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Sara McBrearty is a senior associate on King & Spalding’s International Arbitration team in the Houston office.  She focuses on complex, international commercial and investment disputes arising from long-term and foreign projects. Sara has represented clients in several of the largest international arbitrations on record, and has particular experience in the energy sector.

Sara has acted as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of most of the major arbitral institutions, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC), the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), the Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), JAMS and ad hoc cases under the Permanent Court of Arbitration and UNCITRAL Rules.  She has also represented clients in arbitration-related proceedings in U.S. federal courts.

Sara has substantial experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in Latin America, Africa, and Asia in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas, LNG, electricity, private equity (at the fund and portfolio levels), infrastructure, and pharmaceuticals.  Her energy experience includes investment arbitrations brought against the governments of Ecuador, Argentina, Italy, Germany, and Egypt.  Her commercial experience also includes disputes regarding joint ventures, breach of long-term LNG contracts, tax disputes, private equity energy projects, and decommissioning in the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, Ecuador, Egypt, Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States.

Sara also advises clients in cross-border transactions, assessing risks and maximizing investment protections.

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Credentials

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

Texas

French

Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. In a 100% victory, the tribunal awarded our client over US $2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in two commercial arbitrations against Egypt’s national gas company regarding claims arising from a long-term LNG contract.

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Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. In a 100% victory, the tribunal awarded our client over US $2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in two commercial arbitrations against Egypt’s national gas company regarding claims arising from a long-term LNG contract.

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.

Representing an Indonesian pipeline operator in a dispute under a long-term LNG contract involving damages in excess of $200 million.

Representing a partner in a pharmaceutical joint venture in a breach of contract arbitration regarding illegal conduct, improper distributions, and intellectual property claims.

Representing a number of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in Energy Charter Treaty disputes involving several European states.

Representing a private equity client in a commercial dispute regarding a project in Brazil.

Representing a major US oilfield services and equipment provider in a German contract arbitration and related US litigation.

Serving as Secretary of the Tribunal in an ICC commercial arbitration involving an African state and investors in a railroad construction project under the auspices of the World Bank.

Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. In a 100% victory, the tribunal awarded our client over US $2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in two commercial arbitrations against Egypt’s national gas company regarding claims arising from a long-term LNG contract.

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Matters

Representing Chevron Corporation in a treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador seated in The Hague, concerning the US $9 billion "Lago Agrio" environmental judgment issued by the Ecuadorian courts, resulting in precedent-setting awards in favor of Chevron, including a finding of denial of justice and treaty breaches by Ecuador's courts, as well as numerous interim measures awards ordering Ecuador to prevent enforcement of the court judgment.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in an ICSID arbitration against Egypt concerning the Damietta LNG Project. In a 100% victory, the tribunal awarded our client over US $2 billion, finding that Egypt’s unilateral interruption of gas supply to the plant breached Egypt’s treaty commitments to treat UFG’s investments fairly and equitably.

Representing Union Fenosa Gas in two commercial arbitrations against Egypt’s national gas company regarding claims arising from a long-term LNG contract.

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.

Representing an Indonesian pipeline operator in a dispute under a long-term LNG contract involving damages in excess of $200 million.

Representing a partner in a pharmaceutical joint venture in a breach of contract arbitration regarding illegal conduct, improper distributions, and intellectual property claims.

Representing a number of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in Energy Charter Treaty disputes involving several European states.

Representing a private equity client in a commercial dispute regarding a project in Brazil.

Representing a major US oilfield services and equipment provider in a German contract arbitration and related US litigation.

Serving as Secretary of the Tribunal in an ICC commercial arbitration involving an African state and investors in a railroad construction project under the auspices of the World Bank.

Credentials

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

Texas

French