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Clifford Chance LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 consultant
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant player in the London PIL market, with an impressive client roster of energy and natural resources companies, as well as international organisations. Undertakes high-value investor-state disputes, as well as advising on issues of state and diplomatic immunity. Has strong expertise in the areas of international sanction regimes and human rights in business. Also advises on inter-governmental agreements and sovereignty issues.

Strengths Sources say: "This is a firm with a strong team of lawyers who are leaders in their fields of expertise and who work well as a team."

Notable practitioners

Audley Sheppard QC enjoys a leading reputation for his work in international arbitrations, including assisting investors in investor-state disputes. He regularly acts for investors in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claims against sovereign states that include Kenya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, to name a few. Sources label him "very strong" in this field.

Rae Lindsay is a leader in the field of PIL with broad experience in sanctions, state immunity and human rights in business. Her clients include government agencies, financial service providers and corporations. Sources say: "One of her particular strengths is sanctions, which requires corporate law and public law abilities. She has the brain power to be really good at both."

Previously a legal assistant to the FCO, Jessica Gladstone is "highly qualified" to advise clients on a broad range of public international law issues, including multilateral treaties. She has experience advising sovereign states on the implications of treaty obligations.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Celebrated for its breadth of expertise in the public international law market, covering a range of issues, including investment treaty claims, serious diplomatic issues, boundary concerns and international human rights matters. Experienced acting for NGOs, governments, companies, prominent individuals and charities. Often conducts advocacy before domestic and foreign courts as well as international arbitral tribunals. Regularly acts in Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations and those under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Also prepares submissions to the UN and the ECHR.

Strengths Clients recommend the team for "its expertise and extensive knowledge in the fields of public international law, the UN and EU law."

Sources say: "It's an excellent firm with great global reach and depth of talent."

Work highlights Represented The Nova Group in an ICSID claim against the Romanian government in respect of the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of relevant BIT protections.

Prepared a submission and advocacy brief on behalf of the Centre for Reproductive Rights to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The submission concerns El Salvador’s international legal obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in respect of its anti-abortion legislation.

Significant clients Shell, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Social and Economic Rights Action Centre.

Notable practitioners

Former UK Attorney General Peter Goldsmith QC is a well-known name in investor-state arbitration and public international law more generally. His broad practice sees him advise sovereign states, corporate clients and NGOs on states' obligations under international law. Sources say: "He is a great advocate and tactician, with an enormous capacity to get across details. He is also very responsive."

Aimee-Jane Lee has a growing reputation for advising on international treaty interpretation and investor-state disputes. She has prepared submissions before major international bodies including the UN and the ECHR. Sources say she "has a rich experience in international investment arbitrations and is quick to spot the key issues."

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Debevoise’s European team includes one of the world’s leading public international law practices.

In Europe, the profile, volume and wide range of mandates undertaken by the public international law team, comprised of specialists in London and Paris, make it one of the most prominent practices in the world. The group advises sovereigns, multinationals, corporates, high-profile individuals, leading political figures and international organizations.

The team is unique in the market, made up of lawyers with backgrounds geared directly towards resolving complex public international law disputes. The team has wide prior experience at the most senior levels of business, government, the diplomatic service and international organizations. The team is led by Lord Goldsmith QC, former UK Attorney General, and includes two former government Foreign Office legal advisers and former law clerks in the International Court of Justice. Senior members regularly lecture on public international law, and are approached to speak and comment on evolving political-legal crises.

The team also includes a deep bench of experienced practitioners who have successfully acted in cases before the ICJ, the International Criminal Court, the ECHR, ICTY, ICTR and SCSL, and extensively before arbitral tribunals around the world.

The perspectives gained through these experiences enable the team to assist in the highest-level diplomatic and political negotiations.

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Volterra Fietta - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known public international law boutique handling an impressive range of investor-related and interstate work. Particularly active advising sovereign states and investors on claims arising under BITs and commercial agreements to which a state is party. Significant experience advising on disputes concerning the alleged expropriation of industrial assets and of assets in the financial sector. Provides advice on interstate matters including boundary disputes and the law of the sea, as well as advising states on treaty obligations.

