Arbitration (International) - Europe-wide
What the team is known for Widely recognised for its presence in many of the largest arbitration matters across the continent, spearheaded by a top-rated practice in London. Highly active and knowledgeable in energy-related arbitrations, including gas price reviews, and disputes concerning complex finance matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Great knowledge of how to run international arbitrations, as well as creativity, strategic acumen and diligence."
Work highlights Recently acted for a range of major international energy and infrastructure investors, such as HgCapital, Element Power and Eoxis Energy, on an Energy Charter Treaty case against the Kingdom of Spain.
Sources offer extensive praise for leading London-based arbitration practitioner Judith Gill QC: "She is a great speaker, an amazing cross-examiner, a strategic thinker and has an amazing memory. She also has a unique ability to predict outcomes of cases." Gill has had numerous major assignments in commercial arbitration lately, as well as acting for international investors on sizeable investment cases against the Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Poland.
Michael Young continues to grow in stature in the European arbitration market, drawing positive commentary for his Paris-based practice: "He has perfect mastery of the rules of arbitration and procedure, as well as a spectacular ability to resolve cases." Young has recently been particularly active on energy and infrastructure arbitrations for major global clients. Sources state: "He's very knowledgeable, extremely intelligent, and has a pragmatic, commercial approach."
Significant clients Airbus, GDF SUEZ, Deutsche Bank.
What the team is known for Highly rated across numerous major European arbitration centres, with pan-continental strength recently utilised on substantial multi-jurisdictional disputes in sectors such as TMT, banking and real estate. Particularly active lately on a range of prominent investor-state matters.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Clifford Chance is very user-friendly and very approachable, with a good team on the case."
Work highlights Represented investment firm RNK Capital in an LCIA arbitration concerning a damages claim, which resulted from the termination of a project to reduce carbon emissions. The client was awarded over USD110 million in damages.
Frankfurt-based Fabian von Schlabrendorff is a highly experienced arbitration figure who is increasingly recognised by market sources for his activity as arbitrator, although he has also recently acted as counsel on cases relating to Germany and SEE.
According to commentators, Audley Sheppard "is among the best practitioners in London" for high-profile international arbitration cases. Recent case highlights include acting for a Latvian investor on an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration concerning the expropriation of the investor's bank in the Kyrgyz Republic, following a government overthrow. Sources describe him as "a very impressive, low-key individual – he's very calm, with a great presence and great rapport with arbitrators."
London-based Robert Lambert has recently acted on a number of significant arbitrations for British and European clients, including advising defence contractor Raytheon on a high-value LCIA arbitration against the Secretary of State for Home Affairs concerning the termination of the UK government's e-Borders programme.
Significant clients Siemens, Shell, BNP Paribas, EDF, IFC.
What the team is known for Standout choice in Europe for high-profile, high-value arbitration cases, across all sectors. Market-leading practices in London and Paris supported by arbitration strength in Germany, Italy and Russia. Frequently acts on a vast range of disputes under all major arbitration rules including substantial investment arbitrations, occasionally involving politically sensitive issues.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am extremely satisfied. We used the firm because the arbitration was large with a lot at stake and we needed the best."
"This firm has very good arbitration lawyers all over - deserves to be at the top, because it is a real Euro-wide offering."
Rolf Trittmann is widely respected for his Frankfurt-based international arbitration work, acting extensively as counsel on major multi-jurisdictional cases, alongside sitting as an arbitrator. His broad practice involves cases from sectors as varied as telecommunications, real estate and banking, although he is a notable expert in disputes relating to the automotive industry.
Paris-based Peter Turner's arbitration practice has had a long-standing focus on substantial investor-state arbitration cases, although he has also had recent significant activity in the commercial sphere, notably on gas price review cases. One source stated: "He is very available and proactive, and I'd have no reservation over working with him again in the future - and I'm quite a demanding client!"
Nigel Rawding is a long-established presence in the London arbitration market, and he continues to act on a number of major significant European and global arbitration cases, such as recently advising a multinational telecommunications provider on a potential USD500 million UNCITRAL bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration against a state.
Noah Rubins in Paris is well known for his pan-European arbitration strength, with notable expertise in disputes related to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is particularly experienced in cases in the energy, infrastructure and machinery sectors.
What the team is known for Established presence at the top end of the European arbitration market, with a globally renowned practice in Paris leading the firm's continental presence. Boasts a diverse caseload covering investment, construction and business-related arbitrations, including notable recent activity with clients in the energy sector.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This is an excellent team - the lawyers are extremely clear and structured, and not overly adversarial in their approach."
Work highlights Acted for multinational energy groups AREVA and Siemens as claimants on an ICC arbitration in Stockholm against Finnish utility company Teollisuuden Voima. The ICC arbitration concerns the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland, and is estimated to be valued at over USD4 billion.
Universally recognised as a world-leading arbitration lawyer, Emmanuel Gaillard acts on the most substantial and complex disputes across the European market from his Parisian base, drawing praise for the "brilliance and punch" of his high-profile arbitration work. Recent investment case highlights include representing the Republic of Lithuania in three substantial gas price review arbitrations against Gazprom, under ICC, Permanent Court of Arbitration and SCC rules. He is widely renowned for the vast expertise he utilises when sitting as an arbitrator on major disputes.
Yas Banifatemi in Paris has a growing reputation in the international arbitration community. Clients appreciate her "in-depth knowledge" of arbitration law, and also state: "She works very hard and is great at reasoning." She has recently acted on a range of investment and commercial disputes, notably in the energy sector.
