Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's London-based practice has an excellent track record of victories and successful awards. The group is particularly renowned for arbitration work in the energy and natural resources sector, and represents both sides of investor-state disputes. Craig Tevendale is UK head of arbitration; global international arbitration head Paula Hodges QC is the current President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); and in addition to Andrew Cannon's role as global co-head of public international law, he was recently appointed deputy global practice leader for arbitration. Also integral to the team are Africa disputes expert Chris Parker; James Doe, who acts in infrastructure, construction and engineering project-related disputes; and David Nitek, a construction and infrastructure disputes partner. The impressive senior associate pool comprises Hannah Ambrose, Aaron McDonald, Maguelonne de Brugiere and Marco de Sousa, along with Susan Field, Charlie Morgan and Louise Barber. Notable departures include former India disputes head Nicholas Peacock joining Bird & Bird LLP in April 2021, while Adam Johnson QC became a High Court judge in 2020.
International arbitration in London
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Craig Tevendale; Paula Hodges QC
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Cannon; Chris Parker; James Doe; David Nitek; Hannah Ambrose; Aaron McDonald; Maguelonne de Brugiere; Marco de Sousa; Susan Field; Charlie Morgan; Louise Barber
‘This is my preferred team for all high-value and/or complex international arbitration matters – an arbitration team that is at the top of its game.‘
‘One of the best teams I’ve worked with in this area of work – exceptional high quality, with great legal knowledge, drafting skills, advocacy, and strategy.‘
‘Although a huge firm, the lawyers work in small and effective teams, with lots of hands-on partner engagement, and very high-quality associates.‘
‘The team is comprised of highly experienced and extremely capable individuals, who are very client focused and provide very clear and commercial advice.‘
‘Andrew Cannon and Paula Hodges QC are particularly impressive and have great advocacy skills.‘
‘Craig Tevendale is one of the best arbitration practitioners in the market today – first-class drafting and advocacy skills, and someone who builds an excellent relationship with the client.‘
‘Chris Parker is excellent, and consistently provides clear and commercially focused legal advice and support. He is a strategic thinker, extremely responsive and very user friendly.‘
‘Hannah Ambrose is a senior associate to watch. She is operating at partner level, and is tremendously clever and committed.‘
Standard Chartered Bank
Nord Stream 2
- Acting for Nord Stream 2, a project development company, in arbitration proceedings against the European Union (under the Energy Charter Treaty and conducted under the UNCITRAL rules).
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
With a stellar track record, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s international arbitration group is a recognised market leader for complex, high-value and cross-border disputes. In commercial arbitration, the team routinely represents multinational companies from the energy and natural resources, retail, construction, manufacturing, telecoms, real estate, automotive and financial sectors; and in investment treaty disputes, it represents both investors and states in high-stakes cases. The global international litigation and arbitration group is co-led by Karyl Nairn QC, who is ‘an incredibly experienced arbitration advocate‘; and international arbitration and cross-border litigation specialist David Kavanagh QC. Also highly rated are Bruce Macaulay, who ‘gets amazing results for clients‘; Daniel Gal QC, who recently took silk and has particular experience in growth markets such as the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Brazil; and corporate, commercial and shareholder disputes specialist David Edwards. At counsel level, Jonathon Egerton-Peters represents leading corporations, investors, entrepreneurs and sovereign states.
David Kavanagh QC; Karyl Nairn QC
Other key lawyers:
Bruce Macaulay; Daniel Gal QC; David Edwards; Jonathon Egerton-Peters; Nicholas Adams; Devika Khopkar
‘A brilliant and experienced team for international arbitration.‘
‘A top pick for very high-value disputes.‘
‘Skadden’s team is very smart, pragmatic and flexible – they also have a strong commercial sense.‘
‘The team I worked with was really a team, where everybody had their own responsibilities, as well as the opportunity to display their talents – great to see this.‘
‘Karyl Nairn QC is a fantastic and incredibly experienced arbitration advocate and arbitrator – you cannot do better.‘
‘Bruce Macaulay is a brilliant team player and strategist, who gets amazing results for clients.‘
‘Daniel Gal QC is a strong adviser, who gives clear, strategic guidance.‘
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
Vodafone International Holdings
NextEra Energy Spain Holdings
Devas Employees Mauritius Private
Telcom Devas Mauritius
- Secured a landmark all-round victory for Vodafone International Holdings in one of the largest and most high-profile bilateral investment treaty disputes in the world, namely its $5.5bn dispute with India.
- Won a second favourable ruling on behalf of the former CEO of US Airways.
- Successfully represented a creditor in an LCIA arbitration to recover a substantial sum owed by an evasive debtor.
Three Crowns LLP
Retained to lead some of the most significant disputes in the world, Three Crowns LLP 'works effectively in its niche area of commercial arbitration and investor state dispute resolution'; and, in addition to its London office, the firm has equally prominent arbitration-exclusive offerings in Washington DC, Paris and Bahrain. Constantine Partasides QC routinely acts as lead counsel in globally significant commercial disputes that frequently involve governments; and Gaëtan Verhoosel acts in high-value commercial and treaty arbitrations across a range of sectors, including the power, oil and gas, banking and infrastructure industries. Also highly rated are Middle Eastern disputes expert Reza Mohtashami QC; Carmen Martinez Lopez, who assists with high-stakes commercial and investor-states disputes; and Manish Aggarwal, who has a significant Asia practice. The counsels to note are commercial disputes specialist Leilah Bruton and the recently promoted Penny Martin.
Constantine Partasides QC; Gaëtan Verhoosel
Other key lawyers:
Reza Mohtashami QC; Carmen Martinez Lopez; Manish Aggarwal; Leilah Bruton; Penny Martin
‘The team works effectively in its niche area of commercial arbitration and investor state dispute resolution, with a diverse background of lawyers from various nationalities.‘
‘The 3C team is a combination of lawyers from different nationalities and backgrounds that are licensed in many jurisdictions. All of them excel and together make a very robust ecosystem. They are also flexible and adaptable, always maintaining the standard of performance, and are a pleasure to work with – they make the client feel part of the team.’
‘The lawyers have structured thoughts, good upfront strategy and planning, and a very practical approach.‘
‘Gaëtan Verhoosel is a star performer with training in English law and civil law, and articulate – the reference point for any matter relating to investor state arbitration and commercial arbitration.‘
‘Gaëtan Verhoosel’s sharpness in articulating the legal strategy upfront is commendable and serves as his strength. Clear advice and easy for management to appreciate and understand.‘
‘Gaëtan Verhoosel is really good in cross-examinations, exuding confidence.‘
‘Manish Aggarwal is meticulous, picks up issues really fast, and understands the E&P business well. During hearings, he paces his arguments very well and is convincing in his submissions.‘
‘Manish Aggarwal is an uprising star.‘
Sultanate of Oman
- Representing Crescent Petroleum in a case against the National Iranian Oil Company, arising out of a gas sale and purchase agreement and with the provisional damages estimated at over $30bn.
- Secured a complete victory on behalf of Trafigura subsidiary GPGC, in its $180m-plus arbitration against Ghana over an emergency power purchase agreement.
- Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal and its members (Webuild, Sacyr and Jan De Nul) in an application to set aside a $800m ICC award in favour of the Panama Canal Authority.
'Quite outstanding in international arbitration', White & Case LLP's UK-based international arbitration lawyers appear as counsel in some of the largest and most significant cases in the world; and the group's representative expertise covers arbitrations involving complex mega infrastructure projects, as well as numerous investor-state arbitrations. Among the firm's highly rated partners are the 'extremely eloquent' Aloke Ray QC, who regularly acts as lead counsel in high-profile commercial arbitrations; London oil and gas disputes head Mark Clarke, who is 'very sharp and client oriented'; Dipen Sabharwal QC, who heads up the firm's EMEA international arbitration practice; 'superb' arbitration advocate Phillip Capper; construction and engineering disputes specialist Clare Connellan; David Goldberg, who divides his time between London and Moscow and has a track record in successfully representing sovereign states in high-profile and high-value investor-state disputes; and global public international law head Andrea Menaker.
Phillip Capper; Aloke Ray QC; David Goldberg; Andrea Menaker
Other key lawyers:
Mark Clarke; Dipen Sabharwal QC; Clare Connellan
‘The firm continues to be quite outstanding in international arbitration; it has highly available partners with wide-ranging expertise, who are truly dedicated to the cases; and the practice has a good team spirit, with all members driving towards an efficient, client-friendly resolution of issues.‘
‘This practice is unique because it combines outstanding English law expertise with deep understanding of our needs as a Russian client.‘
‘All our cases run very smoothly with W&C.‘
‘W&C has a very strong and influential team that includes very effective advocacy.‘
‘Mark Clarke is very sharp and client oriented.‘
‘Phillip Capper is superb.‘
‘Aloke Ray QC has strong capacity in arbitration cases, especially those related to construction claims; and he is fast, efficient and a quick thinker, who is truly dedicated to cases and always available. He is also an extremely eloquent and impressive presenter with an ability to spot and emphasise the winning arguments.’
‘David Goldberg is well-known in Russia and abroad as one of the best arbitration practitioners around. He is available 24/7, and always ready to answer our most complicated questions.‘
Inpex Operations Australia Pty
Jan De Nul
Grupo Unidos por el Canal
Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings
United Energy Group
Uniper Global Commodities
TECO Guatemala Holding
Kappes, Cassiday & Associates
JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant
JSC National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan
JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank
Republic of Uzbekistan
Republic of Belarus
Republic of Peru
- Representing Inpex in disputes regarding the pricing of works for an onshore LNG processing facility that is part of a mega LNG project.
- Representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama) and its shareholders, WeBuild and Jan De Nul, in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority, which relates to the $5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project.
- Defended the Russian Federation against a claim by Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev, who commenced arbitration proceedings under the 1976 UNCITRAL rules (pursuant to the French-Russian BIT on the basis that he had acquired French nationality).
Globally recognised for its prowess in major international disputes, WilmerHale‘s sizeable international arbitration group is devoted exclusively to international arbitration, handles all its own advocacy, and has an enviable track record in complex and high-value disputes. International arbitration practice chair Gary Born‘s experience includes serving as counsel in over 675 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history; Franz Schwarz is global vice-chair of the firm’s practice, alongside Rachael Kent in Washington DC. Other highly rated partners are Steven Finizio, who has particular experience in energy, shareholder, telecoms, financial services, joint venture and M&A issues, and Charlie Caher, who represents clients in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in all major arbitral centres.
Gary Born; Franz Schwarz; Rachael Kent
Other key lawyers:
Steven Finizio; Charlie Caher
‘Consistent focus on complex international dispute cases and great for attention to detail .‘
‘With their focus on delivering strong advocacy, the lawyers are also excellent communicators explaining complex English law concepts to co-counsels and clients from a non-English background in a readily understandable manner.‘
‘They are easy to work with, very approachable and always try to make the team experience as smooth as possible.‘
‘They strike the right balance between being very strong professionals and having a client-friendly mindset for the legal service.‘
‘The individuals whom I have worked with are strategically strong, relentless on detail and are very focused on the client’s need to find creative solutions.‘
‘Gary Born makes the difference! He deserves his rock star rankings and recognition.‘
‘Charlie Caher is a very good lawyer.‘
Allen & Overy LLP's long-established London-based arbitration team is constantly sought out for commercial arbitrations, as well as investor-state matters, and the group particularly stands out for its premier energy disputes practice, including gas price arbitrations. It is also active in arbitrations concerning banking, finance and complex financial products, as well as infrastructure and construction projects, TMT matters and IP issues. Energy disputes specialist Mark Levy QC leads the international arbitration group, which showcases Kate Davies McGill, who has extensive expertise in both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations; Suzanne Spears, who acts under all the major arbitration rules; and James Freeman, who is 'on top of all the detail of cases'. Notable growth includes the elevation of commercial and investment treaty arbitration experts Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf to counsel in 2020, while construction arbitration specialist Sunil Mawkin was promoted to counsel in May 2021.
Mark Levy QC
Other key lawyers:
Kate Davies McGill; Suzanne Spears; James Freeman; Naomi Briercliffe; Guled Yusuf; Sunil Mawkin; David Herlihy
‘A strong team that is very co-operative and always available – sees the big picture without losing focus on the small details.‘
‘Great for understanding clients’ needs and priorities.‘
‘Able to offer innovative solutions aimed at containing costs.‘
‘Personable, business-minded and pragmatic approach.‘
‘Mark Levy is convincing – tough but nice; and he has in-depth experience of gas price reviews, as well as a very savvy, commercial sense of the issues.‘
‘James Freeman is engaging and always very calm and measured, as well as being fun to work with – responsive and on top of all the detail of cases.‘
‘James Freeman is at the top of my list. The advice was carefully crafted so that it was receiver-friendly for non-legal, non-English native people. When considering the magnitude of our matter, James was indeed a key lawyer.‘
‘Counsel Naomi Briercliffe is very smart and hardworking.‘
International Finance Corporation
International Swaps & Derivatives Association
Government of Pakistan
- Representing BG and Reliance Industries in an arbitration against the Government of India, which concerns two oil and gas field-related production sharing contracts.
Representing many of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions, Clifford Chance LLP's London group has an 'outstanding reputation' for both high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Current LCIA board chair and 'standout arbitration partner' Audley Sheppard QC is global co-head of international arbitration; Rob Lambert is an internationally-recognised leading arbitration practitioner; Alex Panayides leads the firm's global dispute resolution practice for the oil and gas and construction sectors; and Marie Berard's work spans the energy, oil and gas, construction and finance industries. Jessica Gladstone is 'an up-and-coming partner', who focuses on public international law and disputes; and the strong senior associate pool features Christina Schuetz, Sachin Trikha and Eraldo d’Atri, as well as Anna Kirkpatrick and Sam Brown.
Audley Sheppard QC
Other key lawyers:
Rob Lambert; Alex Panayides; Marie Berard; Jessica Gladstone; Christina Schuetz; Sachin Trikha; Eraldo d’Atri; Anna Kirkpatrick; Sam Brown
‘The Clifford Chance arbitration team has an outstanding reputation, which is fully deserved.‘
‘Very polished and capable team across many jurisdictions.‘
‘They are obviously legally very able and hardworking, but are also very impressive in managing often demanding clients. I have been particularly impressed with their strategic judgement, and ability to sell the appropriate strategy to our clients.‘
‘Global in scope, co-ordinated across all jurisdictions and of consistent (high) quality across jurisdictions.‘
‘Huge experience and great sense of client focus.‘
‘Audley Sheppard QC is a standout arbitration partner, who has the confidence of clients, counsel and tribunals alike. He is particularly impressive in ensuring that the right points are pursued, and bringing the client on side with the proposed approach.‘
‘Jessica Gladstone is an up-and-coming partner, who is very persuasive both in writing and person, and will clearly go far.‘
‘Senior associate Eraldo d’Atri stands out for his exceptional litigation and arbitration knowledge.‘
International Military Services
Cortec Mining Kenya
Planet Mining Pty
Manchester Securities Corp (US)
- Representing International Petroleum Investment Company and Aabar Investments PJS (Abu Dhabi government-owned entities), as claimants, in a consolidated LCIA arbitration against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (Malaysian sovereign wealth fund) and Minister of Finance (Incorporated) (Malaysia).
- Representing a prominent private equity client in a Geneva-seated LCIA arbitration.
Representing commercial and sovereign clients in matters of immense value, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s European, African, Russia and CIS and Asian sub-continental international arbitration work is led from London. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC handles complex and politically sensitive commercial and investment disputes; Patrick Taylor, who is based in London and Paris, serves as Africa practice group co-head; London and Hong Kong-based Tony Dymond is a construction-related commercial arbitration specialist; and Samantha Rowe, who divides her time between London and Paris, focuses on commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration and public international law. Other notable advisers includes experienced international counsels Gavin Chesney and Aimee-Jane Lee, and recently promoted counsel Robert Hoose and Conway Blake, along with associates Merryl Lawry-White, Laith Najjar, Shreya Aren and Maxim Osadchiy. Wendy Miles QC left for Twenty Essex in mid-2020.
Lord Peter Goldsmith QC
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Taylor; Tony Dymond; Samantha Rowe; Gavin Chesney; Aimee-Jane Lee; Robert Hoose; Conway Blake; Merryl Lawry-White; Laith Najjar; Shreya Aren; Maxim Osadchiy
‘The team has some of the best individuals in the London disputes market, and the quality shines through as a result.‘
‘The arbitration group has unique qualities which are hard to match.’
‘They work more co-operatively at international levels than other firms. Clients get – and pay for – top quality advice and representation.‘
‘Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is a legal heavyweight whose insights and expertise are incomparable‘.
‘Patrick Taylor works tirelessly for his clients, and has an excellent bedside manner which keeps them coming back; and Tony Dymond is personable, accessible, and sees the client’s big picture.‘
‘Samantha Rowe is highly recommended – a brilliant advocate.‘
‘International counsel Rob Hoose’s commitment can’t be faulted – clever but down to earth and a real pleasure to work with.‘
‘International counsel Gavin Chesney is very bright, understands technical concepts very quickly, and breaks down complex issues and articulates them clearly.‘
Joma Industrial Source Corporation
The Nova Group Investments
Government of Grenada
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria
The Russian Federation
- Representing The Nova Group Investments in an ICSID claim against the Romanian Government (under the Netherlands-Romania BIT), which concerns the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of its BIT protections.
- Representing Shell Petroleum and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (as claimants) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in an ICSID case brought under the Netherlands-Nigeria BIT that concerns breaches of BIT protections.
