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Public International Law — London (Firms)


Allen & Overy LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
-10 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive and hard-working, they get to the bottom of all the nitty gritty details of the local law to present the case. They have outstanding knowledge of international precedents and case law."

"They are nice people to work with, and even against. They are collegiate but effective adversaries."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of eight German investors in bringing a claim under an ECT against the Spanish Government's decision to reduce feed-in tariffs in the solar energy sector.

Defending the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a claim brought against it by the Tethyan Copper Company in connection with the mining rights over gold and copper deposits in the area of Balochistan.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Sullivan acts on behalf of states and investors in ICSID and UNCITRAL-governed investment treaty disputes. He also assists with sanctions matters and is particularly adept at handling ECT claims. Commentators say: "He is a very focused lawyer, client friendly and very efficient."

Significant clients Fortis, Republic of Slovenia, Eiser Infrastructure, JKX Oil & Gas, HgCapital.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 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. Also has strong expertise in the areas of international sanction regimes and human rights in business.

Strengths

"Their performance has been of good, consistent quality. They give very prompt responses and do proper follow-up on matters."

Notable practitioners

Clients say Audley Sheppard QC "is an outstanding lawyer and team leader, who shows interdisciplinary thinking and a very broad understanding of the industry." He is held in high regard for his advocacy skills and investment arbitration work. One client comments: "He is one of the best lawyers in arbitration, from a professional point of view and a human point of view. He's a great guy and very friendly to the client."

Jessica Gladstone is a well-regarded partner with an excellent pedigree in PIL, having previously served as assistant legal adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. One client says she is "a brilliant and responsive lawyer with practical, commercial approaches to the issues at the top of my mind." Another comments: "Our work often takes us into jurisdictions touched by economic and trade sanctions, and she is able to very skilfully navigate the minefield that is that space where politics and law meet."

Rae Lindsay enjoys a healthy reputation in the public international law space and is considered by commentators to be "the mother of human rights in business." Her practice covers issues arising in conflict zones and as a result of international sanction regimes. She speaks English, French and German.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
-7 partners
-36 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team was always open to questions, feedback and dialogue."

"One of the leading practices in the London market."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Republic of Korea on an ICSID arbitration filed by IPIC through its Dutch subsidiaries, Hanocal and IPIC International, concerning the non-application of the Netherlands-Korea Double Taxation Treaty in the context of claimants' disposal of shares in Hyundai Oilbank.

Notable practitioners

Peter Goldsmith QC is celebrated for his unique insights into critical political and diplomatic issues, having served as the Attorney General. Lord Goldsmith covers the full range of public international law matters, representing both states and private corporations before domestic and international arbitral tribunals and courts. Market sources reveal: "Lord Goldsmith is a strong leader, while at the same time takes a collaborative approach."

Rising star Aimee-Jane Lee is praised by commentators as "highly committed to her cases and tremendously organised." Sources go on to say that she is "experienced in international investment arbitrations and quick to spot the key issues."

Significant clients Royal Dutch Shell, BCB Holdings, Republic of Korea, BTL Employees Trust, Government of Singapore.

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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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Herbert Smith Freehills - Public International Law

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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 panoply 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, 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was very confident that their expertise was spot on. I felt very comfortable that they understood the issues and were clearly comfortable operating in the space."

"The team was good, integrated and connected with each other seamlessly."

Work highlights Acted for the Government of Malaysia against the Government of Singapore, in a state-to-state arbitration regarding the development of land and the imposition of local charges on the basis of a treaty between the two states.

Assisting Vedanta Resources with claims against the Government of India under the India-UK bilateral investment treaty, in connection with the imposition of retrospective taxation.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Cannon is a key contact in this area.

Significant clients Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Tunisia, Eni, Marathon Oil, Chevron.

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Volterra Fietta - Public International Law

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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 bilateral investment treaties and commercial agreements to which a state is party. Provides advice on interstate matters including boundary disputes and the law of the sea, as well as advising states on treaty obligations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide excellent analysis, coupled with a practical and hands-on approach."

Work highlights Represented The Government of Barbados in relation to an UNCITRAL claim brought under the Canada-Barbados bilateral investment treaty, arising out of alleged environmental damage to an eco-tourism site.

Advises the United States of America on public international law litigation in courts and tribunals outside of the USA.