Paris-based Fernando Mantilla-Serrano primarily acts on commercial arbitration cases for Spanish-speaking and Latin American clients, although he had notable recent activity in the investment sphere when acting for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on several ICSID arbitrations against various major industrial investors.
Significant clients Sonatrach and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Elecnor, Republic of Lithuania.
What the team is known for Globally prominent for arbitration with a strong pan-European offering. Highly rated teams in London and Paris work alongside well-regarded practitioners in Stockholm, Moscow, Warsaw and Frankfurt. Offers substantial expertise in the construction and energy sectors, and has a growing focus on CIS and Russia-related cases.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This team excels in all fields - the lawyers are both technically and legally aware of the issues we face. We also like the firm's international reach."
Work highlights Advised leading Russian telecommunications provider Mobile TeleSystems and related businesses on a range of arbitration cases against Turkmenistan and various Turkmen state entities. The combined value of the disputes was estimated at USD900 million.
Sources describe Paris-based Phillip Capper as "quick, direct and very well prepared," and a "great speaker" in major arbitration proceedings. His highly regarded arbitration practice focuses on major construction cases, notably those involving parties from the Middle East and North Africa.
Paris-based Michael Polkinghorne has an impressive reputation in the European market for energy-related arbitration matters, particularly for oil and gas clients. He also has broad experience of advising on commercial and investment matters for global clients in the construction sector.
Senior figure Christopher Seppälä in Paris has vast expertise in international construction-related arbitration, sources claiming that he is "a guiding light and is respected by the entire industry." He has over 35 years' experience of acting under all major commercial and investment arbitration rules, and remains an established presence on high-profile, multibillion-dollar disputes.
David Goldberg in London draws widespread recognition for his Russia and CIS-focused arbitration work, where he has had recent success in several large-scale telecommunications-related disputes.
Significant clients Republic of Bulgaria, Skanska, AFC Sistema, Ukraine, Air Liquide.
What the team is known for Internationally revered London-based team which offers in-depth arbitration expertise across an extensive range of European and global jurisdictions. Growing in prominence in Eastern European cases relating to gas price reviews, and also increasingly active in disputes relating to the pharmaceutical industry and financial services.
A leading light of the global arbitration market, London-based Gary Born continues to draw widespread and effusive praise for his vast experience and presence in the international market, as both counsel and arbitrator. His work on an extensive range of multibillion-dollar arbitrations drew positive comment from sources across many industries: "He is brilliant - very smart and effective as an advocate, and seemingly prolific without losing energy or running out of steam."
London-based Austrian lawyer Franz Schwarz is increasingly prominent across Europe for his high-value arbitration work, inviting comments such as: "He is an outstanding advocate - his arguments are compelling, and he is thorough, alert and extremely well prepared." Schwarz has recently acted on arbitrations for high-profile clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and energy industries, amongst others.
Steven Finizio in London has had a recent focus on major arbitrations in the oil and gas sector, notably those concerning gas price reviews. He is a particular expert on arbitrations governed by English law.
London-based Wendy Miles remains a well-regarded figure across all areas of commercial and investment arbitration, having acted recently on international arbitrations under rules including ICC, LCIA, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Permanent Court of Arbitration and UNCITRAL. She has strong experience of acting on Asia-related arbitration cases from her London base.
Significant clients Government of South Sudan, Merck, Swatch Group.
What the team is known for Established French arbitration team, supported by a London presence and a recently enhanced German practice. Active across commercial arbitration in numerous industries, and noted by sources for a focus on investment cases, with recent success in a variety of ICSID and UNCITRAL disputes.
Work highlights Recently acted for Gazprom on a sizeable UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of Lithuania under the Russia–Lithuania BIT, concerning the forced divestiture of Lithuanian gas distribution company Lietuvos Dujos’ natural gas transmission operations and assets.
Recent hire Richard Kreindler in Frankfurt increases the stature of the firm's German arbitration practice with his "very good reputation in the arbitration community." Sources recommend him for both counsel and arbitrator work thanks to his "good, strategic mind," making him "very good at anticipating and addressing the issues" in major arbitration cases.
Sources admire Claudia Annacker in Paris as she "gives very good advice, and focuses on what really matters in a case." Her recent caseload has focused significantly on substantial investment treaty matters, including advising Tatneft in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Russia–Ukraine BIT, concerning the forcible raid of a refinery in Ukraine.
Paris-based Jean-Yves Garaud is widely respected for his high-profile international arbitration work, as part of a broader, well-regarded dispute resolution practice. His caseload is primarily based in the commercial sphere, acting for widely recognised clients in sectors such as mining, construction and pharmaceuticals.
Significant clients Agfa-Gevaert, EDF, Russian Federation, Republic of Congo, Telecom Italia.
What the team is known for Well-regarded teams in London, Paris and Moscow, present on a variety of civil and common law commercial arbitrations relating to energy, TMT and the financial services in particular. Equally adept at large-scale investment arbitrations, recently acting for investors and states on numerous major disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This firm has a way of approaching complex legal issues that makes them easy and understandable for the client."
Work highlights Acted on a EUR1 billion investment arbitration for the Kingdom of Spain against an Energy Charter Treaty claim by 25 investment funds, concerning new photovoltaic Spanish legislation.
Paula Hodges QC is a highly respected practitioner in the London arbitration market, recognised primarily for her knowledge of energy-related international cases. Recently she has had notable experience in major disputes involving African parties.
Matthew Weiniger QC is a "thorough and thoughtful lawyer" who acts on a range of investment and commercial arbitrations across the European market. While his practice is primarily London-based, he also spends significant time acting on cases involving Russian and CIS parties from the firm's Moscow office.