- Defending the Russian Federation against a substantial investment treaty claim brought by Luxtona (a former subsidiary of OJSC Yukos Oil), under the Energy Charter Treaty and the UNCITRAL Rules.
Consistently sought out for high-value, complex disputes, Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'very strong international arbitration practice' has a notable focus on the energy, mining, financial services, telecoms, technology and life sciences sectors. Clients particularly benefit from the team's global reach and provision of multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual advice in international cases; the group has extensive experience in matters involving Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS. Natural resources arbitration expert Kieron O’Callaghan heads up the London international arbitration practice, which showcases Michael Davison, who has over 30 years' experience in major arbitrations; and Africa disputes co-ordinator Nathan Searle. Further experienced practitioners include Ben Hornan, whose practice focuses on oil and gas, mining, and financial services disputes; Annabel Maltby, who was promoted to counsel in January 2021; and associate Ademola Bamgbose, who is a key member of the global Africa practice.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Davison; Nathan Searle; Ben Hornan; Annabel Maltby; Ademola Bamgbose
‘The firm has a very strong international arbitration practice, and we have been able to maintain good communications with them throughout the pandemic.‘
‘Great for their excellent grasp of the key issues, thoroughness, and understanding of complex matters.‘
‘Good mix of language, technical and sectoral skills, along with common sense that is combined with toughness when required.‘
‘The team is technically strong, but also covers for each other so we always have a full team available; and they collaborate in a way that they feel like part of our internal team.‘
‘Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are standout partners in the dispute resolution department, especially as regards international arbitration disputes. They are savvy and commercially-minded disputes lawyers who never lose sight of the need to find the best way of achieving clients’ objectives.‘
‘Ben Hornan displays an exceptional ability to absorb and process large volumes of complex information, and turn them into coherent and compelling case submissions.‘
‘Nathan Searle and Michael Davison have stood out for their knowledge, availability, patience, and for being able to speak clearly to non-legal internal stakeholders – a great plus.‘
‘Nathan Searle is accessible, capable, even-headed, and clear in his use of language.‘
The AES Corporation
Bank of Ghana
Latham & Watkins' global international arbitration practice has a strong track record and enviable client list spanning states, governments, oil majors, financial institutions and other public companies; and routinely acts in high-value and business-critical disputes that straddle borders, corporate structures, jurisdictions, cultures, political systems and treaties. The group houses two highly rated silks, namely Philip Clifford QC, whose experience includes oil and gas, energy, construction, shareholder and joint venture disputes in relation to projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the US and Asia; and Sophie Lamb QC, who counsels corporate, financial and sovereign entities on their most sensitive and topical international disputes. Providing substantial support are investment treaty arbitration specialist Charles Claypoole; Oliver Browne, whose experience includes handling proceedings under the world’s leading arbitral institutions, as well as on an ad hoc basis; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who works between London and Hamburg. Robert Price and Samuel Pape are experienced associates.
Philip Clifford QC; Sophie Lamb QC
Other key lawyers:
Charles Claypoole; Oliver Browne; Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert; Robert Price; Samuel Pape
‘Highly regarded and successful team in international arbitration and related litigation matters.‘
‘Latham & Watkins are well structured to handle large-value disputes.‘
‘Strength in depth and strong leadership are the key markers.‘
‘This is a mature and experienced team at the partner level.‘
‘Vastly experienced in the conduct of high-value high stakes cases, and notably well regarded by their peers.‘
‘Their success speaks for itself, but in particular it is noteworthy that there are two QCs (Philip Clifford and Sophie Lamb) running matters in a very hands-on and effective way.‘
‘Philip Clifford QC and Oliver Browne are impressive individuals and a pleasure to work with.‘
The Republic of Croatia
The Republic of Colombia
- Successfully defended Ukraine in an SCC arbitration, in which the claimants claimed more than $6bn for alleged breaches of the The Energy Charter Treaty.
- Successfully represented Strabag, an Austrian construction company, in securing a €100m arbitral award in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Libya that was brought under the Libya-Austria bilateral investment treaty.
- Representing Mason Capital, a US-based investment management company, in a $240m investor-state arbitration against the Republic of Korea, which relates to a government corruption scandal in Korea.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
With a strong track record, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has market-leading experience in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, and the practice is well known for handling large-value arbitrations involving the oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms, construction and infrastructure sectors. The principal figures are global international arbitration practice chair Stephen Jagusch QC; Anthony Sinclair, who is a specialist in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and public international law; and Epaminontas Triantafilou, who is experienced in disputes under international treaties and contracts. Further partner-level support is provided by energy disputes expert Ted Greeno, construction arbitration specialist James Bremen, Russian disputes expert Nick Marsh, and commercial disputes specialists Alex Gerbi and Julianne Hughes-Jennett. The of counsels to note are Hanna Roos, Andre Monteiro, Peter Hillerstom and Christopher Humby. In 2020, Mark Grasso was made partner, while Gregory Pantlin and Elizabeth Wilson were promoted to the partnership in January 2021.
Stephen Jagusch QC; Anthony Sinclair; Epaminontas Triantafilou
Other key lawyers:
Ted Greeno; James Bremen; Nick Marsh; James Bremen; Alex Gerbi; Julianne Hughes-Jennett; Hanna Roos; Andre Monteiro; Peter Hillerstom; Christopher Humby; Mark Grasso; Gregory Pantlin; Elizabeth Wilson; Odysseas Repousis
‘The team has a perfect combination of legal knowledge and commercial acumen.‘
‘The response times are brilliant and the quality of work is second to none.‘
‘Nick Marsh’s incredible strategic vision, coupled with his ability to push the case forward on short notice, is second to none.‘
‘Nick Marsh is always responsive and available at any time.‘
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
Ashurst houses specialists in energy and resources disputes, most notably gas pricing and supply-related claims, and the team is fast-developing a reputation for renewables work. The practice is also experienced in Africa-related arbitrations. Matthew Saunders leads the firm's London-based global international arbitration practice, which includes Tom Cummins, who acts for clients in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors; and construction, infrastructure and insurance disputes expert Tom Duncan. Other key practitioners are Emma Johnson, who is an international commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes specialist; and Middle East expert Dyfan Owen. Myfanwy Wood and Thomas Karalis were recently promoted to partner and counsel, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Cummins; Tom Duncan; Emma Johnson; Dyfan Owen; Myfanwy Wood; Thomas Karalis, Amy Cable; Harsh Hari Haran
‘The Ashurst international arbitration team is first-class.‘
‘It has a considerable and highly impressive track record for running high-value, complex arbitrations in various forums and a variety of different industries.‘
‘They are highly responsive and deliver a high-quality product quickly, efficiently and without fuss. They are the full package: effective, user-friendly and cost effective.‘
‘Extremely detail-oriented, well prepared and thorough.‘
‘The practice possesses not only the core knowledge of arbitration and arbitral institutions, and insight into key players, but also brings very strong industry expertise to the table.‘
‘They work very effectively as a team.‘
‘Matthew Saunders stands out, in particular for his industry expertise and strong strategic sense. He is at the top of his game – focused, highly effective, credible and clear.‘
‘Myfanwy Wood is deeply impressive. She is tremendously intelligent, utterly unflappable and always able to see the wider picture. She invariably takes a solution-orientated, commercial approach which – together with her legal nous and ability to smooth out stressful situations – inspire complete confidence in her clients. With her extensive experience in big-ticket international arbitrations, I would recommend Myfanwy without hesitation to any client with a complex, high-value international dispute.‘
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has an excellent track record in cross-border disputes, particularly in relation to Russia, Africa and Israel, and the practice's sector specialisms include the energy and natural resources, construction, financial services, technology, and insurance and reinsurance industries. Group head George Burn has over 20 years' international arbitration experience, Roman Khodykin is a Russian arbitration specialist, and Claire Morel de Westgaver, a partner since 2020, has 'in-depth knowledge of technology-related arbitration matters'. At associate director level, Marcus Birch focuses on construction and engineering disputes, while Nadia Hubbuck is 'a first-rate senior associate'. Former partner Carol Mulcahy left in 2020 for Thomson Reuters.
Other key lawyers:
Roman Khodykin; Claire Morel de Westgaver; Segun Osuntokun; Marcus Birch; Nadia Hubbuck
‘BCLP team demonstrated its in-depth and exceptional ability to handle high workloads within a limited time.‘
‘Great for its tailored approach and flexibility on fees.‘
‘A great team with a focused approach and good teamwork.‘
‘The team is diverse, and with people with different levels of expertise and seniority, who work well together in a cost-efficient manner.‘
‘George Burn is a highly qualified specialist – his experience and deep knowledge help him successfully pass all stages of arbitration.‘
‘Roman Khodykin is much loved by Russian and CIS clients – a highly qualified expert on Russian law and a seasoned litigator.‘
‘Claire Morel de Westgaver has in-depth knowledge of technology-related arbitration matters.‘
‘Nadia Hubbock is a first-rate senior associate who provides excellent support.‘
- Representing RusHydro in a treaty claim against the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, which relates to the cancellation of an agreement for the construction and operation of a cascade of hydropower plants.
Clyde & Co LLP has a strong track record in commercial and investor-state arbitral disputes, and frequently operates in challenging jurisdictions, such as Tanzania, Brazil, China, Gambia, Mexico and Yemen. The practice is co-led by Maurice Kenton, who resolves commercial disputes in the energy, mining, power, renewables, insurance and construction sectors; and investor-state arbitration expert Ben Knowles. Other experienced partners are David Leckie, Lee Bacon, David Hesse, Richard Power and Alejandro Garcia, while Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel and Simon Schooling were recently promoted to partner and of counsel, respectively. Former senior partner Peter Hirst left the firm in January 2021.
Maurice Kenton; Ben Knowles
Other key lawyers:
David Leckie; Lee Bacon; David Hesse; Richard Power; Alejandro Garcia; Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel; Simon Schooling; Ian Hopkinson; Tom Roberts
‘Real strength in depth in the team.‘
‘Global network was really leveraged to bring us a distinct result.‘
‘The team comprises very qualified and experienced advisers, who not only are knowledgeable about international arbitration practice but have a very practical approach to dispute resolution and develop a strategy designed to achieve the best possible result for their clients in the most efficient manner possible.‘
‘The group is first class. They have a complete mastery of the detail of their cases, manage their clients incredibly well, and are excellent at presenting their cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).‘
‘Ben Knowles is fantastic at guiding us through the litigation/arbitration process.‘
‘Ben Knowles is a consummate tactician, and excellent at reading and presenting to tribunals.‘
‘David Leckie is one of the most talented and experienced practitioners I have ever worked with, having considerable knowledge and understanding of our industry (oil and gas) and the types of disputes that we deal with on a regular basis, enabling him to provide insight into the preferred approach to resolving such disputes.‘
‘Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the facts of a case.‘
Shanara Maritime International
Government of Yemen
CMS‘ sector expertise comprises the banking and finance, energy, infrastructure, construction, real estate, TMT, and life sciences and healthcare industries; the London-based team is routinely involved in arbitrations seated in London, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Richard Bamforth acts under all the major institutional rules and in ad hoc arbitrations; he now co-heads the international arbitration team with Sarah Vasani, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard, where she led the investor state disputes practice. Guy Pendell focuses on international and cross-border disputes; Jonathan Warne has over 30 years’ experience in domestic and cross-border matters; and Adrian Bell ‘has immense experience‘. Phillip Ashley, Sarah Grenfell, Jeremy Mash, Luke Pardey and Rob Wilson are also experienced partners. Kushal Gandhi made partner in 2020.
Richard Bamforth; Sarah Vasani; Guy Pendell; Jonathan Warne; Adrian Bell
Other key lawyers:
Phillip Ashley; Sarah Grenfell; Jeremy Mash; Luke Pardey; Rob Wilson; Kushal Gandhi
‘Responsive and focused on client service.‘
‘They provide good value in terms of billing and they are transparent about the billable time.‘
‘Pragmatic, commercially minded and collaborative when working with experts.‘
‘Good cost performance.‘
‘CMS has a number of lawyers who have sufficient skill and experience of international dispute resolution.‘
‘Provides a first-class legal service with reasonable fees.‘
‘Adrian Bell is dedicated, extremely responsive, and has immense experience in dealing with the complex disputes/arbitrations of international contractors.‘
‘Sarah Grenfell is skilled and experienced in the area of international dispute resolution and construction disputes. She also appreciates the internal decision making processes of clients.‘
Legal & General
Thames Water Utilities
- Acting for Essar Capital Services (UK) in proceedings commenced in England by ArcelorMittal USA to take steps to enforce a $1.3bn arbitration award.
- Acted for Dana Petroleum in relation to an interim charging order issued against its entire share capital, pursuant to an arbitration award enforcement process.
DLA Piper handles multi-specialist, multi-jurisdiction, large-scale international commercial arbitrations and the practice fields experts in corporate, energy, and infrastructure and construction disputes, as well as Africa, Russia/CIS and Far East Asia-related claims. Europe international arbitration head Philip Chong is active in energy sector and infrastructure matters; Kate Cervantes-Knox acts in international commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes; and James Carter specialises in international commercial arbitrations. Jeremy Andrews and Christina Lawrence are also experienced partners, while the legal directors to note are cross-border commercial disputes expert Jue Jun Lu, and Charles Allin, whose current focus is on Africa, Middle East and offshore jurisdiction-related disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Cervantes-Knox; James Carter; Jeremy Andrews; Christina Lawrence; Jeremy Sher; Charles Allin; Jue Jun Lu; Maria Scott; Serena Cooke
‘DLA stands out for its vast cross-jurisdictional capacity.‘
‘DLA Piper has a strong London-based international arbitration practice and an extensive international network of offices that it can draw on for resources in different jurisdictions; and the quality of its work is as good as you will receive from any of the top international law firms – and in some cases better.‘
‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in disputes involving the CIS.‘
‘The team provided regular updates, and provided us with a lot of well- researched information concerning our matter.‘
‘The individuals were very competent and polite, and equally hardworking and timely in approaching issues.‘
‘Philip Chong is a strategic thinker who is able to marshal the law and the facts to find effective arguments for his clients.‘
‘Kate Cervantes-Knox is a standout partner with deep knowledge of arbitral procedure and the ability to get into the meat of the case quickly and efficiently.‘
‘Christina Lawrence is extremely knowledgeable and effective at working on disputes involving Russia and/or the CIS.‘
- Acted for Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom in three sets of SCC arbitration proceedings, relating to the supply of gas from Gazprom to Naftogaz and the transit of gas through Ukraine.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Consistently acting in major commercial and investor-state arbitrations, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London arbitration team fields three silks, namely international arbitration co-chair Penny Madden QC, former UK Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer QC, and commercial and investment treaty arbitration expert Jeffrey Sullivan QC, following his March 2021 appointment. Fellow practice co-chair Cyrus Benson acts before commercial and investment treaty tribunals in telecoms, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure disputes. Other key practitioners include Osma Hudda, who is particularly active in oil and gas matters, Doug Watson, who acts in substantial arbitrations, and experienced of counsel Sarah Wazen.
Penny Madden QC; Cyrus Benson
Other key lawyers:
Lord Falconer QC; Jeffrey Sullivan QC; Osma Hudda; Doug Watson; Sarah Wazen
‘Truly exceptional lawyers and advocates.‘
‘If I had to instruct any international arbitration team worldwide to look after my interests, this would be the one.‘
‘A good, efficient and competent team.‘
‘They operate as a team that knows what it is doing.‘
‘Cyrus Benson is a simply outstanding advocate. He knows precisely how to calibrate a case, from the big picture overview to the detailed tactics.‘
‘Cyrus Benson is a superb cross-examiner who is totally in command of his brief.‘
Corral Morocco Holdings
Agility Public Warehousing
Centerbridge Partners Europe
Antin Infrastructure Services Luxembourg
Antin Energia Termosolar
Energía Solar Luxembourg
King & Spalding LLP's London international arbitration practice has a solid reputation for handling high-stakes, complex, high-value arbitrations, including ground-breaking investor-state cases. Highly rated for its advocacy prowess, the London group is co-led by Thomas Sprange QC, who has an extensive track record in large-value arbitrations; and John Savage QC, who has over 25 years' experience in large-scale international arbitrations. Ruth Byrne also has notable arbitration credentials, Egishe Dzhazoyan has 'inexhaustible knowledge of Russian and CIS businesses', and Sajid Ahmed specialises in international arbitration and trade matters. Former partner Stuart Isaacs QC departed for Wilberforce Chambers in 2020.
Thomas Sprange QC; John Savage QC
Other key lawyers:
Ruth Byrne; Egishe Dzhazoyan; Sajid Ahmed; Simon Maynard
‘The firm has one of the few truly leading practices in international arbitration, particularly in investment arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards.‘
‘The international profile and creative approach to risk and fee arrangements are particularly appreciated.‘
‘The team consists of experienced, knowledgeable, practical and hardworking lawyers.‘
‘Very friendly and easy to work with.‘
‘Egishe Dzhazoyan has proven himself, not only as an excellent lawyer but also as a dedicated project manager, driving forward the most complex cases in multiple jurisdictions without losing attention to the smallest detail.‘
‘Egishe Dzhazoyan is tireless and enthusiastic, and has inexhaustible knowledge of Russian and CIS businesses and commercial contexts.‘
Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons
InterGlobe Enterprises Private
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty
Islamic Development Bank
The Mongolian Government
Obrascón Huarte Lain
Société des Parcs d’Alger
Emirates International Investment Company
Government of Mongolia
Republic of Turkey
The Stati Family
Terra Raf Trans Trading
Union Fenosa Gas
Cairn Oil & Gas
- Representing Vedanta and Cairn Energy Hydrocarbons in a pending arbitration against Indian state oil company, ONGC, over the latter’s interference in the claimants’ recovery of costs under a production sharing agreement and related operating agreement.
