Wilson Antoon

Wilson Antoon

Wilson is an international arbitration and litigation specialist with over 10 years’ experience managing large scale disputes arising out of foreign investment, M&A, joint ventures, financial services, trade practices, fraud and commercial contracts. He supports financial institutions, governments, corporates and high net worth individuals across a range of sectors including banking & financial services and energy & resources.  

Wilson has experience as advisor and advocate in complex, high value disputes under a range of arbitration rules, including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and ICSID, and coordinating cross-border recognition and enforcement proceedings across jurisdictions. Wilson has been recognised by Legal 500 for international arbitration and public international law.  

Wilson is qualified as a lawyer in both England and Australia.  

Experience

Some of Wilson’s experience includes representing:

  • Russian businessman Mikhail Abyzov and his corporate group in a US $1 billion claim in the BVI courts against Viktor Vekselberg and Renova Group arising out of a joint venture agreement in the energy sector. 

  • The Kyrgyz Republic in successful set aside proceedings in respect of an UNCITRAL award which awarded sole shareholder in Manas Bank US $16.5 million for the alleged expropriation of the bank.

  • The Kyrgyz Republic in defending US $300 million arbitration proceedings brought by Canadian miner Stans Energy Corp, relating to the alleged expropriation of its rights to a rare earth metals mine.

  • Ukraine in defending ICSID arbitration proceedings in relation to a US $137 million claim made under the UK-Ukraine BIT by a British property investor, Krederi Ltd, alleging expropriation of a real estate project in Ukraine’s capital Kiev.

  • The Kyrgyz Republic in defending US $200 million UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings brought by Canadian miner Centerra Gold Inc., relating to environmental damage claims.

  • Ukraine in the defence of US $270 million arbitration proceedings brought by LSE-listed oil and gas company JKX under the UK-Ukraine BIT, Netherlands-Ukraine BIT and Energy Charter Treaty, which alleged unlawful imposition of tax measures.

  • A major investment bank in the defence of multiple proceedings in respect of investments in shares, options trading and associated margin loans.

  • The Kyrgyz Republic in the defence of a US$500 million claim by the former majority shareholder of AsiaUniversalBank, relating to the nationalisation of the bank following the 2010 revolution.

  • A number of clients in the defence of several high-profile class actions in the Australian courts in the areas of securities law, product liability, trade practices and professional negligence.   

  • A number of clients in connection with regulatory investigations in the areas of securities law, manipulation of forex benchmarks, directors’ duties, share trades and lending practices.  

Professional Memberships

  • London Court of International Arbitration Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)

  • Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) – International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 

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