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Akin Gump LLP

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Justin Williams

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Partner; Litigation


With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Williams is a recognised leader in energy disputes. He handles complex international disputes, both in international arbitration and before the English High Court. Mr. Williams has acted in international arbitrations under the major arbitral rules all over the world, including in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, CIS, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia. In conjunction with local counsel, Mr. Williams has also acted in international litigation in jurisdictions, including Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent.

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Publications include: Annual UK Chapter for PLC’s Arbitration procedures and practice in the UK (England and Wales): overview from 2016 to 2019, and Mixed messages: developments in recognition of foreign arbitral awards in Russia – Global Arbitration Review (January 2019).


B.A., University of Bristol, 1988.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

The London team at US firm Akin Gump LLP , which is led by the 'extremely bright and hands-on' Kambiz Larizadeh, has a track record of work on international disputes, with areas of expertise including mandatory and prohibitive injunctions, international and domestic freezing injunctions, and anti-suit proceedings. Clients include international corporates, major financial institutions, media and technology companies, airlines and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has particular strength in the energy sector and strong experience in the Russian and CIS markets. Other key partners include 'real leader' Justin Williams, the hugely experienced Mark Dawkins and the 'astute' Richard Hornshaw.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Justin Williams - Akin Gump LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Akin Gump LLP's London group 'has grown up fighting complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and conducted some of the highest value and most complex litigation for some of the savviest and most sophisticated clients'. It specialises in complex cross-border litigation, including acting for hedge funds and other investment firms on international creditor disputes.These include restructuring matters, debt disputes and shareholder activism issues.Other key areas are energy disputes and Russia and CIS-related litigation. Mark Dawkins, Richard Hornshaw, Kambiz Larizadeh and Justin Williams are all experienced advisers; senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev and counsel Jenny Arlington are also names to note.

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International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Justin Williams - Akin Gump LLP

Within: International arbitration

Akin Gump LLP 'has an excellent all-round arbitration practice that is very adept at making London-seated arbitrations under English law intelligible to international clients'. It handles complex, high-stakes international commercial arbitrations and BIT disputes for multinational corporations and sovereign governments around the world. The practice has particular experience in oil and gas, power generation and telecoms. Justin Williams leads the worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, which also includes Hamish Lal, Kambiz Larizadeh, Richard Hornshaw and counsel Jenny Arlington.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Leading individuals

Justin Williams - Akin Gump LLP

Within: Oil and gas

Akin Gump LLP has a full-service oil and gas practice which includes a leading restructuring team. The contentious facet was recently strengthened by the arrival of Julian Nichol from Bracewell (UK) LLP and is currently acting in a number of high-stakes disputes, such as defending Russian energy conglomerate Renova in $1bn BVI litigation concerning the ownership of Russia’s largest power generation business. Justin Williams has particular expertise in complex, high-value international arbitrations. Marc Hammerson recently moved to Stephenson Harwood.

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