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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP manages a high-value investment and commercial arbitration caseload. The 20-lawyer Paris team, which often acts alongside the firm's New York and London offices, is regularly appointed by state entities - notably European states - and also represents many leading French and international corporations. It handles a broad array of disputes and recently dealt with sovereign bonds, energy, oil and gas, mining and telecoms matters involving Europe, Russia and the Middle-East region. The firm has a particularly strong Russian practice and is also representing the Republic of Tatarstan in an UNCITRAL arbitration with Ukraine following the takeover of Ukraine's largest oil refinery. In other work, the team obtained a complete success on behalf of Telecom Italia in a landmark $15bn ICC dispute initiated by the Opportunity group regarding an investment in Brazil Telecom. The Russian Federation, OJSV Tatneft, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the French and Austrian Republics and EDF are clients. Claudia Annacker is the key name in the practice, alongside Jean-Yves Garaud. Also involved are senior counsel Robert Greig and counsel Laurie Achtouk-Spivak.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ranks among ‘the very few best globally and in Paris’. The 22-lawyer practice ‘stands out for its high standards and technical excellence’: it is ‘extremely well prepared’, ‘its perfect methodology covers even the smallest details of a case’ and it also provides ‘in-depth analysis of issues which, combined with the expertise and knowledge, guarantee the best possible outcome and the best possible solutions for clients’. The firm often manages large commercial, investment and interstate disputes in the energy and natural resources areas, especially in relation with Africa. It successfully represented Rusoro Mining in obtaining a $1.2bn ICSID arbitration award in a gold mining expropriation dispute with the Government of Venezuela as well as Inter RAO in two SCC and one ICSID disputes with Georgia regarding electricity tariffs, and several claimants in two separate Spanish renewables arbitrations. The public international law practice is also highly commended for providing ‘outstanding legal precision and clarity of work, depth and sophisticated analysis and high success rates’. Practice head Noah Rubins is a ‘master in strategy, in control of every process in the arbitration room and outside’ and ‘understands damages issues better than most experts’. Other key members include Peter Turner (QC) and Ben Juratowitch (QC) whose ‘ability to open doors and influence people, and the clarity and persuasiveness of his thinking and writing’ are particularly noted. Elie Kleiman joined Jones Day in April 2018.

Shearman & Sterling LLP has established itself as the leading ultimate reference for international arbitration in France: the Paris office is home to the firm’s international arbitration hub and to one of the market’s largest teams with 50 dedicated lawyers, who have a unique track record and consistently attract instructions on multibillion-dollar disputes in relation with the Arabic world, Africa and Europe. The group is managing a diverse and prominent commercial and investment arbitration portfolio spanning construction, telecoms, oil and gas price review and exploration issues. Recent highlights include representing Ukraine in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin and Velbay regarding an aluminium and alumina production company. The practice also obtained a precedent-setting victory regarding abusive claim definition when defending Algeria in a $4bn ICSID arbitration initiated by Orascom TMT. Areva, Yukos Oil‘s former majority shareholder, Egyptian Natural Gas, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Sonatrach, the Government of Lithuania and EDF are clients. Heading the firm’s global practice, Emmanuel Gaillard is the one and only market's leading figure in France. Yas Banifatemi, who leads the global public international law practice, also stands out. Coralie Darrigade, Jennifer Younan, Maude Lebois and Mohamed Shelbaya are key members, along with counsels Daniel Reich and Benjamin Siino.

‘First classWhite & Case LLP is a ‘brand of trust’. The large 40-lawyer Paris team is constantly involved in some of the world’s largest power and oil and gas matters across Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe and is also the market’s top leading firm for construction arbitration: it is notably representing Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in multiple ICC disputes with the Areva and Siemens consortium regarding the construction of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant in Finland, and Grupo Unidos por el Canal in a $3bn ICC dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the Panama Canal expansion project. Furthermore, the investment arbitration caseload has been growing in the energy sector, where the team is acting for Engie and GDF in a €700m ICSID arbitration with Hungary among other matters. Michael Polkinghorne heads the practice; ‘renowned expert’ Christopher Seppälä is another key figure in arbitration circles, while Christophe von Krause and Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall ‘show great determination to understand the merits of a case, and provide excellent support and guidance to all witnesses’. Charles Nairac, John Willems, Nicolas Bouchardie, Elizabeth Oger-Gross and Kirsten Odynski are also highly regarded.

