Dispute Resolution: Global-wide
THE FIRM This exceptional firm maintains its outstanding reputation across the globe, and its offices regularly work together on international dispute resolution matters. It has a strong presence in Western Europe and Asia, with offices in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Vietnam. The London and Berlin offices represented Siemens in High Court proceedings in relation to an order of high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel by Eurostar International - the injunction was sought by Alstom Transport and was eventually rejected. Work highlights in arbitration include the offices in New York, Washington, DC, London and Paris combining their efforts in order successfully to defend three separate arbitrations, worth USD17 billion, on behalf of the Republic of Turkey.
Sources say: "They have an extensive global practice." "Very talented lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Integral members of the London office include Constantine Partasides, Nigel Rawding and Paul Bowden. Noah Rubins and Peter Turner are highly respected figures in the Paris office, while Enrico Castellani leads the dispute resolution practice in Milan.
THE FIRM This excellent US firm has a far-reaching nationwide presence, with expertise in New York, California, Washington, DC and Illinois, as well as a highly-regarded UK practice. Important cases for the practice include representing certain members of the family of YC Wang in a number of litigations in the US involving disputes over YC Wang's estate, as well as representing Indiabulls Financial Services in a series of parallel enforcement proceedings in New York, London and New Delhi. The firm also works with additional top multinational clients such as BNP Paribas, Traffic Sports International and Castle Harlan.
Sources say: "They have a terrific international arbitration practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Garfinkel, John Gardiner, George Zimmerman and Marco Schnabl are key members of the firm's New York Office. Michele Roberts specialises in litigation from her base in Washington, DC, while Hong Kong-based Paul Mitchard QC is another recognised figure in the field of international dispute resolution.
THE FIRM This global practice is a major player in litigation and international arbitration cases, with a formidable reputation that is highlighted by its strong standing across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It is particularly impressive in European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, and in Asia it has a considerable presence in China and India. Highlights include representing Novartis, a high-profile pharmaceutical company, in a cross-border patent dispute with MedImmune, as well as advising as international counsel on dispute resolution provisions for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and associated developments.
Sources say: "A fine firm with a fine litigation practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Matthew Gearing in Hong Kong, Frankfurt's Daniel Busse and Brussels-based Koen Van den Broeck are key contacts at the firm. Arnold Croiset van Uchele in Amsterdam and London-based Tim House and Judith Gill are also major components of the firm's success.
THE FIRM This firm has a highly impressive international network of offices, enabling it to assist a wide range of leading clients on dispute resolution work. It has established a tremendous reputation across Europe and Asia, which is supported by an extensive portfolio of work in countries such as Russia, Thailand and China. It successfully represented Bangkok Airways in a THB117 million house and land tax assessment imposed on its property fund by the Koh Samui Municipality, and also secured a USD200 million victory involving a very large-scale offshore oil project on behalf of Petrobras and Barracuda & Caratinga Leasing Company. It also works with several other top international clients including Pilgrim's Pride, Wal-Mart and Pfizer.
Sources say: "They have very good international breadth."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Seib leads the firm's global dispute resolution practice and is based in Hong Kong, while Chicago-based Richard Franklin is head of the North American litigation practice. Grant Hanessian co-chairs the international arbitration practice from New York, along with Frankfurt-based Guenter Pickrahn, who is also head of the Europe and Middle East dispute resolution practice. Mini vandePol leads the Asia Pacific dispute resolution practice and works from the Melbourne office.
THE FIRM This highly regarded firm has strong capabilities in the USA, and its presence is also strongly felt in Europe. Its offices in New York, Paris and Rome are particularly renowned, and it also has a respected global arbitration practice. Recent highlights for the firm include the continued representation of a number of global financial institutions including HSBC, Citigroup Global Markets and BNP Paribas in a major bankruptcy litigation arising from the Madoff investment scandal and bankruptcy of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities, with the cases spanning a number of countries including the UK, Italy and Bermuda. It also played a leading role in Nortel's cross-border insolvency proceedings, helping it to raise more than USD7.5 billion through eight cross-border sales.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Rome's Ferdinando Emanuele is a highly respected partner at the firm, along with Jonathan Blackman who is based in the London office. Key figures in Paris include Jean-Yves Garaud and Claudia Annacker, while Mitchell Lowenthal and David Brodsky both practise in New York.
THE FIRM This practice has an enviable reputation in a number of major jurisdictions, with an especially strong standing across both Europe and Asia and a developing presence in the USA. It is noted for its expertise in the UK, Spain, Russia and China, and its offices combine forces on a regular basis to address a broad range of dispute resolution matters. Highlights include acting for the Russian company Promneftstroy on an ongoing international case in the legal aftermath of the bankruptcy of Yukos Oil, involving its offices in Moscow, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Washington, DC. It also acts for Standard & Poor's on a range of regulatory and litigation issues, as well as advising the trustee arm of HSBC on a USD90 million claim in London against a Ukrainian bank under a guarantee.