Significant clients BNP Paribas, Kingdom of Spain, BP, RWE, IBM.
What the team is known for Well-reputed arbitration team spread across numerous European jurisdictions, with notable prominence in the UK, France and Germany. Recently successful with arbitration clients in the construction and oil and gas sectors, with a particular focus on cases involving emerging markets.
Work highlights Recently represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in two ICSID arbitrations, with a combined value of USD700 million, against claims of alleged appropriation of two major companies in the coffee and fertiliser industries.
Interviewees describe London-based Michael Davison as an "accessible and knowledgeable" arbitration lawyer, known particularly for his understanding of cases relating to the mining industry. He recently acted on a substantial UNCITRAL case for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as defendant, relating to investments made by a claimant in Vietnamese property, and a subsequent violation of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Treaty Agreement by the client.
Significant clients The government of Mongolia, BHP Billiton, ExxonMobil.
What the team is known for Leading Swiss arbitration practice with an international scope far beyond its Zürich and Geneva locations. Advises clients across a broad range of industries on investment and commercial cases. Noted for having numerous high-profile arbitrators within the team.
Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Turkey on an USD11 billion BIT case concerning alleged breaches of international law, including expropriation, in the energy sector. The case was brought by Cypriot company Libananco Holdings.
Geneva-based Michael Schneider, revered for his high-profile work as both counsel and arbitrator, invites praise such as: "He is one of the titans of the field, and deservedly so. He is sharp and pragmatic, with a lot of experience of dealing with complex business transactions." Recent case highlights have included acting for the Republic of Turkey against Tulip Real Estate & Development Netherlands on an ICSID arbitration concerning the alleged termination by the client of a tender for a major construction project.
Matthias Scherer in Geneva has had recent activity on a number of high-value investment and commercial arbitrations involving clients from the Middle East. He is admired by interviewees for the hard work and good judgement he provides when acting as arbitration counsel.
Increasingly prominent figure Domitille Baizeau in Geneva has an excellent reputation in the Swiss and European arbitration markets for her internationally focused work. Clients state: "She is capable of making complicated things as easy as possible, particularly on cross-border work. She focuses on the key issues."
Geneva-based Veijo Heiskanen enters this year's rankings having established himself on the international arbitration scene. His growing presence is confirmed by his representation of major arbitration clients, such as acting for Romania on a recent USD100 million ICSID case against US-based investors.
What the team is known for Market-leading team in London which offers arbitration clients substantial expertise across European jurisdictions including France, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine and Germany, assisted by compact practices in continental European offices. Acts on disputes of significant value under major arbitration rules including ICC, LCIA, Permanent Court of Arbitration and ICSID. Investment and commercial arbitration clients include nation states, global industrial groups and high-profile private equity investors.
Work highlights Represented Orascom in a major investment treaty dispute against the government of Algeria, relating to the unfair treatment of Orascom's Algerian telecoms subsidiary.
Karyl Nairn QC in London is well known and highly respected for her extensive appearances on major international arbitration cases, which recently included assisting the Republic of South Sudan with its defence against a sizeable ICSID claim by Sudan's state-owned oil company Sudapet. Her top-rated advocacy abilities were recognised recently with her appointment as QC.
London-based David Kavanagh impressed the European arbitration community in the past year, thanks to his work on major global investment and commercial disputes. Recent case highlights included acting for Alfa, Access & Renova, an international industrial consortium, on a widely publicised USD16 billion dispute against BP concerning the global oil giant's attempt to form an alliance with state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft.
Significant clients Cyprus Popular Bank, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Devas, Orascom, Pfizer.
What the team is known for Widespread arbitration capabilities across the continent, with an extensive network of offices providing arbitration expertise in locations including the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Austria. Recent growth in activity in investment cases across the continent, and in commercial cases involving the energy sector.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers work really well as a team, and what they produce is really customised to the client."
Vladimir Khvalei is a leading arbitration figure in the Russian market, recognised across Europe for his prominence in substantial cases relating to Russia and the CIS. Lately, this included representing Kazakh private equity fund Visor Holding in an ICSID case against the Kyrgyz Republic, concerning the expropriation of an investment in a major gold deposit in Kyrgyzstan. He is also noted for his growing presence as an arbitrator.
Top-rated Madrid-based José María Alonso is recognised for his vast experience of the international arbitration market, and remains a highly active figure in the field. He has acted recently for clients such as energy company Red Eléctrica Internacional, on a major investment case against the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Frankfurt-based Guenter Pickrahn draws recognition from interviewees for his prominence in the German arbitration market, with particular recent success in acting for well-known international clients in the pharmaceutical industry.
Sources admire Frankfurt-based Jörg Risse as an arbitration lawyer who "is legally and tactically very experienced" and has "an extremely high understanding of the needs of the client." His international strength on major arbitration cases is enhanced by his admission at the New York Bar.
Significant clients Siemens, Shell, JPMorgan, Accenture, Air Liquide.
What the team is known for Strong London team with highly respected and experienced leading individuals, acting on high-value cases for clients across Europe and globally. Particularly active lately on multibillion-dollar disputes in the investment sphere, involving clients in sectors such as oil and gas, telecommunications and mining.
Work highlights Recently acted for the Russian telecommunications operator Mobile TeleSystems on a substantial investment case against the Republic of Uzbekistan, under ICSID rules.
An esteemed and high-profile advocate with vast international legal experience, London-based Peter Goldsmith QC is present in major arbitration cases across the globe, covering an extensive range of industrial sectors and jurisdictions. He receives extensive recommendations for his arbitration practice, including notable recognition of his advocacy abilities: "Very easy to deal with and seems really easy-going, but he is a terrier and will fight to the death. Incredibly quick."