- Representing Reliance in an arbitration seated in New Delhi under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules, which relates to a production sharing contract with the Indian Government.
- Representing SL Mining (UK), a subsidiary of Gerald Group (global metal trader), in a commercial dispute with the Government of Sierra Leone.
Routinely handling some of the market's most complex, high-stakes arbitrations, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's London international arbitration team represents clients across the globe in a variety of jurisdictions, and under the auspices of all the major arbitration institutions. The 'highly motivated and excellent' practice's principal figures are Christopher Colbridge, who consistently leads on complex and wide-ranging cases; highly experienced commercial and investor-state arbitration practitioner Rajinder Bassi; and Richard Boynton, who represents international banks, multinational corporations and private equity funds in international arbitrations. Also key to the group are experienced partners Jonathan Newman and Philipp Kurek.
Other key lawyers:
Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton; Jonathan Newman; Philipp Kurek
‘Excellent partners and associates, who are highly motivated and excellent on strategic thinking and detail.‘
‘Experienced and highly able team of international arbitration lawyers.‘
‘Resourceful and thorough, and take a practical and common-sense approach, while being good on the detail in complex disputes.‘
‘Christopher Colbridge has the calm collected wisdom of a practitioner who has been through his share of battles and then some. He offers a self-assured creativity born of this experience, and he is hard to fluster and a pleasure to work with – essential qualities, particularly in investment treaty cases which drag on for four or five years.‘
‘Rajinder Bassi is impressive.‘
‘Rajinder Bassi is a highly intelligent and resourceful lawyer, who always gets on top of the detail, and remains cool and calm in the most contentious disputes.‘
‘Philipp Kurek has an excellent grasp of his cases.‘
‘Philipp Kurek is very smart – as diligent as he is thorough.‘
Ping An Insurance Company of China
Samsung Electronics Company
The Boeing Company
- Representing a global customs software company in an investment arbitration against a South American state, that has already pushed the boundaries of key legal principles and is set to hold precedent value in the field.
- Representing one of the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturers in highly sensitive arbitrations, which arose out of political turmoil in a South American state.
- Representing a listed global logistics company in several arbitrations, including commercial arbitrations and an investor-state arbitration, which related to a $800m investment in a Middle Eastern telecoms company.
Covering both commercial and investor-state arbitration matters, Linklaters LLP‘s international arbitration team is sought out for complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. The principal figures are ‘fantastic advocate‘ Matthew Weiniger QC, who has extensive experience in representing claimants in arbitrations against governments, which arise from international investment treaties and commercial relationships; and energy disputes leader Ben Carroll. The strong partner group also includes cross-border specialist Tom Lidstrom and Teresa Laboucarie-Polak, who acts in arbitrations under all the major institutional rules. At non-partner level, counsel Jacqueline Chaplin and managing associates Adrien Canivet and Rebecca James are also key practitioners.
Matthew Weiniger QC; Ben Carroll
Other key lawyers:
Tom Lidstrom; Teresa Laboucarie-Polak; Jacqueline Chaplin; Adrien Canivet; Rebecca James
‘They have industry-leading knowledge of international arbitration law and practice.‘
‘Great to work with, very collaborative and personable.‘
‘Excellent in understanding client drivers and needs.‘
‘The team has convincing answers to any of our queries on the most complicated situations that could lead to potential litigation/arbitration.‘
‘Clear communication and advice on difficult issues, and able to distil the essence of a case quickly.‘
‘The team is proactive and works in a co-ordinated and effective manner to achieve results.‘
‘The level of advocacy is excellent.‘
‘Matthew Weiniger QC is a fantastic advocate, who has a great sense of what the tribunal is seeking and (even in virtual hearings) reads the room perfectly.‘
BP Exploration (Alpha)
Mayer Brown International LLP's London office has both commercial and investment arbitration capabilities, and, in addition to the 'excellent' practice's construction and energy arbitration expertise, it has niche space industry credentials. The group also fields specialists in Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Europe matters. Raid Abu-Manneh leads the London international arbitration group, which includes experienced partners Mark Stefanini, Kwadwo Sarkodie and Miles Robinson, along with experienced senior associates Jawad Ahmad and Sam Prentki. Lusophone jurisdiction specialist Luiz Aboim was hired as partner in October 2020 from White & Case LLP, while Rachael O’Grady was made partner in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Stefanini; Kwadwo Sarkodie; Miles Robinson; Jawad Ahmad; Sam Prentki, Luiz Aboim; Rachael O’Grady
‘Excellent arbitration team that has top-level knowledge, intelligence and flexibility.‘
‘Bright professionals who put things in perspective and think inclusively.‘
‘The firm was proactive, well organised and responsive.‘
‘They have high-quality people with great commercial sense.‘
‘The international arbitration team is highly skilled, and was able to digest the complexity of my bilateral investment treaty case to inform both tactical and strategic decision making.‘
‘From the outset, the firm was accommodating in terms of the billing structure, which helped the entire process considerably, so that we could focus on the substance of the case.‘
‘Raid Abu-Manneh and newly promoted Rachael O’Grady were both easy to work with and clear in their communications.‘
‘Raid Abu-Manneh and Rachael O’Grady both demonstrated ease at getting to grips with complex issues as they evolved.‘
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Lion Mexico Consolidated
Petronas Petróleo Brasil
- Representing Petronas Petróleo Brasil in a landmark unification dispute against Brazilian oil and gas regulator ANP, which concerns ANP’s power to unify oil fields.
- Representing Pakistan in both ICSID annulment proceedings in Tethyan Copper Company (Pvt.) Limited v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and resisting enforcement of the ICSID award in Washington DC courts.
- Representing two investors in relation to promises and assurances made by Romania to investors for historical reparations for damage caused to a film company.
Norton Rose Fulbright's international arbitration practice fields dedicated arbitration specialists across various industries, particularly the energy and infrastructure sectors. With a current caseload of commercial arbitrations involving satellites, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, patents and aviation, Sherina Petit heads up both the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East, and the firm’s India practice globally, while James Rogers has a significant focus on the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Also integral to the practice are Middle East specialist Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley, whose experience includes Africa-related mining matters and M&A and joint venture-related disputes. Matthew Buckle was made counsel in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
James Rogers; Patrick Bourke; Ruth Cowley; Matthew Buckle; Joshua Coates
‘A brilliant team for international arbitration. Well-resourced, experienced, and with truly outstanding client care.‘
‘The NRF team, led by Sherina Petit, is a very astute team when it comes to strategising for disputes.‘
‘Sherina Petit is a brilliant lawyer and I have worked with her on many occasions – very robust drafting of disputes documents and she is very thorough in her work.‘
‘Sherina Petit has a deep and insightful understanding of what her client needs; she provides clearheaded, no-nonsense and sensible advice to clients, while helping them navigate the unfamiliar territory of international arbitration.‘
‘James Rogers has excellent advocacy skills and strategic vision, and is hands on.‘
‘Ruth Cowley is a standout partner in this field. Highly intelligent and patient, and with incredible forensic skills.‘
‘Patrick Bourke has a quiet dedication to promoting his client’s interests.‘
‘Counsel Matthew Buckle is very sharp.‘
Pinsent Masons LLP
In addition to its energy and infrastructure sector expertise, Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced in technology and life sciences-related arbitrations. Acting in arbitrations involving energy and infrastructure projects, Jason Hambury co-heads the international arbitration group alongside Hong Kong-based Dean Lewis. Katharine Davies is an energy disputes specialist, Jean-François Le Gal has 'built a fantastic Africa and Middle East practice', and Rob Wilkins is also an Africa specialist. Other key international arbitration members are Gurmukh Riyat and Charles Blamire Brown, and experienced senior associates Richard Ashmore, Clea Bigelow-Nuttall and Daniel Gardiner. Alistair Calvert joined Bracewell (UK) LLP in late 2020.
Jason Hambury; Dean Lewis
Other key lawyers:
Katharine Davies; Jean-François Le Gal; Rob Wilkins; Gurmukh Riyat; Charles Blamire Brown; Richard Ashmore; Clea Bigelow-Nuttall; Daniel Gardiner; Michael Cottrell
‘Able to deal with any type of arbitration – they have a broad and diverse international arbitration practice spanning almost every key sector (including but not limited to energy, joint venture and shareholders’ disputes) – they offer the complete package.‘
‘Their responsiveness to our requests and the pragmatic insightful advice are more useful than the type of advice we get from some other firms.‘
‘Excellent solid team.‘
‘Strong team, general good knowledge and good advocacy.‘
‘Jean-François Le Gal combines excellent advocacy and forensic analysis with an extremely affable personality. He is able to reduce complex issues into simple terms. Clients, associates and barristers love working with him – he has gravitas beyond his years, combined with a very likeable demeanour.‘
‘Jean-François Le Gal has built a fantastic Africa and Middle East practice in a very short period of time. His rising reputation has also enabled him to secure appointments as an arbitrator, and he is rapidly becoming a go-to arbitrator for a broad range of industries.‘
‘Jean-François Le Gal is a very knowledgeable lawyer, who is approachable and pleasant – excellent advocacy skills.‘
‘Rob Wilkins, in particular, is always quick to get back to us with useful suggestions and recommendations on urgent issues. His experience and guidance has proven extremely helpful to us over many years.‘
Tepe Insaat Sanayi
GMR Maldives International Airport
Jacobs Engineering Group
The Home Office
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons' 'extremely strong practice' consistently acts in commercial arbitration proceedings that involve business-critical issues and complex points of law, and is active in the firm's core sectors including the TMT, finance, energy and infrastructure industries. As 'one of the real stars in the field', international arbitration group head Stuart Dutson has a long-term focus on Africa, while Jayne Bentham acts in large and complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, particularly in relation to telecoms and energy; Ed Crosse assists with banking-related commercial arbitrations; and UK dispute resolution head Emily Monastiriotis specialises in complex construction disputes. At managing associate level, Basil Woodd-Walker's practice includes financial sector-related arbitration proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Jayne Bentham; Ed Crosse; Emily Monastiriotis; Basil Woodd-Walker
‘Simmons & Simmons has an extremely strong practice in this area under the fantastic leadership of Stuart Dutson. They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice that is always considered and on point.‘
‘They have developed a very strong following in the market. In the last year or so they have been successfully involved in a large number of very substantial and high-profile cases, and I am always happy to recommend them to clients for work in the area.‘
‘In a very intense dispute with big personalities on both sides, the team managed to achieve a successful result through tenacious service and cordial relations.‘
‘The associates I have come across seem particularly strong – very accommodating to clients and genuinely interested in building client relationships and delivering what clients want.‘
‘Stuart Dutson is superb and was a key hire for Simmons & Simmons. He is truly one of the Masters of the Universe when it comes to the field of international arbitration, and he has professorial specialist knowledge of international arbitration.‘
‘Stuart Dutson is definitely one of the real stars in the field – his capacity for work is phenomenal and he has an unbeatable intellect. He leads the team with flair and a great grasp of the detail.‘
‘The individuals that I worked with (superb partner Ed Crosse and managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker) were all very engaged and driven to find innovative solutions to our case’s challenges.‘
‘Managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker was impressive. He tackled, with great thoroughness and attention to detail, a geography and area of law he was not initially familiar with, and was keen to learn. He is practical, commercial and solution orientated.‘
The O1 Group
MVV Environment Devonport
Sodexo Pass International
- Represented Nori, Centimila and Coniston in a $600m LCIA Arbitration involving allegations of fraudulent conspiracy in relation to Otkritie Bank, before its nationalisation by the Central Bank of Russia in 2017.
- Acted for MVV Environment in a rare example of an arbitration award being successfully challenged in the Commercial Court.
- Acted for French investor Sodexo Pass International in a ground-breaking ICSID award against the Hungarian State.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is highly experienced in major international arbitrations involving energy, life sciences, insurance and construction clients. The international arbitration practice is co-led by Jon Tweedale, who is highly rated for international commercial disputes, and energy disputes specialist Simon Kamstra. Also highly regarded are insurance disputes leader Richard Wise; legal director Nathalie Allen, who focuses on commercial and investor-state arbitration; and experienced managing associates Ben Burnham and Canelle Goldstein. Commercial disputes expert Maria Frangeskides joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in February 2021.
Jon Tweedale; Simon Kamstra
Other key lawyers:
Richard Wise; Maria Frangeskides; Nathalie Allen; Ben Burnham; Canelle Goldstein
‘First-class service and first-class lawyers.‘
‘Their exceptional cohort of partners is also given fantastic support by top associates and legal directors.‘
‘The Addleshaw Goddard team is small, but perfectly formed. It offers top-quality practitioners, who really hold their own among the best in the business. But it also offers small-firm attention to client service and a wonderfully collegiate working experience and atmosphere. You won’t find a more collaborative, down-to-earth, professional team.‘
‘I have no hesitation in endorsing the first-rate team I have worked with over the last ten years, and continue to work with.‘
‘This is a team that I would trust to handle the most complex of disputes, and get it right. The quality of disputes they handle is way beyond their profile in the London arbitration market.‘
‘Jon Tweedale is a first-class lawyer and instinctively knows what points will play well with a tribunal.‘
‘Maria Frangeskides is energetic and good at getting the results her clients want.‘
‘Legal director Nathalie Allen is extremely knowledgeable about arbitration and super smart.‘
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Study World Education
Eastern and Southern African Trade Development Bank
- Representing an Indian infrastructure and construction company in substantial arbitration claims against the Republic of Mozambique, which concerned a project for the development of a port and associated railway.
Akin Gump LLP's 'superb' practice has deep-rooted sector expertise in the energy, technology and construction industries. Leading the firm's worldwide international arbitration practice from London, Justin Williams is an energy disputes specialist, particularly in relation to Russia. London disputes head Richard Hornshaw is highly rated for financial services disputes; Hamish Lal acts in major construction arbitrations; and Kambiz Larizadeh is a civil fraud expert. At counsel level, Jenny Arlington is noted for high-value, complex international arbitrations under most of the main arbitral rules.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Hornshaw; Hamish Lal; Kambiz Larizadeh; Jenny Arlington
‘Akin Gump is a superb firm for international arbitration. They combine the best qualities of the US firms (energy, dynamism and spark) – with those of the London practices (cool, calm, collected analysis and poised delivery). This is a lethally effective brew for international arbitration – tribunals and clients are blown away.‘
‘They are right at the top of their game.‘
‘Great for being able to introduce innovative solutions.‘
‘The team is great; it is very thorough and detail oriented.‘
‘The team has a profound knowledge of the law and of the cases they work in.‘
‘The team is led by partner Justin Williams, who makes excellent strategic decisions on the direction of the dispute. Everyone in the team (including those from different offices) works collaboratively with each other and supports each other. It’s pure pleasure to work with the team at Akin Gump!‘
‘Justin Williams must be one of the best international arbitration partners on either side of the Atlantic; he is brainy, thoughtful, persuasive and transparently straightforward – a real star.‘
‘Justin Williams was able to create a consistent case in a difficult scenario, and always came up with positive solutions.‘
Bridgestone Licensing Services
- Acting for a US oil company in a $3bn UNCITRAL arbitration, which relates to a series of disputes arising out of a CIS production sharing contract and related work.
- Acting for a South American oil company in a $1.5bn ICC arbitration that concerns a disputed farmout agreement.
- Acting for tyre manufacturer Bridgestone in a high-profile ICSID arbitration against Panama that concerns IP investments.
In addition to Arnold & Porter's track record in investor-state defence cases, the practice acts in major institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitrations. David Reed 'brings substantial international commercial arbitration knowledge'; Dmitri Evseev is a commercial and investor-state arbitration expert; Patricio Grané Labat's 'work is impeccable'; and Monty Taylor made partner in 2020. Also highly regarded are Jane Wessel, who has longstanding experience in investor-state and international commercial arbitrations; and Hilton Mervis, who heads up the commercial dispute resolution group for Europe.
David Reed; Patricio Grané Labat; Monty Taylor; Dmitri Evseev
Other key lawyers:
Jane Wessel; Hilton Mervis; William Godwin QC; Bart Wasiak; Timothy Smyth; Alice Osman; Alexander Witt
‘A strong arbitration team with members who offer a wide range of qualifications in terms of sector, language and legal expertise.‘
‘They are an opponent you hate seeing on the other side. They are extremely capable and detail-oriented lawyers, who will find the weakness in your case no matter how hard you try to hide it.‘
‘Despite being brilliant and well-prepared lawyers, they are always open to new perspectives and ideas regarding strategy.‘
‘Great success rate. We also had a very good experience in relation to billing, technology and collaboration.‘
‘David Reed brings substantial international commercial arbitration knowledge to his practice with a detailed, hands-on approach.‘
‘David Reed makes himself available by attending meetings and calls himself, as opposed to sending an associate, which stood out to me as an advantage compared with many partners in international law firms; and he is good at balancing necessary revisions to his strategy, while keeping a solid grasp of the main goals. He is also able to see and focus on the big picture, while paying attention to every detail, and is excellent at establishing strategy.‘
‘Patricio Grané Labat’s work is impeccable. He is very organised, and his knowledge, level of analysis and strategies are impressive.‘
‘Monty Taylor has recently been made up to partner and will be one of the stars of the future. A&P have shown commendable insight by promoting him.‘
Kingdom of Sweden
Republic of Turkey
Republic of Peru
Kingdom of Thailand
Republic of Bulgaria
Republic of Costa Rica
Republic of Chile
Republic of Philippines
Republic of Korea
The Dominican Republic
Republic of Panama
Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim
- Representing Sweden in its first-ever investment treaty defence dispute, which Huawei initiated under the China-Sweden bilateral investment treaty, further to Sweden’s ban on Huawei 5G and other telecoms equipment on national security grounds.
