CDoria

Christina Doria

Associate
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Christina Doria assists corporations and states with complex commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration matters. She was recognized by the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch, Commercial Arbitration. Christina regularly advises clients in contractual disputes and in investor-state disputes in energy, mining, infrastructure and transportation industries.

Christina is a seasoned disputes counsel, having appeared before all levels of Ontario court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals. She has acted on commercial arbitrations under UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR, ADRIC, and CPR rules, as well as on investor-state arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and NAFTA. She is an arbitrator on the Expedited Arbitration Roster for International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Canada, and has sat as an arbitrator under the ICDR Rules. As the recipient of an international clerkship, she began her career in Baker McKenzie's New York office.

She is an active member of the arbitration bar, both globally and locally. Christina is on the ICDR International Advisory Committee (subcommittee for ICDR Publications and Education), is an executive board member of the ICDR, Young and International (ICDR Y&I), and previously served a three-year term on the ICDR Y&I Global Advisory Board. She is the vice president for education and events with Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners. Within Baker McKenzie, she is a steering committee member of the Firm's International Arbitration Associates Forum. Committed to improving gender diversity in law, Christina sits on the Arbitral Women marketing committee.

Christina holds an LL.M. in international law, and frequently writes and speaks on cross-border litigation and arbitration matters.

She served on Baker McKenzie's Pro Bono Committee from 2013 to 2016.

Practice Focus

Christina acts for various clients on contractual disputes, investor-state disputes, matters involving fraud, jurisdictional disputes, banking matters, shareholder disputes, commercial class actions and economic torts. She has appeared before all levels of Ontario court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals. She has acted on commercial arbitrations under UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR, ADRIC, and CPR rules, as well as on investor-state arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and NAFTA.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Prevailed on an international arbitration between two publicly traded companies, concerning a biotech licensing dispute, under the Canadian Arbitration Association Rules.

  • Protected CAD 200 million of Canadian assets of a Central Asian mining company from four arbitration awards against its government shareholder in Ontario.

  • Obtained a worldwide Mareva injunction in British Columbia, freezing nearly CAD 10 million in state-owned assets to enforce an international arbitral award held by an India-based mining company.

  • Defeated a CAD 65 million breach of contract and product liability claim in a UNCITRAL arbitration against a major aerospace company.

  • Enforced an ICC award in Ontario, held by foreign oil and gas company against a sovereign state.

  • Won CAD 10.3 million judgment in a fraud claim Ontario for an international bank.

  • Successfully defended a foreign valuation company in a large-scale securities class action for CAD 7 billion in Ontario.

  • Defended a European Government in an investor state arbitration under ICSID, involving allegations of expropriation and breach of FET, related to tax legislation.

  • Defending a Central Asian mining company in a UNCITRAL arbitration at the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration.

  • Representing a major railway company in a UNCITRAL arbitration relating to operational rights under a contract.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Young & International (ICDR Y&I) - Executive Board Member (2017 to present), Global Advisory Board Member (2013-2016)
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners - Board Member (2017 to 2019); Elective Committee, Education and Events (2019-present)
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria - Arbitrator (2012, 2013 and 2015)
  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Friendly Round, Toronto, Ontario - Arbitrator (2011, 2013 and 2014)
  • CAPE Scholarship - Volunteer / Toronto Fundraising Committee and Board Member (2010-2013)
  • Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association Inc.
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Bar Association - Civil Litigation Section

Admissions

  • Ontario~Canada (2011)

Education

  • University of Ottawa (J.D.) (2010)
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (LL.M. International Law) (2004)
  • University of Utrecht (B.A. Honours) (2002)
  • Neuchâtel Junior College (O.A.C.)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

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Presentations

Speaker, “The Growth of Arbitration Institutes in Canada," Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference and AGM 2019, Toronto, May 2019  

Speaker, “Privilege in Arbitration and other Hot Topics,” Joint ICDR Y&I / YCAP / YIAG Young Practitioners’ Symposium, Montreal, March 2019

Speaker, “Developing a Career in International Arbitration,” International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (“ICC YAF”), Toronto, November 2018

Speaker, "New Challenges and Age-Old Problems: Foundational Principles Applied and Practical Tips for Arbitrators," Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Canada Branch: 6th Annual Symposium on Arbitration and Award Dinner, Toronto, September 2018

Publications

Co-author, "Consolidation of Arbitration Proceedings in Alberta and Elsewhere in Canada," Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, Volume 8, No. 1, February 2019

Co-author, "Canada: Alberta Court of the Queen’s Bench still split on whether it has jurisdiction to consolidate arbitration proceedings without all parties’ consent," Baker McKenzie Global Arbitration News, 20 December 2018