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International Arbitration - Nationwide

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Basic facts about the department
Key office includes New York.

What the team is known for Preeminent authority in the market, with a team made up of leading arbitration and public international law counsel. Sought after to provide cutting-edge advice on arbitrations involving significant breaches of bilateral investment treaties (BITs), high-value contractual disputes and complex jurisdictional issues. Engaged by clients in range of industries, including automotive, and oil and gas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A global resource on international arbitration questions. They have real versatility in both public and private international law, with a strong ability to factor in business considerations to their advice."

"This team is built of a number of individuals, all at the top of their practice. The team being large creates a number of resources to build smaller teams, perfectly tailored to the clients' needs."

Work highlights Instructed by Thethyan Copper in two arbitrations against the government of Balochistan and the government of Pakistan. The claims related to a breach of joint venture agreement and breach of duties under the BIT between Pakistan and Australia. The dispute arose from the government's refusal to grant a mining license after the client invested $240 million in exploration.

Obtained an award in favor of Perenco Ecuador in an arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, a $3.5 billion dispute arising from an amendment to the Hydrocarbons Law. The tribunal granted the client's claims of breach of contract and BIT, with the matter now entering the damages stage.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Francis Donovan is a distinguished authority in the US international arbitration market, widely regarded as a "brilliant advocate" who displays a "depth and understanding of the case that is remarkable." The past year has seen him handle several high-value joint venture disputes.

David Rivkin is in demand as both arbitrator and counsel. He is well versed in handling large-scale matters, with recent work highlights including oil and gas disputes, claims against states and a major bond restructuring matter. He is considered a "truly phenomenal" practitioner and "outstanding lawyer in every way," whose "consummate knowledge of the law never interrupts his common sense."

Mark Friedman is known as "an excellent advocate" who is able to "translate a vast sea of facts into concise arguments." His recent instructions include handling a license dispute under Pakistani law. He has significant experience in Latin American matters.

Dietmar Prager is a critical part of the firm's Latin America offering and has been involved in several high-value joint venture disputes in the region. He has impressed peers and clients and is described as "very intelligent and one to watch."

Christopher Tahbaz is based in both Hong Kong and New York and is well placed to handle disputes across the world. His workload has featured bringing a claim against the Lao government, and handling an investment arbitration in Sao Paulo. He is considered "sharp and astute, with good experience."

Significant clients Occidental Petroleum, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Interros International Investments, GlaxoSmithKline.  

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Leading force in arbitration, with a practice specializing in investor-state arbitration matters dating back two decades. Wide-reaching geographic coverage, spanning jurisdictions such as Hungary, India, Ukraine and several Latin American countries. Recent engagements include matters in the electricity and environmental sectors, in addition to a large dispute arising from the Panama Canal expansion project.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An outstanding international firm, which provides excellent service and truly strives to exceed the expectations of their clients. We are impressed by the depth and scale of work performed by this law firm." 

"They are clearly leaders in the field, very skilled and very astute."

Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Uzbekistan in multiple arbitrations. One particularly significant matter was a dispute between the state and Israeli company Metal-Tech, which requested $170 million for alleged treaty violations. The tribunal dismissed the claim on the grounds of corruption.

Engaged by the Republic of Peru for multiple arbitration matters. One involved a dispute with a Spanish investor, which sought relief, contract modification and $100 million. The tribunal decided in favor of Peru and awarded the state $3 million.

Notable practitioners  

Abby Cohen Smutny has seen a broad array of work in sectors including mining, telecommunications, energy and construction. She is known as a leading practitioner in the arbitration marketplace, and is identified as a "fabulous advocate" and praised for "her demeanor and intelligence." One matter in the past year saw her bring a major expropriation claim against Venezuela.

Paul Friedland receives impressive feedback from peers, who regard him as a "first rate arbitration lawyer." His caseload of late includes significant matters in the energy sector and a major BIT claim against the Republic of Paraguay. Commentators state he is "fantastically talented in the investment treaty field: a true expert and great advocate."

Carolyn Lamm is described as "a real star both as counsel and arbitrator." She has experience handling matters connected to CIS and Central Asian jurisdictions and has been pivotal to the firm's various engagements by the Republic of Uzbekistan and Peru. She is considered an "extraordinary" practitioner who is "dynamic and tireless." 

Ank Santens is admired as an "experienced and knowledgeable" practitioner who has accumulated deep experience in arbitrations in the mining, chemical and energy sectors. Her caseload has featured matters relating to Bulgaria, Mexico and Canada, and she has earned praise for being "energetic and smart."

Andrea Menaker is hailed for her flawless presentation skills and described as "a very impressive, poised and excellent speaker." She is dedicated to the representation of clients in investment arbitrations and recently assisted with bringing a claim against Guatemala. Other recent highlights include handling matters for Uzbekistan and Peru.

Significant clients Republic of Bulgaria, SGS, Gold Reserve, Georgia, Republic of the Philippines.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and New York. 

What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the leading arbitration practices in the USA, with an outstanding global reputation. Work continues to span construction, investment and commercial arbitrations, with a special focus on Latin American disputes. Significant experience handling major litigation arising from arbitral proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a strong ability to factor in business considerations to their advice. Their written work product is particularly good, polished and clear." 

"Because it's such an international practice, it's made of people who have worked all over. They are exceptional."  

Work highlights Acted for one of the world's largest mining companies, Anglo American, in a BIT arbitration against the government of Venezuela. The matter arose from the expropriation of mining assets.