Strengths Sources report: "They are a first-class firm for anything involving public international law, including investment treaty disputes."

Market insiders say: "The firm is filled with highly educated individuals who all seem to work seamlessly as a team."

Work highlights Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria as respondent in a high-value ICSID arbitration under the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act, involving allegations of denial of justice and expropriation in connection with a Nigerian-incorporated oil company.

Acted for the government of Barbados as respondent in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Barbados-Canada BIT. This involved allegations of breach of fair and equitable treatment and expropriation obligations, relating to environmental measures allegedly affecting the pursuit of an eco-tourism venture.

Significant clients Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United States of America, Koch Industries, OI European Group, Owens-Illinois de Venezuela.

Notable practitioners

Robert Volterra is a celebrated PIL practitioner with extensive experience advising sovereign states on a broad range of issues including boundary disputes, treaty law and interpretation, diplomatic immunity and state responsibility. His clients say: "He is exceptional and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of PIL. His client service is unparalleled."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its stellar track record in representing sovereign states and corporates in high-value investment treaty disputes. Considerable experience carrying out its own advocacy before courts and tribunals. Also adept at handling a number of other public international law matters, such as Energy Charter Treaty claims, WTO cases, sovereign immunity concerns and international treaty drafting and negotiation. Has particular expertise acting for clients in the USA, Africa, Ukraine and CIS countries.

Strengths Market sources say: "They are a Rolls-Royce outfit. They do a great job in high-value cases in this field."

Sources report the team is "super-efficient and very much attuned to the client."

Work highlights Acted for COMADER, a major Moroccan trade association, in a successful application to the High Court to join UK judicial review proceedings as an interested party, in proceedings challenging the lawfulness of an EU-Morocco trade agreement.

Acted on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in defending two parallel investment treaty claims under the UNCITRAL rules. Progas Group of Companies and a former Minister of Finance of Iraq had claimed damages of USD575 million for the alleged expropriation interests in a Pakistani company.

Significant clients Sultanate of Oman, UniCredit, RREEF Infrastructure, Masdar, Antin Infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Sullivan advises on the interpretation of international law and treaties. He also represents both states and investors in investment treaty cases under a range of the leading institutional rules. He possesses particular experience in arbitrations under the ECT. Clients say he "displays an excellent tactical mind, a high level of client commitment and an impressive ability to grasp complicated, nuanced matters very quickly."

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Cooley LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely praised for its breadth of expertise in the public international law arena, focusing on state-to-state disputes before the ICJ, as well as international boundary, land and maritime disputes. Also noted for its expertise in sovereign immunity matters. Experienced assisting states in connection with corruption concerns, including the enforcement of the UN Convention Against Corruption. Client roster includes governmental bodies, corporate clients and NGOs.

Work highlights Advised the Federal Government of Nigeria on sovereign immunity issues arising from the attempted enforcement in England of a substantial Nigerian judgment against the government.

Advised the National Boundary Commission of Nigeria on the implementation of the 2002 ICJ judgment concerning the boundary dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon. Issues remain as to oil deposits straddling the maritime boundary.

Significant clients Government of Turks and Caicos Islands.

Notable practitioners

James Maton advises corporate clients, governmental bodies and NGOs on asset recovery and corruption issues. He also has experience advising on interstate dispute avoidance.

Consultant Timothy Daniel has unparalleled expertise in land and maritime boundary disputes in Africa and has advised numerous states on these issues. He has a well-established and highly regarded practice representing states before numerous international courts and tribunals including The Hague and the ICJ. Market sources comment that "he's someone that everyone respects."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 counsel
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its public international law work in Latin America, the Middle East and, more recently, Africa and India. Highly experienced in advising on interstate and investor-state disputes, and often sought after for its expertise in international human rights matters, especially those affecting businesses. Also known for its pro bono contribution to various NGOs and other human rights organisations. Experienced appearing before a range of international courts and tribunals including the ECHR and the ICJ.