Sources say: "A strong global practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeremy Sandelson is based in London and leads the global litigation practice, while Amsterdam-based Jeroen Ouwehand heads the Continental Europe group. Nicholas Munday in Moscow is head of the Eastern Europe team, Dubai's Graham Lovett is in charge in the Middle East, Hong Kong-based Martin Rogers leads the Asia team, and David DiBari heads the Americas group from Washington, DC.
THE FIRM This firm has a very distinguished litigation practice based in its London office, dealing with a broad range of disputes in cross-border cases for top international clients. It also has solid experience across the rest of Europe. As well as this, the firm has very strong links in Asia, with particular prominence in countries such as China, Thailand, Japan and India. Recent highlights for the London office include representing Financial Guarantee Insurance Company in a USD200 million fraud claim against a German bank in the Commercial Court, while its Moscow office advised IKEA on a major case brought against it in a Russian court for nearly USD1 billion.
Sources say: "They are great. They're very responsive and know our business well, and are willing to be flexible with billing."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sonya Leydecker is based in London and leads the firm's global dispute resolution practice, and Ted Greeno is another key lawyer in that office. Hong Kong's Gavin Lewis leads the Asia group and Mark Johnson, also based in Hong Kong, is highly experienced in dispute resolution matters. Moscow-based Dmitry Kurochkin is in charge of the Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa dispute resolution practice, and Charles Kaplan, based in Paris, is also well-regarded for his work in international arbitration.
THE FIRM Hogan Lovells offers strong expertise in dispute resolution matters across the globe, handling high-profile cases in the USA, Asia and Western and Eastern Europe. Its US branch represented a trio of nuclear utilities in a long-running contract dispute with the federal government, in which the nuclear utilities in question were awarded approximately USD160 million. It also assisted British American Tobacco with the first class action filed in Italy against the tobacco industry by CODACONS and three former smokers. Other key international clients include SABMiller, IBM and Honeywell.
KEY INDIVIDUALS London's Patrick Sherrington and Baltimore-based Stephen Immelt both lead the firm's global litigation, arbitration and employment practice. Volker Triebel is based in Dusseldorf and specialises in domestic and international arbitration, while Allan Leung and Mark Lin are integral members of the Hong Kong office. Thomas Rouhette is based in Paris and noted for his litigation work.
THE FIRM With impressive teams situated in countries such as the UK, Belgium, Portugal and Luxembourg, this practice is very strongly positioned in Europe. It also has a notable presence in China, handling a wide range of disputes for internationally renowned clients. Work highlights for the London office include representing Standard Chartered Bank in its claims for sums due under two oil derivative hedging transactions, which were entered into with the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Company in Sri Lanka. The firm also has an extensive collection of clients related to international arbitration matters such as MasterCard, ING and the Republic of Poland.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Marc Harvey leads the global litigation practice and is based in Hong Kong. Important members of the Brussels office include Johan Verbist, Françoise Lefèvre and Joost Verlinden, while Christa Band and John Turnbull are key partners of the London office.
THE FIRM This firm stands out for its exceptional team in New York, which is actively involved in a number of high-profile litigations and arbitrations. This includes lawyers from both the New York and Washington, DC offices representing BP in derivative, securities fraud and ERISA litigation arising out of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and ensuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The practice also obtained the dismissal of a long-running market manipulation lawsuit brought by Overstock.com against the client Goldman Sachs and several other prime brokers in California Superior Court. The firm advises several other major international names, such as JPMorgan Chase, Standard Chartered Bank and Microsoft.
Sources say: "They have a very good US team and do a lot of work for major financial institutions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Braff, Robert Giuffra and Richard Pepperman are key lawyers in the firm's New York office, particularly in litigation matters. Joseph Neuhaus has expertise in arbitration cases, Gandolfo DiBlasi specialises in securities-related litigation, and Karen Seymour is known for her litigation work in white-collar crime and investigations.
THE FIRM White & Case's international reputation is supported by its strong showing in Europe, Asia and the USA, where it offers excellent litigation and arbitration services across a wide range of sectors. Its substantial caseload includes representing Cukurova Holding in a long-running dispute with Russia's Alfa Group concerning the ownership of a controlling shareholding in Turkcell Iletisim, as well as advising Hungarian Volksbank on a USD75 million damages claim initiated against it in connection with a Russian oil delivery contract. The firm's global profile is also boosted by its involvement with other high-profile clients, such as Pfizer, Toshiba and Novartis.