Represented UK oil and gas company BG Group in the first investment treaty arbitration case to be considered by the US Supreme Court. The court reinstated an award of $185 million in favor of the client, finalizing this 12-year arbitration with the Republic of Argentina.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel Blackaby is noted as a practitioner with "excellent advocacy skills," who is "incredibly articulate, diligent and imaginative." He has deep arbitration experience and a strong focus on Latin American disputes. In the past year he has handled BIT treaty matters and expropriation claims.

Brian King is praised by clients and peers who are impressed by his "encyclopedic knowledge of procedure." He has recent experience in high-value disputes in the mining and construction fields. He counts ConocoPhillips among his clients, having handled its BIT dispute with Venezuela.  

Noiana Paula Marigo is a "detailed and thoughtful" arbitration practitioner who is gaining significant experience in a wide range of disputes. She is noted for her expertise in Latin American matters and has represented clients in expropriation claims against state governments.

Significant clients Rusoro, ConocoPhillips, Total, Pan American Energy, Repsol.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and New York.  

What the team is known for A preeminent firm with a longstanding reputation for commercial arbitration and a growing focus on investment treaty matters. Recently engaged in a state-to-state dispute, in addition to matters in the aviation, construction and energy sectors under a range of arbitral rules.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We had the sense from the start that they were strategic in their focus and pragmatic. They made a real effort to understand the commercial situation, and their advice was heavily tailored towards achieving the commercial outcome we wanted."

"Extraordinarily good at arranging an approach that would be cost-effective."

Work highlights Achieved a total victory for the government of Canada in its sovereign-to-sovereign trade dispute with the USA. The matter concerned whether the client was legally able to lift export taxes on products from Québec and Ontario.

Represented Turkey's leading oil and exploration company in a dispute with the government of Kazakhstan. The matter related to investments in the state's oil sector worth hundreds of millions of dollars and involved public international law claims.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair John Fellas is a leading arbitrator and arbitration counsel with extensive experience. He recently handled a breach of engineering contract dispute. He is praised for his astute yet personable approach and has earned recognition as a "really capable and excellent arbitrator."

Steven Hammond is acknowledged as a "a solid, sound, strong individual" who shows valued consideration for his client's specific business needs. He has a broad range of experience, including representing state-owned entities and bringing a claim against the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Alexander Yanos has invaluable expertise in expropriation and licensing disputes. He is recognized as a practitioner who is rising through the ranks, with a breadth of experience that includes having an award reinstated by the Supreme Court.

John Townsend straddles both commercial and investment arbitrations, with peers rating him as "super impressive" and a "stellar advocate in terms of writing and understanding the world of arbitration." He recently represented Canada against the USA in a sovereign-to-sovereign dispute. 

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Houston and New York.

What the team is known for Stellar reputation born of involvement in globally significant investment and commercial arbitrations. Traditional focus on Latin American disputes, with a broadening emphasis that has brought work from jurisdictions such as India. Deep practice, with experience handling major disputes in the energy, oil and gas, telecommunications and infrastructure industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been top-notch; very responsive to inquiries and requests for information. They are also very experienced, they know how the players are and how to get the right experts."  

"They are very aggressive in pursuing the client's interests; they are diligent and professional."

Work highlights Engaged to represent Transglobal Green Energy in an arbitration against Panama regarding a hydroelectric power concession. The dispute has given rise to issues of denial of justice.

Continued to represent Chevron in relation to a highly publicized arbitration against the government of Ecuador worth $10 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Doak Bishop is known for his excellence in the arbitration field as both counsel and arbitrator, with peers and clients commenting that he is "outstanding in every way" and at the "top of his field." His focus has been on disputes arising in Argentina and Ecuador, including the much-publicized Chevron arbitration.

Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez is a well regarded practitioner who "knows the subject matter superbly" and has expertise in Latin American disputes. He is noted for his knowledge of NAFTA. His work in the past year has featured the representation of major clients in the gas sector and bringing claims against states.

The "excellent" Edward Kehoe receives accolades from clients who appreciate his strategic approach and ability to take into consideration business interests. He recently represented Renco against the Republic of Peru.

John Bowman is recognized for his adept handling of major energy disputes. He is admired for his extensive knowledge of the Panama Convention and described as "one of the most thorough, in-depth lawyers I've ever worked with."

Wade Coriell is praised as a "solid young practitioner," with excellent witness-handling skills. His practice is particularly strong in the energy sector and he has extensive experience in Argentine and Ecuadorian matters. This year has seen him involved in major government disputes.

Henry Guy Burnett focuses on Latin American disputes and, as a fluent Portuguese speaker, is particularly well versed in matters arising under Brazilian law. He is considered a "terrific professional" who is "very smooth in a hearing and quick on his feet." His recent workload has included a dispute involving a sovereign state.

Sources describe Craig Miles as an attorney who is "energetic and experienced" with notable cross examination skills. His practice is primarily focused on Latin America matters, including a recent bilateral investment treaty claim in the aviation industry.  

Significant clients Novera, ExxonMobil, Transglobal Green Energy, Renco, Exterran Holdings.

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Basic facts about the department
- Key offices include Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Texas.

What the team is known for An impressive practice, representing multinational corporations and sovereign states in commercial and investor-state arbitrations. The team is adept at managing high-value claims and award annulments in disputes involving sectors such as energy, mining and metals. The practice features individuals with regional specialties and multilingual capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their background knowledge allowed us to obtain a favorable outcome."