Strengths Clients say: "They were user-friendly and quick to respond. They were able to explain their thoroughly reasoned positions well to a client who is not an expert in the field."

Work highlights Acted for the charity AIRE Centre as intervener in a case concerning the treatment of domestic staff at embassies in London, and the applicability of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to override state immunity bars to suit. The Court of Appeal found, in agreement with the firm's arguments, that relevant provisions of the UK State Immunity Act should be disapplied pursuant to the EU Charter.

Represented Anglo American in a BIT arbitration against the Venezuelan government under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules. Anglo American's claims are that Venezuela expropriated a number of its ferronickel processing assets, and refused to issue tax credits to which Anglo American’s local subsidiary was entitled.

Significant clients Beijing Urban Construction Group, Republic of Chile, Crescent Petroleum, Deutsche Telekom, Human Dignity Trust.

Notable practitioners

William Thomas joined the firm from Eversheds' Paris office, and is reported by commentators to be an "excellent addition to the team." He is well regarded for his work in investor-state disputes.

Sylvia Noury is a highly regarded practitioner for investment-treaty disputes, particularly those arising out of Africa and Latin America. She also possesses expertise on PIL issues including treaty interpretation and advice, state responsibility and sanctions. Clients say she "exhibits deep knowledge of the field."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Talented team with expertise in handling high-value investment treaty and ECT arbitrations. Possesses a wealth of experience in representing both states and companies, with recent work including disputes arising in the telecommunications, construction, infrastructure, energy and mining industries. Experienced at acting in investment treaty arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID and UNCITRAL, among others.

Strengths Clients say this is "a powerful boutique litigation firm with a reputation for going the extra mile for their client."

Commentators note that the firm "possesses some of the strongest individuals for investor-state disputes."

Work highlights Represented Ukraine’s largest state-owned commercial bank, Oschadbank, in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against the Russian Federation. The claim was brought under the Ukraine-Russia BIT and concerns Oschadbank's claim for the recovery of investments lost in Crimea due to Russia's annexation of the region in 2014.

Represented Abed El Jaouni and his Lebanese aviation company Imperial Holding in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Lebanese Republic. He contends that Lebanon drove his business out of the market in favour of the incumbent and politically connected national airline of Lebanon. The matter is valued at USD1.2 billion.

Significant clients Dubai Ports World, Imperial Holding SAL, Captain Ossama Al-Sharif, Spentex Netherlands, WNC Factoring.

Notable practitioners

Epaminontas Triantafilou has a growing reputation in investment treaty cases, with one source commenting: "His advocacy was fantastic: it was a very well-formulated case and he just ripped apart the opposing counsel." He is an experienced advocate who has garnered recognition in the PIL space for representing corporations and sovereign governments in arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.

Stephen Jagusch QC is held in high regard for his work advising international organisations and sovereign states on investment treaty arbitrations. His clients note he is "very bright," with other market sources commenting: "He is a great guy and a great lawyer."

Anthony Sinclair is "very highly regarded" by the market for work advising on the interpretation and application of bilateral and multilateral treaties, including the ECT. Market sources report he is "a very astute and commercially savvy operator with particular expertise in investment treaty matters."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
-6 partners
- 3 counsel
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished for its stellar track record acting on behalf of governments and investors in high-profile investor-state disputes under BITs and the ECT. Possesses expertise in handling all stages of an ICSID arbitration, including arbitration proceedings, annulment and revision proceedings. Increasing profile in interstate claims, including disputes over territory and natural resources. Also advises corporates on compliance with international sanctions regimes.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "excellent knowledge of arbitration procedures."

Work highlights Advised the Republic of South Sudan on international law issues arising from its secession to form a new, independent country in July 2011. Represented South Sudan in negotiations with foreign oil companies holding concession interests, under contracts signed with Republic of Sudan, in what is now South Sudanese territory.

Secured a victory for shareholders of Devas Multimedia Private in an UNCITRAL arbitration against the Republic of India brought pursuant to the Mauritius-India BIT.

Significant clients Vodafone, Republic of Cyprus, NextEra, Crédit Agricole CIB.

