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Christopher Smith is a member of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Practice. Having spent over two years in the firm's Paris office, Mr. Smith is currently based in Atlanta, where his practice focuses on international investment and commercial arbitration.

Mr. Smith has considerable experience in the energy sector, with a particular focus on renewable energy. He represents 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 Spain's, Italy's, and Bulgaria's 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. Mr. Smith also 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, Mr. Smith represents a pharmaceutical company involved in a AAA arbitration and Texas state litigation arising out of a joint venture agreement, 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.

Among other disputes, Mr. Smith has also successfully represented an Indian health insurance coding company involved in an ICDR arbitration against a U.S. entity involving a stock purchase agreement, as well as a U.S. manufacturer in the photovoltaic sector in a DIS arbitration against a German manufacturer in a sale of goods dispute.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Smith worked in the International Arbitration Practice of a premier Swiss law firm in Zurich. During his time in Switzerland,  Mr. Smith was involved in several international commercial and sports arbitration disputes, acting both as a party representative and tribunal secretary in institutional arbitrations.

Mr. Smith has experience working under the ICSID, SCC, ICDR, AAA, ICC, ASA, DIS, WIPO, and CAS arbitral rules. He has handled matters involving legal systems across Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa.

Since 2016, Mr. Smith has also been a coach of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team.

Prior to sitting for the bar exam, Mr. Smith studied law at the University of Georgia outside Atlanta, where he was a member of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team, and the Negotiations Competition Team.

During law school, Mr. Smith spent two summers interning in Cologne, Germany, first in the International Business Practice of a large German law firm, and then in the International Arbitration Practice of a major international law firm.

Publications

  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta-Trading E Marketing Sociedad Unipessoal LDA v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/26), J. Int’l Damages in Int’l Arb., Vol. 3, No. 1, 2016, co-authored with Ginny Castelan
  • Mobil Investments Canada Inc. & Murphy Oil Corp. v. Canada, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/07/4, J. Int’l Damages in Int’l Arb., Vol. 3, No. 1, 2016
  • Mobil Investments Canada Inc. & Murphy Oil Corp. v. Canada, King & Spalding: Quantum Quarterly Issue 08, 1Q 2016
  • Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by Retroactive Legislative Changes, King & Spalding Energy Newsletter (November 2015), co-authored with Amy Frey
  • An Eleventh Circuit U-Turn: How International Arbitration Practitioners Should Now Engage § 1782 Discovery in the United States, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 19 February 2014, co-authored with James Menz
  • The Appeal of ICSID Awards: How the AMINZ Appellate Mechanism Can Guide Reform of ICSID Procedure, 41 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 567 (2013)
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Credentials

J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude

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

Georgia

Georgia

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English

French

German

Russian

Spanish

Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by several European states

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

Successfully represented a U.S. pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

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Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by several European states

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

Successfully represented a U.S. pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

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

Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by several European states

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

Successfully represented a U.S. pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

See more
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Matters

Advising dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in relation to claims under the Energy Charter Treaty arising out of changes to feed-in tariffs and other incentive regimes by several European states

Representing a pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

Successfully represented a U.S. pharmaceutical company in a AAA and related litigation in Texas state courts arbitration regarding a joint venture dispute

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

Credentials

J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude

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

Georgia

Georgia

Dutch

English

French

German

Russian

Spanish