Work highlights Engaged by the Republic of South Korea to defend against the largest ever treaty claim against an Asian sovereign. The European subsidiaries of a US private equity fund are seeking damages of around $4.4 billion relating to claims of obstruction and unfair treatment by the state banking and tax authorities.  

Acted for Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim in its successful request for arbitration to resolve a power project dispute regarding treatment by Pakistan authorities. The issue involves defaults by Pakistan on contractual payment obligations and the detention of four of its vessels.  

Notable practitioners  

Paolo Di Rosa specializes in representing sovereign states, with previous clients including the Slovak Republic and Republic of Chile. His work in Latin America earns him praise for "a unique understanding of the region." His caseload this year has also featured arbitrations for clients in Europe and Central Asia.

Jean Kalicki is regarded as an "excellent lawyer" who demonstrates "tremendous energy" in both commercial and investment arbitrations. She is particularly recognized for her representation of state clients, which in the recent past have included South Korea, the Republic of Hungary and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Significant clients Republic of Hungary, Mercer International, Electricité de France, The Slovak Republic, Daimler Financial Services.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Texas.

What the team is known for Involved in some of the world's most high-profile arbitrations in the past year. Experienced in disputes featuring both state sovereigns and major state-owned entities. Receives praise for its excellent understanding of the energy sector, and skilled handling of matters under foreign law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In my opinion, Baker Botts is one of those rare firms that is able to handle both the legal aspect of a matter and the cultural and political aspects as well."

"They have been very transparent with the budget and what the expected costs are, and have kept us up to date." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Goldberg boasts an enviable client list which includes high net worth individuals, sovereign states and state-owned entities. His caseload features major arbitrations in the energy sector. Commentators admire his "remarkable success in very complicated matters."

Jennifer Smith has gained a wealth of experience in contractual disputes. Commentators appreciate her ability to "read the politics of the situation and help the client navigate those tricky waters."

Significant clients The Russian Federation, Kia Motors, Republic of Costa Rica, Frontera Resources, Republic of Ecuador.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Boutique dispute resolution firm comprised of individuals with particular expertise in Latin American matters. Geared towards disputes of an international nature, with frequent collaboration with local firms. Areas of concentration include the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and construction sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We like that the lawyers, especially the partners, pay a lot of attention to detail. They are hands-on, they delegate reasonably and the partners are always there to assume responsibility for a case."

"They've had to make a very deep analysis of issues and interpretations under New York law and have done it extremely thoroughly and quickly. We work as a team beautifully."  

Work highlights Engaged by one of the world's major mining companies in arbitration proceedings against a prominent investment bank relating to the sale of assets in Latin America.

Engaged by a Turkish company to act with Swiss co-counsel in a billion dollar dispute arising from failed negotiations to sell a controlling stake of a cell phone operator.

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented" David Lindsey has a roster of clients from around the world, with a focus on those operating or investing in Latin America. His recent matters include disputes between sovereigns. He is admired for his knowledge and ability in complex areas of law.

James Hosking has recently acted for major clients in the energy and mining sectors in Latin America. He is New Zealand qualified and also receives Asia-Pacific mandates, such as a recent ICC dispute in Singapore. He is lauded as an "extraordinary legal analyst" with "vast experience in arbitration and commercial approach."  

Aníbal Martin Sabater is recommended as a "great negotiator who finds good and clever solutions to all issues." He has a roster of clients from Latin America. He provides advice on investor-state arbitrations.

Yasmine Lahlou has an impressive range of experience as part of the team involved in matters in the construction and pharmaceutical sectors. Lahlou, who speaks French and Italian, is considered to be "very smart and a good advocate."

Jennifer Permesly receives excellent feedback from peers and clients as a "highly effective, organized and forceful advocate." Her focus is primarily on Latin American disputes, with recent work including a mining matter and contractual dispute.

Significant clients AEI, American International Group, Cukorova Holding, Samwhan CorporationCopape Produtos de Petroleo.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York.  

What the team is known for Rich history in international dispute resolution. Known for representing sovereign states and major corporations in matters spanning Europe, Asia and South America. Well-equipped to deploy cross-office teams for matters with a multijurisdictional flavor.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Cleary is able to provide a wide range of legal services in several international locations, always with the same quality level. I would say the team exhibits the highest level of professionalism, competence and trustworthiness." 

Work highlights Continued to defend the Russian Federation in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings brought by the previous majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company. The claims, relating to unfair treatment and expropriation, amount to almost $100 billion.

Engaged as counsel by DP World in its arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Peru. The dispute is connected to a concession agreement relating to the client's operations in the South and North Piers.

Notable practitioners  

Clients of Howard Zelbo appreciate his relationship-building skills and his "additional efforts to understand the particulars of the business involved." His roster of clients is impressive, featuring sovereigns such as Argentina and the Russian Federation, in addition to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity.

Significant clients Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq, OJSC Tatneft, Rosneft Oil, Russian Federation, Telecom Italia.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Significant player in the market, involved in investment treaty, public international law and commercial arbitration matters. Multilingual team, including key individuals qualified in the USA and several Latin American countries. Recent caseload features disputes in the Ukraine, Russia and Asia markets relating to issues such as intellectual property, NAFTA and expropriation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very thorough in their analysis and how they approach matters. They also know how to work with local counsel, which is very important." 

Work highlights Represented Eli Lilly Company in a pharmaceutical sector investment state arbitration against the government of Canada involving intellectual property rights.

Engaged by Exxon Mobil Corporation to act on a multibillion dollar claim against Venezuela, alleging the expropriation of the company's entire investment in the state.

