Margaret Ryan is counsel in the International Arbitration and Public International Law practices.
She represents and advises companies and States in international arbitrations conducted under the auspices of a variety of rules, including the ICC, LCIA, CRCICA, ICSID, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules. Her practice focuses particularly on international investment and energy disputes and matters involving clients and interests in Africa and Europe. Margaret is a member of the firm’s Mining and Metals group, and in 2018 completed a five-month secondment at a major mining company based in London.
Margaret has advised and acted for clients whose claims are funded by third parties. She has also advised third party funders in relation to prospective claims. Margaret also acts as arbitrator.
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2021, describes Margaret as “a rising star in the field” who “brings great experience and poise” and is “incredibly talented”. A previous edition notes that Margaret is recognized for her “wide and deep understanding of law and procedure” (2019). The Legal 500 UK 2021 notes that she is “a well-regarded counsel” and she is also featured in the The Legal 500 International Arbitration Powerlist UK, which showcases the UK’s leading arbitration practitioners.
International arbitrations on which Margaret Ryan has worked include the representation of:
- KLS Energy Lanka Sdn. Bhd. and KLS Energy Lanka (Private) Ltd in an ICSID arbitration against the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/39). The dispute relates to a renewable energy generation enterprise and the claims are brought under Malaysia-Sri Lanka bilateral investment treaty.
- An African petrochemical company in an ICC arbitration with a North American company. The dispute arises from a Marketing and Off-Take Agreement governed by English law.
- A Middle Eastern business man in an ICC arbitration in Geneva related to the dissolution of a long-standing family partnership. The law of a Gulf State applies.
- Rasia FZE and Joseph K. Borkowski, Claimants in an ICSID arbitration brought against the Republic of Armenia under the U.S.-Armenia bilateral investment treaty and two concession agreements concluded with the State (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/28). The dispute arose out of two concession agreements to develop, maintain and operate both a rail network and a high speed road network in Southern Armenia. Over $260 million was at stake.
- Two Egyptian State-owned entities in a $6 billion ICC arbitration in Geneva and a $4 billion CRCICA arbitration in Cairo arising out of a long-term gas supply contract relating to the export of Egyptian gas to Israel. English law applied to both arbitrations. More than three quarters of the Claimants’ claims were dismissed for lack of jurisdiction or on the merits.We also represented the Arab Republic of Egypt, as Respondent in two investment arbitrations concerning alleged violations under the Egypt-Poland, Egypt-U.S. and the Egypt-Germany bilateral investment treaties relating to the performance of the same long-term contract for the supply of natural gas. Around $2 billion were claimed in the investment disputes. More than two thirds of the Claimants’ claims were dismissed on the merits. Following these decisions, the parties reached a global settlement, under which all claims against our clients were waived without our clients being required to make any payment.
- Three European chemical companies in an ICC arbitration in Paris against European subsidiaries of a large North American chemical concern. The dispute arose from the confidentiality provision contained in a joint venture agreement formed to manufacture a product used for the production of nylon. French law applied and the language of the arbitration was both French and English. Settlement was achieved.
- Mercuria Energy Group Ltd., a Cypriot energy company, Claimant in an arbitration against the Republic of Poland. The dispute arose out of the Polish Authorities’ conduct in relation to an alleged failure to keep and to establish mandatory reserves of refined products. The claims were brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and the arbitration was conducted under the auspices of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The amount at stake was in excess of $700 million.
- A North African energy company, Respondent in an ad hoc arbitration in London initiated by a European company. The dispute arose from a sales contract. English law applied. The claim filed against our client was dismissed.
University of Cambridge
M.Phil. European Philosophy
B.A., Joint Honours, Contemporary Philosophy/German/French
- New York
- Solicitor, England and Wales
- Member, LCIA European Users’ Council
- Member, ICC Commission Arbitration Task Force on “Maximizing the Probative Value of Witness Evidence”
- Member, ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee
- Member, IBA Investment Treaty Arbitration Subcommittee
- Member, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) Investment Treaty Forum
- Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI)
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Member, ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF)
- Board Member, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)
- Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA)
- Member, Young Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Young ITA)
- Member, ICDR Young & International
- Research Assistant and Co-Team Leader, New York Convention Guide Project (www.newyorkconvention1958.org)
- “Is there a ‘Nationality’ of Investment? Origin of Funds and Territorial Link to the Host State,” in Jurisdiction in Investment Treaty Arbitration, IAI Series on International Arbitration No. 8, at 97 (Y. Banifatemi ed., Juris Publishing, 2018) (Author)
- “Meeting the requirements of article 3(3) of the IBA rules,” in Defining Issues in International Arbitration: Celebrating 100 Years of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (OUP: 2016) (with M. McNeill)
- “Preparing Witness Statements in International Arbitration,” in PLI International Arbitration 2015 (with M. McNeill)
- “Glamis Gold, Ltd. v. The United States and the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard,” 56 McGill Law Journal 919 (2011) (Author)
- “ICSID and UNCITRAL Draft Code of Conduct for Adjudicators in ISDS disputes,” Young ISDS Club, 29 June 2020
- “Investment Law and the New Frontier: The Challenges and Opportunities that Investment Courts May Bring About,” Dutch Arbitration Day, 10 October 2019
- “National Treatment and Most-Favoured Nation Treatment,” Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) Training in Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration, September 2019
- “Approaches to Witness Evidences in International Arbitration,” Paris Arbitration Week, April 2019 (moderator)
- “Parallel Proceedings and Transparency in Investor-State Arbitrations,” Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners/ICC YAF Fall Symposium, 8 November 2018
- “Oil & Gas Arbitration involving States and State Entities,” Young ITA Talks London, 1 May 2018
- “Mareva Injunctions in Support of the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards,” ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, October 2016
- “Evidence in International Arbitration: Rules & Practices,” McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution Symposium, February 2016