International arbitration in London
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's team 'delivers excellent work and is very helpful and client focused'. It specialises in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and was recently active in sectors such as life sciences, manufacturing, mining and metals, oil and gas, retail and telecoms for clients based across the Americas, EMEA and Asia. The investor-state arbitration team advised Deutsche Telekom in a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration against the Government of India, which arose out of the cancellation of an agreement for the long-term lease of satellite capacity and spectrum. Recently promoted London head of international arbitration Sylvia Noury specialises in treaty arbitrations, with a focus on emerging markets (particularly Africa, Latin America and India); Nigel Rawding QC is a widely-respected practitioner for commercial arbitration; Will Thomas has particular expertise in the energy, telecoms and projects sectors, with a focus on disputes in Africa and the Middle East; and Christopher Pugh is a former head of the firm’s disputes practice. Senior associates to note include Michael Kotrly; Oliver Marsden recently made partner and Leilah Bruton was promoted to counsel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sylvia Noury is outstanding, hands on and always to the point‘.
‘Will Thomas is extremely clear‘.
‘Evgeniya Rubinina is fantastic – she is responsive and provides practical advice in respect of potential proceedings‘.
- Represented Anglo American, the global mining company, in a BIT arbitration against the Venezuelan Government under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Additional Facility Rules. The dispute related to the Venezuelan Government’s seizure of Anglo American ferronickel processing assets and its refusal to issue tax credits to Anglo American’s local subsidiary.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'rightly respected in the market as a top operator in the field of international arbitration and it has superb, pragmatic and hardworking lawyers at every level'. The practice acts in arbitration across a broad range of sectors, including energy, mining, TMT, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transport, infrastructure, defence, real estate, manufacturing, travel and leisure, insurance and construction. Global international arbitration head Paula Hodges QC became the next President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in May 2019 - but continues in practice at the firm - and specialises in disputes in the energy and technology sectors. UK international arbitration head Craig Tevendale is an energy disputes expert, but also acts in cases involving M&A, defence, leisure and infrastructure projects. The practice's other highly rated individuals are India disputes head Nicholas Peacock, Chris Parker, whose work often involves Africa, and investment arbitration expert Andrew Cannon. Iain Maxwell is an experienced of counsel and Hannah Ambrose is a key senior associate.
Paula Hodges QC; Craig Tevendale
‘It is not just an energy arbitration power house; the team also acts in a wide range of other sectors. Its lawyers also have an excellent institutional memory for arbitrators‘.
‘The team is committed and has an excellent understanding of clients’ requirements and exceptional knowledge of international disputes in the energy sector‘.
‘Paula Hodges QC and Chis Parker bring a wealth of talent to the team‘.
‘Craig Tevendale is an unflappable, excellent cross-examiner and advocate; he has total command of the material and gives clear advice that clients can use to make a decision‘.
‘Andrew Cannon has tremendous experience and is a calm and incisive communicator who is strong on the practical side of handling a case‘.
‘Senior associate Hannah Ambrose is a seriously talented lawyer and her knowledge of arbitration law is first class‘.
Standard Chartered Bank
- Advised United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water company (and its Estonian subsidiary AS Tallinna Vesi), on a high-value investment treaty claim against the Republic of Estonia.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP is 'truly outstanding' and 'lives up to its reputation as a top-ranking team in its field of expertise'. The firm has one of the largest dedicated arbitration practices in London and acts for multinational companies, sovereign states, banks and major institutions in the telecoms, oil and gas, financial services, mining and engineering sectors, among others. In an LCIA arbitration, the team won a $1.2bn arbitration award on behalf of Japan's NTT DOCOMO (Docomo) for Tata Sons' (Tata) breach of its contractual obligation to find a buyer for Docomo's shares in Tata's Indian mobile phone venture. David Kavanagh QC and Karyl Nairn QC are global co-heads of the firm's international litigation and arbitration group. Bruce Macaulay, Daniel Gal, David Edwards and David Herlihy are also highly rated partners, and Nick Lawn and Jonathon Egerton-Peters are experienced counsels.
Karyl Nairn QC; David Kavanagh QC
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is able to mobilise and advise on very complex cases across different jurisdictions‘.
‘It is an international powerhouse and an excellent firm for high-profile work with international elements‘.
‘Karyl Nairn QC is justifiably in massive demand as a leading advocate in commercial arbitrations – she is one of the top names, not just in London but internationally‘.
‘Bruce Macaulay and David Herlihy are exceptionally skilled international arbitration lawyers who seamlessly co-operate with different teams, manage vast documentation and demonstrate powerful advocacy during hearings‘.
‘David Edwards is a highly experienced lawyer, who has very good commercial antennae and builds strong relationships with clients and legal teams‘.
‘Daniel Gal is focused, responsive and has broad international experience‘.
Alfa Telecom Turkey
The Chatterjee Group
Gas and Pearl Petroleum
Devas Multimedia Private
Great Station Properties and Inter Growth Investments
The Republic of Cyprus
The Republic of South Sudan
- Acted for Anadarko Petroleum in an LCIA arbitration concerning offshore oil interests in China.
Three Crowns LLP
Three Crowns LLP is dedicated exclusively to the practice of international arbitration in the UK and has deep experience of the major commercial arbitration rules, such as International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), LCIA and UNCITRAL; the firm has varied experience that includes energy, utilities, financial services, mining, telecoms and governmental work. Constantine Partasides QC has advised on some of the largest international arbitrations of the last decade, particularly in the energy sector, and Gaëtan Verhoosel appears as lead advocate and arbitrator in a large number of commercial arbitrations. Other widely respected partners are investment treaty and commercial arbitration specialist Carmen Martinez Lopez, Reza Mohtashami QC, who is focused on the telecoms, energy and infrastructure sectors, and Scott Vesel, who is highly rated for international commercial arbitrations. Manish Aggarwal was recently promoted to partner, senior associates Penny Martin and Ben Prewett are also highly regarded.
Constantine Partasides QC; Gaëtan Verhoosel
Other key lawyers:
White & Case LLP's 'level of expertise is unsurpassed - there are few firms with the same type of knowledge base and experience'. The practice appears as counsel in some of the largest commercial and investor-state arbitrations in the world and its London team conducts its own advocacy. The group is particularly noted for international arbitrations involving complex international energy and infrastructure project disputes, and it has experienced an increase in shipbuilding disputes. It also fields experts in work emanating from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa, Lusophone jurisdictions and Asia. Phillip Capper and Aloke Ray QC, who took silk in 2019, are the practice co-heads; Russia and CIS expert David Goldberg divides his time between the London and Moscow offices; and Mark Clarke is the London oil and gas disputes head. Also key to the group are Clare Connellan, Edward Attenborough, Paul Brumpton, and Dipen Sabharwal QC, who is head of the EMEA disputes section for international arbitration and also took silk in 2019. David Robertson was hired from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP primarily to focus on construction arbitration; investment treaty arbitration specialist Andrea Menaker moved to London from the firm's Washington DC office; and James Holden made partner.
Phillip Capper; Aloke Ray QC
Other key lawyers:
‘The team members have different backgrounds and experience, and this makes the team stronger, more innovative and smarter than other teams working on disputes‘.
‘The depth of expertise of the construction disputes team is unparalleled – from partner to junior associate‘.
‘Mark Clarke has a good grasp of the law and is an excellent organiser of resources‘.
‘Clare Connellan is fast, efficient and a quick thinker‘.
- Defended the Russian Federation against a claim by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, who commenced UNCITRAL Rules arbitration proceedings (pursuant to the French-Russian BIT), which include allegations of expropriation, mistreatment and denial of justice.
WilmerHale 'has a near unnerving ability to get to the nub of a complicated dispute and gives very practical advice concerning options for proceeding'. The team is devoted exclusively to international arbitration, handles its own advocacy and is regularly successful in complex, high-value disputes. Gary Born has served as counsel in over 650 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and is currently President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Court of Arbitration; Steven Finizio is particularly focused on investment treaty and public international law (PIL) issues; and Franz Schwarz is global vice-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice. Duncan Speller and Charlie Caher are also key partners.
Gary Born; Franz Schwarz; Rachael Kent
‘Collaboration with WilmerHale is a unique experience and privilege; the team is characterised by its innovative approach, professionalism, attention to detail and excellent analytical skills. These are qualities that guarantee excellent results‘.
‘From an in-house perspective, it is an easy, go-to choice for being in safe hands in just about any complex dispute‘.
‘Gary Born is easily the most capable disputes lawyer alive today – he does a brilliant job‘.
‘Steven Finizio is dedicated, responsible and a great strategist; he inspires enthusiasm with his personality as well as with his proficiency, efficiency, professionalism and ethics‘.