- Acting for a heavy equipment manufacturer in a London-seated ad hoc arbitration against a BVI company, in relation to the sale and charter of a drill ship.
- Acting for a major US manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration concerning unpaid costs under a commercial agreement with a Latin American counterpart.
Baker McKenzie's global international arbitration practice has specialist knowledge of financial and M&A arbitrations; a growing team in energy, mining and infrastructure matters; and lawyers with substantial construction sector capabilities. Steve Abraham is EMEA dispute resolution chair, while global international arbitration chair Ed Poulton 'delivers valuable knowledge and top-class litigation advice', and Andy Moody is London dispute resolution head. Other notable arbitration practitioners includes construction and engineering disputes expert Kate Corby, along with newly promoted partner Judith Mulholland and senior associate Katia Finkel.
Steve Abraham; Ed Poulton; Andy Moody
Other key lawyers:
Kate Corby; Judith Mulholland; Katia Finkel
‘Top team in international arbitration, and with a great global reach and outlook.‘
‘Thorough understanding of this area, with very experienced partners who are supported by very able associates.‘
‘Great for the team’s bilingual capabilities, including the possibility to read and write in French as well.‘
‘They stand out for their dedication to client service with a commercial approach, as well as industry knowledge and regional knowledge in terms of complex multinational matters- the bilingual capabilities and ability to communicate perfectly with a range of people must also be emphasised.‘
‘Ed Poulton delivers valuable knowledge and top-class litigation advice.‘
‘Swift availability of Ed Poulton, who is appreciated for his competence, experience and outstanding integrity, and for always keeping a polite tone in correspondence with adverse parties.‘
‘Senior associate Katia Finkel has a stand-out capability to develop, present and implement a strategy, and ensure that ad-hoc daily questions remain in line with that strategy through quality contributions that are based on experience.‘
‘The availability of both Ed Poulton as a partner and Katia Finkel is appreciated!‘
Anaklia Development Consortium
State of Kuwait
- Representing the State of Kuwait in its defence against a prominent Egyptian family’s ICSID proceedings, which concern the development of a heritage site in Kuwait City.
- Acting for both Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) in Geneva-seated ICC arbitration proceedings, and a Dutch national and one of ADC’s major investors in separate ICSID arbitration proceedings under the Netherlands/Georgia bilateral investment treaty.
- Acting for i2 Capital Trust Corp (the trustee of Bank Otkritie’s $500m 2019 loan participation notes) in seeking to recover defaulted debt by filing a claim with the London Court of International Arbitration.
Dentons' team is best known for energy, infrastructure and project-related disputes, as well as its work involving Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, and the Middle East. Energy disputes specialist Liz Tout leads the team, which includes London and Moscow-based arbitration specialist Dominic Pellew, energy and TMT expert Dan Bodle, and the 'extremely smart' James Langley. Counsel Matthew Vinall is 'particularly good with numbers', and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder acts in commercial and investment treaty disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Dominic Pellew; Dan Bodle; James Langley; Catherine Gilfedder; Matthew Vinall; Sophie Palmer
‘Teams that are always lean and efficient, making full use of their in-house expertise but then drawing on the independent Bar when appropriate.‘
‘The team has a very strong partner group, which is well supported by the rest of the client-facing team.‘
‘Dentons has a particularly high-profile international presence. They also have very good legal brains, are commercial and creative, and have good rapport with clients.‘
‘As approachable as they are knowledgeable.‘
‘Always enthusiastic, delivering great results for clients with the minimum of fuss.‘
‘Liz Tout is hugely experienced, and has an instinctive sense of commercial and legal merits.‘
‘James Langley is extremely smart and fantastically well organised.‘
‘Counsel Matthew Vinall is a seasoned operator, who is particularly good with numbers.‘
Government of India
Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Newcastle United Football Club
- Acted for the Government of India in defending challenges/appeals to an arbitral award, which were brought by Reliance and BG in the English Commercial Court further to a high-profile, oil and gas project-related UNCITRAL arbitration.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure and trade sectors, as well as in joint venture, shareholder and M&A disputes. Jonathan Leach co-heads the global international arbitration group; Leeds-based Mark Howarth is UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes leader; Greg Falkof acts in oil and gas, construction and infrastructure-related matters; and Claire Stockford is an international disputes expert. Other active members are principal associate Cameron Forsaith, and senior associates Ahmed Abdel-Hakam and Kate Lomas.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Howarth; Greg Falkof; Claire Stockford; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam; Kate Lomas
‘One of the best dispute resolution and international arbitration practices in London.‘
‘They have huge experience – the complete package for international arbitration.‘
‘The Eversheds international arbitration team is absolutely top notch. It deals with very high-value and complex disputes – and does so as well as any firm I have dealt with.‘
‘Very experienced and knowledgeable, especially in energy arbitrations.‘
‘Jonathan Leach is a master tactician and the coolest head around when under pressure.‘
‘Mark Howarth is really a standout figure. He’s unflappable and charming, and very clever.‘
‘Greg Falkof is a safe pairs of hands with extensive experience. His subject matter expertise, combined with his strong strategic skills and sense for commercial/business reality, make him a top lawyer in his area.’
‘Senior associate Kate Lomas is a true rising star.‘
Government of Malaysia
National Iranian Oil Company
Well known for its CIS desk, Fieldfisher fields lawyers who are collectively qualified to practice in over 10 jurisdictions. Simon Sloane heads up the international arbitration group 'superbly', while Colin Gibson is dispute resolution leader. The team further includes commercial arbitration expert Daniel Hayward; litigation and arbitration specialist Tracey Wright; and Alexandra Underwood, whose experience includes investment treaty claims. At director level, Joshua Fellenbaum is 'very strong', and Zaakira Allana is 'outstanding'. Arbitration partner Donna Goldsworthy joined in June 2020 from BDB Pitmans.
Colin Gibson; Simon Sloane
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Hayward; Tracey Wright; Alexandra Underwood; Donna Goldsworthy; Joshua Fellenbaum; Zaakira Allana; Adam Sturt; Richard Waugh
‘The team is exceptionally well resourced, with great capability from top to bottom and a first-rate product and eye for quality – a brilliant team of professionals who really care for their clients’ needs and interests.‘
‘The team is particularly skilled at dealing with high-value, complex cases, and has an array of foreign-qualified lawyers who are able to bring their expertise to relevant international disputes.‘
‘Simon Sloane leads his team superbly and is first class.‘
‘Daniel Hayward continues to impress with his easy charm, robust litigation style, and strategic and commercial nous.‘
‘Tracey Wright is an outstanding professional, who knows her subject really well.‘
‘Alexandra Underwood is a superstar partner – one of the few that I would trust with any matter.‘
‘Director Zaakira Allana is outstanding. She’s extremely clever, enormously hardworking, produces first-rate documents, and a joy to work with.‘
‘Director Joshua Fellenbaum is very strong.‘
Fietta LLP is best known as a boutique law firm dedicated to international arbitration and public international law, and for its successful track record in treaty cases. As 'an outstanding and very impressive advocate', Stephen Fietta QC's experience includes acting as counsel in over 40 investment treaty arbitrations under all major institutional rules, while Jiries Saadeh represents state and investor clients in international investment treaty cases, and counsel Ashique Rahman is 'very intelligent'. In November 2020, Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands were promoted to counsel.
Stephen Fietta QC; Jiries Saadeh
Other key lawyers:
Ashique Rahman; Laura Rees-Evans; Oonagh Sands
‘A law firm that is very reliable, competent and responsible.‘
‘The lawyers at Fietta are collaborative, constantly ensuring that the entire team and the client are well-informed at each stage, which makes the teamwork smooth and productive.‘
‘The firm builds tailor-made solutions with the client, and does not have an ego that stops them from listening and changing their initial direction when convinced by the argument.‘
‘Stephen Fietta QC is very solid – an outstanding and very impressive advocate. I have rarely met and worked with such a brilliant legal mind.‘
‘Stephen Fietta QC has the ability to select good, dedicated and competent people who work very well as a team.‘
‘Jiries Saadeh has vast experience and knowledge of public international law. He does an impressive job by breaking down complex details in order to achieve rewarding outcomes.‘
‘Jiries Saadeh is among the very best of his generation – analytical and calm, and able to handle any matter brilliantly.‘
‘At counsel level, Ashique Rahman is very intelligent, and a dedicated, good listener and hard worker; Laura Rees-Evans is very competent; and Oonagh Sands is very specialised and a hard worker.‘
Big Sky Energy Corporation
- Representing an individual investor in a UNCITRAL arbitration against a Gulf State, under the Agreement on Promotion, Protection and Guarantee of Investments (among member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference).
- Counsel to over 900 Greek and Luxembourger investors in a pending ICSID arbitration, brought under two bilateral investment treaties against Cyprus in relation to measures taken by Cyprus following its 2013 financial crisis.
- Representing Big Sky Energy Corporation, a US oil company, in a pending ICSID arbitration, which is brought under a bilateral investment treaty against the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In February 2021, Jones Day hired international arbitration specialist and practice head Michelle Bradfield from Dechert LLP, where she was London international arbitration team head. The practice has strong investor-state arbitration expertise, and is active in CIS and Middle East matters. Other key practitioners are investment treaty and commercial arbitration expert Sylvia Tonova; multi-jurisdictional disputes practitioner Lee Coffey; James Pickavance, who is an international construction arbitration expert; ‘exceptionally dedicated, business-oriented partner‘ Rhys Thomas; and ‘outstanding‘ associate Philip Devenish, whose experience includes acting in over 20 investor-state arbitrations.
Other key lawyers:
Sylvia Tonova; Lee Coffey; James Pickavance; Rhys Thomas; Philip Devenish; Daniel Chaney
‘Full service and lots of depth, with solid teamwork and leadership.‘
‘The team is highly organised and works smoothly. During the pandemic they were able to manage a dynamic and changing case effectively through remote working, without anything falling between the cracks.‘
‘Their team has a great range of diversity, and they have acquired and understood a range of knowledge tools necessary for cross-examining experts.‘
‘Michelle Bradfield is one of the most committed lawyers you could find – superb judgement, never afraid to take responsibility, incredibly hardworking, across all of the detail on every issue, and a delight to work with.‘
‘Sylvia Tonova is a standout figure at Jones Day in London – she has now established herself as a leader of the younger generation.‘
‘Rhys Thomas is an exceptionally dedicated, business-oriented partner, who has a quick business instinct that allows him to see multiple angles of a case, both legal and commercial. Rhys is also always available for a call, and likes to ensure all members of the team have what they need to function effectively.‘
‘James Pickavance is an absolute star, and a first rate litigator and lawyer in every way; he is an obvious pick for the big cases because he is just brilliant – the kind of solicitor that you would walk through fire for.‘
‘Associate Philip Devenish is outstanding; he has the gravitas of a partner and is thorough and unflappable – destined to do great things in the field.‘
World Wide Minerals
Gold Pool JV
- Representing one of the world’s largest construction companies in parallel arbitrations, which concern a power project in the Middle East.
- Defending a major Gulf Cooperation Council state in a $2bn+ investment treaty arbitration that relates to an alleged politically-motivated expropriation.
- Representing a multinational hotel developer in four linked arbitrations, which have given rise to significant issues of contractual interpretation and construction.
Representing both entrepreneurs and governments in high-stakes arbitrations, the majority of Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s work involves Africa. The group is led by international commercial arbitration specialist Louis Flannery QC, who joined in 2020 from Stephenson Harwood. Legal director Zachary Segal ‘stands out‘, and at managing associate level, Elizabeth Montpetit focuses on commercial and investment arbitration, and Heidi Walsh is ‘an experienced arbitration lawyer‘.
Louis Flannery QC
Other key lawyers:
Zachary Segal; Elizabeth Montpetit; Sophia Louw; Heidi Walsh
‘Mishcon de Reya is a results-oriented, innovative and hard-hitting litigation firm with a very impressive set of lawyers, who are experienced in both litigation and arbitration matters.‘
‘Their experience in international arbitration work is among the very best available – superb responsiveness too.‘
‘The team works very diligently, and they promptly respond to any requests we have.‘
‘I am very happy working with Louis Flannery QC, whose arbitration experience and deep understanding of dispute resolution elevate him to guru standard.’
‘Louis Flannery QC – charm itself, with clients and tribunals. A bright mind under a very persuasive exterior.‘
‘Louis Flannery QC is a smart and deeply knowledgeable dispute resolver who achieves fantastic results. A top strategist as well!‘
‘Legal director Zachary Segal stands out by providing unambiguous guidance; and Heidi Walsh is an experienced arbitration lawyer, whose skills in German are very helpful. She is a bright managing associate who is always on hand, amazing with clients, and able to smooth even the most ruffled of feathers.‘
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Kingdom of Belgium
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Hiscox Action Group
RSM Petroleum Corporation
Petraco Oil Company
Katanga Border Post
- Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which was granted an unprecedented extension of three years in which to bring a challenge to an arbitral award valued at $10bn.
- Acted for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Supreme Court proceedings in Halliburton v Chubb, a much-publicised decision on repeat arbitral appointments and the test for apparent bias.
- Acting for over 400 small and medium-sized businesses in business interruption claims against Hiscox, arising from the UK Government’s Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Osborne Clarke LLP fields specialists in emerging arbitral fields, such as digital business and renewables, and it is highly active in technology, financial services and construction-related disputes. Renewable energy, interactive entertainment and life sciences specialist Greg Fullelove is worldwide international arbitration leader; Rob Horne is a construction law specialist; Artem Doudko is Russia and CIS disputes practice leader; and Daniel Harrison is a key associate director. In April 2021, former partner Adrian Lifely became a full-time independent arbitrator and mediator.
Other key lawyers:
Rob Horne; Artem Doudko; Daniel Harrison
‘Upstanding, never over-promises and produces high quality work.‘
‘The team has a very strong arbitration practice, with real experience and expertise in the field, and across both commercial and investment arbitrations.‘
‘Clients receive personal, top-quality advice from a team that is very committed.‘
‘Greg Fullelove is an excellent partner in the field, and can handle anything thrown at him, even the toughest of assignments.‘
‘High-quality team led by Greg Fullelove.‘
‘Standout star is Greg Fullelove.‘
‘Artem Doudko is a leading presence in CIS-related arbitration. A quick thinker and great legal mind, who will always go the extra mile to achieve the best results for his clients.‘
‘Daniel Harrison is probably the best associate director I have worked with in the past few years.‘
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP's 'investor-state dispute experience is the envy of many firms'. The team also has substantial experience across commercial arbitration centres globally and, leveraging the firm's trading, commodities and shipping practices, it handles arbitrations under several trade associations and trade institutions' rules. Gautam Bhattacharyya is global international arbitration practice vice-chair; Belinda Paisley is an investment treaty international arbitration specialist; Chloe Carswell is an investor-state practitioner; Patrick Beale 'has vast experience'; and counsel Suzie Savage is 'focused and experienced'.
Gautam Bhattacharyya; Belinda Paisley; Chloe Carswell
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Beale; Alex Andrews; Ben Summerfield; Simon Greer; Alexander Sandiforth; Suzie Savage; Ali Ishaq; Lucian Ilie; Lucy Winnington-Ingram; Dina Nazargalina
‘The Reed Smith team’s level of investor-state disputes experience is the envy of many firms.‘
‘Brilliant individual practitioners and teams that work very well together – highly recommended.‘
‘One factor that separates them from most competitors is their lack of arrogance. A way in which this manifests itself is that they instruct barristers to work with them and to deliver the advocacy in cases, recognising the value of the specialised skillset and thereby putting their clients’ interests above their own profit motive.‘
‘Great attention to detail, rapid decision making, the professionalism of each team member, and a client-oriented approach make this practice unique.‘
‘Small team that is focused and outsources skills where needed.‘
‘Belinda Paisley is very experienced, client focused and results oriented.‘
‘Patrick Beale is a real details man, with vast experience across a range of commercial disputes. He always knows the case backwards and remembers even the smallest of details.‘
‘Counsel Suzie Savage is focused and experienced.‘
With sector specialisms in the energy, oil and gas and maritime industries, Stephenson Harwood's 'polished, effective team' fields experts in arbitrations involving Africa, the Middle East, Russia/CIS, India and Israel. The principal figures are London and Dubai-based Rovine Chandrasekera, Kamal Shah, who leads the Africa and India groups and is 'well known to the market'; and Shai Wade, who is 'a terrific lawyer, advocate and strategist' who acts in large-scale, complex disputes. Former international arbitration head Louis Flannery QC joined Mishcon de Reya LLP in 2020.
