Board of Advisers

Partner, White & Case

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Paris, France



Michael Polkinghorne focuses on advising clients on arbitration and litigation matters, notably in the areas of energy, telecommunications, project finance and infrastructure.

He has served as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitrations conducted under most major institutional rules, helping to resolve disputes for a range of significant commercial and sovereign clients. He is the former Australian member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, and a current member of the ICC Task Force on arbitrations involving state entities.

In recent years Michael has been involved in a number of mediations, particularly in the industrial gas sector. He has served in some two dozen cases as arbitrator (sole, party-appointed or chair), predominantly in the energy sector, under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules. Michael also has a significant transactional practice, advising clients in the energy and infrastructure development fields. He has been involved with a number of petroleum clients on projects in South East Asia, the Russian Federation, India and West and North Africa.

Michael is consistently ranked in the top tier of arbitration practitioners in Paris, and was named “Energy Lawyer of the Year” at Euromoney’s 2014 Global Commercial Arbitration Awards. Michael was named “superb arbitrator and phenomenal counsel” by Chambers Global-Wide 2015.