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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An established market leader with a reputation for excellence in international arbitration. Has an impressive record of securing large arbitral awards in high-profile commercial and investment treaty disputes. Regularly retained by both investors and respondent states to act in cases under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, among others. Noted for its remarkable bench strength, which was recently bolstered even further by Wendy Miles QC joining the team in London.

Strengths One source enthused: "The quality of service is undoubtedly outstanding. They have superior knowledge of substantive and procedural aspects of international arbitration, a great strategic view and analytical capacity, profound commitment to the case and a great attitude towards their client."

Commentators also draw attention to the firm's "very strong bench," and note: "They have an unusual concentration of legal talent, from senior partners to associates. It is difficult to find a firm with such a number of respected individuals in this field."

Sources agree on its market-leading position in both investor-state and commercial arbitration, and conclude: "Considering all its attributes, Debevoise is, by any standard, one of the best international arbitration firms worldwide."

Work highlights Represented the Nova Group in an ICSID claim against Romania, brought under the Netherlands-Romania bilateral investment treaty (BIT) and relating to the alleged expropriation of its assets.

Defended Kuroda Electric in arbitration proceedings against Samsung concerning the supply of LCD panels.

Significant clients Occidental Petroleum, Tethyan Copper, Perenco, Russian Federation, GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners

The "spectacular" Donald Donovan is a prominent figure in international arbitration circles. He offers decades of experience in high-stakes commercial and investment treaty disputes, earning praise for his impressive advocacy skills. He currently serves as president of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and is based in New York.

New York and London-based David Rivkin is lauded by market commentators for his position at "the very top" of the field. He handles high-profile international arbitrations before numerous institutions including ICSID, LCIA and ICC. He is an "extremely experienced" practitioner with notable expertise in energy and construction mandates.

London-based Peter Goldsmith QC is renowned for his broad-ranging international arbitration practice representing commercial and sovereign entities, as well as NGOs, across the globe. Sources find him to be "well deserving of his status as a leader in the field."

Mark Friedman receives strong praise from sources, who "have a lot of respect and admiration for him." One interviewee went on to state: "He is one of the most intelligent lawyers I have ever met." He is active as both counsel and arbitrator, with particular expertise in energy, mining, construction and telecoms disputes. He divides his time between New York and London.

Wendy Miles QC recently joined the team in London. She handles a plethora of commercial and investor-state arbitration matters in sectors such as telecommunications, energy and financial services. Sources praise her as a "brilliant lawyer" who is "very sharp."

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King & Spalding LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Premier international disputes practice with a strong footprint in arbitration hubs in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A popular choice of counsel among investor companies in investor-state proceedings brought under the terms of BITs. Also has expertise in disputes relating to trade agreements and commercial contracts. Has standout experience of disputes arising in the oil and gas sector and offers additional expertise in construction arbitration.

Strengths Commentators appreciate the quality of the team, stating: "The firm has a number of extremely talented individuals with extensive experience in international arbitration matters. Their lawyers are intelligent, resourceful, creative, hard-working and very responsive. And their written and oral advocacy is outstanding."

One interviewee enthused: "I think the firm has more experience than most others in investment arbitration, and is one of the leaders for investor representation." The source added: "They are also incredibly efficient, as one or two attorneys handle matters that other firms might staff with four or five."

Another source said: "I have found that King & Spalding’s experience and contacts in Latin America are some of the best in the business, and invaluable to us as clients."

Work highlights Represented Unión Fenosa Gas in one investment treaty and two commercial arbitrations against the government of Egypt and its state-owned natural gas company.

Prevailed, on behalf of Teinver, in an ICSID arbitration against the Argentine Republic over the expropriation of two major airlines owned by the claimant.

Represented Reficar in an ICC arbitration against one of its contractors concerning significant delays and cost overruns in the expansion of an oil and gas refinery in Colombia.

Significant clients Air Canada, South American Silver, AT&T, Bear Creek, GE.

Notable practitioners

Houston-based Doak Bishop garners high praise from interviewees, who describe him as a "really outstanding lawyer with a lot of experience." He is a seasoned figure in the international arbitration scene, with a practice predominantly focused on investment disputes relating to the oil and gas and construction sectors.

The highly experienced John Savage QC is an "excellent" practitioner who expertly handles investment treaty arbitrations and energy-related disputes. He splits his time between the firm’s Singapore and London offices.

New York managing partner Edward Kehoe has a long-standing reputation in the field, with his practice encompassing commercial and investment disputes. He is recognised for his successes in a number of sectors, including construction, financial services, real estate and energy.

John Bowman has decades of experience in the international arbitration space and is particularly well regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector. He is based in Houston.

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White & Case LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding group with an excellent track record in high-stakes commercial and investor-state arbitrations. Offers long-standing experience of disputes under all major institutional rules and is particularly lauded for its expertise in the construction and energy sectors. Benefits from the firm's global network of offices, with extensive resources in key arbitral centres including Paris, London, New York and Washington, DC.

Strengths The team receives strong praise from sources, who say: "The firm has a collection of very able international arbitration practitioners. In Europe alone they have a very deep bench, both in the London and Paris offices. They are an excellent firm."

Commentators note its impressive reach, stating: "It's a big team and handles major files with wide geographic coverage." Sources add: "From a global perspective, it is a very remarkable practice."

Work highlights Represented Grupo Unidos por el Canal and its shareholders in an ICC dispute with the Panama Canal Authority concerning the canal's USD5.5 billion expansion project.

Represented Gabriel Resources in an ICSID arbitration against Romania relating to the state’s alleged expropriation of its investments in a gold mine project.

Acted for TVO in multiple disputes, to a total value of EUR7 billion, against a supplier consortium regarding the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.

Significant clients Russian Federation, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Peru, Gold Reserve, TECO.

Notable practitioners

Paul Friedland heads the firm's global international arbitration practice from its New York office. He is lauded by market commentators as an excellent practitioner with a very strong reputation. He is sought after for his strong track record and extensive expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

Carolyn Lamm is widely recognised for her robust arbitration practice. She regularly represents sovereign and commercial entities in high-profile investment treaty disputes and international trade matters. Interviewees find her to be a "superb lawyer" and "very talented" advocate. She is based in Washington, DC.

