Daniel Gal has extensive experience in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes and litigation, and has particular capabilities in complex multijurisdictional disputes in growth markets, in particular the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Brazil.


Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Gal led the strategic development of the Middle Eastern litigation practice of another major U.S. law firm. Over the course of the last 15 years, he has represented some of the world’s leading companies in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and finance, infrastructure, energy, construction and technology under a variety of different rules including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA and ad hoc arbitrations. He is presently one of Australia’s representatives to the ICC Commission on Arbitration.

Chambers UK cited sources describing Mr. Gal as an “outstanding tactician” who is “determined in pursuing and protecting the client’s interests.” Chambers Global listed him for his international arbitration work in Latin America and his dispute resolution practice in both Russia and the U.K. and named him an Expert Based Abroad for his dispute resolution experience in Brazil. He also was ranked in Chambers Latin America, which noted his work in the energy sector, and in Best Lawyers in the UK. He also was named one of the 45 top international arbitration counsel worldwide under the age of 45 by Global Arbitration Review in August 2011.

Representations include:

  • the government of a Middle Eastern state in the enforcement of a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration arising out of a concession agreement;
  • the government of a Middle Eastern state in the negotiation of a major new strategic infrastructure concession and related litigation aspects;
  • the government of South Sudan in its highly publicized and strategically important arbitration with Sudapet Co. Ltd. concerning the disputed ownership of significant oil field interests (with a disputed amount exceeding US$1 billion). Legal Business named Skadden as its 2017 International Arbitration Team of the Year for the defence of this case;
  • a leading Middle Eastern investor in a bilateral investment treaty claim against a European state concerning the expropriation of an infrastructure concession;
  • a major Russian entity in a multibillion-dollar LCIA arbitration between the shareholders of a leading international telecommunications company, and related BVI proceedings;
  • a leading international telecommunications company in a multibillion-dollar investment treaty claim against a Southeast Asian sovereign state;
  • Cayman and Cypriot entities in connection with U.S. Chapter 11 restructuring of a subsidiary and advice in relation to related LCIA arbitration proceedings in London; and
  • a major Turkish construction company in connection with ICC arbitration proceedings against an African state concerning a series of high-profile construction projects.

Experience prior to joining Skadden includes representing:

  • a series of British Virgin Islands funds in connection with the successful setting aside of a significant arbitral award in Singapore affecting, amongst other things, the rights of those funds to receive payment under certain tranche notes;
  • Saudi and Bahraini companies in a multimillion-dollar claim brought by them in the English High Court alleging lawful and unlawful means conspiracy, defamation and breach of confidence;
  • the controllers of Brasil Telecom in their high-profile multibillion-dollar shareholders’ dispute with Telecom Italia over the control of Brasil Telecom;
  • the Republic of Ecuador in a series of significant investment treaty disputes brought by foreign investors in the energy sector under the auspices of ICSID; and
  • one of Turkey’s largest construction companies in a substantial dispute in ICC arbitration under three contracts concerning an iconic development in the heart of Moscow.



  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2001
  • B.Ec., LL.B (Hons 1), Macquarie University, 1997


  • England & Wales
  • Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil-Proceedings)


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony Murray Gleeson, AC, QC, Chief Justice of Australia (1998-1999)

Daniel Gal

Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration