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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Arbitration (International)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Leading practice with an excellent track record handling international disputes. Market observers particularly highlight the firm's New York team, which frequently undertakes high-profile cases in Latin America. Represents investors and respondent states in treaty cases arising in an array of sectors, with particularly notable expertise in oil and gas, energy and natural resources. Also acts for corporations in sensitive commercial arbitrations.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the team. One source stated: "The work done by the firm has been exemplary."

Work highlights Continued to represent Tethyan Copper in parallel proceedings against the government of Balochistan and the government of Pakistan arising from a declined mining lease for a gold and copper mining development in the region.

Significant clients Occidental Petroleum, Perenco, Pueblo Viejo Dominicana.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Donald Francis Donovan is routinely engaged in very high-profile international disputes. An interviewee stated: "Donald's lawyering skills are without parallel. He has tremendous technical knowledge, his work is precise and thorough, and his devotion to his cases is highly admirable. I wouldn't think about going to anyone else with a complex arbitration matter."

David Rivkin continues to be regarded as "one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world." He divides his time between the firm's New York and London offices, advising on a wide range of international disputes, including matters relating to energy concessions and construction contracts.

London-based Peter Goldsmith QC is "extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful" and enjoys a good reputation amongst fellow arbitration practitioners. He is a former Attorney General of the UK, and acts for clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Mark Friedman is held in high regard, with his arbitration practice encompassing a number of Latin America-related cases. Sources say: "His legal knowledge and analyses are very strong - he's a terrific advocate." He typically advises on disputes in the natural resources, construction and telecoms industries, dividing his time between London and New York.

London-based Wendy Miles QC joined the team in early 2017, having most recently led the global arbitration practice at Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) LLP. She is recognised as "an impressive, experienced arbitration expert whose counsel is clear, concise and comprehensive." Her industry experience spans telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy.

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King & Spalding LLP - Arbitration (International)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Top choice for international disputes, with an especially strong reputation for its representation of investors in treaty arbitrations. Offers significant expertise in commercial disputes arising in the energy sector, where the firm benefits from its outstanding reputation in the oil and gas sector generally. Possesses a strong international offering, with market observers noting the group's strength in Asia and the USA in particular.

Strengths Sources state that the firm has "a very good energy arbitration practice."

Market commentators also point to the firm's "outstandingly good Asia practice."

Work highlights Acted for a number of investor clients on arbitrations against the Kingdom of Spain and the Italian Republic, all of which relate to the impact of regulatory changes on the clients' renewable energy investments.

Represented the government of Turkey and its state-owned pipeline operator in a claim filed by the government of Iraq alleging the illegal export of oil from Iraq's Kurdistan region, in breach of a long-standing agreement between the two countries. The dispute has an estimated value of more than USD1 billion.

Advised South American Silver on its USD500 million dispute with Bolivia, arising from the state's expropriation of mining concessions owned by a subsidiary of the company.

Significant clients Chevron, Marriott International, WesternZagros, Petersen Energía, Shell.

Notable practitioners

An interviewee said of Doak Bishop: "He's probably the most prominent international arbitration lawyer in Houston." His long-standing dispute resolution practice has a strong emphasis on the oil and gas sector, with additional experience of construction and environmental matters.

Observers note that John Savage is a gifted strategist in international arbitration matters. He heads the firm's Asian arbitration practice, dividing his time between London and Singapore. His expertise covers commercial and investment treaty disputes, with specific knowledge relating to the energy and construction sectors.

Houston-based John Bowman is highlighted for his frequent involvement in the oil and gas sector, where he has long-standing experience representing industry leaders in international disputes.

Edward Kehoe is the firm's New York managing partner, and well regarded for his handling of major arbitration cases across the USA. His practice encompasses disputes in the natural resources, construction, financial services, pharmaceuticals and insurance sectors.

Since publication, Eric Schwartz has joined Schwartz Arbitration.

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White & Case LLP - Arbitration (International)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Formidable team with a long-standing reputation as one of the leaders in the international arbitration arena. Regularly appears in investor-state disputes. Well known for its capacity to handle significant global treaty cases out of its US offices, as well as for its prevalence in construction-related disputes in the UK. Also handles disputes arising in the energy, financial services and transportation sectors.

Work highlights Acted for thousands of Italian bondholders on an ICSID arbitration against the Argentine Republic relating to the country's sovereign default. This case was valued at over USD1.3 billion.

Assisted TECO with its USD285 million dispute against the Republic of Guatemala, involving allegations that the Republic breached CAFTA obligations in its tariff review process, with regards to TECO's investment in Guatemala's largest electricity distribution company.

Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in several investment treaty arbitrations in the textiles, energy, commodities and construction sectors, against investors based in the UK, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the Netherlands, among other states.

Significant clients The Russian Federation, Grupo Unidos por el Canal, Republic of Peru, Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings, Gabriel Resources.