Paris-based Michael Polkinghorne is a significant figure in European international arbitration. Observers enthuse: "He is running a spectacular practice and is one of the leading oil and gas arbitration experts. He really is excellent." He also has considerable experience concerning disputes in North and West Africa.

Washington, DC-based Abby Cohen Smutny is particularly esteemed for her investment treaty dispute practice, representing both sovereign states and corporate clients. Sources praise her advocacy skills and describe her as "very experienced" and "very strong."

Phillip Capper draws strong praise for his arbitration skills, with interviewees deeming him a "great lawyer." He enjoys a solid reputation as a leading authority on construction-related arbitrations in particular. He works from London.

Christopher Seppälä operates a robust arbitration practice from the firm's Paris office. Construction, energy and infrastructure disputes form the bulk of his work, earning him wide recognition from the market as being "tremendously knowledgeable in construction arbitration."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent international team which maintains a respected arbitration practice. Has a wealth of experience acting for both claimants and respondents in investment treaty disputes, and also expertly handles multi-jurisdictional commercial cases. Represents key industry players in the energy sector, with significant expertise in disputes relating to gas price reviews. Also active in financial services disputes.

Strengths Commentators praise the firm, stating that "they undoubtedly have a fantastic practice," and describing the arbitration group as a "truly global practice."

Work highlights Successfully defended the Bank of Cyprus in a dispute with a French insurance company relating to the expropriation of assets during the 2013 bailout of Cypriot banks.

Significant clients Airbus, Deutsche Bank, ENGIE, Johnson & Johnson, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC has a tremendous reputation in the field and is considered a leading figure in the Asian market. He has a wealth of experience handling commercial and investor-state disputes, with particular expertise in the energy sector. He currently serves as chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely acclaimed firm with a depth of resources in major arbitration centres. Highly active in large investment treaty disputes, representing both sovereign states and investors. Regularly acts for blue-chip companies in the energy, mining, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. Also has substantial experience in international construction and IP matters, as well as post-M&A disputes and other commercial cases.

Strengths Interviewees are quick to highlight this "excellent firm," noting its "long-standing reputation in the field."

Sources also note: "They are handling some of the most important cases around."

Work highlights Represented East Mediterranean Gas in four parallel investment and commercial arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt and its state-owned entities, claiming billions in damages following the cessation of the gas supply from Egypt to Israel as a result of the Arab Spring.

Acted for Deutsche Telekom in a BIT claim brought against the Republic of India under UNCITRAL rules in relation to the expropriation of its investment in a pan-Indian satellite broadband services project.

Notable practitioners

Nigel Blackaby heads the firm’s global international arbitration group from Washington, DC. He is a renowned figure in the field, garnering praise from sources as a "very experienced and very impressive lawyer." He is especially noted for his expertise in cases relating to Latin America.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned international arbitration group with an impressive global reach and a particularly strong Asia-Pacific practice. Fields a team of seasoned advocates demonstrating strong credentials in high-stakes investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. Handles a wide range of large-scale disputes arising in the infrastructure, hospitality and energy sectors.

Strengths Sources acknowledge its global presence and describe it as a "fantastic firm."

Work highlights Represented subsidiaries of Sinopec in a USD5.5 billion claim against Repsol at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), relating to the acquisition of a 49% stake in a North Sea oil and gas business.

Defended Hitachi and its European subsidiary against a claim brought by a German-Austrian energy consortium before the ICC over alleged performance issues and defects in the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Germany.

Significant clients Samsung, BAT, Marriott, Kingdom of Spain, Eni.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's global arbitration practice Paula Hodges QC is acclaimed by market sources as a "terrific practitioner" and a "very well-known figure in the field." She is highly regarded for her extensive arbitration experience, with particular expertise in disputes arising in the energy and technology sectors. She is based in London, and also has experience regarding African disputes.

Justin D'Agostino heads the firm’s global dispute resolution practice from the Hong Kong office. With long-standing experience of investment treaty arbitration, he has forged a solid reputation in the field and is particularly well regarded in the Asia-Pacific market.

Alastair Henderson heads the firm’s South-East Asia practice from his base in Singapore. He is highly regarded in the region, drawing praise for his track record handling disputes in the infrastructure, construction and oil and gas sectors.

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Our specialist arbitration practitioners are based across Europe, Asia Pacific, the US, Africa and the Middle East and have extensive experience of advising clients on commercial, investor-state and state-to-state arbitration. 

We advise clients on arbitrations under a broad spectrum of civil and common laws as well as public international law. We are experienced in arbitrating under the rules of all major arbitration institutions, and have conducted numerous ad hoc arbitrations. Our sector knowledge, commercial awareness and regional sensitivity are unrivalled. We advise clients and conduct arbitrations in a number of languages. Once you have an arbitral award, we can help you to enforce it around the world.

Conducting our own advocacy means our skilled advocates play a critical role in the strategy of the case from the outset. It also minimises the cost and time involved for our clients in instructing external counsel.

Choosing arbitrators and expert witnesses can be highly significant in achieving a successful outcome and we offer our clients in-depth knowledge of both. Members of the arbitration group regularly sit as arbitrators and this valuable insight into the arbitral process helps us identify winning strategies.

Whether you are a financial institution, a multinational, a government or state-owned entity, we combine in-depth legal and sector knowledge with a proven track record of successfully acting in complex disputes, working alongside local counsel where appropriate.





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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong player in the arbitration field, with its Paris office especially highly acclaimed. Undertakes high-value investor-state arbitrations and has a good track record in international commercial disputes. Regularly represents state-owned entities in energy-related arbitrations and offers additional strengths in construction and M&A disputes.

Work highlights Represented Angolan state-owned energy company Sonangol in an ICC arbitration brought by Cobalt International in connection with a purchase and sale agreement for two deepwater oil production blocks.

Acted for nine Asian independent power producers, as claimants, in LCIA arbitration proceedings against a state-owned enterprise concerning the alleged violation of various power purchase agreements.

