Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'outstanding international arbitration team' has an excellent track record in arbitration. The group stands out for its specialist energy and natural resources focus, and the practice is also a market leader in international arbitration across a range of sectors, including the mining, TMT, financial services, pharmaceuticals, transport, defence, real estate, insurance and construction industries. In addition, the group acts on both sides of investor-state disputes. Global international arbitration head Paula Hodges QC became the President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) in mid-2019, and continues to practice while undertaking her LCIA responsibilities. Also key to the team are UK arbitration head Craig Tevendale, India disputes head Nicholas Peacock, Africa disputes specialist Chris Parker, and co-head of the global public international law (PIL) practice, Andrew Cannon. Other strong practitioners includes experienced of counsel Iain Maxwell, and senior associates Hannah Ambrose and Charlie Morgan.
International arbitration in London
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent work product across the board. Every letter, communication, application, submission is well thought through, balanced and helpful.’
‘The team has combined excellent leadership in the practice. Every member is thorough and approachable. The evident and flawless team spirit is perhaps what makes them stand out. They are modest, and will never shout out from the roof top of how good they are, but they are worth every penny.’
‘Iain Maxwell is phenomenally intelligent with a great grasp of not only the legal side of a case but the damages aspect.’
‘Paula Hodges is – rightly so – the grande dame of the HSF arbitration practice.’
‘Craig Tevendale, Partner – very strategic and practical advice, excellent advocate.’
‘Nicholas Peacock has clarity of thought and maintains the same in complex International Arbitration too and is always ready to discuss and open to ideas.’
‘Andrew Cannon – Andrew is a natural leader with vast experience in International Arbitration, a great listener, patient and objective partner you will need on your side. He is thorough and innovative in his work.’
‘Paula Hodges QC is one of the top arbitration counsel worldwide, she is truly devoted to the interests of her client, she is an exceptional oral and written advocate, a brilliant lawyer and a passionate supporter of her associates and of women counsel. If I was in trouble she would be my go to counsel.’
Nord Stream 2
Standard Chartered Bank
Government of Malaysia
- Representing Nord Stream 2 in Energy Charter Treaty arbitration proceedings against the European Union.
- Representing Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation and Addax (subsidiaries of the Sinopec Group) in a substantial claim filed with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (valued at over $ 5.5bn).
- Successfully represented one of the world’s largest oil companies, in a claim related to an approximately $18bn sham arbitral award, which was issued by an unlicensed, illegitimate arbitration centre in Egypt.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Led by the widely respected Karyl Nairn QC and David Kavanagh QC, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP's 'highly capable' London arbitration practice 'combines intellectual depth and tactical acuity at all levels'. The group has an enviable caseload of high-value, complex commercial arbitrations, and acts for multinational companies, sovereign states, banks and major institutions. The team is notably active across the telecoms, oil and gas, financial services, mining and engineering sectors in the most demanding international disputes, particularly those involving legal or technical complexities and high levels of commercial or political risk. The practice's current portfolio of arbitration matters range from large-scale, bet-the-company arbitrations spanning multiple jurisdictions, to smaller disputes in growth markets and industries. Other highly regarded international arbitration specialists are Bruce Macaulay, Daniel Gal, David Edwards and David Herlihy. At counsel level, Jonathon Egerton-Peters and Genevieve Poirier are the names to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Skadden have one of the top litigation teams in the City.’
‘Highly capable individuals and great teamwork. The team seamlessly provides very high quality advice. ‘
‘Strong multidisciplinary approach, integrated strategic vision, optimal use of resources.’
‘Skadden is a firm which strikes terror into the hearts of its opponents: it is rightly reputed as a dispute resolution offering which combines intellectual depth and tactical acuity at all levels. The drafting is clean, clear and powerful; the advocacy is deceptively low key but thoroughly persuasive.’
‘Karyl Nairn is quite simply one of the top arbitrators in the City.’
‘Daniel Gal is amazing as a team leader, understanding the needs of his clients and the specific legal problems they are confronted with. I’m impressed.’
‘I have utmost respect for all of the London partners with whom I have had the opportunity to work. Karyl Nairn and David Kavanagh are both very highly regarded but what strikes me particularly about this practice is the consistency of brilliance across all of the partners (and indeed the associates). I have had the opportunity recently to work with Daniel Gal who is just a pleasure to observe: confident without being arrogant; pleasant but absolutely steely; and hugely effective in all forms of communication. If I could instruct any dispute resolution lawyer to represent me, he would be the one.’
Alfa Telecom Turkey
Great Station Properties S.A.
Vodafone International Holding BV
Vodafone Group plc
Republic of Cyprus
NextEra Energy Spain Holdings BV
CC/Devas (Mauritius) Ltd
- Represented Alfa Telecom Turkey (part of the LetterOne group) in a high-profile, high-value corporate dispute, which concerns a leading mobile telecoms operator.
- Acting for Anadarko Petroleum in an LCIA arbitration concerning offshore oil interests in China.
- Acted for the Chatterjee Group in an ICC arbitration, which was the culmination of a decade-long dispute with West Bengal involving the ownership of a significant shareholding in a large petrochemical plant.
Three Crowns LLP
Consistently leading some of the most significant global commercial disputes, Three Crowns LLP's 'dynamic team' is dedicated exclusively to international arbitration. The firm has substantial experience in commercial arbitration rules including LCIA, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules; and was recently also active in major investor-state arbitration cases. It also has varied sector experience encompassing the energy, utilities, financial services, mining, telecoms, and governmental industries. Constantine Partasides QC and Gaëtan Verhoosel head up the team, which also fields Middle Eastern disputes specialist Reza Mohtashami QC, Spanish and Latin America expert Carmen Martinez Lopez, and recently promoted partner Manish Aggarwal. Further growth included Penny Martin being promoted to counsel in 2020; and in 2019, the firm recruited counsel Leilah Bruton from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and launched an office in Bahrain, which is co-headed by Jan Paulsson and Scott Vesel, who relocated from Washington DC and London, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
‘3C is a boutique firm specialising in treaty and commercial arbitration. The advantage of preparing from getting up to submissions during hearing provides a seamless experience for clients. The focus on strategy upfront eg between liability and quantum and also seeking for any bifurcation strategy provide a clear direction from the beginning of any case.’
‘3C has a young dedicated team so that you can be sure that your dispute will be directly dealt with by the partner assigned to you.’
‘3C has a dynamic team led by Gaëtan Verhoosel. Gaëtan is a strategist and is succinct and clear with his advice and provides options with the pros and cons of each option. Manish Aggarwal is very meticulous and grasps concepts and details easily and we get comforted with his thoroughness in appreciating the facts and the context of situations.’
Sultanate of Oman
- Acting for Crescent Petroleum in two separate, high-value arbitrations against the National Iranian Oil Company, which relate to a gas sales purchase agreement.
White & Case LLP's 'highly skilled, efficient and dedicated' international arbitration lawyers regularly act in the world's largest cases, and are particularly strong in relation to disputes concerning complex and large infrastructure projects. The practice is also frequently involved in high levels of significant investment treaty cases; and almost all its partners, as well as several associates, appear as advocates in hearings. Phillip Capper and Aloke Ray QC co-head the practice, which includes oil and gas disputes head Mark Clarke; Dipen Sabharwal QC, who serves as head of the EMEA disputes section for international arbitration; co-head of the London investment arbitration practice, Andrea Menaker; and construction and engineering specialist Clare Connellan. Other experienced partners include Paul Brumpton, as well as David Goldberg and Julia Zagonek, who both divide their time between the London and Moscow offices.
Other key lawyers:
‘Unparalleled drafting skills and ability to convert complicated economical analysis into compelling legal writing. Efficient cooperation across the different national offices within White & Case.’
‘Partner Mark Clarke shows outstanding commitment regarding availability and also regarding the quality of his work. Always comes excellently prepared.’
‘We appreciate very much the team working on our case, which proved to be highly skilled, with a strong expertise in both investment arbitration and EU law, efficient and dedicated throughout a long period of time.’
‘David Goldberg is a truly strategic thinker and has a sixth sense for making right choices and finding excellent solutions. He is also a person of unmatched integrity.’
‘I found Phillip Capper and Dipen Sabharwal QC to be outstanding oral advocates.’
The Russian Federation
Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd
Uniper Global Commodities
Grupo Unidos por el Canal (Panama Canal)
McDonald’s India Private Limited
United Energy Group
Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings
Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates
TECO Guatemala Holding, LLC
Republic of Uzbekistan
Republic of Peru
Republic of Belarus
- Acted for an oil and gas supermajor in its contested acquisition of a 96% interest in an oil and gas exploration block, which included a London-seated expedited ICC arbitration.
- Acted for Inpex Operations Australia Pty in several significant ICC arbitrations, which arose out of the construction of an onshore liquefied natural gas processing facility.
- Defended the Russian Federation in a claim by Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev, which concerned allegations of expropriation, mistreatment and denial of justice.
Handling a large portfolio of major international disputes, WilmerHale's 'terrific' London group is 'one of the most experienced teams of arbitration practitioners in the world'. It is devoted exclusively to international arbitration, conducts its own advocacy, and has a distinctive track record in complex, high-value disputes. The practice also stands out for its core team of partners, both in the UK and internationally. Having acted as counsel in over 650 arbitrations, Gary Born's experience includes several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history; Charlie Caher has significant experience in arbitrations governed by English law; Steven Finizio has notable expertise in energy, shareholders, telecoms, financial services, joint ventures and M&A disputes; and Franz Schwarz is global vice-chair of the firm’s international arbitration practice, alongside Washington DC-based Rachael Kent. Also key to the practice is Duncan Speller, who is highly experienced in high-value and high-profile hearings.
