Arbitration (International)

Arbitration (International) - Europe-wide


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What the team is known for Outstanding arbitration practice regularly involved in headline-grabbing arbitrations of enormous public interest. Key teams in London and Paris with additional arbitration specialists in Warsaw, Frankfurt and Madrid. Varied caseload includes arbitrations arising from M&A, joint ventures, foreign investments and construction projects. Acts for major oil companies and corporates as well as financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team was able to work seamlessly with inside counsel and our executives and understood the need to be quick and concise."

"One of the major law firms recognised for its experience in international arbitration, its excellent understanding of the business world and its great strategic vision."

Work highlights Successfully represented Raytheon Systems in an arbitration against the Home Office concerning the termination of the UK government's e-Borders programme. The LCIA awarded GBP224 million in damages.

Notable practitioners  

Fabian von Schlabrendorff is a distinguished arbitrator based in Frankfurt. He is much sought after for multi-jurisdictional cases and has notable experience of the energy sector.

Audley Sheppard "leaves no stone unturned and is a terrific advocate," according to sources. He works from London and frequently handles investor-state matters such as representing a Kuwaiti investor in a USD420 million bilateral investment treaty (BIT) dispute against the Egyptian government.

Robert Lambert takes the lead on important arbitrations often of political significance. He is described as "unbelievably committed to doing the best job for his clients" and comes highly recommended for complex disputes. He successfully represented Raytheon Systems against the Home Office, winning GBP224 million in damages. 

Paris-based Jason Fry is well known from his time as secretary general to the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He advises on joint venture and post-M&A disputes, often working as part of a multi-jurisdictional team.

Significant clients Statoil, IFC, BNP Paribas, Standard Bank of South Africa, BG Group.

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What the team is known for Leading European arbitration practice in Paris and London with an extensive team across Frankfurt, Rome, Amsterdam and Vienna. The firm is entrusted with high-profile, multi-jurisdictional arbitrations concerning post-M&A disputes, energy, infrastructure and investor-state relations. Represents clients in proceedings under all major arbitration rules.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I really think the lawyers did a great job not only technically but in terms of the relationship aspects; without Freshfields we wouldn't have won this case."

"It remains a very important team in Europe."  

"One of the major players in the field."  

Work highlights Represented EVN in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Bulgaria concerning compensation for mandatory purchases of renewable energy. The case is based on an alleged breach of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Notable practitioners  

Rolf Trittmann has an excellent reputation as counsel and often represents clients in multi-jurisdictional post-M&A arbitrations. He also accepts appointments as arbitrator and is well known for his experience of the automotive industry. He is based in Frankfurt.

Peter Turner impresses sources with his photographic memory, which "he uses to extraordinary effect in international arbitration hearings." He works from Paris and has considerable experience of investor-state arbitrations.

Sources say Nigel Rawding is a pleasure to deal with and describe him as "a terrific advocate who is measured and calm." He is a respected figure in the London market and often collaborates with other European offices in global arbitrations.

A fluent Russian speaker, Noah Rubins is known for his expertise in disputes involving CIS and Eastern European countries. He is based in Paris and has worked on several arbitrations concerning energy and infrastructure. He represented East Mediterranean Gas in a politically sensitive submarine pipeline dispute with Egypt. 

Significant clients Anglo American, AstraZeneca, Vestey, Total, Deutsche Telekom.

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What the team is known for Distinguished team undertaking high-value and politically sensitive arbitrations from its Paris stronghold. Acts for states, companies and state-owned entities in commercial, energy and investment treaty arbitrations under all the major arbitral bodies. Construction and shareholder disputes also feature strongly.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The case management was really impeccable, as were the strategy and planning on very complex parallel proceedings."

"The firm has had some tremendous, eye-popping successes."

Work highlights Successfully represented the majority shareholders in the former Yukos Oil in winning USD50 billion in damages from Russia for illegally dismantling the company and appropriating its assets. This is the largest arbitral award ever.

Notable practitioners  

Emmanuel Gaillard is revered as "one of the gods of international arbitration." Based in Paris, he commands tremendous respect throughout the continent and wins enthusiastic praise from interviewees. "He's really the best – his ability to make strategic decisions and present them to the client is impressive." He acts as counsel and arbitrator with particular experience of energy, investment and M&A disputes.

Yas Banifatemi is noted for her technical skill and eye for detail especially in the field of investment arbitration. A member of the Paris office, she is regarded as "extremely effective" by clients. She was part of the team representing the Arab Republic of Egypt in two investor-state arbitrations concerning the alleged violation of various BITs.

Significant clients Sonatrach, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, AREVA, Dow Chemical, EDF.

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practitioners in Paris and London are strengthened by arbitration specialists working across Europe, with significant expertise in Moscow, Warsaw and Stockholm. Market-leading practice in construction arbitration as well as oil and gas, investor-state and energy disputes. Well placed to advise on arbitrations concerning CIS and CEE countries with lawyers in Budapest, Bucharest and Prague.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very happy with the work; the firm has been able to provide different people and different kinds of experience around the table as the dispute has evolved."

"It is a formidable team with a lot of depth."  

"One of the strongest practices in the market."  

Work highlights Acted for Victor Pinchuk against Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov on a high-profile multi-jurisdictional dispute over natural resources in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners  

Oil and gas specialist Michael Polkinghorne is increasingly visible in the European arbitration scene and plays a leading role in the Paris office. He is praised by clients for his "deep knowledge of the arbitral process" and is described as "engaging, enthusiastic and fun to work with." He also has much experience of investor-state arbitrations.

Phillip Capper is renowned across Europe for his expertise in construction disputes. "His grasp of the technical issues was phenomenal," reports one impressed client. He is based in London and has experience of arbitrations concerning rail, energy and infrastructure projects in North Africa and Europe.