Notable practitioners

Karyl Nairn QC acts for corporations and sovereign states in investment treaty arbitrations concerning a range of industries such as oil and gas, banking and commodities. Sources report that she is a "strong practitioner in this area."

David Herlihy focuses his practice on public international law issues arising from investment treaty arbitrations. In his recent work he has represented both investors and sovereign states on a range of ICSID arbitration claims pursuant to BITs.

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Skadden's London-based Public International Law practice is part of its European international disputes practice, which is clearly established as one of Europe's premier disputes practices. Our PIL expertise derives from three key areas- (i) the firm's premier investment treaty arbitration practice, (ii) its international law advisory work, including advice on international human rights law for international organisations such as the UN, and (iii) its internationally recognised sanctions practice.

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Three Crowns LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist arbitration boutique with a strong pedigree in public international law matters. Fields a bench of highly esteemed practitioners in this area, with experience advising on investor-state disputes arising from expropriation of assets, cancellation of concessions and licences, and the imposition of tax liabilities. Particularly active representing clients in the extractive industries, as well as the construction sector. Also advises corporates on the impact of boundary disputes on their operations.

Work highlights Represented ConocoPhillips in an ICC arbitration against PDVSA. The dispute relates to the alleged expropriation of ConocoPhillips interests in two major heavy-oil projects in the Orinoco belt.

Advised Gas Natural on an ICC arbitration worth USD500 million. This was relating to a liquefaction plant in Egypt which had been affected by political disruption with ramifications for downstream buyers and sellers.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Sultanate of Oman, American Express, BP, Dana Gas.

Notable practitioners

Constantine Partasides QC acts for clients in investor-state arbitrations, including disputes arising out of commercial contracts to which a state is party. He has substantial experience advising clients in the energy sector.

Gaëtan Verhoosel is well regarded in the market. He has a robust practice acting for clients in investment treaty arbitrations arising in the energy, mining and construction industries.

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Baker Botts UK LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished team of public international lawyers representing clients in high-profile investment treaty disputes. Particular expertise in the energy and natural resources sphere. Regularly instructed on claims arising in Latin America, Russia and Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa. Also provides sanctions advice to corporate clients.

Strengths The team provides "impeccable client service and legal advice," according to clients.

One client comments: "They are client-oriented, and have some of the best lawyers we have worked with."

Notable practitioners

Alejandro Escobar is known by sources to be "an effective lawyer who is an expert in PIL." He has significant experience advising on investor-state disputes under bilateral treaties, particularly for clients in the energy sector.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Public international law practice covering a range of matters, including state immunity and advice on treaty obligations. Particularly active in the area of investor-state claims, acting on behalf of governments and investors in high-value matters. Advises clients in the energy, construction and financial services sectors, as well as sovereign states.

Work highlights Acted for a European energy company, Naftiran Intertrade Company, on its defence of enforcement proceedings in the English courts in respect of a London-seat award worth USD7 million.

Significant clients Republic of India, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Iran, Republic of Slovenia.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Leach heads the firm's international arbitration practice and acts for states and investors in investment treaty cases. Clients say he is "an experienced and impressive lawyer" and appreciate his "excellent analysis of facts and legal issues."

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Fietta LLP - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm specialising in investment arbitrations and public international law. Has expertise in advising states and international organisations on investor-state disputes, especially those governed by investment treaties.

Strengths Clients say: "They are an experienced law firm in the PIL field. They are very accurate in what they do, and they are very aware of international law and arbitration procedure."

One source comments: "They are an exceptional bunch of individuals - they had an amazing grasp of the details and memory for the facts and figures. They had a very detailed grasp of a complicated case."

Work highlights Advising CARICOM in connection with its investment treaty framework and investment code.

Represented a number of claimants, including City-State NV, in an ICSID arbitration against Ukraine brought under the Netherlands-Ukraine BIT. The dispute concerns allegations that Ukraine failed to protect the claimants’ investment in a Ukrainian bank from illegal asset-stripping by a Ukrainian oligarch.

