Shearman & Sterling (Abu Dhabi)

Alex Bevan

Shearman & Sterling (Abu Dhabi)

Alex Bevan is Shearman & Sterling’s Global International Arbitration Practice Group Leader and Head of the Abu Dhabi office. He also leads the firm’s Construction practice. Alex specializes in complex international arbitration proceedings arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures. These disputes arise in a range of industries, in particular infrastructure, power, oil and gas and telecoms. He also regularly serves as Arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. Chambers Global notes that clients and peers have described Alex as “widely noted for his broad construction practice. He has regional experience of representing both contractors and developers in significant arbitrations, most notably in the energy and oil and gas industries. One client observed : ‘He is a tenacious advocate and the go-to guy for big-ticket disputes in the Middle East’”. He is also noted for having “extensive experience in international arbitrations, regularly representing major oil and gas clients”. Previous editions note that he is “extremely able” a “go-to guy for major international arbitrations”, and “a strategic thinker and a persuasive advocate” with “excellent relationship-building skills”. Chambers UK describes him as a “clinical cross-examiner” with “invaluable strategic thinking”. He has also been described as “outstanding – shrewd, hardworking and able”. Alex is recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA and The Legal 500 UK. Alex Bevan is recognized as Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal – Construction 2022, which reports that he is “Simply one of the best in the industry” with a “huge amount of experience representing clients in the infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors”. “He is intelligent and focused on successfully representing and positioning his construction industry clients”, “Alex has a huge amount of experience representing clients in the infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas sectors” and “He has an excellent reputation”. Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration 2022 recognizes him as a Global Leader, the publication notes that “He has built up one of the best international arbitration practices in the construction field” and “Alex is bright and tough and knows the industry”. Previous editions note that Alex Bevan “gets some of the biggest instructions and is experienced beyond his years in mega-project disputes”.

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