Christopher Seppälä has many years' experience of construction arbitrations under LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC rules and continues to act on major international disputes. He works from the Paris office and remains a much-respected figure in the market.

David Goldberg is a native Russian speaker who works from both the London and Moscow offices. He is well known for handling arbitrations with a CIS connection and has worked on joint venture disputes as well as arbitrations in the financial services sector.

Significant clients Eni, Blumenthal, government of Georgia, Skanska, Saudi Aramco.

Band 1 | WilmerHale

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What the team is known for Elite London-centred practice which undertakes some of the most complex and high-value arbitrations in the UK and across Europe. The international team includes lawyers qualified in several jurisdictions with expertise covering investor-state, oil and gas, patent and post-M&A arbitrations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"WilmerHale is the crème de la crème of international arbitration."

"A huge arbitration force."  

Work highlights Successfully represented Swatch Group in a USD1 billion international arbitration against Tiffany concerning the failure of a joint venture.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Born's reputation precedes him. He is regarded as "a real phenomenon," and is respected both as an authority on international arbitration and as an incredibly hard worker. Based in London, he dominates the European market and appears in some of the biggest multi-jurisdictional arbitrations. He is also much in demand as an arbitrator.

Steven Finizio is a highly regarded arbitration lawyer in London with valued experience of disputes in the energy and financial services sectors. He is popular with clients, who praise him for being "creative and ruthless in his approach to the problems we faced." 

Franz Schwarz "is coming into his own as a real leader in the field," according to one commentator. He often works on high-value arbitrations for pharmaceutical clients and is also noted for his role in Swatch's victory against Tiffany in a joint venture dispute.

Significant clients Volkswagen, Novartis, Lufthansa, Koito Manufacturing, Helmerich & Payne.

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What the team is known for Top-ranked London practice with arbitration specialists across Europe, including in Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid. The busy team focuses on investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, and has particular experience of energy matters and arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty. Shareholder and financial products disputes are other areas of expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It has top-notch work." 

"One of the strongest practices in London."  

Work highlights Advised three major private equity infrastructure funds on Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations against Spain totalling more than USD500 million.

Notable practitioners  

Judith Gill QC is an established presence on the London market who has been at the forefront of international arbitration for many years. She appears in commercial arbitrations and is also defending the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in two investment treaty disputes.

Michael Young co-heads the firm's global arbitration practice from Paris and gets great feedback from clients for his practical advice: "He is very thorough and understands the issues and the markets we operate in." He focuses on commercial arbitration especially cases concerning Africa and energy disputes.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Airbus, Nokia, Petrofac, Republic of Slovenia.

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What the team is known for Active team in Paris with other notable practitioners in Frankfurt and London. Handles many investor-state disputes as well as advising clients on commercial arbitrations across a range of sectors. The varied client list includes governments, state-owned bodies, financial institutions and corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I perceive it as one of the really strong players in the international arbitration field."

"I particularly appreciated the collective and thorough way of working, the prompt responses and the relaxed and friendly spirit of its lawyers."

Work highlights Represented the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration instigated by Poštová banka concerning the purchase of sovereign bonds and the country's subsequent debt restructuring.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kreindler in Frankfurt is recommended for arbitrations involving Germany and the USA and is appreciated by clients for his German language skills and US background. He is regarded as a skilled counsel who "knows the rules and what to do next" and is also a noted arbitrator.

Paris-based Claudia Annacker can be seen handling significant cases such as acting for Russia in a series of high-profile arbitrations against former Yukos shareholders. She is also active in BIT arbitrations, where she has represented the Hellenic Republic, the Arab Republic of Egypt and Gazprom.

Jean-Yves Garaud has a great name in Paris as a litigator and is also a respected arbitration counsel. He is representing France in an ICSID arbitration against a Turkish national concerning purported IP rights and the alleged violation of a BIT.

Significant clients EDF, Republic of Iraq, DP World, Agfa-Gevaert, Argentine Republic.

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What the team is known for Admirable London–Paris axis spearheading the firm's international arbitration work across Europe. Extensive European network with arbitration lawyers in Madrid, Moscow and Frankfurt. Appears in big arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty as well as African energy disputes. Commercial and investor-state arbitrations also fall within the team's expertise.

Work highlights Advised Chèque Déjeuner on a EUR20 million treaty claim against Hungary arising from new legislation on meal vouchers.

Notable practitioners  

Paula Hodges QC is renowned for her experience of energy arbitrations particularly those concerning African countries. She is also recommended by clients for her intuition: "She has the experience to really understand and anticipate the position that the other party will take." She heads the global international arbitration practice from the London office.

Matthew Weiniger QC is respected as "a very talented lawyer with a strong reputation in the market as an advocate." He focuses on investment treaty disputes and has particular experience of cases involving Russia and the CIS. He is based in London but also regularly works from the Moscow office.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Renaissance Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, BHP Billiton, Bharti.

Band 2 | Lalive

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What the team is known for International law firm based in Geneva and Zürich with an arbitration practice to rival many of its bigger competitors. Internationally oriented lawyers are qualified in several jurisdictions and represent clients in high-value investor-state and commercial arbitrations. They also regularly act as arbitrators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone I have come across from the firm is fantastic." 

"It's our main competitor; we hold the firm in very high regard."

Work highlights Represented a state-owned European company in two gas pricing arbitrations under a long-term contract with a state-owned company in the Middle East.

Represented Romania in a USD100 million BIT arbitration against US investors concerning alleged harassment.

Notable practitioners  

"One of the leading names in arbitration," Michael Schneider is a distinguished arbitrator based in Geneva who regularly presides over multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is acting as president in two ICSID arbitrations relating to environmental liability and the payment of gas deliveries. He is also praised by clients for "offering absolute pragmatism in his approach." 

