Paul J. Neufeld, FCIArb

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Paul J. Neufeld’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation in a wide range of industries, including energy, defense and construction.

In addition to helping clients resolve commercial and investor-state disputes, Paul also advises on structuring cross-border investments. He is admitted in Texas, New York, England & Wales (Solicitor) and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts, Dubai, UAE, where he was based for many years. Paul previously taught at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College and is co-author of “Saudi Arabia” for the Dispute Resolution Review.

Paul J. Neufeld’s practice focuses on international arbitration and litigation in a wide range of industries, including energy, defense and construction.

In addition to helping clients resolve commercial and investor-state disputes, Paul also advises on structuring cross-border investments. He is admitted in Texas, New York, England & Wales (Solicitor) and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts, Dubai, UAE, where he was based for many years. Paul previously taught at the University of Rhode Island and Providence College and is co-author of “Saudi Arabia” for the Dispute Resolution Review.

As an undergraduate, Paul attended the Herder-Institut at the Universität Leipzig in Germany with the support of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) and received the Swiss Ambassador to Canada award for German language studies. While in law school, Paul was Editor in Chief of “The Review of Litigation,” Volume 26. He received the SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Fellowship for his PhD dissertation at Brown University.

Paul’s representative experience includes:

Investor-State Disputes

  • Represented international energy company in ICSID arbitration under NAFTA against the Government of Canada
  • Represented North American energy company against a South American government in arbitration proceedings brought under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Represented international oilfield services company in UNCITRAL arbitration brought by state-owned entity relating to drilling services in the Caribbean
  • Represented a North American energy company in a contractual dispute against a Latin American state-owned entity in UNCITRAL arbitration and parallel 28 USC 1782 actions
  • Represented a multinational energy company in UNCITRAL arbitration against a Latin American governmental energy agency concerning long-term electrical power purchase agreements
  • Advised regarding numerous host country bilateral and multilateral investment treaties in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East

Energy

  • Represented oil service supply companies in contractual dispute filed in English courts under English law
  • Represented contractor in an oil refinery construction arbitration in Latin America (LCIA, English law)
  • Represented mining services company in respect of Russian project dispute governed by Russian law and SCC rules
  • Numerous investor-state disputes and arbitrations in relation to energy and infrastructure projects brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties governed by ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICSID Additional Facility rules
  • Represented Saudi oil supply company in relation to arbitration and litigation proceedings under Saudi and Texas law
  • Represented a Texas-based oil and gas field services company in arbitration and related court proceedings
  • Advising on ICC arbitration under New York law in relation to an agency agreement dispute in Saudi Arabia
  • Advising multinational entities on pre- and post-dispute matters in the United Kingdom, China, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq and other states in the Middle East and North Africa

Defense and Security

  • Represented a contractor in a Dubai-seated arbitration under UAE law involving a contractual dispute over security services provided in Afghanistan
    Advised Respondent in a contractual dispute concerning the sale of armored vehicles in Iraq
  • Represented Respondent in DIAC arbitral proceedings (and related international litigation) regarding a contractual dispute over security services provided in Afghanistan
  • Represented an international organization in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in London regarding the supply of goods and services by a Saudi Arabian company
  • Advising a MENA-based supply chain company regarding international operations and corporate governance

Construction

  • Represented claimant in a dispute concerning the construction of a chemical plant in China under ICC rules
  • Represented an engineering contractor in a dispute over a construction project in the Middle East governed by English law and courts
  • Represented Swiss claimant in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings regarding the construction of a desalination plant
  • Represented claimant in a DIAC arbitration concerning the construction of a sheet metal processing plant
  • Represented the contractor in a DIAC arbitration concerning a residential construction project dispute in the United Arab Emirates
  • Represented a UAE architectural firm in a dispute over a construction project in Saudi Arabia
  • Represented Respondent in a Dubai-based residential construction project dispute in DIAC proceedings under UAE law
  • Represented a facilities management company in a dispute with a property developer in the Dubai World Special Tribunal (DWT)

Hospitality, Entertainment and Sports

  • Represented UAE-based auto racing and manufacturing company in disputes and operations worldwide
  • Represented U.S.-based drag racing company in U.S. disputes and operations
  • Represented MENA-based sky diving company in disputes worldwide
  • Represented a hotel owner in a Cairo-seated UNCITRAL arbitration against an international hotel management company regarding a hotel management agreement in Egypt
  • Advised Respondent in ICDR proceedings concerning a restaurant franchise-agreement dispute
  • Represented claimant in an LCIA arbitration regarding a shareholders' dispute over holdings in the Middle East
  • Advised sports broadcasting company in the Middle East in multi-jurisdictional broadcasting rights and payment dispute
  • Represented a U.S. media technology company against a European entity in proceedings under AAA/ICDR rules and English law

Banking, Real Estate and Insurance

  • Advised contractor with respect to the settlement of its claims against a Dubai World company through a restructuring and settlement process set up to deal with creditor claims
  • Represented contractor in a Dubai World Special Tribunal case concerning a real estate development project
  • Represented a private party in a Dubai-seated ICC arbitration under English law concerning various asset allocation agreements
  • Represented UAE Bank in DIFC Court proceedings involving employer and contractor
  • Represented UAE Bank in multi-jurisdictional investment fund dispute
  • Represented a Canadian company in U.S. litigation over a post-settlement dispute
    Represented a Middle Eastern technology company in insurance litigation governed by UAE law

Criminal

  • Tried numerous criminal jury trials to verdict as a prosecutor in Municipal Court
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Education
  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2008
  • J.D.,

    Honors

    , The University of Texas School of Law, 2007
  • M.A., Michigan State University, 1997
  • B.A., First Class Honors, University of Alberta, 1995
Bar Admissions
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • Texas
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • DIFC Courts, Dubai, UAE
Languages
  • German
Professional Affiliations
    • DIFC Courts' Users' Committee (Former)
    • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Member, Canadian Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates
    • Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution
    • Member, American Bar Association, International Law Section
    • Member, World Affairs Council of Houston
    • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Professional History
    • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales