Chris Colbridge - Partner


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Professional Profile

Christopher Colbridge is a partner in and heads the Firm's international litigation and arbitration group in London. Prior to joining Kirkland, Chris was a partner and head of the international arbitration and litigation group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in London. He has represented multi-national corporations, governments and government-owned entities in international arbitration and litigation cases around the world. In addition, Chris has particular experience in conducting white collar crime investigations on a global basis. Chris has been cited as a leading international arbitration lawyer in Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK calling Chris "highly competent." He was also selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer by London Super Lawyers.

Representative Matters

International Arbitration

  • Chinese investor in an ICSID arbitration against Belgium - the first ever ICSID arbitration commenced by a mainland Chinese investor.

  • Mining, metals and energy group and major shareholder in one of the world's largest commodity producers in a LCIA Arbitration involving a US$47 billion claim brought by one of its fellow shareholders. English law applies. Venue – London.

  • Middle Eastern publicly traded company in an ICSID arbitration against an Asian State.

  • US automotive company in US$250 million UNCITRAL arbitration against two French and Italian companies. Swiss law applied. Venue – Geneva.

  • Manufacturer of specialty chemicals in various LCIA arbitrations under the laws of Virginia and Switzerland. Disputes arising out of a number of related agreements.

  • LCIA arbitration. English law. English manufacturer defending proceedings for injunctive relief in LCIA arbitration and substantive proceedings arising out of pricing mechanism. Venue - London.

  • U.S. Motor manufacturer in ICC arbitration under Mexican law. Disputes arising out of Joint Venture Agreement. Venue - Paris.

  • U.S. energy company in ICC arbitration proceedings, concerning a slow speed diesel power plant in a Caribbean State against a European consortium. Issues included misrepresentation and fraud. English law applied. Venue - Toronto.

  • Multinational conglomerate in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Turkey relating to a 30-year electricity distribution concession.

  • English and German consortium in an UNCITRAL arbitration in connection with the development and construction of 2 x 610 MW coal fired power stations in Indonesia. English law applied. Venue - Stockholm.

  • Middle Eastern telecommunications operator in two ICC arbitrations arising out of a joint venture in Yemen. Yemeni law applied. Venue - London.

  • Multinational mining corporation in ICC arbitration proceedings arising out of the disposal of a controlling interest in a mining joint venture. Laws of Western Australia applied. Venue – London.

  • Middle Eastern publicly traded company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a customs enhancement programme in Africa. Kenyan law applied. Venue - London.

  • Middle Eastern publicly traded company in an ICSID arbitration arising out of a customs enhancement programme in South America.

  • South American Investment Bank in an LCIA arbitration arising from a series of acquisitions made by the Swiss adversary in Brazil.

  • Multinational corporation facing claims arising out of a development project in Africa, which were the subject of an ICC arbitration in London and Brussels. Belgian law applied.

  • English construction company in an ICC arbitration arising out of turnkey construction of a sugar refinery in Saudi Arabia. English law applied. Venue - London.

  • English contractor in an ICC arbitration against a French sub-contractor arising out of the installation of a complex fire protection system in a car plant in Portugal. Portuguese law applied. Venue - Paris.

  • U.S. energy company in two ICC arbitrations concerning a power project in Qatar. Qatari law applied. Venue - London.

  • U.S. energy company against Estonian oil company in LCIA arbitration in claims arising from privatisation of the Defendant. Settled on favourable terms. Laws of Estonia applied.

  • Italian energy company in LCIA arbitration concerning the construction of off-shore oil platform. English law applied. Venue - London.

  • Swiss pharmaceutical company in ICC arbitration against U.S. distributor in London. New York law applied.


  • The Boeing Company on its claims against partners Energia and Yuzhnoye arising out of the failed Sea Launch joint venture. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted a summary judgment which is likely to exceed $500 million.

  • Dutch listed company in €2 billion litigation in the High Court against Austrian billionaire and Austrian bank.

  • Middle Eastern telecoms company in largest case by quantum in the Chancery Division of the High Court in 2007 arising out of the largest LBO in Europe.

  • High Court litigation for private equity clients.

  • Middle Eastern financial institution in the recovery of its participation in a $1 billion syndicated loan.

  • U.S. construction company in large scale litigation in the English High Court concerning the construction of the world's largest beverage facility.

  • Middle Eastern Bank in a litigation in the English High Court brought by French food distribution entity concerning allegations of fraud.

  • U.S. energy company in a case arising out of the construction of a thermal power plant in Pakistan (including application for emergency interim relief in the English High Court).

  • Africa telecommunications company in litigation in the courts of the Eastern Caribbean Circuit against a Middle Eastern entity concerning an alleged breach of Heads of Agreement. BVI law applied.

Internal Investigations

  • Representing a petrochemicals company in a long running investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into breaches of United Nations sanctions and allegations of overseas corruption.

  • Representing a petrochemicals company in a long running investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") into breaches of United Nations sanctions, breaches of U.S. sanctions and potential breaches of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA").

  • Petrochemicals business in enhanced FCPA and anti-trust compliance review in ten jurisdictions around the world.

  • European oil and gas business in an extensive FCPA compliance review resulting from a joint investigation by the DOJ and the SEC.

  • U.S. construction company in FCPA compliance review.

  • UK corporation in internal investigation into possible corruption by employee.

  • Multinational investigation into possible bid rigging in connection with infrastructure projects in Latin America.

  • U.S. financial institution in UK FSA investigation.

  • UK fitness health and fitness company in an internal investigation.

Memberships & Affiliations

International Arbitration Institute
  • UK Correspondent

London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member

International Bar Association
  • Arbitration Committee of CPR


European Reform of Investment Protection & Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Expert guide: Litigation & Dispute Resolution Guide 2014,  Co-author Chris Colbridge and Philipp Kurek

The world is their oyster? The globalisation of investigations, 2012, Co-author Chris Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi

New Guidance on the U.K. Bribery Act and Self Reporting Issued by the Serious Fraud Office, October 2012, Co-author Chris Colbridge and Satnam Tumani

Serious Economic Crime, a boardroom guide to prevention and compliance, November 2011, Co-author Chiraag Shah and Chris Colbridge

Prior Experience

Shearman and Sterling LLP, London, UK
Partner and Head of International Arbitration in London
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