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Wade Coriell focuses on complex, international commercial and investment disputes. A partner, deputy head of our International Arbitration practice and leader of our Asia disputes group, Wade has been recognized by Chambers as "an excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out." He has represented clients in several of the largest international arbitrations on record in Asia and Latin America, and has particular experience in the oil and gas sector.

Wade has particular strength in handling high-profile matters pending simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions, often involving elements of public, investor and government relations. He has handled disputes against the governments of Argentina, Armenia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Peru, the Philippines, Romania and Venezuela, as well as international arbitrations for commercial clients in a number of other countries. His recent work includes handling four Asia-based disputes of over $1 billion each.

Wade has represented clients before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and other institutions.

Since 2015, Chambers has ranked Wade annually for his strong international arbitration practice. He also is listed in Who’s Who, Arbitration Future Leaders, Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review 100, and Latin Lawyer. In 2013, Law360 named him as one of five Rising Stars in International Energy Law, and The Global Arbitration Review has called him "a lawyer to know."

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Credentials

B.S., Georgetown University

J.D., Harvard University

Texas

Law Clerk, Sidney A. Fitzwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Houston Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Houston Young Lawyers Association

"An excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out."


Chambers Global

"A lawyer to know."


The Global Arbitration Review 100

A Leading Practitioner in International Arbitration


Who's Who, Arbitration Future Leaders, Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer

One of Five Rising Stars in International Energy Law


Law360, 2013

Matters

Won an award for declaratory relief worth approximately $1.5 billion in an AAA arbitration on behalf of a U.S. LNG company against one of its customers, arising out of a dispute over gas volumes at a new tolling facility.

Won a $360 million award for Burlington Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, arising out of the expropriation of an oil concession and associated counterclaims for alleged environmental contamination.

Won four groundbreaking interim measures awards on behalf of Chevron against Ecuador, arising out of Chevron’s claim for violation of the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty as a result of the government’s involvement in the fraudulent $9 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental contamination.

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Won an award for declaratory relief worth approximately $1.5 billion in an AAA arbitration on behalf of a U.S. LNG company against one of its customers, arising out of a dispute over gas volumes at a new tolling facility.

Won a $360 million award for Burlington Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, arising out of the expropriation of an oil concession and associated counterclaims for alleged environmental contamination.

Won four groundbreaking interim measures awards on behalf of Chevron against Ecuador, arising out of Chevron’s claim for violation of the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty as a result of the government’s involvement in the fraudulent $9 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental contamination.

Won an $85 million award for ConocoPhillips in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the proper tariff charged by a gas pipeline in Indonesia. The case involved the application of a contract's various representations and warranties to hold the gas transporter liable for a tariff increase decreed by Indonesia's pipeline regulators.

Won a $50 million award in an SIAC arbitration on behalf of ConocoPhillips China against its counterparty in a farm-out agreement arising out of three coal-bed methane concessions in China.

Won a $30 million lost-profits award in a Geneva-seated ICC arbitration on behalf of a Turkish electricity distribution company against the Turkish government, for breach of a privatization contract.

Won a favorable award for declaratory relief in an ICC arbitration on behalf of Phillips 66 against PDVSA and one of its subsidiaries, arising out of the price protection mechanism in a long-term crude oil supply agreement for a Texas refinery.

Representing Shell in an ICSID arbitration against the Philippines, arising out of a dispute over the tax assumption provisions in the service contract for the offshore Malampaya gas project.

Representing two U.S. major oil companies in an ICC arbitration against an Asian government arising out of a revenue-allocation dispute under a gas service contract.

Represented a construction contractor in an LCIA arbitration, arising out of a force majeure dispute related to an oil refinery in Kurdistan. The case settled favorably.

Represented PT Medco E&P Brantas in an AAA arbitration against Lapindo Brantas, Inc., arising out of an environmental indemnification dispute related to their joint operating agreement for oil exploration and production in Indonesia. The case settled favorably.

Represented Global Gold Corporation in an ICSID claim against Armenia under the U.S.-Romania BIT, arising from Armenia’s repudiation and violation of mining licenses issued to Global Gold for mineral exploration and exploitation in several Armenian oil fields. The case settled favorably.

Represented a major U.S. electrical contractor in several lawsuits and AAA arbitrations for breach of contract. The cases settled favorably.

Matters

Won an award for declaratory relief worth approximately $1.5 billion in an AAA arbitration on behalf of a U.S. LNG company against one of its customers, arising out of a dispute over gas volumes at a new tolling facility.

Won a $360 million award for Burlington Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, arising out of the expropriation of an oil concession and associated counterclaims for alleged environmental contamination.

Won four groundbreaking interim measures awards on behalf of Chevron against Ecuador, arising out of Chevron’s claim for violation of the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty as a result of the government’s involvement in the fraudulent $9 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental contamination.

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Matters

Won an award for declaratory relief worth approximately $1.5 billion in an AAA arbitration on behalf of a U.S. LNG company against one of its customers, arising out of a dispute over gas volumes at a new tolling facility.

Won a $360 million award for Burlington Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, arising out of the expropriation of an oil concession and associated counterclaims for alleged environmental contamination.

Won four groundbreaking interim measures awards on behalf of Chevron against Ecuador, arising out of Chevron’s claim for violation of the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty as a result of the government’s involvement in the fraudulent $9 billion Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental contamination.

Won an $85 million award for ConocoPhillips in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the proper tariff charged by a gas pipeline in Indonesia. The case involved the application of a contract's various representations and warranties to hold the gas transporter liable for a tariff increase decreed by Indonesia's pipeline regulators.

Won a $50 million award in an SIAC arbitration on behalf of ConocoPhillips China against its counterparty in a farm-out agreement arising out of three coal-bed methane concessions in China.

Won a $30 million lost-profits award in a Geneva-seated ICC arbitration on behalf of a Turkish electricity distribution company against the Turkish government, for breach of a privatization contract.

Won a favorable award for declaratory relief in an ICC arbitration on behalf of Phillips 66 against PDVSA and one of its subsidiaries, arising out of the price protection mechanism in a long-term crude oil supply agreement for a Texas refinery.

Representing Shell in an ICSID arbitration against the Philippines, arising out of a dispute over the tax assumption provisions in the service contract for the offshore Malampaya gas project.

Representing two U.S. major oil companies in an ICC arbitration against an Asian government arising out of a revenue-allocation dispute under a gas service contract.

Represented a construction contractor in an LCIA arbitration, arising out of a force majeure dispute related to an oil refinery in Kurdistan. The case settled favorably.

Represented PT Medco E&P Brantas in an AAA arbitration against Lapindo Brantas, Inc., arising out of an environmental indemnification dispute related to their joint operating agreement for oil exploration and production in Indonesia. The case settled favorably.

Represented Global Gold Corporation in an ICSID claim against Armenia under the U.S.-Romania BIT, arising from Armenia’s repudiation and violation of mining licenses issued to Global Gold for mineral exploration and exploitation in several Armenian oil fields. The case settled favorably.

Represented a major U.S. electrical contractor in several lawsuits and AAA arbitrations for breach of contract. The cases settled favorably.

Credentials

B.S., Georgetown University

J.D., Harvard University

Texas

Law Clerk, Sidney A. Fitzwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Houston Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Houston Young Lawyers Association

"An excellent advocate whose level of experience and ability make him stand out."


Chambers Global

"A lawyer to know."


The Global Arbitration Review 100

A Leading Practitioner in International Arbitration


Who's Who, Arbitration Future Leaders, Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500, Latin Lawyer

One of Five Rising Stars in International Energy Law


Law360, 2013