Represented Cairn Energy in its claim against the Republic of India, which concerned retroactive taxes levied by the Indian government, allegedly in violation of the UK-India BIT.

Significant clients Ukraine, Republic of Panama, Tata Sons, GML, AREVA.

Notable practitioners

Emmanuel Gaillard is widely praised for his significant contribution to the field of arbitration and is picked out as an extremely bright lawyer. He is applauded for his expertise in both commercial and investment treaty matters, advising sovereign states and commercial bodies alike. Based in Paris, he is particularly prominent in European and African disputes.

Paris-based Yas Banifatemi enjoys a very good reputation in the field and is noted by peers for the very high quality of her work. She has forged a respected practice, handling investment arbitrations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She is particularly well regarded for her in-depth knowledge of the energy and oil and gas industries.

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WilmerHale - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Formidable team operating a well-respected arbitration practice from London, New York and Washington, DC. Frequently mandated by high-profile corporate clients to handle investment treaty and commercial arbitrations arising notably in the energy, construction and financial services sectors. Also particularly well regarded for its expertise in intellectual property arbitrations.

Strengths Commentators identify the firm as a major player in the market, saying: "They are a very strong firm with very good lawyers."

Significant clients Kurdistan Regional Government, Newmont Mining, Swatch Group, Volkswagen, Koito Manufacturing.

Notable practitioners

Gary Born is a renowned figure in the field, championed by one market source as the "number one international commercial arbitration lawyer in the world." He has a wealth of experience under all major institutional and ad hoc rules, acting both as counsel and arbitrator. He chairs the firm's international arbitration group from the London office.

London-based Franz Schwarz is highly regarded for his adept handling of disputes relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures and project finance. He is particularly well regarded in Europe, with sources highlighting him for his frequent handling of challenging cases originating in the German-speaking world.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly active bench of seasoned arbitration counsel with a strong track record in international commercial disputes. Provides adept representation to private sector clients in investment treaty arbitrations. Has notable strengths in the financial services, energy and infrastructure sectors, and is particularly highly rated for its practice in Asia and Europe.

Work highlights Advised Churchill Mining and its Australian subsidiary on an investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Indonesia, involving an expropriation claim concerning a coal project in the country's East Kalimantan province.

Represented Exbasa in arbitration proceedings against two Spanish construction companies relating to a joint venture concession for the expansion of the Bilbao Port.

Acted for Elipso Finance - a special purpose vehicle owned by GE and Crédit Agricole - in arbitration proceedings before the Milan Chamber of Commerce against Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Significant clients Hyundai Heavy Industries, International Petroleum Investment Company, Abertis.

Notable practitioners

Audley Sheppard QC is a highly respected practitioner with vast experience of international trade, commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Based in London, he currently sits as chair of the LCIA board.

Jason Fry co-heads the firm's global international arbitration group from the Paris office. He is particularly sought after for his in-depth knowledge of ICC proceedings and is highlighted by market commentators as "a real standout."

Cameron Hassall has extensive commercial arbitration expertise. He operates an impressive practice from the Hong Kong office, advising on cross-border corporate, banking, aviation and energy disputes.

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Hogan Lovells - Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Sought-after team offering extensive global coverage and multifaceted expertise. Well regarded for its robust investment treaty practice and its skilful representation of both sovereign states and multinational corporations. Also handles big-ticket commercial mandates and offers particular strength in construction and energy-related arbitrations.

Strengths Commentators praise the firm's attention to detail and client-centric approach. One source stated: "Their performance is excellent. What I value most is the depth and quality of the analysis. Their responsiveness is superb."

The firm is also noted for the quality of its practitioners, who are described by sources as "high-level professionals."

Work highlights Appeared before the ICC on behalf of IBM México in its USD300 million claim against Iusacell, alleging bad faith and wrongful termination of a ten-year services agreement.

Represented the Republic of Panama in ICSID proceedings brought following an alleged breach of the terms of the USA-Panama BIT as a result of its decision not to renew a mining concession agreement.

Significant clients Alstom, BHP Billiton, Eni, GE, Government of Mexico.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Armas has a wealth of experience handling commercial arbitrations under the rules of various arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA and SIAC. He is the firm's New York managing partner and is particularly well regarded for his work in Latin America.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Climbs the rankings following widespread recognition of its international arbitration abilities. The team of seasoned arbitration specialists handles investment treaty and commercial disputes arising in a wide range of industries. Offers particular expertise in construction and IP matters. Further highlighted for its increasing presence in the Asia-Pacific market.

Work highlights Represented various investors in two UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, alleging expropriation of the claimants' investments in a gas import terminal.

Significant clients Oschadbank, DP World.

Notable practitioners

Philippe Pinsolle is extolled by sources as one of the brightest lawyers of his generation and he is particularly praised for his procedural insight. His practice encompasses commercial and investor-state disputes arising in the defence, energy and construction industries. He is based in Paris.

Stephen Jagusch QC chairs the global international arbitration practice from the London office. He has world-renowned expertise in arbitration, with experience in a wide range of investment treaty, construction and commercial disputes. He is also noted for his extensive experience of matters relating to the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded firm with an active presence in the arbitration field. Acts for governments and corporations in international commercial and investor-state disputes before all major arbitration fora. With a particularly strong offering in the USA, the team also regularly appears before US courts to enforce overseas arbitral awards.

Work highlights Represented the Republic of Colombia in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by Gas Natural, claiming USD1 billion in damages under the terms of the Spain-Colombia BIT as a result of the planned liquidation of ElectriCaribe.

Acted for various Belizean entities in separate actions attempting to enforce LCIA arbitration awards in the USA against the government of Belize.

Significant clients TransCanada, Veolia Environnement, Affiliates of Philip Morris International, Republic of Peru, Republic of Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Benno Kimmelman is held in high regard for his counsel work in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is distinguished by market commentators as a "very well respected" player in the field, particularly in the USA and Latin America.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Significant international arbitration practice, drawing on the resources of a globally integrated team. Frequently called upon to represent states and commercial entities in investment treaty arbitrations. Also mandated by major corporations and financial institutions to handle commercial and shareholder disputes, particularly matters arising in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the firm's client care and commercial awareness. A source said: "They're excellent. They consistently keep me informed and are extremely commercial. They really understand how a business person thinks and are able to translate that into effective legal advice."

