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          Dr. Gordon Blanke

          Partner

          Gordon is a Partner in the International Commercial Arbitration team and specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

          Gordon is a Partner of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration with DWF (Middle East) LLP in the DIFC, Dubai. Gordon has extensive and wide-ranging experience in all types of international commercial and investment arbitration in both common- and civil law jurisdictions, having acted as advising counsel and arbitrator under most leading institutional arbitration rules (including the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCCAC, GAFTA, GCC, SCC and JAMS arbitration rules) and ad hoc in arbitrations seated in the US, Europe and the Middle East in relation to a variety of industry sectors, including private equity, banking and finance, construction/real estate, commodities, hospitality, travel/leisure, cosmetics, IT, telecoms, oil & gas, shipping etc. Gordon has also been appointed to the CIETAC, ADCCAC and CRCICA Panel of Arbitrators and admitted as an advocate to the DIFC Courts.

          Gordon also has relevant antitrust law experience. He served a training period with the late Merger Task Force of the Directorate-General of Competition of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and trained with former Advocate-General Jacobs and Judges Jaeger and Azisi of the European Court of First Instance and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg as well as the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France.

          Gordon holds an LL.B (Hons) from the LSE, London; a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Inns of Court School of Law, London; a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from Kings College, London, and an LL.M in European Litigation from the University of Luxembourg and the University Robert Schuman, Strasbourg. He also holds an MPhil in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Austria, and attended the ENA, Strasbourg, France, as an élève étranger. Gordon has been awarded a doctorate by the Law Faculty of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

          Gordon is a regular speaker on international arbitration at conferences and seminars world-wide, including in Europe, the US and the Middle East.  He has held teaching positions in international arbitration at the University of Southampton, England, and is an approved tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London/Dubai. Gordon is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish and speaks intermediate Italian and Japanese.

          Gordon is an Honorary Citizen of Utsunomia, Tokyo.

           

          Books/Special Journals:

          • The MENA Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration (ed. together with Prof. Dr. M. S. Abdel Wahab; Consultant Editor Prof. Dr. N. Comair-Obeid and Assistant Editor S. Corm-Bakhos), Juris Publishing, forthcoming 2019
          • Dispute Resolution in the Gulf (ed. together with S. Akhtar), LexisNexis, forthcoming 2018
          • Commentary on the UAE Arbitration Chapter, Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2017
          • Special Focus on Middle Eastern and North African Arbitration (together with S. Corm-Bakhos), Special Issue, 83(1) Arbitration (2017), pp. 2-80
          • Arbitration in the MENA (ed. together with Consultant Editor Dr. Habib Al Mulla), looseleaf, Juris Publishing, 2016
          • Annotated Guide to Arbitration in the UAE: Volume I – The UAE Arbitration Chapter, Thomson Reuters, 2014, accessible in electronic version on Westlaw Gulf
          • International Competition Litigation: A Multi-jurisdictional Handbook (ed. together with Prof. Dr. R. Nazzini), Kluwer Law International, 2012
          • Comparison of MENA International Arbitration Rules (together with Dr. H. Al Mulla & K. Nassif), Juris Publishing, 2011
          • EU and US Antitrust Arbitration: A Handbook for Practitioners (ed. together with Dr. P. Landolt), Kluwer Law International, published in association with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London, 2011
          • Comparison of Gulf International Arbitration Rules (together with Dr. H. Al Mulla & K. Nassif), Juris Publishing, 2010
          • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2009 (ed. together with C. Pollack), Global Legal Group, London, 2009
          • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2008 (ed. together with C. Pollack), Global Legal Group, London, 2008
          • Arbitrating Competition Law Issues:A European and a US Perspective (ed.), EBLR special edition, Kluwer Law International, 2008
          • The Use and Utility of International Arbitration in EC Commission Merger Remedies, Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2006

           

          Assignments representative of Gordon’s work as Counsel include:

          • Advising a UAE-based bulk investor in a dispute worth AED 300 million against a UAE-based property developer under the DIAC Rules with seat in Dubai and governed by UAE law;
          • Advising on a multi-million AED construction dispute between a UAE-based sub-contractor specialised in geotechnical and foundation engineering and an Indian owner under the DIAC Rules with seat in Dubai and governed by UAE law;
          • Advising on a construction dispute worth AED 500 million between a Kuwaiti employer and a Chinese contractor under the ADCCAC Rules with seat in Abu Dhabi and governed by UAE law;
          • Advising on a multi-million AED construction dispute between an Italian/French contractor and a US sub-contractor in relation to dispute arising from works provided within the framework of the Dubai Airport expansion project under the ICC Rules with seat in Paris and governed by UAE and French law;
          • Advising a UAE-based subsidiary of a UK contractor in a $US 90 million dispute with a UAE-based subcontractor in relation to the construction of an oilfield in Abu Dhabi under the ICC Rules with seat in Abu Dhabi and governed by UAE law;
          • Advising a UAE-based client in a dispute against a Chinese telecommunications giant in an international commercial arbitration under the SCC Rules with seat in Stockholm and governed by Swedish law;
          • Advising a majority State-owned gas company in a dispute worth US$ 180 million against a private power company under the ICC Rules with seat in Singapore and governed by English law;
          • Advising a leading US dairy machine manufacturer in a dispute with a Dutch purchaser of dairy machinery under the ICC Rules with seat in Paris and governed by Dutch law;
          • Advising Japan’s largest IT services provider in a dispute against an Dubai-based distributor in relation to the breach of a distribution agreement under the ICC Rules with seat in Munich and governed by German law;
          • Advising a UAE-based wood manufacturing company in a dispute worth EUR 20 mio against a German machinery and plant manufacturer arising out of the performance of an agreement for the supply and installation of a wood-cutting factory under the LCIA Rules with seat in London and governed by English law;
          • Advising a US travel goods manufacturer in a multi-million $US claim against an English franchisee under the LCIA Rules with seat in London and governed by English law;
          • Advising a London-based investment fund in relation to a multi-million $US dispute with a US placement agent under the JAMS Arbitration Rules with seat in Connecticut, USA, and governed by US law;
          • Advising a Kazakh shipowner in relation to a multi-million US$ payment dispute with a UAE-based charterer under a charter party governed by English law under the LMAA Rules with seat in London;
          • Advising a DIFC-based financer in relation to a dispute arising from a murabaha agreement under English law in an arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules with seat in Dubai;
          • Advising a DIFC-based contractor in a construction dispute under English law against a UAE-based petroleum company in an arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules with seat in Dubai; and 
          • Advising a UAE-based developer in a payment dispute under DIFC law against a DIFC-based management company in an arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules with seat in the DIFC.'
          In the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Legal 500 Gordon has been recommended for international arbitration in the UAE and is praised as “very professional” in The Legal 500 2016. Gordon is also listed as a leading arbitration specialist in Who’s Who Legal 2016 and Who’s Who Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017 and 2018. Gordon is a Vice Chair of the ICC-UAE Commission on Arbitration and ADR Steering Committee.