John Gardiner is global co-head of Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group. He concentrates his practice in the resolution of complex, high-exposure, multijurisdictional disputes before leading arbitral institutions as well as before federal and state courts in the United States.
Mr. Gardiner repeatedly has been listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Mr. Gardiner’s extensive litigation, arbitration and mediation experience covers a wide range of disputes in the energy, insurance/reinsurance, telecommunications, construction, auditing and accounting, and finance sectors.
He also has acted as arbitrator in complex international corporate disputes and as mediator in intricate corporate and partnership separation situations. He has participated as counsel in many successful mediations and expert proceedings both internationally and domestically.
Mr. Gardiner’s experience includes representing claimants and respondents in numerous international arbitral proceedings. Select experience representing claimants in arbitral proceedings includes:
- three claimants in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of India under the Mauritius-India BIT concerning an investment by investors in India’s satellite/space telecommunications sector;
- an Indian satellite and telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration seated in New Delhi against an Indian space agency regarding an investment valued in excess of $1.4 billion;
- a Japanese company in a LCIA arbitration seated in London arising out of respondent’s failure to comply with its contractual obligations valued in excess of $2.5 billion;
- Starr Investments Cayman, II, Inc. in two parallel HKIAC-administered arbitrations arising from Starr’s investment in China MediaExpress Holdings, Inc., formerly a publicly traded company created through a reverse merger with a Delaware company;
- the Argentine subsidiary of a major U.S. energy company in a shareholders’ dispute before the ICC involving a gas transportation system and processing facility in Argentina;
- a Hong Kong-based shipping company in an ICDR arbitration including obtaining a preliminary injunction in aid of arbitration from the state courts in New York;
- a client in an ad hoc arbitration arising out of a joint venture for the construction and operation of a power project in Brazil;
- a European developer and producer of automobile safety equipment in an ICC arbitration in Switzerland involving the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary knowledge in the automotive industry; and
Education : LL.B., University College Dublin, 1984
- Roll of Solicitors, England and Wales, 1998
- Roll of Solicitors, Republic of Ireland, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Executive Committee, New York International Arbitration Center
- Singapore International Arbitration Users Council
- United States Council for International Business
- International Council for Commercial Arbitration
- Institute for Transnational Arbitration
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