Genevieve Poirier advises on the resolution of high-value international commercial disputes and has acted in some of the world’s largest and most complex arbitrations.

Bio

Ms. Poirier’s experience in significant international arbitration and complex litigation covers a broad range of commercial and investment treaty matters, including disputes in the telecommunications, oil and gas, insurance, shipping, and banking and finance sectors, as well as regarding shareholders’ disputes.

A solicitor advocate with rights of audience in the English High Court, she also has been recognised as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Arbitration in both its 2018 and 2019 publications.

Ms. Poirier’s notable representations include acting for:

  • a Cypriot company in a series of urgent injunctions and a speedy trial before the Commercial Court, arising out of a shareholders’ dispute over a block of shares valued at US$1.5 billion;
  • NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s largest telecommunications company, in an LCIA arbitration against Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata Group, under an Indian law shareholders agreement. NTT DOCOMO was awarded US$1.2 billion in damages. Within a year of the award, Skadden secured enforcement in full, including defeating a challenge by the Reserve Bank of India. This is the largest foreign award ever to be recognised in India and successfully enforced. Skadden won multiple awards for this representation, including: Arbitration Team of the Year at the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards; International Arbitration Team of the Year at the 2017 Legal Business Awards; and 2017 Global Dispute of the Year for Commercial Arbitration (Asia) from The American Lawyer;
  • a private company in its worldwide recovery efforts involving both litigation and arbitral proceedings seated in England, India, Cyprus and other offshore jurisdictions;
  • ATK Energy EU Ltd (formerly EnergySolutions EU Limited) in proceedings before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court against the U.K.’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, in relation to ATK’s successful challenge to the award of a tender to decommission nuclear sites in the U.K., involving claims in excess of £100 million;
  • a Russian company in a Stockholm-seated arbitration against an international oil major, under the UNCITRAL rules relating to a long-term production sharing agreement, involving claims in excess of US$10 billion;
  • a subsidiary of the Shacolas Group, a leading private group operating in a diverse range of industries, including retail, logistics and telecommunications, in a dispute over retail operations at Paphos and Larnaka airports;
  • one of India’s leading real estate developers in a series of interrelated LCIA arbitrations seated in London in respect of disputes arising out of a development project in India. Skadden received a Highly Commended ranking in the 2014 Financial Times Europe Innovative Lawyers report for this representation;
  • the Slovak Republic in its successful defence of a bilateral investment treaty dispute involving claims in excess of €1 billion, a result named as one of The American Lawyer’s five Biggest Defense Wins in its global survey of international arbitration for 2011-13;
  • Vivendi Universal S.A. in its high-profile dispute with T-Mobile in three connected Vienna-seated arbitrations, together comprising Europe’s largest telecoms arbitrations relating to a shareholders’ dispute worth in excess of €2.5 billion under the rules of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre;
  • an AIM-listed developer of residential and commercial real estate in Moscow, in both Commercial Court and arbitral proceedings, in shareholder disputes with claims in excess of US$200 million;
  • a leading power generation company in Commercial Court proceedings against an international oil major active in the North Sea, in relation to a dispute arising out of sanctions against Iran;
  • a subsidiary of a multinational electric utility company in the successful defence of arbitral proceedings under the LCIA rules relating to renewable energy subsidies and tariffs in the U.K.;
  • a leading American private equity firm and one of the world’s major cruise lines in connection with a construction dispute with a major European shipyard, concerning two cruise liners, in Commercial Court proceedings with a value of more than €1.3 billion; and
  • a leading European banking and financial services provider against a Brazilian company in multimillion-pound proceedings arising out of commodities futures trading.

Speaking Engagements

  • "Succeeding in Arbitral Proceedings Through Cross-Examination: Learning by Doing," ICC Austria Seminar on International Commercial Arbitration, Vienna, November 2015 (Faculty)
  • "Global Best Practices for General Counsel in Relation to International Disputes," Panel Discussion, Global Legal ConfEx, New Delhi, April 2015 (Moderator)
  • "Use and Abuse of Anti-Arbitration Injunctions: Strategies in Dealing With Anti-Arbitration Injunctions," and "Court Assistance in International Arbitration — How to Use It Wisely and Efficiently," ASA Below 40 Conference, Geneva, May 2014

Credentials

Education

  • LL.B., Victoria University of Wellington, 2003 (first class honours)

Admissions

  • Solicitor, England & Wales (2006)
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
  • New Zealand

Genevieve Poirier

Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration