News 19 Dec. 2019
Curtis Wins in London for Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
News 18 Apr. 2016
Curtis gains recognition in new Africa publication
News 24 Jan. 2020
Curtis defeats $400 million investment treaty claim brought against India
Event 02 Oct. 2019
Claudia Frutos-Peterson and Borzu Sabahi Lead ILI Advanced International Arbitration Training Sessions for the Philippines Office of Solicitor General
News 03 Feb. 2020
Curtis Announces New Partners and Counsels Across Offices in 2020
News 04 Dec. 2019
Curtis advises TIM S.p.A. on €240 million sale of its stake in Persidera, a leading digital terrestrial television signal company
News 18 Dec. 2019
Six Curtis Partners Featured in Who's Who Legal - Arbitration 2020
Event 04 Dec. 2019
New York Partner Eduardo A. Cukier Presented at the Latin Lawyer Live 4th Annual Tax Conference
Event 31 Jan. 2020
Partner Antonia Birt Speaks at 5th Annual GAR Live Abu Dhabi
Publications 15 Jan. 2020
Antonia Birt publishes IBA Arbitration Country Guide for the UAE
News 05 Feb. 2020
Partner Michael S. Schwartz Elected as an Officer of the Trusts & Estates Section of the NYSBA
News 20 Feb. 2020
18 Curtis Practice Areas and 22 Individuals Ranked in Chambers Global 2020
Event 12 Feb. 2020
Partner Simon Batifort Speaks at the 2020 Biennial Conference of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group
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One of the world’s leading international arbitration lawyers, Curtis Chairman George Kahale maintains an active practice in both international transactions and international arbitration, acting as lead counsel in some of the world’s largest and most publicized transactions and infrastructure projects in the international petroleum industry, representing energy ministries and national oil corporations in many oil- and gas-producing countries, and serving as lead counsel in several of the world’s largest international arbitrations.
Mr. Kahale is the head of the firm’s renowned international arbitration practice. Recognized as a leading international arbitration lawyer by Chambers, Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review, he has appeared in a number of the most significant global cases of recent years, including leading the Curtis team on the annulment proceeding in the 2015-16 Mobil v. Venezuela arbitration, which succeeded in annulling a US$1.4 billion award, the largest annulment in International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) history.
Mr. Kahale was the subject of a feature article entitled “The Oil Baron” in the June 2008 issue of The American Lawyer magazine. In February 2009, Latin Lawyer awarded its Restructuring Deal of the Year honor to a Curtis team led by Mr. Kahale for a series of financing transactions relating to oil projects in Venezuela. In April of the same year, The American Lawyer named him as one of its “Dealmakers of the Year” for his work representing KazMunayGas, the national oil company of Kazakhstan, on agreements for the development of the giant Kashagan oil field.
Mr. Kahale has written many articles on topics of international interest, such as sovereign immunity, the act of state doctrine, international arbitration and international petroleum contracts. In 2013, he was selected by the Burton Awards as a Distinguished Legal Writing Award winner for his article entitled: “Is Investor-State Arbitration Broken?” He followed up that article in 2018 with “Rethinking ISDS,” for which he received his second Burton Award in 2019. Both articles have been the source of extensive commentary and debate. He has also appeared as a keynote speaker and lecturer at various seminars and conferences: in 2014, he delivered the keynote address at the eighth annual Juris Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference; in 2015, he lectured at the Arbitration Academy in Paris; in 2018 he delivered the inaugural Brooklyn Lecture on International Business Law in New York under the title “ISDS: The Wild Wild West of International Practice,” as well as the widely reported keynote address at the 8th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference in Prague, which was also nominated by GAR for best lecture of the year. In 2019, he addressed the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s 12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators, which was held in Cartagena, Colombia.
Notable Practitioner - Global-wide International Arbitration
Leading Individual - USA-wide International Arbitration
Energy (Oil & Gas)
Public International Law
The Uproar Surrounding Petroleum Contract Renegotiations
Dealmaker of the Year, article from The American Lawyer
The Oil Baron, profile in The American Lawyer
BITs: Weapons of Legal Destruction? article from AR3 Magazine
Is Investor-State Arbitration Broken? article from Transnational Dispute Management
Rethinking ISDS, article from Transnational Dispute Management
ISDS - The Wild, Wild West of International Law and Arbitration
Keynote Address, 8th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Lecture, IISD 12th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators, Cartagena, Colombia
"unbeatable in both commercial and investment arbitration"
Legal 500 Latin America, 2018
"You will be hard pressed to find anyone with as much ability in the investment arbitration world."
Chambers Latin America, 2020
"Sources commend George Kahale's ability to 'always think two steps ahead of everyone else in the room.'"
Chambers Global, 2018
He is described as "one of the very best arbitration lawyers in the world" by clients.
Legal 500 Latin America, 2013
Sources note that "he has always stood out and his stewardship of his team is beyond belief."
Chambers Global, 2016