Peers speak highly of the firm, saying: "They have a very strong practice and some very talented lawyers."

Work highlights Successfully represented shareholders of Devas Multimedia in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against the Republic of India, which were brought under the Mauritius-India BIT and related to the cancellation of a satellite telecoms deal.

Acted for a US energy company in an ICC arbitration - and parallel US court actions - against a Spanish multinational, relating to a power station construction project.

Significant clients NTT Docomo, Republic of Cyprus, CEMEX, Global Telecom, Starr International.

Notable practitioners

London-based Karyl Nairn QC is considered by sources to be a prestigious name and a "very important figure" in the global international arbitration sphere. She represents both states and corporates in investment treaty arbitrations and expertly handles a diverse range of commercial disputes.

The multilingual Julie Bédard splits her time between New York and São Paulo and has a well-established practice in Latin America, with particular expertise in Brazilian matters. She is an accomplished international arbitration counsel, having appeared before the ICC, LCIA and ICSID, among others.

John Gardiner is based in New York and co-heads the firm's global litigation and arbitration practice. He focuses his practice on particularly high-value cross-border commercial disputes and is noted for his wide-ranging industry knowledge, including of the energy, construction and insurance sectors.

London-based David Kavanagh QC is an experienced counsel with a well-established reputation in the field. He is praised highly by sources, who say: "He is a pretty extraordinary person to have on your side." He is particularly well regarded for his work in investment treaty arbitrations. Kavanagh co-heads the global litigation and arbitration group.

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Skadden’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group brings a vast breadth of knowledge and experience to the resolution of international disputes.

Our lawyers have appeared before every major international arbitral institution, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, International Centre for Dispute Resolution/American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other rules.

We are experienced in managing international disputes involving more than one jurisdiction or dispute resolution forum and have litigated high-profile international cases before the trial and appellate courts of the U.S. and England. We have represented individuals and companies in industries as varied as power and energy, metals and mining, oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking, auditing and securities. We also frequently advise clients in disputes against sovereigns for expropriation and unfair treatment under international agreements such as free trade agreements, bilateral investment treaties and multilateral trade agreements.

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Three Crowns LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact, high-calibre global team serving an impressive client roster of sovereign states and corporates. Possesses excellent experience of both commercial arbitration and investment treaty claims, particularly in Europe and Latin America. Expertly handles international disputes arising in the energy, natural resources and financial services sectors.

Strengths Interviewees admire the firm's strong bench, noting: "They have an extraordinary collection of practitioners," and that the firm "certainly punches above its weight."

Work highlights Represented AREVA and Siemens in an approximately USD5 billion ICC dispute against TVO, regarding the design and construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.

Advised Canada-based Edgewater Exploration on its BIT claim against the Kingdom of Spain relating to the cancellation of its gold mining licence for operations in Spain's Galicia region.

Significant clients ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Marfin Investment Holdings, Sultanate of Oman, Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Notable practitioners

London-based Constantine Partasides QC earns strong praise for his international arbitration practice, with interviewees billing him "a star." He regularly acts for major corporations in high-value claims against states, with an excellent track record in the energy and oil and gas sectors.

The "phenomenal" Jan Paulsson has a long history as one of the arbitration field's leading figures. He has decades of experience handling international arbitrations and is active as both counsel and arbitrator. He is based in Washington DC.

London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel is widely regarded as a "top-notch practitioner," with sources noting his expertise in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Admitted to practice in the UK, France and Spain, he has a strong track record in disputes across Europe and Latin America.

The "terrific" Todd Wetmore offers a wealth of experience in the commercial arbitration field. He is renowned for his expertise in disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects. He is based in Paris.

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Baker Botts LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust practice with vast experience handling investor-state and commercial disputes across the globe. Frequently retained by sovereigns, state-owned entities and blue-chip companies. Comes highly recommended for its expertise in construction arbitration, IP-related matters and gas price review disputes.

Strengths Sources acknowledge the firm's "solid reputation worldwide" and draw particular attention to its industry-specific expertise. Sources say: "Their practice is based in London. However, because of their strong ties with Texas, they have been particularly well suited to the energy industry" and "have a remarkable practice in the oil and gas sector."

Work highlights Represented Cobalt International, as claimant, in an ICC arbitration against an Angolan state-owned energy company relating to the purchase and sale agreement for two deepwater oil production blocks.

Significant clients Chevron, Newco, Rosneft, Republic of Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Jay Alexander has decades of experience handing international disputes. One interviewee enthused: "His adroitness in international and transnational laws, paired with his ability to develop convincing case strategies, make him one of the best international litigators I have known." He is based in London, from where he co-chairs the firm's international arbitration and dispute resolution group.

Alejandro Escobar is fluent in both English and Spanish and has an impressive reputation across the European and Latin American markets. He is well versed in commercial and BIT arbitrations and is lauded as a "bright individual" and "super-talented lawyer." He is based in London.

Michael Goldberg splits his time between New York and Houston and operates a distinguished international arbitration practice. He is sought after by sovereigns and corporations alike to act as counsel in high-value investor-state disputes. He is co-chair of the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy arbitration group representing an impressive client base of sovereign states and major corporations in key arbitration hubs. Regularly handles high-profile investment treaty disputes and offers specialist knowledge of the oil and gas industry. Also holds a strong track record in international commercial disputes.

Work highlights Defended the Hellenic Republic in a BIT claim brought under ICSID rules by Cyprus Popular Bank following steps taken by the Greek government to address its financial and sovereign debt crisis.

Defended the Agfa-Gevaert Group before the ICC against various claims for damages, in total exceeding EUR1 billion, relating to the sale of the company’s consumer imaging division.

Significant clients Russian Federation, Telecom Italia, Republic of Iraq, DP World, Petro Andina Resources.