Rovine Chandrasekera; Kamal Shah; Shai Wade
Other key lawyers:
Krystal Lee; Salah Malas
‘Stephenson Harwood is a brilliant team in real world international contractual disputes across various sectors.‘
‘The lawyers are sensible, pragmatic and drive hard to meet clients’ needs.‘
‘Established leader in the field, especially in the EMEA space.‘
‘A polished, effective team, with great international experience through Kamal Shah and Rovine Chandrasekera.‘
‘Kamal Shah is very experienced and a steady hand on the tiller.‘
‘Kamal Shah is well known to the market – great experience, particularly in African energy arbitrations.‘
‘Shai Wade is a terrific lawyer, advocate and strategist; and his drafting is flawless and he thinks multiple moves ahead of his opponent. Despite his obvious talent, he is incredibly charming, easy going and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Shai Wade brings expert insight into arbitrations and energy sector disputes. Clients enjoy working with him, and he delivers the goods. One of our go-to names for conflict referrals.‘
Ministry of Defence and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Acting for Iran’s Ministry of Defence, MODSAF, in a long-running commercial dispute with International Military Services (UK Ministry of Defence subsidiary ), which relates to the enforcement of two ICC awards in favour of MODSAF.
- Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) to act in CIArb’s intervention (as an interested party) in an appeal brought by Halliburton in the UK Supreme Court.
Volterra Fietta is a specialist PIL firm that represents both states and foreign investors before ad hoc tribunals, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and SCC; and it is frequently involved in commercial arbitrations. Robert Volterra is 'a recognised leading expert in complex, high-value investment treaty arbitrations', and Graham Coop is an international arbitration and public international law specialist. Also highly regarded are counsels Álvaro Nistal and Gunjan Sharma, along with associate Angela Ha and consultant Peter Flint.
Robert Volterra; Graham Coop
Other key lawyers:
Álvaro Nistaland; Gunjan Sharma; Angela Ha; Peter Flint
‘In the field of international investment arbitration they are one of the top firms.‘
‘As a boutique practice specialising in public international law, they have great expertise in this particular branch.‘
‘Specialist expertise and extensive experience in investment treaty arbitrations.‘
‘I have worked with them on a number of matters and I have been consistently impressed.‘
‘Very well-qualified and experienced partners; and from my dealings with them, the associates are also very able.‘
‘Robert Volterra has extensive knowledge of international law; and in relation to investment arbitration he has great experience and common sense.‘
‘Robert Volterra is a recognised leading expert in complex, high-value investment treaty arbitrations.‘
‘Consultant Peter Flint has extensive experience and expertise in complex investment treaty arbitrations.‘
The Republic of Croatia
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Koch Nitrogen International
Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes
- Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a high-value ICSID arbitration, which concerns the alleged expropriation of two oil companies.
- Representing the Republic of Croatia in five ICSID arbitration proceedings, which are brought by European banks.
- Representing the Arab Republic of Egypt in a highly publicised ICSID arbitration, which involves alleged human rights violations under the Qatar-Egypt BIT.
Winston & Strawn LLP’s team undertakes both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. International commercial arbitration specialist Michael Stepek focuses on disputes involving the control of corporate entities, foreign direct investments, concession agreements, infrastructure projects, and joint ventures in the energy, mining, telecoms and transportation industries. Matthew Bate has longstanding international arbitration experience, while Ben Bruton assists with financial services, energy and shipping disputes, and Daniel Meagher acts in arbitrations under many of the leading arbitration rules. Suzanne Labi and Salah Mattoo are experienced associates.
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Bate; Ben Bruton; Daniel Meagher; Suzanne Labi; Salah Mattoo
‘The firm has real depth in international arbitration, delivering a sophisticated work product consistently throughout a case, and achieving tangible results.‘
‘Great team to work with at Winston & Strawn.‘
‘The group is a very strong and multinational practice, and handles a wide variety of arbitration work.‘
‘Very strong, motivated and efficient.‘
‘Matthew Bate is hugely capable and a delight to work with.‘
‘Ben Bruton is highly efficient, responsive and excellent at managing clients’ expectations on complex matters, and he has a track record of building very strong relationships.‘
‘An excellent partner is Ben Bruton, supported by great team members, including associate Salah Mattoo.‘
‘Daniel Meagher in London is exceptionally good, and someone who can take on any matter with aplomb.‘
Century Bridge Capital
Dominion Minerals Corp
- Represented Dominion Minerals Corp in its claims against the Republic of Panama, arising out of Dominion’s investment in a copper and gold concession in western Panama.
- Represented an industrial paint manufacturer in a high-value product liability claim brought by a major shipowner.
- Represented a major online food retailer in an arbitration to determine ownership and control of an online food delivery operation.
Withers LLP's team acts across the banking, natural resources, infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, and oil and gas sectors. The practice is co-led by 'highly effective advocate' Hussein Haeri and Eleni Polycarpou, who represents high-net-worth individuals and families. Also highly regarded are Russia, Ukraine and CIS group head Tatiana Menshenina, along with recently promoted special counsel Robert Kovacs and senior associate Camilla Gambarini. Former Attorney General of England and Wales Geoffrey Cox QC was recruited in September 2020 as global counsel.
Hussein Haeri; Eleni Polycarpou
Other key lawyers:
Tatiana Menshenina; Robert Kovacs; Camilla Gambarini; Geoffrey Cox QC; Claudia Baró Huelmo
‘The Withers team is a first-class outfit that is at the top of its game.‘
‘Small but well-run practice with some strong individual partners; they handle both commercial and treaty work, and have a very international client base.‘
‘The arbitration team is made up of knowledgeable, capable and pleasant professionals, and the quality of their work is excellent.‘
‘Hussein Haeri has a mastery of bilateral treaty arbitration that places him among the vey best of his peers, and he combines his wholesome knowledge with an excellent approach to breaking down the complexity of issues and articulating concepts in easy-to-understand terms. He also instils confidence in his clients, who admire his methods.‘
‘Hussein Haeri is a superb team leader and highly effective advocate, and charming to work with.‘
‘Hussein Haeri and special counsel Robert Kovacs both have in-depth knowledge of international arbitration against sovereigns in developing markets.‘
‘Eleni Polycarpou has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional arbitration disputes, and stands out for her commercial approach to cases and exceptional client care.‘
‘Tatiana Menshenina is a partner who knows the CIS market, and the needs and objectives of clients, particularly well; and she keeps a close eye on the development of a case, and knows how and when to use counsel.‘
Qatar National Bank
Cyprus Holding Company
Government of Ukraine
- Represented Qatar National Bank in a contractual dispute-related ICSID arbitration against South Sudan and the Bank of South Sudan.
- Represented a professional footballer of Juventus FC in an ICC commercial arbitration against a Maltese company.
- Representing Cyprus Holding Company in an LCIA arbitration, where the respondent is accused of conspiracy to defraud.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP's London team is routinely involved in large and high-profile investor-state instructions globally, particularly in relation to projects and energy and natural resources-related claims. London and Washington DC-based Jay Alexander is global disputes practice co-head; and qualified in both the UK and Chile, Alejandro Escobar regularly leads high-end investor-state matters. Also highly regarded are public international law, investor-state and commercial arbitration specialist Johannes Koepp, and Dorine Farah, who has both international arbitration and public international law experience.
Other key lawyers:
Alejandro Escobar; Johannes Koepp; Dorine Farah
- Represented Mobile TeleSystems, which was subject to expropriatory measures adopted by Turkmenistan.
Bird & Bird LLP attracts high-value arbitrations in the technology, telecoms and life sciences sectors, and leverages the firm's strong IP reputation for proceedings involving IP disputes. With particular sector expertise in the aviation, defence and commercial life sciences industries, as well as fraud matters, Sophie Eyre , who co-heads the international dispute resolution group, plays a leading role in arbitration matters originating from the London office. Jonathan Speed acts in arbitrations in the IT, telecoms and financial services sector; and senior associate Tom Darvill is a contentious IP expert. In April 2021, the firm recruited Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's former India disputes head Nicholas Peacock as head of its London international arbitration team.
Other key lawyers:
Sophie Eyre; Jonathan Speed; Tom Darvill
‘B&B is very good at using arbitration for IP disputes, and has lots of experience of the process.‘
‘They are very easy to work with, efficient, and on top of their brief.‘
‘Senior associate Tom Darvill combines strong legal and strategic abilities with a relaxed working style that makes the process easier.‘
Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation
International Copyright Enterprise Services
- Won a $149m judgment for Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation against PJSC Ukrnafta in relation to a gas fields-related joint activity agreement.
- Acted for International Copyright Enterprise in a significant licensing and copyright infringement dispute with TikTok.
- Acting for a biotechnology company in an ICC arbitration, which involves claims of misuse of trade secrets and breach of confidentiality agreements.
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP saw a six-partner team leave its London office in January 2022, led by managing partner Natasha Harrison. The US firm’s remaining lawyers in London include David Hunt, who was recently promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's London team regularly works on high-value, complex, cross-border commercial arbitrations across a wide variety of sectors, including the telecoms, energy, oil and gas, shipping, and banking and finance industries. Working across the firm's London and New York offices, Christopher Moore, the joint global co-ordinator for the global international arbitration practice, acts in major commercial and investor-state arbitrations, while counsel J Cameron Murphy represents investors and sovereigns in international arbitrations, and associate Naomi Tarawali focuses on international dispute resolution.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Moore; J Cameron Murphy; Naomi Tarawali
‘The CGSH team was able to construct and support very effective communications during the arbitration process.‘
‘The team provided correct estimations of the arbitration result at an early stage of the process, which gave us real comfort when deciding whether to proceed further or not.‘
‘Great expertise in investment arbitration and financial sector issues.‘
‘Very experienced team in investment treaty international arbitration cases, with a strategic view of the matters.’
‘High-quality advice, also when deadlines are very tight.‘
‘Spanish native speaker in the team to smooth communications and document review.‘
‘Excellent treatment of clients and a team that is nice to work with.‘
‘Christopher Moore, the London team leader, is an excellent colleague with a truly collaborative spirit. A person that I trust, and key to the successful outcome of our cases.‘
Telecom Italia International
The Hellenic Republic (Greece)
Republic of Iraq
The Arab Republic of Egypt
Ministry of Land and Property Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan
- Counsel to Vale in an LCIA arbitration involving allegations of fraud and breach of warranty, which concerned a mining investment in Africa.
- Acted for the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration, which was brought by Bank of Cyprus under the Cyprus-Hellenic Republic bilateral investment treaty.
- Represented Tatneft in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Russia-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty, which related to the Kremenchug refinery in Ukraine.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP specialises in commercial and financial disputes, with key growth areas for the boutique firm including commercial arbitrations, enforcement of awards, and bringing and defending challenges to awards; it is also increasingly active on the claimant side in investor-state disputes. Daniel Burbeary specialises in commercial disputes, particularly those involving China, Russia and former CIS countries; Sinead O’Callaghan is gaining a significant profile in arbitrations; and Philip Young has over 25 years’ experience in the field.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Burbeary; Sinead O’Callaghan; Philip Young; Robert Coffey; Irina Buydova; Mikhail Vishnyakov
‘CYK is a boutique disputes firm, so every member of the team is specialised in disputes.‘
‘They attract strong employees, often from Magic Circle law firms, and they are focused on high-value and complex disputes in litigation and arbitration.‘
‘The individuals I have worked with in the field of international arbitration are of very high quality – an excellent blend of keeping an eye on the big picture while keeping a firm grip on the details.‘
‘CYK is one of the most respected boutique litigation firms in the London market. They offer cutting-edge City law firm expertise, relative absence of conflicts, and very competitive fee rates.‘
‘The team has an excellent leader in Daniel Burbeary, and it has recruited high-quality associates who offer a very good proposition in the arbitration space.‘
‘Daniel Burbeary is an experienced, no-nonsense arbitration specialist, who comes up with effective strategies for complex disputes, and delivers them efficiently and effectively to a very high standard.‘
‘Daniel Burbeary is always thinking strategically.‘
‘My go-to person is Philip Young, who is tenacious, and has good judgement and excellent client-handling skills – he is utterly committed to securing the client’s objectives and results driven.‘
Eastern European Engineering
- Acted for the claimants in a New York-seated arbitration against joint venturers in an oil field in Central Asia.
- Successfully acted for Eastern European Engineering (EEE) in proceedings to enforce a substantial ICC Award in England and Wales, which was made in EEE’s favour.
Enyo Law LLP
Disputes firm Enyo Law LLP frequently represents commercial parties and state-owned entities in international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations around the world; the team is particularly active in matters involving parties from Russia and the CIS region. Jonathan Brook is 'an individual of integrity', Evgeniya Rubinina is admitted in England and Wales, New York and Russia; Tim Elliss' practice includes international arbitration matters, and Daniel Levy is 'very well prepared'. Boris Telyatnikov joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Brook; Evgeniya Rubinina; Tim Elliss; Daniel Levy; Boris Telyatnikov
‘Enyo is one of the premiere London litigation boutiques, with strength in cross-border and international disputes, particularly concerning the CIS region.‘
‘My first recommendation for a no-conflict firm that can manage a case on a reasonable budget and still provide very good quality.‘
‘Relatively small, but with a very professional and diverse team.‘
‘The great strength of this team is its capacity to handle disputes in many different jurisdictions.‘
‘Consistently tailored approach to clients, and the firm delivers great value for money.‘
‘Jonathan Brook is an individual of integrity, who has contributed a lot to our success in multiple cross-jurisdictional trials.‘
‘Evgeniya Rubinina is attentive to detail, and tries to find a balance within complex disputes for all parties involved, while taking a strong approach to protecting the client’s interest.‘
‘Daniel Levy made a great impression on me – exceptionally rigorous and very well prepared.‘
Orient Express Bank
Strait Oil and Gas (UK)
- Representing Ascent Resources in its investment treaty claim against Slovenia under the Energy Charter Treaty and the UK-Slovenia bilateral investment treaty, which concerns the development of a gas field in Slovenia.
- Successfully acted for Orient Express Bank, as second defendant, in discharging an anti-suit injunction.
- Representing Strait Oil and Gas (UK) in its investment treaty claim against Georgia, which relates to Georgia unlawfully terminating an oil field production sharing agreement.
Experienced in Asia, Middle East and North America-related disputes, Fox Williams LLP's international arbitration expertise comprises commercial disputes involving the commodities, energy, pharmaceuticals, technology and transport sectors, M&A and joint ventures. Co-heading the 'incredibly strong international arbitration team' are international commercial arbitration specialist Peter Ashford; and 'acknowledged leader in the field' Ben Giaretta, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in September 2020. The practice additionally fields commercial disputes expert Tom Custance, dispute resolution head Gavin Foggo, and experienced associate Kate Felmingham.
Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta
Other key lawyers:
Tom Custance; Kate Felmingham
‘An incredibly strong international arbitration team, whose profile is in the ascendency.‘
‘The partners are excellent: pro-active, knowledgeable, and willing to think outside the box to deal with clients’ difficult problems – never willing to accept no as an answer if there is a possible solution.‘
‘The Fox Williams team has real expertise in civil fraud, and it provides just the right form of support for international arbitration, with partners giving strategic input and assistance, and associate solicitors managing matters under their supervision.‘
‘Peter Ashford is a hugely knowledgeable and experienced partner, with strong market recognition; he is very active on the arbitration scene and widely respected for his legal knowledge -a delight to work with.‘
‘Peter Ashford is well-respected within the industry, and the leading textbook author on international arbitration; he is inventive and supportive of the whole team.‘
‘Ben Giaretta – new to the firm, but an acknowledged leader in the field.‘
‘Ben Giaretta is a relatively recent joiner, but someone who has really raised the international arbitration team’s profile. He is clearly going places – fast.‘
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Constance are both highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy partners, who you would want to have in charge of your arbitration. They are both extremely good lawyers and superb tacticians, who can be trusted to give you the right advice as to whether to fight or settle a case, and they have very good cross-border knowledge.‘
The Sultanate of Oman
On The Beach
Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company-TAQNIA
- Represented three Secretariat companies in a recent Court of Appeal case that has become the leading decision in English law on the duties of independent experts in international arbitration.
- Acting for a California-based property developer, as respondent, in a claim by one of the largest litigation funders in the world, which alleges that the respondent settled the litigation claim at an undervalue.
- Representing Oman in relation to a dispute arising from a London property development.
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP's London-based international arbitration team consistently represents clients in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL international arbitrations, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. It also acts in bilateral investment treaty and ICSID arbitrations, and fields sector specialists in the energy and construction industries. As 'a force to be reckoned with', Melanie Willems is international arbitration head, while Markus Esly focuses on energy, projects, construction and infrastructure disputes; William Cecil is litigation head, and counsel Robert Blackett is 'an excellent lawyer'.
Melanie Willems; William Cecil
Other key lawyers:
Markus Esly; Robert Blackett
‘The Haynes and Boone team is outstandingly able.‘
‘Extremely bright, immensely experienced, very hard working, highly dedicated and acutely commercial – and, on top of that, a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Extremely quick, skilled and easy to work with in relation to complex multi-jurisdictional legal matters.‘
‘Melanie Willems is a a brilliant and outstanding team leader, who is extremely bright, very hardworking, dedicated to clients, and superb with her clients; she is also adept at developing highly successful commercial strategies to achieve her client’s aims.‘
‘Melanie Willems is a force to be reckoned with, bringing heaps of energy to a matter along with a keen ability to keep an eye on the big picture.‘
‘Melanie Willems and Markus Esly are both first-class practitioners, with sound judgement, technical knowledge, and a keen sense of strategy.‘
‘Marcus Esly is simply outstanding – a superb lawyer, who is immensely bright, hardworking, dedicated, and an absolute pleasure to work with.‘
‘Counsel Robert Blackett is an excellent lawyer, who is very clever, extremely hardworking and very easy to work with.‘
K&L Gates LLP's London team is the primary hub for the firm's international arbitration cases. John Magnin is global co-practice leader for dispute resolution and litigation; Ian Meredith focuses on cases involving state parties, joint venture disputes and Bermuda Form insurance; Peter Morton acts in aviation and energy disputes; energy specialist Jeremy Farr works between London and Houston; and Matthew Walker is based in the London and Doha offices. In March 2021, energy disputes partner Ben Holland joined from Squire Patton Boggs.