‘Charlie Caher is incredibly capable; he is always on top of the facts of cases and available for discussion‘.
Merck & Co
Allen & Overy LLP 'provides excellent project management and works in diverse teams across jurisdictions and professions'. The practice has a long-established London-based arbitration team, which handles both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. The team is particularly active in arbitrations involving insurance, banking, finance and complex financial products and infrastructure and construction projects. Richard Smith specialises in international arbitration and insurance coverage arbitrations, particularly those conducted under the Bermuda Form insurance policy; gas price arbitration expert Mark Levy QC took silk in 2019; and recently promoted partner James Freeman has significant experience in energy disputes. The other names to note are Kate Davies, along with senior associates Sunil Mawkin, Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf. Suzanne Spears was hired from Volterra Fietta.
Mark Levy QC
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has significant expertise in oil and gas litigation, including price reviews of long-term supply contracts and post-M&A disputes; the team also has experience of more remote jurisdictions, such as Kazakhstan and various jurisdictions in West Africa‘.
‘Mark Levy QC stands out as an expert in pricing disputes‘.
‘James Freeman is very hardworking, diligent and committed‘.
South Stream Transport
Johnson & Johnson
International Finance Corporation
OPEC Fund for International Development
- Acted for Gazprom’s subsidiary, South Stream Transport, in an ICC arbitration with contractor Saipem, which related to a cancelled pipeline project to transport gas from Russia to various European countries.
Clifford Chance LLP is well known for acting in complex and high-value commercial and investment-treaty arbitrations for global corporations and financial institutions. The team recently assisted with several arbitrations under shareholder and finance agreements and construction contracts, and working closely with the firm's Perth and Warsaw offices, it also has a significant investment treaty practice. Audley Sheppard QC is the global co-head of international arbitration and also leads the investment treaty practice; Alex Panayides heads the global dispute resolution practice for the oil and gas and construction sectors; and Rob Lambert has particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, defence and telecoms sectors. Also key to the team are Marie Berard and Jessica Gladstone.
Audley Sheppard QC
Hyundai Heavy Industries
- Defended a consortium of international oil companies in a London ICC arbitration, which involved allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract in relation to the sale of an oil mining licence in Africa.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'has significant expertise and a deep bench, and the practice is remarkably dedicated and committed to client service'. The advocacy-led practice acts for both state and commercial clients in the full range of high-value, international arbitration disputes, and the team has particular government-related experience. Former UK Attorney General Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is managing partner of the London practice, and Wendy Miles QC acts in proceedings in the financial services, manufacturing, telecoms, insurance, construction, energy and natural resources sectors. Tony Dymond and Patrick Taylor are also highly rated. Samantha Rowe made partner, while Aimee-Jane Lee and the recently promoted Akima Paul Lambert and Gavin Chesney are key international counsels.
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC
Other key lawyers:
‘The team’s expertise covers multiple jurisdictions and different legal fields; it is very integrated and the lawyers work seamlessly with each other. There is also a strong sense of internal culture and pride‘.
‘Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is a consummate advocate with brilliant command of detail and process, and he is ably supported by counsels such as Gavin Chesney‘.
‘Wendy Miles QC is dedicated and technically excellent, while also being commercially minded and savvy‘.
‘Tony Dymond is a lawyer’s lawyer; he is thoughtful and able to reduce complex issues to their key components‘.
‘Patrick Taylor is incredibly hardworking, detail-orientated in his analysis, and a powerful and impressive advocate‘.
‘Samantha Rowe provides sharp insight from various angles‘.
‘A standout individual is Aimee-Jane Lee, who has excellent attention to detail and is very smart‘.
The Nova Group Investments
The Russian Federation
The Poddar Brothers
- Represented The Nova Group Investments in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) claim against the Romanian Government, which was under the Netherlands-Romania BIT and related to the purported expropriation of its Romanian assets and breaches of BIT protections.
Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'hugely experienced and has real experts in the field'. The practice is particularly focused on the energy, financial services and telecoms sectors. With significant global reach, it provides multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual advice on complex, high-value international cases, with extensive experience in matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Russia and the CIS region. Kieron O’Callaghan has notable expertise in energy arbitration; and Michael Davison has been advising on high-level arbitrations for approximately 30 years. The other recommended advisers are Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Nathan Searle, along with counsel Jerome Finnis and senior associate Robert Shoesmith. Ben Hornan was promoted to partner and Matthew Knowles was hired as counsel from Stewarts Law LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hogan Lovells has a very strong international arbitration practice‘.
‘Kieron O’Callaghan and Ben Hornan are both excellent‘.
‘Julianne Hughes-Jennett is very good indeed; she is meticulous and thinks carefully about what the client really needs‘.
The AES Corporation
- Acted for subsidiaries of The AES Corporation, a global power company, in an ICC arbitration in London against the Republic of Kazakhstan (ROK), which relates to the approximately $75m payment by ROK for the return of two hydropower plants.
Ashurst 'has an incredibly strong international arbitration team that is a trusted adviser for clients'. It was recently active in disputes involving energy and resources, construction and engineering, the financial sector and investment treaty issues, as well as ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Scandinavia and Africa-related matters. Matthew Saunders heads both the global and London arbitration groups; Tom Cummins, Dyfan Owen and Tim Reid are also highly rated, and Myfanwy Wood is a key senior associate. Tom Duncan joined from Mayer Brown International LLP, Emma Martin became partner and Amy Cable was promoted to senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘It has particularly strong expertise in energy, including biomass, renewables and oil and gas, and the team fully understands the complicated matrix of commercial pressures in the energy sector‘.
‘Matthew Saunders is an excellent lawyer and a first-class advocate. He has a particularly good manner in front of non-English arbitrators‘.
‘Tom Duncan is an outstanding lawyer, with great legal and commercial judgement – clients love his ability to set and navigate a clear strategy to achieve the best possible outcome in commercial and legal terms‘.
‘Particular standout stars in this extremely strong team include Tom Cummins and Tim Reid‘.
‘Emma Martin is really great at case strategy‘.
‘Senior associate Myfanwy Wood is a true powerhouse – clients and counsel alike love her efficiency and ability to focus on the essential elements of a case and drive it forward‘.
Spanish Egyptian Gas Company
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'partners and associates are very well informed about laws and practices and are very aware of the cultural peculiarities and realities of foreign jurisdictions'. The firm was formed in 2018 when Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP merged with Bryan Cave LLP, and the team has a significant track record in disputes relating to Latin America, Russia and the former Soviet Union, central and eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The practice also fields specialists in sectors such as energy and natural resources, construction and engineering, banking and financial institutions, insurance and reinsurance, sport and hotels. George Burn heads the global international arbitration team, which also includes Roman Khodykin, Carol Mulcahy and Mathew Rea, as well as senior associate Claire Morel de Westgaver, associate director Marcus Birch and associate Nadia Hubbuck.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice is very good for Russia-related arbitration and is totally client focused; it leaves no stone unturned and no avenue unexplored when formulating strategy‘.
‘George Burn has strong expertise in international arbitration and timely reactions to developments in cases‘.
‘Roman Khodykin is always available‘.
‘Mathew Rea is intelligent‘.
‘Carol Mulcahy is proactive, exceptionally easy to work with and willing to support clients’ demanding requirements with ease and professionalism‘.
Ingosstrakh Insurance Company
State of Lagos
Water and Sewage Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
Clyde & Co LLP 'has impressive international arbitration experience, its presentation is slick and the lawyers are very tenacious'. The global arbitration group acts in large arbitrations in the UK and internationally, and it has particularly strong expertise in disputes arising in African and Latin American jurisdictions. Peter Hirst and Ben Knowles are co-chairs of the global arbitration group; Maurice Kenton is well known for investment arbitrations under the ICSID Rules, particularly in Africa's mining and oil and gas sectors; and Devika Khanna splits her time between the London and Athens offices. Other key advisers are David Leckie, Lee Bacon, Richard Power and David Reynolds, along with Alejandro Garcia, David Hesse and Ricardo Lewandowski.
Peter Hirst; Ben Knowles
Other key lawyers:
‘This practice has deep experience, and the team is highly intelligent and tactically adept in a practical way‘.
‘Ben Knowles drives the team forward‘.
‘Maurice Kenton is finely legally skilled and willing to apply every required effort to achieve the objective‘.
Shanara Maritime International
Coastline Maritime Pte
- Acted for Shanara Maritime International and Marfield in an investment treaty arbitration against Mexico (under UNCITRAL rules); the proceedings relate to measures adopted by Mexico, including the seizure of vessels.
