Abraham, Steve

Steve Abraham

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Steve Abraham is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution practice in London. He joined Baker McKenzie from another leading international firm in January 2013. Steve has extensive experience in international arbitration, adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation; he focuses on disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. He is also a solicitor advocate. Steve is recognised in his field by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Practice Focus

Steve's work is predominantly international, with projects in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and CIS countries. His practice focuses mainly on international arbitration, and he is experienced in working with all of the major arbitral institutions. In addition to commercial dispute resolution, Steve regularly advises on investment treaties and public international law issues. As well as representing clients in disputes, Steve advises on dispute avoidance and project management issues. He also sits as an arbitrator.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for a state utility in a multi-billion US dollar Geneva-seated ICC arbitration concerning the supply of gas from one state to another.
  • Acting for an internationally renowned luxury hotel group in a series of Geneva-seated ICC arbitrations and Commercial Court litigation in London arising out of the termination of a development in North Africa.
  • Acting for the owners/developers of a gas fired power station in Qatar in a Doha-seated ICC arbitration defending claims made by the EPC contractor for extensions of time and additional payment amounting to several hundred million US dollars.
  • Acting for a Chinese engineering contractor in two consolidated London-seated LCIA arbitrations concerning the construction of oil pipelines in Kuwait.
  • Acting for the owners of various offshore wind farms in relation to various disputes with design and installation contractors.
  • Acting for the sellers of carbon credits under an emissions reduction purchase agreement in a Londo- seated LCIA arbitration concerning the buyer's right to rescind the agreement.
  • Acting for the developers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link project defending a series of adjudications brought by contractors responsible for various packages of work on this multi- billion British pound project.
  • Advised several mining companies in relation to political risk, validity of title and related issues in several African jurisdictions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Chamber of Commerce - Member
  • Society of Construction Lawyers - Member
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Member
  • London Court of International Arbitration - Member
  • Law Society of England & Wales - Member

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2000)

Education

  • Nottingham Law School (L.P.C.) (1997)
  • University of Bristol (LL.B.) (1996)
  • University of Poitiers, France (1996)

Languages

  • English