Geneva-based Matthias Scherer is described as "a fabulous technician and a walking encyclopaedia," with sources particularly impressed with his knowledge of case law. He advises on investment and commercial cases and is acting for a Middle Eastern state body on an ICC arbitration concerning a major transport infrastructure project.

Domitille Baizeau has an international profile and an eye for detail which is much appreciated by interviewees. She works from the Geneva office and has wide experience of disputes in the telecoms, construction and energy sectors. She is representing an oil and gas explorer in a USD1.5 billion arbitration with an African state over the termination of petroleum production sharing agreements.

Veijo Heiskanen is particularly prominent in gas disputes and investment treaty arbitrations, with one client reporting: "He was highly respected by the tribunal as an authority on investment law." He is based in Geneva and is acting for the Republic of Ecuador on a USD120 million dispute with Copper Mesa Mining over the termination of mining concessions.

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What the team is known for Top-ranked London team that co-ordinates the firm's European practice and is supported by offices in Frankfurt and Paris. Acts on big-ticket arbitrations, both commercial and investment treaty, and has lots of experience in energy, natural resources and telecoms matters. Clients include states, multinationals and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It has an exceptional London team." 

"It has an admirable client list and caseload." 

Work highlights Defended South Sudan in an ICSID claim brought by Sudapet, the national oil company of the Republic of the Sudan, concerning ownership of oilfield interests located in what is now South Sudan.

Notable practitioners  

Karyl Nairn QC is a respected advocate and arbitration lawyer in London who wins much praise from clients for her strategic advice and "exceptional knowledge and command of the subject." Her practice comprises both commercial and investment treaty cases.

"Incisive and to the point," London-based David Kavanagh comes recommended for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations. He appears in high-profile cases and recently settled a case on behalf of Global Telecom Holding (formerly known as Orascom) against the government of Algeria regarding alleged unfair treatment and expropriation of a subsidiary. 

Significant clients Pfizer, Republic of Cyprus, Devas, CEMEX, Alfa-Access-Renova.

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What the team is known for New international arbitration boutique bringing together the crème de la crème from several prestigious practices. Offices in London, Paris and Washington, DC open the door to some of the most complex commercial and investment treaty disputes. Most prominent in the oil and gas sector, where it represents several major players. Arbitrations arising from construction and infrastructure projects are another specialism.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The best talent from the leading international arbitration firms."

"It will be a strong practice given the team on board."

Notable practitioners  

The "entrepreneurial and dynamic" Constantine Partasides QC retains his standing as a leading arbitration counsel. He is widely respected, with one source admitting: "He always impresses me a lot." Partasides focuses on power and oil and gas disputes and is based in the London office.

Georgios Petrochilos in Paris joins the Europe-wide rankings to reflect his prominence in the international arbitration arena. He is described as "a remarkable lawyer" and is known for his expertise in gas price review arbitrations and inter-state disputes. He is a leading authority on the procedural aspects of international arbitration.

Gaëtan Verhoosel is appreciated by clients for his commercial understanding and communication skills. "It's easy to talk to him about the business perspective," reports one source. Based in London, he is qualified in England, France and Spain, and has extensive experience representing oil and gas clients in arbitrations.

Todd Wetmore is located in Paris and stands out for his expertise in highly technical construction arbitrations. He is a leading figure in the European market and enters the rankings as a result.

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What the team is known for Huge European footprint with offices spanning the length of the continent. Arbitration specialists can be found in Frankfurt, Moscow, Madrid and London with additional local representation in Zürich, Stockholm and Vienna. A varied caseload includes arbitrations arising from infrastructure projects, investment treaties, gas price reviews and commercial disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In terms of client service, the firm is as good as it gets." 

Work highlights Represented Gavrilović in a EUR250 million BIT dispute against the Republic of Croatia concerning ownership of assets.

Notable practitioners  

José María Alonso is held in high regard by peers and clients alike and is described as "an impeccable lawyer who knows arbitration inside out." He is based in Madrid and has broad arbitration experience spanning investment treaties and commercial disputes.

Vladimir Khvalei is well known in the market from being vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He works from the Moscow office and has considerable experience of arbitrations concerning Russia and the CIS under ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules.

Jörg Risse in Frankfurt is a talented arbitration counsel who "has a very good feeling for what kind of strategy is needed," according to one client. He has particular experience of arbitrations arising from infrastructure projects and is acting for SEK on a EUR1.25 billion dispute concerning defects in the construction of a coal power plant.

Significant clients Siemens, Evonik, CSL Behring, J.P. Morgan, Shell.

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What the team is known for Acclaimed London practice handling multi-jurisdictional arbitrations seated in Europe and across the globe. The team includes experienced barristers who appear before the UK Supreme Court in arbitration-related matters in addition to representing clients before tribunals. Mixed caseload of investment and commercial arbitrations with experience of natural resources, oil and gas and telecoms. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There are a lot of brilliant names and the team has great strength and depth."

Work highlights Represented Occidental Petroleum in a USD2.3 billion BIT arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador concerning the seizure of assets and termination of exploration rights.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Goldsmith QC is a distinguished advocate who moves up the rankings in recognition of his talents. One admiring interviewee comments: "He is a fantastic lawyer; he is very hands-on and hard-working and brings a lot to the practice." He is based in London but his arbitration practice is truly global, with experience of cases in Europe as well as in Africa and Asia.

Sophie Lamb represents clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and has particular experience of disputes relating to oil and gas. She is based in London and noted for her appearance before the UK Supreme Court in high-profile arbitration appeals.

Significant clients Tethyan Copper, GlaxoSmithKline, GLG Partners, Perenco, GE.

