Mark Beckett focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, public international law, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional legal issues and disputes, as well as international corporate social responsibility. His practice involves various industries including tech, life sciences, telecommunications, energy, petrochemicals, infrastructure, insurance, investment and finance, consumer and fashion. He also represents investors and states in disputes under international investments agreements and public international law involving issues such as expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, full protection and security. Mark's commercial arbitration practice has involved disputes under joint venture and joint development agreements, collaboration agreements, investment agreements, long-term supply and purchase agreements, post-sale and acquisition disputes, and infrastructure and project development agreements under a wide variety of international arbitration rules (ICC, ICDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC), throughout the world. Mark has also represented clients in negotiations with third-party funders and other alternative financing arrangements. He has also represented clients in U.S. court proceedings at the trial and appellate level concerning arbitration-related issues such as enforcement and recognition, arbitrability and arbitration-related discovery under 28 USC 1782, and in enforcement proceedings in courts in the U.S.
Mark is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught International Commercial Arbitration for 10 years. He is also a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and the former US member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Among his representative matters are representing
- The claimant in an ICSID arbitration under an investment treaty involving government interference with and expropriation of a fertilizer plant and related offtake agreement
- The claimant in an ICC arbitration in London and Paris involving the construction of a Southeast Asian infrastructure project
- An investor in a dispute with a North African state under both an infrastructure contract and an investment treaty
- A European gas company in an ICC arbitration involving a gas price reopener
- ICC arbitrations in Paris involving joint venture and trade secret issues with a value in excess of $1 billion
- Claimants in proceedings under international investment agreements concerning states in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America
- ICC arbitration in Singapore involving interpretation and enforceability of a long-term "take-or-pay" agreement with $2 billion in issue
- UNCITRAL arbitration in Jakarta involving a power purchase agreement and sovereign undertakings that resulted in awards in excess of $572 million
- ICC arbitration in Milan on behalf of a European fashion designer and a multinational consumer products company
- The family of slain Chilean folksinger and activist Victor Jara in a trial under the US Torture Victims Protection Act, resulting in a $28 million jury verdict