KEY INDIVIDUALS New York-based Glenn Kurtz is the chair of the firm's global commercial litigation practice, with David Hille of the same office leading the Americas disputes group. Budapest's István Réczicza is head of the CEE disputes team, while John Willems is based in Paris and leads the Western Europe, Middle East and Africa group. Christian Wirth leads the Germany disputes team from the firm's Berlin office, and Warsaw-based Pawel Pietkiewicz is a highly respected figure in the disputes field.
THE FIRM This practice has a long-standing presence in the USA, with an outstanding New York office and an impressive list of internationally recognised clients. Key cases include representing Novartis Pharmaceuticals in a consolidated class action wage-and-hour lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by current and former Novartis sales representatives. It is also national co-ordinating counsel for JPMorgan Chase's residential mortgage-backed securities litigation, and works with other notable clients such as Morgan Stanley, Barnes & Noble and Alcoa.
Sources say: "They have a high-quality New York practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Evan Chesler and Richard Clary are widely renowned trial lawyers based in the firm's New York office. Other important figures of the firm include Robert Baron and Sandra Goldstein, who are also based in New York.
THE FIRM This New York firm continues to demonstrate its excellence in dispute resolution matters, acting for such major names as Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Comcast in a broad range of high-profile cases. The team successfully had Hyundai Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, dropped from the federal multi-district litigation arising out of the Gulf oil spill, with no liability and no payment of settlement. It also recently won the dismissal of a USD20 million malpractice lawsuit against Paul Hastings over a failed property investment deal for an office building in Manhattan.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Carey Dunne and James Rouhandeh lead the firm's litigation department. They are joined by key members Michael Carroll and Dennis Glazer, as well as securities lawyer Lawrence Portnoy and white-collar specialist Scott Muller. All are part of the team in New York.
THE FIRM This firm holds a very strong position in Europe, and is widely recognised for its work in international arbitration matters. Its offices in London and New York receive particular praise, and it also has expertise in India and Latin America. Work highlights include representing two investment funds in a series of disputes relating to an investment in a restructured Brazilian consumer products business. The firm's London office has also been involved in several high-profile arbitration cases, such as representing Suzuki as claimant in consolidated ICC London arbitration proceedings against Volkswagen. Other standout clients include Barrick Gold, Aditya Birla and BCB Holdings.
Sources say: "They have a very strong dispute resolution practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS New York-based Donald Donovan and David Rivkin both specialise in arbitration issues. They are joined in the office by Andrew Ceresney and Bruce Yannett, as well as general commercial litigation lawyers Mary Jo White and John Kiernan. Peter Goldsmith is a key member of the London office.
THE FIRM Jones Day is noted for its widespread global reach, which extends across a number of major areas in the USA, Asia and Europe. It has prominent teams in California, Illinois, New York and London, as well as expertise in jurisdictions such as France, China and Taiwan. Key highlights for the London office include advising Texas Keystone on a case concerning concession rights in Iraqi Kurdistan, and that team has also worked with other top clients such as Proctor and Gamble, Standard Bank and ESO Capital. Recently, the New York team successfully defended TalentWise Solutions and its employee in a preliminary injunction matter that sought to enforce a purported non-competition agreement to prevent the employee from working for the company.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Bühler and Sigvard Jarvin are two recognised arbitration lawyers based in Paris, while white-collar specialist Stephen Sozio is based in the firm's Cleveland office. Chicago-based Daniel Reidy and Boston's John Hanify are also key partners of the firm, and Craig Shuttleworth leads the department in the London office.
THE FIRM This practice is renowned for its extensive global network, with teams in New York, Illinois, California, Germany and France standing out in dispute resolution matters. Key work mandates include representing Ernst & Young in multidistrict proceedings centralised in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York, related to the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The firm also acted for Lundbeck in antitrust lawsuits filed by the US Federal Trade Commission and the State of Minnesota, which challenged its acquisition of an exclusive licence to manufacture and sell NeoProfen. Other clients represented by the firm include Electronic Arts, Deutsche Bank and Monsanto.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Chicago-based Sean Berkowitz is global chair of the litigation department. Washington, DC's Doug Greenburg, San Francisco's James Lynch, Brussels-based Javier Ruiz Calzado and Chicago's Mary Rose Alexander serve as vice-chairs of the practice.
THE FIRM This firm is a key player in the USA, and its New York group regularly works with top international names on a variety of dispute resolution issues. Its clients include Apollo, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank and Deloitte & Touche, with matters ranging from white-collar crime to securities disputes. The team secured a major victory for Citi against the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, arising from the latter asserting claims for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty.