‘Wilmer’s team is one of the most experienced teams of arbitration practitioners in the world. They guarantee high quality services in an efficient manner.’
‘Gary Born needs no introduction. Having said that, he is a wonderful combination of expertise, experience and creativity. Charlie Caher is a dynamic young partner.’
‘Franz Schwarz is an excellent arbitrator. He is always quick and to the point.’
‘An international arbitration powerhouse.’
‘Gary Born – legend in the international arbitration space; Duncan Speller – outstanding advocate; expert on UK law and UK contracts; Dharshini Prasad – top notch senior associate for international arbitration matters and future star.’
‘First rate firm with huge capacity, highly adept at putting together enormous international teams for the most complex, heavy arbitrations.’
‘Duncan Speller – elephantine memory, gregarious and charming. A real worker, not a showman. Pleasure to work with.’
‘Wilmer’s lawyers have a deep understanding of the theory of arbitration, as well as a tenacity to dig deep for the answers for their client. They are collaborative and have tremendous resources. They also do their own advocacy.’
‘Gary Born is the heart and soul of this practice, but there are many very skilled and committed members of the team. This year, I observed Charlie Caher, a young partner, lead a substantial arbitration. He was thorough and did an excellent job. In prior years, I have seen Steve Finizio, who brought excellent strategic judgement and tenacity.’
- Representing one of the world’s leading aviation companies in ongoing proceedings in the English Commercial Court and related ICC arbitration proceedings, which concern a long-term contract with another global airline.
The dedicated, long-established, London-based arbitration team at Allen & Overy LLP fields 'brilliant and utterly professional lawyers, who are always focused on the underlying commercial issues and best interests of the client'. The practice handles both commercial and investor-state arbitrations; its key features include advocacy expertise, arbitration-related litigation and energy disputes work, where gas price arbitration expert and co-international arbitration group head Mark Levy QC and James Freeman are notable names. The group is also active in arbitrations involving banking, finance and complex financial products, as well as disputes surrounding infrastructure and construction projects and IP disputes. Other experienced partners include Kate Davies and Suzanne Spears, while Naomi Briercliffe and Guled Yusuf were promoted to counsel in 2020, and Sunil Mawkin is the senior associate to note. Former international arbitration head Richard Smith retired from the partnership in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘The sheer calmness and professionalism of the team was just outstanding. They were able to quickly identify the key legal issues in a complex dispute in a difficult territory, and provided full confidence to us as the client.’
‘Mark Levy and Tomasz Hara make a great team on price review matters with complementary skills and personalities.Very knowledgeable in their specialism and very client-friendly. They clearly enjoy what they do.’
‘The sheer attention to detail was extraordinary, and a clear advantage against the respondent.’
‘Mark Levy is very smart, sophisticated and pleasant. Naomi Briercliffe is intelligent and hard working.’
‘Brilliant lawyers but always focused on the underlying commercial issues and on best interest of the client. Utterly professional and reliable.’
‘Mark Levy – unrivalled ability to focus on key issues, identify risks. Very commercial. Brilliant communicator, with client and at hearings.’
‘The team is very professional, detail-oriented, good at strategy planning and problem solving. Cost-efficient as well.’
‘James Freeman – exceptionally smart and clear, focused on getting the right answer and communicating it to client. Highly professional.’
International Finance Corporation
OPEC Fund for International Development
International Swaps & Derivatives Association
Government of Pakistan
- Representing South Stream Transport in its dispute with Saipem, which relates to a cancelled pipeline project to transport gas from Russia, under the Black Sea, to various European countries.
- Representing BG Exploration and Production India Limited and Reliance Industries Limited in an arbitration against the Government of India, in relation to two Indian-law governed production sharing contracts for oil and gas fields.
Clifford Chance LLP is 'a firm to consider when larger cases require the ability to throw personnel at a matter'. It is widely respected for its representation of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions in complex, high-value commercial arbitrations. As part of a global full-service firm, the UK arbitration team works closely with the firm's experienced corporate and finance practices. Global co-head of international arbitration Audley Sheppard QC is the LCIA board's chair; Rob Lambert is a specialist in energy, infrastructure, defence and telecoms-related disputes; and Alex Panayides heads up the firm's global dispute resolution practice for the oil and gas and construction sectors. Other experienced partners include Marie Berard, whose work spans the energy, oil and gas, construction and finance industries; and Jessica Gladstone, who has 12 years' international arbitration experience. At senior associate level, names to note include Christina Schuetz and Sachin Trikha, along with Eraldo d’Atri and Anna Kirkpatrick.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very reliable, result-oriented and supportive in strategic decisions relating directly or indirectly to the case they are handling. They are really at the top. In terms of technical knowledge and expertise, they are really outstanding. We feel we are receiving the best possible representation.’
‘Robert Lambert is an absolutely brilliant lawyer. Obviously, Rob is extremely experienced and one of the best professionals with whom we had the pleasure to work on arbitration cases.’
‘Alexandros Panayides is an outstanding professional virtuoso demonstrating extremely high skills of thinking very much outside the box and coming up with creative solutions and defences. Alexandros’ strategic instincts are always well pitched and well judged.’
‘Audley Sheppard QC is one of the top names in international arbitration. He has a fantastic ability to read the tribunal and ensures that the points hit home.’
‘Marie Berard is a superb lawyer and is a major player in the arbitration world. She has been involved in some massive cases and is unflappable.’
‘Christina Schuetz has made a real impact as a senior associate and her capacity to work all hours is unparalleled.’
‘Rob Lambert (partner): He’s the person you want leading team when you’re facing the biggest and the toughest of arbitration fights. He’s extremely clever, a really tough advocate, a great team leader, tactically astute, and respected by Tribunals. Super-league.’
- Representing a prominent private equity client, as claimant, in a Geneva-seated LCIA arbitration.
- Representing a prominent oil and gas client, as claimant, in a Dubai-seated LCIA arbitration.
- Represent the Chernukhin Parties in a shareholder dispute with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, which relates to a Russian textiles company that holds valuable real estate in Moscow.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is 'a household name in international arbitration for good reason - the lawyers bring value, expertise, and class'. The practice fields experienced barristers and advocates, who act for government and commercial entities in the full range of arbitration disputes. It assists with the full range of issues, including interim measures, emergency injunctions, anti-suit relief, awards challenges and enforcement proceedings. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC is London co-managing partner and European and Asian litigation chair, while Patrick Taylor has particular experience in the upstream oil and gas, energy and telecom sectors, and also handles tax-related disputes. Also key to the group is experienced partner Samantha Rowe, and international counsels Gavin Chesney and Aimee-Jane Lee. Wendy Miles QC left to the Bar, joining Twenty Essex in mid-2020.
‘The Debevoise international arbitration team in London knows few equals. It is, by far, one of the most experienced teams in international investment and commercial arbitration, as is evidenced by their work on some of the most important high-value arbitrations. What is more, the team works seamlessly across jurisdictions, particularly with its well-established team in New York.’
‘It is difficult to contemplate a more experienced practice, with Lord Goldsmith at the helm, as one of the most experienced counsel in the field. This is evident both in written and oral advocacy, but also in the invaluable strategic advice and counsel. And, the next generation of partners with Patrick Taylor and Sam Rowe is equally impressive in their own right, with significant experience and expertise in both commercial and investment arbitration.’
‘Patrick and the team are extremely responsive and available to us. They are trusted advisers who stay on top of all the issues and are adept at seeing around corners in order to devise the optimal strategies for our case and deliver clear advice to us that gives us confidence in the choices we make. They are expert advocates who know and understand arbitration inside and out, and who work tirelessly in our best interests, delivering outstanding client service.’
‘Debevoise is a household name in international arbitration for good reason — they bring value, expertise, and class.’
‘The Debevoise international arbitration team stands out in the London market. They understand the international nature of international arbitration, largely because they have a truly international team of outstanding lawyers.’
‘I have worked most with Patrick Taylor and Georgina Petrova. They are very easy to work with, incredibly driven but also excellent team players. Having just come to the end of a large piece of work with them, I miss working with them. That is a true accolade!’
‘This practice is unique due to the team synergy once their different profiles are organised to work in a very effective structure. While the senior partners are very persuasive in their arguments towards clients and adjudicators, the equally relevant counsels provide the proper support to deliver the best possible outcome.’
Joma Industrial Source Corporation
Seven Exploration & Production Limited
Seven Energy International Limited
The Nova Group Investments B.V.
Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited
State of Qatar
- Acted for The Nova Group Investments in an ICSID claim against the Romanian Government under the Netherlands-Romania BIT, in relation to the purported expropriation of Romanian assets and breaches of BIT protections.
- Acted for Joma Industrial Source Corporation in part of a multi-jurisdictional dispute that focused on the ownership of interests in a major oil and gas services group in Russia and the CIS.
- Acted for Tethyan in a high-value investment dispute, arising out of a mining project in Balochistan, a province of Pakistan.