Notable practitioners  

The "exceptional" Eugene Gulland continues to represent Accession Mezzanine Capital in an expropriation arbitration against Hungary. He is regarded as an excellent lawyer by peers. 

Miguel López Forastier impresses clients with his "analysis of the case and his tireless engagement in fact finding." His workload of late has included a construction dispute in South America and an arbitration claim on behalf of a major oil company in Asia. He has also been engaged by ExxonMobil in a multibillion dollar arbitration against Venezuela.

Marney Cheek handles both investment and commercial arbitrations, often in the life sciences and mining sectors. One recent work highlight was an arbitration on behalf of Eli Lilly against the government of Canada.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Strong concentration in the oil and gas sector, with involvement in matters including bilateral investment treaty and joint venture disputes. Expanding portfolio of major state clients from across the world, including Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an incredibly strong team: very well staffed, thorough and diligent. They have a wonderful work ethic and they know how to use resources, such as witnesses and experts."

Work highlights Engaged to defend the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in arbitration proceedings against ConocoPhillips, which is seeking damages of over $20 billion. The claim is related to expropriation and violation of obligations under a BIT between Venezuela and the Netherlands.

Representing the Republic of India in an arbitration brought under the bilateral investment treaty between India and Mauritius. The claim of $1.6 billion relates to the annulment of a lease agreement.

Notable practitioners  

George Kahale has a busy practice featuring regular instructions from state governments, including defending a major arbitration brought by Mobil Corporation. Clients appreciate his deep understanding of the legal and economic implications of issues in the oil industry, and his "exceptional work ethic."

Significant clients Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uganda, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Algeria.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Well-respected arbitration practice providing teams of individuals from offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Deeply experienced in handling both investor-state and commercial arbitrations. Particularly reputed for its representation of sovereign states. Strong focus on the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The people we worked with were well organized and very responsive in dealing with the client and the co-counsel."

"Excellent legal support, and convenient meeting facilities."  

Work highlights Defended the Republic of Bulgaria in proceedings in The Hague brought by a German investor under the bilateral investment treaty.The client obtained costs and fees amounting to $1.3 million in this real estate development dispute.

Successfully represented the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago in two arbitrations arising from a failed natural gas plant project with World GTL.

Stanimir Alexandrov has an excellent reputation for his "encyclopedic knowledge" of investor-state arbitrations and is at the forefront of the arbitration marketplace. He is regarded as an "extraordinary" practitioner who has represented Bulgaria in the Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and defended Peru against a $50 billion claim.

Clients and peers of Louis Kimmelman speak at length of his qualities as an arbitration specialist, describing him as a "first rate" practitioner who is an "excellent orator." He is an expert in handling Latin American disputes, with a proficiency in energy matters. He counts Belize Social Development Limited and the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago among his clients.

Dana MacGrath is a commercial arbitration practitioner who also has experience in award enforcement actions. She recently represented a major LNG producer in a price review matter, and is described as "hard-working, always on top of her files, and very responsive."

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Basic facts about the department
Key office in New York.

What the team is known for Strong US team benefiting from an international network, often providing cross-office teams for commercial and investment arbitration instructions. Clear presence in Latin America, with an expanding focus on Asian jurisdictions. Handles a variety of matters in the financial, sports, media and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are really good at formulating a strategy and structuring a complicated international arbitration matter. They have a lot of experience and are very thoughtful."  

Work highlights Engaged to represent Devas Multimedia in a $1.6 billion dispute with the Indian state-owned company Antrix Corporation, arising out of the alleged wrongful termination of a satellite contract.

Represented Traffic Sports International in proceedings against the national soccer federations of ten South American countries, the Confederación Sudamericana de Futbol, with the client claiming a breach of contract. Skadden has successfully argued that FIFA is not appropriate to arbitrate the matter, worth over $450 million.  

Notable practitioners  

Highly regarded group co-head John Gardiner has a focus on public and private international law. His workload consists of big-ticket disputes, including the representation of Starr Investments in arbitrations in Hong Kong.

Julie Bédard has a practice dedicated to international arbitration, and is qualified in both New York and Canada. She advises corporations and governments. She is recognized as "a real force, and one of the leaders of our field in the future."

Timothy Nelson is a "skillful advocate" who is noted by commentators for his knowledge of arbitration procedure. His recent work has involved a range of industries, including sports and natural resources in disputes involving India.

Former Chief Judge of the State of New York and Court of Appeals Judith Kaye has an extremely impressive work portfolio behind her career as arbitrator. She is thought of as an "exceptional arbitrator: singular in both stature and knowledge."

Barry Garfinkel earns great respect from peers as a senior member of the firm's dispute resolution practice and "a great resource" of arbitration knowledge. He is considered an "outstanding arbitrator" whose experience encompasses an array of disputes, including oil and gas, corporate and energy matters.

Significant clients Pfizer, Altimo Holdings, Starr Investments.

Band 3 | WilmerHale

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Team based in New York and DC, handling matters in multiple locations, such as Hong Kong, Vienna and the Hague. Particularly focused on international commercial arbitrations, with much of its work arising from intellectual property disputes. Matters span Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They intelligently hired the experts that were necessary. Everyone was perfectly prepared. The presentation was fantastic."

"They really are well placed for international matters. They can put together teams working in Spanish and English, in different time zones, and it is seamless."

Notable practitioners  

Sources report that John Pierce is "articulate, intelligent and puts together a very good case," in addition to commenting on his impressive depth of knowledge of the arbitration field. He acts as both arbitrator and counsel.