Band 3 | Dechert LLP

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What the team is known for Respected Paris team that stands out for its Latin America investment treaty practice as well as its activity in the oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms sectors. Represents states and corporations in commercial arbitrations. The Paris office is home to several leading arbitrators and there are notable practitioners in London and Moscow.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It has a formidable practice in Paris." 

"The lawyers really go through things very deeply, discuss the strategy and really understand just what we want to do."

Work highlights Represented Bolivia in UNCITRAL proceedings brought by a Spanish investor concerning the operation of airports in Bolivia.

Notable practitioners  

Eduardo Silva Romero is a Latin America specialist who frequently represents South American countries in investment arbitrations. For example, he is defending the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID case against Occidental Petroleum concerning the termination of a production sharing agreement. He works from the Paris office and is increasingly prominent as an arbitrator.

Significant clients Republic of Ecuador, Eutelsat, Taiwan, Interoil, Orange.

Band 3 | Hogan Lovells

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What the team is known for Solid commercial and investment arbitration practice with recognised practitioners in London, Paris and Munich. Acts for states, investors and financial institutions in significant arbitrations under all the principal institutional rules. Sector expertise spans life sciences, financial services, engineering and telecoms.

Work highlights Represented the government of Mongolia in a USD358 million UNCITRAL arbitration against Khan Resources concerning the alleged expropriation of uranium licences. 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Davison in London is a respected opponent in arbitration matters and is praised for "working sensibly in the interest of his client." He has experience of advising on cases concerning oil exploration, telecoms and shareholder disputes.

Significant clients Alstom, Siemens, Mitsubishi, Fluor, Statoil.

Band 3 | Homburger

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What the team is known for Respected Zürich firm acts for international clients in commercial arbitrations with considerable activity in the engineering, construction and pharmaceutical sectors. Also represents sovereign states and state-owned entities in arbitrations arising from joint ventures. The firm's most experienced practitioners accept appointments as arbitrator.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the best firms in Zürich for international arbitration."

Notable practitioners  

Markus Wirth is regarded as a "fabulous arbitrator," noted for combining a diplomatic touch with a no-nonsense approach. He is based in Zürich and is known for presiding over some of the highest-value cases.

"A good tactician and strategist," Balz Gross comes recommended as an excellent arbitration counsel. He represents clients in LCIA and ICC arbitrations alongside his work as a litigator. 

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What the team is known for A thriving arbitration practice that moves up the rankings in recognition of its international nature and increasing prominence of the London and Paris offices. Well known for expertise in investment treaty cases and long-standing experience of oil and gas, infrastructure and construction disputes. The team also undertakes commercial arbitrations on behalf of clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers did a very good job in what was a difficult case and were by far the best lawyers in the room."

"It has always been considered one of the leaders in investment arbitration." 

Work highlights Represented European Food, Starmill and Multipack in a USD245 million investment dispute with Romania concerning the revocation of tax incentives.

Notable practitioners  

Eric Schwartz splits his time between New York and Paris but his caseload remains distinctly European. He has tremendous stature in the market and is currently the vice-president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. After many years' experience as counsel, he is now increasingly sought after as an arbitrator.

Tom Sprange joins the rankings to reflect his growing reputation at the European level. He is described as "one of the stars of the ICC" and regarded as "an extremely good lawyer with a very strong practice." Sprange is based in London and frequently advises on cases concerning oil and gas production and natural resources.

Significant clients Unión Fenosa Gas, Ukraine, Murphy Oil, Teinver, Chevron.

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What the team is known for Leading Swedish firm for arbitration with an impressive list of international disputes to its name. Energy is a major focus, with gas price reviews a significant source of work. Acts for clients across Europe on investment and commercial cases under all the main institutional rules. Also noted for its experience of construction and telecoms matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very capable firm for European arbitration issues." 

"The lawyers are very understanding of the needs of the client, and good at meeting deadlines and working under pressure."

Work highlights Represented Vattenfall in a major ICSID arbitration concerning an investment in the energy sector.

Notable practitioners  

Kaj Hobér has many years' experience of international arbitration and remains a distinguished figure in the European market. A fluent Russian speaker, he is well known for his expertise in handling Russian and CIS disputes as well as matters concerning countries in CEE. Based in Stockholm, he now acts predominantly as arbitrator in substantial multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Robin Oldenstam stands out among Swedish arbitration counsel for his international profile and enjoys a much-warranted promotion up the rankings. He has an excellent reputation among practitioners in Europe and is described as "highly effective and efficient during hearings." He is based in Gothenburg and handles cases related to oil and gas.

Since publication, Kaj Hobér has joined 3 Verulam Buildings

Since publication, Kaj Hobér has joined 3 Verulam Buildings

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What the team is known for Dynamic US firm that consolidates its position thanks to prominent teams in London and Paris. Heavyweight arbitration specialists undertake high-value cases with considerable experience of the oil and gas and natural resources sectors. Caseload covers both investor-state and commercial arbitrations concerning infrastructure projects, telecoms and joint venture disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It has a lot of good individuals with a great practice in London."

"I will definitely use them again for any multi-jurisdictional cases."

"It understands the relationship with the client and formed an integral part of the team." 

Work highlights Continued to represent Churchill Mining and Planet Mining in an ICSID arbitration against Indonesia concerning its investment in a coal project.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Jagusch in London is a big hitter in the European market with a string of high-profile cases to his name. "The amount of detail that he can retain never fails to amaze me; he is brilliant," reports one interviewee. He is also praised for his command of English, with another source saying: "He has the most exquisite way with words."

Paris-based Philippe Pinsolle is respected across Europe and "is at the top of his game," according to one interviewee. Clients appreciate his strategic advice and skilful handling of technical matters. He focuses on oil and gas arbitrations and has much experience of disputes in Africa.

