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        Dr. Gordon Blanke


        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.

        Specialising in international commercial and investment arbitration,Gordon has worked on arbitrations across a variety of industry sectors, including private equity, banking and finance, construction/real estate, commodities, hospitality, oil and gas and shipping.

        He has extensive experience across all types of international commercial arbitration in both common and civil law jurisdictions, across the US, Europe and the Middle East, acting both as advising counsel and arbitrator. He has been appointed to the CIETAC and ADCCAC Panel of Arbitrators and holds rights of audience before the DIFC Courts.

        Gordon is recognised as a thought-leader in both international and antitrust arbitration. He is on the editorial board of a number of leading arbitration and competition law journals including the CIArb Journal and the Global Competition Litigation Review and provides regular contributions to KLI Arbitration Blog. He is a regular speaker on arbitration and competition law worldwide and a member of a number of leading arbitration organisations, including the UAE ICC Steering Committee.

        Gordon is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and an élève étranger of the École Nationale d’Administration (E.N.A.). He holds an LLM in European Litigation from the Universities of Luxembourg and Strasbourg as well as a PhD in Law from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has trained as stagiaire-référendaire with the European Union Courts in Luxembourg and as stagiaire-administrateur with the late Merger Task Force of the European Commission in Brussels. He has also served a training period with the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris. Gordon is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish.

        Gordon is the author of a number of books on international arbitration and litigation and has recently published with Thomson Reuters the Annotated Guide to Arbitration in the UAE: Volume I – The UAE Arbitration Chapter, the first-ever commentary in English on the UAE Arbitration Chapter.

        His other major publications include:

        • International Competition Litigation: A Multi-jurisdictional Handbook (ed. together with Prof. Dr. R. Nazzini), Kluwer Law International, 2012;
        • Comparison of MENA International Arbitration Rules, 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, Juris Publishing, 2010;
        • Arbitrating Competition Law Issues: A European and a US Perspective (ed.), EBLR special edition, Kluwer Law International, 2008; and
        • The Use and Utility of International Arbitration in EC Commission Merger Remedies, Groningen, Europa Law Publishing, 2006.

        Gordon has been recommended for international arbitration in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Legal 500 and is also listed as a leading arbitration specialist in Who’s Who Legal 2015.