Notable practitioners

Robert Volterra is a major name in public international law and a well-known figure in the London market. One source comments: "He is very effective and has devoted his life to PIL, so is someone who will speak from knowledge. He will remain among the leading PIL practitioners in London for as long as he likes." He is personally called upon by sovereign states to advise on investment arbitration and interstate issues, including boundary disputes and the law of the sea. He is also a popular choice among corporates for claims brought under investment treaties.

Significant clients The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Owens-Illinois, The Republic of Croatia, Koch Industries, Malaysia.

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Baker Botts UK LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-8 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is exceptional and very efficient; it's formed by professionals of very high standard, making it a team capable of facing any kind of legal process."

"The team members complement each other well. Their contributions are valuable and allow the development of strategies to ensure the defence of their clients."

Notable practitioners

Alejandro Escobar "is very dedicated to the study and understanding of national and international law" and has "great leadership skills." He acts on behalf of states and commercial enterprises in connection with a variety of public international law issues, such as expropriation and abusive regulation. He also advises corporates on boundary disputes affecting their operations.

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Cooley LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
-3 partners
-3 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent in state immunity and boundary disputes."

Work highlights Advised the Federal Government of Nigeria on sovereign immunity matters resulting from the attempted enforcement in England of a judgment against it.

Assisting the Federal Government of Nigeria with the recovery of the proceeds of corruption against the estate of the former dictator General Abacha, his family and associates.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Daniel is widely considered as "one of the top practitioners in state to state, sea and boundary disputes" in the London market. He has significant experience acting on behalf of states and other parastatal actors in such claims before the ICJ. He also represents governments and corporations in asset tracing matters.

Significant clients Nigerian National Boundary Commission, Government of Turks & Caicos Islands.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Public International Law

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Basic facts about the department
-5 partners
-20 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 is 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Passionate teamwork at the highest level. They were convincing not only in the legal area, but also in technical and other background details important for this specific case."

"They have a good roster of investor-state work."

Work highlights Acted for Anglo American in an ICSID arbitration against the Venezuelan government, in connection with the alleged expropriation of its mining assets as well as Venezuela's treatment of mineral products for export.

Represented Deutsche Telekom in a UNCITRAL claim brought against India under a bilateral investment treaty, concerning the expropriation of the client's investment in a satellite-terrestrial company.

Notable practitioners

"True team leader" Sylvia Noury specialises in investor-state arbitrations, with experience handling matters for clients in the telecommunications, energy and natural resources sectors. Commentators say she is "very well respected" in the market.

Significant clients Vestey Group, Serafín García Armas and Karina García Gruber, Republic of Guatemala, Republic of Chile, Oxfam.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Public International Law

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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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They work well as a team, have incredible breadth and depth, and are a pleasure to work with."

"The firm has a great culture of achieving results for its clients and the terms of engagement are very clear."

Work highlights Represented Churchill Mining and Planet Mining in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Indonesia, claiming unlawful expropriation of their investments under two BITs.

Notable practitioners

Public international law heavyweight Stephen Jagusch QC is best known for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the ECT. Commentators praise him for "being extremely persuasive and standing firm in protecting the client's interests."

"Well rounded international lawyer" Anthony Sinclair assists states and private investors in disputes under the ECT and various BITs. Sources say: "He is switched on, understands the client's objective and manages expectations beautifully."

Epaminontas Triantafilou concentrates his practice on investment treaty arbitrations and has experience in disputes arising across the globe, including Europe, South-East Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Observers note: "He perfectly understands the concerns of his clients and is unbelievably committed to doing the best job for them."

Significant clients Dubai Ports World, Abed El-Jaouni, Imperial Holding, Captain Ossam Al-Sharif, Republic of Azerbaijan.

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

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
-6 partners
-10 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.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Skadden really excels in situations where conventional legal solutions are not sufficient, where you need close strategic advisers who understand the politics and nuances of what you are trying to achieve."

Work highlights Acts on behalf of Vodafone in its dispute against India on the basis of the Dutch-Indian BIT, resisting India's USD4.33 billion claim of taxes, late payment penalties and interests in connection with the purchase of certain assets.

Acted for Devas Multimedia Private against the Indian Government-owned company Antrix Corporation in an ICC arbitration concerning a contract for the launch and operation of communication satellites.