Hogan Lovells International LLP's international arbitration practice has 'excellent individuals who are hardworking, smart and always great to work with'. The team has extensive experience across a broad range of industries, including the energy, financial services and TMT sectors. Clients also praise the firm's significant global footprint, which enables co-ordinated advice for complex, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-lingual cases. The practice has notable expertise in the Russia and CIS region, and has also developed specialised expertise in Africa-related arbitration. Michael Davison has acted in significant arbitrations for approximately 30 years; group head Kieron O’Callaghan has vast expertise in energy arbitration; and Nathan Searle co-ordinates the Africa dispute resolution practice. Other highly regarded advisers are newly promoted partner Ben Hornan, counsel Matthew Knowles and senior associate Annabel Maltby. Former partner Julianne Hughes-Jennett left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.
‘It has an international reach for multi-national arbitration disputes, as well as a reputation and experience, that few other firms have in the international arbitration sector. It easily competes with the Magic circle and other top arbitration firms operating in London, as well as internationally.’
‘Stand-out practitioners are Michael Davison (who has long and deep experience of the arbitration market and its practitioners), Kieron O’Callaghan (a talented arbitration lawyer who has plenty of commercial acumen), Ben Hornan (a very dynamic up and coming arbitration partner) and Nathan Searle (who is an African specialist arbitration).’
‘They show an unrivalled ability to step into highly complex matters at very short notice, and still produce exceptional quality in terms of submissions and case organisation.’
‘Ben Hornan – His thorough knowledge of the arbitration process and ability to navigate and manage highly complex matters through that process is combined with an impressive sense of commercial realities and practicalities.’
The AES Corporation
Bank of Ghana
- Acted for subsidiaries of The AES Corporation in arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Kazakhstan and two Kazakhstan companies, which concerned a claim arising out of the end of a hydro-electric power plants-related concession.
- Acting for the Bank of Ghana in an LCIA arbitration brought by a West African company (Sibton Switch Systems), in relation to a large contract for the provision of mobile payment systems-related services.
- Acting for the lenders in four parallel mining project-related LCIA arbitrations against a borrower, guarantor companies in the borrower’s corporate group, and their ultimate beneficial owner.
Latham & Watkins' London team has 'a superb international arbitration practice that has gone from strength to strength, attracts heavyweight clients across a wide range of sectors, and knows the international arbitration scene inside out'. It acts on the full scope of international arbitration matters, including multi-jurisdictional disputes, international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, PIL, and all related court proceedings at all court levels. The practice has two silks, namely global co-international arbitration practice chair Sophie Lamb QC and Philip Clifford QC, who is currently a UK representative on the ICC Commission on Arbitration. Also highly rated are chair of the London litigation and trial department Oliver Browne; investment treaty dispute expert Charles Claypoole; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who divides his time between the firm's London and Hamburg offices. Samuel Pape and Robert Price provide notable associate-level support.
Other key lawyers:
‘A superb international arbitration practice which has gone from strength to strength. They attract heavyweight clients across a wide range of sectors. They have huge experience and know the international arbitration scene inside out.’
‘Philip Clifford is the stand-out star in the team. Appointed Silk a couple of years ago, his practice has gone from strength to strength. He is a first-rate advocate with an unrivalled knowledge of the intricacies of arbitration law and practice.’
‘Oliver Browne is a junior partner who is an up and coming star.’
‘Sophie Lamb QC has a burgeoning practice.’
‘Olly Browne is one of the very top arbitration practitioners in London. He’s not flashy, it’s all about the substance. Really astute, puts together and leads great teams and delivers great results.’
‘Philip Clifford has unparalleled knowledge of arbitration disputes. He is also exceptionally hard-working, intelligent and client friendly. He is a very good manager and an outstanding lawyer.’
‘The strength and depth of the IA team is unquestionable, and the team in London reflects that at every level. Hard-working, appropriately aggressive on behalf of their clients, and particularly known for advocacy, this is a team to emulate.’
‘Philip Clifford QC is a stand-out practitioner: very experienced, a very engaging advocate, and thorough and focused on points of detail in a way which generates confidence that he knows his case thoroughly. Sophie Lamb QC is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent arbitration lawyers of her generation and understandably so: her great charm and persuasive advocacy certainly stand to her clients’ credit.’
- Acted for Strabag SE, an Austrian construction company, in the first ICSID arbitration ever brought against Libya, which involved significant questions of investment treaty law and international humanitarian law.
- Acted for UK-based company Ipek Investments in an ICSID arbitration (under the UK-Turkey BIT), which was in relation to the alleged seizure of 18 Koza Group companies by the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Defended Ukraine in a high-value arbitration, which was brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a 'good team of arbitration lawyers, with strength in depth', and a successful track record in handling high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in the oil and gas, mining, energy, telecoms, construction and infrastructure sectors. Stephen Jagusch QC is global chair of the international arbitration practice, which also fields international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and PIL specialist, Anthony Sinclair; Epaminontas Triantafilou, who has broad international arbitration experience; and energy litigation practice chair Ted Greeno. Also key to the group are construction arbitration specialist James Bremen and Russian disputes expert Nick Marsh, along with Alex Gerbi, and of counsels Hanna Roos, Andre Monteiro, Elizabeth Wilson, Peter Hillerstom and Christopher Humby. Notable growth includes the 2019 recruitment of Julianne Hughes-Jennett from Hogan Lovells International LLP and promotion of Mark Grasso to partner in 2020, as well as the hire of solicitor advocate Justin Michaelson from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Former joint London managing partner Sue Prevezer QC left for Brick Court Chambers.
Other key lawyers:
Ted Greeno; James Bremen; Nick Marsh; Alex Gerbi; Hanna Roos; Andre Monteiro; Elizabeth Wilson; Peter Hillerstom; Christopher Humby; Julianne Hughes-Jennett; Mark Grasso; Justin Michaelson; Dominic Roughton
‘This is a team of sharp and skilled litigators that is capable of addressing not only complex subject matter, but also a complex environment (e.g., local litigation and regulatory issues going on at the same time as the arbitration). They provided strong advice and guidance beyond just management of the case.’
‘Anthony Sinclair – excellent litigator, brilliant strategist and trustworthy adviser.’
‘In terms of international arbitration, this is absolutely one of the best firms I’ve ever worked with. They are standout in their ability to calibrate their approach to the opponent and tribunal in order to achieve optimal results.’
‘Stephen Jagusch is the best international arbitration lawyer in the business.’
‘Hanna Roos is nothing short of amazing — her tenacity, smarts, and diligence are off the chart.’
‘The team is incredibly dedicated, professional and knowledgeable and always punches above its weight. The work is very heavily partner led ensuring that the client always gets the benefit of the incredible knowledge and experience of the firm whilst the firms’ associates can easily hold their own against partners in other firms. The teams are capable of processing staggering amounts of information and delivering exceptional work while remaining slim and flexible. Top marks in all areas.’
‘Dominic Roughton is always a pleasure to deal with. Extremely knowledgeable and professional, calm under pressure, creative, solution oriented.’
Samax Resources Ltd
Geita Gold Mine Ltd
Raga Establishment Limited
MIC Africa BV
Millicom International Cellular S.A.
Republic of Azerbaijan
DP World Djibouti FZCO
Doraleh Container Terminal SA
Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás Ltda.
AS PNB Banka
Grigory Guselnikov & others
JSC CB PrivatBank
Schindler Holding AG
Alverley Investments Limited
Germen Properties Ltd
Joseph K. Borkowski
New Stream Trading
- Acted for MIC Africa BV and Millicom International Cellular in high-profile arbitration proceedings under the ICC rules, which related to a terminated sales and purchase agreement.
- Successfully acted for Raga in an LCIA arbitration against SCM Financial Overseas (owned by Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov), which resulted in two large LCIA awards in favour of Raga.
- Acted for Samax Resources Ltd and Geita Gold Mine in an international commercial arbitration against the Government of Tanzania, which concerned a dispute over the impact of new laws on a mining development agreement.
Ashurst's 'lawyers are excellent without exception' and the firm fields experts in energy and resources disputes, particularly gas pricing and supply disputes; ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in Scandinavia; complex English law international arbitration instructions involving Australian clients in the mining, oil and gas sectors; Africa-related arbitrations; and investor-state matters. Focused on international arbitrations concerning international projects and the energy and resources sectors, Matthew Saunders heads up the global international arbitration practice, which includes highly regarded partners Tom Cummins and Tom Duncan. Dyfan Owen returned to London from the Dubai office in 2020 and Emma Martin made partner in 2019, while Myfanwy Wood, Amy Cable and Harsh Hari Haran are experienced senior associates. Former partner Tim Reid retired.
Other key lawyers:
‘Emma Johnson – Emma was excellent to deal with, she was very responsive and gave us very clear and practical advice which helped deliver a satisfactory commercial solution.’
‘Myfanwy Wood (Senior Associate) is my primary contact with Ashurst and practically all my dealings are with her. She is an extraordinary individual and outstanding representative of her firm. Her demeanour in meetings is always professional and courteous. Her preparation is meticulous. The most impressive thing about her, however, is her ability to grasp the essentials of the technical issues with which we are dealing. This attribute is apparent not only in our conversations, but also in her edits when she reviews technical notes that I generate for the case being prepared. I cannot imagine having a better work partner/manager.’
‘The Ashurst international arbitration team has a considerable and very impressive track record of running high value, complex arbitrations of all forms in various forums and a variety of different industries including construction, oil & gas and mining. I would not hesitate to recommend them in those or any other sectors. They are highly responsive and deliver a high quality product quickly, efficiently and without fuss. They are both classy and cost effective – a dream combination.’