Rachael Kent is praised for her ability to translate complex legal principles for her clients. Her recent experience includes intellectual property issues.

James Carter has a legendary reputation as an arbitrator and counsel. As counsel he has recently been involved in major disputes relating to intellectual property.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is Miami.

What the team is known for Renowned expertise in serving Latin American clients and overseas companies with business operations in that region. Serves multinational and Fortune 500 companies in a range of complex arbitrations, including those with multijurisdictional issues and those subject to US Court of Appeal decisions. Involved in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare and life sciences, automotive and financial.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The clarity and quickness with which they get to the point, and develop and bring ideas to the table, is very effective. They were also very well prepared."

"They have an outstanding knowledge of Latin American jurisdictions. The level of performance and service is really impressive."

Work highlights Achieved an award for a US financial institution in a dispute with a US investment firm. The dispute related to the client's allegations of breach of contract, and was conducted in Spanish.

Notable practitioners  

José Astigarraga is a key individual in the arbitration market and is respected as a "sophisticated arbitration lawyer" who handles matters "with great dignity and thoughtfulness."

Native Spanish speaker Cristina Cárdenas has broad experience. She is rated as a "very knowledgeable" attorney, who is "great in handling the facts and evidence."

Eduardo De la Peña Bernal is hailed as a "sharp and sophisticated attorney," with clients praising his strategic approach to matters. He has extensive knowledge of local law issues in Latin America.

Significant clients General Electric, Citibank, General Motors, CONECEL.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office in New York.

What the team is known for Reputed for its international reach, which enables it to provide seamless integrated services from cross-office teams. Recently engaged in disputes in Asia, Latin America and Europe, in addition to emerging jurisdictions such as Brazil and Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"This is a firm with partners in all different cities, so the resources they are able to draw on are tremendous." 

Work highlights Representing Aruban corporation Longreef in an investment treaty arbitration against the Venezuelan government, who expropriated the client's assets and offered compensation far lower than the real value. The firm achieved a victory in this $500 million World Bank arbitration.

Secured the full $4.5 million award sought by client Weatherford Services from Africa Fortesa Company in Senegal. The claim was related to the failure to pay for oilfield services and various contractual disputes which arose as a consequence.

Notable practitioners  

Grant Hanessian has been practicing arbitration law for 25 years, earning him respect from peers as an "elite lawyer," particularly with regard to his work in Latin American disputes. He has experience working with clients from around the globe.

David Zaslowsky is a well respected practitioner with a particular focus on international commercial disputes such as banking matters and trade secrets. He is admired as a "very strong thinker in terms of building up the legal argument," who "speaks and writes extremely well."  

Maria Chedid has recently joined the firm from Arnold & Porter. Chedid has particular expertise in Middle Eastern disputes, in addition to handling matters involving Asian and Latin American parties. Sources emphasize the quality of her written and oral presentation, with one peer remarking that she is "superbly prepared and relentless."

Significant clients Petroleo Brasileiro, Group SEB, AVIC, Government of Mongolia, Government of Hungary.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Texas and New York. Petroleo Brasileiro, Group SEB, AVIC, Government of Mongolia, Government of Hungary.

What the team is known for Strong offering across a range of industries including media, mining and maritime, with a prominent focus on disputes in the energy sector. Boasts a wealth of international experience, receiving mandates from across the world, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very impressive team that has depth and is extremely knowledgeable."

Work highlights Instructed by Naviera F. Tapias, Spain's largest shipowner, in its dispute with Gulf Marine Fabricators, a major US shipyard. The client alleges faulty repair work to a vessel that is crucial to its operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Appointed to defend Viciney Cadenas against claims by Petrobras America amounting to $500 million. Petrobras allege product defects in the manufacturing of tether chains.

Notable practitioners  

Group co-head Mark Baker has built a strong reputation as a "bright, energetic and diligent" attorney who is "extraordinarily good at foreseeing future moves and reactions from the other side." He has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, including construction, joint venture and energy projects.

Kevin O'Gorman represents clients in commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Clients commend his unique personal and academic approach, and "skill and courage" in complex matters.

Significant clients AEI Energy, Baker Hughes, KBC Advanced Technologies, Total, Nejapa Power Company.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC and New York.

What the team is known for Dispute resolution boutique comprising of individuals offering services as both counsel and arbitrator, with an expanding global network. Has recently seen an increase in investor-state arbitration and instructions under the various major institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A hard-working, solid and creative group of lawyers." 

"They are at the top of their game." 

Work highlights Engaged by Magnus Energy and APAC in a dispute with Indonesia involving the alleged expropriation of a coal mine and violations of bilateral investment treaties.  

Notable practitioners  

Peers of Tai-Heng Cheng note his stellar academic background and identify him as a practitioner who has experience of arbitrations under almost every institution, including those seated in Singapore and Hong Kong. He is a well-regarded arbitrator.

Significant clients Captain Ossama Al Sharif, Churchill Mining, Dubai Ports World, Pontiac Land Group, EDP Brazil.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Global reputation for fielding cross-office teams in significant arbitrations, geographically spread across the main arbitration centers. Diverse work portfolio includes matters in the chemical, construction and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very client-focused, which is excellent, and they put a very responsive team together. They were able to provide a useful, insightful and responsive analysis."

"They were very client-focused and easy to work with, providing us with information to develop a strategy. They are very articulate, good lawyers in arbitration hearings." 

