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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 nearly twenty 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 in dispute of approximately €25 million to €155 million. Tribunals in five of these matters have issued awards in favor of Chris's clients, including:

- An award of approximately €50 million, plus €3.9 million and US $3 million in costs and legal fees and interest at a highly favorable rate in favor of my clients in their dispute with Spain in SCC Arb. No. 2015/150;

- An award of approximately €34 million, plus over €1.5 million and a quarter-million US$ in costs and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate in favor of my clients in their dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/20;

- An award of approximately €42 million, plus over US $5.1 million and half a million € in costs and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate in favor of my client in its dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/15;

- An award of approximately €12 million, plus approximately €1.9 in cost and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate in favor of my clients in their dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/095;

- An award of approximately €9.6 million, plus €1 million in costs and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate in favor of my client in its dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/158.

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 represents a company in an ICDR arbitration in a contract dispute in the nuclear power industry regarding the purchase of uranium fuel. I have also successfully represented a pharmaceutical company in a Texas appellate litigation to enforce a partial final award, which the Texas Supreme Court subsequently declined to review. The AAA tribunal ultimately awarded my client injunctive relief.

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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Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in eighteen 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. In each proceeding, between approximately €25 million and €155 million is in dispute.

Represents a major U.S.-based electric utility in an ICDR arbitration involving a contract dispute regarding the purchase of nuclear fuel.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm First Reserve in its dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/15. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €42 million, plus over US $5.1 million and half a million euros in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

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Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in eighteen 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. In each proceeding, between approximately €25 million and €155 million is in dispute.

Represents a major U.S.-based electric utility in an ICDR arbitration involving a contract dispute regarding the purchase of nuclear fuel.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm First Reserve in its dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/15. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €42 million, plus over US $5.1 million and half a million euros in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm Foresight and Denmark-based renewables firm Athena Investments(formerly Greentech Energy Systems) in their dispute with Spain in SCC Arb. No. 2015/150. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €50 million, plus €3.9 million and US $3 million in legal fees and costs and interest at a highly favorable rate.

Successfully represented Luxembourg-based investor Cube Infrastructure and France-based investor Demeter in their dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/20. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €34 million, plus over €1.5 million and a quarter-million U.S. dollars in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented Denmark-based renewables firm Athena Investments (formerly Greentech Energy Systems) and Luxembourg-based investor Novenergia in their dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/095. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €12 million, plus approximately €1.9 in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm Glennmont Partners in its dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/158. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €9.6 million in damages, plus €1 million in costs and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented U.S.-based Signature Pharmaceuticals in a Texas appellate litigation against an Indian pharmaceutical company to enforce a partial final arbitration award, which the Texas Supreme Court subsequently declined to review after written briefing. The AAA tribunal ultimately awarded Chris's client injunctive relief.

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.

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

Matters

Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in eighteen 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. In each proceeding, between approximately €25 million and €155 million is in dispute.

Represents a major U.S.-based electric utility in an ICDR arbitration involving a contract dispute regarding the purchase of nuclear fuel.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm First Reserve in its dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/15. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €42 million, plus over US $5.1 million and half a million euros in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

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Represents and advises dozens of European investors in the renewable energy sector in eighteen 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. In each proceeding, between approximately €25 million and €155 million is in dispute.

Represents a major U.S.-based electric utility in an ICDR arbitration involving a contract dispute regarding the purchase of nuclear fuel.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm First Reserve in its dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/15. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €42 million, plus over US $5.1 million and half a million euros in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm Foresight and Denmark-based renewables firm Athena Investments(formerly Greentech Energy Systems) in their dispute with Spain in SCC Arb. No. 2015/150. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €50 million, plus €3.9 million and US $3 million in legal fees and costs and interest at a highly favorable rate.

Successfully represented Luxembourg-based investor Cube Infrastructure and France-based investor Demeter in their dispute with Spain in ICSID Case No. ARB/15/20. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €34 million, plus over €1.5 million and a quarter-million U.S. dollars in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented Denmark-based renewables firm Athena Investments (formerly Greentech Energy Systems) and Luxembourg-based investor Novenergia in their dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/095. The tribunal awarded Chris's clients approximately €12 million, plus approximately €1.9 in legal fees and costs and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented UK-based private equity firm Glennmont Partners in its dispute with Italy in SCC Arb. No. 2015/158. The tribunal awarded Chris's client approximately €9.6 million in damages, plus €1 million in costs and legal fees and interest at a favorable rate.

Successfully represented U.S.-based Signature Pharmaceuticals in a Texas appellate litigation against an Indian pharmaceutical company to enforce a partial final arbitration award, which the Texas Supreme Court subsequently declined to review after written briefing. The AAA tribunal ultimately awarded Chris's client injunctive relief.

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.

Advised a European 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 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