Varela, Lee, Metz & Guarino (VLMG)

International Construction Arbitration

VLMG routinely serves foreign and domestic clients involved in international construction arbitration around the globe. We have represented Engineering News Record Top 10 contractors and engineering firms and owners in international projects throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. VLMG attorneys have a breadth of experience in both projects and dispute forums, having arbitrated matters before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and Dubai International Financial Center/London Court of International Arbitration (DIFC-LCIA), as well as handling many ad hoc international construction arbitrations. These proceedings have involved amounts in dispute exceeding U.S. $1 billion. VLMG has successfully handled international construction arbitrations arising out of projects relating to power plants, natural gas and alternative energy projects, United States and foreign military installations, embassies, high-rise buildings and major airports. VLMG attorneys are prepared for engagements in any jurisdiction, with experience on matters in Afghanistan, Dubai, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa, Angola, Saipan, Qatar, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Peru, Panama, the Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Tanzania, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.

VLMG attorneys also take great pride in helping international clients avoid unnecessary disputes when possible. Amid increasing globalization in the construction industry, VLMG lawyers rely on industry and international acumen to assist our clients in successfully navigating all aspects of international projects, from inception to design and development, through construction, contract administration, negotiation, settlement and dispute resolution. VLMG attorneys have drafted, negotiated and administered billions of dollars of international construction contracts with the aim of protecting our clients from disputes. We possess the experience and expertise to seamlessly operate with international clients’ local contacts and partners, as well as maintaining cross-border relations with opposing parties and counsel. We are proud to be a boutique firm with truly global resources and reach. Among other international experience, VLMG attorneys have been guest lecturers on construction law at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, lectured on international joint ventures and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, assisted clients in establishing business entities overseas, and provided in-house training on operating construction companies in the Middle East.

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