Work highlights Engaged to defend the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela against two arbitration claims brought under the Netherlands-Venezuela BIT, each worth $1 billion. The dispute arose in connection with the operation of glass container industrial plants.

Instructed by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in arbitrations brought by Koch Minerals and Koch Nitrogen International in connection with the construction and operation of an ammonia and urea facility. The claims, brought under the BIT between Switzerland and Venezuela, are worth over $600 million.

Notable practitioners  

Henry Weisburg brings over 30 years of experience in commercial and investor-state arbitrations to his engagements. Sources rate him as "smart, very experienced and effective."

Chris Ryan offers clients broad experience in matters relating to Latin America, Africa and Asia. He is familiar with sectors such as construction, renewable energy and agrosciences. Peers recognize him as a strong emerging individual in the marketplace.

Significant clients Dow Chemical Company, Opportunity Fund, Solvay Chemical Company, Millennium Challenge Corporation.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices are New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Strong reputation for work in the insurance industry, as well as involvement in matters in heavy industry and pharmaceuticals. Fully integrated arbitration and litigation departments enable the team to offer individuals with specific expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They did a great job: very professional, with a fast turnaround and available at a moment's notice. They had some very constructive and pragmatic suggestions."

Work highlights Defended MediaTek against infringement claims brought by Lake Cherokee. The technology company was sued in addition to numerous other high-profile defendants such as Samsung and Toshiba.

Successfully represented Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharmaceutical in an arbitration against Johnson & Johnson. The firm obtained a significant reduction in the supply price percentage of a drug worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Notable practitioners  

Cochair Robert Smit earns praise as a distinguished arbitrator and arbitration counsel. He represents clients globally. He is described as "absolutely excellent," with an "unbelievable pedigree" in the arbitration market.

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Basic facts about the department 
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Key focus on investor-state arbitrations, in addition to handling commercial matters arising from a variety of sectors, including oil and gas. Clients include governments, contractors and entities with global operations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We felt that they were our partners. Their level of knowledge was remarkable."

"Their management of this was just what I would have wanted it to be: high quality and, in particular, looking for procedural opportunities that might be outside the normal box."  

Work highlights Engaged by the Camisea Consortium in a claim against Perupetro, a state-owned enterprise. The claim is connected to the termination of a license agreement due to alleged breach of contract and is worth up to $50 million.

Bringing an arbitration claim against the government of Croatia on behalf of MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. The dispute, worth $2.5 billion, is related to the treatment of the company and alleged failures to abide by Energy Charter Treaty obligations.

Notable practitioners  

Arif Ali impresses clients with his knowledge of and sensitivity towards region-specific legal issues, with a client base that includes governments and state-owned enterprises. His portfolio features disputes in a range of jurisdictions in Europe and Latin America. One client observes that he is an "outstanding lawyer and an extremely good advocate."

Alexandre de Gramont is lauded as a "terrific" practitioner, whose clients appreciate his varied experience of arbitrations in different jurisdictions, in addition to his "ability to maintain good time management." His matters are varied in nature and predominantly arise in the oil and gas sector.  

Eric Ordway is rated as an "excellent lawyer" with wide-ranging expertise. His clients include governments, energy consortiums and those in the chemical industry, and he is experienced in arbitrations under various rules.

Significant clients Government of Hungary, Sonatrach Perú Corporation, Hunt Oil Company of Peru, Repsol Exploración Perú.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office in New York.

What the team is known for Adept at conducting arbitrations in Spanish and English, with a focus on markets such as Latin America and Russia. Engaged in energy, intellectual property and insurance matters, in addition to high-profile pro bono cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very knowledgeable and skilled strategically. Lean and mean, they staff matters very leanly with all members understanding the details of the case extremely well."

"Tenacious and feisty."  

Work highlights Instructed by Koch Minerals in an arbitration under the Switzerland-Venezuela BIT treaty worth around $650 million. The case relates to the expropriation by Venezuela of a fertilizer plant and involves claims of violation of the fair treatment standard.

Engaged by the Republic of Congo to defend against an award enforcement action arising from an arbitration in the District Court of Washington, DC.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Beckett is described as an "excellent lawyer" with a "tremendous gift for polishing a phrase." His experience includes expropriation matters involving sovereign states and representing clients in major contractual arbitrations.

Significant clients Hilton, TCR Sports Broadcasting.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Global footprint, with local teams offering relevant cultural and political knowledge. Represents sovereign states and corporate clients in industries including aviation, technology and oil and gas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are successful at arbitrating matters, but they also have a great depth of knowledge in business decisions."

"They have a broad knowledge base in international arbitration and they seem to be well respected among arbitrators in the community, with strong overall strategic skills." 

Work highlights Defended the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Turkey against an EUR800 million claim brought by a consortium. The dispute arose out of a project to design and construct a railway in Istanbul at a cost of billions of euros.

Engaged by the Sultanate of Oman in the first arbitration to be initiated under the US-Oman Free Trade Agreement. The US claimant is seeking around $300 million in damages.

Notable practitioners  

Cedric Chao is thought of as an "incredibly energetic and intelligent person" and is praised for his effective team leadership skills. He has represented clients from a range of sectors on matters such as breach of contract disputes. He also receives appointments to sit as arbitrator.

Camilo Cardozo is known to be "culturally fluent in Latin American work," which often sees him involved with investment treaty arbitrations. He attracts praise from clients and peers alike, with one source highlighting his "extremely timely, pertinent knowledge of arbitrators, the process and substantive law."

