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Peter Sherwin is a partner in the Litigation Department, head of the International Arbitration Group and a member of the Lodging & Gaming, Real Estate Litigation, Sports and Latin America Practices.

Peter's practice focuses on acting as counsel in complex cross-border commercial disputes, often involving a joint venture, a licensing or distribution relationship, or an acquisition, most of which are resolved in international arbitration and the rest in federal and state courts in the United States. He has significant pharmaceutical, lodging, real estate, and sports industry experience and, when necessary, regularly takes cases through trial or arbitral hearings. In addition, he often represents clients in civil RICO suits involving commercial relationships, both international and domestic.

Peter also regularly serves as an arbitrator in proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).  

Chambers USA and Chambers Global rank Peter as one of the top International Arbitration lawyers nationwide, reporting that he is "a great tactician with the pragmatism of a businessman" and "a thorough, well-prepared and intelligent lawyer," who is a "very effective advocate on his feet" and whose client service is "exemplary."

Recent and notable matters include representation of:

  • Fairmont Hotels, part of the world’s leading hotel operator AccorHotels, in an ICDR arbitration concerning an owner’s ouster of Fairmont from the operation of two hotels in Acapulco, Mexico, obtaining a full victory finding the termination wrongful and unjustified and awarding all compensatory damages and costs sought.

  • Salini Costruttori, the Italian infrastructure construction company, in long-running proceedings to enforce an ICC final award against the Kingdom of Morocco, with the D.C. district court granting Salini’s petition in full and rejecting Morocco’s argument that its own courts’ refusal to enforce part of the award precluded enforcement in the U.S. under the New York Convention, 233 F. Supp. 3d 190.

  • TTF Panama, an investment company, in an ICDR arbitration with its joint venture partner, Digicel, concerning the management and conduct of their mobile telecommunications business in Panama

  • Fairmont Hotels, a leading manager of luxury hotels globally, in an ICDR arbitration concerning an owner’s attempt to terminate the hotel management agreement for the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda, which settled on the eve of evidentiary hearings

  • Time of My Life, an Australian producer, in an ICDR arbitration brought by the author of Dirty Dancing to terminate the long-term worldwide production agreement for the musical stage version of the story, taking the case through evidentiary hearings and obtaining a complete victory

  • ABI Bank Ltd, a Caribbean bank, in an ICC arbitration in Miami brought by Andrade Gutierrez, one of the largest Brazilian construction companies, seeking over $35 million in connection with an airport rehabilitation and long-term bond financing, taking the case through evidentiary hearings and obtaining a complete victory

  • Zilip Pharma, a European biotech company, in an ICDR arbitration against Bayer HealthCare concerning its development of Zilip's technology for a longer-acting hemophilia treatment, taking the case through extensive evidentiary hearings

  • Votorantim Metais Ltda., a Peruvian mining company, in arbitration and litigation aspects of Latin America transactions, including post-closing indemnity claims in acquisitions

  • Colgate-Palmolive in a series of ICC arbitrations in Geneva with its Tunisian distributor and local manufacturer arising out of the termination of their business relationship, taking the cases through evidentiary hearings and obtaining complete victories in all proceedings

  • sanofi-aventis in a Swiss Rules arbitration in Zurich under Swiss law with U.S. pharmaceutical company Watson concerning the expiration of distribution and supply rights to a major drug that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annually, taking the case through evidentiary hearings and prevailing on nine out of ten claims

  • Alexander Ovechkin, the hockey superstar, in the attempt of his prior team, Moscow Dynamo, to bar him from playing for the Washington Capitals, obtaining a complete victory, 412 F.Supp.2d 24 

  • Norex Petroleum, a Cypriot-Canadian company, in its RICO suit against TNK-BP and others concerning the ownership of Yugraneft, obtaining reversal of the dismissal for forum non conveniens, 416 F.2d 146 

  • Jeffrey Loria, the principal owner of the Montreal Expos, in an ICDR arbitration and companion RICO suit brought by his Canadian limited partners, concerning his management of the partnership, the lack of a new stadium in Montreal, and his sale of the Expos and purchase of the Florida Marlins, obtaining a complete victory after lengthy evidentiary hearings

  • J.P. Morgan, as institutional trustee, in litigation brought by Brazilian beneficiaries of a trust, favorably developing applicable New York law, 199 F.Supp.2d 189