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Alex Bevan

Partner

Alex is Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and Energy and Infrastructure Sector Lead.

He has over 20 years' experience advising and representing clients in complex international disputes arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.

These disputes arise in a range of industries, in particular infrastructure, energy, mining, and telecoms. Alex also frequently serves as arbitrator in these sectors. Noted in the market for his invaluable strategic thinking and advocacy skills, Alex has represented clients in some of the most complex international arbitrations.

Having spent over a decade in the UAE, clients have described Alex as "the go-to guy for big-ticket disputes in the Middle East". Alex is also frequently called upon to help shape law and practice in international arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution, for example, advising the Abu Dhabi Global Market on developing its award-winning arbitration ecosystem. 

Experience

Representative matters

International consortium of contractors, Claimants in ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern State arising out of the design and construction of an airport. Law of the Middle Eastern State.  Over USD 1 billion at stake.

International consortium of contractors, Claimants in ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern State entity arising out of the design and construction of a metro system. Law of the Middle Eastern State.  Over USD 1 billion at stake.

International consortium of contractors, Respondents in ICC arbitration brought by a Middle Eastern State entity arising out of the development of a world-class medical facility in the Middle East. Law of the Claimant’s State, London seat. Over USD 3.7 billion at stake.

Project owner in a series of disputes with two sets of international EPC contractors in respect of a major water desalination project. The law of the Middle Eastern State applies.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, Construction arbitration: ideas for radical change and improvement, GAR Live Abu Dhabi, January 2024 
  • Moderator, Arbitration Across Generations: War stories from the front lines of inter-generational advocacy, The Dubai Arbitration Week (DAW), November 2023 
  • Moderator, The increasing role of expert evidence in infrastructure disputes: A necessary evil?, 9th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration, Webinar, February 2021 
  • Speaker, The pendulum swings both ways: use and abuse of variation provisions in construction contracts, International Bar Association (IBA) Construction Webinar, November 2020

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, SIAC User’s Middle East Council
  • Member, ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR
  • Member, LCIA
  • Member, ADGMAC Panel of Arbitrators

Qualifications

Admissions

England & Wales, 2000

Academic

BA, University of Southampton, 1995 Grad Dipl Law/CPE (UK), College of Law, Chester, 1996 Legal Practice Course (UK), College of Law, Chester, 1997

Languages

English, Spanish
Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.