Significant clients Theodoros Adamakopoulos, CARICOM, Progas Energy, Mr Ali Allawi, Mr Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Fietta is a highly regarded practitioner in the PIL space. He has appeared in numerous international courts and tribunals including the ICJ, the ECHR and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Sources say: "He is a world-leading public international law practitioner and an unflappable advocate. His cross-examination is meticulous, thorough and thoughtful."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected for its work assisting multinational organisations, state-owned entities and states with the full range of public international law matters. Work includes state-to-state disputes, representations before the ICJ, advice on the implications of international developments and the law, and maritime boundary claims, as well as treaty negotiations. In addition, the practice is particularly well known for its investment treaty expertise, representing states and investors in disputes under the auspices of ICSID and other prominent institutions. Recent work includes advising financial services and energy clients.

Strengths Clients say: "The client service that they provide is outstanding."

Work highlights Advised United Utilities and AS Tallinna Vesi in a high-value investment treaty claim against Estonia brought under the Netherlands-Estonia BIT.

Advised a major Asian energy company in relation to potential BIT and commercial arbitrations concerning its investments in a major oil field in the Middle East. Also advising on the effect on international sanctions on its ability to recover damages in arbitration.

Significant clients International Seabed Authority, Standard Chartered Bank, BP, Kingdom of Spain, ACP Axos Capital.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cannon is a key contact in this area.

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Hogan Lovells - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Concentrates on investment treaty arbitrations. Experienced in representing international clients, primarily from CEE as well as Central and South-East Asia. Expertise spans a variety of industries, including media, construction, health, financial services, energy and natural resources. Experienced appearing before a number of international courts and tribunals including the ECHR.

Work highlights Represented the Libyan Investment Authority and its subsidiaries in relation to a range of issues arising from the dispute over the control of state institutions in Libya as a result of the current political crisis.

Acted for the government of Vietnam in the successful defence of investment treaty claims brought under the France-Vietnam BIT by DialAsie SAS.

Significant clients Government of the Slovak Republic, Government of Vietnam, Government of Mongolia, International Management Group.

Notable practitioners

Markus Burgstaller is a "versatile PIL lawyer with particular expertise in investment treaty arbitrations," report market sources. He advises on both investment treaty cases and issues of international law, including the laws applicable to international organisations.

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Latham & Watkins - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its solid public international law practice, assisting national and international clients with investment treaty disputes. Also offers advice on sanctions issues, with niche expertise in the challenging of international sanctions designations. Particularly active in matters arising in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Works closely with other offices from its substantial international network.

Strengths Clients say: "It's a very well-organised firm with extensive experience and highly educated lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Austrian construction company Strabag in an ICSID arbitration against Libya. This was in connection to Libya’s alleged failure to comply with its obligations under the Austria-Libya BIT in respect of Strabag’s investment in a series of construction contracts in Libya.

Represented ArcelorMittal in a major ICSID arbitration against Egypt relating to a steel production investment.

Significant clients Indorama Group, Government of Croatia, Government of Macedonia, Government of Ukraine, Government of Azerbaijan.

Notable practitioners

Sophie Lamb is widely respected for her work with corporations, investors and sovereign states on investment treaty disputes. She acts for clients in a range of sectors including energy and natural resources, telecommunications and financial services. She is described by commentators as "well prepared, responsive and sensitive to the needs of the client."

The "personable and talented" Charles Claypoole is described by sources as "a PIL specialist." He advises on investment treaty arbitrations, as well as international law issues including boundary law, law of the sea, state immunity and sanctions.

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WilmerHale - Public International Law Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded team for investor-state arbitrations. Also has expertise in international human rights law and has advised on state-to-state boundary disputes.

Strengths Market sources say: "Their arbitration work is fantastic."

Work highlights Represented an agricultural business in a BIT claim alleging expropriation, a violation of fair and equitable treatment, and a failure to provide full protection and security to the investment against an African state.

Advised Asian Development Bank regarding the promotion of international arbitration reform for a better investment climate in the South Pacific.

Significant clients South Sudan, ICC Palestine/Jerusalem Arbitration Centre, Media Legal Defence Initiative, Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq.

