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Recognized as a "future leader" in the field of international arbitration, Anton Ware acts as counsel and advocate for private sector companies, sovereign states, and government-owned entities in commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings around the world, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Ware is "a widely acclaimed advocate" (Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, Future Leaders 2018) who clients praise for his '"skills as a presenter and cross examiner"' during arbitration hearings and for his client service (Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, Future Leaders 2017).

Based in Shanghai, China, Mr. Ware speaks and reads Mandarin Chinese and is skilled in handling disputes involving Chinese parties. He regularly advises companies regarding investor protections for Belt and Road Initiative projects, and recently was appointed as an Ambassador of the ICC Commission on the Belt and Road Initiative. Mr. Ware is listed on the List of Arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Panel of International Arbitrators of KCAB International, and the List of Arbitrators of the Hangzhou Arbitration Commission.

In addition to his arbitration practice, Mr. Ware also has extensive experience in US litigation and anti-corruption investigation and compliance matters.

Mr. Ware regularly speaks on international arbitration topics and previously taught international commercial arbitration at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.

Mr. Ware earned his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, who at the time was a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is now a US Supreme Court Justice.

Experience

  • Hana Financial Group in successfully obtaining complete dismissal of $1.4 billion claims by US private equity fund Lone Star and award of attorneys' fees and costs in post-M&A dispute (ICC Singapore).
  • US pharmaceutical company in dispute with Swiss pharmaceutical company under patent license agreement (JAMS, Boston).
  • Asian shipbuilder in dispute involving the sale and charter of a deep sea drill ship (ad hoc, London).
  • Latin American railroad concessionaire in high-stakes contract dispute (more than $1 billion in dispute) (ICC, Bogota).
  • Leading mobile device manufacturer in high-stakes emergency arbitrator and main arbitration proceedings under copyright and patent license agreement (ICC, Maui).
  • Chinese investor in fraud action against former business partners in the private air charter business (California Superior Court).
  • German equipment manufacturer in breach of contract and intellectual property dispute with California solar panel producer (ICC, London).
  • US private equity fund in breach of contract and fraud dispute with former co-investors in Korean credit card joint venture (ICC, Singapore).
  • Private equity arm of major US financial institution in four arbitration proceedings relating to corporate control of Brasil Telecom (ICC, Paris).
  • Private equity arm of major US financial institution in successfully obtaining a series of injunctions against its former fund manager in Brazil. Int'l Equity Invs. v. Opportunity Equity Partners, 246 F. App'x 73 (2d. Cir. 2007) (affirming injunctions).
  • US private equity fund in breach of contract and trademark infringement dispute with former joint venture partner in Chinese shopping mall chain (ICC, Hong Kong).

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Recognition

Who's Who Legal
Arbitration: Future Leaders (2017-2019)
The Legal 500 US
International Arbitration (2017-2018)
Northern California Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" (2016-2017)

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Columbia Law School, 2005, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • MA, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2002, with distinction
  • BA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 2001, Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions
  • California
  • New York
Activities
  • Ambassador of the ICC Commission on the Belt and Road Initiative
  • Arbitrator, List of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Arbitrator, List of Arbitrators, Hangzhou Arbitration Commission (HAC)
  • Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings College of the Law

  • Member, Young Arbitrators Forum, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Regional Ambassador, HK45
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), North American Users' Council

  • Member, Advisory Board, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

  • Member, Young Arbitrators Initiative Committee, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)

  • Member, Young International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Young & International
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of International Law
  • Member, State Bar of California, International Law Section

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