Sophie Lamb in London is a widely respected arbitration practitioner, who combines strong advocacy experience from the Bar with extensive knowledge of international commercial and investment arbitration cases. She has been especially active lately on investment arbitration cases, in which sources appreciate her "charming, eloquent and composed" manner. Recent highlights in this area include advising ExxonMobil and Murphy Oil on an ICSID case against the government of Canada.
Significant clients Suzuki, British Caribbean Bank, Perenco, ExxonMobil, Norilsk Nickel.
What the team is known for Best known for its Latin America-focused French practice, which is assisted by an up-and-coming arbitration presence around Europe, notably in London and Moscow. Boasts highly experienced practitioners across its offices, including prominent commercial and investment arbitrators in its Paris team.
Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Ecuador on an ICSID case against Perenco Ecuador, concerning Ecuador's windfall profit levy on oil revenues. The case was valued at around USD3 billion.
Sources revere Pierre Mayer in Paris for his long-standing presence in the European arbitration field, with vast experience as both counsel and arbitrator across a range of investment and commercial cases. Recent highlights include advising Bolivia on a range of investment cases against clients in the energy and mining sectors.
A leading arbitrator across Europe, Eduardo Silva Romero in Paris is also noted for his extensive counsel work with Latin American clients, particularly acting for nation states on substantial investment treaty matters. Lately, this included representing the Republic of Ecuador in an oil-related case against Burlington Resources, conducted under ICSID rules.
Significant clients Republic of China Navy, France Telecom, Plurinational State of Bolivia.
What the team is known for Recently merged global player with sizeable arbitration presence around the continent, most notably in France and Eastern Europe. Extensive knowledge across Europe in the oil and gas sector, utilised on numerous major commercial and investment cases.
Work highlights Recently acted for Gazprom on an SCC arbitration against the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania, concerning gas pricing. The case was valued at USD1.9 billion.
Warsaw-based Piotr Nowaczyk is a market leader in Polish dispute resolution, and respected for his counsel and arbitrator work within the wider European arbitration community. He has long-standing expertise in construction, oil and gas, and M&A-related disputes.
Sources recognise Barton Legum in Paris for his extensive knowledge of investment arbitration cases, drawn from his decades of experience in the USA and France, including four years acting as chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division. His wide-ranging caseload as counsel recently included representing the government of Australia in an UNCITRAL case against tobacco giant Philip Morris, concerning cigarette packaging.
Significant clients Deutsche Bank, government of the Czech Republic, Covec, GE, OMV Petrom.
What the team is known for Renowned French arbitration practice, working in tandem with respected teams in London and Warsaw. Widely noted for an established presence advising francophone clients, particularly in Africa, on cases concerning matters such as investments, construction, oil and gas, and telecommunications.
Carole Malinvaud in Paris is internationally recognised for her broad practice as a "first-rate" arbitrator and as counsel. Clients appreciate her work across construction, infrastructure and IT-related arbitration disputes, particularly as "she is a good listener and knows how to pursue the avenues that are most beneficial to the client."
The "talented and experienced" Paris-based Christian Camboulive is highly rated in France and across Europe for his appearances as counsel on investment and commercial arbitration cases. He has long experience of acting under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, notably on cases with M&A and investment aspects.
Rupert Reece is appreciated by clients for the "responsiveness and expertise" that he brings to commercial arbitration matters, alongside numerous other attributes: "I liked his strategy, and the fact that he fought our corner very hard." Dual-qualified in the UK and France, he splits his time between the firm's London and Paris offices to act on a range of disputes, particularly those held under ICC rules.
Significant clients AREVA, Victor Pey Casado.
What the team is known for Long-established major Swiss arbitration practice, acting for clients from many jurisdictions on primarily commercial cases, alongside prominent arbitrator appointments on high-value disputes. Recently focused on energy, pharmaceutical, IP and telecommunications-related arbitrations.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"This team's communication is good - the lawyers are very efficient and dedicated."
Zürich-based Markus Wirth is widely renowned as a "very serious and hard-working" figure, and is this firm's most prominent arbitrator in the European market.
Balz Gross in Zürich is highly rated within Swiss circles for extensive arbitration expertise, alongside his high-ranking litigation practice. One source stated: "He is smart, quick to grasp the issues, and talented at presenting them." Lately, he has appeared on a number of ICC arbitrations, involving areas such as pharmaceuticals and IP.
What the team is known for Outstanding Swedish arbitration practice, renowned throughout Europe for significant activity in all major arbitration centres. Active with clients across the continent, although best known for advising on top-end cases for companies from the Nordic region, alongside a historical presence with Russian clients, and a growing prominence in the German and CEE markets. Notably active lately on cases concerning the energy sector, including numerous gas price review disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is absolutely astonishing. It is so organised and seems to be tireless."
Work highlights Acted for a major international energy client on an UNCITRAL dispute, concerning a production sharing agreement for the exploration of oil and gas in the North Sea.
Senior and highly esteemed figure Stockhold-based Kaj Hobér is lauded across the continent for his vast experience of the European arbitration market, particularly his market-leading work in Russia-related arbitration. Nowadays predominantly known for his appearances as arbitrator on high-profile international cases, sources appreciate the extensive knowledge he brings to major disputes, stating: "He is an educated, intelligent person - I trust him entirely."
Robin Oldenstam in Stockholm enters this year's rankings having established himself as a leading individual in Sweden, and having grown in prominence across the continent as an "extremely talented" arbitration lawyer. Lately, he has especially focused on substantial oil and gas-related disputes, in the commercial and investment spheres.