Dechert LLP’s ‘very highly qualified’ team is well known for its strong Latin America investment practice and is handling several multibillion-dollar cases in the mining, oil and gas, and telecoms sphere. The group is acting for the Republic of Colombia in several high-profile cases and recently obtained a reduction of damages from $1.35bn to $380m for the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration. The firm is also developing its investment caseload acting alongside Eastern European countries such as the Czech Republic. The commercial arbitration practice is equally strong with key clients including leading French and international corporations as well as some state entities. Other areas of expertise include exequatur proceedings before French courts. Eutelsat and Total Outre-Mer are clients. The ‘great, professional and availableEduardo Silva Romero co-chairs the firm’s global practice. José-Manuel García Represa is also a key name alongside the ‘very smartXavier Nyssen who ‘gives sharp advice’. Philip Dunham and Erica Stein are other names to note.

The ‘excellentDentons stands out for its ‘ability to convey complex legal issues in simple terms: when they articulate your case in front of the court it is like a light coming on in a darkened room’. The ten-lawyer Paris team has strong investment and treaty expertise and is involved in several billion-dollar cases concerning tax, gas, construction and renewable energy issues involving Africa and Europe. The practice is representing Belgian company Blusun in an ICSID arbitration with the Republic of Italy regarding a 120MW photovoltaic project, and successfully defended the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID dispute brought by Ansung Housing regarding the development of a golf course. Gazprom, Customs and Tax Consultancy and the government of Australia are other notable clients. The team is led by Barton Legum and Jean-Christophe Honlet, who ‘demonstrates the ability to understand complex financial issues and put together a compelling case’. Anna Crevon is also involved.

Each fight is fought to win - if your case can be won, they will win it’: Derains & Gharavi’s 21-lawyer boutique is ‘among the heavy weights in international arbitration’ and has ‘an enviable winning track record’. The firm, which has offices in Paris, Washington and Beirut, represents corporations, states and individual investors in highly significant commercial and investment cases in relation with the Middle East, Eastern Asia and Eastern Europe; matters touch on a broad range of sectors including construction, oil and gas, mining, construction and telecoms. It recently obtained a much talked-about victory for Caratube International Oil and Mr. Devincci Salah Hourani in the $1bn ICSID oil concession expropriation Caratube II dispute with Kazakhstan. And other highlight work included representing Bank Melli Iran and Bank Saderat Iran in a high-profile UNCITRAL arbitration with the Kingdom of Bahrain regarding an investment in joint venture Future Bank in Bahrain. Belmont Resources, the State of Qatar, the Republic of Sudan and Vinci Construction Grands Projets are other notable clients. The team is led by some of the market’s most recognisable figures including Yves Derains, who is one of the world's most sought after arbitrators, and the ‘highly involved’ Hamid Gharavi, ‘a masterful legal strategist and exceptional advocat’ whose ‘ability to look into a dispute, quickly discern an advantageous outcome and then set out a clear road map to success for the client, is unparalleled’. Also highly recommended are the ‘totally supportive’ Bertrand Derains whose ‘humble attitude, action and results speak more than words’, Melanie van Leeuwen and Nada Sader. Marie-Laure Bizeau was promoted to the partnership.