John Magnin; Ian Meredith; Peter Morton
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Farr; Matthew Smith; Matthew Walker; Ben Holland; Martin King; Charles Lockwood; Clare Kempkens; Tim Fox
‘Around-the-clock support where needed.‘
‘They have global capability to handle the most complex and voluminous cases on a round-the-clock basis, and their knowledge of arbitration is unique as they have a number of practitioners who also serve as arbitrators.‘
‘Discussions around fee structures have been honest and flexible.‘
‘John Magnin is an excellent disputes lawyer, who is very experienced and a great tactician – just the person to turn to with a problem.‘
‘Jeremy Farr and Matthew Smith are both superb.‘
‘Matthew Walker is my counsel of choice for any contentious construction matter; he excels in market knowledge and is also an excellent strategist.‘
‘Matthew Walker is very hands on, and I receive full partner support in every aspect of any claim.‘
Republic of France
International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation
- Represented Halliburton in high-profile cases involving arbitrator conflicts and challenges, particularly the Supreme Court case of Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd, which concerned multiple appointments of arbitrators.
- Represented the Republic of France in three separate (but related) court and arbitral proceedings in England, which arose out of the 2002 loss of oil tanker M/T Prestige and resulting oil spill.
- Represented (alongside bankruptcy and energy colleagues in the US), a UN-sanctioned intergovernmental body (International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation) in its Washington DC-seated ICC arbitration against Intelsat, a private US telecoms company.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP's London international arbitration team represents a mix of multinational companies, high-net-worth individuals and nation states, particularly across the finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure sectors. Energy disputes specialist and 'effective advocate' Mark Beeley is the principal London figure; London and Geneva-based James Hargrove has experience under all the major institutional arbitration rules; and senior associate Sarah Stockley's practice includes international arbitrations in the energy sector. Maria Frangeskides joined Addleshaw Goddard in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
James Hargrove; Sarah Stockley
‘The Orrick international arbitration team has been excellent to work with. They understand the oil and gas industry and are experts with respect to LCIA arbitrations.‘
‘The Orrick team ran with the client’s objectives and was readily available at all times, despite the time difference, for strategy sessions.‘
‘The team has been hardworking, responsive and practical.‘
‘The team has a wealth of experience in international arbitration, especially in the oil and gas sector.‘
‘The firm is detailed in its approach to work; and its understanding of the peculiarities of the dispute we worked on exceeded our expectations.‘
‘Mark Beeley and senior associate Sarah Stockley impressed us as they each had a good understanding of international arbitration proceedings; and considering they were working for a client (and with lawyers) in a different jurisdiction, they ensured that the objectives of the client were met, and had a prompt turnaround time in preparing and updating the documentation to be submitted to the tribunal.‘
‘Mark Beeley may come close to being the complete lawyer – excellent at client care, a strong strategist and an effective advocate, both on paper and orally.‘
‘James Hargrove is a truly strategic litigator and a seriously-engaged client partner.‘
Gaztransport & Technigaz
Khaitan Holding (Mauritius)
- Representing Khaitan Holding (Mauritius) in its high-value bilateral investment treaty claim against India, which concerns India’s cancellation of 2G Mobile telephone provider licences.
- Representing Vedanta and Marubeni (as joint venture parties) in their 14-year dispute with the Government of India over the allocation of profits from the Ravva oil and gas field (offshore India).
- Representing the South American affiliate of an energy major in an LCIA arbitration, in relation to international insolvency issues.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's team is particularly well known for energy-related disputes, and it houses specialists in both MENA and CIS matters. The global arbitration practice is led by Deborah Ruff, who specialises in high-value and complex international arbitration, particularly involving the energy, infrastructure and construction, telecoms, banking and corporate sectors. At counsel level, Julia Kalinina Belcher is 'incisive and surgical', and Charles Golsong has particular expertise in document-heavy cases involving significant disclosure.
Other key lawyers:
Julia Kalinina Belcher; Charles Golsong
‘Deborah Ruff is at the top of her game – clever, persistent and dogged in her pursuit.‘
‘Julia Kalinina Belcher is a quality disputes lawyer, who is incisive and surgical.’
RPC‘s arbitration expertise covers IP, technology, insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering, international trade, finance, energy and transport matters. The practice also acts in claims involving Russia and the CIS region, proceedings against sovereign states, and public international law disputes. With longstanding experience, Jonathan Wood heads up the international arbitration practice, which includes commercial and investor-state arbitration expert Tatiana Minaeva, IP and technology disputes specialist David Cran, Russia expert Andy McGregor, and experienced of counsel Paul Baker.
Other key lawyers:
Tatiana Minaeva; David Cran; Andy McGregor; Paul Baker; Kirtan Prasad; Suzie Kurdi
‘A very effective international arbitration team.‘
‘RPC was very resourceful in quickly sourcing an appropriate expert in the law of foreign jurisdiction to aid our claim. This was no mean feat given the number of dead ends and conflicts of interest we encountered along the way.‘
‘RPC are more efficient in their work than a number of other firms I’ve worked with.‘
‘Their invoices represent better value for money than most.‘
‘A knowledgeable team with a strong arbitral practice led by Jonathan Wood, who is hugely experienced in international arbitration.‘
‘Jonathan Wood stands out. His judgement is very sound and his breadth of experience means that there is not much he has not seen or dealt with before.‘
‘Jonathan Wood is a seasoned veteran who has seen it all – safe hands and a shrewd operator.‘
‘Of counsel Paul Baker is a formidable worker who knows his way round his cases incredibly well.‘
Octopus Consulting & Trading
London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation
Singapore Commodity Exchange
- Acting for Oleg Deripaska and his company, Filatona, in a long-running dispute with Vladimir Chernukin and Navigator Equities, in relation to a joint venture concerning Russian textiles company, TGM.
Dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP fields specialist arbitration lawyers who act in complex, high-value and cross-border matters. With approximately 30 years’ experience, Ioannis Alexopoulos has particular experience in cases involving Greece, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Josh Wong is a highly experienced commercial international arbitration expert, and Daniel Spendlove has a strong focus on finance, mining, and oil and gas matters. At counsel level, Neil Newing also manages major cross-border disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Josh Wong; Daniel Spendlove; Neil Newing; Ryan Cable
‘A fast growing arbitration practice.‘
‘One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.‘
‘Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.‘
‘The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.‘
‘They are very efficient and effective.‘
‘Ioannis Alexopoulos is an excellent arbitration lawyer, who is smart, efficient and very responsive.‘
‘Ioannis Alexopoulus is a very experienced and creative lawyer, who is able to think out of the box. We really appreciate working with him, because he is efficient and focused and understands the Russian mentality.‘
‘Ioannis Alexopoulus is always able to pick the best team to handle different assignments, even in other jurisdictions – he is very well connected.‘
Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding)
Abu Dhabi Mar Investments
Privinvest Shipbuilding Investments
Logistics International SAL (Offshore)
Logistics International Investments
- Acting for Privinvest companies in Swiss arbitrations, under supply contracts that relate to a high-value Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others.
Slaughter and May's international arbitration practice is experienced in complex, large-scale arbitrations under all the major institutional rules, such as ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ICSID, as well as the UNCITRAL rules; it also acts in arbitration-related court proceedings in the English and overseas courts. 'Dynamic duo' James Stacey and Damian Taylor co-head the practice, which includes energy sector expert Efstathios Michael and Peter Wickham, who made partner in March 2021. Former disputes and investigations head Sarah Lee has retired.
James Stacey; Damian Taylor
Other key lawyers:
Efstathios Michael; Jonathan Clark; Peter Wickham; Megan Sandler; Smriti Sriram
‘A dynamic, experienced arbitration team, with a stellar client base; the Slaughters arbitration team is seamless, and one of the firms I enjoy working with the most for its exceptionally talented lawyers.‘
‘The whole team has an aura of quiet confidence – always one step ahead, whether it is in meeting deadlines or in tactical play, which means nothing ever surprises them.‘
‘Always immaculately prepared – this arbitration team deserves to be more widely known.‘
‘Damian Taylor and James Stacey are a dynamic duo.‘
‘Damian Taylor combines a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ approach with a deep understanding of the commercial realities -highly recommended.‘
‘James Stacey is scarily intelligent and the nicest man you could choose to meet – a devastating combination in arbitration.‘
‘Efstathios Michael is incredibly thorough and incisive.‘
‘Peter Wickham is hardworking and a pleasure to work with – he will go far.‘
Squire Patton Boggs 'works really hard to achieve the best results' and has a strong track record in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitrations, in addition to a well-known international commercial arbitration practice. Max Rockall is an energy disputes specialist, Peter Crossley is London IDR head, and global co-chair of IDR George von Mehren works between London and Cleveland. Tim Flamank and Michael Davar are active senior associates. Ben Holland left for K&L Gates LLP in March 2021.
Peter Crossley; George von Mehren
Other key lawyers:
Max Rockall; Alexis Martinez; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; Tim Flamank; Michael Davar; Joseph Magoon
‘SPB were very professional, helpful and insightful.‘
‘The team at SPG are recognised experts in handling complex sovereign disputes, and were recommended to me for this and their industry-specific experience.‘
‘The team was very thorough in preparing the witness statement for which I was responsible – excellent communication and patience in working to understand the rather complicated details of the arbitration case.‘
‘We do really appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm in the work of the Squire Patton Boggs team – the whole team works really hard to achieve the best results in all the areas of law that arbitration cases comprise.‘
‘Max Rockall is one of the most diligent and responsive lawyers I’ve ever met, with outstanding knowledge in the LNG field (as well as dispute resolution) and a friendly character.‘
‘Max Rockall and Peter Crossley made themselves available seven days a week at any time, picking up the technicalities of the case with ease.‘
‘Senior associate Michael Davar was extremely diligent, helpful, courteous and professional in all my dealings with him.‘
The Slovak Republic
- Successfully defended the Slovak Republic in an arbitration (worth over €128m) under the Polish-Slovak bilateral investment treaty.
- Successfully defended Elekta against an LCIA arbitration worth €545m.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's London team has notable sector expertise in the construction, energy, telecoms and high-tech industries. Chairing the investment treaty arbitration practice, Matthew Coleman is highly rated for claims against African States, Christophe Bondy has over 20 years' experience in investment treaty arbitrations, and Neil Dooley provides further partner-level support for commercial arbitration. Leigh Mallon, who also has international arbitration experience, joined as partner from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in June 2021.
Matthew Coleman; Neil Dooley
Other key lawyers:
Christophe Bondy; Leigh Mallon; Thomas Innes
‘A great team that is client focused and detail driven, yet never losing sight of the bigger picture.‘
‘The team is exceptional, the client was very satisfied, and had full confidence and trust in them.‘
‘I very much enjoyed their cross-examination technique, which was masterful.‘
‘A very well-prepared and competent team.‘
‘I was impressed with all the lawyers here!‘
‘Matthew’s knowledge of the applicable law, his deep experience, and his commitment to cases stand out.‘
‘Great for the deep relationship of trust with lead partner Matthew Coleman, supported by associate Thomas Innes.‘
‘Thomas Innes impressed me with his preparation for the hearing, as well as his performance at the hearing.‘
European Commission Legal Services (on behalf of the European Union)
The von Pezold family
The Republic of Armenia
Koch Supply and Trading
Saint Patrick Properties Corporation
PJSC National Bank Trust
International Bank of St Petersburg (Joint Stock Company)
- Acted for the European Union in its defence of a €10bn investment claim under the Energy Charter Treaty (brought against it by Nord Stream 2 further to the imposition of EU regulatory controls).
- Represented European investors in an expropriation-related investment treaty arbitration against an African State.
- Represented the von Pezold family and Border Timbers in parallel cases against Zimbabwe, which arose from one of the largest post-War expropriation programmes, and resulted in large-value awards plus interest and costs.
Stewarts Law LLP's 'fantastic international arbitration team' is a preferred choice for specialist international arbitration conflict referral work; it also has notable strength in matters involving Africa, where the practice's expertise includes disputes in the energy, oil and gas, power, shipping and telecoms sectors. The group is also experienced in acting for states. Philippa Charles oversees the growth of the international arbitration team, which includes the 'exceptional' Daniel Wilmot and Veronica Connolly, the team’s leading senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Wilmot; Veronica Connolly
‘Very focused team with excellent communication skills – they are my favourite team of solicitors to work with, as they are well prepared, focused and strategic.‘
‘They have been brilliant with the client – a fantastic international arbitration team that deserves a stellar reputation in the market.‘
‘Although smaller than some of the bigger more well-known IA teams in the City, I would always recommend Stewarts to my clients, as they are a dedicated, bright team that offers much better value for money to clients than some of the bigger teams elsewhere.‘
‘Stewarts is a tight-knit and nimble legal team. I have been impressed with how focused they are on both the client’s needs and providing top-quality legal services at good value.‘
‘Stewarts’ approach was practical and innovative in relation to sharing views, reviewing documents, obtaining witness statements, and developing defence strategies.‘
‘Philippa Charles is very bright, hardworking and sensible.‘
‘Daniel Wilmot has been exceptional! He is always ready to provide practical and intelligent solutions to problems, and he has great advocacy skills.‘
‘Daniel Wilmot is excellent and an absolute pleasure to work with. He is the perfect combination of very intelligent and practical – completely on top of the detail of the case and really effective with both team and client management.‘
Republic of India
- Representing a Western European State (via one of its agencies) in a high-value debt recovery action, which involves a Swiss Arbitration Centre arbitration against an Indian steel manufacturer.
- Representing one of Africa’s largest integrated oil and gas independents in connection with large-value ICC arbitrations against a consortium of financial lenders.
- Representing a Qatari insurer and reinsurer in an LCIA arbitration against a global energy trader, which concerns supplies of LPG into Ghana and related guarantee arrangements.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s London international arbitration team constantly represents energy and oil and gas clients in major disputes worldwide, and it has grown its disputes practice in relation to the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Investment treaty and international commercial arbitration specialist Louise Woods, and experienced counsel Alexander Slade co-head the London international arbitration practice, which includes Nick Henchie, who focuses on construction and engineering disputes, and international construction specialist Scott Stiegler.
Louise Woods; Alexander Slade
Other key lawyers:
Nick Henchie; Scott Stiegler
‘We have been working with the V&E international arbitration team for several years, due to the excellent hard work the members have dedicated to our matters.’
‘A very powerful team.‘
‘Working for clients across the globe, V&E has significant breadth of experience in international arbitration.‘
‘They are unbelievably hardworking and will leave no stone unturned.‘
‘Totally committed to doing everything they can to ensure the best outcome for their client.‘
‘Nick Henchie is undeniably a leading figure in international arbitration and an exceptional lawyer. He never fails to deliver clear, pragmatic, and pre-eminent legal strategies regarding complex and intricate cases.‘
‘Louise Woods is an excellent lawyer, who is always spot on and a step ahead on matters.‘
‘Louise Woods has excellent knowledge of the law, understands her clients, and has the ability to listen.‘
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq Basrah Oil Company
Panama Canal Authority
- Representing the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq, and its affiliate state oil companies, in a number of international arbitrations.
- Handling a series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority, which arise out of high-value construction disputes with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, a consortium of European and Panamanian companies.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP's commercial arbitration practice leverages firm-wide finance, shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities expertise. The team also acts in arbitrations involving political risk, CIS-based frauds, and corporate and commercial disputes. Rebecca Williams, whose 'leadership is impeccable', and maritime, trade, aviation and energy sector expert Andrew Ward co-head the team, which includes Charles Buss, who 'sees things that others miss', and experienced partners Andrew Hutcheon and Rob Fidoe. Alexander Creswick is the key senior associate.
Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams
Other key lawyers:
Charles Buss; Andrew Hutcheon; Rob Fidoe; Alexander Creswick; Jemma Dhillon; Mark McAllister-Jones
‘The team works very well together, with great depth of legal and technical ability.‘
‘Overall I found everyone at WFW I encountered to be easy to deal with and efficient.‘
‘Between them, they cover a number of key areas for arbitration: energy, commodities, shipping and banking. They are less snooty than some of the other international arbitration teams.‘
‘Andrew Ward is sensible and tactically astute.’
‘Andrew Ward has a brilliant combination of commercial acumen and technical legal ability. Really smart and hugely enjoyable to work with.‘
‘Rebecca Williams is the star of the team. Her leadership is impeccable. Rebecca is a master with strategy, and has a sixth sense when it comes to anticipating what the other side will do.‘
‘Charles Buss sees things that others miss.‘
‘Senior associate Alexander Creswick combines legal skill with really good technical/scientific understanding. Also very personable.‘
- Acting for the operators/lessees of four high-value supertankers in four concurrent arbitrations (held on an expedited basis), which involve complex questions about provisions providing for the early termination of underlying leases following an IPO.
- Acting for an oil marketing and distribution company in a dispute with an independent commodities trading house, arising out of a long-term master sales and purchase agreement for the supply of 60 LNG cargoes.