Notable practitioners

Sources report that David Herlihy is "a strong practitioner with a great reputation, as well as a lovely guy." He has a broad arbitration and disputes practice, with particular expertise in investor-state cases.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

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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DLA Piper LLP - Public International Law

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
-9 partners
-17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recommended for its considerable experience representing primarily emerging market states in connection with a variety of public international law issues, including boundary disputes. Best known for its expertise in investor-state arbitrations under various BITs.

Work highlights Defended the Republic of Kenya in a USD2 billion ICSID claim brought by Cortec, a mining investor.

Notable practitioners

Scott Horton is a key contact.

Significant clients Gazprom, Government of Guinea, Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkcell, The Kingdom of Thailand.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Public International Law

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
-2 partners
-6 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 both governments and investors in high-value matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a deep knowledge of the industry and respond quickly."

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Leach is a key contact.

Significant clients Republic of India, Republic of Iran, Republic of Peru, Kingdom of Cambodia, Government of Colombia.

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Hogan Lovells - Public International Law

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Band 3

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

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They impressed in terms of qualification, timing, costing and response time and we were satisfied enough to continue going back to them for additional advice."

"The firm has skilful lawyers that provide high-quality legal advice."

Work highlights Defended the Government of Vietnam against a claim for the payment of various debts by state-owned enterprises, initiated by a French company on the basis of the France-Vietnam bilateral investment treaty.

Acting on behalf of the Slovak Republic in a BIT claim brought against it by Achmea, a financial services company, alleging that the Republic's amendment of its public health care system amounted to a violation of its international legal obligations.

Notable practitioners

Markus Burgstaller's practice focuses on public international law matters, with significant experience representing clients before a variety of international and European courts, including the European Court of Human Rights. Burgstaller is adept at handling matters on behalf of international organisations as well as issues of the law of the sea, privileges and immunities. Clients say he is "a very specialised lawyer and an impressive partner."

Significant clients Government of Mongolia, International Management Group.

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Latham & Watkins - Public International Law

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
-4 partners
-7 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 and sanction matters. Particularly active in matters arising in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Works closely with other offices from its substantial international network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very good team that openly discusses different views and weak points of a case."

New developments Sophie Lamb joined the firm as head of arbitration in June 2016. She was previously at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Work highlights Represented Ukraine in a USD5 billion Energy Charter Treaty claim brought by three Cypriot companies.

Notable practitioners

The "very impressive" Charles Claypoole handles investor-state arbitrations, including those brought under investment treaties. He also has a specialism in assisting clients in challenging their designation under international sanction regimes.

Sophie Lamb is a "skilled advocate and impressively calm under pressure," according to market sources. She is best known for her experience advising governments and businesses on investment treaty disputes governed by the rules of BITs, NAFTA, the ECT and a variety of national investment regulations. She is also noted for her pro-bono work, assisting various NGOs with public international law concerns.

Significant clients Republic of Croatia, ArcelorMittal, Strabag, Government of Azerbaijan.

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Reed Smith LLP - Public International Law

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
-9 partners
-10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents sovereign states and state agencies, as well as private companies, in disputes brought under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Also active advising on national and transnational programmes relating to carbon trading and climate change mitigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team demonstrated tremendous flexibility, a great deal of understanding and very timely responses."

"The final products were fully aligned with agreed objectives and evolving priorities."

Notable practitioners

Belinda Paisley specialises in investment treaty arbitrations, with a wealth of knowledge on multilateral and bilateral treaty disputes concerning matters of inequitable treatment and expropriation. Her experience includes advising on disputes arising in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Significant clients The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Steamship Mutual Insurance, Thomas Miller, The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The World Bank.

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Three Crowns LLP - Public International Law

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Band 3

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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. Also advises corporates on the impact of boundary disputes on their operations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have very strong capability and experience, particularly on the investment treaty side."

"They have heavy-hitting practitioners."

Work highlights Advised Edgewater Exploration on bringing an investment treaty claim against Spain in respect to the cancellation of a gold mining licence in the Galicia region.

Acted for Tenoch Holdings in a treaty claim brought against the Republic of India concerning the granting of 2G licenses by the former telecoms minister and these licenses' subsequent cancellation by the Supreme Court.

Notable practitioners

Constantine Partasides QC is a major name in the arbitration and public international law world, and is particularly active in investor-state disputes. Clients say he is "extremely talented, very hard-working and very impressive," adding that he "also has deep energy sector expertise."

Gaëtan Verhoosel is well regarded in the public international law market, with sources highlighting him as "very good and very sensible." His practice covers investor-state disputes, with a particular focus on representing energy companies in claims arising out of undue government interference in their operations.