Anthony Sinclair in London enters the Europe-wide rankings with one commentator confirming: "He has really established a name for himself." He is praised for his knowledge of investment treaty arbitration and is also noted for his ability to advise on jurisdictional issues.

Significant clients Republic of Azerbaijan, Dubai Ports World, Emmis Communications, Mabofi Holdings.

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What the team is known for International team of foreign and Swiss-trained lawyers which advises multinational clients on commercial arbitrations from offices in Zürich and Geneva. Significant experience of construction, engineering and pharmaceutical disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding firm. The client service is terrific." 

"The lawyers were smart, efficient and polite – I would work with them again in a flash."

Work highlights Represented a client in a major Zürich-seated ICC arbitration concerning the expansion of a power plant in Russia. 

Notable practitioners  

Elliott Geisinger in Geneva is a high-calibre arbitration counsel who is described as "a fantastic technician and construction specialist." Already well known across the continent, his European profile is set to increase with his role as president of the Swiss Arbitration Association. His increasing stature as an arbitrator sees him join the Europe-wide rankings.

Georg von Segesser acts as an arbitrator and is much respected in the market for his experience. He is based in Zürich and regularly sits on the largest international cases.

Nathalie Voser joins the rankings in recognition of her increasing activity in the European arena. She is complimented on her "vast knowledge of case law" and is described as a "a top arbitration lawyer who handled the whole case extremely well." Voser is based in Zürich and focuses on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Significant clients Técnicas Reunidas, UBS, Mepha Pharma, Wyndham Hotel Group, MRI Trading.

Band 4 | CMS

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What the team is known for Solid arbitration practice with notable expertise in London as well as in Germany and Switzerland. Best known for arbitrations in the energy, projects and infrastructure sphere and its growing practice in the CEE region. Insurance is another sector where the firm excels.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was impressed at how fast the lawyers managed to understand the economic facts of the case." 

Work highlights Continued to act for MNSS and Recupero Credito Acciaio on an ICSID case with the Republic of Montenegro concerning its investment in a former state-owned steel company.

Notable practitioners  

Klaus Michael Sachs in Munich is widely regarded as Germany's premier arbitrator. Multilingual and with "great insight into different cultures," he is also a top choice for international cases. He has wide experience spanning M&A, joint ventures and oil and gas disputes.

Significant clients Iberdrola, National Grid, H Clarkson & Co, Galp Energia, Viva Telecom.  

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What the team is known for London office predominantly acts for oil, gas and renewables clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Appears in all major arbitration centres, with experience of ICC, UNCITRAL and ICSID proceedings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have a lot of respect for the firm." 

Work highlights Represented Occidental Petroleum in the Republic of Ecuador's appeal against a USD2.3 billion award for breaching a production sharing agreement.

Notable practitioners  

Senior statesman Stephen Bond is well known from the ICC and remains a respected figure in the London market. His wide-ranging arbitration experience covers construction, technology and international joint ventures.

Significant clients Repsol, Occidental Petroleum, Gamesa, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Perenco.

Band 4 | Dentons

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What the team is known for Huge network across Europe with notable individuals in Paris, Warsaw, Moscow and London. Well regarded for investment treaty cases especially relating to Russia and the CEE countries. African disputes are another strength, with the team acting for international and African companies on energy and joint venture matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A world-class outfit that can draw together its expertise across its offices to provide advice – this can only be a good thing for the client."

"Very important team in Paris doing arbitration work concerning Russia and CEE."

Work highlights Acted for Sudapet on an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of South Sudan concerning the expropriation of oil assets.

Notable practitioners  

Piotr Nowaczyk in Warsaw is a seasoned arbitrator who is well known in the European market from the ICC. He has considerable experience of complex construction cases and has sat in arbitrations throughout Europe.

Paris-based Barton Legum focuses on investor-state cases and is regarded as a very good lawyer. "His expertise is really excellent; he has wide knowledge of the jurisprudence and is able to advise on the legal systems in other European countries," reports one client. He acted for Apotex Holdings on an ICSID case against the US government concerning the shutdown of manufacturing facilities.

Significant clients Rosgaz, Total, Apotex, Deutsche Bank, government of Australia.

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What the team is known for Prominent Paris-based arbitration boutique which enters the rankings thanks to its top-class individuals who are best known for acting as arbitrators. The team is also rated for its counsel work, especially in investment cases concerning the CIS and the Middle East. The Washington, DC office strengthens the firm's credentials as an excellent choice for ICSID matters. Clients include sovereign states, corporates and individual foreign investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Among the boutiques it is the most visible and successful in Paris."

"The lawyers were very knowledgeable about the arbitration process and quickly provided practical answers to our questions." 

Work highlights Represented EuroGas and Belmont Resources in a EUR250 million ICSID case against the Slovak Republic arising from the expropriation of mining rights.

Notable practitioners  

Yves Derains in Paris is a much-celebrated arbitrator who remains a preferred choice for multi-jurisdictional matters. "He has been involved in the process for so long that he has in-depth experience of all the arbitration rules," confirms a source.

Hamid Gharavi moves up the rankings in recognition of his growing visibility in the European arbitration field. He is viewed as "a very talented counsel" and is known for appearing in high-profile investment cases, especially with a Middle Eastern dimension. Clients appreciate his straightforward communication style and comment: "He did an excellent job defending us."

Significant clients Alcatel-Lucent, Republic of Albania, Dalkia International, Hellenic Republic, Thales. 

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What the team is known for Respected French heavyweight focusing on commercial arbitration from its Paris headquarters. Arbitration specialists in London and Warsaw lend assistance on multi-jurisdictional cases. The team has experience of disputes across a range of sectors including telecoms, aerospace and financial services. Also undertakes investment treaty cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Among the French law firms, it is the best placed in the international arbitration market."