Notable practitioners

Paul Friedland is considered "a go-to for major international arbitrations" by market observers. He is a highly respected figure with experience in both commercial and investment disputes. Based in New York, he heads the firm's global international arbitration practice.

Carolyn Lamm is described as a "first-rate" practitioner by interviewees, who emphasise her extensive experience and impressive powers of advocacy. She is based in Washington, DC, and assists clients with both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

Michael Polkinghorne is based in Paris and enjoys an excellent reputation in Europe for his wide-ranging international arbitration practice. He focuses on disputes surrounding the infrastructure and energy industries.

Abby Cohen Smutny is located in the firm's Washington, DC office and possesses a broad range of experience in international disputes. She particularly stands out for her international public law expertise and representation of investors in investment treaty disputes.

London-based Phillip Capper has a diverse range of arbitration experience, counselling clients in disputes under institutional and ad hoc rules. He is highlighted by market observers as a leading authority on construction-related arbitrations.

Christopher Seppälä in Paris is well known for his extensive knowledge of construction disputes in the international arena. He typically advises on cases arising out of large-scale infrastructure and energy projects.

Aloke Ray divides his time between the Singapore and London offices and is experienced at advising companies in the Asia-Pacific region on construction and energy disputes. He leads the firm's Asian arbitration practice.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Arbitration (International)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Formidable practice with deep arbitration expertise spanning numerous jurisdictions. Particularly strong in Europe and Asia. Increasingly active in IP disputes, with substantial additional experience on matters in the energy and financial services sectors. Regularly undertakes investor-state arbitration and has a good track record representing investors.

Strengths Interviewees point to the team's in-depth knowledge of commercial issues, and view the practice as being "of the highest calibre."

One source highlighted the group's combination of "good strategic thinking, good advice and friendliness."

Work highlights Represented Slovenské elektrárne in an EUR588 million arbitration against the Slovak Republic and multiple state-owned entities stemming from the termination of the company's management agreement for a hydroelectric plant.

Advised British Caribbean Bank and Dunkeld International Investment on their dispute with the government of Belize following the nationalisation and expropriation of shares in telecoms operator Telemedia.

Assisted the Swatch Group with the setting aside of proceedings brought by Tiffany & Co entities after the termination of a co-operation agreement.

Significant clients Airbus, Deutsche Bank, Engie, Total, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees note that Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC enjoys a "terrific reputation in Asia." He has a strong track record in commercial and investor-state disputes under the complete spectrum of institutional rules.

Judith Gill QC advises on a wide range of international disputes from the firm's Singapore office. She is considered to be "a leading expert in arbitration" who is "calm under all circumstances." She currently holds the position of president of the LCIA.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Highly regarded practice that is heavily involved in investor-state disputes, acting for prominent multinationals as well as sovereign states. Continues its activity in the energy and natural resources sector, with additional strength in construction disputes. Market observers note the firm's considerable caseload in Latin America and the Middle East.

Strengths Clients note the group's "consistently excellent service."

One interviewee stated: "Freshfields clearly has a highly experienced team with exceptional knowledge of the ICSID arena. Their focus and dynamism in preparing for and executing the case was extremely impressive."

Work highlights Successfully represented Crystallex International in an ICSID dispute with Venezuela relating to the company's investment in the Las Cristinas gold mine, securing an award of more than USD1.2 billion.

Represented Beijing Urban Construction Group in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Yemen relating to the construction of a new terminal at Sana'a Airport.

Advised multiple investors, including Eurus and Sunflower Sustainable Investments, on a dispute with the Kingdom of Spain arising from regulatory changes affecting investments in the renewable energy sector.

Notable practitioners

Washington, DC-based Nigel Blackaby is described as a "terrific lawyer; very thoughtful, knowledgeable and very practical." He leads the firm's international arbitration group and has extensive experience in the space. Fluent in Spanish, he is often highlighted for his well-established Latin America practice.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Skilled team that elicits especially high praise for its offering in the Asia-Pacific region. Offers broad global expertise, bolstered by the recent opening of its Johannesburg office. Identified for its frequent involvement in commercial arbitrations. Also adept at handling investment treaty disputes on behalf of both states and investors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the team is "very resourceful and has a good way of approaching problems."

Interviewees also commend the team's "long-term strategic view of the decisions we need to make," describing the firm's lawyers as "very effective communicators."

Another source stated: "They displayed a good understanding of the business and its commercial needs."

Work highlights Represented Obrascón Huarte Lain in an ICC arbitration against Sonatrach regarding the construction of an infrastructure project in Algeria.

Acted for JKX regarding a USD260 million arbitration claim against Ukraine following regulatory changes in the country's oil and gas sector.

Counselled Brookfield Rail on its dispute with Co-operative Bulk Handling regarding the terms of access to parts of Brookfield's railway infrastructure in Western Australia.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Goldman Sachs, the Tunisian Republic, Vedanta, Eni.

Notable practitioners

London-based Paula Hodges QC heads the global arbitration practice and is renowned for her specialist expertise in African disputes. Her core expertise covers matters in the energy and technology sectors, with experience of arbitrations conducted under institutional and ad hoc rules.

