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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 'provides legal services of the highest degree; it assembles a steady team that is fully committed and involved during the process'. Recent work includes sector-specialist arbitrations in energy and natural resources, telecoms, and mining and minerals, among others. The team represented Anglo American, the UK and South Africa-based global mining company, in a BIT arbitration against the Venezuelan Government under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules; the dispute relates to the expropriation of a number of Anglo American’s mining assets. It also represented Deutsche Telekom (DT) in an UNCITRAL BIT arbitration against the Republic of India, which related to the expropriation of DT's investment in a hybrid satellite-terrestrial communications business in India. Nigel Rawding QC  is 'an excellent tactician, never loses sight of the wood for the trees and understands the client’s end-goal immediately'; Sylvia Noury specialises in treaty arbitrations with a focus on emerging markets, particularly Latin America and Africa; and Will Thomas 'has a unique view as to how things would be perceived by the arbitrator'. Other recommended practitioners are recently appointed silk Reza Mohtashami QC  and senior associate Evgeniya Rubinina, who 'impresses with her commitment and commercial insight'.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP's 'highly effective London disputes team' is particularly renowned for handling complex M&A and shareholder dispute arbitrations, particularly in the telecoms and energy sectors; it also has a notable focus on investment treaty arbitrations. The team won a US$1.2bn arbitration award on behalf of NTT DOCOMO (Docomo), Japan's largest telecoms company, in an LCIA arbitration against India's Tata Sons, which breached its contractual obligation to find a buyer for Docomo's shares in Tata's Indian mobile phone venture.  In other highlights, the practice successfully represented Devas Multimedia Private (Devas) in an ICC arbitration against Antrix Corporation, a company wholly owned by the Government of India, for breaching a contract to launch and operate communication satellites on behalf of Devas. David Kavanagh QC 'knows the law better than anyone', Karyl Nairn QC  is 'the market’s top pick for the most difficult, big-ticket disputes', and Bruce Macaulay is 'a consummate professional with great judgement - behind his calm demeanour there lies a deeply effective strategist'. Also recommended are Daniel Gal, who is 'sharp, very hardworking and absolutely determined', David Edwards, whose 'CV is phenomenal', David Herlihy and counsels Nick Lawn and recently promoted Jonathon Egerton-Peters.

A 'go-to firm for high-value and complex matters',¬†Three Crowns LLP¬†'leanly staffs matters with very talented attorneys'. ¬†The firm is¬†dedicated exclusively to international arbitration practice and¬†has a varied sector workload that¬†includes energy, utilities, financial services, mining, telecoms and government.¬†Highlights¬†include¬†advising Gas Natural in a high-value ICC joint venture-related arbitration against ENI; the matter involved a liquefaction plant in Egypt that was¬†affected by political disruption and had serious ramifications for downstream buyers and sellers. In other matters, the team represented ConocoPhillips in a large ICC arbitration against PDVSA, the State Oil Company of Venezuela, which related to the expropriation of ConocoPhillips' interests in two heavy-oil projects.¬†Constantine Partasides QC¬†is 'an exceptional attorney and advocate, who gets to the heart of disputes and provides candid and useful advice';¬†Ga√ętan Verhoosel¬†is senior vice-chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee;¬†Carmen Martinez Lopez¬†acts in matters in countries such as Panama and Spain and in the CIS region; and¬†Scott Vesel¬†is a specialist in disputes arising out of Eastern Europe. Other key contacts include counsel¬†¬†Gaurav Sharma¬†and senior associate Manish Aggarwa.

WilmerHale's 'top-notch practice has a deep bench with vast experience in international arbitration and extraordinary strategic and critical thinking skills'. The practice handles a large portfolio of major international disputes and has a strong track record of success in complex, high-value disputes. Recent successful outcomes include a settlement in a high-value LCIA arbitration involving the provision and operation of gas processing facilities; the team also acted for a multinational oil field services company in English law, Paris-seated ICC arbitrations. The 'legendary' Gary Born has served as counsel in over 650 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history; Duncan Speller is 'a rising star in the international arbitration world and an excellent choice to lead or second-chair before a UK-centric tribunal'; Steven Finizio has particular experience with energy, shareholder, telecoms, financial services, joint venture and M&A issues; and Franz Schwarz has extensive experience with arbitral practice, procedure and advocacy both in civil and common law systems. Other names to note include Charlie Caher and recently promoted counsels Daniel Costelloe and Victoria Narancio.n

