Reza Mohtashami QC is a partner in the London office. He has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 85 arbitrations conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. Reza has particular expertise in disputes arising in emerging markets with a focus on the telecoms, energy, and infrastructure sectors.
His recent experience includes securing a $1.98 billion award on behalf of Crescent Petroleum and Dana gas in an LCIA arbitration brought against the Kurdistan Regional Government, and securing a successful settlement on behalf of Beijing Urban Construction in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Yemen following a landmark decision on jurisdiction.
Prior to Three Crowns, he worked in the arbitration practice of a leading international arbitration firm where he established and led the firm’s global arbitration practice in the Middle East.
Reza is a Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee, a trustee of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, a trustee of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolution, a member of the LCIA Court, and an editorial board member of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin and Global Arbitration Review. He has published extensively and is a regular speaker at international arbitration conferences. He is the author of A Guide to the LCIA Arbitration Rules, the leading commentary on the 1998 LCIA Rules (published by Oxford University Press).
Reza is a qualified English solicitor-advocate and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of his advocacy skills in 2018. He is recognised as a Thought Leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal and Chambers describes him as giving “clear and authoritative advice on matters of strategy and case development,” with a source “praising him as ‘a fantastic lawyer’.” He speaks English, French, and Farsi.