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Peter Sherwin is head of the International Arbitration Group and a Partner in the Litigation Department. He is resident in the New York office, frequently works out of the Paris office, and is a member of the Latin America Practice.

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 also has significant sports industry experience. Additionally, Peter regularly serves as an arbitrator in proceedings under the International Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and is a member of the Roster of Neutrals for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).  

Chambers USA ranks Peter as one of the top International Arbitration lawyers nationwide, reporting that he is "an extremely talented attorney with a great reputation in the field" and a “very smooth and effective advocate,” who "is praised for his expert handling of commercial cases across a variety of fields." Legal 500 Paris reports that he is recommended for "his excellent writing, oratorical skills, and strategic approach," "has extensive international experience," and is a "good negotiator."

Recent and notable matters include representation of:

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

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

  • 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, 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, 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
  • 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, obtaining a complete victory 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, 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 art dealer and 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