Allen & Overy LLP 'conveys a real sense of being a team rather than a collection of individuals'. The practice stands out for its work on energy banking and finance, insurance and infrastructure projects-related arbitrations. It continued to act for South Stream Transport, a Netherlands-incorporated subsidiary of Russian energy giant, Gazprom, in its dispute with Saipem, an Italian oil and gas industry contractor; the dispute relates to a now-cancelled high-value pipeline project to transport gas from Russia to various European countries. Richard Smith heads the firm's London international arbitration practice; Mark Levy is 'doing great things in the energy field'; Kate Davies has extensive expertise in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitration; and the recently promoted James Freeman 'has excellent arbitration knowledge and good general commercial sense'. Lauren Lindsay, Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf are key senior associates. Jeffrey Sullivan left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Clifford Chance LLP recently acted in several high-value arbitrations, including under shareholder agreements, finance agreements and construction contracts. The firm also has a strong investment treaty practice, working closely with its Perth and Warsaw offices. It represented Standard Bank entities and their syndicated lenders, as claimants, in concurrent London-seated LCIA arbitration proceedings against Erdenet Mining Corporation (EMC) and Just Group, which arose out of agreements entered into for the ultimate benefit of EMC. Key figures include Audley Sheppard QC, who is the global co-head of international arbitration; Alex Panayides, who 'provides prompt and helpful advice'; Rob Lambert, who has particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors, as well as considerable experience of joint venture and shareholder disputes; and Marie Berard, who has acted as counsel and advocate in over 40 international commercial arbitration proceedings. Jessica Gladstone is also highly rated.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'absolutely top rate; the work is of an exceptionally high level, with great research, superb drafting skills and quick response times'. The practice acts for both sovereign and commercial clients, whether as claimant or respondent, in international commercial arbitration and investor-treaty arbitration. Highlights included representing The Nova Group Investments in an ICSID claim against the Romanian Government under the Netherlands-Romania BIT, which involved the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of their BIT protections. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is 'undoubtedly one of the very top advocates around and his appearances are excellent'; Wendy Miles QC  acts in major investor-state and international commercial arbitration; and Tony Dymond advises on high-value disputes arising from large-scale projects, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Patrick Taylor is also highly regarded and the key international counsels are Aimee-Jane Lee and recently promoted Samantha Rowe.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'strong team of dedicated lawyers masters complex subject matter and the advice is pragmatic, measured and fit for purpose'. It advises across a range of sectors, including TMT, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transport, defence and construction, but is particularly well known for its energy arbitration work. Global international arbitration head Paula Hodges is 'a seasoned arbitration lawyer who is very good at handling client relationships at a senior level as well as reassuring nervous witnesses'. Other key figures include Craig Tevendale, who is UK international arbitration head, and Nicholas Peacock, who heads the India international arbitration practice. Also recommended are Chris Parker, Andrew Cannon and of counsel Iain Maxwell.

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'has an excellent team of experienced arbitrators'. It has extensive experience in cases involving Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, and regularly acts in energy, financial services, telecoms and aerospace-related matters. The team represented several entities in the Energy Standard group of companies in two consolidated LCIA arbitrations against companies owned by a Russian billionaire; the dispute concerned the ownership and control of a significant Ukrainian joint venture between the parties, which produces equipment used in the extraction and transportation of natural gas. Global litigation and arbitration head Michael Davison is 'very smart and an excellent operator', and London international arbitration head Kieron O’Callaghan is 'highly dedicated and an experienced arbitrator'. Other key figures incldue Nathan Searle, who 'has very good Africa knowledge', public international law specialist Markus Burgstaller, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and counsel Ben Hornan, who 'has real arbitration experience and expertise'.

White & Case LLP is 'one of the leading firms in this area and provides a very good service'. The practice is regularly instructed by major corporations and governments with politically sensitive and complex arbitrations; and it has particular strength in advising contractors, financial services, oil and gas, and high-tech companies. It represented Panama's Grupo Unidos por el Canal and its shareholders Sacyr, Salini Impregilo and Jan De Nul in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority, which involved the $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project. Phillip Capper and Aloke Ray are the practice co-heads; Russia-related disputes expert David Goldberg is 'a very good lawyer, particularly because he has a lot of common sense and is very sensitive to the needs of clients'; Mark Clarke is 'a class act'; and Clare Connellan 'brings alternative views to the table and unexpected solutions'. Dipen Sabharwal, Edward Attenborough and Paul Brumpton are also key practitioners, while associate Alexander Rowe  is 'an upcoming lawyer who is dedicated and sharp'.

Ashurst is 'excellent for case preparation, client handling and assembling the right team for the job'. The practice is best known for energy and resources disputes and has a particular specialism in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Scandinavia. Global and London arbitration group head Matthew Saunders is 'an excellent advocate who has a particular strength of understanding the requirements of addressing foreign arbitral tribunals'; and Tim Reid is 'untiring in his pursuit of the right answer for clients'. Tom Cummins regularly acts in matters in the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors, and senior associate Emma Martin is 'a very competent lawyer'.

'Always aligned with clients' commercial objectives', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed in 2018 from the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP), known for construction and engineering, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance and sport disputes, with Bryan Cave, the latter firm bringing in Mathew Rea and the 'brilliant associate' Claire Morel de Westgaver as well as experience in CEE and CIS matters and shipping arbitrations. On the BLP side, the key names are international arbitration group head George Burn, who joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP, Roman Khodykin, who is 'a great strategist', and Carol Mulcahy. Work highlights include acting for Vibe Syndicate Management, the run-off manager of Lloyd’s Syndicate 994, as respondents in arbitration proceedings commenced by another syndicate seeking reinsurance payments it alleged were due as a result of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Michael Polonsky left the firm. Ania Farren joined Vannin Capital in August 2018 and David Robertson moved to White & Case LLP in October 2018. Robert Douglas left the firm.

Clyde & Co LLP's 'outstanding team' is focused on international arbitration in sectors such as insurance, infrastructure, energy and natural resources, transportation and trade and commodities. It acted as lead counsel for an energy equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration proceeding governed by Brazilian law in New York, which sought a declaration that an insurer was bound by a supply contract's arbitration agreement. Maurice Kenton  is 'an extremely diligent and resourceful specialist in international arbitration'; Ben Knowles and David Leckie are well known for energy matters; and Peter Hirst is an insurance and Latin America specialist. Lee Bacon, David Reynolds, Richard Power, Ricardo Lewandowski and Devika Khanna are also highly regarded. David Hesse and Alejandro Garcia joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Winston & Strawn London LLP, respectively.

'Involved in top-quality work', CMS 'has a very broad-based team and is knowledgeable in a variety of areas'. The arbitration group is highly rated for energy disputes and regularly works alongside the firm's experts in consumer products, financial services, hotels and leisure, and infrastructure and project finance as well as life sciences and healthcare, real estate, and technology, media and communications. Adam Greaves led advice to Trade Wind Industries in claims against the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands for environmental pollution and reneging on a development agreement. The department heads are Richard Bamforth and Jonathan Warne ; other highly rated advisers include Guy Pendell, Phillip Ashley, Adrian Bell and Sarah Grenfell, while Mark Davison  and Kushal Gandhi are the senior associates to note.