‘A stand-out star in this strong team is Myfanwy Wood. I have worked with Myfanwy over 4 years and she was the lynchpin – managing the process and the team, driving things forward and making sure that everyone was happy and that everything which needed to be done was being done, and done well. She inspired complete confidence in every member of the team, and kept our spirits up and our energy high throughout very heavy, complex disputes, where there was a great deal at stake. She has superlative people skills and an absolutely exceptional ability to keep on top of multiple interlinked workstreams.’
‘An extremely efficient and competent team, with a strong strategic vision and the ability to move up the learning curve at speed. From the point of view of an external observer, and in comparison to other firms, the team is an overachiever in terms of diversity.’
‘Matthew Saunders is exceptional in his strategic vision, client management, respect for and support of the experts on the matter, oratory and cross-examination skills.’
‘Tom Cummins and Joseph Harrington – always available, always on top of their brief and constantly engaged.’
‘I have known and worked with Matthew Saunders for many years. He is extremely professional, calm, assured and knowledgeable in all my dealings with him. He is always in control and a very good lawyer.’
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's sector specialisms include the energy and natural resources, construction and engineering, financial services, insurance and reinsurance, and technology industries. With recent cross-border disputes work encompassing the US, Latin Russia and CIS, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, the group also has a specialist in-house advocacy offering and in-house forensic services. George Burn has 20 years' international arbitration experience and leads the group, which includes Roman Khodykin, who is a Russian-speaking arbitration specialist; and Carol Mulcahy, who recently handled instructions involving arbitrations under LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules. Claire Morel de Westgaver was made partner in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very strong on Russian and CIS work.’
‘Roman Khodykin – qualified Russian lawyer with an academic bent. Carol Mulcahy – Excellent strategist and case manager – over the detail and a great foil to Roman. Nadia Hubbock and Elena Matlak are excellent associates who get the job done.’
- Representing a private equity fund in a number of parallel LCIA arbitration proceedings, which relate to an M&A transaction.
- Representing a major Japanese trading company in a Tokyo-seated ICC arbitration, in relation to disputes arising from the international supply of recycled metal commodities from Singapore.
- Representing a major Russian bank in a high-value LCIA arbitration for the recovery of sums due under loan agreements.
In addition to its well-recognised UK practice, Clyde & Co LLP's sizeable international arbitration team is well known for operating in emerging markets and challenging jurisdictions, where it leverages its significant global footprint. The practice 'has a good mix of individuals which allows a more pragmatic approach to dispute resolution', and it has particular strengths within the energy, infrastructure, technology, natural resources, and insurance sectors. Maurice Kenton and dispute resolution practice group chair Ben Knowles co-chair the firm's global arbitration group, which includes senior partner Peter Hirst, as well as experienced partners David Hesse, Alejandro Garcia, David Leckie, Lee Bacon and Richard Power. Additional support is provided by consultant Simon Schooling.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clyde & Co’s experience of true international arbitration is as extensive as at any other firm. Real engagement on behalf of their clients.’
‘Ben Knowles is a forward looking leader of the team. He is always looking to improve standards and drive the team on.’
‘Deep knowledge of the arbitration process and the participants involved gained through extensive experience working with clients in the resource sector. Access to a competent team for detailed research and analysis in building and supporting arguments.’
‘Maurice Kenton is impressive – strategic planning, tactical response, great leadership of his team, and a powerful courtroom style/presence.’
‘Alejandro Garcia – Brilliant mind, always finds a way around a problem, client orientated. Lee Bacon – Great strategist and incredibly calm.’
‘Clyde & Co has a good mix of individuals which allows a more pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.’
‘Lee Bacon – really goes into the detail, doesn’t miss anything.’
Shanara Maritime International, S.A.
Marfield Ltd. Inc
CMS stands out for its ability to handle arbitration proceedings via the firm's global network of offices. The group has particular sector expertise in the infrastructure and construction, energy, TMT, banking and finance industries; it is also experienced in investor-state arbitrations. Adrian Bell co-heads the infrastructure, contentious and energy disputes team; Richard Bamforth is an international commercial arbitration specialist; Jonathan Warne has over 30 years' experience in domestic and cross-border disputes; and in 2019, Guy Pendell was appointed vice-chair of the ICC’s UK arbitration programme. Other key partners are Phillip Ashley, Rob Wilson, Luke Pardey and Sarah Grenfell. Kushal Gandhi is the senior associate to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘In London, Guy Pendell and Richard Bamforth – both very hard working and work well with their teams and there do not appear to be any ego issues.’
‘The CMS team is very capable of handling large arbitrations.’
‘Adrian Bell has a sharp mind.’
‘Their experience, confidence and clear understanding of every problem to find good solutions, this is what makes CMS the best team!’
‘Excellent partners and well trained and able support staff.’
Legal & General
Thames Water Utilities
- Acting for Essar in relation to a large arbitration award surrounding a delayed project.
- Acting for an offshore contractor in an SIAC arbitration, which relates to a claim by an international contractor for breach of a dredging and reclamation contract.
- Acting for court-appointed receivers, who are taking steps to enforce a large LCIA award.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London international arbitration group consistently achieves notable successes for high-profile clients in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations. Cyrus Benson is highly rated by the market for his expertise in telecoms, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure disputes; Penny Madden QC has particular experience in matters involving shareholders, sales and purchase agreements, telecoms, media, energy and international trade disputes, as well as investment treaty arbitrations; and Jeffrey Sullivan QC is also a highly rated commercial and investment treaty arbitration specialist. In addition, the practice fields the highly respected Lord Charles Falconer, who brings significant advocacy expertise to the team, and Osma Hudda and Doug Watson.
‘They are a very strong team, with some high-profile partners, strong associates and an exceptional international practice.’
‘Cyrus Benson is a class act. He is an exceptional lawyer and a first-rate advocate. He is tactically astute and a strong strategist. He is the lawyer that I would want in my corner.’
‘Ryan Whelan is an up and coming star, with a strong arbitration practice of his own.’
‘The team really understands the underlying business. Great responsiveness; clear and frank assessment of client’s legal position.’
‘Cyrus Benson is excellent. He gives clear, concise advice and no time-wasting.’
Global Telecom Holding
Corral Morocco Holdings
Agility Public Warehousing
Centerbridge Partners Europe LLP
Antin Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l.
Antin Energia Termosolar B.V.
Eiser Infrastructure Limited
Energía Solar Luxembourg S.à r.l.
Ipek Investment Ltd
- Acted for Global Telecom Holding, an Egypt-based international telecoms company, in two investment treaty arbitration matters.
- Acted for Ipek Investment as claimant, in respect of an investment treaty claim against the Government of Turkey, which concerned the seizure of numerous businesses that are owned by a Turkish businessman.
- Won a jurisdictional challenge for Yukos Capital, in a high-value Yukos Oil-related investment treaty case against the Russia Federation.
King & Spalding LLP's London practice 'excels in international arbitration' and fields a large team, which frequently conducts its own advocacy; has a large portfolio of complex, high-value arbitrations; and represents high-profile repeat clients including many of the world’s largest and well-known corporations and investor-state clients. The London office houses three silks: Thomas Sprange QC, who has served as counsel or arbitrator in over 150 international arbitrations; corporate, construction, energy and investment disputes expert Stuart Isaacs QC; and John Savage QC. At partner level, Egishe Dzhazoyan is an investor-state arbitration specialist; and Ruth Byrne is particularly focused on energy matters, as well as being increasingly active in life sciences-related disputes.
‘John Savage QC and Ruth Byrne are stand out individuals that I have worked with on international arbitration matters. John is the type of lawyer that comes into the case at the appropriate time, learns everything, dispenses sage advice and then advocates on your behalf in a manner that never fails to impress. He is only able to do this with the support of a terrific team that works the case up with the client. Ruth is a talented attorney who is delves into complex details to ensure that your case is presented clearly and persuasively.’
‘Egishe Dzhazoyan is very much on the case, pragmatic and client oriented.’
‘King & Spalding is a powerhouse in international dispute resolution with an impressive track record. The team excels in international arbitration and multi-jurisdictional enforcement matters.’
‘John Savage has the ability to absorb a lot of material in a short amount of time. He sees a case from the lens of an arbitrator, which makes him brilliant in anticipating the important issues that the arbitrators will focus on in deciding a case.’
‘Vince Rowan is extremely experienced on international matters and has an exceptional ability to understand the complex engineering issues and putting them into simple explanations.’
‘Vince Rowan is a very experienced lawyer who is always a pleasure to work with. Vince is extremely practical, very commercially aware and always provides well considered advice to clients. Vince is the go-to lawyer for complex energy and process projects. Shareena Edmonds is very bright with brilliant client management and expert management skills. Shareena is a pleasure to work with and just like Vince, is an automatic choice for complex energy and process projects.’
‘Vincent Rowan is a valued business partner for both our UK and international litigation teams. Provides direct and pragmatic advice. Highly knowledgeable of key experts in the international arbitration and litigation arena.’
‘Shareena Edmonds. Extremely diligent and effective. Cuts through complicated and complex matters with her no-nonsense approach. Somebody in whom I would have absolute confident in doing a stellar job.’
Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.
Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A.
Société des Parcs d’Alger
Emirates International Investment Company LLC
Chevron Overseas Finance GMBH
Republic of Turkey
Gerald International Limited
The Stati family
Ascom Group S.A.
Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd
InterGlobe Enterprises Private Limited
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Yara Pilbara Nitrates Pty Ltd
Islamic Development Bank
- Acting for Ascom Group S.A. and Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd in a multi-jurisdictional enforcement matter against the Government of Kazakhstan.
- Secured a victory for Shell and Chevron in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines, which concerned the allocation of petroleum revenues.
- Acting for Vedanta and Cairn in an arbitration against Indian state oil company, ONGC, for wrongful interference in the claimants’ recovery of costs under a production sharing agreement and related operating agreement.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'exceptionally strong' London international arbitration team acts in complex, cross-border commercial arbitrations across the globe, including numerous, groundbreaking investor-state arbitrations. Its sector expertise includes the finance, telecoms, energy, construction equipment, agribusiness, retail and leisure industries, among others. Group head Christopher Colbridge and Rajinder Bassi handle both commercial and investor-state cases; and Richard Boynton is known for his work on behalf of international banks, multinationals and private equity funds. The strong team also includes Jonathan Newman and Philipp Kurek. Former partner Chiraag Shah left for Morrison & Foerster LLP.
‘Sophisticated and motivated legal team. Providing first rate client service.’
‘Rajinder Bassi – great litigator with excellent legal acumen. Phillip Kurek – thoughtful strategist.’
‘Experienced and effective lawyers. Good commercial judgement. Good at managing extended teams for larger cases, involving counsel teams and other lawyers and professionals.’
‘Rajinder Bassi: retains excellent judgement and poise under the pressures of litigation. Good at taking charge of the litigation and keeping in control of all its aspects. Chris Colbridge: very experienced and senior litigator. Excellent commercial judgement and recognition of the realities and likely outcomes.’
‘Philipp Kurek has proved excellent in terms of the day to day running of the case, drafting, and showing a very good sense of when counsel does or does not need to become involved. The partner involved, Chris Colbridge, has been present when needed, showing a very good sense of judgement and litigation tactics, and being very easy to work with.’
‘Rajinder Bassi is a standout name in international arbitration : a first-class intellect, oodles of experience, natural charm with clients and opponents and tough as nails when the occasion demands.’
Ping An Insurance Company of China, Limited
- Representing a global logistics company in a high-value UNCITRAL investment arbitration against a South American state, which concerned economic measures targeting the investor’s customs infrastructure investment.
- Representing a multinational strategic investor in a series of international arbitrations, which relate to the expropriation of a large investment in a Middle Eastern telecoms company.
- Representing a global construction equipment manufacturer in connection with high-profile and sensitive claims, which have arisen as a result of political turmoil in an emerging market and involve two international arbitrations.
Linklaters LLP's international arbitration team is widely considered a strong choice for complex, significant, multi-jurisdictional disputes, and 'knows how to handle clients from different parts of the world'. The practice is particularly focused on the oil and gas, natural resources and telecoms sectors, while clients also benefit from its significant in-house advocacy skills. Matthew Weiniger QC is global international arbitration practice head; Ben Carroll heads up the energy disputes practice; Tom Lidstrom focuses on Eastern European and Africa-related matters; and Teresa Laboucarié-Polak is an energy and construction-related disputes specialist. Further support is provided by counsel Jacqueline Chaplin and managing associates Adrien Canivet, Rebecca James and Mikhail Vishnyakov.
Other key lawyers:
‘In my experience, the team at Linklaters have a broad and supremely well-informed perspective on commercial disputes. They can draw on a wide team of talented and effective litigators with experience in complicated and high-value disputes.’
‘Tom Lidstrom combines technical expertise with commercial nous and impeccable judgement. That makes him a formidable litigator. He has a positive and direct manner which allows him to cut to the heart of the issues faced by his clients, and to ensure that they are dealt with in the optimum fashion. He also has a broad perspective which allows him to identify innovative solutions to difficult problems. It is an absolute pleasure to work with him.’
‘Mikhail Vishnyakov is a tenacious litigator. He relishes the fight, and presses for every legitimate advantage for his client. He works hard to ensure that all the angles have been considered and covered. It is great to have him in your corner.’
‘First-class disputes team. Not only do they excel in understanding the legal merits of the case, but also understand the economic framework that needs to be applied in the context of the claim. I have seen very few lawyers command such economic proficiency.’
‘Ben Carroll – tireless and supremely talented counsel. Navigates through complex issues at lightening speeds. Very good commercial knowledge.’
‘Having worked with Linklaters’ arbitration team on a number of cases, I am absolutely comfortable to confirm that they are, indeed, crème de la crème of the global international arbitration community. The cases, which they handle, are non-trivial disputes that require the maximum degree of professionalism and dedication. Linklaters have no problem with that!’
‘Matthew Weiniger QC is a strong specialist with an impressive track record. Linklaters are very lucky to have Matthew at the helm of their global arbitration team.’
‘Impressive team, on the ball, on top of every issue.’
Bank of New York Mellon
PL Holdings S.à r.l.
Abris Capital Partners
- Acting for Bank of New York Mellon in relation to UK, Dutch and Belgian enforcement proceedings, which were launched by investors against the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan, following the issuance of a large award.
- Acting for PL Holdings, a subsidiary of Abris Capital Partners, in investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Poland at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
Norton Rose Fulbright's team is part of the firm's global international arbitration practice, and clients regularly benefit from its ability to work in cross-office teams. The practice acts across the firm’s key sectors, namely the financial, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare industries. Sherina Petit leads the international arbitration practice across Asia, Europe and Middle East, and heads up the firm’s India practice globally; James Rogers is an experienced international arbitration practitioner; and Patrick Bourke is a leading name for dispute resolution across the Middle East. Other recommended advisers are Africa specialist Ruth Cowley and senior associate Matthew Buckle.
‘The Firm has a great international arbitration practice, specially with its focus on India.’
‘Sherina Petit. She is always on the ball and available 24×7. Has a great team which supports her very well.’
‘Strong relationships in India with clients and local counsel and a far better understanding of the Indian legal market than any other law firm I have worked with in London. The credit for this goes to Sherina Petit and her ability to work in India.’
‘Sherina Petit provides excellent strategic advice. Works comfortably with international counsel on cross border disputes. Helps clients navigate the international arbitration space with clear headed advice.’
‘They have a tremendous capacity to simplify to the very essence even the most complex and intricate matters and they have great oral advocacy skills.’
‘James Rogers – great advocacy skills. Matthew Buckle – very analytical and hands on.’
- Defended Spanish construction company, Sacyr, in ICC arbitration proceedings, which concerned claims by the Panama Canal Authority for the return of large advance payments.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP is widely respected for its expertise in high-value and technically complex cases in the global energy and infrastructure sectors. The 'well led and committed practice' is also increasingly active in relation to investment treaty arbitrations, which arise under various bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Jason Hambury is co-head of the international arbitration group alongside Dean Lewis in Hong Kong; Mark Roe is the former international arbitration head; Katharine Davies acts in complex energy-related disputes; and Jean-François Le Gal is an Africa and Middle East specialist. Other partners to note include Rob Wilkins, Alistair Calvert and Gurmukh Riyat. Richard Ashmore, Clea Bigelow-Nuttall, Daniel Gardiner and Cécile Tangy are experienced senior associates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clear, realistic and pragmatic advice applying the law on a basis of familiarity with the industry and commercial awareness.’
‘Dedication to hitting deadlines, keeping Clients costs under control and ability to explain complex legal matters to the Client.’
‘Katharine Davies & Daniel Gardiner work well as a team and make themselves available as much as possible to meet and/or discuss issues with the Client.’
‘The PM team were the Pictionary definition of a well led and committed operation, professionally and personally invested in delivering the best result for their clients. It was a real pleasure to watch them set about it and play a small supporting part. They gripped their subject with intellectual rigour and passion and should be considered experts in the relevant geographic field. What could have been turgid and repetitive was enlivened and even fun. I will miss it.’
‘Rob Wilkins; cool headed, able judgement in assessing/balancing time, focus and tone of the product/brief. Led by example.’
‘Mike Cottrell; unassuming, reserved, master of detail, summary delivered with the precision of a fillet knife.’
‘Katharine Davies (partner) is one of the best in the business. Tough, persistent, realistic. Formidable. Years of experience. You want to have her on your side. You most definitely do not want to be against her. Daniel Gardner, senior associate, is a rising star. Very good lawyer. Very impressive attention to detail. And a pleasure to work with. Top team, no question.’
Tepe Insaat Sanayi A.S
GMR Maldives International Airport Limited
Jacobs Engineering Group
The Home Office
- Representing longstanding client Tepe Insaat (a Turkish contractor) in relation to high-value enforcement proceedings.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons’ 'excellent international arbitration team' is highly experienced in commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings that are business-critical, involve complex points of law, and are of industry importance to the firm's key sectors, which include the TMT, financial and energy and infrastructure industries. Group head Stuart Dutson's experience includes arbitrations in England, mainland Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia; and Jayne Bentham is recommended for large and complex multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, particularly in the telecoms and energy sectors. At managing associate level, Basil Woodd-Walker has extensive experience in enforcement proceedings relating to arbitration awards; and supervising associate Eleanore Di Claudio is noted for TMT-related disputes.
‘Stuart Dutson is one of the godfather’s of international arbitration. Very knowledgeable, and acts in very high profile cases.’
‘A key strength of the team is its ability to remain flexible and adapt to the different demands of foreign legal systems and arbitral proceedings. Their engagements with clients, foreign lawyers and third party witnesses remain constructive even when the pressure is on which gets the best out of everyone.’
