International Business and Dispute Resolution


Because business is no longer defined by national borders, Gibbs Giden Locher Turner Senet & Wittbrodt LLP has a specific practice group dedicated to assisting clients with their international business needs. Our legal services in this area cover both transactional support and dispute resolution.

Cross-Border Contracting

The Firm is able to offer its clients a depth of international legal expertise which is unique to Los Angeles and the Southern California region. Our cross-border transaction attorneys have worked in foreign jurisdictions and understand the impact of foreign laws, multilateral and bilateral treaties and international modes of contracting. Gibbs Giden's lawyers regularly work with clients to structure their relationships to attain the maximum mitigation of risk possible while still achieving their business objectives.

Areas where we have assisted clients with their international engagements include:

  • •Cross-border manufacturing/distribution, sale-of-goods and agency agreements

  • •Intellectual property licensing

  • •International industrial and infrastructure projects agreements including EPC and EPCM as well as specialty sub-contract agreements

  • •Agreements for complex foreign investment, including long-term commitments in the energy and natural resources sector

International Arbitration

International arbitration is the predominant method of resolving commercial disputes arising out of cross-border business relationships. Gibbs Giden offers its clients a high level of expertise in this area as one of the few firms in Southern California with extensive international arbitration experience. Our attorneys have acted in disputes brought under a wide range of arbitration rules including those of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), UNCITRAL, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and the World Intellectual Property Institute (WIPO). Our international arbitration specialists have acted in matters in key jurisdictions around the world, including Amsterdam, The Hague, Stockholm, Vienna, Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt, Toronto, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, and in various US States.

Representative International Arbitration Matters

  • •Acting for a general contractor in an ICC arbitration arising out of a port project in the Middle-East, seated in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The applicable law was that of the UAE.

  • •Acting for a licensor in a Netherlands Arbitration Institute arbitration in Brussels, Belgium, arising out of an agreement to license automotive technology. The applicable law was Netherlands law.

  • •Acting for a contractor in an ICC arbitration in Zurich, Switzerland arising out of a infrastructure project in Taipei, Taiwan. The applicable law was the Swiss Federal Code of Obligations.

  • •Acting for a software developer in a World Intellectual Property Organization dispute arising out a failed joint venture, seated in Geneva, Switzerland. The applicable law was the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts (2004).

  • •Acting for a US distributor in a multiparty arbitration under the Netherlands Arbitration Institute rules arising out of claims of business tort and a master distribution agreement. The applicable laws were Illinois and Netherlands law.

  • •Acting for a manufacturer of marine equipment in an ICC arbitration in Zurich, Switzerland in a dispute arising out of a supply contract with a ship-yard. The applicable law was that of the Convention on the International Sale of Goods and Swiss law.

International Arbitration

To learn more about international arbitration and the Firm's representative international arbitration matters you can download the full practice profile below:

PDF Link to the Full Practice Profile

Call us at (310) 552-3400 to find out more about scheduling an in house seminar on any of the following International Business and Dispute Resolution Topics:

- International arbitration overview.

- Due process and the enforcement of international arbitration awards.