King & Spalding LLP 'provides a top-level service for international arbitration; the practice has the requisite industry knowledge in order to efficiently and effectively handle disputes and its advice is spot-on'. The practice has a special focus on disputes involving energy, particularly oil and gas, and it fields lawyers with additional experience in financial services, mining and shipping. Thomas Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed led advice to Reliance Industries in a New Delhi arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, which related to a production-sharing contract with the Indian Government. Other key figures include Stuart Isaacs QC, who 'possesses a fine legal mind and is articulate, persuasive and extraordinarily efficient'; Nicholas Cherryman, who is 'an extraordinary specialist and a highly reliable person, whose commitment to excellence and sharp instincts of a court lawyer make his performance unparalleled'; and John Savage QC, who divides his time between London and Singapore and 'stands out as a person who has exceptional international experience'. Ruth Byrne and Egishe Dzhazoyan are also key names.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'renowned and leading international arbitration practice is responsive, good at formulating tactics and thinking ahead'. The team represents clients across the globe in arbitrations, including both ad hoc and institutional proceedings; it recently experienced new instructions emanating from the Asian market and in new areas such as telecoms, infrastructure projects, shipping and pharmaceuticals. The practice also frequently advises on complex public international law questions. London international arbitration practice head Christopher Colbridge is 'an impressive tactician and strategist, who is highly dedicated and able to assemble the right team for the right assignment'; Chiraag Shah is 'sharp, highly organised and highly committed'; and Rajinder Bassi is 'grounded, determined and gets the job done effectively'. Richard Boynton is also widely praised.

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.

'Demonstrating an impressive hands-on approach', Linklaters LLP's 'excellent service includes seamlessly working with other counsel within and outside UK, instructing non-legal experts and managing witnesses effectively'. The practice is particularly focused on disputes in the financial services, oil and gas, natural resources, and telecoms sectors; and the firm fields partners with substantial Africa experience across Anglophone, Lusophone, and Francophone Africa.Tom Lidstrom'provides a top-class service'; Matthew Weiniger QC is global international arbitration head; and Michael Bennett is global dispute resolution division head. Ben Carroll is also highly rated and Jacqueline Chaplin and  Ula Cartwright-Finch are well-regarded managing associates. Marc Harvey  relocated to London from the firm's Hong Kong office, where he was Asia regional managing partner, while Greg Reid retired from the firm.

Norton Rose Fulbright is 'a very strong player; it has considerable strength in depth, which allows its talented lawyers to achieve successful outcomes for its clients'. The practice acts for global financial institutions, major corporations and governments and state-owned entities from the firm's key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology; and life sciences and healthcare. James Rogers is 'thorough and reliable and has an incisive understanding of international arbitration law and practice'; Patrick Farrell is 'a very experienced litigator who has an exceptional understanding of strategy that results in successful outcomes for his clients'; and Sherina Petit  is 'pragmatic and will always go that further mile for clients'. The other recommended advisers are Neil Miller, Donald Warnock and Philip Roche, along with Holly Stebbing and Irina Tymczyszyn. Patrick Bourke  and Marie Kelly recently returned to London from the firm's respective Dubai and Athens offices, while Deirdre Walker moved to the firm's Dubai office as Middle East head. Deborah Ruff joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP 'has a very resourceful and strategic team that understands the complex issues behind large-scale disputes'. The international arbitration practice is focused on the firm's core sectors, namely energy, infrastructure, and technology. It also fields lawyers with investment treaty expertise. Mark Roe is international arbitration head; David McIlwaine  is international arbitration committee chair; Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head; Rob McCallough is 'vastly experienced and pragmatic'; and Rob Wilkins is 'an absolute guru of Africa-related arbitrations'. The other names to note are Jason Hambury, Katharine Davies, Alistair Calvert, Adrian Elliott, Martin Harman, Gurmukh Riyat and consultant Clotilde Lemarié. Andrew Denton relocated to London from the Sydney office and Jean François Le Gal joined from Brown Rudnick LLP. Manoj Vaghela  and Virginie Colaiuta joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and LMS Legal LLP, respectively.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP's 'leading experts in international arbitration are fully familiar with arbitration practice but their extensive expertise in traditional litigation makes their approach unique when proceeding to the enforcement stage'. The practice's experience covers investment treaty and commercial arbitrations; and it advises on high-value arbitrations involving the oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms, construction and infrastructure sectors. The team represented AngloGold Ashanti’s local Ghanaian subsidiary in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ghana; this was pursuant to a concession agreement's arbitration clause. Nick Marsh is 'an expert tactician and his ability to navigate complex multi-jurisdictional problems are second to none'; and Stephen Jagusch QC heads the international arbitration practice. Anthony Sinclair and Epaminontas Triantafilou   are also highly rated.