‘Stuart Dutson – leading expert in his field, charismatically combines excellent technical knowledge with consummate pragmatism.’
‘Simmons and Simmons draws on the experience and expertise of excellent practitioners from its offices in multiple jurisdictions, and can provide a full service in international arbitration proceedings for disputes arising in all industry sectors, whatever the applicable law and seat of the arbitration.’
‘A pre-eminent team led by one of the doyens of the arbitration world.’
‘Stuart Dutson – when you think of arbitration, you think of Stuart Dutson; there’s nothing more to it. Stuart has a first-class brain which never stops working for clients; he is full of ideas, and creative; if you have an arbitration dispute, he must be your first port of call.’
‘Jayne Bentham (partner) – very responsive, excellent communicator, tough and fearless opponent.’
‘I would particularly single out Jayne Bentham, who I find outstanding. A really formidable litigator. Warm and user friendly to her clients, but absolutely tough as nails fighting for them – what a combination!’
‘Basil Woodd-Walker – an excellent lawyer and deep thinker (and really easy to work with).’
Government of the Republic of Indonesia
Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation
- Acted for the Indonesian Government in winning a bilateral treaty arbitration, which was brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys.
- Defended Botas Petroleum Pipeline Corporation against attempts to enforce six ICC arbitrations in relation to high-value assets it holds in Jersey.
Addleshaw Goddard 'has an extremely skilled team of individuals', which has a strong track record in acting in major international arbitrations involving the energy, life sciences, insurance and construction sectors; it also has a growing reputation in investment treaty arbitration. The international arbitration practice is co-led by energy specialist Simon Kamstra, and energy and life sciences expert Jon Tweedale; while Sarah Vasani is investor-state disputes head. Legal director Nathalie Allen was recently hired from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP, and investment treaty specialist Ben Burnham was promoted to managing associate.
‘Sarah Vasani is superlative – she is an excellent lawyer, a superb team player, puts her clients’ interests first at all times and will always go the extra mile for her clients. Jon Tweedale is also an excellent lawyer, very conscientious and always on top of the detail.’
‘Addleshaws is at a smart price point in the current market with a team of superbly talented senior international lawyers, including Sarah Vasani, Nathalie Allen and Simon Kamstra. In addition to strong internationality, they have unique and broad ranging energy experience, including in particular with state parties.’
‘Nathalie Allen is an absolute star and AG was incredibly lucky to get her. She is fluent in four languages, very well-regarded by co-counsel, arbitrators and clients alike and a terrific colleague.’
‘Addleshaw Goddard has an extremely strong practice in this area, benefiting in particular from the skills and experience of two stand-out individuals (Jon Tweedale and Sarah Vasani). They offer an exceptionally skilled team of individuals who provide advice which is always considered and on-point. They have developed a very strong following in the market. The team is responsive and ready to work round the clock. It also provides solid support to clients and counsel in the pressured periods immediately before and during hearing.’
‘The main partners in this area in London are Jon Tweedale and Sarah Vasani. Both are of superstar quality and leading figures in the field. Jon Tweedale is a virtuoso lawyer at the absolute top of his game. He is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. He has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of his cases. He displays absolute charm with his clients and all those with whom he works. He is very charismatic and clients love him. Most importantly, he gets great results for his clients. Sarah Vasani is also a star in the firm. She is dedicated to her cases, totally unflappable and exudes confidence. She has the energy of three people and is tireless in achieving the best result for her clients.’
‘Simon Kamstra – Possibly the coolest man international arbitration – very distinguished, connected and exuberates knowledge and confidence.’
‘Sarah Vasani –is becoming the ever-growing face of Addleshaws’ stellar International Arbitration practice. Very attentive and personable, but with an air of complete control.’
‘Maria Frangeskides is excellent – she really thinks through problems, and develops creative solutions for the client.’
‘Maria Frangeskides is a top lawyer – brilliant at dealing with the most difficult clients.’
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Konoike Construction Company
- Successfully acted for Konoike, a Japanese construction company, in relation to the enforcement of a $64m ICC arbitration award against the Government of Tanzania.
- Acting for Weyerhaeuser in relation to conflicting anti-suit injunctions obtained in the English Commercial Court by Hiscox / CV Starr, and in Seattle by Weyerhaeuser, concerning the proper forum for the insurance coverage dispute between the parties.
Akin Gump LLP's 'very strong, cohesive team' is widely recognised for its experience in complex, high-stakes, international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes; the practice has particular sector experience in the oil and gas, power generation and telecoms industries. Russia disputes specialist Justin Williams leads the worldwide international arbitration practice from the London office, which also includes construction arbitration expert Hamish Lal; Kambiz Larizadeh, who is well known for matters involving civil fraud; and financial services disputes expert Richard Hornshaw. Jenny Arlington and James Glaysher are experienced counsels.
Other key lawyers:
‘Justin Williams is a true star in the int arb firmament – finger on the pulse at all times, and great judgement.’
‘Akin Gump has a very well built team, always available, and with large experience in arbitration.’
‘Akin Gump has very high standards of excellence, and global representation. I found the team I worked with to be very organised, professional and timely in its actions. Overall, my experience was very positive based on the integration of the team members, their clear vision of the goals to be achieved and the knowledgeable attorneys involved.’
‘A very strong, cohesive team. Client focused with excellent commercial awareness. Sensitive to client needs and the challenges of litigation/arbitration, particularly for foreign clients.’
Justin Williams – excellent leadership, puts together well balanced teams of associates and counsel, unparalleled sensitivity to client needs and concerns. Sheena Buddhdev – the pivot at the heart of a team, excellent skills coordinating complex cases and multiple work streams. James Glaysher – consistently strong team player, good nose for the key issues.’
Dommo Energia S.A.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Bridgestone Americas Inc
- Represented tyre manufacturer, Bridgestone, in a groundbreaking treaty arbitration against Panama, which related to IP investments.
- Acted for the joint administrators of Afren (In Administration) in a number of arbitrations, including two LCIA arbitrations that related to the alleged termination of fees due under services contracts.
Arnold & Porter's London team is 'highly skilled and knowledgeable in international arbitration' and has significant experience in acting for sovereign states throughout Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Central Asia. Notable partners include commercial and investor-state arbitration experts Dmitri Evseev, David Reed, Patricio Grané Labat and Jane Wessel; and commercial dispute resolution group head for Europe Hilton Mervis. Monty Taylor, who represents corporations, individuals and governments, was made partner, and William Godwin QC was recruited from 3 Hare Court as counsel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Solid international arbitration offering with a great depth of experience.’
‘Monty Taylor is utterly brilliant. He is a careful thinker, a charismatic advocate and a genial colleague.’
‘David Reed is an excellent technical lawyer, with good commercial instincts. He was always able to think strategically about resolving the dispute in a way which prioritised achieving the client’s objectives for bringing the project on-stream, as distinct from simply prolonging the litigation. Also I would recommend Hilton Mervis, who was a good tactician and was a similarly strong technical lawyer.’
‘I would generally say that Arnold & Porter has a strong arbitration team with members who offer a wide range of qualifications in terms of sector, language and legal expertise. The arbitration team has the ability to flexibly accommodate their clients’ needs in international arbitration. The partners offer sound leadership and they maintain good client relationships.’
‘I would mention in particular Dmitri Evseev who has a sharp mind and thinking and is very good in working with experts.’
‘Patricio Grané is an outstanding counsel. He knows the case in detail and is goal oriented. His expertise in international law, international arbitration and WTO is an indisputable asset for the client.’
Republic of Bulgaria
Kingdom of Thailand
Republic of Peru
Republic of Costa Rica
Republic of Chile
Republic of Philippines
Republic of Korea
The Dominican Republic
Republic of Panama
Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim A.S.
- Representing the Kingdom of Thailand in a gold mining sector-related investment treaty arbitration, initiated by Australian claimants under the Australia-Thailand Free Trade Agreement.
- Acting for Peru in six separate investment treaty cases.
- Successfully acted for the Republic of Bulgaria in an €80m investment treaty arbitration claim, which was brought by the State General Reserve Fund of Oman and related to the collapse of CorpBank.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP's international arbitration work takes in Latin America, Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East and Africa-related matters. London and Washington DC-based Jay Alexander leads the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice, which includes PIL and arbitration specialist Alejandro Escobar; and Johannes Koepp and Dorine Farah, who both focus on commercial and investor-state international arbitrations.
International arbitration is a key area of strength for Baker McKenzie, which effectively leverages it global network. Key areas of expertise for the ‘very well informed group‘ include complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes; financial and M&A arbitrations, and matters in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors. Steve Abraham is the dispute resolution chair for the EMEA region; other highly regarded partners are Edward Poulton, Andy Moody, John Leadley and Kate Corby. Further support is provided by senior associates Ekaterina (Katia) Finkel and Richard Molesworth, and newly promoted partner Judith Mulholland.
Other key lawyers:
‘All team members are very well informed about the case. The internal coooperation is excellent, obviously.’
‘Edward Poulton has an excellent legal knowledge and an excellent economical approach too.’
‘Judith Mulholland – was highly responsive, very clear and structured in her approach to the multijurisdictional dispute, drafting and advice.’
‘Powerful and very experienced team, well recognised in the market and attracting excellent instructions.’
‘Ed Poulton (partner) and Richard Molesworth (associate) are stand out lawyers in the arbitration team at Bakers.’