Justin D'Agostino enjoys a strong reputation across the Asia-Pacific region. He frequently advises on investment treaty disputes, representing both public companies and sovereign states. He is the firm's global head of dispute resolution and is based in Hong Kong.

Alastair Henderson is a well-known presence in Asia, with notable expertise handling disputes in the construction, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. He is managing partner of the firm's Singapore office.

Laurence Shore is a prominent figure in the USA, highlighted for his deep involvement in Latin American cases. He advises on a range of energy and infrastructure matters from his base in New York.

Since publication, Laurence Shore has joined BonelliErede

Department profile by Herbert Smith Freehills

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)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for A powerhouse in the international arbitration arena, with market observers particularly noting the high-calibre work handled by the firm's Paris office. Enjoys an acclaimed track record in energy sector disputes, with a notable strength in investor-state arbitrations. Also handles commercial arbitrations.

Work highlights Represented EDF International - as respondent - in an ICC arbitration against the German state of Baden-Württemberg relating to the company's investment in an energy company in the region. The team successfully obtained a dismissal of EUR4.6 billion claims against the company.

Acted for the Republic of Lithuania on an arbitration against Veolia Environment concerning power generation systems in Lithuania, in which the amount at stake is estimated to be more than EUR200 million.

Advised the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in response to a treaty claim initiated by Orascom in relation to its operation of the country's largest mobile network.

Significant clients Areva, Sonatrach, GML, Cairn Energy, Opportunity Funds.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Emmanuel Gaillard is "a really well-known name and an excellent guy," according to interviewees. He maintains an exceptional reputation in international arbitration circles, market observers highlighting his strong track record in both commercial and investment treaty disputes, as well as his long-standing dominance in the European and African disputes arenas.

"Excellent practitioner" Yas Banifatemi is based in Paris and concentrates her practice on energy and investment disputes. She is particularly recommended for her investment treaty expertise, with experience that spans cases originating in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

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WilmerHale - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Well-established practice with core expertise located in Europe and the USA. Advises leading multinationals on high-value commercial and investor-state disputes across the globe. Possesses well-rounded, sector-specific experience covering industries such as oil and gas, telecoms and financial services, amongst others.

Notable practitioners

Gary Born has a distinguished track record in disputes and has represented clients in arbitrations covering a broad range of issues. He is based in London, from where he chairs the international arbitration group.

Franz Schwarz is vice chair of the international arbitration group, and considered by sources to be "a brilliant advocate." He has a particularly high profile in Europe, dividing his time between the firm's London and Frankfurt offices.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Notable expertise in Asia and Europe, with sources particularly highlighting the strength of the team in Hong Kong. Regularly advises clients in the financial services and natural resources sectors on disputes under all major institutional rules.

Strengths Clients say it is "an outstanding firm and team."

Work highlights Represented Enel Green Power in an ICSID arbitration against the government of El Salvador relating to the company's investment in a number of geothermal plants in the country.

Acted for Abertis Infraestructuras on a UNCITRAL dispute with the Plurinational State of Bolivia arising from the expropriation of an airport concession agreement.

Significant clients Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production, Airbus, Standard Chartered Bank, GE.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees highlight Audley Sheppard QC, describing him as "brilliant and utterly persuasive." Based in London, he has extensive experience in arbitrations occurring in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Jason Fry is based in Paris, where he enjoys a good reputation for his handling of international arbitration disputes. He is well regarded for his knowledge of arbitral proceedings under ICC rules in particular, and has broad sector experience, ranging from aerospace to energy.

Hong Kong-based Cameron Hassall concentrates his practice on disputes in Asia. He acts for clients from a variety of industry sectors on the resolution of commercial disputes, including those arising from shareholder issues and joint ventures.

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Hogan Lovells - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Particularly strong track record in UK construction arbitration. The Paris and New York offices regularly represent both sovereign states and investors from a diverse range of industries in treaty arbitrations.

Work highlights Represented the Slovak Republic in a challenge to the final award resulting from a dispute with Achmea stemming from the government's public healthcare reforms.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Eni, the government of Mongolia, the government of Vietnam.

Notable practitioners

New York-based Oliver Armas has an active disputes practice that includes advising on commercial arbitrations under all major institutional rules. He is especially highlighted for his Latin American expertise.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Extensive international network, with a particularly strong offering in Asia. Noted for its considerable experience handling disputes in the energy sector - in particular, oil and gas matters. Also handles infrastructure and international trade disputes.

Strengths Market observers point to the firm's impressive global coverage as one of its defining strengths.

Notable practitioners

Mark Baker is credited for his "tremendous experience and fantastic reputation" in international arbitration. He typically counsels clients on disputes concerning banking, construction, energy and project finance issues. He is based in Houston, where he co-heads the global international arbitration practice.