Simmons & Simmons 'has a fantastic arbitration practice that is very responsive'. It has particular expertise in disputes involving emerging markets in Africa, the Middle East, China and the Far East and the firm's lawyers are strong industry experts in TMT (particularly telecoms), financial institutions, and energy and infrastructure. The team acted for the Indonesian Government in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys, which concerned an investment in a coal mining project. Simon Morgan 'has massive experience in this field', Jayne Bentham is 'a total star who is very tactically aware and has an excellent eye for a good point', and Stuart Dutson has extensive experience of arbitrations in Africa. Other names to note are David Sandy, managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker  and managing associate Minesh Tanna. Rob Horne joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Stephenson Harwood 'performs excellently and its experienced practitioners are able to handle the most difficult and complex disputes efficiently'. The practice has emerging markets expertise and it is complemented by arbitration-focused specialists in the firm's marine and construction disputes teams. International arbitration group head Louis Flannery QC, who took silk in 2018, and Haris Zografakis acted for PDVSA Servicios in a commercially sensitive, high-value dispute concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells. The 'highly effective' Kamal Shah, who heads the Africa and India groups, 'has become a force to reckon with in international arbitration; Shai Wade, who heads the upstream oil and gas disputes team, is 'an extraordinary lawyer with pure diligence'; counsel Duncan Bagshaw is 'very responsive and engaged throughout'; and Vivek Kapoor is a key senior associate.

Handling complex, high-stakes, international commercial arbitrations and bilateral investment treaty disputes for multinational corporations and sovereign governments, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's 'excellent team' has particular experience in oil and gas, power generation and telecoms. In one of the first investor-state cases relating to IP investments, the team acted for Bridgestone in a dispute arising out of a Panamanian Supreme Court decision, which ordered Bridgestone to pay damages to a Panamanian tyre company for opposing a confusingly similar trade mark application. Justin Williams is 'very calm and helpful'. Other key advisers are Hamish Lal, Kambiz Larizadeh, Richard Hornshaw and counsel Jenny Arlington.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP 'presents very creative and focused cases and addresses challenging issues of contract interpretation, applicable law, and assessments of factual and expert evidence'. On the commercial side, the arbitration practice has particular industry knowledge in the energy and technology sectors; it also regularly acts in large and high-profile investor-state instructions. Global practice co-head Jay Alexander 'has complete command of the theory of his cases and argues them clearly, quietly, and convincingly, without histrionics'; and Alejandro Escobar 'moves seamlessly between English and Spanish'. Johannes Koepp is also a key adviser, while senior associate Dorine Farah  'ably assists'.

Baker McKenzie's international arbitration practice covers financial and M&A disputes; energy, mining, construction and infrastructure; and it fields lawyers with regional expertise in the Middle East and CIS. Steve Abraham leads the firm's London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; Andy Moody  is'highly experienced'; Kate Corby is 'excellent, smart, focused and very adaptable'; and Ed Poulton is recommended for financial services and M&A-related disputes.

DLA Piper 'has huge strength in depth and operates brilliantly as a team'. The practice includes specialisms in energy, infrastructure and investment treaty disputes; has a significant public international law group; and is highly experienced in Africa-related work.  It advised on a series of SCC arbitration claims relating to the supply, pricing and transit of gas from Gazprom to Ukrainian supplier Naftogaz. Philip Chong is Europe international arbitration head; Kate Cervantes-Knox is 'a capable lawyer with considerable advocacy skills, who is impossible to intimidate and who really knows how to manage a big case and the team of people needed to run it';Jeremy Andrews 'has a razor-sharp legal brain', and the 'first-rate' of counsel Ben Sanderson is the global practice manager for the firm’s international arbitration group.  Also recommended are Mark Hilton, Richard McGrane, James Carter and Edward Shaw.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP recently hired Jeffrey Sullivan, who specialises in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, from Allen & Overy LLP. Cyrus Benson and Penny Madden QC are the department heads; Benson has particular experience in telecoms, oil and gas and financial services disputes, while Madden is noted for shareholder, telecoms, media and international trade disputes, and has wide-ranging experience in investment treaty arbitration. Other key advisers are Osma Hudda, who has expertise in insurance and reinsurance claims, financial services disputes and claims arising out of divestments and delivery contracts in the oil industry; Doug Watson, who made equity partner in 2017, and of counsel Sarah Wazen, who is a bilateral investment treaty arbitration specialist.

HFW is highly rated for 'the range, strength and depth of its international arbitration practice, which stretches across all of the firm's sector-based groups'. The firm is well known for it experience in disputes involving international trade, energy, commodities, shipping and aviation, as well as insurance and reinsurance, banking and financial services, and construction. Damian Honey is 'an excellent, commercially-minded lawyer with realistic perspectives on the arbitration market'; Katie Pritchard  'has a wealth of experience of commodities-related arbitrations'; Alistair Feeney is 'a bright, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer'; Costas Frangeskides is 'excellent at client care'; and Steven Paull and international construction head Max Wieliczko are also key members. Paul Wordley joined EC3 Legal.

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'hugely experienced team' is widely recognised for its experience in international arbitrations in the construction sector, but the practice also advises clients in the  hotel and leisure, food, banking and finance, and manufacturing industries. Recent work includes acting for Fouad Alghanim & Sons in an ICSID arbitration against the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which was based on the bilateral investment treaty between Kuwait and Jordan. Raid Abu-Manneh is 'experienced, creative and liked by clients'. The other key advisers are Mark Stefanini, Kwadwo Sarkodie, Miles Robinson and Tom Duncan, while the notable senior associates are Rachael O’Grady, who 'develops an impressive understanding of clients' business', and Joseph Otoo.

Osborne Clarke LLP 'combines deep expertise of international arbitration with strong advice on strategic direction'. The practice regularly represents clients in the energy sector in international arbitrations and has a rare specialism in digital business arbitration. It is also noted for construction disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East. Greg Fullelove is 'very bright, client focused and understands how to achieve results that meet clients' objectives'; and Adrian Lifely is 'a trusted and reliable senior statesman in the arbitration world'. Recent growth saw Rob Horne, who has projects arbitration expertise, and Russia and CIS disputes lawyer Artem Doudko, who is 'hard-working and creative in his approach', join from Simmons & Simmons and White & Case LLP, respectively.