Kiera Gans is a rising star in the market and earns rave reviews from clients, with one describing her as "incredibly professional, logical and attuned to the practicalities of business." She counts the Sultanate of Oman among her clients and has experience in investment treaty matters.

Significant clients Republic of Hungary, Irving Shipbuilding, Transban Investments, Tampico Beverages, Valle Verde Sociedad Financiera.

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What the team is known for Strong offering in Latin American matters, particularly out of the Miami office. Multilingual attorneys handle a range of matters, including BIT and energy charter arbitrations. Experience in arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules. 

Notable practitioners  

Oliver Armas offers his clients "excellent experience" in this field. He regularly represents parties from both Latin America and Asia. His caseload involves parties with global operations. He is also engaged as an arbitrator.

Practice co-leader Daniel González dedicates his practice to international commercial arbitrations, with matters involving Latin America, Europe and the USA. He is considered a "seasoned arbitration practitioner" who is "very articulate, knowledgeable and a great speaker."

Sources describe Samaa Haridi as a "rising star," whose fluency in French and Arabic make her a "unique practitioner with unique skills" for matters arising from the Middle East. Her work has also involved parties in Europe.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Illinois.

What the team is known for Noted practice represents Fortune 100 and multinational clients from the financial, aerospace and hospitality fields. Receives particular praise for strong advocacy capabilities.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The thing we look to them for particularly is the quality of their advocacy."

"They are comprehensive in their thinking about the procedural aspects of international arbitration."  

Work highlights Represented Singapore hotel management company GHM in a dispute with Lehman Brothers. The owners forcibly ousted the management company and claimed $70 million in damages. The tribunal sided with GHM, dismissing the opposition's claims and awarding the client $10 million compensation.

Notable practitioners  

Lawrence Schaner impresses clients, who comment that he is "exceedingly well connected in the international arbitration world." He has handled a number of high-profile matters, including high-value contractual claims. 

Cochair Richard Ziegler is a "seasoned, highly experienced, creative and thorough" arbitration practitioner. His recent experience includes a matter seated in Hong Kong.

Significant clients Ritz-Carlton, Gulfstream Aerospace, IAP Worldwide, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Kraft Foods.

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include: New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. 

What the team is known for Broad expertise and impressive standard of client service. Increasingly focused on commercial disputes, particularly those arising in connection with intellectual property issues such as licensing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good at looking at a situation and being creative. They are strategic in nature; they understand where the parties are trying to get to, and they lay out a comprehensive and viable strategy to get it done."

"They are very knowledgeable in terms of the framework of international arbitration laws. They are very diligent in their paperwork, strategy and proposals."  

Work highlights Engaged by Fraport, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, in an arbitration claim against the Philippines relating to the expropriation of a $450 million investment in a terminal project at Manila International Airport. The firm achieved an annulment of a previous award which had dismissed the client's claims.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Nolan is recognized by one source for his "strategic and tactical" approach to arbitrations, and his efforts to develop a deep understanding of the relevant industry. As both counsel and arbitrator, he has an impressive work portfolio that includes matters involving sovereign states.

Significant clients Government of Mongolia, Bayer CropScience AG, Bloomberry Hotels and Resorts, Brandes Investment Partners.

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Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Team comprised of individuals trained to handle both litigation and arbitration. Receives instructions from an international client base. Handles big tickets disputes arising from employment matters, contracts and insurance, involving parties in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their thoroughness with respect to how they study and analyze the particular issues involved has been very valuable." 

Work highlights Continued to represent TeliaSonera in a long-term dispute with Turkish companies relating to a cellular phone joint venture. The firm has obtained a significant $932 million for the client and is currently defending a further arbitration brought by Cukurova aiming to have the award dismissed.

Engaged in a dispute by the Japanese purchasers of a Mexican pharmaceutical company, relating to breaches of representation and sales agreement warranties.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Neuhaus is a "smart and astute" attorney, whose clients appreciate that he "deep dives in to the subject so he feels entirely comfortable with it."  He has impressive experience in the financial sector and handles investor-state disputes related to Latin America and Asia.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Mark Cymrot of Baker & Hostetler LLP has represented governments and other clients across Asia, Europe and Latin America and occasionally also sits as arbitrator. His areas of focus include contractual, insurance and joint venture disputes. One source extols his "excellent presentation, great gravitas and trial lawyer abilities."

Jonathan Schiller of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is known as a "smart, talented and very experienced" arbitration counsel, who also serves as arbitrator. His past experience in the field has included successfully defending major clients in the financial sector.

Ignacio Suarez Anzorena of Clifford Chance US LLP is known for his work in Latin America handling commercial and investor-state disputes. He is considered to have "devoted his life to this" area of practice, and is acknowledged as a "very, very bright lawyer."

Arbitrator George Bermann of Columbia Law School is an experienced and "very impressive" individual, who also advises counsel on the arbitration procedure. His appointments are weighted towards contractual disputes involving issues such as intellectual property, joint venture and expropriation.

Daniel Price of Daniel M. Price PLLC is recognized for his expansive knowledge of bilateral investment treaty and free trade disputes. He has arbitrated matters involving sovereign states and major oil and gas conglomerates. He is considered a "smart, fair and knowledgeable" individual.

Daniel Tan of Dan Tan Law is known for his expertise in handling matters with an Asian facet. Sources admire him as a "very talented" and "knowledgeable individual" who has an exclusive focus on arbitration. He recently handled a claim against a state-owned entity.