- Representing the Ministry of Energy of a Southeast Asian government, in a series of high-value arbitrations over decommissioning liabilities for assets operating under petroleum concessions.
Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office is highly regarded for energy sector disputes involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as the UK and continental Europe. Team head John Gilbert has particular expertise in disputes over gas sales agreements, including price reviews and the operation of take-or-pay provisions, while 'standout' senior associate Robert Meade is experienced in international arbitration under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Energy disputes partner Alistair Calvert joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade
‘They are a small team, with real expertise in the oil and gas sector – both in litigation and (relevantly) in international arbitration.‘
‘The team is results oriented, has perfect knowledge of the energy sector, and is really pleasant to work with.‘
‘Experienced and skilled in energy disputes.‘
‘Very commercial and great attention to detail.‘
‘John Gilbert is extremely smooth, and pleasant to work with.‘
‘Alistair Calvert is a standout litigator.‘
‘Alistair Calvert is pragmatic and hands-on.‘
‘Senior associate Robert Meade is a standout individual.‘
Commercial litigation and international arbitration boutique CANDEY is predominantly focused on cross-border work, and the 'very good City firm' is particularly active in CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus-related matters. Experienced commercial dispute partners Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn co-head the practice, which includes James Collins, who is particularly sought after for big-ticket Russia-related referrals, and Yuri Botiuk, who has over 20 years’ experience in acting for clients from the former Soviet Union.
Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn
Other key lawyers:
James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; Yahia Boussabaine
‘CANDEY is a real boutique for hardcore disputes.‘
‘They were well organised and extremely professional in their approach.‘
‘Staffed by top-notch professionals.‘
‘Great for attention to detail and strategic thinking.‘
‘A very good City firm – small but efficient.‘
‘Yuri Botiuk is best in class for assisting with CIS-related disputes. He has an excellent case portfolio that makes him a very experienced and confident person.‘
‘Yuri Botiuk and James Collins were always available, very creative, and with sound advice – the best recommendation we can possibly provide.‘
Cooley (UK) LLP's London team is experienced in representing sovereigns and investors in disputes, acting for insurers and reinsurers in claims, and handling life sciences and technology-related matters. The practice of UK disputes head James Maton includes disputes between sovereign states and investors, while Mark Everiss' cases cover third party liability, product liability, reinsurance, and warranty and indemnity claims; and Laurence Harris acts in proceedings under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules. Special counsel Sam Tacey's practice also includes arbitration proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Everiss; Laurence Harris; Sam Tacey; Juan Nascimbene
Municipal Mutual Insurance
Odyssey Marine Exploration
Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret
Tekfen İnşaat ve Tesisat
- Acted for Municipal Mutual Insurance in its attempt to recover UK employers’ liability claims on its reinsurance programme (covering the period 1950-1990).
- Representing Odyssey Marine Exploration in an arbitration, brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, against Mexico (UNCITRAL Rules).
- Representing Turkish company Bursel Tekstil Sanayi Ve Diş Ticaret and individuals in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP's London office fields experts in international commercial arbitrations, and multilateral and bilateral investment treaty cases; the practice has arbitration strength in the life sciences, energy, insurance and construction sectors. Jeremy Wilson is global co-chair of the international arbitration practice, Craig Pollack has over 25 years' litigation and arbitration experience, and Jonathan Gimblett, who divides his time between London and Washington DC, acts for both states and corporate clients. Of counsel Monique O’Donoghue is 'very efficient'.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Pollack; Jonathan Gimblett; Greg Lascelles; Monique O’Donoghue
‘The team worked cost effectively and time efficiently.‘
‘The workforce comprises professionals residing in both the US and UK. Therefore, as a client residing in Asian countries, we are supported by the team almost 24 hours without any discontinuation due to time difference.‘
‘Jeremy Wilson is a great leader, who efficiently runs his team by both perfect assignment of work to his members, and leading presentations and discussions with tribunal members in person.‘
‘Jeremy Wilson is a class act as an arbitration advocate.‘
‘Jeremy Wilson is extremely thorough and fights his client’s corner hard.‘
‘Craig Pollack really impresses, and I would certainly recommend him for any future matters.‘
‘Craig Pollack is experienced, extremely clever, thinks outside the box, and makes every effort to achieve the best outcome for his clients.‘
‘Of counsel Monique O’Donoghue is very efficient in her communications with the client.‘
Government of Ukraine
- Defending Total (and its Malawian subsidiary Total Malawi) in a Johannesburg-seated UNCITRAL arbitration against Prima Fuels, which involves a claim for allegedly unpaid fuel rebates.
- Representing Ukraine’s national energy company, Naftogaz (and six of its subsidiaries) in a high-value investment treaty claim against the Russia Federation over the seizure of assets in Crimea (following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula).
- Represented DTEK Krymenergo, a Ukrainian electricity distribution company, in a $420m claim under the Ukraine-Russia BIT for the expropriation of its energy supply and distribution business in Crimea.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'strong international arbitration team' leverages the firm's specialisms in insurance disputes, commercial dispute resolution and construction disputes, and has notable Latin America expertise. Anthony Menzies heads up the firm's marine and transport, and onshore and offshore energy groups; Richard Highley is a senior partner specialising in large commercial disputes; and Ken Forsyth's practice includes arbitration work. The 'superb' Clarissa Coleman, who acts in multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, joined from K&L Gates LLP in January 2021.
Anthony Menzies; Clarissa Coleman
Other key lawyers:
Richard Highley; Ken Forsyth; Clarissa Coleman; Mark Roach; Franc Gozalvez
‘DAC Beachcroft has a strong international arbitration team that builds on its strength in commercial litigation.‘
‘The team has a solid reputation in the market, no doubt well deserved.‘
‘All excellent lawyers and very experienced.‘
‘A nimble and flexible team that is able to give a particular problem the right amount of attention required, with concomitant savings of time and costs.‘
‘Thorough but focused, never overstating a problem for the sake of billing.‘
‘Clarissa Coleman is the star of DACB’s international arbitration practice.‘
‘Clarissa Coleman is a vastly experienced commercial disputes practitioner with particular expertise in Middle East arbitrations. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the best possible result is achieved.‘
‘Clarissa Coleman is a superb disputes specialist, who is superhumanly well organised, a strategic thinker, and an excellent communicator. She can hold together even the most combustible cases; and clients also appreciate her keen eye for cost efficiency and her ability (surprisingly rare in the market) to manage costs proactively.‘
DWF's UK international arbitration team handles a significant volume of matters involving investor-state arbitrations and construction, energy and telecoms disputes. Leading the UK arbitration group, Richard Twomey's practice has a special focus on Pakistan, while Antony Woodhouse is an insurance sector expert, Stefan Paciorek focuses on international arbitration proceedings in the technology and energy sectors, and senior associate Natasha Gunney's experience includes arbitrations under the ICSID, LCIA and ICC rules. In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is Russia and CIS desk head.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Leach; Antony Woodhouse; Darren Kenny; John Groome; Jonathan Moss; Tarik Sharif; Natasha Gunney; Ben Griffin; Stefan Paciorek
‘Very user friendly and diligent team.’
‘Richard Twomey is first class – calm, reassuring and hugely detail oriented.’
‘Effective at having an eye for long-term strategy and a commercial approach.’
‘I have worked predominantly with Andrew Leach and Ben Griffin. Andrew Leach – engaging, novel and effective thinker, with a commercial approach. Always trying to do the best for his clients. Ben Griffin – conscientious, user-friendly, always available, responsive, and very through.’
‘Skilled, knowledgeable team members who give clear advice and guidance to clients. Reliable and great availability.’
Doosan Power Systems
- Acted for Trafigura Pte in a claim for insured and uninsured losses, following the loss of a cargo after an explosion and fire in an oil terminal in Johor, Malaysia.
With 'an international arbitration practice that provides top-notch representation', Farrer & Co's commercial arbitration focus covers corporate, energy, financial services, construction and public procurement disputes. The practice also acts in investor-state arbitrations, art-related matters and sports disputes. Hendrik Puschmann is 'a star arbitration lawyer and master tactician, whose knowledge of the field is encyclopaedic', Kate Allass' practice includes sports-related arbitration, and Oliver Blundell is the associate to note.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Allass; Oliver Blundell
‘Farrers has one of the best disputes teams in London (or anywhere).‘
‘An international arbitration practice that provides top-notch representation, without incurring the costs you would normally expect in London.‘
‘They did a stupendous job in a portfolio of arbitration claims.‘
‘They are always available, technically excellent, very cost conscious, and (importantly) unstuffy. I will definitely instruct them again on any future international disputes.‘
‘Their advice and input were always clear, helpful strategic and commercial. In the last couple of years we witnessed the growth of their practice, as well as their ever-increasing international profile.‘
‘Hendrik Puschmann is a star arbitration lawyer and master tactician, whose knowledge of the field is encyclopaedic.‘
‘Hendrik Puschmann masterfully condenses highly complex matters into clear, comprehensible advice and drafts.‘
‘Hendrik Puschmann is always my first choice when looking for an international arbitration specialist in London. He is an excellent litigator and impressive in both oral and written advocacy. Additionally, he has significant academic depth to his legal knowledge and this shows in his work.‘
Hitzinger (in administration)
HTI High Tech Industries (in administration)
International Canoe Federation
- Represented Hitzinger (and its administrator) in a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators claim, made by Global Switch Estates in relation to a contract for the supply and installation of engines.
- Acting for the International Canoe Federation in Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) proceedings against the International Surfing Association, in relation to the governance of Stand Up Paddle.
- Assisted state-owned Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, with assessing and settling a number of claims.
Fielding specialists in the ICA, LCIA and ICSID rules, Fenwick Elliott LLP's international arbitration work covers disputes relating to global construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Among the firm's experienced partners are senior partner Simon Tolson, Richard Smellie, Nicholas Gould, Karen Gidwani, Thomas Young and Claire King.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Tolson; Richard Smellie; Nicholas Gould; Karen Gidwani; Thomas Young; Claire King
‘Always client oriented in rendering its professional and efficient services.‘
‘Compared with other firms, its uniqueness is thoughtfulness, apart from its obvious strengths in construction disputes management and resolution.‘
‘Fenwick Elliott has a team of construction lawyers that are well versed in construction practice as well as the law. We recently obtained favourable decisions on a very complex claim, which amounted to sums beyond the client’s expectations.‘
‘I am impressed by the total dedication of the FE team to its client’s cause.‘
‘The people I have worked with have a very good understanding of the different cultures with which they work.‘
‘Richard Smellie is great for his ability to plan and co-ordinate, as well as his insight into the dispute’s points of issue.‘
‘Simon Tolson is impressive for the breadth of his knowledge and his willingness, while being a senior partner, to get into and understand the technical detail of the arbitration and make a hands-on contribution.‘
‘Thomas Young has the ability to present a case efficiently.‘
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's London-based international arbitration practice comprises two barrister partners, namely 'outstanding' group chair James Kitching, who acts across a range of sectors; and 'incredibly intelligent and dedicated' international arbitration specialist James Barratt, whose track record includes being the sole or lead advocate in over 50 international arbitrations. Dispute resolution specialist Duncan Saunders was promoted to special counsel in March 2021.
Other key lawyers:
James Barratt; Duncan Saunders
‘They are very impressive, quick, with sound judgement, and great strategic thinkers.‘
‘A small team but very good, and able to run a very large case with focused individuals.‘
‘James Kitching is great at leading the team through long arbitrations.‘
‘James Kitching is an outstanding partner.‘
‘James Kitching is one of the best for seeing the big picture and making complex arguments sound simple and uncontroversial, and he is supported by a pool of talented and passionate associates who take ownership and add to the world-class experience.‘
‘James Barratt is of high intellectual quality and also very pleasant to work with.‘
‘James Barratt is exceptional – incredibly intelligent and dedicated.‘
‘James Barratt is an experienced advocate with sound judgement.‘
Perrigo Ireland 2
- Representing Perrigo, an Ireland-registered manufacturer of private-label over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, in an arbitral claim involving an alleged fraud and alleged breaches of warranties.
- Represented Cerner, a US-based supplier of health information technology solutions, services and hardware, in its long-running dispute with Fujitsu Services, which concerned the termination of the UK Government’s National Programme for Information Technology.
Gowling WLG's commercial arbitration practice acts under all major institutional rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings, and it has sector experience in the IP, technology, life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering industries. With extensive arbitration experience, Gordon Bell leads the international arbitration practice, which includes Birmingham's 'experienced disputes partner' Tom Price. In 2021, construction and infrastructure disputes partner Mike Stewart was recruited in January from Wikborg Rein, while Michael Darowski joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in May.
Other key lawyers:
Mike Stewart; Tom Price; Dan Wood
‘Good understanding of demanding clients and working with non-UK/common law legal practices.‘
‘Active, co-operative, relaxed but professional, experienced and easy to work with.‘
‘I have a very good impression of the firm. Very professional, dedicated to clients’ needs and able to handle big cases – but still with a down-to-earth, hands-on approach.‘
‘A very solid and reliable partner – I did not identify any weaknesses.‘
‘Deeply engages with us to understand in depth the core issue and related problem before making an assessment.‘
‘Excellent professional values, skills and competence.‘
‘What I liked the most is their cutting-edge legal drafts and arguments.‘
‘Tom Price is an experienced disputes partner with excellent analytical skills, and he is enjoyable to work with. I was impressed by the way Tom and his team handled a massive dispute, in the course of which literally thousands of documents have been produced.‘
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania
- Acting for Crescent Petroleum in its arbitrations against National Iranian Oil Company.
HFW has 'excellent experience in international arbitration'. The team's workload covers a range of sectors, including particular strengths in the construction, energy, shipping, and trade and commodities, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services industries. With longstanding experience in international arbitration, Damian Honey represents clients in ad hoc, institutional and bilateral treaty investment arbitrations. Insurance and reinsurance specialist Costas Frangeskides also acts in international arbitrations, Adam Strong is experienced in investor/state international arbitrations, and Michael Sergeant has notable Middle East expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Costas Frangeskides; Adam Strong; Michael Sergeant; Andrew Williams; Michael Buffham
‘Excellent experience in international arbitration.‘
‘Excellent knowledge of our industry.‘
‘Always available and reachable.‘
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons has a solid track record in representing clients in high-value arbitrations, with clients benefiting from the team's combination of commercial arbitration and public international law expertise, and knowledge of the English courts and offshore jurisdictions. Andrei Yakovlev, who divides his time between the London and Dubai offices, is particularly involved in Russia, CIS and Central Europe matters, and the experience of recently promoted partner Wilson Antoon includes successfully representing sovereign states in investment arbitrations.
Andrei Yakovlev; Wilson Antoon
Other key lawyers:
James McKenzie; Viktoriya Krasyuk
‘The team’s engagement and dedication to deliver the best possible work for the case, while leaving no stone unturned, are really inspiring! ‘
‘The level of collaboration and attention to detail are outstanding.‘
‘Incredible teamwork and drive.‘
‘Andrei Yakovlev is great for his strong experience and organisational skills.‘
‘Andrei Yakovlev brings an energy to the work that is remarkable.‘
‘Andrei Yakovlev is qualified in Russia, England and NY, and has plenty of experience reflecting his experience in cross-border disputes, including in investment arbitrations. He and his team do a high-quality job.‘
‘Wilson Antoon’s work is really impressive – sharp and quick, very succinct and drafts convincing submissions, while sorting the main points from the detail.‘
‘Wilson Antoon is very hardworking and attentive – an extremely reliable legal partner. His work ethics and client care deserve top accolades.‘
NJSC Naftogaz Ukrayiny
- Representing Naftogaz in an LCIA arbitration shareholder dispute, which is effectively a battle with Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoyski for control of Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.
- Acting for a Chinese pharmaceuticals company in a Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre arbitration claim for damages, which concerns a licensing agreement for the development and sale of therapeutic products in mainland China.
- Defending an aluminium trader in a London Metals Exchange (LME) arbitration that concerns a contract for sale and fraud allegations.
With particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors, Milbank's 'very dynamic' team acts in highly complex, large-value arbitration proceedings for major corporations and financial institutions, as well as state and federal governments. Handling arbitrations conducted under all the major arbitral rules, Tom Canning heads up the global international arbitration practice, Julian Stait leads the London litigation and arbitration group, and senior associate Peter Edworthy's 'grasp of the legal issues is impressive'.
Julian Stait; Tom Canning
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Milbank is very dynamic, and picks up interesting engagements across the breadth of the DR spectrum.‘
‘High-quality lawyers, great grasp of complex legal and commercial issues, and innovative and practical solutions.‘
‘Tom Canning is an excellent and assured operator – someone who manages even the most complex cases with aplomb.‘
‘Senior associate Peter Edworthy is extremely user friendly and easy to work with.‘
‘Senior associate Peter Edworthy’s grasp of the legal issues is impressive, and his ability to communicate complex legal matters in a simple and methodical way has been crucial.‘
'Extremely well resourced internationally', Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team consistently handles major disputes involving Russia and the CIS, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Far East and US; it is experienced in representing clients under all principal international arbitration rules. David Waldron is particularly experienced in arbitrations concerning financial services and oil and gas clients; and the track record of Peter Sharp, one of the firm's most senior arbitration lawyers, features numerous LCIA and ICC arbitrations.