Significant clients Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Tullow, Swissbourgh Diamond Mining.

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Carter-Ruck - Public International Law

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Band 4

第四等

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

What the team is known for Handles an active caseload of PIL matters, with noted expertise in challenging sanction designations and terrorism blacklist designations, as well as damages claims for wrongful designation. Further expertise in matters of state and diplomatic immunity, as well as investor-state arbitrations.

Strengths

"They are a very specialised, high-quality firm."

Work highlights Represented Sheikh Yassin Abdullah Kadi in relation to claims brought against him and others for losses incurred as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. The claimants allege that Mr Kadi contributed financing to the attacks.

Represented Al Jazeera Media Network in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Egypt, arising under the Qatar-Egypt bilateral investment treaty. The dispute relates to the treatment of AJMN in Egypt in the aftermath of the military coup in 2013.

Notable practitioners

Guy Martin is head of the international department and a key contact.

Significant clients The State of Qatar, John Bredenkamp, Mrs Suha Arafat, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Timothy Daniel is widely considered as "one of the top practitioners in state to state, sea and boundary disputes" in the London market. He has significant experience acting on behalf of states and other parastatal actors in such claims before the ICJ. He also represents governments and corporations in asset tracing matters.

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Volterra Fietta

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Volterra is a major name in public international law and a well-known figure in the London market. One source comments: "He is very effective and has devoted his life to PIL, so is someone who will speak from knowledge. He will remain among the leading PIL practitioners in London for as long as he likes." He is personally called upon by sovereign states to advise on investment arbitration and interstate issues, including boundary disputes and the law of the sea. He is also a popular choice among corporates for claims brought under investment treaties.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Born of WilmerHale is a "superstar" arbitration practitioner, with a strong practice in PIL-specific matters. He is active in investor-state disputes and commercial disputes involving parastatal entities. He also has experience advising on state-to-state issues, including boundary disputes.

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Alejandro Escobar

Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alejandro Escobar "is very dedicated to the study and understanding of national and international law" and has "great leadership skills." He acts on behalf of states and commercial enterprises in connection with a variety of public international law issues, such as expropriation and abusive regulation. He also advises corporates on boundary disputes affecting their operations.

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Fietta LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Fietta left Volterra Fietta in 2015 to found Fietta, a public international law boutique. He is highly respected in the market, with commentators describing him as "a really thorough advocate, a thoroughly nice person and a true expert" who is also "great with clients." Clients themselves identify him as "an outstanding lawyer capable of simplifying matters without losing sight of the details." He advises on investor-state arbitration, as well as the implications of territorial disputes for business operations.

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Peter Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Goldsmith QC is celebrated for his unique insights into critical political and diplomatic issues, having served as the Attorney General. Lord Goldsmith covers the full range of public international law matters, representing both states and private corporations before domestic and international arbitral tribunals and courts. Market sources reveal: "Lord Goldsmith is a strong leader, while at the same time takes a collaborative approach."

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Stephen Jagusch QC

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Public international law heavyweight Stephen Jagusch QC is best known for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the ECT. Commentators praise him for "being extremely persuasive and standing firm in protecting the client's interests."

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rae Lindsay enjoys a healthy reputation in the public international law space and is considered by commentators to be "the mother of human rights in business." Her practice covers issues arising in conflict zones and as a result of international sanction regimes. She speaks English, French and German.

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Constantine Partasides QC

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Constantine Partasides QC is a major name in the arbitration and public international law world, and is particularly active in investor-state disputes. Clients say he is "extremely talented, very hard-working and very impressive," adding that he "also has deep energy sector expertise."

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Audley Sheppard QC

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients say Audley Sheppard QC "is an outstanding lawyer and team leader, who shows interdisciplinary thinking and a very broad understanding of the industry." He is held in high regard for his advocacy skills and investment arbitration work. One client comments: "He is one of the best lawyers in arbitration, from a professional point of view and a human point of view. He's a great guy and very friendly to the client."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Well rounded international lawyer" Anthony Sinclair assists states and private investors in disputes under the ECT and various BITs. Sources say: "He is switched on, understands the client's objective and manages expectations beautifully."