What the team is known for Enters the rankings following its immediate, substantial and high-profile impact on European arbitration, thanks to market-leading partner hires in London and Paris. Offers extensive expertise to major international clients across the full spectrum of commercial and investment disputes.
Work highlights Acted for mining companies Churchill Mining and Planet Mining, from the UK and Australia respectively, on a substantial BIT-related dispute against the Republic of Indonesia, concerning the allegedly unlawful expropriation of an investment made by the clients in an Indonesian coal project.
Stephen Jagusch in London is a highly prominent and recognisable figure in European arbitration circles, noted as a "big-picture guy and an amazing strategist," who has "finely honed instincts" and is "meticulous" in his approach. Although his extensive caseload covers a broad range of arbitration matters, he has had particular recent success in acting on major investment disputes, on behalf of states and investors.
A highly rated individual in the French arbitration market, Paris-based Philippe Pinsolle "knows the world of arbitration inside-out, and is extremely quick." Pinsolle is recognised across the continent for his prominence in oil and gas-related cases, with a particular focus on disputes involving African clients.
Significant clients Republic of Azerbaijan, Dubai Ports World, Emmis Communications, EDF, Edison.
What the team is known for Acts on major international arbitration cases for clients across a number of jurisdictions and industrial sectors from its Swiss base. Numerous internationally qualified and experienced lawyers offer wide-ranging expertise from the firm's Zürich and Geneva offices. Particularly knowledgeable of cases involving parties from the construction and pharmaceutical industries.
Work highlights Recently acted for a German industrial goods manufacturer in an ICC arbitration seated in Switzerland, against Canadian and British subsidiaries of a multinational mining conglomerate. The sizeable dispute concerned the termination of a delivery contract.
According to interviewees, Zürich-based Georg von Segesser is "gaining a prominent reputation" as an arbitrator on "the most high-profile cases" in Switzerland and internationally. Sources state: "He is well prepared, diligent and sharp as a knife - really, really impressive."
Geneva-based Elliott Geisinger is well regarded in Swiss arbitration for his internationally oriented practice. Sources appreciate him as a "brilliant, focused and very bright" lawyer who is "well prepared and asks all the right questions."
Significant clients Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, GE, Técnicas Reunidas.
What the team is known for Broad European arbitration service with well-respected offerings in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. Also boasts a strong CEE-wide network, and recently won particular success in the region in investment treaty cases, concerning industries such as telecommunications and banking.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are very analytical and thorough - dedicated to getting the right outcome for the client."
Work highlights Defended a global insurer against a claim made by its insured client, a major international aluminium producer, concerning losses following the collapse of a bridge in Russia.
Sources regard Munich-based Klaus Michael Sachs as one of the star arbitrators of the German market. Previously recognised for his counsel work, he now concentrates on arbitrator appointments on major international cases concerning a wide range of industries. This recently included sitting on the panel of a major ICSID investment case between Australian and Pakistani parties, regarding the exploitation of raw material reserves.
Cologne-based Torsten Lörcher remains a widely respected German arbitration figure, recognised as a "very smart, knowledgeable guy" by interviewees. Recent case highlights include acting for an Asian manufacturer of solar modules on three disputes concerning supply agreements, under Chinese European Arbitration Centre and SCC rules.
Significant clients Viva Telecom Bulgaria, Iberdrola.
What the team is known for Widely appreciated London team which has experienced significant recent growth in energy and natural resources-related disputes. Remains prominent in substantial investment treaty cases.
Work highlights Represented Perenco Ecuador in a sizeable ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, relating to alleged breaches of a BIT and several production sharing agreements.
Sources admire London-based Stephen Bond for his "very practical approach to the most complex disputes" in the European arbitration market. His experience covers areas as broad as M&A, construction and technology, although he has recently been especially active in oil-related cases.
What the team is known for Active on high-level commercial and investment cases across several European offices, fronted by a well-regarded Paris team, and with notable strength in the CIS region. Frequently advises on construction, infrastructure, energy, and oil and gas disputes, including substantial gas price review cases.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very thorough in understanding and analysing the factual issues of a case."
Work highlights Represented 12 Kazakh claimants, as part of the investment group Visor Holding, in an ICSID case against the Republic of Uzbekistan concerning the expropriation of investments in the Uzbek cement industry.
Paris-based Michael Bühler has predominantly concentrated on large-scale cases relating to the energy sector lately. Sources recommend him for his "sensible, reasonable and proactive" approach to significant commercial and investment arbitrations. His advocacy skills are particularly noted by clients: "His deliveries in arbitration proceedings are done in an assertive and confident manner. It's great to hear him speak and think 'This lawyer is on our side.'"
Significant clients CEMEX, Gazprom, Visor Holding, City of Moscow.
What the team is known for Globally recognised arbitration powerhouse with recent concentrated growth in the European market, notably in London and Paris. Best known for its focus on investment treaty cases, especially those involving parties from the energy sector, although expertise is also on offer in IT, mining and infrastructure disputes.
Work highlights Acted for Véolia Propreté on an ICSID arbitration against Egypt under the France–Egypt BIT, concerning the wrongful termination of a contract.
Standout figure Eric Schwartz in Paris is one of the most established and experienced arbitration lawyers across Europe, especially in construction-related cases. One source stated: "He is one of the sharpest people I know - he is analytical, and can see a case in a profound way." His recent caseload has been primarily focused on the energy sector, although he offers knowledge across all areas of the arbitration market.
Significant clients Chevron, Murphy Oil, Teinver, Exterran, S.C. European Foods.