Montréal-based senior partner Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is very highly regarded in Québec for his dispute resolution practice, and maintains a good reputation both as counsel and arbitrator in international disputes. His industry expertise includes the construction, telecommunications and aeronautical sectors. He is global co-head of the international arbitration group.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Robust practice with a strong platform in the USA, sources especially praising the teams in its New York and Washington, DC offices. Frequently acts for clients on disputes in Latin America. Primarily active in investment treaty arbitrations, in which realm it acts for both sovereign states and international corporations.

Strengths One client enthused: "They have tremendous expertise, a great reputation in investor-state arbitration, very analytical minds and a deep bench able to pursue long, complicated cases."

Work highlights Acted for Veolia regarding its claim against the Republic of Lithuania, relating to its investment in power generation in the country. The claim amount is expected to exceed EUR100 million.

Represented affiliates of Philip Morris International in an ICSID arbitration against Uruguay over its regulations for tobacco packaging.

Significant clients TransCanada, Republic of Peru, Perupetro, Republic of Costa Rica.

Notable practitioners

Washington, DC-based Stanimir Alexandrov is a popular figure in the global arbitration field. He assists with commercial and investor-state disputes, acting both for states and corporations. Interviewees point to his skilful handling of arbitration proceedings.

Benno Kimmelman is based in New York and is well recognised by market observers in the USA and Latin America. He counsels clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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

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What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise in corporate matters and frequently involved in commercial arbitrations. The teams in New York and London are noted by observers as particularly strong. Also handles investor-state disputes under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, ICSID, ICDR, CIETAC and PCA.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's ability to leverage its impressive corporate strength when advising on contractual disputes.

Work highlights Acted for Vodafone on a dispute against the government of India. The case concerned a contested tax claim valued at USD4.33 billion resulting from the company's purchase of assets from Hutchison Whampoa.

Represented Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas in LCIA multiple arbitrations against RWE Supply & Trading regarding Middle Eastern oil and gas investments.

Notable practitioners

London-based Karyl Nairn QC possesses an enviable international disputes practice which encompasses commercial and investor-state arbitrations. She represents sovereign states and multinational companies in such matters. Nairn is global co-head of the international litigation and arbitration group.

New York-based John Gardiner is regarded by sources as "a very good analytical lawyer." He co-heads the global litigation and arbitration practice, and has experience in disputes across a wide array of industry sectors, including telecoms, finance and insurance.

Interviewees describe David Kavanagh as "innovative, calm and persuasive" in international disputes. He regularly represents clients in investment treaty arbitrations and is based in the firm's London office. He is a co-head of the global litigation and arbitration practice.

The "very talented" Julie Bédard divides her time between São Paulo and New York, and is well known throughout the Latin America region. She is particularly noted for her Brazilian expertise. In addition to English, she is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Department profile by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

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)

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What the team is known for Boutique global arbitration firm with offices in London, Paris and Washington, DC. Also prominent on Latin American matters. Represents a range of blue-chip clients in investment treaty and commercial cases. Notably well versed in disputes relating to the energy sector.

Work highlights Represented WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus in an investment treaty dispute regarding its investments into Czech lottery operator, the SYNOT Group, following regulatory developments in the country.

Acted for ConocoPhillips on an ICC arbitration against the Venezuelan state-owned PDSVA, which concerned the alleged expropriation of assets valued at approximately USD17 billion.

Significant clients American Express, Edgewater Exploration, Marfin Investment Holdings, Tenoch Holdings, Occidental Petroleum.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Constantine Partasides QC is one of the "pre-eminent international arbitration counsel," according to interviewees. He is known for advising on commercial disputes and has notable expertise in relation to energy matters. He is based in London.

London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel is known for his practice in Europe and in Latin America. He is experienced in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Todd Wetmore is based in Paris and recognised for his pan-European practice. He has notable expertise advising on disputes arising from the construction of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as post-M&A issues.

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Baker Botts LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Recommended for its in-depth expertise in the energy sector, and, more specifically, in oil and gas matters. Regularly acts for stakeholders in the sector across numerous jurisdictions. Also provides support on construction and financial services disputes.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "very strong commercial outlook."

Notable practitioners

Sources are quick to point to Jay Alexander's impressive advocacy skills in international disputes. He has diverse experience in the arbitration space that spans a broad range of industry sectors, including energy, telecoms and finance. He is based in London.

Michael Goldberg represents both states and corporations in investor-state disputes across a multitude of jurisdictions. He also regularly writes and speaks on the topic. He splits his time between New York and Houston.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Represents corporations and state governments in commercial and investor-state disputes. Experienced operating under the rules of the major arbitration institutions on disputes spanning industries such as energy, financial services and telecommunications.

Strengths An interviewee said: "It's a very good firm with global reach."

Work highlights Acted for DP World on an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru concerning a concession agreement for the development of the South Pier of the Callao port.

Represented ArcelorMittal in two ICC arbitrations brought separately by the Romanian State Agency and Kaiser International, in connection with the sale of a steel plant and a development project in the Czech Republic, respectively.

