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Wade Coriell

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Wade Coriell is a partner in King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group, residing in the Houston office.


J.D., Harvard University B.S., Georgetown University

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

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King & Spalding LLP is strong in Singapore, with Wade Coriell representing Shell in an investor-state dispute over petroleum revenues with the government of the Philippines. Other key names in Singapore include Emerson Holmes, who also handles engineering disputes, and the office also includes Simon Dunbar and Elodie Dulac. Christopher Bailey is the firm’s arbitration flagbearer in Japan.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

King & Spalding LLP’s ‘impressive’ team has an outstanding track record in the oil and gas sector, a strength that was amply demonstrated when it successfully represented Chevron in a series of arbitrations relating to an environmental judgment issued by the courts of Ecuador. More recently, the ‘knowledgeable’ Roberto Aguirre-Luzi secured a $320m award for Teinver, Transportes de Cercanías and Autobuses Urbanos del Sur in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina relating to the expropriation of two airlines. Other highlights included successfully representing Burlington Resources in investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador; acting for South American Silver in investor-state arbitration (under UNCITRAL rules) against Bolivia concerning the expropriation of mining concessions; and securing a significant award for Bear Creek Mining Company in an ICSID arbitration against Peru resulting from the expropriation of the Santa Ana mining project. According to one client, Doak Bishop is ‘among the top five arbitrators worldwide’. New York-based Henry Burnett has particular expertise in the mining and construction sectors and Singapore-based Wade Coriell is ‘extremely prepared and diligent’. Kenneth Fleuriet, who divides his time between Paris and Washington DC, Edward Kehoe, Craig Miles and counsel Isabel Fernandez de la Cuesta are all also noted.

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Foreign firms

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King & Spalding LLP has a particular focus on the energy, power and natural resources sectors and also deals with the transport sector. Key practice areas include dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, and projects and energy. The firm is seeing an increase in international arbitration on the commercial side. A recent highlight includes acting for AES on the $2.4bn auction sale of the majority holding in its business in the Philippines. Other clients include Aboitiz Power. Kelly Malone, Simon Cowled and Wade Coriell head the team, supported by Richard Nelson and Mona Katigbak. Lee Taylor joined as partner from Clifford Chance and Jun Bautista joined as counsel from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

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International arbitration

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Wade Coriell - King & Spalding LLP

Within: International arbitration

King & Spalding LLP has 'the leading practice in Singapore' according to one rival international firm. It has 'a great oil and gas practice' in the arbitration field and attracted 'some massive construction cases'. The team continues to grow with New York and Philippines qualified counsel Jun Bautista joining from Herbert Smith Freehills' Hong Kong office to reinforce the firm's standing in Philippines-related cases. The team is also making further inroads into Indonesia disputes. Clients include ConocoPhillips, Shell, General Electric, Chevron and Samsung C&T Corporation. Department head Wade Coriell is an 'excellent and smart lawyer' and continued to represent Shell Philippines Exploration in ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Republic of the Philippines, concerning the allocation of petroleum revenues earned by Shell. Emerson Holmes is a big name in construction and engineering arbitrations, while Simon Dunbar and Elodie Dulac both provide 'a safe pair of hands', the latter gaining prominence in investment treaty cases. Though now based in London, John Savage remains 'a great name in the market', thanks to his 'gravitas and stature' and 'great mind'.

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