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Michael Darowski


Michael Darowski

As Counsel in our International Arbitration Group Michael Darowski's practice focuses on energy and natural resources disputes and CIS-related arbitrations. Michael offers extensive knowledge and experience on both the major arbitral institutional rules as well as ad hoc proceedings. He is an experienced solicitor-advocate in all aspects of court proceedings ancillary to arbitration proceedings, including the challenge and enforcement of awards.

Michael has acted for energy majors, multinationals and high net-worth individuals, working in the Hogan Lovells London and Hong Kong offices. He is at the forefront on the legal issues relating to developments of the gas industry, and has written articles, book chapters and spoken at industry conferences on legal issues surrounding the development of shale gas in Europe. With a global focus to his work, Michael has advised on major claims in worldwide disputes.

Whether working under the major institutional rules, in ad hoc arbitrations or in applications to the Courts, Michael brings valuable insight to clients from the energy and natural resources sector, as well as from diverse industries ranging from aviation to mobile telecommunications. Michael is an active member of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group, the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Representative Experience

Acting for Victor Pinchuk in joint venture dispute in the Ukrainian ferroalloys industry, including in LCIA arbitrations, and ancillary Cypriot and U.S. s.1782 court proceedings.

Acting for claimants in ad hoc arbitration proceedings against a middle-eastern State-owned company in relation to the failure to supply gas under a long term sales and purchase agreement, including subsequent challenge to the award under ss. 67 and 68 Arbitration Act 1996.

Acting for an energy major in a gas price review arbitration under the ICC Rules arising pursuant to a long-term agreement to supply gas to Northern Europe.

Acting for LNG supplier in price review arbitration under ICC Rules connected with the development of re-load facilities at the European delivery point.

Acting for Russian-based private equity fund in LCIA arbitration in breach of warranty claim arising out of a share purchase agreement relating to a Russian mail services provider.

Advising an energy major on enforcement by way of UNCITRAL arbitration of unitization tract participation determination relating to an oil field in North Africa.

Acting for claimants in LCIA arbitrations against a multinational energy company in relation to breaches of confidentiality agreements for potential farm-in to gas-fields in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Acting for global mobile telecommunications operator in ICC arbitration against an East European fixed-line telephone company relating to the payment of interconnection charges.

Acting for two Turkish electricity distribution companies in two separate ICC arbitrations in U.S.$500m claims against a state party for breach of privatisation contracts.

Education and admissions


  • Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, 2000


  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Court admissions

  • England and Wales
  • Higher Rights of Audience
  • Hong Kong
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