"It is one of the premier firms in Paris for international arbitration."

Work highlights Acted for France Telecom on an USD80 million dispute with minority shareholders in its Lebanese subsidiary FTML.

Notable practitioners  

Carole Malinvaud in Paris has great standing across Europe both as counsel and as an arbitrator. She advises on both commercial and investment disputes and is acting for Victor Pey Casado on a USD500 million ICSID case regarding the expropriation of a newspaper which he owned by Pinochet's military government. 

Located in Paris, Christian Camboulive is a respected name in the European market and predominantly undertakes commercial arbitrations. He has been advising on cases in the insurance and real estate sectors and also has experience of shareholder disputes and joint ventures.

Qualified as a barrister and a French avocat, Rupert Reece is appreciated by interviewees for his advocacy skills and personal approach to client service. "He is highly experienced in arbitration matters and has a very practical attitude," reports one source. He is based in London and focuses on disputes relating to construction contracts, aerospace and defence.

Significant clients Crédit Foncier de France, Gemini Holdings, Polish State Treasury, AREVA.

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What the team is known for Strong arbitration practice with recognised practitioners in London and Hamburg and a newly formed team in Paris. Main areas of activity are oil and gas, energy and construction, with investor-state cases also forming a significant part of the practice. Acts for multinationals, financial institutions and government entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"When it comes to cases with a cross-border aspect, the lawyers know a lot and have good instincts with regard to what to do and which people to ask."

"It is a practice to keep an eye on." 

Work highlights Acted for SAUR International on a USD60 million investor-state case against the Argentine Republic concerning water concessions.

Notable practitioners  

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is qualified in Spain, France, Colombia and New York, and is widely respected for his experience of Latin American matters. Based in Paris, he is representing Vestas Peru in two ICC arbitrations concerning the construction of wind farms.

Philip Clifford in London is described as "a real arbitration specialist with excellent knowledge of the rules and how they are interpreted." The source continues: "His client care is exemplary in terms of keeping clients informed and planning an effective strategy." He has particular experience of cases involving the Middle East.

Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert is well regarded for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations and is also lauded by clients for his diligence. "He is very thorough and does not miss any details," comments one source. He represented Inforama International Finance against the Arab Republic of Egypt in an ICSID case arising from its investments in a textiles plant near Cairo.

Significant clients Daimler, Grupo Saret, Ukraine, Vestas, Alapi.

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What the team is known for Well-reputed Swiss law firm focusing on commercial arbitrations, often concerning private investments, joint ventures and M&A. Other areas of expertise include engineering projects, patents and sports arbitration. Acts for well-known clients in the pharmaceutical, telecoms and manufacturing sectors as well as for international sports federations. Lawyers are frequently appointed as arbitrators and work from offices in Geneva, Lausanne and Zürich.

Notable practitioners  

Described as "extremely thorough," Xavier Favre-Bulle has an excellent reputation amongst European arbitration lawyers and is also popular with clients. "He did an excellent job of strategically guiding us through the two cases," confirms one interviewee. He works from the Geneva office and is particularly knowledgeable about sports arbitration.

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What the team is known for Respected practitioners with long-standing arbitration experience are frequently appointed as arbitrators in major multi-jurisdictional cases. Based in Switzerland, the team also represents clients as counsel in proceedings before the principal arbitral bodies. Caseload includes disputes related to joint ventures, gas price reviews and pharmaceuticals. Investor-state arbitrations are also undertaken.

Work highlights Acted for US Steel on a USD300 million investment treaty claim against the Slovak Republic concerning electricity tariffs.

Notable practitioners  

Sources confirm that Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Gunter makes a "very impressive chairman." He is well known across Europe as an arbitrator and counsel, and has wide-ranging experience spanning oil and gas, investments, patents and infrastructure disputes.

Wolfgang Peter is widely respected for his contribution to the arbitration field and enjoys impeccable standing as an arbitrator of choice for high-value cases. Sources highlight his experience of gas price review arbitrations and post-M&A disputes and admire his "wealth of knowledge."

Significant clients National Iranian Oil Corporation, Hyundai Heavy Industries.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Claes Lundblad of Advokatfirman Lundblad & Zettermarck HB is a respected figure in Sweden who after many years as a leading arbitration counsel is now focused on arbitrator work. Based in Stockholm, he is well known across Europe and handles commercial arbitrations across a variety of industries.

Claes Zettermarck of Advokatfirman Lundblad & Zettermarck HB is recognised by sources as "one of the best arbitrators in Sweden" and is greatly appreciated for his international experience. Working from Stockholm, he is in high demand for substantial European cases and has particular experience of construction disputes.

David Arias of Arias SLP joins the list of most in-demand arbitrators to reflect his increasing profile in the European market. He is described as "very international" and is praised for his knowledge of the law in different countries. "He is always well prepared and has a lot of common sense," adds another source. Based in Madrid, he comes recommended for complex European disputes and frequently sits as arbitrator under ICC rules.

Juan Fernández-Armesto of Armesto & Asociados in Madrid has a fantastic name in Europe as an arbitrator and is best known for his expertise in investment cases. He also presides over commercial and construction disputes under the principal arbitral bodies.

Andreas Reiner of ARP Andreas Reiner & Partners is widely regarded as "one of the most experienced arbitrators in Vienna." He is a top choice in Europe for international cases and has particular experience of ICC rules.

Bernardo Cremades of B Cremades y Asociados is widely recognised as the father of arbitration in Spain and is "one of the top names Europe-wide." Based in Madrid, he acts as arbitrator in large international investment disputes and is much sought after for cases with a Latin American aspect.

"Detailed and very pragmatic," Jay Alexander of Baker Botts UK LLP co-heads the firm's global arbitration practice from London. "He gave us an accurate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of our case; I was particularly impressed with his strategy," explains one interviewee. Alexander has particular experience of arbitrations concerning Russia.

