Mr Hodgson specialises in international arbitration and public international law. Since joining Allen & Overy (London) in 2005, he has acted as counsel and advocate in many disputes worldwide including under all major arbitral rules. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2014 to focus on disputes in the APAC region.
He has substantial experience of disputes arising out of major energy, infrastructure, mining & construction projects. He has also acted in disputes relating to joint ventures, distribution agreements, financial instruments and post M&A matters.
Mr Hodgson has extensive experience of disputes involving States and State-owned entities including representing investors and States in investment treaty disputes.
Recent matters include: (1) representing Pakistan in parallel ICC and ICSID claims by Tethyan Copper Company in relation to the Reko Diq copper/gold mining project; (2) representing Deutsche Bank in its successful ICSID claim against Sri Lanka arising out of Central Bank interference with a derivative contract; (3) representing an international bank in an ICC arbitration for breach of representations and warranties in an SPA; (4) representing a Belgian investor in its ongoing ICSID claim against the Philippines relating to the cancellation of a major dredging project.
Consistently recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 since being identified as a "rising star" in 2012 (Chambers Global), Chambers 2014 states "[Matthew] continues to be highly regarded for his international arbitration work. Clients say: 'He is an impressive arbitration lawyer with exceptionally solid insight into arbitrations involving investment treaties.'" Legal 500 states "Matthew Hodgson is outstanding" (2013), "sets the bar for others" (2015) and is "perfect for complex arbitrations" (2016).
Mr Hodgson was promoted to the global partnership of Allen & Overy in May 2016. However, pending admission to the Hong Kong bar his formal designation is Registered Foreign Lawyer.