The arbitration team at CMS is 'extremely dedicated and efficient and supports all legal requirements at short notice'. It is well known for big-ticket instructions where the disputes are of strategic or financial importance to clients, and the practice is able to draw upon experts in consumer products, financial services, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and project finance, life sciences and healthcare, real estate and TMT. The firm also has a growing investor-state arbitration practice. The key partners are Adrian Bell, Richard Bamforth and Jonathan Warne, along with Guy Pendell, Phillip Ashley, Adam Greaves and Sarah Grenfell; at senior associate level, Mark Davison and Kushal Gandhi are experienced practitioners.
Richard Bamforth; Jonathan Warne
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice has a responsive, knowledgeable and proactive team‘.
‘Adrian Bell is a great individual, who brings in a lot of positives to the team and the dispute‘.
Legal & General
Thames Water Utilities
- Advised an offshore contractor in a SIAC arbitration, which involved a claim by an international contractor for breach of a power plant dredging and reclamation contract.
King & Spalding LLP has a large portfolio of complex, high-value arbitrations, with approximately 30 pending arbitrations currently being run out of the firm's London office. The practice acts for many of the world’s largest and best-known corporations and governments, and it boasts three silks in Thomas Sprange QC, Stuart Isaacs QC and John Savage QC, who specialise in international arbitration and conduct their own advocacy. Also highly rated are Ruth Byrne, whose practice is particularly focused on energy, and Egishe Dzhazoyan, who specialises in arbitration matters involving Russia and the CIS. Giorgio Mandelli was hired from Volterra Fietta, while Nicholas Cherryman left for Kobre & Kim LLP.
Thomas Sprange QC; John Savage QC
Obrascón Huarte Lain
Emirates International Investment Company
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Government of Turkey
Islamic Development Bank
Shell Philippines Exploration
- The team successfully represented oil giant Reliance Industries in a $1.7bn UNCITRAL case, which related to a production sharing contract with the Indian Government.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 'has a brilliant arbitration team of the highest calibre and its lawyers are very passionate about their clients' successes'. It handles high-profile international arbitration cases across the globe, including both ad hoc and institutional proceedings; the team recently received new instructions emanating from the Asian market as well as in areas such as telecoms, infrastructure projects, shipping and pharmaceuticals. It also frequently advises on complex PIL questions. Christopher Colbridge, who has particular expertise in investor-state arbitrations, heads the London international arbitration practice, which also includes Rajinder Bassi, Jonathan Newman and Philipp Kurek.
‘The firm has great international arbitration experience‘.
‘Christopher Colbridge has superstar quality and is a leading figure in the field; he is a virtuoso lawyer at the top of his game and an absolutely superb tactician‘.
‘Chiraag Shah is another star in the firm; he is dedicated to his cases, totally unflappable and exudes confidence. He has the energy of three people and is tireless in achieving the best results for clients‘.
‘Rajinder Bassi is an excellent lawyer and good tactician‘.
‘Philipp Kurek is knowledgeable‘.
‘Jonathan Newman is able to think outside the box, which is why clients trust him and take his advice‘.
The Boeing Company
Ping An Insurance
ICS Inspection and Control Services
Alvarez & Marsal
Latham & Watkins' London team advises on the full scope of international arbitration matters, including multi-jurisdictional disputes, international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and PIL matters. It stands out for its assistance to significant oil, gas and nuclear companies. Sophie Lamb QC is a global co-chair of the international arbitration practice and Oliver Browne is the chair of the London litigation and trial practice. The other names to note are Philip Clifford QC, PIL expert Charles Claypoole and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who divides his time between London and Hamburg. Samuel Pape and Robert Price are experienced associates. Former counsel Charles Courtenay left for Michelmores LLP.
Sophie Lamb QC
Other key lawyers:
‘They have great work and a great team‘.
‘Philip Clifford QC and Oliver Browne are really impressive for the personal involvement and attention they give to cases, the speed of their responses and the quality of their legal advice and work‘.
Indorama International Finance
Mobile TeleSystems Finance
Sri Trang Agro Group
Travis Coal Restructured Holdings
ABN AMRO Bank
- Defended Ukraine in a high-value arbitration that was brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Linklaters LLP's lawyers 'demonstrate an impressive hands-on approach that is very useful during proceedings'. The practice acts for multinational companies and sovereign states in complex, high-value international arbitrations and is particularly focused on the oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms sectors. Matthew Weiniger QC is co-head of the global international arbitration practice; Tom Lidstrom is an energy sector arbitration expert, who is also recommended for post-M&A arbitration; and Ben Carroll specialises in the energy and mining sectors. In 2018, Teresa Laboucarié-Polak and Jacqueline Chaplin were appointed partner and counsel, respectively.
Matthew Weiniger QC
‘The practice is exceptional; it has a strong academic and professional background and is always ready to make the best argument, discuss the best strategy and guarantee the best legal representation‘.
‘Matthew Weiniger QC is one of the most active London lawyers in the CIS region. He understands how to tackle the most complex issues‘.
‘Tom Lidstrom delivers a top-class service and has a clear understanding of clients’ needs and how to manage them successfully‘.
‘Ben Carroll is a confident leader and very experienced professional‘.
Bank of New York Mellon
Norton Rose Fulbright's 'experience in a multitude of matters makes it the team to have by a client's side in any dispute'. The London team has particular experience in growth markets such as Hong Kong, mainland China and greater Asia, India, the Middle East and the CIS. It also acts across the firm’s key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Sherina Petit leads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and heads the firm’s India practice globally. James Rogers currently has the busiest arbitration case load in the London office. Also highly regarded are Patrick Farrell, Neil Miller, Donald Warnock, Philip Roche and Patrick Bourke; Matthew Buckle is an experienced senior associate. Irina Tymczyszyn left to become a full-time international arbitrator.
Other key lawyers:
‘Having handled so many diverse cases, clients have the comfort that the team has the answer for any situation – not to mention that it is very thorough, keen on procedure and proficient when it comes to substantial law issues‘.
‘James Rogers and senior associate Mathew Buckle are true professionals, with solid knowledge of international arbitration practice and a good sense of the business‘.
Alfasi Steel Constructions
- Defended Spanish construction company Sacyr (the lead member of the consortium that undertook the Panama Canal’s expansion) in ICC arbitration proceedings in Miami, which were brought by the Panama Canal Authority for the return of advance payments of over $800m.
Pinsent Masons LLP is 'notable for its breadth of expertise and experience in international arbitration, as well as its efficient case management'. The international arbitration practice fields specialists in the energy, infrastructure, technology and financial services sectors. Mark Roe is international arbitration head and Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head; other experienced practitioners are Katharine Davies, Jason Hambury, Alistair Calvert, Gurmukh Riyat and Jean-François Le Gal. The senior associates to note are Clea Bigelow-Nuttall, Daniel Gardiner and Cécile Tangy, while construction disputes senior associate Richard Ashmore joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
Mark Roe; Michael Fenn
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has the ability to adapt to the changing circumstances of the project and clients‘.
‘Michael Fenn is excellent at working within a team, both with other lawyers and with clients‘.
‘Katharine Davies is a lawyer clients absolutely want on their side‘.
‘Jean-François Le Gal is a standout practitioner; he has carved out a stellar reputation and is extremely bright‘.
Jacobs Engineering Group
GMR Maldives International Airport
The Home Office
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 'has a good mix of excellent lawyers, with great technical expertise and commercial ability'. The practice is well known for handling mega-value arbitrations involving the oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms, construction and infrastructure sectors. Stephen Jagusch QC is global chair of the firm's international arbitration practice; Anthony Sinclair specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and PIL matters; and Epaminontas Triantafilou's experience covers disputes under international treaties, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, patent licensing, construction and financial instrument covenants. Other key advisers are international trial practice chair Sue Prevezer QC, Ted Greeno, Nick Marsh, James Bremen and Alex Gerbi, while Hanna Roos and Mark Grasso are notable of counsels.
Stephen Jagusch QC; Anthony Sinclair; Epaminontas Triantafilou
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm’s work product is always excellent, and the lawyers leave no stone unturned‘.
MIC Africa and Millicom International Cellular
Geita Gold Mine
AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana)
- Represented AngloGold Ashanti’s local Ghanaian subsidiary in a high-value ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ghana, which related to a concession agreement.