King & Spalding LLP’s nine-lawyer Paris team provides an ‘outstanding level of service’ and predominantly manages investment disputes while also being involved in commercial arbitration; cases are often handled in collaboration with the firm’s Houston office. Recent highlights include representing investors in a series of renewable energy investment cases led against Spain and Italy and handling multibillion-dollar cases involving Africa, the Middle East and Venezuela regarding mining and oil and gas assets. In other work, the practice is defending the government of Turkey in a dispute brought by the Government of Iraq regarding the export of crude oil from Kurdistan, and Veolia Propreté in an ICSID arbitration with Egypt regarding a waste management contract for the city of Alexandria. Ken Fleuriet heads the practice, the ‘smartJames Castello is ‘reliable and trustworthy’ and Joël Alquezar and Amy Frey are other key members. Eric Schwartz retired.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a ‘very solid and reliable’ practice: the 21-lawyer team handles top investment and commercial arbitration cases, often in relation with the African and European continents and especially in the oil and gas, construction and more recently intellectual property sectors. Highlights included representing Sonatrach in a $1.8bn ICC arbitration pertaining to the construction of a refinery near Algiers, as well as Italian investors in two distinct ICSID arbitrations with the Republic of Albania regarding investment in the renewable energy and media industries. Some of the world’s largest French, US and international energy groups are clients. Philippe Pinsolle ranks among the best in the international arbitration sphere. Also highly experienced are Isabelle Michou, Thomas Voisin and Michael Young. The firm recently hired one of the market’s most renowned litigators in Kami Haeri who joined from August Debouzy along with counsel Valérie Munoz-Pons; the duo adds compliance and white-collar crime expertise to the group.

International boutique offering Three Crowns LLP is ‘a top address for international arbitration’, particularly with regards to high-value commercial and investment disputes. The 16-lawyer Paris team is managing a very diverse caseload for leading international and national oil and gas companies, a high-profile French energy company, as well as many international investors and companies and some state entities; particular expertise is exhibited in the construction and energy sectors and the group also has enormous experience in advising on gas price disputes. Highlights included acting for Areva and Siemens in a very high-profile ICC dispute with TVO concerning delays and damages affecting a nuclear power facility in Finland, representing WCV World Capital Ventures Cyprus in a BIT dispute regarding lotteries investments in the Czech Republic, and acting for investors in a dispute with the Republic of Cyprus following the nationalisation of the Marfin Popular Bank. ExxonMobil and the Kingdom of Bahrain are also clients. The practice is co-headed by the ‘exceptional and extremely efficient’ Georgios Petrochilos and the ‘outstanding’ Todd Wetmore who ‘has great ability to analyse complex issues’. Newly promoted partner Kathryn Khamsi ‘gets to the bottom of things, is extremely well organized and impressively hard working’.

Excellent’ 15-lawyer boutique Betto Seraglini has ‘very good connections, is able to handle both arbitration and litigation’ and provides ‘expertise and in-depth listening’. The group is particularly strong in commercial arbitration in the defence, energy, aviation and infrastructure sectors, but has also increasingly developed its investment arbitration presence. Additionally to frequently being retained by French and international blue-chip corporations, recent highlights include representing Sergei Pugachev in a multibillion-dollar dispute with Russia. The firm is involved in several other landmark cases, notably in the mining sector in Africa and is representing Accor in a dispute with the Republic of Togo in relation to a hotel lease contract. The team is led by the highly respected Jean-Georges Betto, ‘fantastic, committed and brilliant legal mind’ Christophe Seraglini who gets ‘a very acute legal sense of the more complex issues without losing sight of the business implications’, Gaëlle Le Quillec, Julien Fouret and former Justice Minister Dominique Perben who recently joined the firm. Senior associate Alexandre Reynaud is also involved. Thierry Tomasi is now at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, while Gaëlle Filhol recently joined from White & Case LLP.

Bredin Prat provides a ‘very high overall level of service’ including ‘accurate results, responsiveness and great client care’. The 20-lawyer team handles commercial and investment arbitration and is representing the Republic of Croatia, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Lebanese Republic in ICSID proceedings, while more recently it also attracted new mandates from investors. The ‘very skilled and professional’ team is involved in several investment disputes in relation with the Arabic world and also represented the Republic of Croatia in several matters including an ICSID arbitration over a biomass power plant, and UC Rusal’s subsidiaries (Emergofin and Velbay) in a dispute with Ukraine pertaining to their expropriation from the Zaporozhe aluminium plant. The practice also acted in a landmark execatur case before French courts alongside Tecnimont that dealt with arbitral president independency issues. Particularly recommended is the ‘very experiencedLouis-Christophe Delanoy whose ‘briefs are very clear, detailed and effective’. Raëd Fathallah and Tim Portwood are also key names of the practice.