Marc Blessing of Bär & Karrer AG is a seasoned arbitrator with broad experience covering international transactions, oil and gas, telecoms and investor-state cases. He is based in Zürich and frequently acts as chairman in ad hoc arbitrations and institutional proceedings.

Zürich-based Daniel Hochstrasser of Bär & Karrer AG is a leading Swiss arbitration counsel with particular experience of licensing disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. He has a strong name across Europe and is also respected for his commercial litigation practice.

London-based Wendy Miles of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP has an increasing profile in the European arbitration market and receives much praise from sources. "She is a thoroughly commendable advocate and a treat to work against – she's a real force," enthuses one interviewee. Miles acts on multi-jurisdictional cases often with a connection to Asia.

Milan-based Antonio Crivellaro of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is a leading arbitrator who is widely recognised in Europe for his knowledge of construction and procurement disputes. He accepts appointments in arbitrations under ICC, ICSID, LCIA and SCA rules.

Lord Hoffmann QC of Brick Court Chambers is a heavyweight arbitrator renowned for his phenomenal intellect and gravitas. He is based in London and comes recommended for difficult arbitrations involving technical points of law. "He is very efficient and gets right to the heart of the case," comments one observer. His experience as arbitrator encompasses ICC, LCIA and ICSID proceedings relating to IP and to private and public international law.

Alexis Mourre of Castaldi Mourre & Partners has a great name as an arbitrator in Europe and shows "tremendous energy" in his handling of cases. He is based in Paris and undertakes ad hoc arbitrations as well as those under institutional rules.

Laurent Aynès of Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has an impressive reputation in the European arbitration sphere and is praised by an interviewee as "one of the best arbitrators around." Based in Paris, his arbitration experience includes international trade, joint ventures and construction disputes.

Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel remains very much in demand as an arbitrator in complex multi-jurisdictional cases. He is revered in European arbitration circles for his unrivalled experience of international disputes under the principal arbitral bodies. He is based in Cologne and works as a sole practitioner.

London-based Ian Glick QC of One Essex Court is a highly esteemed arbitrator with "a first-class mind." He has a varied practice covering commercial, M&A and gas pricing disputes under the main institutional rules. One source notes: "He is very quick to master the technical issues and see what is coming next." 

Sources say Peter Leaver QC of One Essex Court is "extraordinarily well prepared and focused on reaching a commercial and fair result." Based in London, he has broad experience of international commercial disputes and is particularly knowledgeable about sports arbitration.

"Extremely experienced and highly commercial," Alan Redfern of One Essex Court is regarded by sources as "one of the doyens of international arbitration." "He is very thoughtful; whatever he says is worth listening to and remembering," comments another observer. Based in London, he has terrific standing throughout Europe and has broad experience of commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and under the various institutional rules.

"Pre-eminent in the field of international arbitration," Toby Landau QC of Essex Court Chambers in London moves up the rankings in recognition of his standing in Europe and globally. As a barrister, he is universally acknowledged as an exceptional arbitration counsel. He is equally respected as an arbitrator and has extensive experience of international commercial disputes and investor-state cases before the principal arbitral bodies.

Richard Siberry QC of Essex Court Chambers joins the ranks of Europe's leading arbitrators in recognition of his standing in the market. Sources describe him as "thorough and well prepared" and comment: "He has an excellent analytical mind coupled with good judgement." Based in London, he sits as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA and London Maritime Arbitrators Association proceedings, and has particular experience of shipping, commodities and insurance.

V V Veeder QC of Essex Court Chambers is a popular arbitrator in London with broad experience of commercial arbitrations, both ad hoc and under the various arbitral rules. He sits as an arbitrator across Europe and has wide knowledge spanning international trade, maritime law, banking and oil and gas. One source comments: "He is our first pick for chairman every time."

Based in London, Julian Lew QC of 20 Essex Street is a popular arbitrator for European cases and has wide-ranging experience of commercial and investment disputes under ICC, ICSID and LCIA rules. His expertise covers international trade finance and joint ventures as well as infrastructure and oil and gas disputes.

William Rowley QC of 20 Essex Street is an internationally oriented arbitrator who has presided over arbitrations in Europe and across the world. He has vast experience of international commercial law, especially competition and insurance law, and also undertakes investment cases. He remains a high-profile appointment in major European cases and "knows international arbitration procedures and rules back to front," according to a source.

"Quick and very able," David Sutton of 20 Essex Street is a popular arbitrator in London who is widely admired for the quality of his analysis. He conducts proceedings under ICC, LCIA and SCC rules and has notable experience of banking, pharmaceuticals and oil and gas disputes.

Christer Danielsson of Frank Advokatbyrå AB is a prominent arbitrator in Stockholm who often presides over large disputes involving non-Swedish parties. He is chairman of the Swedish Arbitration Association and is highly regarded in Europe.

The "enormously busy" Bernard Hanotiau of Hanotiau & Van den Berg is an acclaimed arbitrator of international standing. Based in Brussels, he has long-standing experience as party-appointed arbitrator, chairman and sole arbitrator in major disputes in Europe and across the world.

Albert Jan Van den Berg of Hanotiau & Van den Berg is an esteemed arbitrator who is held in high regard across Europe and globally. Noted for his decorum and extensive knowledge, he has wide-ranging experience spanning broadcasting, IT, finance and M&A disputes. He is based in Brussels and has conducted proceedings under all the principal institutional rules.

"Extremely thorough and dedicated," Michael Bühler of Jones Day impresses clients with his international arbitration expertise. "He is very smart and knows how to react in every circumstance," reveals one interviewee. Based in Paris, his practice includes gas price review proceedings as well as commercial arbitrations.