Charles Brower of 20 Essex Street is a sought-after arbitrator who is deeply experienced in investment cases and handling disputes relating to expropriations and the oil and gas sector. He is lauded as a "legend" of arbitration who is "at the top of his game."

David Caron of 20 Essex Street is known for being "extremely academic" and has a stellar reputation for his knowledge of the public international law space. His areas of specialty as an arbitrator also include maritime, environmental and construction disputes, including those involving sovereign state parties.

Group cochair Ronald Goodman of Foley Hoag LLP is "very well respected" for his arbitration work, which spans both commercial and investor-state disputes in fields such as construction and energy. His client list features sovereign states and corporate clients subject to disputes under a broad range of institutional rules.

Clients report that Elliot Polebaum of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP "knows everything about arbitration proceedings" and admire his top class witness handling and written presentation skills. He represented Thales in a dispute arising from a $1 billion contract in the satellite sector.

Sole practitioner Gerald Aksen is considered the "godfather of arbitration." He practiced as counsel, handling matters in the construction and oil and gas sectors. He now serves as an arbitrator under a wide range of institutions.

Chris Parker of Herbert Smith Freehills is also qualified in England and has impressive expertise in the energy sector, handling many arbitrations arising in connection with contract disputes. He is credited as working "incredibly hard in a client-friendly manner."

Laurence Shore of Herbert Smith Freehills acts as both counsel and arbitrator in a variety of disputes, including those in the energy, mining and telecommunications sectors. Sources consider him a "fantastic practitioner," who is "remarkably insightful" and particularly adept at handling complex, technical matters.

Independent arbitrator Horacio Grigera Naón is noted for his adeptness in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, in addition to his deep familiarity with Latin American disputes in general. He is described as "a very experienced and knowledgeable arbitrator." 

Robert Davidson of JAMS is admired as an excellent and "incredibly efficient" individual who "really has an instinct for arbitration." Appointments include matters in the pharmaceutical, IT and maritime sectors, and disputes in London and Beijing.

Steven Smith of Jones Day enjoys a varied practice, representing an array of clients, particularly from the energy sector, in disputes arising from investor-state matters and joint ventures. He is rated as a "knowledgeable lawyer," who is "experienced in international arbitrations."

Claudia Salomon of Latham & Watkins LLP is praised for "taking her time, being very patient and doing a great job in getting the information that was important for her to draw up the arguments." She has experience representing clients in the energy and utilities sectors.

Charles Renfrew of Law Offices of Charles B. Renfrew enjoys a stellar reputation as an arbitrator, with previous experience in private practice and as a judge. He is rated as a "very experienced and brilliant man" who is "thoughtful, reflective and very solid".

Sole practitioner Mark Kantor is lauded as a "remarkable" arbitrator devoted to this field of dispute resolution, with cutting-edge market knowledge. His areas of expertise include disputes in the energy and satellite industries.

Philip Allen Lacovara of Mayer Brown LLP sits as arbitrator in a broad range of disputes, including those in the insurance, intellectual property and technology sectors. His capabilities are complemented by experience in litigation and multiple appearances before the Supreme Court. Sources claim he does "a fantastic job" and is "well prepared and has good questions."

Michael Lennon of Mayer Brown LLP has an arbitration practice focused on disputes in the energy sector. His work includes a diverse range of matters, such as pricing, licensing and construction disputes.

The "tremendous" sole practitioner Oscar Garibaldi is a deeply experienced arbitrator, who often sits in matters involving South American states. He is considered "extremely scholarly and very balanced as an arbitrator."

Joseph Profaizer of Paul Hastings LLP is characterized as a "diligent and hard-working" attorney whose deep experience allows him to show "his confidence that his proposed strategy is the right one." He recently represented the Republic of the Philippines.

Judd Kessler of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has a varied portfolio of arbitration work, including recognized expertise in Latin American matters and disputes arising from energy and employment law. Sources appreciate his "practical and experienced perspective," and report that he is "very calm and projects a neutrality which is very important."

Peter Sherwin of Proskauer Rose LLP spreads his practice across a number of areas, including the hospitality and pharmaceutical sectors. He receives excellent reviews from sources, who say he is a "very effective advocate on his feet," whose "client service has been exemplary."

Edna Sussman of Sussman ADR LLC is recognized as a "a real scholar in the field," who is "highly respected and really knows the business." She brings additional experience to the table having practiced as a litigation attorney. She is appointed as chair, sole and co-arbitrator for matters in sectors including intellectual property, aviation and pharmaceutical.  

Jan Paulsson recently established Three Crowns LLP with other leading arbitration practitioners. He is acknowledged as a legendary arbitrator and highly sought-after to advise major corporations involved in arbitrations.

James Loftis of Vinson & Elkins LLP is praised as being "strong in intellect but also really practical." He enjoys a particularly prominent Latin America-focused practice. He recently represented clients in matters arising from the oil and gas, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

"Terrific" independent arbitrator William Park is rated as "one of the top sought-after names in the world."  He sits as an arbitrator in proceedings conducted in English and French. Recent appointments include disputes arising in the construction and oil and gas sectors, in addition to expropriation claims.

Mark Bravin of Winston & Strawn LLP has 30 years of experience in investor-state claims and commercial arbitrations. His representations include the Republic of Ecuador against ChevronTexaco in a multibillion dollar investment treaty matter. Sources consider him a "very detailed person who explores every issue from all possible angles."

Michael Reisman of Yale Law School is hailed as the "gold standard of arbitrators." He presides over matters involving sovereign states in the construction, energy and financial sectors.

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