Reed Smith LLP 'receives numerous high-profile, high-value, and cutting-edge instructions and its lawyers have amassed a great depth and strength of expertise and experience, which makes them both highly effective and a pleasure to work with'. The practice stands out for its focus on the energy, life sciences, entertainment and media, international trade and shipping, and financial services sectors. Belinda Paisley is 'an extraordinarily impressive lawyer, who possesses the rare combination of fantastic bigger-picture and strategic instincts as well as an extraordinary command of points of detail'. Other highly rated individuals are deputy global international arbitration heads Gautam Bhattacharyya and Vincent Rowan, Chloe Carswell, Alex Andrews and Shareena Edmonds.

Shearman & Sterling LLP is best known for high-profile, sensitive and high-value matters and the firm fields lawyers with significant investment treaty expertise. The practice represented Cairn Energy in its treaty claim against the Republic of India, under the UK-India bilateral investment treaty; the claim was brought in relation to India's adoption of a retroactive tax measure.Mark McNeill has a longstanding reputation for advising investors and respondent states in investment treaty disputes; Jeremy Sharpe and Alexander Uff are also highly rated, as is counsel Ximena Herrera-Bernal.

Slaughter and May is 'great for bet-the-company cases; the firm has excellent partners as well as a raft of fantastically smart, hard-working and down-to-earth associates and trainees'. The firm's international arbitration practice in relation to Africa continues to grow; other recent work involved fraud issues, contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims and energy sector disputes. Damian Taylor, who is 'bright and incisive' and the 'very impressive' James Stacey co-head the international arbitration group, and Sarah Lee is dispute resolution group head. Also key to the group is Efstathios Michael, who 'has an extraordinarily detailed understanding of his cases and impeccable judgement and strategic nous as to which points will hit home with tribunals'. Richard Clark retired from the firm, while Nick Gray joined international arbitration think tank, Newton Arbitration.

Addleshaw Goddard recently hired construction, engineering and environment disputes practitioner Gerlando Butera from Nabarro LLP's Singapore office. The practice acts in energy, construction and life sciences-related arbitrations and has extensive experience in enforcing arbitration awards. The team acted for a Thai investor in an investment arbitration brought under the 1987 ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which concerned disputed property rights. Simon Kamstra  is international arbitration head; Jon Tweedale has a focus on energy and life sciences; Sarah Vasani is London head of investor state disputes; Mark Molyneux leads the firm's Africa group; and Jonathan Tattersall heads up the Japan desk, representing major construction contractors in the Asia Pacific region.

Arnold & Porter 'has a very strong international arbitration practice; the top-notch team's experience and knowledge allows it to advise on complex legal issues and develop comprehensive strategies'. The practice acts in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations; David Reed is 'a hard working and diligent lawyer who is well focused and knowledgeable'; and 'dedicated to his clients'; Patricio Grané Labat is 'an exceptional lawyer, particularly with respect to case management and co-ordinating coherent and effective strategies'; and Dmitri Evseev acts for sovereign states in investor-state arbitrations under various bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Bird & Bird LLP is handling an increasing number of large and complex arbitrations and its team is increasingly focusing on both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. The team regularly acts in arbitrations in the energy, technology and communications, financial services, life sciences and sport sectors as well as fraud-related matters. Garreth Wong is 'an excellent advocate who is able to get to grips with large, complex cases quickly'. Sophie Eyre is also highly regarded.

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP is 'clearly a leading firm for international arbitration, with a very talented and experienced set of lawyers'. The team represented one of Russia’s most prominent businessmen in a high-profile investor-state claim against the State of Montenegro under the Russia-Montenegro bilateral investment treaty, which concerns an investment in an aluminium smelter. Dominic Roughton is 'an impressive practitioner who is experienced and has sound judgement'. Kenneth Beale is 'a quick thinker who is very experienced in handling complex high-value arbitrations'. Also recommended are Will Hooker, counsel Nathalie Allen Prince, who  is 'very smart and hardworking', and associate David Hunt, who is'a very competent lawyer who is attentive to detail'.

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'lawyers stand out due to their¬†exceptional experience in the field of international investment law and their commitment to accomplish the best result for their clients'. The practice covers¬†international¬†commercial arbitration work, including¬†oil and gas exploration matters,¬†licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing rights, bio‚Äźsciences and product testing disputes, and international supply agreements. It also acts in¬†investment treaty arbitrations and¬†insurance and reinsurance-related¬†arbitrations.¬†James Maton¬†is London litigation head;¬†Mark Everiss¬†focuses on reinsurance litigation; and¬†Mark Deem¬†is 'a tough negotiator, but brings valuable commercial¬† perspective to the dispute resolution process at the right time'. Other key contacts are David Kendall,¬†Kevin Perry¬†¬†and James Crabtree.¬†Special counsels¬†Christophe Bondy, who¬†'has incredibly deep experience of investor-state arbitration', and¬†public international law specialist¬†Joshua Brien¬†joined from¬†Volterra Fietta¬†and The¬†Commonwealth Secretariat, respectively.

Dentons 'consistently performs well for its clients; the team is well known for its skills and experience in this field'. Alongside its high-value commercial arbitration practice, the firm maintains a significant investment treaty and investor-state arbitration practice, acting on behalf of investors and sovereign states; and its international expertise includes Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Central and Eastern Europe and CIS. Liz Tout is UK international arbitration and dispute resolution head. Dominic Pellew, who divides his time between London and Moscow, 'has the ability to preview the consequences of different steps and to estimate the risks'. Dan Bodle and counsel Matthew Vinall are other key contacts, and senior associates James Langley  and Catherine Gilfedder are 'very good'. Michelle Bradfield  joined Dechert LLP.