‘I have been impressed by the prompt, efficient and professional service received with suitable back-up from a team involved to insure there is always someone available.’
‘Ekaterina Finkel- Associate. I think she is a rising star. She identified legal risks so effectively and realistically which enabled us to develop a business strategy for negotiation and arrived at a reasonable settlement.’
Dresser-Rand Group Inc.
State of Kuwait
Standard Chartered Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
Edwardian Hotels Group
- Acting for FedEx in a complex, Dubai International Financial Centre-LCIA arbitration, which concerns a breach of contract by a former service provider of delivery and transport services.
- Acting for US oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand BV (part of Siemens), as claimant, in a Dubai-seated ICC arbitration.
- Acting for high-net-worth individual, Michael Ventura (CEO and founder of Sub Rosa) in a large family dispute, which covered proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.
Excelling at handling its own oral advocacy at international arbitration hearings, Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's 'very client-oriented and proactive' UK team has significant investor-state arbitration capabilities. Its commercial arbitration portfolio has also grown notably. Kenneth Beale and Will Hooker are international arbitration specialists; and London managing partner Natasha Harrison's practice includes high-stakes investor disputes. David Hunt is the associate to note.
‘The international arbitration team at Boies Schiller Flexner has emerged as an understated powerhouse on the arbitration scene, particularly in London. They have managed to put together an extremely busy practice with top-notch clients without implementing an active marketing initiative. This success likely arises from word-of-mouth referrals, which is a testament to the high quality of work.’
‘Ken Beale is a terrific international arbitration practitioner who quickly grasps the real issues in dispute and digs down into the weeds to ensure that a complex matter is presented clearly and precisely. His demeanour with tribunals and clients is spot on. He is smooth without being too slick – a trait that is not as easy to find as one would think.’
‘Natasha Harrison is a great mind and stands out for her ability to deal with large groups of private equity and hedge fund clients.’
‘The team has outstanding knowledge, dynamism and grit. The partners and associates are brilliant and a pleasure to work with. They work seamlessly with local counsel in international arbitration.’
‘David Hunt is one the brightest, most efficient and hardest working associates I have ever seen. He very much impressed the client and the other lawyers involved. It is delightful to work with him and having him as a part of the team.’
- Acted in the successful defence of an English High Court challenge, which concerned an LCIA arbitration involving an iron ore mining project-related dispute.
DLA Piper's 'focused practice has excellent organisation' and routinely acts in international arbitrations involving energy, infrastructure and construction disputes; the group also fields specialists in Africa-related work and investment treaty disputes. The Europe practice is led by Philip Chong, who is supported by international commercial and investment treaty arbitration expert Kate Cervantes-Knox, while James Carter has particular experience in Africa-related disputes. Other key names include experienced partners Edward Shaw and Christina Lawrence, along with of counsel Ben Sanderson, legal director Elinor Thomas and senior associate Maria Scott.
Other key lawyers:
‘Phillip Chong (Head of Intl Arbitration) – very bright; very charming; skilled operator in the field with great technical know-how and judgement.’
‘Maria Scott (Senior Associate) – very clever and tenacious; master of the detail; quick and deft of mind; a rising star.’
‘Christina Lawrence – very smart, intensely knowledgeable. Uniquely qualified to advise on Russia/ FSU matters.’
‘James Carter goes the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for his clients.’
‘The team is very proactive and accountable. The response time is excellent.’
‘Kate Cervantes-Knox is a top class litigator with considerable arbitration experience as litigator, arbitrator and lecturer. She runs her hard-working team with efficiency and charm. A delight to work with and terrific team player.’
‘The overall level of service of the practice is excellent. They are responsive and offer comparatively good value for money, which is also enhanced by their strong sector knowledge.’
Republic of Kenya
Standard Chartered Bank
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Samsung Engineering Co, Ltd
State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP)
- Acted for Gazprom in one of the highest value and most politically sensitive bet the company disputes in the world.
- Acted successfully for Kenya in a case that made new international law.
- Acting in a high-profile case for INTERPOL, in relation to China’s detention of the organisation’s former President.
Fieldfisher's 'dynamic international arbitration team dedicates itself relentlessly to achieving its clients’ goals' and is particularly well known for its Russian and CIS expertise, including disputes originating from Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The firm also has a growing MENA group, and acts in matters involving Gulf-based clients. Simon Sloane leads the international arbitration group in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which is headed up by Colin Gibson; Arik Aslanyan leads the Russia and CIS group. Daniel Hayward, Alexandra Underwood and recently promoted Tracey Wright are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
‘Colin Gibson is a brilliant strategist and combines considerable legal acumen with strong commercial nous.’
‘Tracey Wright is extremely diligent, able to master detail and manage large-scale litigation with aplomb.’
‘The team’s ability to handle many very large, multi-jurisdictional commercial and investment arbitrations at the same time rivals that of the very biggest magic circle and US firms, making them a major player in the arbitration space.’
‘Head of disputes Colin Gibson is very well regarded in the market, as is rising star (and fluent Russian speaker) Daniel Hayward, who has a great deal of experience of disputes emanating from Russia and the CIS and brings formidable strategic and tactical clout to his cases.’
‘An affable and dynamic team that dedicates itself relentlessly to achieving its clients’ goals. Combines large firm commitment and capability with a relaxed team-oriented approach. Particularly active in Russian and Ukrainian language cases.’
‘Simon Sloane is a senior partner with an easy-going yet thorough and professional approach. A consummate team leader, incredibly easy to work with and always open to new ideas.’
‘Dan Haywood and Alexandra Underwood are very organised and very approachable. They are pragmatic in their approach whilst making sure that they protect and advance their clients’ interests.’
Littop Enterprises & related companies
Gilward Investments BV
LLC Lugzor & Others
- Instructed to represent Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited (as lead counsel) in a high-value, ongoing arbitration.
- Acting for Gilward Investments BV in a public international law bilateral investment treaty claim, which relates to an investment made in a transport business in Ukraine.
- Acting for LLC Lugzor & others in four interlinked public international law bilateral investment treaty claims, which relate to real estate investments made in Russia.
Mayer Brown International LLP's London office fields sector specialists in the construction and engineering, energy, mining, telecoms, retail, commodities, shipping and finance industries, among others, and frequently undertakes post-M&A arbitrations. The bulk of the practice's work stems from the Middle East and Africa, but it has also ramped up instructions in Europe. Co-head of the global group Raid Abu-Manneh also leads the London international arbitration group, which fields experienced partners Mark Stefanini, Miles Robinson and Kwadwo Sarkodie. Rachael O’Grady and Sam Prentki are experienced senior associates.
Fouad Alghanim & Sons General Trading
The Republic Of The Gambia
Mishcon de Reya LLP recruited heavyweight international commercial arbitration specialist Louis Flannery QC in 2020 as partner from Stephenson Harwood. The practice, which is headed up by Karel Daele, works across the banking and finance, telecoms, power, commodities, real estate and natural resources sectors, among others. Also highly regarded are dispute resolution head Kasra Nouroozi and commercial disputes head Richard Leedham. At non-partner level, legal director Zachary Segal focuses on CIS and CEE-related disputes; and managing associate Elizabeth Montpetit specialises in investor-state arbitrations.
‘Karel Daele stands out as a very responsive lawyer.’
‘The team is very experienced with international arbitration practice in a large scale with both private and governmental entities. They are highly efficient and provide excellent deliverables within short time lines thus saving on costs. They are very much down to the smallest of details and at all times show great knowledge in the many facts of the case.’
‘Karel Daele has the ability to take complex matters and to present them in a simple and direct way. Great understanding for the business. Ability to lead case-strategy and case-management. Very efficient in the deliverables thus reducing on costs. Highly experienced in International Arbitration with both private and government entities.’
‘Elizabeth Montpetit is very efficient in the deliverables thus reducing on costs. Very much down to the details.’
BSGR Resources Limited
RSM Production Corporation
BSGR Resources Limited
Katanga Border Post SARL
Kingdom of Belgium; Port of Antwerp
Starenergie 2073 SA
Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Representing Nigeria in a challenge in the English High Court to a large ICC arbitration award made in favour of PIDL.
- Representing Belgium in an ICSID arbitration, brought by DP World in relation to an alleged breach by the Antwerp Port Authority of a concession to operate a container handling terminal in the Port of Antwerp.
- Representing BSGR in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Guinea (as well as a related LCIA arbitration brought by Vale), in relation to a high-value mining project in Guinea.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP's London international arbitration team has 'a very professional approach, combined with an understanding of different business cultures'. The practice handles both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations in the firm's core sectors, which include the technology and innovation, finance, and energy and infrastructure industries. Mark Beeley is an energy disputes specialist, while Amanda Voss and Sarah Stockley are notable senior associates.
‘A highly motivated and effective arbitration team, with a real understanding of how arbitrators think. They stand out because they ensure their case strategy is carefully tailored to the client’s desired outcome, not to maximising revenue or based on following a formula for all international arbitrations.’
‘Mark Beeley is the standout performer: a highly skilled advocate who is a match for any heavyweight silk in a hearing, but also sees the wider commercial context. He is able to fix the strategy and deliver it, giving clients the confidence that the man at the front really understands and cares about their case.’
Gaztransport & Technigaz
Khaitan Holding (Mauritius) Limited
- Acting for Vedanta Ltd & Marubeni as the joint venture parties in their 14-year dispute with the Government of India, which concerns the allocation of profits from an oil and gas field.