Simmons & Simmons' team 'works seamlessly internationally using partners and staff from across the firm's offices'. It regularly acts in arbitration proceedings that involve complex points of law that have industry-wide interest in key sectors such as TMT, financial institutions, energy and infrastructure. The international arbitration group is led by Stuart Dutson, and Jayne Bentham acts in large and complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, particularly in the telecoms and energy sectors. Other key advisers are managing associates Basil Woodd-Walker and Minesh Tanna. Simon Morgan retired from the practice in 2018; and Philip Norman, who worked in the firm's Dubai and Doha offices for several years, recently returned to the London office but left for Covington & Burling LLP in Dubai in 2019.
‘The practice has great breadth of experience and knowledge‘.
‘Stuart Dutson is full of energy and never seems to miss a trick‘.
‘Jayne Bentham and managing associate Basil Woodd-Walker are both excellent at thinking through a case and managing it strategically and tactically‘.
Government of the Republic of Indonesia
Sodexo Pass International
China Export & Credit Insurance
Kier Infrastructure and Overseas
- Acted for the Indonesian Government in an arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys under the India-Indonesia BIT, which concerns an investment in a coal mining project.
Stephenson Harwood is 'devoted to cases and to its relationships with clients, and the practice has the ability to identify the appropriate work team and resources to dedicate to a case'. Its distinguishing features include arbitration strengths in shipping and construction teams as well as sector strengths in energy, natural resources, aviation, infrastructure, construction, banking and telecoms; the firm also has significant Africa and India practices, and regularly acts in Russia and CIS matters. Louis Flannery QC is international arbitration group head, Kamal Shah runs the Africa and India practices, Shai Wade has particularly strong expertise in oil and gas-sector disputes, and Vivek Kapoor is an experienced senior associate. Former counsel Duncan Bagshaw left for Howard Kennedy LLP.
Louis Flannery QC
‘The team is very progressive; it has a keen interest in what happens in Africa, which places it in an advantageous position for understanding the work streams originating from the continent‘.
‘Louis Flannery QC is a true arbitration insider, with in-depth knowledge of the subject and considerable and unique flair‘.
‘Kamal Shah is highly experienced in Africa and India-related arbitrations’.
‘Shai Wade is a first-tier practitioner in London with an international view – a quick thinker who is solutions oriented and has fine tactical litigation skills‘.
Nigerian National Petroleum
Emerald Energy Resources
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Petróleos de Venezuela
Shareholders of Yukos Oil Company
Symbion Power Tanzania
- Acted for an African conglomerate in an arbitration that arose out of a joint venture to create a $5bn real estate development.
Akin Gump LLP 'has an excellent all-round arbitration practice that is very adept at making London-seated arbitrations under English law intelligible to international clients'. It handles complex, high-stakes international commercial arbitrations and BIT disputes for multinational corporations and sovereign governments around the world. The practice has particular experience in oil and gas, power generation and telecoms. Justin Williams leads the worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, which also includes Hamish Lal, Kambiz Larizadeh, Richard Hornshaw and counsel Jenny Arlington.
‘The team manages to attract high-quality arbitration work year after year; it shows excellent commercial awareness and in-depth understanding of clients’ needs and priorities’.
‘Justin Williams is a great strategic thinker, who is very experienced and has a superb grasp of the big picture; he is also calmness personified when under heavy fire‘.
China State Construction Engineering
Bridgestone Licensing Services and Bridgestone Americas
The Liquidators of OWBBunkers (South Africa)
The Government of Ras Al Khaimah
- In one of the first investor-state cases relating to IP investments, the team acted for Bridgestone in a dispute that arose out of a Panamanian Supreme Court decision, which ordered Bridgestone to pay damages to a Panamanian tyre company for opposing a confusingly similar trade mark application.
Arnold & Porter 'has a solid legal team that is able to provide sound legal strategies in complex issues'. The practice acts in both investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations in relation to a variety of industry sectors, including energy, mining, biotechnology, construction, shipping, hospitality and banking. Dmitri Evseev, David Reed and Patricio Grané Labat are the principal contacts, and Monty Taylor is an experienced senior associate. Jane Wessel was hired from Shepherd and Wedderburn.
Dmitri Evseev; Patricio Grané Labat; David Reed
‘The practice’s experience and intelligence are impressive‘.
‘Dmitri Evseev is a top professional with brilliant analytical skills, sharp thinking and vast knowledge‘.
‘Patricio Grané Labat has a sharp legal mind and is able to process and communicate appropriate strategies involving complex issues‘.
‘David Reed is thorough, very easy to work with and enormously supportive‘.
‘Monty Taylor is a standout senior associate who is fiercely clever and very appreciated by both clients and counsel – he is on his way up both within the firm and the arbitration world more generally‘.
Republic of Bulgaria
Republic of Costa Rica
Kingdom of Thailand
Republic of Peru
Republic of Panama
Republic of Chile
Republic of the Philippines
Republic of Korea
The Dominican Republic
Republic of Colombia
- Represented the Czech Republic, as respondent, in eight separate renewable energy sector-related investment-treaty arbitrations.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP routinely acts in large, high-value, high-profile arbitrations, and the geographic footprint of the London office's work includes Latin America, Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Jay Alexander is global practice co-head and Alejandro Escobar and Johannes Koepp are widely respected practitioners; Dorine Farah made partner in 2019.
Republic of Costa Rica
Republic of Ecuador
Eurasian Pipeline Consortium
Samsung Engineering and Construction
Baker McKenzie is known for handling complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Its areas of expertise include financial, M&A and construction arbitrations; the firm has expanding energy, mining and infrastructure dispute practices, and its regional experience includes the Middle East, the CIS and Africa. Steve Abraham leads the EMEA dispute resolution practice, and Edward Poulton is particularly noted for financial services and M&A-related disputes. Andy Moody and Kate Corby are also highly regarded, while Judith Mulholland and Richard Molesworth are experienced associates.
Steve Abraham; Edward Poulton
Standard Chartered Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
Taiwan Business Bank
Daily Mail General Trust
Edwardian Hotels Group
- Advised Nyrstar on high-value LCIA proceedings that related to a dispute over legacy mining contracts in Australia.
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP 'has vast international experience and the dynamic team comprises smart, tactically savvy lawyers'. Dominic Roughton has particular disputes expertise in natural resources, joint venture and shareholder issues within the energy and mining sectors, Kenneth Beale has advised on over 100 high-stakes international commercial and investor-state arbitrations throughout the world, and Natasha Harrison is London office managing partner. Nathalie Allen Prince is an experienced counsel, David Hunt is the associate to note, and Will Hooker was promoted to partner.
Dominic Roughton; Kenneth Beale
‘Kenneth Beale is very bright – a quick thinker and strategically strong, he is also experienced in handling high-volume cases‘.
‘Dominic Roughton is a tireless worker who is decisive and legally and commercially knowledgeable and experienced‘.
‘Will Hooker is very capable‘.
‘Counsel Nathalie Allen Prince is very smart, diligent and experienced in working on multi-jurisdictional disputes‘.
‘Associate David Hunt is an extremely clever lawyer‘.
Korek International Management
Silver Point Capital
M&G Investment Management
Contrarian Capital Management
Sirwan Saber Mustafa
Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings
- Acted for Oleg Deripaska, one of Russia’s most prominent businessmen, in a high-profile investor-state claim against the State of Montenegro under the Russia–Montenegro BIT.
DLA Piper's 'very engaged team is competent, knowledgeable and willing to keep long hours on assignments'. The practice has particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors, and fields an experienced team of investment treaty disputes lawyers. It also has significant geographical reach on the African continent. Philip Chong is particularly recognised for his expertise in energy and infrastructure related disputes; the other key practitioners are Kate Cervantes-Knox, James Carter, Edward Shaw and of counsel Ben Sanderson. Christina Lawrence was promoted to the partnership, and construction, project and engineering disputes expert Anna Mills was hired from Hogan Lovells International LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘The excellent arbitration team has experience in a broad range of cases, including very complex, high-value disputes with significant profiles; it also has an impressive ability to tap into expertise across the firm’s range of international offices‘.
‘Philip Chong is a tactically astute, thoughtful and heavy-hitting leader in London‘.
‘Kate Cervantes-Knox and of counsel Ben Sanderson are excellent at running international arbitrations that involve large teams of lawyers based in different countries‘.
‘James Carter is a highly capable and hardworking younger partner‘.
‘Associate Gemma Read has a real eye for detail‘.
Government of Ghana
Republic of Kenya
Standard Chartered Bank
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Republic of Guinea
Republic of Zambia
- Acted for Gazprom in relation to a series of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) arbitration proceedings, which related to the supply and transit of gas.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Cyrus Benson has particular experience in telecoms, oil and gas and financial services disputes; Penny Madden QC is recommended for disputes involving shareholders, share purchase agreements, telecoms, media and international trade, and has wide-ranging experience in investment treaty arbitration; and Jeffrey Sullivan specialises in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Also highly regarded are Osma Hudda, Doug Watson and of counsel Sarah Wazen.