Enyo Law LLP is 'a highly impressive outfit that always has an eye on the best commercial outcome for clients'. The conflict-free, specialist litigation and arbitration law firm has e xtensive international experience in securing and enforcing judgments and international arbitral awards around the world. Energy sector specialist Anna Maxwell 'really listens to her clients'; recently promoted Tim Elliss is 'a strong litigator who has a good understanding of the issues and is excellent at handling clients'; and Marcus Rutherford is 'fantastic - he is extremely knowledgeable and practical and gives clients all the reassurance they need'. George Maling and recently promoted Jonathan Brook are also highly rated. Former of counsel Rémy Gerbay joined MoloLamken LLP in New York.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and trade sectors and regularly acts in disputes arising out of joint venture, corporate and M&A and shareholder issues. Jonathan Leach is UK international arbitration and public international law head; and recently promoted Greg Falkof is 'an excellent advocate who has complete mastery of detail'. Neville Byford  is also highly rated.

Fieldfisher's team is 'hardworking and diligent, with some fantastic younger rising stars'. The international arbitration team is best known for acting in high-value commercial and investor-state arbitrations for and against ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporates from the Russia and CIS region. Simon Moore heads the international arbitration practice. Other key figures include Colin Gibson, who is dispute resolution head, recently promoted Daniel Hayward, who is 'one of the most prominent upcoming stars in this area', Simon Sloane, Alexandra Underwood and Tracey Wright.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP is 'commercial and responsive and the quality of its legal advice is second to none'. The practice's scope includes banking and financial services disputes; cases involving Russia and former CIS countries; and joint venture and breach of warranty claims. James Kitching is 'knowledgeable, instils trust and confidence and is very commercial' and Justin Michaelson is 'a lawyer in his own league who is absolutely focused and capable of handling various complex disputes'. The key senior associates are Leigh Mallon, who 'has strong strategic and analytical skills and knows what clients want', and Duncan Saunders.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP's 'excellent team' received a significant boost with the hire of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 's international arbitration group in June 2018. This team is led by 'very experienced and capable' partner Melanie Willems who focuses on the energy, engineering and construction sectors, and also includes partner Markus Esly, who is rated by clients as 'very thorough and organised and a good team player', Robert Blackett (counsel) and Ryan Deane (associate). They add to a group that previously had an emphasis on marine construction projects, particularly those involving the offshore oil and gas industry. Partners in the original Haynes and Boone team include William Cecil, James Brown, who is 'highly attentive and keeps clients informed'; and Glenn Kangisser who 'stands out for his heavyweight experience in the energy sector'. Andreas Dracoulis is also a key name.

Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Hunton & Williams recently merged to form Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP , which has 'a well-organised team of highly capable lawyers who do a lot of their own advocacy'. The firm's ranking here is based on the combination of the two teams, which created a practice with clients in the energy and construction sector, alongside finance, aviation, hospitality, pharmaceuticals and insurance sectors. However, it suffered a blow in June 2018 when international arbitration head Melanie Willems  left for Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP with a team including partner Markus Esly and counsel Robert Blackett.

Jones Day 'has world-class specialists with broad reach and great understanding of clients’ needs'. Lee Coffey led the successful representation of Ageas, as one of the defendants, in a Paris ICC arbitration; the matter involved an indemnification claim based on a consortium and shareholders' agreement arising from a large banking acquisition. Sion Richards heads the global disputes practice in London; Baiju Vasani is 'a superb strategist and achieves the best outcome for his clients'; recently promoted Sylvia Tonova represents investors and states in commercial and investor-state arbitrations; and of counsel Tatiana Minaeva is particularly experienced in Russia and CIS-related disputes.

K&L Gates LLP 'does an outstanding job in very difficult situations'. The London international arbitration team has worked on cases involving insurance coverage, construction, pharmaceuticals, sports and investor-state matters; in 2017, the team was particularly active in energy, infrastructure and resources-related arbitrations. Ian Meredith co-ordinates the firm’s global arbitration practice; other names to note are John Magnin, Peter Morton, Clarissa Coleman and recently promoted Martin King. John Gilbert joined Bracewell (UK) LLP. 

KWM Europe LLP 'has a great arbitration practice' that acts in high-value commercial arbitrations involving construction, international trade, energy and financial services disputes, as well as telecoms and media, retail and banking matters. Andrei Yakovlev's ’s practice covers both investor-state and commercial arbitration; Dorothy Murray is experienced in acting for clients from Russia and the CIS and for government clients; and managing associate Wilson Antoon has a particular focus on investment treaty arbitration.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'has an excellent team, is very thorough and pays great attention to detail'. The team has experience across ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings under a variety of arbitral rules and governing laws, including ICC, LCIA and bi-lateral investment treaties.Maria Frangeskides, who is 'superb at seeing the client’s needs and requirements as a whole, and not merely the litigation', has particular expertise in energy-related disputes, including gas and oil supply and transit matters; and senior associate Amanda Voss is 'very thorough, and fights hard for the client'. Energy disputes specialist Mark Beeley was hired from Vinson & Elkins RLLP.

RPC's 'overall service is excellent'. The team acts in arbitrations involving construction and engineering, international trade, finance, transport, IP, energy, insurance and reinsurance. Jonathan Wood leads the international arbitration practice; Wood is 'very experienced in all forms of international arbitration - he is calm, professional and has very good judgment'. Other key advisers are Stuart Shepherd, a commodity disputes expert, and Andy McGregor, who acts in finance-related disputes and those emanating from Russia and CIS and Middle East markets.

Signature Litigation LLP 'has a strong and experienced arbitration team'. The practice has substantial experience acting for clients in high-value, complex international arbitrations; and is particularly noted for disputes work involving Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The key contacts are Natalia Chumak, Ioannis Alexopoulos, Adam Rooney and Josh Wong. Counsel Neil Newing, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, and senior associate Nick Storrs are also highly regarded.

