Jay L. Alexander

Department Chair - Litigation (London) & Practice Group Chair - International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Firmwide) Partner



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Jay Alexander, a senior trial partner, leads Baker Botts' International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice. With more than 30 years of experience resolving international disputes, Chambers reports, that he "has the intellect and the personal qualities that anyone would wish for in a counsel" (2019) and is "a compelling communicator in all environments" (2019), "one of the best international litigators" (2018), has "impressive advocacy skills" (2017), "grasps complex matters very quickly" (2017), "gets extraordinary results" (2014), is "consummate advocate" (2013) and "one of the most promising ... of his generation" (2013).

Mr. Alexander has acted as advocate or arbitrator in disputes throughout the world. He has served as lead counsel in numerous arbitrations seated in Europe, North America and Asia, including some of the world's highest value arbitrations. Recent matters have arisen in the energy, telecommunications and technology, finance, insurance, construction, shipping, and manufacturing sectors.

Throughout his career, Mr. Alexander has helped his clients with arbitrations, litigations and criminal investigations arising out of many jurisdictions, including Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela.

Mr. Alexander was a law clerk for present Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg while she was serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has served as a Deputy Judge of the International Court of Appeal of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and has taught trial advocacy with NITA.

Related Experience

Representative Commercial Arbitration Experience

  • LNG sellers and buyers: multiple high value price reviews, take or pay disputes and other disputes under gas/LNG sale and purchase agreements
  • Middle-Eastern energy company: ICC arbitration regarding US$ 5 billion dispute under an EPC contract relating to a LNG project
  • National oil company: Swiss rules arbitration under Czech law regarding US$6.5 billion dispute under supply agreement
  • Asian telecommunications company: AAA's International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) arbitration under New York law regarding US$3.5 billion engineering, procurement and installation services dispute
  • African energy company: ICDR arbitration regarding US$ 500 million dispute regarding construction of small-scale LNG liquefaction facilities
  • U.S. energy company: ICC arbitration regarding multiplicity of disputes under JOA and related agreements
  • Investment fund: ICC arbitration under Korean law regarding US$650 million joint venture dispute in the financial services sector
  • U.S. engineering company: ICC arbitration regarding US$350 million dispute arising in the petrochemical sector
  • Aerospace company: Korean Commercial Arbitration Board arbitration under Connecticut and Korean law regarding technology transfer dispute
  • Automotive company: ICC arbitration under Brazilian and Korean law relating to US$250 million joint venture dispute
  • English bunker fuels company: LCIA arbitration under English law regarding services contract and charterparties dispute
  • Petrochemicals company: ICC arbitration under English law regarding dispute over rights of first refusal in a joint venture agreement
  • African oil company: LCIA arbitration under English law regarding offshore drilling dispute
  • National oil company: LCIA arbitration under English and Russian law regarding validity of a US$650 million guarantee
  • Independent oil company: LCIA arbitration under English law regarding purchase of concession rights in North Africa
  • European conglomerate: ad hoc arbitration under New York law arising out of post-closing purchase price adjustments dispute

Representative Investment Treaty Experience

  • International construction company: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration regarding BIT dispute in the construction sector
  • International mining company: advised investor in negotiation of multi-billion dollar investment dispute with host state arising out of mining concession
  • International telecoms company: ICSID arbitration regarding expropriation of license rights
  • Sovereign State: multiple UNCITRAL arbitrations regarding high value Energy Charter Treaty disputes
  • Sovereign state: Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) arbitration regarding bilateral investment treaty dispute in the oil and gas sector
  • U.S. corporation: CSID Additional Facility arbitration regarding NAFTA dispute in the waste management sector
  • Sovereign state: UNCITRAL arbitration regarding bilateral investment treaty dispute in the electricity sector
  • Various matters: advice to wide range of investors regarding investor-state disputes and their nonlitigious resolution

Representative International Litigation Experience

  • Allen, et al. v. The Russian Federation, et al.: defense in United States courts of claims alleging RICO and other tortious conduct raising sovereign immunity and jurisdictional issues
  • National oil company: coordination and defense of related legal proceedings pending before courts in Europe, Asia and North America
  • Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos y Protección Bancaria (FOGADE): prosecution and defense in United States courts of multiple complex civil disputes raising issues of federal, state, foreign and international law
  • National oil company: representation of client in multibillion-dollar international bankruptcy filing in the United States
  • Insurance company: defense in United States courts of multinational insurance coverage disputes
  • Chapter 7 trustee: prosecution of complex bankruptcy proceedings in the United States on behalf of trustee involving identification and recovery of significant assets concealed in secrecy jurisdictions
  • U.S. Investor: pursuit in United States courts of enforcement of an arbitral award against the Government of Belize

Representative International Criminal Investigations Experience

  • Major South American financial institution: multi-national, multijurisdictional investigation of the financial activities of a non-U.S. bank
  • Major U.S. defense contractors: defense of multiple United States government investigations of FCPA, false statement and related issues
  • U.S. equipment manufacturer: preparation of FCPA compliance program for international operations
  • Environmental consultant: defense of criminal prosecution of alleged U.S. environmental crimes arising out of cross-border pipeline project
  • Defense industry executive: defense of grand jury investigation of alleged criminal violations of U.S. export control laws
  • Pharmaceutical industry executive: defense of grand jury investigation of alleged criminal violations of anti-kickback laws

Awards & Community

Recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK and Chambers USA for International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration, UK - Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Europe-Wide: International Arbitration and Public International Law

Recognized in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

Recognized by The Legal 500 UK and The Legal 500 U.S. for Arbitration and Public International Law

Notable recognitions have included:

"His adroitness in international and transnational laws, paired with his ability to develop convincing case strategies, make him one of the best international litigators I have known." - Chambers Global, 2018

“impressive advocacy skills” - Chambers Global, 2017

“He gets extraordinary results” - Chambers Global, 2014

“described by sources as a ‘consummate advocate, his skills are very clear, he is extremely smart and has a pleasant demeanor.” - Chambers Europe, 2013

“Jay Alexander is ‘one of the most promising young lawyers of his generation’ and sources praise his forward-thinking strategic approach.” - Chambers UK, 2013





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