What the team is known for Widely appreciated European arbitration team, with an established London office leading the charge, alongside a growing presence in Germany. Highly active lately with clients in construction, oil and gas, and mining.
Work highlights Recently acted for British investment holding company Indorama International Finance on a USD120 million BIT case against the Egyptian state, concerning a major investment in an Egyptian textiles plant.
Philip Clifford is this firm's most prominent London-based arbitration lawyer. He is particularly recognised for his knowledge and activity in commercial and investment cases involving Middle Eastern parties.
Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert has significant investment dispute expertise as part of his broad, well-regarded German dispute resolution practice, and he recently acted on a number of the firm's high-end ICSID cases for European clients. Interviewees appreciate him for "showing great experience in simplifying very complex issues, in order to make them clear to the tribunal" when acting as arbitration counsel.
Significant clients Ukraine, Terralliance, Alapi.
What the team is known for Sizeable and prominent Swiss arbitration team, which acts on cases under all major international arbitration rules from its Geneva, Lausanne and Zürich offices. Notable for experience of major disputes relating to the pharmaceutical industry.
Work highlights Acted on several multibillion-dollar cases for major healthcare companies, concerning licence and supply agreements.
Geneva-based Xavier Favre-Bulle is an established and highly respected figure in Swiss arbitration, and a growing presence across the continent. He has outstanding experience in sports arbitration, alongside appearances on substantial cases in sectors such as finance and construction. Interviewees are impressed by the high quality of his work, recommending him as "meticulous - very good at looking into the detail of a case."
What the team is known for Highly experienced Swiss team of arbitration practitioners, known best for high-profile work as arbitrators on international post-M&A, telecoms, IP, sports and energy matters. Experts in cases conducted under the full range of commercial and investment arbitration rules.
Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Gunter is an "erudite and impressive" arbitration lawyer, renowned in Switzerland and throughout Europe for his activity as arbitrator and counsel on significant multi-jurisdictional cases. Interviewees recommend him for major arbitrator appointments, as he is "serious, unpretentious and hard-working," and "very thorough in his analysis."
Geneva-based founding partner Wolfgang Peter remains "one of the top guns" in Swiss arbitration circles, and is revered across the market for his concentration on arbitrator work. Lately, he was appointed as arbitrator on two large-scale gas price adjustment cases, along with several substantial post-M&A and project-related disputes.
Claes Lundblad of Advokatfirman Lundblad & Zettermarck HB in Stockholm is a "seasoned and experienced" Swedish lawyer, who recently left a major Nordic firm to establish a boutique exclusively dedicated to arbitrator work. Lately, he has been particularly active on energy-related arbitrations.
Madrid-based Juan Fernández-Armesto of Armesto & Asociados is a highly active and respected Spanish arbitrator, appreciated internationally for his knowledge of substantial commercial and investment cases. Sources describe him as a "witty, very charming man," with a growing reputation for acting on cases involving Latin American parties.
Vienna-based Andreas Reiner of ARP Andreas Reiner & Partners is amongst the best-known and most experienced Austrian arbitration practitioners. He is noted for his appointments as arbitrator on significant international disputes across a variety of sectors.
Sources recognise Madrid-based Bernardo Cremades of B Cremades y Asociados as a major figure of Spanish and European arbitration, with a focus on Latin American arbitrator appointments. He is particularly known for his expertise in ICSID cases.
Jay Alexander is the head of the London arbitration department of Baker Botts UK LLP, and is a respected practitioner across Europe. He has recently been largely active on sizeable investment treaty cases, especially those involving Russian parties. Sources admire him for his "attention to detail and methodical approach. He gets extraordinary results."
Sources consider esteemed figure Marc Blessing of Bär & Karrer AG Zürich "extremely experienced and a very important personality" in Swiss and European arbitration circles. He has an extensive history of acting as chairman and party-appointed arbitrator under all major institutional and ad hoc rules.
Leading Swiss dispute resolution lawyer Daniel Hochstrasser of Bär & Karrer AG in Zürich grew in stature in the European arbitration market over the past year, following recent success in large-scale cases with major clients across numerous industries. This included acting for Sandoz, a member of global pharmaceutical group Novartis, on a USD125 million ICC arbitration against multinational agriculture company Monsanto.
London-based Nicholas Fletcher QC of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP has established himself on the UK arbitration market as reputable choice for high-profile disputes, as he "has the ability to get on well with everyone, has a fantastic eye for detail and has the ability to be the glue which holds a case together." His recent representation of clients from multiple European jurisdictions further improved his standing across the continent.
Leading Italian figure Antonio Crivellaro of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo in Milan invites praise from market sources as an all-round international arbitration specialist, although he is particularly known for acting as arbitrator on construction-related disputes.
London-based Hilary Heilbron QC of Brick Court Chambers impresses interviewees with her prowess as arbitrator on substantial commercial disputes, alongside her respected work as arbitration counsel.
London-based Lord Hoffmann QC of Brick Court Chambers is a long-standing, high-profile member of the international legal community, with many decades of vast legal experience. He has had recent notable prominence for his appointments as arbitrator on major ICC, LCIA and ICSID disputes concerning broad areas of commercial and public international law.
Paris-based Alexis Mourre of Castaldi Mourre & Partners has "a terrific mind" and is "one of the sharpest and fastest thinkers around," according to market commentators. He is an established presence at the top end of the French arbitration market, and his international reputation as a leading arbitrator continues to grow.
The "absolutely brilliant" Paris-based arbitrator Laurent Aynès of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier enters the rankings this year, thanks to his growing reputation in the European market as "a very energetic tribunal member."