Squire Patton Boggs is 'enthusiastically recommended for its outstanding service, including quick responses, deep knowledge of the market and great legal authority'. It has a significant track record for investor treaty disputes and energy arbitration, including acting for buyers in natural gas price review disputes. The practice also has experience in international commercial arbitrations involving technology, telecoms, and distribution and transportation. Global international dispute resolution head George von Mehren, who divides time between London and Cleveland, 'has profound experience and skill, especially in strategy and tactics as well as full comprehension of clients' needs'; Peter Crossley is London international dispute resolution head; James Barratt 'cannot be recommended highly enough'; Alexis Martinez is 'professional and competent'; and Ben Holland  is 'an energy arbitration specialist'.

'A boutique firm that regularly outguns its larger competitors', Stewarts Law LLP provides a largely conflict-free service in commercial arbitration matters to clients across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the practice's sector specialisms include energy and power projects, cross-border trade and investment, and defence. International arbitration department head Philippa Charles is 'super-intelligent, has flawless tactical nous and is an ever- popular choice both as counsel and arbitrator'. Ian Gatt QC is 'a superb lawyer who contributes immensely to a case's successful outcome'. Matthew Knowles is also highly rated, and associate Veronica Connolly is 'an excellent attorney, well versed in the applicable law and very capable and competent'. Al Trent relocated to Jamaica.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP 'meets the highest professional standards, respects strict deadlines and is open minded and responsive; the team also has deep knowledge of international legislation as well as focusing on important case details'. It is best known for energy-related disputes but the practice has also acted in mining, healthcare, telecoms and construction-related matters as well as investor-state cases. In one of the largest construction arbitrations of recent times, Nick Henchie, whose 'skills are outstanding and who gives invaluable strategic advice', led advice to Italian energy services company Saipem on an ICC claim it brought against a Gazprom entity over a terminated contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline between Russia and southern Europe. The 'diligent' and recently promoted Louise Woods is 'particularly strong'; Susanna Fidoe is a key counsel; and Alexander Slade is a notable senior associate. George Burn joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, while  Mark Beeley exited for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP 'has a strong international arbitration practice that is highly professional and experienced'. The commercial arbitration practice is best known for its expertise in finance, shipping, energy, offshore construction, and commodities-related disputes, and is complemented by a growing profile in the investment treaty arbitration sector. Andrew Savage, alongside the firm's Rome office, acted for a Luxembourg investor in relation to ICSID proceedings against the Italian State pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty. Andrew Ward is 'extremely clever and pays close attention to detail'; Andrew Hutcheon is 'very calm, thoughtful and measured, and thinks issues through to determine where particular courses of action are likely to lead'; and Rob Fidoe is 'very experienced in working with international clients'. Charles Buss and recently promoted Rebecca Williams are also key advisers.

Winston & Strawn London LLP's 'established team is first-rate in sometimes difficult circumstances'. A substantial part of the London's group includes the representation of clients in large-scale infrastructure disputes as well as cases involving traditional and renewable energy power, and transportation projects. The London team is led by Michael Stepek and Matthew Bate; Stepek led advice to Rolling Vista Ventures  in an arbitration proceeding under the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre arbitration rules, which arose out of a master investment and shareholder agreement. Ricardo Ugarte divides time between Chicago and London; and senior associate Daniel Meagher is 'a standout arbitration lawyer and a very strong operator'. Other key advisers are of counsel Kseniya Elfimova, who divides her time between London and Brussels, and associate Shayan Farhad.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 'performs a perfect service in every possible way'. The practice was counsel to Telecom Italia International and Telecom Italia in an investment-related ICC arbitration in Paris, brought by various parties in the Opportunity group of companies. Christopher Moore is 'a master of evidence procedures'; and Jonathan Kelly and Jonathan Blackman, who divides time between London and New York, are also experienced advisers. James Norris Jones joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields specialist teams in insurance disputes, commercial dispute resolution and construction disputes. The firm's arbitration specialism spreads from Asia across Europe to Latin America, and it recently opened a representative office in New York, with a view to conducting arbitrations in the wider American market. The principal advisers are Ken Forsyth, Anthony Menzies, Julian Miller, Michael Blackburne and consultant Rowan Planterose. Matthew Wescott departed for Carter-Ruck.

Fenwick Elliott LLP 'has an outstanding practice in the construction sector of the international arbitration market; and it has  a number of very shrewd tacticians as partners and a large team of hardworking and knowledgeable assistants'. Its construction law expertise also includes engineering and energy-related matters. Richard Smellie is 'an excellent strategic thinker and brilliant at managing large teams on big cases'; and Nicholas Gould is 'extremely good - he is very convincing during hearings at drilling down the issues to the core'. Other recommended advisers are Jeremy Glover and Karen Gidwani.

Gowling WLG's 'ability massively outstrips its reputation in the market and its rates are remarkable given the Magic Circle-level quality of the work'. The practice has particularly strong sector experience in IP, technology and life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering. Highlights include acting for a UAE-based independent oil company in an ad hoc arbitration, which arose under a long-term gas supply agreement. Gordon Bell heads the international arbitration practice; David Breslin  and the 'fantastic' director Karen O’Connell are also highly regarded. Michael Darowski joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Jenner & Block LLP's 'service is first rate and the advice is top quality'. The team acts in cross-border commercial and investment arbitrations in seats all over the world and it has particular strength in the enforcement of arbitral awards in foreign jurisdictions. Co-global international arbitration chair Charlie Lightfoot 'transforms clients' needs into something that adds value to claims'; and Jason Yardley and recently promoted James Woolrich are 'great strategists'.