Clifford Chance has long-established ICC experience and also handles LCIA disputes. The 15-lawyer team advises prominent French and international companies, especially in the aviation and energy sectors and often acts in shareholder and commercial partnership related cases. Recent highlights include a multibillion-dollar mining case and a significant dispute dealing with the construction of a nuclear plant. Jason Fry co-heads the firm’s global practice. Simon Greenberg is the other key element in the practice, while counsel Sandrine Colletier is also noteworthy.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s ‘very competent and professional’ 13-lawyer Paris team has ‘deep knowledge and expertise’, delivers ‘very strong case analysis and always keeps clients updated on the latest developments’. The firm is famous for only acting for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations, but while its ICSID and UNCITRAL caseload is the most prominent, the firm also handles commercial arbitration. It is involved in a series of large billion-dollar disputes for the Republic of Kazakhstan including a $1bn ICSID dispute with Caratube International Oil and Devincci Salah Hourani. The practice also recently won a case for the Republic of Cameroon in an ICSID dispute initiated by Capital Financial Holdings Luxembourg dealing with the expropriation of its 46.5% shareholding in Commercial Bank of Cameroon. Arkema, PDVSA and the Republic of Cyprus are clients. Peter Wolrich co-heads the firm’s global practice and Geoffroy Lyonnet is also a well-known arbitration figure. Sabrina Aïnouz and Jérôme Lehucher are now at DWF (France) AARPI. Nadia Darwazeh joined Clyde & Co LLP in 2018.

DLA Piper’s ‘available and proactive’ 11-lawyer Paris team is part of the firm’s 100-lawyer global practice. The firm is handling a large Africa-related commercial arbitration caseload, notably dealing with mining, telecoms and oil infrastructure matters. It is also managing a multibillion-dollar ICSID dispute for the Republic of Guinea following BSG Resources’ claims for mining concession expropriation. Expertise also exists with regards to exequatur matters. Airbus, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Moldova and Technip France are clients. Michael Ostrove heads the firm’s practice globally. Alexander Brabant is also involved.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘valuable services including timely responses and thoughtful advice’. The 22-lawyer Paris and London-based team handles commercial and investment arbitration and is notably managing several large ICC disputes in relation with gas and construction issues in Algeria. The practice is also involved in mining disputes in Turkey and frequently acts in exequatur cases: it obtained a very rare decision before the French courts defining the role of the French judge during exequatur procedures. The team also represented the ICC before the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris in another landmark case. Carole Malinvaud is highly recommended and an increasingly appointed arbitrator. Also recommended are Christian Camboulive, Rupert Reece, who is ‘well experienced in construction disputes’ and Alexandra Munoz.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's 11-lawyer Paris practice ‘displays a healthy level of professionalism’, ‘commitment and dedication’ and particularly focuses on the energy, construction and engineering sectors, while also being increasingly involved in the media industry. The team handles investment and commercial arbitrations linked with projects in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and is notably defending the Republic of Venezuela in several large ICSID expropriation cases in the coffee, fertilizer and food sectors. The firm also successfully acted for Edenred in a ICSID dispute with Hungary. Samsung Engineering is also a client. Practice head Laurent Gouiffès is a strong practitioner, as is Carmen Nuñez-Lagos who ‘understands the European arbitration and enforcement environment, while also mastering the Latin American system’. Thomas Kendra was promoted to the partnership.