Penny Madden QC; Cyrus Benson
Corral Morocco Holdings
Centerbridge Partners Europe
Mayer Brown International LLP's 'excellent, client-oriented and available practice' fields arbitration experts in post-M&A, international joint venture and energy-related disputes and investment treaty matters. Head of the international arbitration group in London Raid Abu-Manneh is also co-head of the global group; Kwadwo Sarkodie regularly advises on international arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA rules; and Miles Robinson represents clients in substantial contractual and commercial claims, often with a cross-border element. Also highly regarded are Mark Stefanini and James Morris, while Joseph Otoo and Rachael O’Grady are experienced senior associates. Tom Duncan left for Ashurst.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has special expertise in construction disputes all over the world‘.
‘Raid Abu-Manneh deserves special mention for his exceptional ability‘.
‘Kwadwo Sarkodie is an impressive legal expert in this field‘.
‘Senior associate Rachael O’Grady is successful because of her commitment, research skills, writing ability and judgement‘.
- Acted for a government in its attempt to annul an ICSID award.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'knows what clients want and works hard to deliver'. The practice has experience across ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings in multiple languages and under a variety of arbitral rules and governing laws, and is particularly focused on the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors. Mark Beeley is an energy disputes specialist and Maria Frangeskides is noted for commercial fraud and energy-related disputes. James Hargrove is also a key contact, along with senior associates Amanda Voss, Sarah Stockley and Marcus Holmstroem.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP's 'friendly team is approachable, extremely helpful and very pragmatic'. Its sector focus for arbitration work includes energy, financial services, digital business, construction and infrastructure. The team also has particular experience in the Middle East, Russia, the CIS and eastern Europe. Greg Fullelove heads the international group worldwide, Adrian Lifely is a former co-head of the international arbitration practice, Rob Horne is an energy and infrastructure arbitration specialist, and Artem Doudko is very experienced in Russia and CIS-related arbitrations.
‘The team has demonstrated that it has wide experience in providing responsive, sophisticated and tailor-made legal advice‘.
‘Greg Fullelove is at the top of his game‘.
‘Adrian Lifely has a wealth of experience in all kinds of disputes and provides great insights to clients‘.
‘Artem Doudko is not just an excellent lawyer who provides proper legal advice, but he can also see the full picture and propose combinations of steps that help clients achieve their main objective‘.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP 'has real sectoral strength and highly skilled practitioners'. The practice has expertise across key commercial arbitration centres globally, as well as a highly rated investment treaty arbitration practice. It recently experienced particular growth in construction and infrastructure-related disputes, as well as pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Gautam Bhattacharyya and Vincent Rowan are joint deputy heads of the firm's global international arbitration practice, which also includes Belinda Paisley, who is particularly focused on state-investor disputes, Korea group head Alex Andrews, construction expert Shareena Edmonds, and senior associate Simon Greer.
Gautam Bhattacharyya; Vincent Rowan
‘The Reed Smith investment treaty arbitration team is a world-class practice, which frequently acts on high-profile disputes that raise novel questions of public international law‘.
‘Belinda Paisley is really creative, very persistent, fights very hard and achieves excellent results‘.
‘Vincent Rowan knows very well not only the procedure of arbitration itself, but the strategy to be taken during stages where a dispute is arising’.
Shearman & Sterling LLP frequently acts in high-profile and high-value international arbitrations, and the firm also has a robust investment treaty practice. Mark McNeill heads the London international arbitration team and is highly rated for his representation of companies and states in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Also key to the group are Alexander Uff, recently promoted Latin America specialist Ximena Herrera-Bernal and counsels Tsegaye Laurendeau and Margaret Clare Ryan.
Emmanuel Gaillard; Yas Banifatemi; Mark McNeill
Arab Republic of Egypt
- Represented Alverley Investments and Germen Properties, as claimants, in an ICSID, BIT-related arbitration against Romania, which related to a high-value commercial and residential real estate project.
Squire Patton Boggs is 'very good for both strategic and technical issues as well as financial matters'. The practice has a significant track record in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitration, including acting for buyers in natural gas price review disputes. Ben Holland is an energy arbitration specialist; James Barratt acts for governments, international organisations and multinationals; Peter Crossley is London international dispute resolution practice head; and global co-international dispute resolution chair George von Mehren divides his time between London and Cleveland. Alexis Martinez is also a key contact, and Max Rockall and senior associate Bernhard Maier were recently promoted.
George von Mehren; Peter Crossley
‘The team is highly supportive of its clients‘.
‘Ben Holland is exceptionally open and attentive to details; he explains the reasons behind the options on the table, each consequence and the reasoning of proposed actions‘.
‘George von Mehren is hugely experienced and manages his team brilliantly and with a light touch‘.
‘James Barratt is very experienced, knowledgeable and has a great intellect‘.
‘Max Rockall is heavily dedicated and clearly on top of all aspects of cases – he will go far‘.
- Acted for Overgas, a Bulgarian gas supplier, in a number of disputes with Russia’s Gazprom Export over the supply of natural gas.
Addleshaw Goddard is noted for its 'very good and astute use of the Bar'. The practice acts in major international arbitrations in relation to energy, life sciences, construction and insurance. Simon Kamstra is international arbitration head, Jon Tweedale is focused on energy and life sciences disputes and Sarah Vasani is experienced in investor-state arbitrations.
‘The team has real technical expertise and does very good work‘.
‘Simon Kamstra is excellent and knowledgeable and doesn’t blow his own trumpet‘.
‘Jon Tweedale is a very solid lawyer‘.
‘Sarah Vasani is among the best of her generation‘.
The Estate of Ms Boonsom Boonyanit
- Actied for The Estate of Ms Boonsom Boonyanit in relation to claims under the 1987 ASEAN Agreement.
Bird & Bird LLP's 'very helpful team works diligently on its fact gathering, analysis and presentation via written submissions and during hearings'. It acts in complex and high-value arbitrations in sectors such as technology, telecoms and life sciences, and in addition to commercial arbitration the group advises on investor-state arbitrations. Garreth Wong, Sophie Eyre, Jonathan Speed and Peter Knight are the key names.
Garreth Wong; Peter Knight
‘Garreth Wong’s assistance is highly appreciated‘.
Montrose Developments (Private)
- Acted as lead counsel in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving a $680m LCIA arbitration, which related to a joint venture investment in a major oil and gas company.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's 'very strong London office' is well known for advising sovereigns and global corporations in high-value, complex, cross-border international arbitrations in key arbitral arenas, including London, Paris, New York and The Hague. Its senior team includes Christopher Moore, David Sabel, Jonathan Kelly, Sunil Gadhia and James Norris Jones. Jonathan Blackman divides his time between London and New York, and the key counsels are Cameron Murphy and Milo Molfa. James Brady made partner in 2019.
Cooley (UK) LLP's 'practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results'. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark Everiss, Mark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David Kendall, Kevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.
James Maton; Mark Everiss
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is quite exceptional‘.
‘David Kendall is one of the best tacticians in the business‘.
‘Christophe Bondy achieves significant successes for clients‘.
Odyssey Marine Exploration
Tata Steel UK
The Rock Group
West African Aquaculture
XL Insurance (Bermuda)
- Acted for XL Insurance (Bermuda) (and others) in a group of Bermuda Form arbitrations, which arose out of a range of claims surrounding medical devices, pharmaceuticals, terrorism and construction.
Dentons is 'vastly experienced, has strength in depth and always fights for clients' interests'. The firm's international arbitration specialists are recognised for their particular expertise in emerging markets such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, central and eastern Europe and the CIS. Liz Tout heads the dispute resolution team in London; London and Moscow-based Dominic Pellew is noted for matters involving Russian and CIS parties; and Dan Bodle has helped develop the firm's growing African disputes practice. Other key advisers are counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder. James Langley was promoted to partner.
‘The team gets to grips with all the issues, including non-legal ones‘.
‘Liz Tout is very experienced, has an excellent reputation and gets to the nub of issues‘.
‘New partner James Langley is very good‘.
‘Senior associate Catherine Gilfedder deserves special mention‘.
Government of India
Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Low Carbon Contracts Company
- Acted in five separate arbitrations for Posco Daewoo for the recovery of debts that were due under claim assignment agreements.
