Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities
Complexity, in both technology and business relationships, has always been a by-word of the energy and utilities sector. But the regulatory focus on the green agenda, and emerging energy initiatives such as carbon capture, bio-fuels and wind farming (as well as the long-running nuclear debate) add a whole new layer of risk - and opportunity for those who can respond nimbly to the immense changes in their business environment.
Disputes in this sector are, almost by definition, for high stakes both in terms of the capital investments involved and the opportunities. Technological complexity spills over into relationship complexity, with most disputes having an international dimension, often multiple parties, and multiple jurisdictions and regulatory regimes involved. Yet with the business imperative to complete a project there is a compelling case for quick and efficient dispute resolution.
CEDR's neutrals bring sector expertise from a variety of professional backgrounds and are therefore already familiar with the terminology, issues and culture of the field as well as the nature of such disputes. Available for appointments not only as mediators and arbitrators in cases where disputes have escalated, they are also called upon to assist clients with tricky negotiations through deal mediation or independent chairing, and can also provide valuable relationship support to what might otherwise be potentially difficult long-term joint venture or project partner relationships.
Our highly experienced mediators and neutrals can also assist with consultancy assignments to develop organisational capability and capacity for resolving conflict including dispute systems design, introducing mediation, developing formal policies and procedures, establishing informal communication protocols and coaching managers and teams through change.