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Nathan Searle


Nathan Searle

Nathan is a partner in our international arbitration group, acting for large multinationals in complex and high-value international arbitrations and cross-border disputes.  He has extensive experience in African related disputes and is an active member of the firm's cross-practice Africa group.  Nathan also has experience in other emerging markets including Asia, India, Russia and the CIS.

Nathan has higher rights of audience in the English courts and regularly appears as an advocate in international arbitrations.  He also advises clients on risk management and strategies to avoid or resolve disputes at an early stage.

'A strong competitor in the South African M&A market, with a prestigious portfolio of international and domestic clients. Sectors of expertise include mining, telecommunications and banking.'

Chambers Global 2014

Representative experience

Acting for an international bank in 16 parallel LCIA arbitrations and related injunction proceedings regarding an ISDA swap transaction, a series of loans and guarantees.

Acting for an Asian multinational in a complex and high-value ICC arbitration seated in London against a European multinational concerning a joint venture dispute.

Acting for a global beverage company in four arbitrations (under the ICC and LCIA Rules) and injunction proceedings, regarding joint venture disputes in East Africa.

Acting for two international banks in three arbitrations in London (under the ICC and LCIA Rules) arising from secured commodities transactions in East Africa.

Acting for an international energy company concerning a dispute relating to a hydro-power project in West Africa.

Acting for a major global company against an Indian multi-national in a dispute concerning acquisition of a pharmaceutical business in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Acting for an international telecommunications company against another global telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration seated in London concerning a patent licence.

Acting for an investor in an LCIA arbitration in London regarding a shareholders' dispute concerning an Eastern European technology business including related proceedings in Cyprus.

Acting for an Asian multinational against an Indian airline in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a supply contract, including obtaining an injunction in the Indian Courts.

Acting for a UK subsidiary of a European energy company in an LMAA arbitration under a time charter agreement with a European company.

Education and admissions


  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bond University
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours), Bond University


  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
  • TheCityUK Legal Services & Dispute Resolution Group
  • TheCityUK Sub-Saharan Africa Group
  • TheCityUK Russia & CIS Group
  • Consultant to the Association of Young Arbitrators Nigeria
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