Notable practitioners

Gary Born is a leading practitioner in the field of international arbitration, and assists clients in investor-state arbitrations and state-to-state disputes. He also sits as an arbitrator in PIL cases.

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Senior Statesperson

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Consultant Timothy Daniel has unparalleled expertise in land and maritime boundary disputes in Africa and has advised numerous states on these issues. He has a well-established and highly regarded practice representing states before numerous international courts and tribunals including The Hague and the ICJ. Market sources comment that "he's someone that everyone respects." 

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Star Individuals

Volterra Fietta

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Volterra is a celebrated PIL practitioner with extensive experience advising sovereign states on a broad range of issues including boundary disputes, treaty law and interpretation, diplomatic immunity and state responsibility. His clients say: "He is exceptional and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of PIL. His client service is unparalleled."

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Band 1

WilmerHale

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Born is a leading practitioner in the field of international arbitration, and assists clients in investor-state arbitrations and state-to-state disputes. He also sits as an arbitrator in PIL cases.

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Band 1

Fietta LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Fietta is a highly regarded practitioner in the PIL space. He has appeared in numerous international courts and tribunals including the ICJ, the ECHR and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Sources say: "He is a world-leading public international law practitioner and an unflappable advocate. His cross-examination is meticulous, thorough and thoughtful."

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Band 1

Peter Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Former UK Attorney General Peter Goldsmith QC is a well-known name in investor-state arbitration and public international law more generally. His broad practice sees him advise sovereign states, corporate clients and NGOs on states' obligations under international law. Sources say: "He is a great advocate and tactician, with an enormous capacity to get across details. He is also very responsive." 

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Band 1

Stephen Jagusch QC

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Jagusch QC is held in high regard for his work advising international organisations and sovereign states on investment treaty arbitrations. His clients note he is "very bright," with other market sources commenting: "He is a great guy and a great lawyer."

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Band 1

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rae Lindsay is a leader in the field of PIL with broad experience in sanctions, state immunity and human rights in business. Her clients include government agencies, financial service providers and corporations. Sources say: "One of her particular strengths is sanctions, which requires corporate law and public law abilities. She has the brain power to be really good at both."

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Band 1

Audley Sheppard QC

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Audley Sheppard QC enjoys a leading reputation for his work in international arbitrations, including assisting investors in investor-state disputes. He regularly acts for investors in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claims against sovereign states that include Kenya, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, to name a few. Sources label him "very strong" in this field. 

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Band 2

Charles Claypoole

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

The "personable and talented" Charles Claypoole is described by sources as "a PIL specialist." He advises on investment treaty arbitrations, as well as international law issues including boundary law, law of the sea, state immunity and sanctions.

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Band 2

Alejandro Escobar

Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alejandro Escobar is known by sources to be "an effective lawyer who is an expert in PIL." He has significant experience advising on investor-state disputes under bilateral treaties, particularly for clients in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Constantine Partasides QC

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Constantine Partasides QC acts for clients in investor-state arbitrations, including disputes arising out of commercial contracts to which a state is party. He has substantial experience advising clients in the energy sector.

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Band 2

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Sinclair is "very highly regarded" by the market for work advising on the interpretation and application of bilateral and multilateral treaties, including the ECT. Market sources report he is "a very astute and commercially savvy operator with particular expertise in investment treaty matters."

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Band 2

Matthew Weiniger QC

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Weiniger QC of Linklaters focuses his practice on public international law issues that arise in investment treaty disputes. He is experienced acting in ICSID arbitrations for investors against sovereign states and possesses particular expertise in disputes in Africa, Russia and CIS countries. His clients praise him as "exceptional and highly analytical."

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Band 3

Markus Burgstaller

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Markus Burgstaller is a "versatile PIL lawyer with particular expertise in investment treaty arbitrations," report market sources. He advises on both investment treaty cases and issues of international law, including the laws applicable to international organisations.

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Band 3

Jessica Gladstone

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Previously a legal assistant to the FCO, Jessica Gladstone is "highly qualified" to advise clients on a broad range of public international law issues, including multilateral treaties. She has experience advising sovereign states on the implications of treaty obligations.