John Uff QC of Keating Chambers is a "first-rate arbitrator" and a preferred choice for construction arbitrations in Europe given his training as a civil engineer. Based in London, he is an authority in construction and engineering law and regularly presides over significant disputes before the various arbitral bodies.

The "absolutely brilliant" Kenneth Rokison QC is a veteran arbitrator with unparalleled experience of international commercial disputes. "I would put him on my list of favourites," admits one source. He is known for being "very decisive" and for demonstrating "a total mastery of the cases." He is based close to London and has undertaken arbitrations across Europe under the various arbitral rules.

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler of Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler is renowned across Europe and internationally as a distinguished arbitrator with an incredible intellect. Based in Geneva, she is in great demand for commercial and investment arbitrations.

Bo Nilsson of Advokatfirman Lindahl is described as "a brilliant arbitrator" and "one of the best in Stockholm." He is regularly appointed as arbitrator in international cases under SCC rules and also sits in London and Paris. He is well known for his experience of commercial arbitrations with a Russian dimension. 

Matthieu de Boisséson of Linklaters is an established name in Paris whose abilities are also noted in the wider European market. He is viewed as "a very experienced international arbitration lawyer with extremely good judgement." He has varied arbitration experience ranging from M&A and construction disputes to telecoms and energy.

The “thoroughly impressive” Nicholas Fletcher QC "has made a great name for himself” and joins 4 New Square as an independent arbitrator. He has practised international arbitration for many years at leading international law firms and has wide experience of disputes spanning construction, financing and technology.

Clients appreciate Patricia Nacimiento of Norton Rose Fulbright for her "practical way of working" and value her experience of investment arbitrations. She is based in Frankfurt and regularly appears in multi-jurisdictional cases before the SCC and other arbitral bodies. She acts for both states and investors.

Siegfried Elsing of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is renowned as an exceptional arbitrator and regularly accepts appointments in major European cases. "He has natural authority, excellent language skills and is very firm without being formalistic. Simply, he is very good at what he does," explains one commentator. He co-heads the international arbitration practice from Düsseldorf and has particular experience of M&A and gas pricing disputes.

"Thorough and precise," Laurent Jaeger of Orrick Rambaud Martel is highly respected as a counsel in European arbitration matters. Based in Paris, he focuses on commercial disputes and has experience of the natural resources, transport and automotive industries.

Charles Kaplan of Orrick Rambaud Martel is an established figure in the Paris market who is well known across Europe for his expertise in gas price reviews. He is qualified in England and France and is highly prized by clients for his commercial insight and dedication. His experience also includes international joint ventures, construction projects and shareholder disputes.

The "dynamic" Paolo Michele Patocchi joins the Europe-wide list of arbitrators to reflect his importance in the market. He is a talented arbitrator who is in high demand for international cases seated in Europe. "He has the most brilliant mind, is ultra fast and very thorough," enthuses one source. He left Lenz & Staehelin to establish Patocchi & Marzolini, a boutique focusing on arbitrator work.

Paris-based Pierre Mayer recently left Dechert to set up as a sole practitioner. He is highly respected as an arbitrator and described by sources as "one of France's leading arbitration authorities." He presides over arbitrations under ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL rules and has notable experience of pharma and energy disputes. Private international law is another field of expertise.

Genoa-based Sergio Maria Carbone of Studio Carbone acts as chairman, sole arbitrator and tribunal member in international ad hoc and institutional proceedings. He has great standing in Europe and "is one of the really top Italian arbitrators and very involved in international matters," according to sources. 

Geneva-based Pierre-Yves Tschanz of Tavernier Tschanz is one of the top names in arbitration in Switzerland and often sits as an arbitrator in major ICC and ICSID proceedings. He is also a respected counsel and acted for Çukurova Holding in a USD2 billion shareholder dispute with TeliaSonera. "You consistently see him on the biggest cases," confirms a source. 

Piero Bernardini of Ughi e Nunziante - Studio Legale is an established arbitrator and academic with much experience of international arbitration under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He is based in Rome and is well known throughout Europe as a top arbitrator.

Pierre Tercier of Université de Fribourg is a seasoned Swiss arbitrator who is well known for handling high-value European cases alongside his academic career. He has long-standing experience of commercial and investment arbitrations under the various institutional rules.

Brigitte Stern of Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) is a distinguished arbitrator and academic in the international arbitration community. Based in Paris, she is much respected in Europe and internationally for her experience of investment arbitrations and PIL.

Bernard Audit of Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) is a distinguished arbitrator and academic who has presided over many international cases. He has experience of proceedings under the rules of the ICC, ICSID and French Arbitration Association.

"Brilliant and shrewd" Ibrahim Fadlallah of Université de Paris X (Nanterre) is a distinguished arbitrator and academic with many years' experience of arbitrations under the aegis of the ICC, ICSID and French Arbitration Association. He remains an excellent choice for substantial European cases.

Christer Söderlund of Advokatfirman Vinge KB has vast experience of arbitrations concerning Russia and the CIS countries, especially oil and gas disputes. Based in Stockholm, he is one of Sweden's premier arbitrators and regularly hears major European cases in ad hoc and institutional proceedings.

Robert Volterra of Volterra Fietta is renowned for his expertise in PIL and investment treaty arbitration and regularly appears in proceedings before ICSID, SCC and ICC. One highlight is advising O-I in a USD1 billion ICSID case against Venezuela relating to the appropriation of industrial plants. He acts for states and investors and is located in London.

Juliet Blanch of Weil, Gotshal & Manges is a popular figure in the London international arbitration community and is praised by clients for her advocacy and people skills. "She was great; she could read the faces of each of the arbitrators and was really helpful," reports one source. Blanch has extensive experience of gas price disputes and co-chairs the firm's global international arbitration practice.

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