Mishcon de Reya LLP hired Ben Giaretta, the former Asia arbitration practice head in Ashurst LLP's Singapore office. The firm acts in complex, high-value and significant arbitration cases, both in the commercial and investor-state arbitration fields; it acted for RSM Production Corporation in an international arbitration against the Government of Saint Lucia in relation to the termination of an oil concession. Karel Daele heads the firm's arbitration practice; Kasra Nouroozi  is dispute resolution head; and Zachary Segal is a notable legal director.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'excellent team' has a focus on energy, manufacturing and aviation sector matters as well as Middle East matters. Ned Beale leads the firm's international arbitration team; 'Beale and his team are able to navigate international arbitrations efficiently and diligently'. Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice; based in London Burton also spends a substantial amount of time in the firm's Dubai and Bahrain offices. David Grant, who previously sat as the Technology and Construction Court's judge in Birmingham, joined the London office as consultant.

Volterra Fietta is best known for its specialist public international law practice; the firm also has a robust international commercial arbitration practice that involves the energy, mining and telecoms sectors as well as defence procurement and shareholder and joint venture disputes. The names to note are Robert Volterra, Graham Coop, Giorgio Mandelli and Suzanne Spears. Christophe Bondy joined Cooley (UK) LLP.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's 'international reach and huge breadth of experience really shine through'. The team acted for 1Malaysia Development Berhad in a large LCIA arbitration, which concerned the alleged misappropriation of $3.5bn. Jamie Maples 'combines arbitration work with a busy High Court practice, such combination allowing him to advise with equal confidence in arbitration matters and the satellite court proceedings that often accompany them'; and senior associate Matthew Akers and associate Hayley Lund are 'both rising stars in the field'. The former co-head of disputes, Hannah Field-Lowes, joined White & Case LLP.

Withers LLP 'has demonstrated a mastery of the law and practice in this field'. The international arbitration group is jointly led by Hussein Haeri and Eleni Polycarpou. The investor-state arbitration practice  acts in Middle East and Africa matters, particularly in the infrastructure and energy sectors; the firm also has a robust commercial arbitration practice involving parties from CIS countries, as well as related jurisdictions such as Cyprus and the BVI. The 'practical and solutions-driven' Haeri is 'outstanding; he has both a strong understanding of the law and an excellent client-handling manner'. Tatiana Menshenina is also a key contact.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is 'now well-established in this field and has a reputation for innovative and cost-effective ways'. The practice has substantial experience of conducting arbitrations under all the major institutional rules. The recently promoted Daniel Burbeary 'has a wealth of experience'; Marc Keidan and Sinead O’Callaghan are also key contacts.

Crowell & Moring has substantial experience in investor-state and commercial arbitration. Adrian Jones' practice focuses on the oil and gas, mining, construction, and financial services sectors.

DWF hired Richard Twomey, who focuses on technology and energy based disputes, from Pinsent Masons LLP. He joins a team that includes Jonathan Moss, whose practice includes arbitration in the marine, non-marine and reinsurance sectors. Stefan Paciorek, Antony Woodhouse and John Groome are also recommended.

Fietta LLP fields 'a stellar group of lawyers who can turn to arbitration nicely, particularly investment arbitration'. The practice acted for PL Holdings in treaty arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Poland; the dispute concerned the expropriation of a bank. Stephen Fietta is 'very good' and Jiries Saadeh is a highly rated counsel.

Fox Williams LLP's predominant industry sectors for international arbitration are commodities, energy, medical and pharmaceuticals, and transport and distribution. Gavin Foggo and Tom Custance  are 'great tacticians'; and Peter Ashford  is 'very experienced'.

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP acts in proceedings in both English and French and has arbitration expertise in Africa, particularly regarding infrastructure projects, energy and natural resources, telecoms and other industrial joint ventures. Rupert Reece is 'highly experienced in international arbitration, with an intelligent and thoughtful approach to legal disputes'.

Macfarlanes LLP 'gives first-rate legal and strategic advice that is well suited to the idiosyncrasies of international arbitration'. The practice primarily encompasses banking, investment, energy, aviation and transport disputes as well as construction and engineering, and advertising matters. Lois Horne is 'fantastic'; and Simon Nurney is 'a stand out in terms of strategy and negotiation'. James Popperwell, Geoff Steward  and in-house silk Guy Morpuss QC are also highly regarded.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has handled arbitrations involving electricity, natural gas, insurance and transportation, as well as mining concessions, joint venture agreements and construction concessions. Tom Canning is highly rated and Cormac Alexander  is a notable special counsel.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP is 'a firm that knows what it is doing'. It advises on complex, high-value arbitrations involving insurance, finance, technology, and energy sector clients; it also assists with arbitration proceedings relating to Bermuda Form policies. The names to note are 'standout partner' David Waldron and Nicholas Greenwood.

O'Melveny's David Foster has particular experience handling disputes in the technology, professional services and financial services sectors; he also has expertise in investment treaty law and arbitration.Margarita Michael is a highly rated counsel and former counsel Hayley Ichilcik joined King & Spalding LLP.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP recruited Deborah Ruff from Norton Rose Fulbright to lead the firm's global arbitration practice and spearhead the disputes practice in the EMEA region. The practice advises on claims in industries such as insurance, energy, infrastructure, chemicals and construction, along with the mining and commodities and telecoms sectors.

SCA ONTIER LLP 'does some fantastic work'. Recent high-value instructions derived from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Seamus Andrew is managing partner; Paul Ferguson 'has a nose for what the right answer is'; and Oliver Cain 'has a very loyal client basis'.

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has strong investment treaty experience in relation to African and Eastern European cases; it is also active in international commercial arbitration involving financial institutions. Matthew Coleman is highly rated and Angus Rodger is 'excellent for strong strategical thinking'.

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