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Band 3

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Herlihy focuses his practice on public international law issues arising from investment treaty arbitrations. In his recent work he has represented both investors and sovereign states on a range of ICSID arbitration claims pursuant to BITs.

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Sophie Lamb is widely respected for her work with corporations, investors and sovereign states on investment treaty disputes. She acts for clients in a range of sectors including energy and natural resources, telecommunications and financial services. She is described by commentators as "well prepared, responsive and sensitive to the needs of the client." 

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Leach heads the firm's international arbitration practice and acts for states and investors in investment treaty cases. Clients say he is "an experienced and impressive lawyer" and appreciate his "excellent analysis of facts and legal issues." 

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sylvia Noury is a highly regarded practitioner for investment-treaty disputes, particularly those arising out of Africa and Latin America. She also possesses expertise on PIL issues including treaty interpretation and advice, state responsibility and sanctions. Clients say she "exhibits deep knowledge of the field."

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Band 3

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dominic Roughton of Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP is a well-regarded practitioner for public international law work including state-to-state disputes concerning maritime law and investor-state disputes concerning BITs. He has particular expertise in assisting oil and gas corporations on protecting their interests in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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Band 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeffrey Sullivan advises on the interpretation of international law and treaties. He also represents both states and investors in investment treaty cases under a range of the leading institutional rules. He possesses particular experience in arbitrations under the ECT. Clients say he "displays an excellent tactical mind, a high level of client commitment and an impressive ability to grasp complicated, nuanced matters very quickly."

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Band 3

Gaëtan Verhoosel

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gaëtan Verhoosel is well regarded in the market. He has a robust practice acting for clients in investment treaty arbitrations arising in the energy, mining and construction industries.

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Band 4

Steptoe & Johnson

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Coleman of Steptoe & Johnson is well regarded for his expertise in advising on investor-state disputes in ICSID and ad hoc arbitrations. He possesses particular experience in disputes arising in Africa. Sources find him to be "very experienced and knowledgeable about PIL, with well-prepared and confident displays of advocacy."

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Band 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Dutson of Simmons & Simmons LLP is recognised in the PIL space for his expertise in investment treaty disputes in CIS countries, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

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Band 4

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Maton advises corporate clients, governmental bodies and NGOs on asset recovery and corruption issues. He also has experience advising on interstate dispute avoidance.

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Band 4

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Karyl Nairn QC acts for corporations and sovereign states in investment treaty arbitrations concerning a range of industries such as oil and gas, banking and commodities. Sources report that she is a "strong practitioner in this area."

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Band 4

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The Republic of Kazakhstan is a key client of Belinda Paisley, who leads Reed Smith's Kazakh practice and is managing partner of the Astana office. She specialises in investment treaty arbitrations.

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Band 4

Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Saunders of Ashurst is well respected for his work in investment treaty disputes. He is experienced representing international corporations and sovereign governments. Sources say he is "extremely hard-working and an impressive advocate."

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

William Thomas joined the firm from Eversheds' Paris office, and is reported by commentators to be an "excellent addition to the team." He is well regarded for his work in investor-state disputes.

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Band 4

Epaminontas Triantafilou

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Epaminontas Triantafilou has a growing reputation in investment treaty cases, with one source commenting: "His advocacy was fantastic: it was a very well-formulated case and he just ripped apart the opposing counsel." He is an experienced advocate who has garnered recognition in the PIL space for representing corporations and sovereign governments in arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules.

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Up and Coming

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Aimee-Jane Lee has a growing reputation for advising on international treaty interpretation and investor-state disputes. She has prepared submissions before major international bodies including the UN and the ECHR. Sources say she "has a rich experience in international investment arbitrations and is quick to spot the key issues."

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Up and Coming

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Baiju Vasani of Jones Day has significant experience acting in complex investor-state disputes in arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. He represents clients in disputes in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. His clients report he is "business-minded" and a "very effective and persuasive communicator both in trial and dealing with client issues."

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