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Obadele (“Oba”) Thompson is an associate in King & Spalding’s Houston office, and is a member of the International Arbitration Practice Group.

Oba is a former Olympic medalist and three-time Olympian in track and field. He now focuses primarily on complex commercial and investor-State arbitrations.  He has assisted with client representations at various stages of arbitration including drafting memorials on potential claims, researching and advising on arbitrator selections, drafting memorials, evidence review, preparing materials used in arbitration hearings, and matters related post-award proceedings.

Oba was also seconded as Counsel (secondee) at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in London, England.  During his six-month secondment, Oba managed tens of international arbitrations spanning a wide range of industries including banking and finance; construction and infrastructure; energy and resources; entertainment and media; food and beverages; professional services; retail and consumer products; shipping (commodities), sport, and technology.  Oba’s responsibilities included liaising with the LCIA Court and Secretariat, various tribunals and arbitrators, and counsel for parties from all over the global. 

Before joining King and Spalding, Oba was an author, motivational speaker and the founder and director of Barbeli International Group, LLC, which focused on media and sports-related activities.  Oba also has participated in negotiating sports-related contracts and commercial sponsorship agreements.

Oba is also a four-time National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) champion and a medalist at various major international championships, including the Commonwealth Games and the World Indoor Championships.  He is an Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Youth in Barbados.  Oba graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.

Oba maintains a strong interest in sports and entertainment matters.

Credentials

B.A., Economics, The University of Texas at El Paso, summa cum laude

J.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Texas

Matters

Assisting with representing a major U.S. oil company defending its multimillion-dollar arbitral award under UNCITRAL Rules against a set-aside action in The Netherlands.  The underlying arbitration involved Ecuador breaching its obligations under the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.

Assisted with representing a major Spanish gas distribution company in two commercial arbitrations against a State-owned gas company before a regional arbitral institution.  The disputes involve a long-term gas supply agreement.

Assisted with representing a claimant in a multibillion-dollar investor-State ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.  The dispute involves natural gas supply.

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Assisting with representing a major U.S. oil company defending its multimillion-dollar arbitral award under UNCITRAL Rules against a set-aside action in The Netherlands.  The underlying arbitration involved Ecuador breaching its obligations under the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.

Assisted with representing a major Spanish gas distribution company in two commercial arbitrations against a State-owned gas company before a regional arbitral institution.  The disputes involve a long-term gas supply agreement.

Assisted with representing a claimant in a multibillion-dollar investor-State ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.  The dispute involves natural gas supply.

Matters

Assisting with representing a major U.S. oil company defending its multimillion-dollar arbitral award under UNCITRAL Rules against a set-aside action in The Netherlands.  The underlying arbitration involved Ecuador breaching its obligations under the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.

Assisted with representing a major Spanish gas distribution company in two commercial arbitrations against a State-owned gas company before a regional arbitral institution.  The disputes involve a long-term gas supply agreement.

Assisted with representing a claimant in a multibillion-dollar investor-State ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.  The dispute involves natural gas supply.

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Matters

Assisting with representing a major U.S. oil company defending its multimillion-dollar arbitral award under UNCITRAL Rules against a set-aside action in The Netherlands.  The underlying arbitration involved Ecuador breaching its obligations under the U.S.-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.

Assisted with representing a major Spanish gas distribution company in two commercial arbitrations against a State-owned gas company before a regional arbitral institution.  The disputes involve a long-term gas supply agreement.

Assisted with representing a claimant in a multibillion-dollar investor-State ICSID arbitration under the Spain-Egypt bilateral investment treaty.  The dispute involves natural gas supply.

Credentials

B.A., Economics, The University of Texas at El Paso, summa cum laude

J.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Texas