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Sam Haubold is widely recognized as among London's leading international arbitrators.  He is recommended by Chambers and Partners, Legal Business, Who’s Who in International Arbitration and is described in Global Arbitration Review as one of "London’s Superarbitrators.”  He regularly serves as chairman, sole arbitrator and tribunal member in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under all of the major sets of arbitral rules in various venues around the world.

Among Sam’s areas of specialization and experience are:
  • Investment disputes including governmental privitization and valuation
  • Insurance coverage involving Lloyds, London market and Bermuda form disputes
  • General contract and commercial disputes involving, among other things, international joint ventures, distribution and manufacturing agreements
  • Intellectual property, patent, trademark and technology issues
  • Banking and investment
  • Antitrust and unfair competition.

    Background & Professional Qualifications

Harvard Law School JD

Northwestern University, BS Science Engineering and Nuclear Physics

Member of New York and Illinois Bars

Admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court and numerous Federal Courts of Appeal and District Courts

Partner Kirkland & Ellis 1970-1994, New York and Chicago

Founding and Senior Partner Kirkland & Ellis International, London 1994-2003

Member: ABA, IBA, LCIA

    Examples of Recent Arbitral Appointments

The subject matter of recent arbitral appointment include:

  • Numerous Bermuda form insurance coverage disputes involving, among other things, general liability, catastrophic financial risk and employment practices liability claims (institutional and party appointments)
  • Dispute between private equity investors over investments in Turkish financial business. (institutional appointment)
  • Dispute between US and Dutch corporations over enforceability of long term chemical supply contract.  (party appointment)
  • Dispute between large private Singapore investor and international brokerage organization over validity of forced margin account sales. (institutional appointment)
  • Construction dispute involving Singapore infrastructure project (chairman)
  • Dispute regarding CD and DVD distribution and manufacturing agreement regarding music artists in EU market. (party appointment)
  • Dispute regarding Kazhkstan financial services joint venture (sole arbitrator)
  • Licensing dispute regarding distribution of skin care products (sole arbitrator)
  • Series of property damage and business interruption insurance disputes in various Southeast Asian venues arising out of 2004 Tsunami (party appointments)
  • Dispute involving freight forwarding of military equipment to Saudi Arabia during Iraq war (party appointment)
  • Dispute involving partnership agreement involving departing partners of large international law firm (sole arbitrator)
  • Dispute between private equity investor and owners of Chinese coal mining project. (party appointment)
  • Dispute involving charter party between US and Liberian parties concerning charter of cruise ships (sole arbitrator)
  • Dispute between Korean and Sri Lankan parties regarding manufacturing operations in Sri Lanka  (chairman)
  • Investment dispute regarding privitisation of water utility by South American country (institutional appointment)

    Publications & Presentations

  • Littleton Arbitration Forum: Res Judicata in International Arbitration: When is a Final Award Not the Final Word?
  • Littleton Arbitration Forum: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Drafting International Arbitration Agreements
  • Consultant Editor on arbitration for Amicus Curiae, Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  • Author of Evidence – "Problems of Proving Damages,” included in Commercial Damage treatise published by Matthew Bender
  • Author section on "Trial and Court Procedures in the United States” which was part of Trial and Court Procedures Worldwide, published under auspices of the IBA by Graham and Trotman
  • Member of Advisory Council, Institute of the Americas, University of London