Rona Amigues-MacRae advises clients on international disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Rona has experience resolving complex, high-value arbitrations and litigations concerning gas sales, joint ventures, production sharing agreements, construction projects and expropriation disputes. Rona regularly advises on arbitrations under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, and ICSID, and on litigation matters in the courts of both England and Scotland.
Rona recently spent five months on secondment with the legal team of an international subsea engineering, construction and services company. In that role, she carried out contract qualification, risk matrix analysis, drafting and negotiation. Rona gained an in-depth understanding of the commercial issues facing energy companies in the current market.
Recent Notable Matters
Scottish Power UK Plc — English High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings against BP & Ors concerning the contractual interpretation and remedies flowing from force majeure and ‘reasonable and prudent operator’ clauses in a North Sea take-or-pay gas sales agreement*
Major oil and natural gas services company — LCIA arbitration involving a dispute between a contractor and sub-contractor on the construction of an oil and gas extraction and refining facility in Iraq*
Canadian mining company — UNCITRAL arbitration against Kazakhstan relating to claims for compensation arising from breach of a multilateral investment treaty*
Turkish investor in Uzbek natural gas industry — representation of four claimants in an ICSID arbitration against Uzbekistan seeking millions of dollars of compensation under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Turkey-Uzbekistan bilateral investment treaty*
Major oilfield services company — LCIA arbitration, including Scottish court proceedings, relating to the hire and intellectual property rights in drilling equipment and technology used in oil & gas rigs in Africa*
Leading drilling equipment hire company — ICC arbitration concerning the contractual interpretation of the termination clause under a sponsorship agreement for a PGA golf tournament*
Amazon UK Services Ltd — criminal court case relating to the inadvertent transportation by air of goods prohibited under the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations*
Supermajor oil company — advising on the removal of radioactive source materials from Yemen*
* Work completed prior to Bracewell
Publications and Speeches
“Arbitrating in Frontier and Emerging Markets,” International Law Summits 4th Annual Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa Conference, 7 March 2019.
England chapter, Practitioner's Handbook on International Commercial Arbitration, 3rd ed., forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
“IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest Criticized,” Insurance Day, March 2016.
“International Remedies for Foreign Investors in Europe's Renewable Energy Sector,” Renewable Energy World, April 2015.
“India – the Next Global International Arbitration Hub?” The Deal Pipeline, February 2015.
German Institution for Arbitration, Cologne University, 2008