Significant clients EDF, Hellenic Republic, Open Text, the Argentine Republic, Rosneft Oil.

Notable practitioners

Claudia Annacker earns recognition for her focus on investor-state disputes, where she is routinely engaged by sovereign states. She is based in Paris.

Paris-based Jean-Yves Garaud has a broad dispute resolution practice that encompasses international arbitration in addition to domestic litigation. He is particularly recognised for his handling of disputes in France and francophone Africa.

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Dechert LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Recognised for its representation of sovereign states in investment treaty arbitrations. Highlighted for its prominent role in disputes for Latin American clients. Advises entities from an array of industry sectors, such as telecoms, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas and construction.

Strengths One source said of the firm's international approach: "Dechert brought together experts in many offices and still were one team."

Significant clients Republic of Ecuador, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Orange, Eutelsat.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Eduardo Silva Romero is applauded for "his combination of good humour and sound sense of strategy" by interviewees. He is a pre-eminent figure in the Latin American market, held in high regard for his in-depth understanding of arbitral proceedings. He is particularly active in investor-state disputes.

One interviewee praised Arif Ali as being "very strong with strategy" when handling international disputes. Market observers note his impressive ability to handle arbitrations in numerous languages, including Spanish and Portuguese. He divides his time between London and Washington, DC.

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Derains & Gharavi - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Boutique arbitration firm headquartered in Paris. Benefits from its international network also comprising offices in Washington, DC and Beirut. Active in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations on behalf of states, individual investors and corporations.

Strengths A client enthused: "They go above and beyond what they're hired to do."

Work highlights Acted for Eurogas and Belmont Resources in an ICSID arbitration against the Slovak Republic regarding the expropriation of mining rights.

Represented Kontinental Conseil Ingénierie in a dispute with the Gabonese Republic regarding the alleged expropriation of the company's assets in the context of various construction contracts.

Significant clients Republic of Albania, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Dalkia International.

Notable practitioners

Hamid Gharavi is based in Paris and frequently represents corporations and sovereign states in international disputes. One client described him as "one of the best specialists in investment arbitration."

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP - Arbitration (International)

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What the team is known for Noted firm with strong arbitration practices in France and the USA. Handles cases under most major institutional rules, in addition to ad hoc arbitrations. Practitioners within the team also have expertise sitting as arbitrators.

Work highlights Represented Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Europe in an ICSID arbitration following the expropriation of a proppants factory.

Advised the Italba Corporation on its USD100 million dispute with the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, concerning the expropriation of the company's investments in the country's telecoms sector.

Significant clients Crystallex International, Huntington Ingalls Industries, the government of Canada.

Notable practitioners

John Townsend is "an extremely important figure in the world of arbitration." Based in Washington, DC, he co-chairs the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice, acting for clients on both commercial and investment treaty matters.

Sources describe New York-based John Fellas as "very thorough, knowledgeable and experienced." His dispute resolution practice includes acting as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations under a variety of institutional and ad hoc rules.

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Lalive - Arbitration (International)

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

What the team is known for Switzerland-based arbitration boutique that operates internationally on high profile cases. Experienced handling disputes in a variety of industry sectors, such as life sciences, hospitality, energy and construction. Regularly acts for states in investor-state disputes.

Strengths Clients note the team's "exceptional level of commitment."

Work highlights Acted for Romania in a USD2 billion ICSID arbitration against Scandinavian investors, relating to tax enforcement measures.

Represented the Republic of Mauritius in a USD1 billion UNCITRAL dispute concerning the alleged misappropriation of an industrial group's assets.

Significant clients Republic of Turkey, the Swiss Confederation.

Notable practitioners

Michael Schneider is based in Geneva and enjoys a good reputation across Europe, and globally, for his investor-state disputes practice. Sources say: "He brings a special quality" in the international arbitration sphere. He is increasingly in demand as an arbitrator.

Domitille Baizeau is experienced representing clients from a diverse range of industry sectors - including energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms - in commercial arbitrations. She is based in Geneva.

Geneva-based Matthias Scherer has represented clients in commercial and investor-state disputes under the arbitral rules of a multitude of major institutions. His has particular sector expertise relating to energy, construction and engineering disputes.

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

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What the team is known for Robust practice that possesses a notably strong US offering, as well as considerable expertise in investor-state matters located in its London and Paris offices. Handles both investment treaty and commercial disputes for clients in a wide range of industries. Advises both states and corporate investors on disputes across the globe.

Work highlights Represented the Republic of Panama in a USD50 million ICSID dispute regarding the termination of an asphalt supply contract under the United States-Panama bilateral investment treaty.

Significant clients Offshore Exploration and Production, Spentex Industries, Shaft Sinkers, Cointer Chile, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Jagusch QC is based in London and is global chair of the firm's international arbitration practice. Market observers point to his many years' experience of investor-state matters when recommending him as counsel.

Philippe Pinsolle undertakes both commercial and investment disputes, with a glowing track record in both European and African disputes. He has appeared before all of the key institutions internationally and has acted for clients in cases spanning the energy, defence and construction sectors. He is based in Paris.

