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Christopher Smith’s practice focus is international investment and commercial arbitration, as well as arbitration-related litigation. Chris represents clients from all over the world in the energy, pharmaceutical, automotive, and health insurance sectors.

Chris has extensive experience representing European investors in the solar, wind, and hydro sectors in over a dozen active investment treaty arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of several European States’ alterations to and abrogations of their renewable energy incentive regimes. Each of these disputes is administered by either ICSID or the SCC under their respective institutional rules, and involves amounts from €25 million to over €80 million in dispute. Additionally, Chris advises several other investors in both the renewable and conventional energy sectors regarding potential claims against these and other States.

In the field of commercial arbitration and litigation, Chris currently represents a pharmaceutical company involved in a AAA arbitration and Texas state litigation arising out of a joint venture agreement, where more than US $100 million is in dispute. Recently, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order in this case, instructing the trial court to confirm a partial final award in favor of Chris’s client and to send the parties back to arbitrate the remainder of the dispute.

Chris has experience representing clients in arbitrations under the ICSID, SCC, ICDR, AAA, ICC, DIS, CAS, WIPO, SIAC, and ASA Rules.

Since 2015, Chris has coached the University of Georgia School of Law’s Vis international commercial arbitration moot team.

Having worked for over two years in King & Spalding’s Paris office, Chris is currently based in the firm’s Atlanta headquarters.

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Credentials

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude

B.A. Political Science and History, Furman University, magna cum laude

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Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in sixteen active investment arbitrations in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania. Each proceeding involves between at least EUR 25 million and EUR 80 million in dispute.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute, where approximately US $200 million is in dispute. Recently, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order in this case, ordering the trial court to confirm a partial final award in favor of Mr. Smith's client and to send the parties back to arbitrate the remainder of the dispute.

Advise an investor in the oil and gas sector regarding the viability of a claim against a European state in relation to retroactive modifications to an investment regime

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Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in sixteen active investment arbitrations in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania. Each proceeding involves between at least EUR 25 million and EUR 80 million in dispute.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute, where approximately US $200 million is in dispute. Recently, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order in this case, ordering the trial court to confirm a partial final award in favor of Mr. Smith's client and to send the parties back to arbitrate the remainder of the dispute.

Advise an investor in the oil and gas sector regarding the viability of a claim against a European state in relation to retroactive modifications to an investment regime

Successfully represented an Indian health insurance coding company in an ICDR arbitration against a U.S. company in a dispute arising out of a stock purchase agreement

Successfully represent a U.S. manufacturer in the photovoltaic sector in a DIS arbitration against a German manufacturer in a sale of goods dispute.

Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in sixteen active investment arbitrations in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania. Each proceeding involves between at least EUR 25 million and EUR 80 million in dispute.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute, where approximately US $200 million is in dispute. Recently, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order in this case, ordering the trial court to confirm a partial final award in favor of Mr. Smith's client and to send the parties back to arbitrate the remainder of the dispute.

Advise an investor in the oil and gas sector regarding the viability of a claim against a European state in relation to retroactive modifications to an investment regime

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Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in sixteen active investment arbitrations in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania. Each proceeding involves between at least EUR 25 million and EUR 80 million in dispute.

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute, where approximately US $200 million is in dispute. Recently, the Texas Fifth Court of Appeals reversed a trial court order in this case, ordering the trial court to confirm a partial final award in favor of Mr. Smith's client and to send the parties back to arbitrate the remainder of the dispute.

Advise an investor in the oil and gas sector regarding the viability of a claim against a European state in relation to retroactive modifications to an investment regime

Successfully represented an Indian health insurance coding company in an ICDR arbitration against a U.S. company in a dispute arising out of a stock purchase agreement

Successfully represent a U.S. manufacturer in the photovoltaic sector in a DIS arbitration against a German manufacturer in a sale of goods dispute.

Credentials

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude

B.A. Political Science and History, Furman University, magna cum laude

Georgia

Georgia

Dutch

English

French

German

Russian

Spanish