake from amongst others Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, the US and Yemen.

Represented a Japanese trading house in relation to claims of up to USD 210 million that concerned the trading of metal at sub-market prices and creation of artificial margin through futures trading. Included Middle Eastern criminal proceedings, Texan civil proceedings and DOJ and SFO investigations.

Advised a Japanese trading house in respect of US SEC/DOJ and Nigerian EFCC investigations anti-corruption investigations into allegations of bribes in excess of USD 180 million paid to the former Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, and other Nigerian officials to secure USD 6 billion of work.

Insights

Newsletter · Source: Building a Favorable Project Record

April 27, 2017
Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter April 2017

View all

Matters

Represented a Korean construction contractor in respect of a multi-contract dispute involving EPC works at a mine in Australia with SIAC arbitration and related Australian proceedings commenced under numerous heads of claim and quantum in excess of AUD 1 billion.

Advised Japanese interests on contractual and tortious liability over which the English courts had jurisdiction arising out of the supply to the Kashagan oil project in Kazakhstan following the suspension of production at the project. The suspension was expected to last for 2 years and cost billions of dollars.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an English Commercial Court claim in excess of GBP 709 million involving claims for deceit, misrepresentation and breach of contract and arising out of a GBP 48 million contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art customer management system.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Represented a Korean construction contractor in respect of a multi-contract dispute involving EPC works at a mine in Australia with SIAC arbitration and related Australian proceedings commenced under numerous heads of claim and quantum in excess of AUD 1 billion.

Advised Japanese interests on contractual and tortious liability over which the English courts had jurisdiction arising out of the supply to the Kashagan oil project in Kazakhstan following the suspension of production at the project. The suspension was expected to last for 2 years and cost billions of dollars.

Represented a leading telecommunications company in an English Commercial Court claim in excess of GBP 709 million involving claims for deceit, misrepresentation and breach of contract and arising out of a GBP 48 million contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art customer management system.

Represented a global automobile group in a JCAA arbitration and litigation the Thai courts for US$ 326 million arising out of the termination of long-term distribution agreements with local SEA counterparties governed by Japanese law. Parallel satellite litigation in the Singapore courts which proceed to trial.

Represented a Japanese trading house in ICC arbitration, and a jurisdictional challenge that passed through to the Thai Supreme Court, in respect of claims brought by a Thai state owned entity for USD 100 million in respect of allegedly defective equipment for a Combined Cycle Power Plant.

Advised a Japanese energy company on Energy Charter Treaty arbitration claims for fair and equitable treatment provisions and expropriation, and also Spanish judicial review, arising from changes to Spain’s wind power incentives and energy tariff regime. Estimated losses in the region of EUR 100 million.

Represented a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in a USD 84 million dispute with its US business partner arising out of Michigan law contracts that provided for AAA arbitration. The facts concerned treatment under the relevant contracts of a 2013 multi-million dollar corporate acquisition in Europe.

Represented a leading worldwide provider of oil field products and services in relation to a USD 79 million claim in the English Commercial Court arising out of a contract for the design and supply of a Drilling Instrument Control System and an incident involving a well off Equatorial Guinea.

Represented a leading Middle Eastern construction contractor in a jurisdictional petition to the House of Lords and an English Commercial Court trial for in excess of GBP 50 million in respect of profit from oil production and cost recovery from an interest in the Masila oil field concession in South Yemen.

Represented a Japanese construction company in ICC arbitration in London in relation to employer and sub-contractor disputes arising out of the construction of a plant in Algeria. Quantum was in the region of USD 25 million, with forty heads of claim and a tribunal including the Hon. Mr Justice Ramsey QC.

Advised Japanese interests in relation to their involvement in the Gorgon offshore field development in Western Australia. The relevant contracts concerned supply to the project and provided for reference to institutional arbitration in Perth. The issues that arose impacted the critical path to completion.

Advised the Korean project operator of the Shwe gas field in Myanmar. Issues have included a dispute over the volume and specification of natural gas delivered to the Chinese buyer, the disputed termination of a rig management contract; and the consequences of an explosion in the onshore gas terminal.

Advised various state and private Asian purchasers of LNG on their contractual rights in relation to price review provisions under long-term LNG SPA contracts concerning offtake from amongst others Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, the US and Yemen.

Represented a Japanese trading house in relation to claims of up to USD 210 million that concerned the trading of metal at sub-market prices and creation of artificial margin through futures trading. Included Middle Eastern criminal proceedings, Texan civil proceedings and DOJ and SFO investigations.

Advised a Japanese trading house in respect of US SEC/DOJ and Nigerian EFCC investigations anti-corruption investigations into allegations of bribes in excess of USD 180 million paid to the former Nigerian dictator, General Sani Abacha, and other Nigerian officials to secure USD 6 billion of work.

Insights

Newsletter · Source: Building a Favorable Project Record

April 27, 2017
Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter April 2017

View all

Credentials

England & Wales

Japan - Gaikokuhojimu Bengoshi

England & Wales ( Admitted 9/15/2003; Reg # 313807)

Japan - Gaikokuhojimu Bengoshi (Admitted 5/1/2013; REg # G846)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Reg #29335)

Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms


Legal 500

Japan Dispute Resolution: International Firms


Chambers

Recognized in


Who’s Who Legal

Disputes and Projects & Energy: "… fantastic to work with. His analytical ability is exceptional. He always went into great detail and left no stone unturned”;“approachable, very knowledgeable on litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory investigations and a trusted adviser”; “tenacious, precise and excellent negotiator”; “a very smart guy”; “energetic.”


Asia Pacific legal directories

Named in


Asian Legal Business 40 Under 40, 2013–2017