Christopher Moore’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation, including those involving foreign states and state-owned entities.

He has acted as counsel in numerous complex commercial disputes before a wide variety of judicial and arbitral bodies, including international arbitrations before tribunals formed under the ICC, LCIA, SCC, DIS, UNCITRAL, and ICSID rules, and litigation matters before numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States.

From 2000 to 2012, Christopher was resident in the New York office.

Notable Experience

International Arbitration

  • The Hellenic Republic in two ICSID arbitrations, including in Postova banka a.s. v. The Hellenic Republic, in which the tribunal recently dismissed for lack of jurisdiction all of the claims asserted by Slovak bank, Poštová banka a.s., and its former Cypriot shareholder, Istrokapital SE., challenging measures taken by the Hellenic Republic in 2012 to address its financial crisis.

  • Major European telecommunications company in ICC arbitration and for a Russian party in a confidential UNCITRAL arbitration.

  • ENI North Africa B.V. in an ICC arbitration concerning a dispute over a long-term gas supply contract and a Russian telecommunications company in an LCIA arbitration.

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Litigation Involving Foreign States and State-Owned Entities

  • The Republic of Argentina in the defense of numerous cases since 2002 brought in connection with Argentina’s 2001 economic crises, including defeating numerous attempts by creditors to obtain restraining orders and/or orders of attachment (see, e.g., EM Ltd. v. Republic of Argentina, 131 F. App’x 745 (2d Cir. 2005); Capital Ventures Int’l v. Republic of Argentina, 280 F. App’x 14 (2d Cir. 2008)), defeating a creditor’s attempt to seize Argentina’s presidential airplane (see Colella v. Republic of Argentina, 2007 WL 1545204 (N.D. Cal. May 29, 2007) (declaring Argentina’s presidential airplane immune from execution)), and advising the Republic of Argentina in connection with the restraint of the Argentine warship ARA Libertad in Ghana and the ultimate release of that vessel.

  • Argentine Province of Mendoza in its defeat of attempts to block the restructuring of its external debt (see Greylock Global Opportunity Master Fund Ltd. v. Province of Mendoza, 162 F. App’x 85 (2d Cir. 2006) (affirming summary judgment on claims challenging “exit consent” amendments to sovereign debt indenture); Rabbi Jacob Joseph Sch. v. Province of Mendoza, 425 F.3d 207 (2d Cir. 2005)).

  • The Republic of Nicaragua on litigation aspects of its external commercial debt cash buyback offer.

  • The Republic of Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone in connection with litigation and arbitration matters. 

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Civil Litigation

  • BHP Billiton in connection with litigation stemming from BHP Billiton’s unsolicited $40 billion all-cash offer to acquire PotashCorp.

  • Citigroup, a former tenant in 7 World Trade Center, in litigation related to the collapse of that building on September 11, 2001.

  • A major financial institution in litigation concerning proprietary software designed to value complex financial instruments.

  • Foreign and domestic companies in litigation involving patent and trademark disputes, including the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati in a motorcycle naming rights case. 

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Pro Bono Litigation

  • Obtained the release of an improperly held detainee from Guantánamo Bay, and successfully obtaining asylum relief for him in Albania. See Zakirjan v. Bush, No. 05-Cv-2053 (D.D.C.) (HHK); see also Hamlily v. Gates, No. 07-1127 (D.C. Cir.) (representing detainee ultimately released to Algeria).

  • Provided pro bono representation to the family of a victim of the September 11 attacks before the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund for two years. 

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Publications

Annulment of UK Award Does Not Entail Removal of Arbitrators When Proceedings are Re-Opened,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, December 17, 2018

The HKIAC Council Approves the 2018 Administered Arbitration Rules,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, October 22, 2018

Competing Priorities in the Fight Against Doping,” Russian Arbitration Association September 2018 Newsletter

Bridgestone Arbitral Tribunal Rules That Trademarks and Trademark Licenses May Constitute Protected Investments,” Oxford Business Law Blog, May 2018

Thorny Questions for IP Rights Under Investment Treaties, Law360, March 14, 2018

European Court of Justice: Investor-State Arbitration Under Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties Is Incompatible With EU Law,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 9, 2018 

“Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements Enters into Force,” Business Law Review, Wolters Kluwer. Co-authored by Christopher Moore, Nathaniel Jedrey and Konrad Rodgers. February 2016

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