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Star Individuals

WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

Gary Born has a distinguished track record in disputes and has represented clients in arbitrations covering a broad range of issues. He is based in London, from where he chairs the international arbitration group.

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Emmanuel Gaillard

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Emmanuel Gaillard is "a really well-known name and an excellent guy," according to interviewees. He maintains an exceptional reputation in international arbitration circles, market observers highlighting his strong track record in both commercial and investment treaty disputes, as well as his long-standing dominance in the European and African disputes arenas.

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Stanimir A Alexandrov

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Washington, DC-based Stanimir Alexandrov is a popular figure in the global arbitration field. He assists with commercial and investor-state disputes, acting both for states and corporations. Interviewees point to his skilful handling of arbitration proceedings.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

An interviewee said of Doak Bishop: "He's probably the most prominent international arbitration lawyer in Houston." His long-standing dispute resolution practice has a strong emphasis on the oil and gas sector, with additional experience of construction and environmental matters.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Washington, DC-based Nigel Blackaby is described as a "terrific lawyer; very thoughtful, knowledgeable and very practical." He leads the firm's international arbitration group and has extensive experience in the space. Fluent in Spanish, he is often highlighted for his well-established Latin America practice.

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Donald Francis Donovan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based Donald Francis Donovan is routinely engaged in very high-profile international disputes. An interviewee stated: "Donald's lawyering skills are without parallel. He has tremendous technical knowledge, his work is precise and thorough, and his devotion to his cases is highly admirable. I wouldn't think about going to anyone else with a complex arbitration matter."

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Friedland is considered "a go-to for major international arbitrations" by market observers. He is a highly respected figure with experience in both commercial and investment disputes. Based in New York, he heads the firm's global international arbitration practice.

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Matthew Gearing QC

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees note that Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC enjoys a "terrific reputation in Asia." He has a strong track record in commercial and investor-state disputes under the complete spectrum of institutional rules.

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Judith A E Gill QC

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Judith Gill QC advises on a wide range of international disputes from the firm's Singapore office. She is considered to be "a leading expert in arbitration" who is "calm under all circumstances." She currently holds the position of president of the LCIA.

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Stephen Jagusch QC

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Jagusch QC is based in London and is global chair of the firm's international arbitration practice. Market observers point to his many years' experience of investor-state matters when recommending him as counsel.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Carolyn Lamm is described as a "first-rate" practitioner by interviewees, who emphasise her extensive experience and impressive powers of advocacy. She is based in Washington, DC, and assists clients with both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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Constantine Partasides QC

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Constantine Partasides QC is one of the "pre-eminent international arbitration counsel," according to interviewees. He is known for advising on commercial disputes and has notable expertise in relation to energy matters. He is based in London.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

David Rivkin continues to be regarded as "one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world." He divides his time between the firm's New York and London offices, advising on a wide range of international disputes, including matters relating to energy concessions and construction contracts.

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José I Astigarraga

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Miami-based José Astigarraga of Astigarraga Davis is considered by sources to be "a fabulous lawyer." One interviewee appreciated that "his advice is so insightful and accurate at all times, but especially in difficult situations." He is identified for his strong Latin America practice and is frequently involved in international commercial disputes.

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Peter Goldsmith QC

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Peter Goldsmith QC is "extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful" and enjoys a good reputation amongst fellow arbitration practitioners. He is a former Attorney General of the UK, and acts for clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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Fernando Mantilla-Serrano

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Fernando Mantilla-Serrano of Latham & Watkins LLP is widely regarded as "a great expert in arbitration." Sources endorse his "phenomenal practice," which comprises client representations in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Karyl Nairn QC possesses an enviable international disputes practice which encompasses commercial and investor-state arbitrations. She represents sovereign states and multinational companies in such matters. Nairn is global co-head of the international litigation and arbitration group.

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Philippe Pinsolle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

From the Chambers Global guide

Philippe Pinsolle undertakes both commercial and investment disputes, with a glowing track record in both European and African disputes. He has appeared before all of the key institutions internationally and has acted for clients in cases spanning the energy, defence and construction sectors. He is based in Paris.

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Michael Polkinghorne

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Polkinghorne is based in Paris and enjoys an excellent reputation in Europe for his wide-ranging international arbitration practice. He focuses on disputes surrounding the infrastructure and energy industries.

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King & Spalding

From the Chambers Global guide

Observers note that John Savage is a gifted strategist in international arbitration matters. He heads the firm's Asian arbitration practice, dividing his time between London and Singapore. His expertise covers commercial and investment treaty disputes, with specific knowledge relating to the energy and construction sectors.

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Michael E Schneider

Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Schneider is based in Geneva and enjoys a good reputation across Europe, and globally, for his investor-state disputes practice. Sources say: "He brings a special quality" in the international arbitration sphere. He is increasingly in demand as an arbitrator.