Notable practitioners

Claudia Annacker is well regarded for her active investor-state practice. Impressed clients say she provides "intelligent, timely and focused advice" and has the "ability to deal with complicated cases and multiple streams of work." Based in Paris, she is a native German speaker and also fluent in English.

Market commentators highlight Jean-Yves Garaud as a "very respected and important figure in the Paris arbitration field." He is highly experienced representing clients in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, as well as handling enforcement disputes before French courts. He is based in Paris.

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Dechert LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm comprising international law specialists skilled in cross-border disputes, with notable expertise in investor-state and commercial arbitrations. Possesses in-depth knowledge of ICC and LCIA proceedings and a wealth of experience advocating for the enforcement of arbitral awards. Particularly strong in the European and Latin American markets.

Strengths Sources note: "This is a very fine firm with very talented people."

Work highlights Represented MOL in a multibillion-dollar ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Croatia concerning MOL’s investment in a Croatian oil and gas company.

Represented European investors in the first ICSID arbitration brought against the State of Kuwait. This USD300 million dispute related to an expressway construction project.

Significant clients Czech Republic, Petróleos Paraguayos, Microsoft, Republic of Ecuador, OHL.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Silva Romero is a prominent practitioner who is particularly well regarded in Europe and Latin America. He has in-depth knowledge of international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes. He co-chairs the firm's global international arbitration group from Paris.

Market observers highlight Arif Ali as a "very well respected" figure in the market. He is regularly mandated to handle commercial and investor-state arbitrations in a wide range of sectors, including construction, energy and mining. He co-chairs the international arbitration practice, and splits his time between the London and Washington, DC offices.

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Derains & Gharavi - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished, Paris-based arbitration boutique active in large-scale investment treaty disputes on behalf of states, corporations and individual investors alike. Also well regarded for its commercial arbitration practice and its experience of enforcement proceedings before national courts. Expertise covers disputes under the rules of all major arbitral institutions and cuts across sectors, with experience of recent matters in the telecoms, construction and mining industries.

Strengths Sources praise the team as "true arbitration specialists" and acknowledge the firm's "tremendous client roster."

Work highlights Defended the Republic of Sudan in an ICSID arbitration brought by a foreign investor under the terms of both the Jordan-Sudan BIT and the Lebanon-Sudan BIT.

Represented a Turkish company in its ICSID BIT claim against the Republic of Turkmenistan relating to numerous disputed construction projects.

Significant clients Republic of Albania, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Oxus Gold, Republic of Turkey, Banco Nacional de Cuba.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Hamid Gharavi is very active in the arbitration field, acting as counsel for states and private sector clients in a range of investment treaty disputes. He also has a wealth of experience in large-scale commercial arbitrations. He is well regarded as counsel and as an arbitrator.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that is heavily involved in investor-state disputes, acting for sovereigns and private sector clients. Experienced operating under the rules of major arbitration institutions on disputes spanning industries such as energy, financial services and telecommunications.

Work highlights Represented a Chinese state-owned energy company in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by Canada-based Primeline Energy Holdings, seeking over USD250 million in damages.

Represented a group of Ukrainian investors in multiple arbitrations against the Russian Federation, brought under the terms of the Russia-Ukraine BIT in an attempt to recover investments lost following Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Significant clients Crystallex, RSC Energia, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Europe, Huntington Ingalls, Government of Hungary.

Notable practitioners

John Townsend chairs the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice from Washington, DC. With extensive experience in commercial and investment treaty disputes, he is widely viewed as "excellent, both as an advocate and as an arbitrator."

John Fellas is a seasoned practitioner with excellent experience acting as counsel in international arbitrations under ICC and ad hoc rules. He is based in the New York office and also has experience practising in the UK.

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Lalive - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed group of international arbitration experts headquartered in Geneva. Operates a well-regarded investor-state and commercial arbitration practice, with particular expertise in the energy, construction, telecoms and mining sectors. Highly rated for its handling of significant disputes in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.

Strengths One interviewee was particularly impressed by "the phenomenal amount of work they do" and reported: "They leave no stone unturned and miss nothing, it is quite phenomenal. They're also extremely conscientious about keeping you in the loop. They forge a personal connection with you, which is very reassuring."

Sources appreciate the team's efficiency, with one interviewee noting: "Their performance has been extraordinary. They were able to analyse a complex case within a short timeframe, and they had the skills to communicate in the different languages required for our case."

Work highlights Acted for Romania on a USD4 billion arbitration brought by North American investors under ICSID rules in relation to a mining project.

Represented a Russian investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against an Eastern European state relating to investments in the country's consumer goods industry.

Significant clients Republic of Turkey, Swiss Confederation, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Ecuador.

Notable practitioners

Michael Schneider has built a solid reputation in the arbitration field, acting as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is also an accomplished and well-respected arbitrator.

Domitille Baizeau draws praise from sources for her long-standing experience of international commercial arbitration, M&A disputes and investment treaty claims. She offers in-depth knowledge of the energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors.

Matthias Scherer is held in high regard for his skilful representation of clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has substantial experience appearing before all major arbitration institutions, including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

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  • LALIVE is internationally renowned for its expertise in the field of dispute resolution, especially in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration and litigation.​
  • The firm operates on a worldwide basis, representing individuals, multinationals, States and State entities in high profile commercial and investor-State disputes.
  • The arbitration practice is composed of 11 partners and 33 full time arbitration associates qualified in Switzerland and 15 other countries. 
  • The practice handles cases involving a broad range of substantive laws, arbitration laws and arbitration rules in all key jurisdictions. It is the only Swiss-based firm to have a significant investment arbitration practice. It handles the advocacy itself in all of its cases.
  • The practice is unique in the number of jurisdictions it is able to cover and is particularly active in Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America. 
  • The firm’s twelve renowned international arbitration partners are actively involved in many of the major international arbitration associations, committees, and working groups (including the ICC Arbitration Commission, Swiss Arbitration Association, UNCITRAL Working Groups, LCIA Users’ Council, ICCA, AAA, and IBA Arbitration Committee) as well as holding key executive positions in several arbitration institutions (Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution, ICC Court of International Arbitration, ICDR, SCC, DIAC).