Enyo Law LLP
Enyo Law LLP is a conflict-free, specialist litigation and arbitration law firm that is 'well integrated, very professional and thorough'; its clients include states, central banks, sovereign wealth, hedge and private equity funds and high-net-worth individuals. Jonathan Brook, Tim Elliss, George Maling, Marcus Rutherford and of counsel Daniel Levy are the key advisers. Evgeniya Rubinina - who is admitted to practise in New York and Russia, in addition to England & Wales - joined the team as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in October 2019.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, and the practice has particular experience of challenging jurisdictions in emerging markets. Jonathan Leach is the UK international arbitration and PIL head; Mark Howarth in Leeds acts in international commercial arbitration proceedings across the energy and industrials sectors; and Greg Falkof focuses on disputes in the oil and gas, construction and infrastructure sectors, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. Cameron Forsaith is an experienced principal associate and senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam joined from LALIVE's Geneva office.
State of Libya
Islamic Republic of Iran
National Iranian Oil Company
Royal Dutch Shell
- Represented National Iranian Oil Company, as respondent, in a large oil and gas arbitration, which related to the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE.
Fenwick Elliott LLP 'covers the broad range of skill sets required in arbitration proceedings'. The practice is best known for its international arbitration work involving large-scale, high-value and high-profile international construction, infrastructure and energy projects. In 2018, it advised on arbitrations surrounding projects throughout the Middle East, as well as eastern and central Europe and South America. Richard Smellie, Nicholas Gould, Tony Francis, Simon Tolson and Jeremy Glover are experienced advisers; other key contacts are Thomas Young and Lyndon Smith.
Simon Tolson; Tony Francis; Richard Smellie; Nicholas Gould
‘The firm’s specialist lawyers are highly skilled, very knowledgeable and understand clients’ needs‘.
‘Richard Smellie is an incredibly diligent and hardworking partner, who really takes charge of big cases‘.
‘Nicholas Gould is appreciated for his calmness in assessing other parties’ strengths and weaknesses, and for developing the appropriate strategy at the right time‘.
‘Jeremy Glover is highly dedicated‘.
Fieldfisher 'has a strong team of subject matter experts', and it is best known for acting in high-value commercial and investor-state arbitrations for and against ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporations from the former CIS region. Simon Sloane has over 20 years' international arbitration experience across Europe, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Asia, and Colin Gibson is dispute resolution head. Other experienced practitioners are Alexandra Underwood, Daniel Hayward and recently promoted Tracey Wright, while Jonathan Hofstetter and Richard Waugh are key advisers in Birmingham. Former international arbitration practice head Simon Moore retired from the firm.
Simon Sloane; Colin Gibson
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is extremely professional and delivers high-quality work‘.
‘Simon Sloane is exceptional, has a commanding presence and provides inspiring leadership to his team‘.
‘Colin Gibson is an outstanding practitioner with infallible tactical instincts‘.
‘Daniel Hayward has really good knowledge of practice and procedure‘.
- Represented Littop Enterprises (and related companies) in a high-value arbitration against a state-owned gas company.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'highly skilled team has great strategic thinkers, who masterfully manage complex arbitrations'. The practice handles a wide range of high-value international arbitration matters for multinational corporations, international organisations, high-net-worth individuals and sovereign entities. Justin Michaelson has been involved in high-profile disputes involving Russia and CIS countries, and James Kitching regularly advises on significant arbitrations involving US-headquartered companies and financial institutions.
Justin Michaelson; James Kitching
‘The team is highly effective in coordinating with local counsel to ensure that preparations and filings comply with local rules’.
‘The outstanding Justin Michaelson is always available‘.
‘James Kitching is a highly intelligent, skilled manager of complex matters‘.
Goldman Sachs International
- Acted as counsel to Cerner in a $1.3bn dispute, which resulted from the repudiation by the UK Government of a contract with Fujitsu Services.
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'passionate about the defence of its clients; the team is also extremely efficient and business minded'. It is particularly experienced in international arbitration work involving the offshore and marine construction, energy (especially oil and gas) and construction sectors. Melanie Willems is London head of international arbitration and William Cecil heads the contentious department; the other key names are Markus Esly, Andreas Dracoulis and counsel Robert Blackett.
Melanie Willems; William Cecil
‘The team is dynamic, wonderful to work with and understands the big picture‘.
‘Melanie Willems is exceptionally driven, energetic and able to anticipate what clients want‘.
‘Markus Esly is intelligent, industrious and has his head on his shoulders‘.
HFW is best known for its international arbitration experience in relation to shipping and aviation, international trade, energy and commodities; other areas of strength include insurance and reinsurance, financial services and construction. The names to note are Damian Honey, Katie Pritchard, Alistair Feeney, Costas Frangeskides and Max Wieliczko.
Jones Day's Baiju Vasani focuses exclusively on international arbitration; he has particular experience in arbitrations involving mining, energy, oil and gas, cement, telecoms, construction and other large-scale project disputes. Also highly rated is Sylvia Tonova, who represents investors and states in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations and has extensive experience under all the major arbitration rules. Tatiana Minaeva is a widely respected of counsel.
K&L Gates LLP
The 'very experienced' London international arbitration team at K&L Gates LLP 'has great international reach' and is the primary global hub for the firm's international arbitration cases, which include large-scale and high-value commercial investment treaty arbitrations. The team was recently active in cases involving the insurance coverage, construction, pharmaceuticals and sports sectors. Ian Meredith co-ordinates the global arbitration practice, which also fields John Magnin, Peter Morton, Matthew Smith and Martin King, along with Clarissa Coleman, London and Warsaw-based Wojciech Sadowski and Matthew Walker, who splits his time between London and Doha. Energy disputes partner Jeremy Farr joined from Ince & Co.
Ian Meredith; John Magnin
Other key lawyers:
‘Top class for international arbitration‘.
‘Clarissa Coleman is clever, tenacious, energetic and a great team manager‘.
‘Jeremy Farr has the ideal blend of technical legal knowledge and a strong commercial, pragmatic approach‘.
- Instructed by Halliburton in a significant case that deals with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons has significant sector expertise in construction, international trade, energy, financial services, telecoms, media, retail and banking, and the team frequently assists with disputes involving China, Russia and the CIS region. Dorothy Murray is an investment and commercial arbitration specialist and Andrei Yakovlev, who divides his time between the London and Dubai offices, acts in disputes involving foreign investment, sovereign and corporate finance and M&A. Wilson Antoon was promoted to of counsel.
Andrei Yakovlev; Dorothy Murray
Other key lawyers:
Government of Ukraine
- Represented the Government of Ukraine in an ICSID dispute brought by English property company Krederi, which involved alleged rights relating to the development of a hotel, shopping centre and apartment complex.
RPC 'has a very able mix of partners and associates'. The practice has specialisms in construction and engineering, international trade, finance, transport, IP, energy and insurance and reinsurance. Jonathan Wood heads the international arbitration group and has handled numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitrations as counsel; Stuart Shepherd is a commodities disputes expert; and David Cran specialises in IP and technology matters.
‘Jonathan Wood is a star arbitration partner – he is simply superb‘.
Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading
- Defended Dukkar against an oil sale contract arbitration claim by BP.
Signature Litigation LLP's 'tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates'. It fields specialist arbitration lawyers who are experienced in high-value, complex international arbitrations. Natalia Chumak has a particular focus on CIS-related matters; Ioannis Alexopoulos is well known for joint venture and shareholder disputes, business break-ups and fraud and banking disputes; and Josh Wong is recommended for security, asset tracing and enforcement actions that involve multiple jurisdictions. Counsel Neil Newing and senior associate Nick Storrs are also key advisers.
Natalia Chumak; Ioannis Alexopoulos
‘The team has a strong appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of cases and how best to approach difficult issues‘.
‘Ioannis Alexopoulos is a great litigator who offers his advice on the basis of the commercial goals that clients set‘.
‘Josh Wong is an excellent lawyer, who is hardworking and has a clear vision‘.
‘Senior associate Nick Storrs is very clever and insightful‘.
Slaughter and May's arbitration team 'is highly experienced and of uniformly high calibre, from partners to associates and trainees'. The team is best known for its assistance with particularly challenging arbitrations that threaten clients’ existence or positions in the market. Damian Taylor and James Stacey co-head the international arbitration group, and Efstathios Michael has conducted arbitrations under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA and SIAC. At senior associate level, Megan Sandler and Peter Wickham are experienced advisers.
James Stacey; Damian Taylor
‘The quality of the lawyers’ written work product is exceptional, and they react quickly to developments and fully engage with all elements of the process‘.
‘James Stacey and Damian Taylor deliver excellent strategic thinking and they manage complex litigation very efficiently‘.
Standard Life Aberdeen
- Acted for Standard Life Aberdeen in a contractual dispute involving investment management agreements.