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Audley Sheppard QC

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees highlight Audley Sheppard QC, describing him as "brilliant and utterly persuasive." Based in London, he has extensive experience in arbitrations occurring in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Eduardo Silva Romero

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Eduardo Silva Romero is applauded for "his combination of good humour and sound sense of strategy" by interviewees. He is a pre-eminent figure in the Latin American market, held in high regard for his in-depth understanding of arbitral proceedings. He is particularly active in investor-state disputes.

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Abby Cohen Smutny

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Abby Cohen Smutny is located in the firm's Washington, DC office and possesses a broad range of experience in international disputes. She particularly stands out for her international public law expertise and representation of investors in investment treaty disputes.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

John Townsend is "an extremely important figure in the world of arbitration." Based in Washington, DC, he co-chairs the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice, acting for clients on both commercial and investment treaty matters.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Claudia Annacker earns recognition for her focus on investor-state disputes, where she is routinely engaged by sovereign states. She is based in Paris.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Baker is credited for his "tremendous experience and fantastic reputation" in international arbitration. He typically counsels clients on disputes concerning banking, construction, energy and project finance issues. He is based in Houston, where he co-heads the global international arbitration practice.

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Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global guide

Montréal-based senior partner Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is very highly regarded in Québec for his dispute resolution practice, and maintains a good reputation both as counsel and arbitrator in international disputes. His industry expertise includes the construction, telecommunications and aeronautical sectors. He is global co-head of the international arbitration group.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Phillip Capper has a diverse range of arbitration experience, counselling clients in disputes under institutional and ad hoc rules. He is highlighted by market observers as a leading authority on construction-related arbitrations.

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Justin D'Agostino

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Justin D'Agostino enjoys a strong reputation across the Asia-Pacific region. He frequently advises on investment treaty disputes, representing both public companies and sovereign states. He is the firm's global head of dispute resolution and is based in Hong Kong.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Jean-Yves Garaud has a broad dispute resolution practice that encompasses international arbitration in addition to domestic litigation. He is particularly recognised for his handling of disputes in France and francophone Africa.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Paula Hodges QC heads the global arbitration practice and is renowned for her specialist expertise in African disputes. Her core expertise covers matters in the energy and technology sectors, with experience of arbitrations conducted under institutional and ad hoc rules.

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Orrick Rambaud Martel

From the Chambers Global guide

Charles Kaplan of Orrick Rambaud Martel in Paris is a well-known adviser on disputes occurring in Francophone Africa. He focuses his practice on oil and gas disputes, among other commercial matters.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Paris-based Bart Legum leads the investment treaty arbitration practice at Dentons and is highlighted for his considerable activity in the space, particularly in Europe. Sources say he is "a thoroughly impressive advocate capable of identifying the critical issues. He excels in cross-examination."

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Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI

From the Chambers Global guide

Carole Malinvaud of Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI specialises in international commercial arbitration. Interviewees are impressed by her straightforward approach when handling international disputes. She is based in Paris.

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Schwartz Arbitration

From the Chambers Global guide

Since publication, Eric Schwartz has joined Schwartz Arbitration.

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Gaëtan Verhoosel

Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel is known for his practice in Europe and in Latin America. He is experienced in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based Oliver Armas has an active disputes practice that includes advising on commercial arbitrations under all major institutional rules. He is especially highlighted for his Latin American expertise.

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Domitille Baizeau

Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Domitille Baizeau is experienced representing clients from a diverse range of industry sectors - including energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms - in commercial arbitrations. She is based in Geneva.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

"Excellent practitioner" Yas Banifatemi is based in Paris and concentrates her practice on energy and investment disputes. She is particularly recommended for her investment treaty expertise, with experience that spans cases originating in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

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Juliet Blanch Arbitration

From the Chambers Global guide

Sole practitioner Juliet Blanch is based in London and has broad arbitration experience, which includes advising on pharmaceutical and energy-related matters.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Houston-based John Bowman is highlighted for his frequent involvement in the oil and gas sector, where he has long-standing experience representing industry leaders in international disputes.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Washington, DC-based Paolo Di Rosa of Arnold & Porter LLP garners praise as a "very attentive and dedicated" practitioner. His core expertise lies in investment treaty disputes.

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe New York-based John Fellas as "very thorough, knowledgeable and experienced." His dispute resolution practice includes acting as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations under a variety of institutional and ad hoc rules.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Friedman is held in high regard, with his arbitration practice encompassing a number of Latin America-related cases. Sources say: "His legal knowledge and analyses are very strong - he's a terrific advocate." He typically advises on disputes in the natural resources, construction and telecoms industries, dividing his time between London and New York.

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Clifford Chance Europe LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Jason Fry is based in Paris, where he enjoys a good reputation for his handling of international arbitration disputes. He is well regarded for his knowledge of arbitral proceedings under ICC rules in particular, and has broad sector experience, ranging from aerospace to energy.

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

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based John Gardiner is regarded by sources as "a very good analytical lawyer." He co-heads the global litigation and arbitration practice, and has experience in disputes across a wide array of industry sectors, including telecoms, finance and insurance.