Paris-based Yves Derains of Derains & Gharavi is a senior and highly respected figure of French arbitration, noted internationally for sitting as arbitrator on major commercial and investment cases, especially those involving Latin American parties.
Paris-based Hamid Gharavi, co-founding partner of French firm Derains & Gharavi, has recently utilised his decades of arbitration experience to act on a variety of international investment cases. Highlights include advising the Republic of Albania as defendant on a EUR45 million ICSID case against Greek investor Mamidoil Jet Oil, concerning the alleged expropriation of the claimant's tank farm facilities in Albania.
Cologne-based sole practitioner Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel is the "elder statesman" of German arbitration, and is noted for acting as arbitrator on large-scale disputes across the continent. He is widely renowned for his long-standing presence on top-end arbitration cases, and for his historical appointments as president of numerous esteemed international legal bodies, including the LCIA.
London-based Ian Glick QC of One Essex Court is a "meticulous" and "exceptionally bright" international arbitrator, with knowledge of vast areas of law, including banking and finance, energy and natural resources, and insurance. He predominantly acts on commercial arbitration cases.
London-based Alan Redfern of One Essex Court is well recognised in the European market for his extensive arbitration activity. He has almost two decades' experience of working exclusively as an arbitrator and remains an eminent member of the arbitration community, having previously held such esteemed positions as vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He recently sat on the tribunals of major cases involving parties from the pharmaceutical and oil industries.
London-based Toby Landau QC of Essex Court Chambers is recognised internationally for his eminence within the arbitration community. His reputation continued to grow this year, having represented high-profile clients in numerous substantial cases, such as acting for a major Turkish energy company on an ICSID claim against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He is a barrister with a "truly international approach to arbitration," and is recognised across the continent for his work as arbitrator and counsel.
London-based top-rated arbitrator V V Veeder QC of Essex Court Chambers is a "powerhouse in international arbitration," according to interviewees. His vast experience has included major cases in areas such as banking, insurance, oil and gas, and maritime law.
Globally recognised for his high standing as an arbitrator, London-based Charles Brower of 20 Essex Street "commands respect" for his many decades of experience in the field, notably in investment treaty cases.
Highly rated barrister Julian Lew QC of 20 Essex Street London has acted on major arbitration cases in the European market for over 30 years. Nowadays acting largely as an arbitrator, he has broad experience of sitting on cases conducted under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, SCC and other major arbitration rules.
Esteemed Canadian barrister William Rowley QC of London set 20 Essex Street is a "very experienced international lawyer" with an extensive practice as arbitrator, particularly on major investment treaty disputes.
Market sources recommend London-based David Sutton of 20 Essex Street as an "unflappable" arbitrator who "oozes commercial experience." He is especially admired for his knowledge of commercial cases in sectors such as construction, and energy and natural resources.
Sources recognise Stockholm-based Christer Danielsson of Frank Advokatbyrå AB as one of the top choices in Sweden to sit as arbitrator on significant disputes, as he is "easy to work with, efficient and has a keen eye for detail."
Interviewees describe Brussels-based Bernard Hanotiau of Hanotiau & Van den Berg as a "superstar" of international arbitration, who is highly active as counsel but best known for his work as a "world-class arbitrator."
A market leader of Belgian arbitration, Albert Jan Van den Berg of Hanotiau & Van den Berg in Brussels has a "huge reputation" internationally for the expertise he brings to high-profile arbitrator appointments. He has vast experience of acting on cases under all major arbitration rules, concerning sectors as broad as telecommunications, construction and pharmaceuticals.
Long established across all areas of the German dispute resolution market, Peter Heckel of Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt is increasingly acknowledged by sources for his high-profile appointments as international arbitrator. He has extensive knowledge of disputes relating to the energy sector, including gas price reviews.
Stockholm-based Johnny Herre has extensive experience of substantial arbitrations across the Swedish and international markets, with notable activity in cases concerning energy and construction. Currently, he acts as chair of numerous arbitration tribunals, alongside his esteemed responsibilities as a justice of The Supreme Court of Sweden.
Paris-based Spanish arbitration lawyer José Rosell of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP draws praise for his extensive experience of international commercial and investment arbitration. Sources especially appreciate his commercial acumen and outstanding negotiation skills.
Paris-based sole practitioner Jeffrey Hertzfeld acts exclusively as an arbitrator, bringing over 35 years of ICC, SCC, LCIA, American Arbitration Association and UNCITRAL experience to act on cases involving trade, natural resources and construction. He is especially prominent on disputes with CIS and Russian elements.
Interviewees note London-based John Uff QC of Keating Chambers for the broad expertise he provides when acting as arbitrator on major construction-related cases in the European market. He is also knowledgeable of disputes with engineering and energy concerns.
London-based Kenneth Rokison QC has many decades of experience in international commercial law, covering sectors such as shipping, insurance, banking and oil. Nowadays, he works exclusively as an arbitrator on significant international commercial cases, and has acted on hundreds of disputes across numerous major arbitration centres as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chairman.
Geneva-based Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler draws praise across the market as "one of the best worldwide, and in demand everywhere," for high-profile arbitrator appointments. Interviewees variously describe her as "extremely quick in understanding the issues," "great at asking the right questions" and "very, very clever."
Geneva-based "smart and capable" Laurent Lévy of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler frequently brings his "very international mindset" to arbitrator appointments on major commercial and investment disputes across Europe. He is especially experienced in cases relating to the oil and gas sector, and post-M&A disputes.
Highly rated Swedish arbitration figure Bo Nilsson, of Advokatfirman Lindahl in Stockholm, is a "calm and effective" lawyer who "uses his experience to make people feel at ease" when acting as arbitrator on significant commercial disputes.
