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Latham & Watkins

99 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3XF, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7710 1000
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Fax 020 7374 4460
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www.lw.com

Sophie J Lamb

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Work +44 20 7710 3012
Email:
Web:
www.lw.com/people/sophie-lamb
Latham & Watkins LLP

Work Department

Partner

Position

Sophie J. Lamb is a litigation partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and global Co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice.  

Ms. Lamb is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners of her generation. She is a trusted advisor to boards of public companies, to investors and to sovereign nations, routinely engaged in the most complex, high value and/or reputationally significant disputes of the moment. Her cases have featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of the year and she is listed as one of the UK’s most influential and inspirational lawyers in their Hot 100 list for her successes “in billion dollar, high profile, politically sensitive and often market-shaping arbitration cases and related court trials.”

                                       

 


Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

The growing practice at Latham & Watkins handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and high-stakes commercial disputes. It recently advised on a number of multimillion-dollar construction disputes in the energy sector in countries including Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia, as well as on a range of commercial arbitrations. Group head Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is representing Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo as the respondent in an ICC arbitration brought by a subsidiary of an Asian state-owned oil-and-gas company regarding a joint venture dispute; he is also defending the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Eco Oro Minerals concerning the adoption of regulatory measures in the gold mining sector. The team operates from across the firm’s geographic footprint, with key practitioners based in Paris, Madrid, London, New York, San Francisco and San Diego. Notable practitioners include counsel John Adam, who is a barrister with Spanish and Portuguese language capabilities, and the London-based Charles Claypoole and Sophie Lamb.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Latham & Watkins fields 'lawyers with strong intellect and technical ability, combined with savvy commercial and tactical advice'. The firm grew the 'swiftly expanding practice' when it hired Jon Holland and Andrea Monks , who advise financial institutions on significant disputes and contentious regulatory matters, from Hogan Lovells International LLP; and Ian Felstead, who is known for commercial, media, and regulatory litigation, from CMS. Felstead is 'an excellent litigation lawyer who is capable of handling complex disputes'. In a claim for contractual rectification, the team acted for Barclays Bank, which acted as the security agent in a £525m bond financing of the Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FS); the High Court dispute arose from an alleged common mistake that FS alleges gives rise to a right to rectify the terms of security given by it. Oliver Browne is chair of the litigation and trial department in London; other highly rated advisers include Philip Clifford QC, Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC, Charles Claypoole and Martin Davies. Jumana Rahman, and Dan Smith are notable counsels; and John Kallaugher retired from the partnership in 2017.

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International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Sophie Lamb - Latham & Watkins

Within: International arbitration

Latham & Watkins' 'top-flight team' acts in high-profile matters in several different industry sectors, including oil and gas, energy and construction disputes, and investment treaty arbitration. Highlights included defending Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty. Co-chair of the firm's London litigation and trial practice Oliver Browne is 'a great team leader, has very sound judgment and is someone clients can rely on in good times and bad'; recently appointed silk Sophie Lamb QC  is global co-chair of the international arbitration practice; Philip Clifford QC also took silk in 2018; Charles Claypoole regularly takes a leading role in investment treaty disputes; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert divides his time between London and Hamburg. Charles Courtenay is a key counsel, while Samuel Pape is a well-regarded associate.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Latham & Watkins' public international law (PIL) expertise covers Law of the Sea issues; investor and state-side investment treaty matters; trade sanctions; international trade law, including WTO issues; state  and sovereign immunity law; and business and human rights. In the largest-ever treaty claim brought against Ukraine, the team defended Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty; the arbitration raised a number of complex issues related to state responsibility in relation to the actions of domestic courts and the right to regulate under PIL. It also represented the Republic of Croatia in an ICSID arbitration brought under its BIT with Belgium, which involved a real estate acquisition and proposed development of a luxury tourist resort. Sophie Lamb QC is global co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration group; and Charles Claypoole, London and Hamburg-based Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert and Marc Hansen are also key practitioners.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Latham & Watkins is noted for the 'remarkable strength of its team' jointly spearheaded by Simon Tysoe and Craig Nethercott , especially in the private equity and cross-border M&A space. Buckeye appointed the group to handle its acquisition of a 50% stake in independent global marine terminal business VTTI, and Tysoe oversaw Uniper's sale of 25% stake in the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field to OMV. On the financing side, Matthew Brown represented the borrowers and sponsors in the financing of the Penco Lirquén offshore LNG terminal and a connected gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Chile, and Clement Fondufe teamed up with Tysoe to advise Assala Energy - a Carlyle portfolio company - on the reserve-based lending facility for the acquisition of oil production assets in Gabon. Sophie Lamb successfully obtained the dismissal of two group claims against client Shell brought by thousands of residents in the Niger Delta on the grounds of alleged environmental pollution and human rights violations. Other key clients include ExxonMobil, Chevron and Anadarko.

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