Sources say: "They have a global reputation and are very good in New York."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Theodore Wells is widely known as a leading litigation lawyer, with Martin Flumenbaum another key member of the firm. Brad Karp, Richard Rosen and Daniel Kramer are specialists in securities litigation, while Mark Pomerantz has expertise in white-collar crime and investigations work. All of these partners are based in the firm's New York office.
THE FIRM With an outstanding team in New York and an admirable client base that includes such leading names as Equitas, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and The Blackstone Group, this US heavyweight is internationally recognised for its experience in litigation and arbitration. It successfully defended JPMorgan Chase in three arbitrations brought by large institutional issuers and holders of auction rate securities, with one of the claimants seeking more than USD100 million. It also received full relief for a Bank of America affiliate on its claim for approximately USD146 million for breach of contract.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The New York team has a wealth of experience, with Robert Smit, Barry Ostrager, Bruce Angiolillo, Paul Curnin, Jonathan Youngwood and Mark Stein all key members of the practice.
THE FIRM This firm enjoys an excellent reputation for its litigation work, which spans Europe, Asia and the USA, with a solid presence in areas such as China, Illinois, Vietnam and the UK. Highlights for the Illinois office include securing a major victory for Mayo Collaborative Services, when the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that patents Mayo had been accused of infringing were invalid. The firm's London office also works with a range of noteworthy clients such as HSBC, Ernst & Young and UBS, and clients represented by the Hong Kong office include Standard Bank, Li & Fung and Cathay Pacific Airways.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Key contacts in the Hong Kong office include department head Thomas So, Jacob Tse and Bill Amos. Michael Lackey is based in Washington, DC and specialises in e-discovery matters, while Ian McDonald is head of the commercial dispute resolution practice in London.
THE FIRM This international practice covers a broad range of countries, particularly across Europe and Asia, and has an established reputation in the UK, China, India, Thailand and Venezuela. Key work mandates for the firm include a multi-jurisdictional team acting for Costamare and its insurer, The Swedish Club, on the grounding of the container ship MV Rena off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand. In addition it advised the Republic of Kazakhstan on a USD4 billion Energy Charter Treaty claim brought against it by Moldovan, Romanian and UK investors, in relation to the alleged expropriation of significant investments in the oil and gas industry. It also maintains an active involvement with a number of other major corporations and financial institutions, such as HSBC, Citi and BP.
Sources say: "They produce very high-quality work. They are keen to expand and seem to be doing so quickly."
KEY INDIVIDUALS London-based Deirdre Walker is global head of the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice. Dubai's Patrick Bourke is a key contact for the Middle East, while Michael Hart is an important partner of the Johannesburg office. Other notable members of the firm include Singapore's Guy Spooner, Athens-based Marie Kelly and Toronto's Alan Mark.
THE FIRM This firm is a very strong performer in international arbitration, especially across Europe and Latin America, and also has a famed litigation practice in such areas as New York and Germany. Its international arbitration cases include representing the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria as respondent in an UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by Orascom Telecom, relating to alleged breaches of the Algeria-Egypt bilateral investment treaty in connection with the operation of a mobile telephone company in Algeria. Other notable clients in arbitration matters include Dow Chemical Company, Sonatrach and GML.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Key partners in the Paris office include Emmanuel Gaillard, Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, Philippe Pinsolle and Yas Banifatemi, while Frankfurt's Richard Kreindler is another important member of the firm.
THE FIRM This practice's global presence is underpinned by its exceptional London team, which deals with a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration work for various internationally recognised clients. Significant case highlights include advising Olympus on an ongoing investigation by the UK's Serious Fraud Office into various transactions entered into by the corporation. The team also works with the likes of British Airways, Cable & Wireless, Alliance Bank and Royal Mail.
Sources say: "They are a quality firm with an excellent team of lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Clark is based in London and leads the dispute resolution group. Other key lawyers include Nick Archer, Elizabeth Barrett, Deborah Finkler and Sarah Lee.
THE FIRM This firm has strong global capabilities, with a notable presence in New York, Illinois, France and the Czech Republic. It won a highly publicised USD170 million jury verdict in patent litigation for General Electric against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as well as representing the NFL Players Association in an antitrust case, obtaining a preliminary injunction against a 'lockout' of NFL players. It also has a host of other world-renowned clients to its name including Deutsche Bank, Kaupthing, Ryanair and American International Group.
KEY INDIVIDUALS New York-based David Lender and James Quinn co-chair the firm's global litigation department. London's Juliet Blanch is head of the international dispute resolution practice, while Didier Malka is an important partner of the Paris office. Key members of the Prague office include Karolína Horáková and Roman Vojta.
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