Paris-based Matthieu de Boisséson recently moved to Linklaters from Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier, and is one of the top-rated lawyers in France for arbitrator and counsel work. He draws extensive praise from interviewees for his representation of high-profile clients in significant commercial and investment cases, recently involving parties from sectors such as telecommunications, banking, pharmaceuticals and retail.
London-based James Crawford SC of Matrix Chambers remains in demand as an arbitrator on substantial investment cases, alongside his market-leading practice as a public international law (PIL) barrister. He has vast experience of acting on matters under the ICSID convention, and on ad hoc disputes using UNCITRAL rules.
According to interviewees, the well-reputed German arbitration figure Patricia Nacimiento of Norton Rose Fulbright in Frankfurt is "very diligent" when acting as counsel for prominent international clients, such as the Republic of Kazakhstan, on major investment and commercial arbitrations.
Siegfried Elsing leads Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's European arbitration team from his Düsseldorf base. Although present on a range of disputes as counsel, he is increasingly active and recognised for his work as an arbitrator, with extensive knowledge of oil and gas arbitrations in particular. He is appreciated for the insight, knowledge and strategy he brings to significant commercial and investment cases.
Charles Kaplan, an esteemed figure in the European market who recently joined the Parisian office of Orrick Rambaud Martel, is widely known for his outstanding expertise in gas price review and other oil and gas-related disputes. He has had particular success lately acting on a range of investment treaty cases.
Highly rated Austrian arbitration lawyer Gerold Zeiler of Schönherr's Vienna office recently acted on several significant BIT and other investment-related cases on behalf of major European clients. He is noted for his focus on energy-related disputes.
Long-established as a leading figure in the Italian legal market, Genova-based Sergio Maria Carbone of Studio Carbone is highlighted by interviewees for his extensive knowledge of international arbitration matters. He is primarily known for his presence as an arbitrator on ICC and ad hoc proceedings.
Stockholm-based Lars Edlund is a "heavyweight" of international arbitration, according to interviewees. He frequently brings his long experience of the arbitration market to oversee high-profile proceedings as an arbitrator, alongside his esteemed work as a Supreme Court Justice of Sweden.
Senior and highly respected Swiss figure Pierre-Yves Tschanz of Tavernier Tschanz in Geneva is increasingly recognised across Europe for his "experienced and calm" presence as an arbitrator on major disputes. This is far from his exclusive focus though, with interviewees also pointing out his "very thorough and strategically clever" appearances as counsel on numerous recent cases.
London-based Constantine Partasides QC recently left Freshfields to become a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP. Interviewees recognise him as a "very articulate and very knowledgeable" leading figure in the London arbitration market. Clients especially appreciate him for "giving practical advice, with an understanding of how it interweaves with the legal process." His recent case highlights have included major global disputes in the energy and engineering sectors.
London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel recently left Covington & Burling to establish arbitration boutique Three Crowns LLP. He further established himself as a "smart, thoughtful, articulate and strategic" arbitration lawyer in the European market in the last year
Rome-based senior figure Piero Bernardini of Ughi e Nunziante - Studio Legale is one of the top-rated international arbitrators in Italy. He has long experience of sitting on the tribunal of major cases conducted under a range of arbitration rules, including Association for International Arbitration, ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL.
Pierre Tercier of Université de Fribourg is a well-respected Swiss arbitration figure, who impresses interviewees by being "very informed about the case and asking good, accurate questions" when acting as arbitrator.
Globally recognised arbitrator Brigitte Stern of Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) is renowned for her expertise in substantial ICSID and UNCITRAL investment arbitrations. Sources offer extensive praise of her academically oriented arbitration work, stating: "She is very highly qualified, and there is no doubting her intellect."
Bernard Audit of Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) is a highly experienced academic with vast knowledge of all aspects of international arbitration. He remains an active arbitrator across a range of European disputes.
Academically focused arbitrator Ibrahim Fadlallah of Université de Paris X (Nanterre) is widely noted for the sharp intellect he brings to major disputes, one source stating: "He is one of the most brilliant legal minds in top arbitrations across the world." Fadlallah has particularly extensive knowledge of Middle East-related disputes.
Freshfields' former standout arbitration lawyer, and a leading light across the global arbitration market for many years, Jan Paulsson of University of Miami School of Law has shifted the concentration of his practice to top-end arbitrator appointments on the most complex cases in the international market. Interviewees are in no doubt of the expertise and reputation that he brings to a dispute, regardless of its size, nature or location, stating that "he is a star wherever he goes."
Stockholm-based senior lawyer Christer Söderlund of Advokatfirman Vinge KB is one of Sweden's most experienced arbitrators, and he frequently sits on the panel of major European commercial and investment disputes, notably those involving Russian and CIS-based parties.
London-based Robert Volterra is an internationally renowned investment treaty and PIL expert, who acts on an extensive range of disputes from his highly focused arbitration boutique, Volterra Fietta. Sources consider him "an expert in his field," and an "authoritative operator and tenacious advocate."
Juliet Blanch, head of arbitration in Weil, Gotshal & Manges' London office, is recommended for major multi-jurisdictional disputes by numerous interviewees, as she is "highly practical, with good international experience." Her significant knowledge of energy-related disputes was recently demonstrated when representing Polish natural gas supplier PGNiG against Russian energy behemoth Gazprom, in a case concerning a gas price review. The matter was valued at around USD12 billion.
Vienna-based Christoph Liebscher of Wolf Theiss is a "super smart" market leader in Austrian arbitration. He has had particular recent success on European arbitrations involving clients from the steel industry.