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Latham & Watkins LLP - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Flourishing international arbitration practice earning recognition for its strong teams in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Sought after for its deep industry knowledge, especially in the mining, finance, energy and construction sectors. Regularly involved in international BIT claims and commercial arbitrations as well as M&A and joint venture disputes.

Strengths The team's skills draw strong praise. Sources say: "It is an extremely bright team, from junior associate to senior partner level, and they're able to provide strategic input and approach issues with a global view of all potential implications. They do not hesitate to challenge established ideas and see through issues. They are simply fantastic."

Sources emphatically praise the team's business-minded approach. One source said: "It was an outstanding performance and it was easy working with them. They were very open-minded and flexible and understood the business implications of the matter."

Work highlights Defended the Republic of Colombia in a USD250 million ICSID arbitration against Eco Oro Minerals concerning an alleged breach of the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement as a result of new regulations intended to protect Colombia's moorland ecosystems.

Represented the Hong Kong subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned company in an HKIAC arbitration concerning a loan provided to the chairman of a Hong Kong-listed company.

Significant clients ArcellorMittal, Deloitte China, GE, Republic of Croatia, Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is an accomplished advocate who is recognised by market sources as "one of the best." He is sought after for his expert handling of commercial and investment treaty disputes, with particular strength in Latin America-related proceedings.

Sophie Lamb QC enjoys a solid reputation for her broad-ranging international arbitration practice. One impressed interviewee said: "Sophie Lamb is an extremely smart and thoughtful lawyer who you want in the room when you are trying to get your head around an issue." She is based in London.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Arbitration (International) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established team with an impressive international reach. Handles high-value commercial and investment disputes, representing states, corporations and other investors under a variety of institutional and ad hoc rules. Noted for its expertise in international trade disputes and enforcement proceedings. Further capabilities handling multi-jurisdictional disputes in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors.

Strengths Interviewees report that the firm is "very well recognised" and draw attention to the quality of the team, whose members are said to be "doing very good work."

Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Kazakhstan in proceedings before US courts concerning the enforcement of a USD500 million arbitral award issued in relation to the Energy Charter Treaty.

Notable practitioners

Houston-based Mark Baker is highly respected by peers, with one stating: "He is one of the best lawyers I’ve faced. From a quality perspective, the guy is great." He has a wide-ranging commercial arbitration practice covering contractual disputes arising in the banking, construction and energy sectors, among others.

Montréal senior partner Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is a seasoned disputes practitioner with over three decades of experience in the arbitration field. He is familiar handling international commercial disputes in the telecommunications, aviation and construction sectors. He also enjoys a solid reputation as an arbitrator.

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Star Individuals

WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

Gary Born is a renowned figure in the field, championed by one market source as the "number one international commercial arbitration lawyer in the world." He has a wealth of experience under all major institutional and ad hoc rules, acting both as counsel and arbitrator. He chairs the firm's international arbitration group from the London office.

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Emmanuel Gaillard

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Emmanuel Gaillard is widely praised for his significant contribution to the field of arbitration and is picked out as an extremely bright lawyer. He is applauded for his expertise in both commercial and investment treaty matters, advising sovereign states and commercial bodies alike. Based in Paris, he is particularly prominent in European and African disputes.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Houston-based Doak Bishop garners high praise from interviewees, who describe him as a "really outstanding lawyer with a lot of experience." He is a seasoned figure in the international arbitration scene, with a practice predominantly focused on investment disputes relating to the oil and gas and construction sectors.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Nigel Blackaby heads the firm’s global international arbitration group from Washington, DC. He is a renowned figure in the field, garnering praise from sources as a "very experienced and very impressive lawyer." He is especially noted for his expertise in cases relating to Latin America.

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Donald Francis Donovan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The "spectacular" Donald Donovan is a prominent figure in international arbitration circles. He offers decades of experience in high-stakes commercial and investment treaty disputes, earning praise for his impressive advocacy skills. He currently serves as president of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and is based in New York.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Friedland heads the firm's global international arbitration practice from its New York office. He is lauded by market commentators as an excellent practitioner with a very strong reputation. He is sought after for his strong track record and extensive expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitration.

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Matthew Gearing QC

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC has a tremendous reputation in the field and is considered a leading figure in the Asian market. He has a wealth of experience handling commercial and investor-state disputes, with particular expertise in the energy sector. He currently serves as chair of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Carolyn Lamm is widely recognised for her robust arbitration practice. She regularly represents sovereign and commercial entities in high-profile investment treaty disputes and international trade matters. Interviewees find her to be a "superb lawyer" and "very talented" advocate. She is based in Washington, DC.

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Constantine Partasides QC

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Constantine Partasides QC earns strong praise for his international arbitration practice, with interviewees billing him "a star." He regularly acts for major corporations in high-value claims against states, with an excellent track record in the energy and oil and gas sectors.

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Philippe Pinsolle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

From the Chambers Global guide

Philippe Pinsolle is extolled by sources as one of the brightest lawyers of his generation and he is particularly praised for his procedural insight. His practice encompasses commercial and investor-state disputes arising in the defence, energy and construction industries. He is based in Paris.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York and London-based David Rivkin is lauded by market commentators for his position at "the very top" of the field. He handles high-profile international arbitrations before numerous institutions including ICSID, LCIA and ICC. He is an "extremely experienced" practitioner with notable expertise in energy and construction mandates.

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José I Astigarraga

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources commend José Astigarraga of Reed Smith LLP as a "very well-respected practitioner, especially in the Latin American context." Clients also say that he "has proven his undisputed quality as an advocate and a legal consultant," and highlight "his expertise, legal and business knowledge, availability and efficiency in attending to our short-notice demands." He handles commercial arbitrations from his base in Miami.

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Peter Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Peter Goldsmith QC is renowned for his broad-ranging international arbitration practice representing commercial and sovereign entities, as well as NGOs, across the globe. Sources find him to be "well deserving of his status as a leader in the field."

