Michael Davison | London | Hogan Lovells

Michael Davison

Deputy CEO Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


English, French

Davison Michael

Michael Davison
Davison Michael
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"Global litigation and arbitration head Michael Davison is very smart and an excellent operator"

Legal 500 2018

Michael Davison is Deputy CEO of Hogan Lovells. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes and from 2014 to 2020 he was the sole head of the firm's global Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice, comprising 200 partners and 800 lawyers across 45+ offices. The team has advised 73 of the Fortune 100, 40 of the FTSE 100 and 24 of the DAX 30. As a London arbitration lawyer he has handled some of the most complex international cases. Michael has tried cases under the rules of all 10 major arbitration centres – in Latin America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East, and South East Asia. Before relocating to London, Michael worked in the firm's Paris office for six years, where he qualified as a French avocat. He is also a Solicitor Advocate and trained mediator.

Michael acts regularly in arbitrations for clients in the automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, and telecom industries. He has a particular interest in energy and commodities law. Michael sits as an arbitrator, acts as a mediator, and lectures on arbitration topics.

Described by The Legal 500 as "undoubtedly one of the leading practitioners in Europe", and by Chambers UK as "absolutely brilliant", Michael is frequently invited to speak at conferences on arbitration issues.

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'Incredibly skilled'

Legal 500 2015

Representative experience

Acting for Victor Pinchuk in an arbitration between him and Ukrainian business interests.
Acting for telecommunications companies in disputes in a Cairo Centre arbitration with its seat in Cairo.
Acting for an automotive manufacturer over a collapsed alliance in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.
Acting for investors and governments in various investment treaty cases.
Acting for a major pharmaceutical company in a dispute over its share purchase agreement arising out of business in Eastern Europe.
Acting for an oil company terminating joint ventures in North Africa, through ICC arbitrations with their seat in Paris.
Acting for a major project management company in a dispute over an infrastructure project in the Middle East.
Acting for a Russian telecommunications company in three parallel LCIA arbitrations arising out of share purchase transactions with their seat in London.
Acting for companies making applications under the English 1996 Arbitration Act.
Acting for companies involved in the enforcement of awards in off-shore jurisdictions, including Cyprus, BVI, Cayman and Bermuda.
Acting for a Romanian media company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a share purchase agreement in an ICC arbitration with its seat in London.


  • MA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, 1985
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Paris
Court admissions
  • Senior Courts of England
  • Supreme Court of the Republic of Ireland


Named in the International Arbitration Power List

Legal 500

Dispute Resolution, Band 1 Ranking Practice

Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Leading Individual

Legal 500 UK