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Matthew Weiniger QC

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Weiniger QC joined Linklaters in October 2015 from Herbert Smith Freehills. He is held in high regard for his expert handling of investor-state disputes arising in the financial services and energy industries. He also has experience of significant state-to-state disputes. Clients say: "He understands the big picture, is very diligent and has a good strategic overview of matters. He's good at wrapping his arms around the history of the disputes, not just the latter stages where he has been involved. He is also user-friendly."

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Charles Claypoole

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very impressive" Charles Claypoole handles investor-state arbitrations, including those brought under investment treaties. He also has a specialism in assisting clients in challenging their designation under international sanction regimes.

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Steptoe & Johnson

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients say Matthew Coleman of Steptoe & Johnson has "superb knowledge of and insights into the nuances of public international law" and is "excellent at framing questions and issues, and developing first-rate responses that add significantly to the client's success." He advises on investor-state arbitrations around the world, with particular experience in cases arising in African states and concerning the expropriation of property.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Dutson of Simmons & Simmons LLP is considered a "strong practitioner" within the public international law market, and is best known for his expertise in investment treaty disputes. His experience covers disputes arising around the world, including in the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the CIS.

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

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources report that David Herlihy is "a strong practitioner with a great reputation, as well as a lovely guy." He has a broad arbitration and disputes practice, with particular expertise in investor-state cases.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"True team leader" Sylvia Noury specialises in investor-state arbitrations, with experience handling matters for clients in the telecommunications, energy and natural resources sectors. Commentators say she is "very well respected" in the market.

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Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dominic Roughton joined Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP from Herbert Smith Freehills in April 2017. He provides robust representation to international organisations, governments and state agencies as well as private corporations on a number of public international law concerns. Areas of experience include land and maritime boundary disputes, state to state claims, state succession and sovereignty issues. Clients praise him for being "very capable, self-motivated and quick to respond."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jeffrey Sullivan acts on behalf of states and investors in ICSID and UNCITRAL-governed investment treaty disputes. He also assists with sanctions matters and is particularly adept at handling ECT claims. Commentators say: "He is a very focused lawyer, client friendly and very efficient."

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Gaëtan Verhoosel

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gaëtan Verhoosel is well regarded in the public international law market, with sources highlighting him as "very good and very sensible." His practice covers investor-state disputes, with a particular focus on representing energy companies in claims arising out of undue government interference in their operations.

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Markus Burgstaller

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Markus Burgstaller's practice focuses on public international law matters, with significant experience representing clients before a variety of international and European courts, including the European Court of Human Rights. Burgstaller is adept at handling matters on behalf of international organisations as well as issues of the law of the sea, privileges and immunities. Clients say he is "a very specialised lawyer and an impressive partner."

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Jessica Gladstone

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jessica Gladstone is a well-regarded partner with an excellent pedigree in PIL, having previously served as assistant legal adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. One client says she is "a brilliant and responsive lawyer with practical, commercial approaches to the issues at the top of my mind." Another comments: "Our work often takes us into jurisdictions touched by economic and trade sanctions, and she is able to very skilfully navigate the minefield that is that space where politics and law meet."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Sophie Lamb is a "skilled advocate and impressively calm under pressure," according to market sources. She is best known for her experience advising governments and businesses on investment treaty disputes governed by the rules of BITs, NAFTA, the ECT and a variety of national investment regulations. She is also noted for her pro-bono work, assisting various NGOs with public international law concerns.

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Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Belinda Paisley specialises in investment treaty arbitrations, with a wealth of knowledge on multilateral and bilateral treaty disputes concerning matters of inequitable treatment and expropriation. Her experience includes advising on disputes arising in the banking, energy and telecommunications sectors.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Saunders joined Ashurst in early 2016 from DLA Piper. He acts for both states and major corporates on investor-state disputes, including arbitral proceedings brought under investment treaties.

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Up and Coming

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rising star Aimee-Jane Lee is praised by commentators as "highly committed to her cases and tremendously organised." Sources go on to say that she is "experienced in international investment arbitrations and quick to spot the key issues."

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Epaminontas Triantafilou

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Epaminontas Triantafilou concentrates his practice on investment treaty arbitrations and has experience in disputes arising across the globe, including Europe, South-East Asia, Central Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Observers note: "He perfectly understands the concerns of his clients and is unbelievably committed to doing the best job for them."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Baiju Vasani of Jones Day attracts praise for his "cool and calm" advocacy in ICSID and other investor-state arbitrations. He is particularly active representing commercial investors in disputes arising in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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