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Craig Miles specializes in domestic and international arbitration of investment disputes and commercial matters. A partner in our International Arbitration practice, Craig represents clients before arbitral tribunals worldwide.

Craig represents foreign investors in disputes with host governments, primarily before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and private parties in commercial disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and other domestic and international arbitral institutions.

Craig has first- or second-chaired dozens of arbitration hearings involving disputes throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with particularly strong experience in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) disputes in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors, as well as in Latin America. He is regularly called upon to handle the quantum aspects of clients’ most significant disputes.

Among Craig's recent cases are some of the largest BIT awards and settlements ever obtained by foreign investors against the governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, Romania and Venezuela, among others. He also acts as lead external counsel to the Arbitration Committee of the USA Rice Millers Association, a trade group that has administered dozens of arbitrations involving the rice industry worldwide.

In 2011, Craig was named to the Global Arbitration Review’s “45 Under 45” list of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45. Also, he has been frequently recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Who’s Who, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer.

Fluent in English and proficient in Spanish and French, Craig frequently speaks and writes on international arbitration issues.

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Credentials

A.B., Cornell University

J.D., University of Houston

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Texas

American Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Named to “45 Under 45” list


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

International Commercial Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal, 2009–2017

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Chambers Latin America, 2011–2016

International Arbitration: Commercial and Governmental


Best Lawyers in America, 2010–2017

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Legal 500 Latin America, 2013–2016

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Chambers Global, 2011–2016

International Arbitration: Nationwide


Chambers USA, 2010–2016

International Arbitration


Latin Lawyer 250, 2008–2016

GAR 100


Global Arbitration Review, 2009–2016

International Arbitration: Global


Chambers Global, 2007

06.12.2014

Matters

Representing an international pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against another international pharmaceutical company in a dispute relating to the sale of certain Mexican subsidiaries.

Representing Dutch investors in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against a Southeast Asian State, in a dispute alleging unlawful confiscation of real estate and other assets without compensation.

Representing a global mining company in a BIT dispute against a South American State arising from the closure of a producing mine.

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Representing an international pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against another international pharmaceutical company in a dispute relating to the sale of certain Mexican subsidiaries.

Representing Dutch investors in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against a Southeast Asian State, in a dispute alleging unlawful confiscation of real estate and other assets without compensation.

Representing a global mining company in a BIT dispute against a South American State arising from the closure of a producing mine.

Representing Salini Impregilo in its ICSID claim against Argentina under the Italy-Argentina BIT, arising from the termination of a bridge and tollway concession.

Representing a major U.S. refining company in an International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) arbitration arising from the multi-billion dollar construction of a refinery expansion project on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Representing a U.S. integrated energy company in an Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC) arbitration against a South American State-owned oil company relating to the royalty-adjustment clauses in a concession agreement. A hearing on the merits took place in September 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing Bear Creek Mining Co. in its pending ICSID arbitration against Peru under the Canada-Peru FTA arising from Peru’s revocation of one of the company’s mining concessions. A hearing on jurisdiction and the merits took place in September 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing South American Silver Corp. in its pending UNCITRAL arbitration against Bolivia under the UK-Bolivia BIT arising from Bolivia’s nationalization of the company’s mining concession. A hearing on jurisdiction and the merits took place in July 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing Burlington Resources Inc. in obtaining an ICSID arbitration award against Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador BIT arising from Ecuador’s nationalization of two of the company’s producing blocks. See Award here.

Representing affiliates of Grupo Marsans in their ICSID claim against Argentina under the Spain-Argentina BIT, arising from Argentina’s nationalization of the clients’ investments in the Argentine airlines Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. The Tribunal upheld its jurisdiction over the claim and the merits hearing concluded in March 2014, with a final award pending. See Decision on Jurisdiction here.

Representing Murphy Oil in obtaining an UNCITRAL award against Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador BIT, arising from Ecuador’s unilateral modification of the participation formula in an oil production contract. The Tribunal had previously upheld its jurisdiction over the claim in 2013. See Partial Final Award here. See Partial Award on Jurisdiction here.

Representing affiliates of ExxonMobil in obtaining a (non-published) award in 2016 against Argentina under the U.S.-Argentina BIT for imposing measures affecting the clients’ investments in the oil & gas sector. The Tribunal previously issued a (non-published) Decision on Jurisdiction and Liability in 2013.  

Representing a U.S. energy company in an IACAC arbitration against a South American State-owned company in a contractual royalty dispute. The Tribunal issued a favorable declaratory award for the client in 2016.

Representing the principals of European Food and Drinks Group in obtaining an ICSID award against Romania under the Sweden-Romania BIT, arising from Romania’s revocation of certain customs-tax exemptions that underlay the investment in substantial food and beverage manufacturing facilities in an economically-disadvantaged region of northwestern Romania. See Award here.

Representing an affiliate of Exterran Holdings in its ICSID claim against Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT, arising from Venezuela’s nationalization of substantially all of the company’s assets, operations and facilities in Venezuela. After the hearing on the merits took place in July 2012, the case settled for a reported US $442 million. See press release here.

