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Christopher M. Ryan

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Christopher Ryan is a partner in the International Arbitration Group at Shearman & Sterling. He has extensive experience in international arbitration and litigation, and has represented private and governmental clients in disputes before ICC, AAA, ICSID, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitral tribunals, NAFTA Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels, and U.S. federal courts. Mr. Ryan also has advised U.S. and foreign companies on various issues of public and private international law, investment and trade policy, and strategies for mitigating the risks associated with foreign investment. Mr. Ryan is a Lecturer at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he teaches a course on international investment law and investor-State disputes. Mr. Ryan also teaches a course on international commercial arbitration at The George Washington University Law School. In 2005, Mr. Ryan was a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School, where he researched and wrote on the calculation of damages in international arbitration.

Selected Experience

  • A North American agro-sciences company as Claimant and counterclaim respondent in AAA arbitration in Illinois against a plant breeding company regarding the alleged breach of a collaborative research and development agreement. Approximately USD 400 million was at stake. Illinois law applied.
  • A State-owned Latin American oil and gas company as Respondent in an ICC arbitration against a contractor involving the expansion of a refinery. The seat of arbitration is The Hague.
  • An international joint venture as Respondent and Counterclaimant and in an ICDR arbitration in New York initiated by a North Asian company. The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a chemical plant in North America. Issues include delay and defective works. New York law applies.
  • An Asian engineering and construction contractor as Claimant in an ICC arbitration in New York against a North American owner. The dispute arises from an agreement for the construction of a coal gasification facility in the United States. New York law applies.
  • The Dow Chemical Company in an ICC arbitration in London against Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) arising out of the failure of the latter to close a large joint venture transaction. English law applied. Dow was awarded more than USD 2.47 billion. PIC's challenge to the award in the High Court in London, brought under the English Arbitration Act, was rejected, as was PIC's application for leave to appeal.
Selected Publications
  • "Forum Non Conveniens Defeats Enforcement of International Arbitration Award: Figueiredo Ferraz E Engenharia de Projeto Ltda v. The Republic of Peru et al.," 665 F.3d 384 (2d Cir, 2011), 15 Int. Arb. Law Rev., Issue 2, (2012)
  • "U.S. Developments on the Enforcement of Awards Set Aside by the Courts of the Seat of Arbitration," in Stephen Bond & Frederic Bachand (eds.), International Arbitration Court Decisions (3d. 2011)

Practice

  • International Arbitration
    • Litigation

      Industry

      • Mining & Metals
        • Financial Institutions

          Region

          • North America

            Education

            • Yale Law School, Visiting Scholar, 2005
            • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2000, with honors
            • Villanova University, M.A., 1993
            • Temple University, B.A., 1992, Honors Program

            Admissions/Qualifications

            • New York
            • District of Columbia

            Courts

            • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
            • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
            • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
            • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
            • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
            • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
            • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
            • United States Court of International Trade
            • United States Court of Federal Claims
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