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John Templeman is Counsel in King & Spalding's International Arbitration Practice.

With more than 15 years of experience in international dispute resolution, John specializes in international commercial and investor-State arbitration.  He has particular expertise in energy, mining, financial and sovereign-related matters, having represented corporations and State entities across the Americas, Europe and Africa. 

Qualified in three jurisdictions (New York, England & Wales and Australia), John has handled international arbitrations around the world under all major arbitral institutions and rules, including the ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL. In addition, he has served as arbitrator under the ICC Rules and has handled multi-jurisdictional litigation before the U.S., U.K. and Australian courts.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, John served as the global manager of another leading international arbitration practice in New York, and was a senior associate at a magic circle law firm in London. He has obtained an MBA from the University of London, two diplomas in international arbitration, Fellowship status of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and is on the panel of arbitrators of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

John has been recognized by Legal 500 United States as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’, Who's Who Legal as a ‘Future Leader: International Arbitration’ and Expert Guides as a ‘Rising Star: Commercial Arbitration’.  The directories describe him as a “top-class practitioner who works tirelessly”, is “great with clients”, “stands out in the international market as a young leader in the field who is responsive and great in joint projects with multiple jurisdictions” and “garners plaudits for his expertise in and immense knowledge of international arbitration.”

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Credentials

M.B.A., University of London, Distinction

Diploma in International Arbitration, University of London, Distinction

Diploma in International Arbitration, International Bar Association

LL.B., University of Western Australia

B.Ec, University of Western Australia

England and Wales

New York

Western Australia

French

Future Leader: International Arbitration


WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 2020 - 2024

Rising Star: Commercial Arbitration


EXPERT GUIDES: 2022

Recommended Lawyer: International Arbitration


LEGAL 500 UNITED STATES

“Stands out in the international market as a young leader in the field”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Top-class practitioner who works tirelessly” and is “great with clients”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Garners plaudits for his expertise in and immense knowledge of international arbitration”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

Number 1 International Arbitration Practice Worldwide


GLOBAL ARBITRATION REVIEW: 2020, 2022, 2023

International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year


LAW360: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

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Recognition

Future Leader: International Arbitration


WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 2020 - 2024

Rising Star: Commercial Arbitration


EXPERT GUIDES: 2022

Recommended Lawyer: International Arbitration


LEGAL 500 UNITED STATES

“Stands out in the international market as a young leader in the field”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Top-class practitioner who works tirelessly” and is “great with clients”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Garners plaudits for his expertise in and immense knowledge of international arbitration”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

Number 1 International Arbitration Practice Worldwide


GLOBAL ARBITRATION REVIEW: 2020, 2022, 2023

International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year


LAW360: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Matters

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a U.S. energy company and a Canadian energy company involving the licensing of kinetic energy storage systems.

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Canadian seafood distributor and a U.S. fisheries company involving the supply of seafood products.

Ad hoc arbitration representing two oil and gas companies in a dispute with a West African State concerning the award of offshore oil and gas blocks.

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Matters

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a U.S. energy company and a Canadian energy company involving the licensing of kinetic energy storage systems.

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Canadian seafood distributor and a U.S. fisheries company involving the supply of seafood products.

Ad hoc arbitration representing two oil and gas companies in a dispute with a West African State concerning the award of offshore oil and gas blocks.

Ad hoc construction arbitration representing a U.S. retail giant against a Bermudan insurance company involving claims to remediate a large retail store in New York.

Advising a French oil and gas major on foreign investment protection structuring for a multibillion dollar Iranian gas project.

ICC arbitration representing an Australian oil major against a West African State concerning oil concession rights under a Production Sharing Contract.

ICC arbitration representing an English / Namibian oil and gas company against a Brazilian technical services company involving deepwater drilling and offshore exploration services.

ICC arbitration for a U.S. aerospace company against a European aerospace company involving rights to a satellite orbiting the earth.

ICC arbitration for a European joint venture against an Egyptian State entity involving the construction of a natural gas terminal at a port in Egypt.

ICSID arbitration involving the alleged expropriation of an oil and gas business in Azerbaijan (Azpetrol International Holdings B.V., Azpetrol Group B.V. and Azpetrol Oil Services Group B.V. v. Republic of Azerbaijan).

ICSID arbitration involving the alleged expropriation of an aluminum business in Azerbaijan (Fondel Metal Participations B.V. v. Republic of Azerbaijan).

Investment treaty claim representing a Canadian mining company against a West African State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning the expropriation of gold and iron ore concessions.

Investment treaty claim representing a Swedish maritime company against a Baltic State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning the development of a cargo port.

LCIA arbitration representing a British aerospace and defense corporation in a multibillion dollar claim against several re-insurance companies relating to the failure of a business.