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Stephen Jagusch QC

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Jagusch QC chairs the global international arbitration practice from the London office. He has world-renowned expertise in arbitration, with experience in a wide range of investment treaty, construction and commercial disputes. He is also noted for his extensive experience of matters relating to the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is an accomplished advocate who is recognised by market sources as "one of the best." He is sought after for his expert handling of commercial and investment treaty disputes, with particular strength in Latin America-related proceedings.

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Band 2

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

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Karyl Nairn QC is considered by sources to be a prestigious name and a "very important figure" in the global international arbitration sphere. She represents both states and corporates in investment treaty arbitrations and expertly handles a diverse range of commercial disputes.

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Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The "phenomenal" Jan Paulsson has a long history as one of the arbitration field's leading figures. He has decades of experience handling international arbitrations and is active as both counsel and arbitrator. He is based in Washington DC.

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Michael Polkinghorne

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Michael Polkinghorne is a significant figure in European international arbitration. Observers enthuse: "He is running a spectacular practice and is one of the leading oil and gas arbitration experts. He really is excellent." He also has considerable experience concerning disputes in North and West Africa.

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King & Spalding International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The highly experienced John Savage QC is an "excellent" practitioner who expertly handles investment treaty arbitrations and energy-related disputes. He splits his time between the firm’s Singapore and London offices.

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Michael E Schneider

Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Schneider has built a solid reputation in the arbitration field, acting as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is also an accomplished and well-respected arbitrator.

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Audley Sheppard QC

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Audley Sheppard QC is a highly respected practitioner with vast experience of international trade, commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Based in London, he currently sits as chair of the LCIA board.

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Eduardo Silva Romero

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Eduardo Silva Romero is a prominent practitioner who is particularly well regarded in Europe and Latin America. He has in-depth knowledge of international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes. He co-chairs the firm's global international arbitration group from Paris.

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Abby Cohen Smutny

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Washington, DC-based Abby Cohen Smutny is particularly esteemed for her investment treaty dispute practice, representing both sovereign states and corporate clients. Sources praise her advocacy skills and describe her as "very experienced" and "very strong."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

John Townsend chairs the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice from Washington, DC. With extensive experience in commercial and investment treaty disputes, he is widely viewed as "excellent, both as an advocate and as an arbitrator."

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Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Claudia Annacker is well regarded for her active investor-state practice. Impressed clients say she provides "intelligent, timely and focused advice" and has the "ability to deal with complicated cases and multiple streams of work." Based in Paris, she is a native German speaker and also fluent in English.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Houston-based Mark Baker is highly respected by peers, with one stating: "He is one of the best lawyers I’ve faced. From a quality perspective, the guy is great." He has a wide-ranging commercial arbitration practice covering contractual disputes arising in the banking, construction and energy sectors, among others.

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Band 3

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Yas Banifatemi enjoys a very good reputation in the field and is noted by peers for the very high quality of her work. She has forged a respected practice, handling investment arbitrations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She is particularly well regarded for her in-depth knowledge of the energy and oil and gas industries.

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Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Montréal senior partner Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is a seasoned disputes practitioner with over three decades of experience in the arbitration field. He is familiar handling international commercial disputes in the telecommunications, aviation and construction sectors. He also enjoys a solid reputation as an arbitrator.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Phillip Capper draws strong praise for his arbitration skills, with interviewees deeming him a "great lawyer." He enjoys a solid reputation as a leading authority on construction-related arbitrations in particular. He works from London.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators highlight Jean-Yves Garaud as a "very respected and important figure in the Paris arbitration field." He is highly experienced representing clients in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, as well as handling enforcement disputes before French courts. He is based in Paris.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of the firm's global arbitration practice Paula Hodges QC is acclaimed by market sources as a "terrific practitioner" and a "very well-known figure in the field." She is highly regarded for her extensive arbitration experience, with particular expertise in disputes arising in the energy and technology sectors. She is based in London, and also has experience regarding African disputes.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York managing partner Edward Kehoe has a long-standing reputation in the field, with his practice encompassing commercial and investment disputes. He is recognised for his successes in a number of sectors, including construction, financial services, real estate and energy.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Barton Legum of Dentons is a highly regarded practitioner commended by sources for possessing "a lot of experience in international arbitration, and particularly with ICSID." Others endorse him as "one of the world-leading experts on investment treaty arbitration."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Global guide

Carole Malinvaud of Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI in Paris is a commercial arbitration expert who is "very well respected in the Paris market." She enjoys a stellar reputation for the high quality of her work, with a peer stating: "I've always thought she was one of the best practitioners in Paris."

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Gaëtan Verhoosel

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel is widely regarded as a "top-notch practitioner," with sources noting his expertise in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Admitted to practice in the UK, France and Spain, he has a strong track record in disputes across Europe and Latin America.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Oliver Armas has a wealth of experience handling commercial arbitrations under the rules of various arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA and SIAC. He is the firm's New York managing partner and is particularly well regarded for his work in Latin America.

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Domitille Baizeau

Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Domitille Baizeau draws praise from sources for her long-standing experience of international commercial arbitration, M&A disputes and investment treaty claims. She offers in-depth knowledge of the energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms sectors.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

The multilingual Julie Bédard splits her time between New York and São Paulo and has a well-established practice in Latin America, with particular expertise in Brazilian matters. She is an accomplished international arbitration counsel, having appeared before the ICC, LCIA and ICSID, among others.

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Justin D'Agostino

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Justin D'Agostino heads the firm’s global dispute resolution practice from the Hong Kong office. With long-standing experience of investment treaty arbitration, he has forged a solid reputation in the field and is particularly well regarded in the Asia-Pacific market.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paolo Di Rosa of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is an impressive international disputes specialist with standout expertise in investment treaty arbitrations. He is praised for "having a truly global practice," but is particularly noted for being "very strong in the Latin American market." He is based in Washington, DC.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Friedman receives strong praise from sources, who "have a lot of respect and admiration for him." One interviewee went on to state: "He is one of the most intelligent lawyers I have ever met." He is active as both counsel and arbitrator, with particular expertise in energy, mining, construction and telecoms disputes. He divides his time between New York and London.