Stewarts Law LLP 'has a very strong team of international arbitration practitioners with genuine experience and expertise across different areas of practice'. The team regularly attracts conflicts-based referral work, as well as instructions from previous cases' co-counsel and repeat business from existing clients. Philippa Charles leads the international arbitration department, which also showcases Ian Gatt QC, David Hughes and senior associate Veronica Connolly. Daniel Wilmot, whose primary focus is Africa-related disputes and the oil and gas sector, joined as partner from White & Case LLP, while Matthew Knowles left for Hogan Lovells International LLP.
‘The team is excellent – conflict free, flexible and very able‘.
‘Philippa Charles is a standout practitioner, who is extremely bright and able to lead on a case in a manner that seems effortless‘.
‘Senior associate Veronica Connolly is a rising star in international arbitration, with outstanding analytical and presentational skills‘.
Government of the Republic of Poland
- Represented the Government of the Republic of Poland in proceedings to set aside the enforcement of a $120m-plus award, which was obtained in a BIT arbitration against Poland by PL Holdings.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP 'produces excellent work and is fully available to clients'. The practice is well known for its significant energy sector roots, but it has also expanded into advising financial services, technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceutical, infrastructure, construction and engineering clients. In addition, the firm has a robust investor-state arbitration practice. James Loftis leads the group from Houston; the London names to note are Nick Henchie, Louise Woods and Alexander Slade, who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Georgina Barlow.
‘It is a great team that has broad knowledge of arbitration and the oil and gas industry‘.
‘Nick Henchie is an exceptional lawyer‘.
‘Louise Woods is an excellent lawyer who is very sharp and easily accessible‘.
‘Senior associate Georgina Barlow stays on top of everything and handles pressure very well‘.
Panama Canal Authority
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq
- Represented the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq (and its agency, SOMO) in the arbitration of a dispute concerning the operation of the Iraq-Turkey pipeline.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP 'works with great efficiency, communicating well both internally and to clients and counsel'. The international arbitration practice benefits from the firm's strong presence in finance, shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities. It also acts in arbitration work for and against states and that involves political risks, CIS-based fraud issues and the full range of corporate and commercial disputes. The key partners are Andrew Hutcheon, Andrew Ward, Charles Buss, Rebecca Williams and Rob Fidoe. Andrew Savage left for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.
A substantial part of Winston & Strawn LLP's docket includes large-scale infrastructure disputes, including energy, power and transportation projects. The firm 'has an outstanding arbitration practice' that fields Michael Stepek, who is highly rated for international commercial and investment treaty arbitration; also key to the group are Matthew Bate and international arbitration practice chair Ricardo Ugarte, who divides his time between Chicago and London. Daniel Meagher made partner in 2018.
Ricardo Ugarte; Michael Stepek
‘This is a really good arbitration team‘.
‘Michael Stepek is an excellent lawyer, who is very well prepared, quick on his feet when necessary, but also reasonable and measured in arguments‘.
‘Matthew Bate is extremely good and writes excellent briefs‘.
Century Bridge Capital
Dominion Minerals Corp
The Republic of Ecuador
- Represented Dominion Minerals Corp (DMC) in its claim (pursuant to the US’ treaty with Panama) over DMC’s investment in a copper and gold concession.
Withers LLP 'impresses clients with the quality of the team it assembles and the hard work that everyone puts in'. The group is well known for its experience in the energy, infrastructure and mining and metals industries, and for acting for and against sovereign states in investor-state arbitrations, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. The firm is also historically recognised for arbitration work in the hotels and luxury sectors, and it has a strong focus on arbitration in Russia and CIS countries. Hussein Haeri and Eleni Polycarpou are the co-international arbitration heads; Tatiana Menshenina is also an experienced practitioner, while Robert Kovacs and Camilla Gambarini are the associates to note.
Hussein Haeri; Eleni Polycarpou
‘The team at Withers is very experienced in a wide variety of international arbitration matters‘.
‘Hussein Haeri is highly effective in quickly understanding extremely complex cases, which allows him to provide excellent guidance and support from the outset‘.
‘Eleni Polycarpou is an experienced expert in the field of international arbitration and is skilled at dealing with the most difficult clients‘.
- Represented Germany’s Scholz in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Morocco, which involved issues of expropriation and discrimination in relation to a ferrous metals recycling investment in Morocco.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is 'an impressive disputes boutique with some excellent up-and-coming arbitration practitioners making a name for themselves in complex international disputes against much bigger opponents'. It specialises in commercial and financial disputes, and the practice is generally free of conflicts of interest. Daniel Burbeary is particularly noted for matters involving China, Russia and the CIS region, and Marc Keidan and Sinead O’Callaghan are also active practitioners. Arish Bharucha is an experienced senior associate.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP regularly serves as lead counsel in international commercial arbitrations and multilateral and BIT cases, which arise from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and North America. Jeremy Wilson is global co-chair of the firm's international arbitration practice, which also includes Craig Pollack, Greg Lascelles and senior of counsel Stephen Bond. Of counsel Monique O’Donoghue was hired from K&L Gates LLP.
DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'technical knowledge is very good and the team manages clients' expectations very well'. The international arbitration group has specialist teams in insurance and construction disputes, as well as commercial dispute resolution. The main advisers are Ken Forsyth, Anthony Menzies, Julian Miller, Rachel Cropper-Mawer and Michael Blackburne. Former consultant Rowan Planterose left for 3PB.
Fietta LLP 'has a large case load and has talent from top to bottom'. The firm is widely respected for its experience in investor-state arbitration. Stephen Fietta QC, who took silk in 2019, has secured numerous substantial awards for his state and investor clients; Jiries Saadeh and Ashique Rahman were promoted to partner and counsel, respectively. Oonagh Sands and Laura Rees-Evans are the senior associates to note.
Stephen Fietta; Jiries Saadeh
‘Stephen Fietta QC is very smart and contributes effectively to any team‘.
‘Jiries Saadeh is simply fantastic‘.
‘Counsel Ashique Rahman is excellent and the associates are all very good‘.
Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat
Theodoros Adamakopoulos and others
Big Sky Energy
- Represented PL Holdings in treaty arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Poland related to the expropriation of a bank by Poland’s financial regulatory authority.
Fox Williams LLP's team 'is highly competent and efficient'. Its particular areas of expertise for international arbitration are commercial disputes involving M&A, general contractual matters, commodities, agency, joint ventures and energy. Peter Ashford is arbitration head, Gavin Foggo is noted for energy, professional services and finance-related arbitrations, and Tom Custance has experience of energy-sector arbitration.
Gavin Foggo; Peter Ashford
Other key lawyers:
‘It is an excellent team, with a strong work ethic and excellent legal skills‘.
‘Peter Ashford is highly experienced in ICC arbitration matters and is a first-rate lawyer‘.
‘Gavin Foggo is extremely user friendly and his legal skills are outstanding‘.
‘Tom Custance is a standout partner‘.
Gowling WLG is 'very co-operative and listens to clients'. The practice is experienced in a wide range of arbitrations, including construction and engineering, energy, oil and gas, natural resources, IP and technology disputes. The names to note are Gordon Bell, Michael Darowski and Tom Price, along with director Karen O’Connell and principal associates Julia Strettell and Tom George. David Breslin left for Fladgate LLP.
‘The team has the ability to be in charge of things, combined with great legal skills and strategic thinking‘.
‘Tom Price offers great levels of personal involvement‘.
Government of the Republic of Albania
- Acted for an oil company in an ad hoc arbitration, which arose under a long-term gas supply agreement.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP is 'a strong litigation practice with great lawyers, who are very approachable at all times'. It takes on a small number of complex and large cases, and has advised on arbitrations in relation to the Middle East, Africa, South America, Asia, Russia and Europe. London office managing partner Charlie Lightfoot chairs the firm’s international arbitration practice, which also includes Jason Yardley.
Practice head(s): Charlie Lightfoot
Other key lawyers: Jason Yardley
‘The team’s strength lies in its lawyers, who really care about fulfilling the promises they make to clients‘.
‘Charlie Lightfoot impresses with his commercial and intellectual ability‘.
‘Jason Yardley is a standout individual in this field‘.
Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings
Milbank 'has a very strong group in arbitration'; it has particular strength in the finance, TMT, energy, infrastructure, satellite and transportation sectors. Julian Stait heads the litigation and arbitration group in London and Tom Canning heads the London international arbitration team, which also includes senior associate Peter Edworthy.
Julian Stait; Tom Canning
Other key lawyers:
‘The group has an impressive client profile and is taking on some very large cases‘.
‘Tom Canning is a very strong performer and a good leader within the practice‘.