Representing El Paso in obtaining an ICSID award against Argentina under the U.S.-Argentina BIT for imposing measures affecting the regulatory frameworks governing the electricity and oil & gas sectors. See Award here. See Decision on Jurisdiction here.

Representing Impregilo S.p.A. in obtaining an ICSID award against Argentina under the Italy-Argentina BIT, arising from the termination of a water concession in the Province of Buenos Aires. An ICSID annulment committee subsequently upheld the award in full. See Decision on Annulment here. See Award here.

Matters

Representing an international pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against another international pharmaceutical company in a dispute relating to the sale of certain Mexican subsidiaries.

Representing Dutch investors in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against a Southeast Asian State, in a dispute alleging unlawful confiscation of real estate and other assets without compensation.

Representing a global mining company in a BIT dispute against a South American State arising from the closure of a producing mine.

See more
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Matters

Representing an international pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration against another international pharmaceutical company in a dispute relating to the sale of certain Mexican subsidiaries.

Representing Dutch investors in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against a Southeast Asian State, in a dispute alleging unlawful confiscation of real estate and other assets without compensation.

Representing a global mining company in a BIT dispute against a South American State arising from the closure of a producing mine.

Representing Salini Impregilo in its ICSID claim against Argentina under the Italy-Argentina BIT, arising from the termination of a bridge and tollway concession.

Representing a major U.S. refining company in an International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) arbitration arising from the multi-billion dollar construction of a refinery expansion project on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Representing a U.S. integrated energy company in an Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission (IACAC) arbitration against a South American State-owned oil company relating to the royalty-adjustment clauses in a concession agreement. A hearing on the merits took place in September 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing Bear Creek Mining Co. in its pending ICSID arbitration against Peru under the Canada-Peru FTA arising from Peru’s revocation of one of the company’s mining concessions. A hearing on jurisdiction and the merits took place in September 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing South American Silver Corp. in its pending UNCITRAL arbitration against Bolivia under the UK-Bolivia BIT arising from Bolivia’s nationalization of the company’s mining concession. A hearing on jurisdiction and the merits took place in July 2016 and an award is pending.

Representing Burlington Resources Inc. in obtaining an ICSID arbitration award against Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador BIT arising from Ecuador’s nationalization of two of the company’s producing blocks. See Award here.

Representing affiliates of Grupo Marsans in their ICSID claim against Argentina under the Spain-Argentina BIT, arising from Argentina’s nationalization of the clients’ investments in the Argentine airlines Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral. The Tribunal upheld its jurisdiction over the claim and the merits hearing concluded in March 2014, with a final award pending. See Decision on Jurisdiction here.

Representing Murphy Oil in obtaining an UNCITRAL award against Ecuador under the U.S.-Ecuador BIT, arising from Ecuador’s unilateral modification of the participation formula in an oil production contract. The Tribunal had previously upheld its jurisdiction over the claim in 2013. See Partial Final Award here. See Partial Award on Jurisdiction here.

Representing affiliates of ExxonMobil in obtaining a (non-published) award in 2016 against Argentina under the U.S.-Argentina BIT for imposing measures affecting the clients’ investments in the oil & gas sector. The Tribunal previously issued a (non-published) Decision on Jurisdiction and Liability in 2013.  

Representing a U.S. energy company in an IACAC arbitration against a South American State-owned company in a contractual royalty dispute. The Tribunal issued a favorable declaratory award for the client in 2016.

Representing the principals of European Food and Drinks Group in obtaining an ICSID award against Romania under the Sweden-Romania BIT, arising from Romania’s revocation of certain customs-tax exemptions that underlay the investment in substantial food and beverage manufacturing facilities in an economically-disadvantaged region of northwestern Romania. See Award here.

Representing an affiliate of Exterran Holdings in its ICSID claim against Venezuela under the Spain-Venezuela BIT, arising from Venezuela’s nationalization of substantially all of the company’s assets, operations and facilities in Venezuela. After the hearing on the merits took place in July 2012, the case settled for a reported US $442 million. See press release here.

Representing El Paso in obtaining an ICSID award against Argentina under the U.S.-Argentina BIT for imposing measures affecting the regulatory frameworks governing the electricity and oil & gas sectors. See Award here. See Decision on Jurisdiction here.

Representing Impregilo S.p.A. in obtaining an ICSID award against Argentina under the Italy-Argentina BIT, arising from the termination of a water concession in the Province of Buenos Aires. An ICSID annulment committee subsequently upheld the award in full. See Decision on Annulment here. See Award here.

Credentials

A.B., Cornell University

J.D., University of Houston

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Texas

American Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Named to “45 Under 45” list


Global Arbitration Review, 2011

International Commercial Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal, 2009–2017

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Chambers Latin America, 2011–2016

International Arbitration: Commercial and Governmental


Best Lawyers in America, 2010–2017

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Legal 500 Latin America, 2013–2016

International Arbitration: Latin America-wide


Chambers Global, 2011–2016

International Arbitration: Nationwide


Chambers USA, 2010–2016

International Arbitration


Latin Lawyer 250, 2008–2016

GAR 100


Global Arbitration Review, 2009–2016

International Arbitration: Global


Chambers Global, 2007

06.12.2014