LCIA arbitration for a British gas company against its joint venture partner involving rights to a gas concession in North Africa.

UNCITRAL arbitration representing a global manufacturing conglomerate against a major Italian fashion house involving a product licensing agreement of a well-known fragrance.

UNCITRAL arbitration representing a U.S. oil major against a Latin American State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning an oil concession and related environmental claims.

International financial litigation defending a U.S. investment bank against civil and criminal claims brought by an Italian conglomerate in the U.K., Italy and Brazil.

Multi-jurisdictional shareholder actions representing a Dutch investment bank in claims spanning the U.K., Russia and the Netherlands.

Matters

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a U.S. energy company and a Canadian energy company involving the licensing of kinetic energy storage systems.

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Canadian seafood distributor and a U.S. fisheries company involving the supply of seafood products.

Ad hoc arbitration representing two oil and gas companies in a dispute with a West African State concerning the award of offshore oil and gas blocks.

See more

Close

Matters

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a U.S. energy company and a Canadian energy company involving the licensing of kinetic energy storage systems.

Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration between a Canadian seafood distributor and a U.S. fisheries company involving the supply of seafood products.

Ad hoc arbitration representing two oil and gas companies in a dispute with a West African State concerning the award of offshore oil and gas blocks.

Ad hoc construction arbitration representing a U.S. retail giant against a Bermudan insurance company involving claims to remediate a large retail store in New York.

Advising a French oil and gas major on foreign investment protection structuring for a multibillion dollar Iranian gas project.

ICC arbitration representing an Australian oil major against a West African State concerning oil concession rights under a Production Sharing Contract.

ICC arbitration representing an English / Namibian oil and gas company against a Brazilian technical services company involving deepwater drilling and offshore exploration services.

ICC arbitration for a U.S. aerospace company against a European aerospace company involving rights to a satellite orbiting the earth.

ICC arbitration for a European joint venture against an Egyptian State entity involving the construction of a natural gas terminal at a port in Egypt.

ICSID arbitration involving the alleged expropriation of an oil and gas business in Azerbaijan (Azpetrol International Holdings B.V., Azpetrol Group B.V. and Azpetrol Oil Services Group B.V. v. Republic of Azerbaijan).

ICSID arbitration involving the alleged expropriation of an aluminum business in Azerbaijan (Fondel Metal Participations B.V. v. Republic of Azerbaijan).

Investment treaty claim representing a Canadian mining company against a West African State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning the expropriation of gold and iron ore concessions.

Investment treaty claim representing a Swedish maritime company against a Baltic State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning the development of a cargo port.

LCIA arbitration representing a British aerospace and defense corporation in a multibillion dollar claim against several re-insurance companies relating to the failure of a business.

LCIA arbitration for a British gas company against its joint venture partner involving rights to a gas concession in North Africa.

UNCITRAL arbitration representing a global manufacturing conglomerate against a major Italian fashion house involving a product licensing agreement of a well-known fragrance.

UNCITRAL arbitration representing a U.S. oil major against a Latin American State under a bilateral investment treaty concerning an oil concession and related environmental claims.

International financial litigation defending a U.S. investment bank against civil and criminal claims brought by an Italian conglomerate in the U.K., Italy and Brazil.

Multi-jurisdictional shareholder actions representing a Dutch investment bank in claims spanning the U.K., Russia and the Netherlands.

Credentials

M.B.A., University of London, Distinction

Diploma in International Arbitration, University of London, Distinction

Diploma in International Arbitration, International Bar Association

LL.B., University of Western Australia

B.Ec, University of Western Australia

England and Wales

New York

Western Australia

French

Future Leader: International Arbitration


WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 2020 - 2024

Rising Star: Commercial Arbitration


EXPERT GUIDES: 2022

Recommended Lawyer: International Arbitration


LEGAL 500 UNITED STATES

“Stands out in the international market as a young leader in the field”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Top-class practitioner who works tirelessly” and is “great with clients”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Garners plaudits for his expertise in and immense knowledge of international arbitration”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

Number 1 International Arbitration Practice Worldwide


GLOBAL ARBITRATION REVIEW: 2020, 2022, 2023

International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year


LAW360: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Close

Recognition

Future Leader: International Arbitration


WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 2020 - 2024

Rising Star: Commercial Arbitration


EXPERT GUIDES: 2022

Recommended Lawyer: International Arbitration


LEGAL 500 UNITED STATES

“Stands out in the international market as a young leader in the field”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Top-class practitioner who works tirelessly” and is “great with clients”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

“Garners plaudits for his expertise in and immense knowledge of international arbitration”


WHO'S WHO LEGAL

Number 1 International Arbitration Practice Worldwide


GLOBAL ARBITRATION REVIEW: 2020, 2022, 2023

International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year


LAW360: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022