‘Senior associate Peter Edworthy’s advice incorporates sensible solutions to problems and practical recommendations for ways forward‘.
Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'very responsive, strategic and proactive team' has considerable experience in Africa and Asia-related disputes. Karel Daele heads the firm’s international arbitration practice and Kasra Nouroozi is dispute resolution head; Ben Giaretta, legal director Zachary Segal and managing associate Elizabeth Montpetit are the other names to note.
Karel Daele; Kasra Nouroozi; James Libson
‘Karel Daele is highly effective‘.
Kingdom of Belgium
- Acted for BSG Resources in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Brazilian mining company Vale, which related to the sale of a 51 per cent interest of a mining project in Guinea.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's arbitration group is 'relatively small but it very much competes with the big firms'. The practice is led from London by David Waldron and advises on major arbitrations across Russia and the CIS, the Middle East, the Far East, the US, Europe and Africa; the other key advisers are Nick Greenwood, Peter Sharp and Chris Warren-Smith.
David Waldron; Peter Sharp; Chris Warren-Smith
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is involved in a large number of very substantial and high-profile cases, and the service it provides, the commitment to winning cases and the willingness to go the extra mile are all exceptional‘.
‘David Waldron is a superb lawyer and excellent strategist‘.
‘Peter Sharp is a very experienced disputes lawyer‘.
‘Nicholas Greenwood has a very sharp legal mind‘.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 'has a strong understanding of international arbitration'. Deborah Ruff leads the global arbitration practice, working with arbitration partners across the US and in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Beijing. Julia Kalinina Belcher is a well-regarded counsel and Charles Golsong is a key senior associate.
‘The team provides thorough explanations and is able to map out various courses of action‘.
‘Deborah Ruff is clearly an excellent advocate; when recommending the best course of action, she has a strong appreciation of the various legal strengths and weaknesses‘.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP's 'responsive and cost-effective team' acts for and against parties from the Middle East, and is particularly focused on highly technical disputes involving the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Ned Beale leads the international arbitration team and Alex Burton co-heads the international dispute management practice. Louise Elmes was recruited from Fieldfisher, where she led the contentious construction practice.
‘The team has detailed and up-to-date knowledge of international arbitration and the rules and procedures of the key arbitral institutions‘.
‘Ned Beale is fantastic‘.
Rain CII Carbon
Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Volterra Fietta is a specialist public international law practice that is particularly experienced in representing investors and governments in investment treaty arbitrations; the firm also has a significant international commercial arbitration practice that spans the globe and includes all the major arbitration centres and rules. The principal advisers are Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and recently promoted counsel Álvaro Nistal. Giorgio Mandelli and Suzanne Spears left for King & Spalding LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's team is 'clever, client focused and well organised'. The London office's specialist arbitration lawyers represent both private parties and sovereign clients around the world in high-level international arbitrations. Jamie Maples has a strong track record advising investment banks, corporations, governments and private equity houses, and Hayley Lund is an experienced associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is small but highly motivated, makes sure that it understands its clients’ general and specific aims, and is focused on the right way to get the appropriate result‘.
‘Jamie Maples is hardworking, thoughtful and thinks through all the angles‘.
‘Hayley Lund is bright, hardworking and committed‘.
- Acted for Jinpeng Group in multiple, cross-border disputes that relate to its investment in the Aman Resorts group of companies.
Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office launched an energy disputes practice in late 2017 with the arrival of energy disputes partners Damian Watkin and John Gilbert from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP and K&L Gates LLP, respectively. In addition to the UK and continental Europe, the office focuses on emerging economies, such as those in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Senior associate Robert Meade was hired from Ashurst in 2018.
John Gilbert; Damian Watkin
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The geographical distribution of Carter-Ruck's cases has expanded to include eastern Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America, and the practice acts in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. The 'entire team is a pleasure to work with and willing to listen to the views of others'. Senior partner Cameron Doley leads the team, which also includes Alasdair Pepper and Matthew Wescott.
‘The firm is a high-quality outfit, expertly led from the top in an understated way by Cameron Doley‘.
‘Matthew Wescott combines his great legal skills with good commercial common sense‘.
‘Alasdair Pepper is approachable yet assertive‘.
Al Jazeera Media Network
The State of Qatar
Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
Qatar Armed Forces
beIN Media Group
- Represented Al Jazeera Media Network in its ICSID arbitration against Egypt, pursuant to the Qatar and Egypt BIT.
Most of DWF's international arbitration work is in the insurance, maritime and commodities, technology and natural resource sectors; the practice, which is 'hands on, efficient and client friendly', is also active in Russia and CIS-related matters. The principal London-based advisers are Richard Twomey, Stefan Paciorek and Jonathan Moss.
Richard Twomey; Oliver Bolthausen
‘Richard Twomey is an excellent solicitor, who is a hard worker and involved in major arbitrations‘.
- Successfully acted for Trafigura in a claim for insured and uninsured losses, which related to cargo loss following an oil terminal fire.
The industry sectors serviced by Fladgate LLP are energy, infrastructure and construction, retail, insurance and reinsurance, international trade, financial services, sport, leisure and technology. David Breslin was hired from Gowling WLG, where he was international arbitration head; the Russia desk is led by Eugene Matviechuk; and David Weare heads up the construction arbitration team.
‘David Breslin is outstanding‘.
Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP fields experts in Africa-related international arbitrations. London office managing partner Rupert Reece heads the London international dispute resolution department, and Saadia Bhatty and Hannah McIrvine are experienced counsels.
Rupert Reece; Christian Camboulive; Carole Malinvaud
- Represented Italian engineering company Saipem in three ICC arbitrations against an oil and gas company, which related to the construction of oil and gas treatment facilities.
Macfarlanes LLP 'combines strategic know-how with the zeal, diligence and determination needed to manage and present a factually and legally complicated case'. The arbitration practice encompasses several areas, including banking, investment, energy, aviation, transport, construction, engineering and advertising. Iain Mackie heads the litigation and dispute resolution group, which also includes Lois Horne, James Popperwell and Guy Morpuss QC; Geoff Steward left for Stobbs IP.
‘It is a very potent force in this area and presents an example of a full-service law firm with a good reputation in the international legal market‘.
‘Lois Horne is savvy, knowledgeable and fiercely determined‘.
‘James Popperwell is a reliable partner who always demonstrates his willingness to achieve a decent result‘.
O'Melveny 'has a highly impressive and experienced team with excellent US contacts'; it represents global corporate and sovereign clients and has considerable advocacy experience before international tribunals. David Foster has particular experience handling disputes in the technology, professional services and financial services sectors, and Margarita Michael is the counsel to note.
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‘David Foster is a superb partner and is the sort of highly committed and hardworking lawyer that clients want on their side‘.
SCA ONTIER LLP is 'a small but very friendly and focused team' that acts in arbitration across a range of financial and industry sectors; in recent years, much of its work has derived from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Managing partner Seamus Andrew divides his time between London and the BVI; Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain are the other key contacts.
Seamus Andrew; Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain
‘The team demonstrates excellent co-operation when instructed to handle challenges to arbitration awards, with just the right amount of involvement to add value without reinventing the wheel’.
‘Seamus Andrew is a highly experienced international arbitration practitioner, who conducts the advocacy in his cases‘.
‘Oliver Cain is a conscientious and experienced litigator, who is outstandingly good at delivering a watertight service to clients‘.
‘Paul Ferguson is very bright, personable and diligent‘.
- Acted for an oil and gas infrastructure company in successfully obtaining an arbitration award for over $9bn.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP represents states and investors in a broad range of investor-state arbitrations; the firm also has significant experience in international commercial arbitration. Matthew Coleman and Angus Rodger are the key partners.
Matthew Coleman; Angus Rodger
The von Pezold family and Border Timbers
Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family
Michael Ballantine and Lisa Ballantine
Naveen Aggarwal, Neete Gupta, and Usha Industries
Intercontinental Specialty Fats
- Acted as lead counsel to the von Pezold family and Border Timbers in successful, expropriation-related ICSID arbitrations against Zimbabwe.
Zaiwalla & Co is 'often seen in arbitration against Magic Circle opponents'. Instructions for the group frequently emanate from developing and high-growth regions, particularly India, Russia and the CIS region and the Middle East. Senior partner Sarosh Zaiwalla and managing partner Pavani Reddy are highly rated; Leigh Crestohl was promoted to partner.
‘The firm has an impressive client base from across the world and has been involved in high-profile work‘.
‘Sarosh Zaiwalla plays a considerable role in the group‘.
‘Pavani Reddy brings a tremendous commercial acumen to all her cases, in addition to her formidable legal skills‘.