Jones Day is particularly well known for its strong arbitration expertise in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors concerning the Middle East region and Africa. The 12-lawyer practice represents several leading French and international energy players and is predominantly managing an ICC caseload, while also handling some investment cases. Recent highlights include a major dispute in the telecoms sector and acting for Capital Financial Holdings Luxembourg in ICSID proceedings launched against the Republic of Cameroon for expropriation of its shares in CBC bank. Michael Bühler, who ‘knows every trick in international arbitration’, and Jean-Pierre Harb are in charge. Elie Kleiman was a new arrival in April 2018 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Latham & Watkins has built ‘an excellent team and excellent reputation’. The 13-lawyer Paris group, which handles commercial and investment arbitration cases, is well known for its Latin American capabilities and is dealing with many disputes in the oil and gas and energy sectors; it recently earned a series of new instructions from Latin American companies as well as from some leading French companies. The recent caseload includes representing the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration with Eco Oro Minerals for expropriation in the gold mining sector and acting for Charanne, Construction Investments, Roadis and Novenergia II in SCC arbitrations with Spain pertaining to the photovoltaic sector. It is also involved in a billion-dollar case in Brazil. Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, who co-chairs the firm‘s international practice, is ‘a great advocat with persuasive and detail-oriented skills’. Fabrice Fages and counsel John Adam are other names to note.

Orrick Rambaud Martel’s nine-lawyer Paris team is ‘always timely in responding’ and does an ‘appropriate and meaningful job’ in representing state entities and major private companies in investment and commercial arbitration cases. The group also has ‘deep knowledge of the gas sector and of the mechanisms of ruling price reviews’ and additionally manages cases in relation to mining, energy and infrastructure matters in Europe and Africa. It recently won an ICSID case acting for the Republic of Guinea in a dispute with Necotrans' Getma over the termination of the Conakry port terminal concession and is also representing Voigt & Collegen in ICSID proceedings with Spain pertaining to solar power feed-in tariffs. Engie is another key client. The team is co-led by Laurent Jaeger and Charles Kaplan, ‘an outstanding lawyer and arbitrator who is particularly skilled in preparing appropriate arbitration strategies and knows both the French and the US legal systems and business environment well’.

Allen & Overy LLP's eight-lawyer Paris team often acts in collaboration with the firm's London and Dubai offices in commercial and investment disputes. The practice represents high-profile French and international energy clients such as Engie and Shell and is particularly involved in energy and construction matters involving the African and European continents. Highlights included representing three European infrastructure funds in investment arbitrations with the Kingdom of Spain pertaining to renewable energy investments, and the government of Oman in an ICSID case with Samsung Engineering. Marie Stoyanov leads the team.

Offering good services’, Brown Rudnick LLP has a ‘strong London-Paris axis’ and is comprised of ‘experienced lawyers who combine common law and civil law experience in one pot’: the ten-lawyer Paris team, which is ‘efficient, result-oriented and cares about clients' expectations at all stages’, frequently handles ICC arbitrations, particularly often in relation with the Middle East and North Africa. Boston Scientific and several large French corporations are clients. London and Paris-based Nicholas Tse, who heads the firm’s international arbitration practice, is praised for ‘his very impressive and outstanding cross-examination skills and style’. Sébastien Bonnard is ‘an experienced, thorough and innovative practitioner and an impressive performer during arbitration hearings – remaining calm and persuasive in all circumstances’. Recently promoted partner Hervé Le Lay is a ‘very sharp lawyer and a strategic thinker who understands the differences and complexities in different jurisdictions and can easily adapt himself and the case strategy to any hurdles’. Jean-François Le Gal joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP’s 13-lawyer Paris team provides ‘first-rate services’, ‘is highly experienced, has an ethic of hard work’ and ‘stands out for its dedication and commitment’; it is also ‘very knowledgeable in the energy sector’, particularly acquainted with Iranian-related matters and has longstanding experience in representing states and corporations in commercial arbitrations. Recent highlights include managing a key case in the telecoms sector. David Sellers, who heads the firm’s global oil and gas practice, ‘is a safe pair of hands, good with clients even in the most difficult circumstances’ and ‘provides inspiring leadership to his team’. Recently promoted partner Wesley Pydiamah is ‘very professional and also familiar with the Middle East culture and the petrochemical industry’. Of counsel Nanette Pilkingtonis an extremely punctuate and diligent lawyer’.