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Derains & Gharavi

From the Chambers Global guide

Hamid Gharavi is based in Paris and frequently represents corporations and sovereign states in international disputes. One client described him as "one of the best specialists in investment arbitration."

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Alastair Henderson

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Alastair Henderson is a well-known presence in Asia, with notable expertise handling disputes in the construction, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. He is managing partner of the firm's Singapore office.

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David Kavanagh QC

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

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees describe David Kavanagh as "innovative, calm and persuasive" in international disputes. He regularly represents clients in investment treaty arbitrations and is based in the firm's London office. He is a co-head of the global litigation and arbitration practice.

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King & Spalding LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Edward Kehoe is the firm's New York managing partner, and well regarded for his handling of major arbitration cases across the USA. His practice encompasses disputes in the natural resources, construction, financial services, pharmaceuticals and insurance sectors.

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Louis B. (Benno) Kimmelman

Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Benno Kimmelman is based in New York and is well recognised by market observers in the USA and Latin America. He counsels clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources say David Lindsey of New York disputes boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP is "a truly international practitioner - a very well regarded arbitrator." He is co-head of the firm's international arbitration group and has a broad range of expertise in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.

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Vinson & Elkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources describe James Loftis of Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston as a "very knowledgeable and seasoned attorney." He is appreciated by clients for his expertise regarding US law when acting in international disputes concerning construction, infrastructure and energy matters.

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

London-based Wendy Miles QC joined the team in early 2017, having most recently led the global arbitration practice at Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) LLP. She is recognised as "an impressive, experienced arbitration expert whose counsel is clear, concise and comprehensive." Her industry experience spans telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, financial services and energy.

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

New York-based Joseph Neuhaus of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP is highlighted for his strong Latin America practice, being described as "knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive." He is experienced at advising on commercial arbitrations.

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Lalive

From the Chambers Global guide

Geneva-based Matthias Scherer has represented clients in commercial and investor-state disputes under the arbitral rules of a multitude of major institutions. His has particular sector expertise relating to energy, construction and engineering disputes.

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Christopher Seppälä

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Seppälä in Paris is well known for his extensive knowledge of construction disputes in the international arena. He typically advises on cases arising out of large-scale infrastructure and energy projects.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Global guide

Laurence Shore is a prominent figure in the USA, highlighted for his deep involvement in Latin American cases. He advises on a range of energy and infrastructure matters from his base in New York.

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Matthew Weiniger QC

Linklaters

From the Chambers Global guide

Matthew Weiniger QC of Linklaters in London is well regarded for his advocacy skills, and has notable expertise on disputes arising in the energy sector. Interviewees appreciate that he "understands the bigger picture" when approaching a major international dispute.

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources are quick to point to Jay Alexander's impressive advocacy skills in international disputes. He has diverse experience in the arbitration space that spans a broad range of industry sectors, including energy, telecoms and finance. He is based in London.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

One interviewee praised Arif Ali as being "very strong with strategy" when handling international disputes. Market observers note his impressive ability to handle arbitrations in numerous languages, including Spanish and Portuguese. He divides his time between London and Washington, DC.

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

From the Chambers Global guide

The "very talented" Julie Bédard divides her time between São Paulo and New York, and is well known throughout the Latin America region. She is particularly noted for her Brazilian expertise. In addition to English, she is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Michael S Goldberg

Baker Botts LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Goldberg represents both states and corporations in investor-state disputes across a multitude of jurisdictions. He also regularly writes and speaks on the topic. He splits his time between New York and Houston.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Global guide

Hong Kong-based Cameron Hassall concentrates his practice on disputes in Asia. He acts for clients from a variety of industry sectors on the resolution of commercial disputes, including those arising from shareholder issues and joint ventures.

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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 in New York is well known for his extensive dispute resolution practice. He has notable expertise in infrastructure and energy-related matters. One source stated: "He is very courteous, polite and effective when speaking before arbitration panels."

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers Global guide

Sophie Lamb is based in the London office of Latham & Watkins, and is "a skilled advocate and impressively calm under pressure," according to sources. Her diverse disputes practice includes assisting with investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across an array of industry sectors.

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Aloke Ray divides his time between the Singapore and London offices and is experienced at advising companies in the Asia-Pacific region on construction and energy disputes. He leads the firm's Asian arbitration practice.

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WilmerHale

From the Chambers Global guide

Franz Schwarz is vice chair of the international arbitration group, and considered by sources to be "a brilliant advocate." He has a particularly high profile in Europe, dividing his time between the firm's London and Frankfurt offices.

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Volterra Fietta

From the Chambers Global guide

Robert Volterra of London-based boutique Volterra Fietta focuses on public international law, with experience in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in this field.

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Three Crowns LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Todd Wetmore is based in Paris and recognised for his pan-European practice. He has notable expertise advising on disputes arising from the construction of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as post-M&A issues.

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