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Jason Fry co-heads the firm's global international arbitration group from the Paris office. He is particularly sought after for his in-depth knowledge of ICC proceedings and is highlighted by market commentators as "a real standout."

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers Global guide

John Gardiner is based in New York and co-heads the firm's global litigation and arbitration practice. He focuses his practice on particularly high-value cross-border commercial disputes and is noted for his wide-ranging industry knowledge, including of the energy, construction and insurance sectors.

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Derains & Gharavi

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Hamid Gharavi is very active in the arbitration field, acting as counsel for states and private sector clients in a range of investment treaty disputes. He also has a wealth of experience in large-scale commercial arbitrations. He is well regarded as counsel and as an arbitrator.

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George Kahale III

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

George Kahale of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is lauded as a "very sharp" and "extremely impressive" advocate. He has notable expertise representing sovereign states in infrastructure and energy-related disputes. He is based in New York.

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Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Charles Kaplan of Orrick Rambaud Martel garners praise from sources who describe him as a "very talented" practitioner. He has extensive knowledge of the oil and gas industry and operates an active practice in francophone Africa.

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David Kavanagh QC

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

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based David Kavanagh QC is an experienced counsel with a well-established reputation in the field. He is praised highly by sources, who say: "He is a pretty extraordinary person to have on your side." He is particularly well regarded for his work in investment treaty arbitrations. Kavanagh co-heads the global litigation and arbitration group.

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Louis B. (Benno) Kimmelman

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based Benno Kimmelman is held in high regard for his counsel work in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is distinguished by market commentators as a "very well respected" player in the field, particularly in the USA and Latin America.

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Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based David Lindsey of Chaffetz Lindsey LLP has a wealth of experience in the field. He is knowledgeable when it comes to both commercial and investment treaty disputes and regularly handles arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, ICDR and LCIA.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

James Loftis of Vinson & Elkins LLP is a highly regarded international arbitration specialist with a plethora of experience in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. He handles commercial and investor-state arbitrations from his base in Houston.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Wendy Miles QC recently joined the team in London. She handles a plethora of commercial and investor-state arbitration matters in sectors such as telecommunications, energy and financial services. Sources praise her as a "brilliant lawyer" who is "very sharp."

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Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthias Scherer is held in high regard for his skilful representation of clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He has substantial experience appearing before all major arbitration institutions, including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

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BonelliErede

From the Chambers Global guide

Laurence Shore recently joined BonelliErede in Milan. He specialises in international commercial disputes and is particularly noted for his successes in the construction, energy and telecoms sectors. He enjoys an excellent reputation for his work in Latin America.

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Matthew Weiniger QC

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthew Weiniger QC of Linklaters' London office is a well-regarded advocate with a long-standing reputation in the field of international arbitration. He is active representing clients in investment treaty disputes and offers strong expertise in the energy sector.

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Jay Alexander has decades of experience handing international disputes. One interviewee enthused: "His adroitness in international and transnational laws, paired with his ability to develop convincing case strategies, make him one of the best international litigators I have known." He is based in London, from where he co-chairs the firm's international arbitration and dispute resolution group.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Market observers highlight Arif Ali as a "very well respected" figure in the market. He is regularly mandated to handle commercial and investor-state arbitrations in a wide range of sectors, including construction, energy and mining. He co-chairs the international arbitration practice, and splits his time between the London and Washington, DC offices.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

John Bowman has decades of experience in the international arbitration space and is particularly well regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector. He is based in Houston.

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Alejandro Escobar

Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Alejandro Escobar is fluent in both English and Spanish and has an impressive reputation across the European and Latin American markets. He is well versed in commercial and BIT arbitrations and is lauded as a "bright individual" and "super-talented lawyer." He is based in London.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

John Fellas is a seasoned practitioner with excellent experience acting as counsel in international arbitrations under ICC and ad hoc rules. He is based in the New York office and also has experience practising in the UK.

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Michael S Goldberg

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Goldberg splits his time between New York and Houston and operates a distinguished international arbitration practice. He is sought after by sovereigns and corporations alike to act as counsel in high-value investor-state disputes. He is co-chair of the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Cameron Hassall has extensive commercial arbitration expertise. He operates an impressive practice from the Hong Kong office, advising on cross-border corporate, banking, aviation and energy disputes.

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Alastair Henderson

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Alastair Henderson heads the firm’s South-East Asia practice from his base in Singapore. He is highly regarded in the region, drawing praise for his track record handling disputes in the infrastructure, construction and oil and gas sectors.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Sophie Lamb QC enjoys a solid reputation for her broad-ranging international arbitration practice. One impressed interviewee said: "Sophie Lamb is an extremely smart and thoughtful lawyer who you want in the room when you are trying to get your head around an issue." She is based in London.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators describe New York-based Joseph Neuhaus of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as a highly intelligent and "excellent lawyer." He focuses on international commercial arbitrations and is especially recognised for his experience in Latin American disputes. He also sits as an arbitrator.

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Aníbal Martin Sabater

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources enthusiastically describe Aníbal Martin Sabater of Chaffetz Lindsey LLP as "quite remarkable" and "deserving of recognition at a global level." He typically handles international arbitrations relating to construction, energy, mining and shipping. He is based in New York.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Franz Schwarz is highly regarded for his adept handling of disputes relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures and project finance. He is particularly well regarded in Europe, with sources highlighting him for his frequent handling of challenging cases originating in the German-speaking world. 

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Christopher Seppälä

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Seppälä operates a robust arbitration practice from the firm's Paris office. Construction, energy and infrastructure disputes form the bulk of his work, earning him wide recognition from the market as being "tremendously knowledgeable in construction arbitration."

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Volterra Fietta

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Volterra of Volterra Fietta has a long-standing reputation in the field of public international law and is particularly well regarded for his high-level involvement in investor-state arbitrations. He is based in London.

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Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The "terrific" Todd Wetmore offers a wealth of experience in the commercial arbitration field. He is renowned for his expertise in disputes arising out of infrastructure and energy projects. He is based in Paris.

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