FTPA provides ‘excellent services’ thanks to an ‘extremely dynamic’, ‘highly ethical and culturally sensitive’ ten-lawyer team. The firm mainly acts in ICC disputes often dealing with construction, energy and commercial issues arising in Africa, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Several leading French corporations are clients while international companies also use the firm. Practice head Serge-Antoine Tchekhoff ‘has a natural ability to resolve complex and sensitive international disputes in a commercial way’. Robert Corcos is the other key name in the practice, along with Rajeev Sharma Fokeer who ‘has a truly international and technically sound approach, and can devise effective strategies when facing both common law and civil lawyers’.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields ‘a strong and experienced team for commercial and BIT cases’; including the new arrivals Thierry Tomasi from Betto Seraglini and of counsel Emily Fox from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. The practice represents leading French corporations as well as many international companies, especially from the oil and gas industry, in ICC and investment disputes in relation to energy matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Brazil. Recent highlights include representing ACP Axos in ICSID proceedings brought against the Republic of Kosovo following the cancellation of the privatisation of post and telecommunications of Kosovo J.S.C.. JKX Oil & Gas is also a client. Practice head Andrew Cannon is ‘very strong, experienced and steady’. Also recommended is of counsel Laurence Franc-Menget who is ‘well experienced and up and coming’. Emmanuelle Cabrol joined Ashurst LLP.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP delivers ‘extremely high quality of work, professionalism and a high level of commitment’ and provides ‘client-oriented advice showcasing a high degree of customized strategy that fits the needs of every different case’. The practice handles commercial and investment arbitration and acting alongside the Washington office, the Paris team is representing Ukrainian investors in five arbitrations against the Russian Federation arising from the Russian Federation’s annexation of Crimea. It is also active in energy and telecoms disputes, as well as in a number of cases concerning possible corruption issues in connection with agency agreements. Marc Henryis extremely knowledgeable, fully understands the client’s needs and forms a plan of action that is tailor-made for every possible scenario’; he also acts as counsel in cases and is a regularly appointed arbitrator. Marc-Olivier Langloisis very good at understanding technical details and at working with experts to come up with convincing arguments’.

Boutique offering Lazareff Le Bars is ‘a very good address’ for commercial arbitration and acts particularly often for leading operators in telecoms disputes in Africa. In recent investment-related work, the group represented Emirati investor DS Construction FZCO in a $1.2bn investment dispute following losses suffered in Libya and also acted for Orange in ICSID proceedings with Jordan regarding the renewal of a telecom licence. Etisalat, SFM Africa and Alcatel Lucent are clients. Benoît Le Bars takes on cases as counsel while also being regularly appointed as arbitrator. Jean-Claude Najar has now retired.

Mayer Brown’s ten-lawyer Paris practice exhibits a ‘very good level of accessibility, involvement and teamwork’, puts ‘an appropriate focus on the important issues to arbitrators’ and is ‘quick to respond’. Often working alongside the London or US offices, the Paris team, which is ‘a good option for arbitrations in Latin America’, is also highly involved in African and Middle Eastern disputes in relation to construction, mining and energy matters. It is representing Lion Mexico Consolidated in a NAFTA and ICSID dispute with Mexico regarding real estate projects, and the Arab Republic of Egypt in an ICSID case initiated by Veolia Propreté with respect to a waste management services contract. Practice head Dany Khayat is a very reliable adviser who also regularly acts as arbitrator. Also recommended and acting as lead counsel or arbitrator is Alejandro López Ortiz, ‘a highly experienced man who perfectly handles complex technical issues’. Counsel José Caicedo ‘is a brilliant litigator in hearings, with a fast and agile mind’.

Teynier Pic’s ‘super responsive’ 11-lawyer team provides an ‘outstanding level of service’, is ‘business-oriented and very hard-working’ and represents leading French companies, such as Thales, Soufflet and Orange, and international groups in commercial and investment cases. It is handling several disputes involving Africa and the Middle Eastern regions pertaining to the defence, construction and pharmaceutical sectors, but also handles some exequatur cases. Pierre Pic, Eric Teynier, who regularly receives arbitrator mandates, the ‘good communicator and very availableLaurence Kiffer and Raphaël Kaminsky, who ‘is sharp, very knowledgeable, hard-working, has a perfect command of English and spends time listening to his clients’, jointly head the practice.

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