David Waldron; Peter Sharp
Other key lawyers:
Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan
‘A go-to firm for major infrastructure disputes, with a very diverse team that has the size and expertise to handle major international arbitrations.‘
‘The firm is extremely well resourced internationally, with offices able to manage all aspects of international arbitration, including related local litigation.‘
‘An excellent professional team with experienced professionals at both partner and associate levels, and deeply aware of cross-border arbitration in the banking sector.‘
‘They have a highly capable team of individuals who provide advice that is always considered, commercial, appropriately nuanced and on point. Although the group may be (relatively) small, it is very much competing with the big firms and benefits from great global coverage. It also has great experience and knowledge in acting for CIS/ex-Soviet based clients.‘
‘Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has a very strong practice, with the superb and extremely experienced David Waldron at the helm.‘
‘David Waldron is a lawyer at the top of his game and possesses a wealth of experience. He has great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients, and provides fantastic advice – clients love him.‘
‘Peter Sharp has vast experience in putting together large teams of experts and counsel; and his supervision skills are exemplary, particularly with difficult joint ventures.‘
‘Peter Sharp is a highly experienced partner with skills that ensure the effective and efficient running of international arbitration. He clearly knows his stuff and is a fighter for his clients interests.‘
'Fantastic to work with', Morrison Foerster has substantial on-the-ground Africa expertise, as well as enviable TMT sector experience. Qualified in both Kenya and England and Wales, Chiraag Shah, who 'has great instincts', represents clients in institutional, ad hoc and treaty arbitrations around the world, with a focus on arbitrations involving state entities. The broad practice of technology expert Gemma Anderson includes international arbitrations. Shawna Pasquale and Pietro Grassi are the associates to note.
Chiraag Shah; Gemma Anderson
Other key lawyers:
Shawna Pasquale; Pietro Grassi
‘Responsive and they deliver on time without any fuss.‘
‘Fantastic to work with – as a firm they are simply not given enough credit for the quality of their work.‘
‘I have been very impressed with the Morrison & Foerster litigation team – they were very effective in managing our clients (who were based out of the jurisdiction) and procuring clear and concise evidence on a series of complex issues. This enabled us to win our arbitration and achieve an outstanding result for the client, which was well ahead of expectations.‘
‘Chiraag Shah is very thorough and has great experience. He is great at formulating an overall strategy and articulating the merits of various options to be pursued.‘
‘Chiraag Shah is very knowledgeable and has great instincts – spot on in his assessment of cases.‘
‘Chiraag Shah is cool, calm and on the ball.‘
‘I was particularly impressed with associate Shawna Pasquale, who managed a large number of stakeholders (based in North America and Asia) and presented a coherent and persuasive case. She is very hardworking and has an eye for the points that win cases.‘
‘Associate Pietro Grassi is very approachable and always available.‘
Shearman & Sterling LLP is well known for its commercial and investment treaty arbitration expertise. Garreth Wong, the 'key arbitration partner in Shearman London', recently joined from Bird & Bird LLP; counsel Margaret Clare Ryan is an investment arbitration specialist; and UAE-based Alex Bevan is global international arbitration practice head. In 2021, Ximena Herrera-Bernal left to co-found Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, and was joined by Tsegaye Laurendeau, while Alexander Uff departed for Quadrant Chambers.
Other key lawyers:
Garreth Wong; Margaret Clare Ryan
‘Shearman London has a world class team of international arbitration talent.‘
‘Very strong in international dispute resolution.‘
‘The presentation was very efficient and well focused and successful. They have the ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties – they don’t waste time.‘
‘A highly specialised team spearheaded by young and enthusiastic partner Garreth Wong, a highly industrious and cerebral partner, who is flexible in his approach to working with/using counsel.‘
‘Garreth Wong was responsible for the oral and written advocacy in a high-value international dispute, and he was well prepared, clear and responsive to the tribunal’s questions. I thought that overall he did an excellent job in a pressurised situation.‘
‘Garreth Wong is the key arbitration partner in Shearman London. He is excellent with clients, fantastic on the law and a very focused and accomplished oral advocate to boot. He has the makings of an international arbitration grandee.‘
‘Garreth Wong began his legal career as a barrister at a top London barristers’ chambers, and it really shows in the quality of his advocacy and the rigour of his analysis.‘
‘Counsel Margaret Clare Ryan is one to watch for the future. She has excellent knowledge of public international law and is a pleasure to work with.‘
KLS Energy Lanka Sdn Bhd
KLS Energy Lanka (Private)
- Representing KLS Energy Lanka Sdn Bhd and KLS Energy Lanka (Private) in an ICSID arbitration against the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, which relates to a renewable energy generation enterprise.
Carter-Ruck's geographical case distribution covers Eastern Europe/CIS, South Asia and the Middle East. Senior partner and international arbitration head Cameron Doley acts in large-scale investor-state, state-on-state and treaty claims; Alasdair Pepper has considerable experience in managing complex international arbitrations; and senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball is 'a very capable lawyer'.
Other key lawyers:
Cameron Doley; Alasdair Pepper; Lawrence Northmore-Ball; Francois Holmey; Charles Enderby Smith; Jennifer Harvey
‘The Carter-Ruck international arbitration team is excellent.‘
‘Technically strong and easy to work with.‘
‘Carter-Ruck is particularly good at dealing with cases that have political sensitivities and geopolitical sensitivities.‘
‘Cameron Doley has forged his team and made it what it is. He has huge political and diplomatic experience and is very well known in political circles in the countries I work within and is very trusted in consequence.‘
‘Cameron Doley is very easy to work with, with the ability to step in and deal with more complex issues when necessary.‘
‘Cameron Doley provides assured and well-informed leadership.‘
‘Senior associate Lawrence Northmore-Ball is a very capable lawyer and easy to work with.‘
Al Jazeera Media Network
The State of Qatar
Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – FIFA World Cup 2022
BLOM Bank SAL
Qatar Armed Forces
beIN Media Group
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's London office regularly acts for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations. The team's principal figures are Charles Buderi, who works across the firm's London and Dubai offices; and Mark Handley, who has oil and gas, financial services, infrastructure, telecoms and media sector experience.
Charles Buderi; Mark Handley
Other key lawyers:
Justin Jacinto; Luciana Ricart; Milo Molfa; William Hampson; Serena Boscia Montalbano
‘Excellent group of professionals, with solid expertise.‘
‘Organised, giving important and valuable guidance to the client at every step.‘
‘The relationship with the individuals is extremely good, the co-operation is easy, there are productive exchange of views, and they have respect for their client.‘
‘The law firm is well equipped from a professional point of view and very responsive to our requests.‘
‘We have achieved fantastic results thanks to the strong team they put together to represent us.‘
‘They are focused on the important issues raised and will tackle them from different angles.‘
The Republic of India
State of Kuwait
Republic of Uganda
State of Libya
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche
The Republic of Kazakhstan
Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil & Gas
- Acted for the State of Kuwait in several investment treaty cases.
- Defended the Republic of India against a $1.4bn claim brought by Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius) under the Mauritius-India investment treaty.
- Secured a complete victory for Sirte Oil Company for Production, Manufacturing of Oil & Gas, as defendant to an ICC arbitration that was brought by Indian company Punj Lloyd.
In addition to its investment arbitration expertise, Dechert LLP's London practice is active in commercial arbitrations. Dorothy Cory-Wright's broad disputes practice includes arbitration work, and Simon Fawell acts in international arbitration before the LCIA, ICC and the SCC, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the English Arbitration Act.
Other key lawyers:
Dorothy Cory-Wright; Simon Fawell
‘Dechert has a well-known and well-regarded international arbitration practice, and rightly so.‘
‘Dechert’s dispute resolution team has impressive individuals and the knowledge, experience and resources required to conduct heavy international arbitration. Those resources include an impressive IT capability, which has come into its own during the Covid pandemic.‘
‘They have a very high-quality practice.‘
‘Packed full of excellence.‘
‘Conducts disputes intelligently and efficiently.‘
‘Excellent strategic thinking.‘
As part of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP's global disputes practice, the London international dispute resolution (IDR) team has Africa-related arbitration expertise, and also fields specialists in investor-state disputes. Heading up the London IDR department, Rupert Reece acts in arbitrations in both English and French, while Saadia Bhatty and Hannah McIrvine provide counsel-level support.
Other key lawyers:
Saadia Bhatty; Hannah McIrvine
‘A combination of common and civil law expertise with a leading barrister (Rupert Reece) with a dual English French background. A strong European and African practice with lots of depth.’
‘I have known Saadia Bhatty for several years – she is an excellent lawyer who has built a successful career in international arbitration. She is well-known and well-respected around the world.’
‘Rupert Reece is an excellent arbitration lawyer, whether dealing with common or civil law.’
‘Saadia Bhatty – I know her well and would highly recommend.’
- Counsel to a consortium of Chinese contractors (Powerchina Huadong Engineering Corporation and China Railway 18th Bureau Group Company) in two arbitrations against a Vietnamese state-owned employer, which arose out of a project-related contractual dispute.
- Representing Hope Services, as claimant, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Cameroon, brought under the USA-Cameroon bilateral investment treaty and concerning the expropriation by Cameroon of a digital platform developed by the claimant.
In September 2020, gunnercooke LLP recruited David Breslin from Fladgate LLP, where he was international arbitration head. Breslin specialises in commercial disputes and international arbitration in the insurance, financial services, energy and international trade sectors; his arbitration experience includes both ad hoc matters and those involving common institutional rules.
Other key lawyers:
David Breslin; Philip Rubens; Andre Yeghiazarian
‘Great breadth of experience and expertise in a number of specialised fields, such as insurance and reinsurance disputes.‘
‘The associates are kind and diligent.‘
‘They fully understand facts of the cases and develop the best strategy based on such understanding.‘
‘They really try to understand the different working cultures of foreign clients.‘
‘David Breslin is excellent- he is diligent and responsive. Moreover, he is well-versed in complex commercial disputes, including insurance/reinsurance law; and is highly regarded, not only in Europe, but also throughout Asia-Pacific.‘
‘David Breslin reviews all important documents and is heavily involved in drafting submissions.‘
In January 2021, Hausfeld & Co LLP hired commercial arbitration specialist Ned Beale from Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where he was international arbitration head. Beale has notable energy and aviation sector specialisms, while commercial disputes head Lianne Craig has broad domestic and international disputes experience, and Anthony Maton also acts in arbitration proceedings.
Other key lawyers:
Ned Beale; Anthony Maton
‘Hausfeld combines a really bold approach to litigation and arbitration – City-style drive and determination with a much more personal approach than its competitors.‘
‘Focused impressively on unique sectors and types of dispute in a modern world, including class actions, banking and finance (notably cryptocurrencies) and aviation matters.‘
‘A well balanced and hardworking team of skilful individuals, who obviously respect and like each other.‘
‘They work efficiently and well together.‘
‘A nimble and effective firm.‘
‘Focused on dispute resolution, which means a more tailored approach for clients.‘
‘Always allocate the necessary resources to get quick and advantageous solutions – they make things simple.‘
‘Ned Beale is a diligent, client-focused lawyer, with sharp legal skills.‘
With longstanding experience in substantial offshore disputes and commodities arbitrations, Hill Dickinson LLP grew further through the October 2020 recruitment of London-based arbitration specialist Adrian Jones from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Jones' experience includes high-value arbitrations concerning South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Russia.
Other key lawyers:
Darren Wall; Paul Taylor
‘I would not hesitate to recommend Adrian Jones, or, indeed, instruct Adrian myself should the need arise.‘
‘The team is hardworking and very sensitive to the client’s requirements.‘
‘Always prepared to go the extra mile.‘
‘Adrian Jones is personable and diligent.‘
Howard Kennedy LLP's international arbitration team acts in substantial matters that often involve states or state-owned entities, and the practice has particular Africa disputes expertise, as well as growing Middle East, India and Pakistan workloads. Duncan Bagshaw leads the international arbitration team, following Steven Morris' retirement.
‘Duncan Bagshaw is very experienced, to the point, efficient, realistic, and very successful in representing our interests.‘
‘Duncan Bagshaw is a worthy foe and an admirable colleague. He fights hard but fair – a tough negotiator who never lets up.‘
‘Duncan Bagshaw is a superb thinker.‘
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Texas Brine Company
- Acted for The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as intervener in the UK Supreme Court appeal of Halliburton v Chubb Bermuda Insurance, one of the most important cases in the arbitration world in recent years.
- Acted for a technology company in unusual proceedings to remove an arbitrator on the grounds of apparent bias, relying on the arbitrator’s misleading statements in their CV and subsequent conduct.
- Acted for Sol Campbell, the former international football star, in his dispute with Macclesfield FC over his contract as manager.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP's international arbitration practice is headed up by London managing partner Charlie Lightfoot, whose experience includes acting in international disputes in the energy, defence, infrastructure, mining and telecoms sectors. Jason Yardley is co-chair of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice, and Elizabeth Shimmin also acts in international arbitrations.
Other key lawyers:
Charlie Lightfoot; Jason Yardley; Elizabeth Shimmin
Acting in high-value, commercially critical and multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's recent work spans Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the US, Africa and the Cayman Islands. Leading the team, Andrew Savage's sector experience covers the finance, insolvency, energy, insurance, fraud, commodities, shipping and construction industries, among others.
Other key lawyers:
Romilly Holland; Kimberley Smith; Ben Lamble
‘Very good team.‘
‘Andrew Savage is experienced and a good lawyer.‘
Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company
Conapro Dena-BMS SAL
Panasonic Industry Europe
Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe
Legal Action Worldwide
- Represents Petrochemical Holdings in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Romania, brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and concerning a strategic investment in Romania’s oil and petrochemical sectors.
- Successfully represented AIC, a Nigerian construction company, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal, which related to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award secured by AIC against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
Memery Crystal LLP‘s disputes team acts in complex international arbitrations, including investment treaty matters. Mark Whelan is dispute resolution head; Dean Nicholls acts in arbitrations involving the Middle East, Russia/CIS and Europe; Harvey Rands is a financial services dispute specialist; Jenni Jenkins assists with investment treaty arbitrations.
Other key lawyers:
Dean Nicholls; Harvey Rands; Jenni Jenkins; Charlotte Taylor
‘Memery Crystal has a growing and very good practice in international arbitration.‘
‘An excellent team that offers a good balance of price and quality, and they are easy to work with.‘
‘They have a strong team of very experienced individuals, who provide clear, commercially-minded advice that is always incisive and on point.‘
‘They work tirelessly to secure a win for their clients, and provide a simply incredible service to clients, which is second to none. One of the key features of the firm is its ease and consummate ability in handling clients who have little experience with arbitration.‘
‘Dean Nicholls has a very bright mind. He is able to identify the issues on the spot, and he always gives excellent insights and is an excellent drafter.‘
- Acted for Yayla Agro Gida Sanayi Ve Nakliyat, a Turkish food manufacturer, in resisting an application to the English High Court to appeal a Grain and Feed Trade Association arbitration award.
Heading O'Melveny's international dispute and arbitration practice group in London, David Foster regularly acts as counsel in high-value commercial arbitrations and is experienced in representing sovereign states in both commercial and investment treaty disputes. Foster also has particular expertise in disputes in the technology, professional services and financial services sectors.
‘David Foster, who leads the team, is very hands-on and incredibly responsive. He is highly experienced, and this shows in his practical and user-friendly legal advice. He can see the wood through the trees of all the legal issues, and ensures that the focus remains on the effective communication of his client’s position. The other team members are also very responsive and efficient.’
The workload of City of London-based ONTIER LLP is invariably international, with many of its high-value instructions deriving from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Paul Ferguson is an expert in proceedings involving digital assets, cryptocurrencies and online trading platforms, and Oliver Cain has longstanding arbitration experience.
Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain
Advanced Control Systems
Compass Bank & Trust Corporation
Shanghai Shipyard Co
Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading
Grupo Mexico SAB de CV
- Acting for a former major shareholder in two Russian banks in a $85m dispute.
- Acted for a client in relation to the enforcement of an arbitration award against the Government of Nigeria, the current value of which is over $9bn.
- Acting for a major European steel producer in relation to LCIA arbitration proceedings brought by a Swiss commodities trader.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP's international arbitration practice is headed up by Alex Burton, who divides his time between London and Dubai, and has longstanding experience in high-value arbitrations. Lucy James' commercial litigation experience includes arbitration. Former international arbitration head Ned Beale joined Hausfeld & Co LLP in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Lucy James; Michael Rhode; Sam Robinson; James Lancaster
‘Trowers and Hamlins has an outstanding arbitration practice.‘
‘The team is highly motivated, extremely bright, very experienced, highly dedicated, immensely hardworking, very closely attuned to the commercial objectives of clients, and a delight to work with.‘
‘Broad London and Middle East experience.‘
‘Well-led team with good international experience.‘
‘Low-key but excellent-quality work.‘
‘Alex Burton is highly-experienced, knowledgeable, and does not waste time on bad arguments.‘
Zaiwalla & Co undertakes complex and high-value international arbitrations, which often emanate from developing and high-growth economies, particularly India, Russia and the Middle East; the team also consistently receives instructions from Iranian companies. Leigh Crestohl leads the international arbitration department, and Sarosh Zaiwalla has over 40 years’ arbitration experience.
Other key lawyers:
‘Independently minded and good on both strategy and details.‘
‘Not afraid to argue an unconventional corner.‘
‘Leigh Crestohl is very tenacious and committed to the case.‘
‘Leigh Crestohl is a really excellent lawyer, a great team player, and exceptionally bright.‘
- Acting in a $400m arbitration for a Dubai media channel that has brought proceedings against a Kenyan state media company.
- Acting for Russian parties in one of the first commercial arbitrations involving the separation of assets following a marital breakdown.