- Representing KHML in its bilateral investment treaty claim against India, which concerns India’s cancellation of its 2G Mobile telephone provider licences.
Osborne Clarke LLP’s 'wide-ranging international arbitration practice fields quality people', who are highly active in complex, cross-border matters for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, as well as leading companies in the energy and renewables, technology, financial services and construction sectors. The practice also has a strong reputation for disputes involving Russia and the CIS region. Greg Fullelove heads up the international arbitration group worldwide, and Artem Doudko leads the Russia and CIS disputes practice. Adrian Lifely and Rob Horne are also key names.
‘Greg Fullelove is a great communicator, dedicated client lawyer, and strong advocate, who understands arbitration very well, and runs a good team at OC.’
‘Good, wide ranging practice and quality people.’
‘Greg Fullelove is a very sensible, effective operator.’
‘Very dedicated, have always provided quick and top-quality advice.’
‘Greg Fullelove is simply outstanding. He is extremely responsive and a great strategist. He never looses sight of the main goal, and his responses will always be aimed at furthering the client’s case. Artem Doudko is an absolute expert in CIS related arbitrations, and is a very powerful and convincing advocate.’
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP's practice has significant experience across key commercial arbitration centres globally, and due to the firm's significant trading, commodities and shipping practices, it is also experienced in arbitrations under the rules of several trade associations and trade institutions. In addition, the group has sector expertise in the oil and gas, construction, mining, electricity, telecoms, banking, solar and nuclear power industries. Partners to note are Belinda Paisley, who handles state and investor disputes; Gautam Bhattacharyya, who regularly acts in India-related matters; and Korea Group leader Alex Andrews. Investment treaty expert Chloe Carswell is also highly regarded.
‘Gautam Bhattacharyya. Very effective team leader, directing other solicitors and counsel as part of a wider team. Gives commercial and sensible advice to clients and then ensures that this is given proper effect by his team. Incredibly hardworking; whilst often travelling around the world, he gives the impression of being available 24/7 for his team and clients.’
‘The Reed Smith London international arbitration practice has a vast range of experience across numerous industry sectors, and its investor-state arbitration team in particular includes some of the most talented and promising individuals practising in this field at both partner and associate level.’
‘At partner level, Belinda Paisley is a first-rate lawyer, who blends strategic instincts and big-picture thinking with an impressive grasp of forensic detail. She is extraordinarily hard-working and committed and an excellent team leader.’
‘At associate level, Lucy Winnington-Ingram is an outstanding arbitration lawyer and a real rising star. Her formidable intellect is paired with first-class drafting skills, exceptional forensic abilities, strategic instincts far beyond her years, and – remarkably, given her seniority – a natural talent and flair for advocacy. She is the rare sort of lawyer whose presence on a team can single-handedly turn around a case. In a word, she is a superstar.’
Shearman & Sterling LLP is a strong name in the market for high-stakes, high-value international arbitrations, and fields a significant investment treaty practice. Tsegaye Laurendeau and Margaret Clare Ryan are well-regarded counsels; arbitration specialist Garreth Wong was recruited from Bird & Bird LLP in 2020.
‘Garreth Wong is an effective advocate in international arbitration. ‘
‘Garreth Wong is a serious operator and very good with clients.’
‘Garreth Wong is becoming increasingly well known in the arbitration market and undoubtedly has a very bright future. His training as a barrister at a top London chambers shows in his forensic approach to his work and in his advocacy. He is also fantastic with clients and has an enviable caseload.’
‘Garreth Wong is an accomplished arbitration specialist who has a good feel for running a complex case. He is an excellent strategist and a good advocate.’
Squire Patton Boggs's 'strong London team' represents commercial and state parties in investor treaty disputes and energy arbitrations. The practice is also experienced in arbitrations in the commodities, technology, telecoms, transportation, infrastructure, insurance and shipping sectors, among others. Ben Holland is an energy arbitration specialist, and Max Rockall acts in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Other key names are London IDR head Peter Crossley, and global co-chair of IDR George von Mehren, who divides his time between London and Cleveland. Former partner James Barratt joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
‘Squire Patton Boggs’ London team is a strong team that is rising in its profile in the market. It competes at a very high level on international arbitration work.’
‘Michael Davar – a rising star associate that will go extra mile for a good result.’
‘George von Mehren is the team leader. He is the key person who leads the team to make proper legal strategy and organise/assign the team and members in a most effective way. Under his excellent leadership, our case and legal issues are properly resolved. The legal strategies he made have made great contributions to the preferable solution we could achieve for an important high value international arbitration case. He is a very capable, experienced and responsible counsel, team leader and working partner.’
‘Max Rockall partner at SPB has been outstanding in delivering quick accurate information and management, pulling together a first class team from those at his disposal, ensuring the right people are on the job and the required service is quickly and efficiently being executed. His relaxed yet highly professional management approach gives confidence the job is being resourced and executed as best it can. His attention to detail and quick understanding of the brief first class, he is a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Ben Holland is very responsible and has a wide outlook and knowledge in technical matters which is important in cases where high tech equipment is the subject.’
‘The first thing that comes to mind is the professional way that the SPB team deal every issue whether of immense importance or otherwise.’
Overgas Inc AD
Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural Fenosa) (Spain)
Edison SpA (Italy)
The Slovak Republic
The Republic of Estonia
The Republic of Ecuador
The Republic of Kosovo
- Acted for Overgas Inc AD (and related group companies) in a benchmark decision on a strike out application in London Commercial Court proceedings, which resulted from an ICC arbitration award.
- Acted for a UK investor in a dispute concerning the Republic of Bulgaria’s failure to liberalise the gas markets in Bulgaria.
- Defending the Slovak Republic against a BIT claim, brought by a Polish mineral water producer and concerning the transport of water through an underground pipe.
Stephenson Harwood fields 'serious arbitration professionals with long-running experience' and handles disputes in the energy, oil and gas and maritime sectors; its geographical specialisms cover Africa, Israel, India and Russia and the CIS region. Named president of the LCIA African Users' Council in 2019, Kamal Shah heads up the Africa and India groups, while Shai Wade serves as counsel and arbitrator in large-scale complex disputes. Former international arbitration head Louis Flannery left for Mishcon de Reya LLP.
‘What makes this practice of Stephenson Harwood LLP unique is their focus on Customer/Client Needs.’
‘Kamal Shah stands out as the most outstanding personality at SH Legal. His demeanour and responses are always insightful and full of solution thinking and that makes him a leader.’
‘The team is extremely responsive and delivers top quality advice. Their diverse backgrounds give them a unique insight into international arbitration and cross-border disputes and position them to produce the exceptional quality of output they deliver.’
‘Shai Wade is an exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer, who delivers top quality work to meet the clients’ need. He is extremely responsive and very pleasant to work with.’
‘Shai Wade is the dependable star of the practice, keeping everything on an even keel. Excellent in energy disputes in particular he has made a real name for himself in the Israeli arbitration market.’
‘The Arbitration Team at SH is unique. They not only combine great talent, but are also dedicated professionals, diligent and very smart. We also like their extremely forthcoming and friendly attitude which makes it so much easier for everybody involved.’
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.
Symbion Power Tanzania
The Bolivian Republic of Venezuela
- Acting for three respondents (based in Asia and Africa) in a London-seated ICC arbitration against a major North American bank, which concerns a shareholder agreement.
- Instructed on behalf of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to act in its intervention, as an interested party, in an appeal brought by oilfield services giant, Halliburton, in the UK Supreme Court.
- Representing Fox Marble in connection with an investment arbitration, arising from the unfair treatment and expropriation of an investment (marble quarry) in Kosovo.
Winston & Strawn LLP’s 'well-led' London office is known for large-scale infrastructure arbitrations, including the related energy, power and transportation projects. The practice also acts in shareholder disputes and arbitrations arising under investment treaties. Chicago and London-based Ricardo Ugarte is global international arbitration practice chair; Michael Stepek, is a widely respected international commercial and investment treaty arbitration specialist; and Matthew Bate has approximately two decades' international arbitration experience. Daniel Meagher is also an experienced practitioner, and Ben Bruton returned to London from the Dubai office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Hardworking, client focused, committed firm with international reach For smaller team in London, impressive in oil and gas expertise.’
‘Daniel Meagher (Partner) – an impressive grasp of concepts and ability to pin point quickly the key issues. Would recommend him. Suzanne Labi (Associate) – rising star, very impressive and great attention to detail.’
‘Matthew Bate – strategic thinker who understands to navigate efficiently through multi-layered disputes with cross-functional implications.’
‘I would like to single out and applaud Salah Mattoo for his commercial understanding of settlement mechanisms at play in the course of arbitration and mediation, especially when there are cultural barriers that are affecting outcomes.’
‘Winston’s Dispute resolution and international arbitration team is fully dedicated to defending your interests. I am fully confident no stone will be left unturned.’
‘Michael Stepek is an exceptionally efficient Partner. His ability to give practical advice and deliver heavy workload in very short time periods is quite impressive.’
Maritech Int’l Ltd.
Century Bridge Capital
SKAZZI3 Capital Limited
Dominion Minerals Corp.
- Represented Eskosol in an investment treaty arbitration against Italy, which arose from Italy’s departure from an incentive regime it had created for investors to invest in the production of solar photovoltaic energy.
- Represented Dominion Minerals Corp (DMC) in its claims brought pursuant to a treaty between the US and Panama, which related to DMC’s investment in a copper and gold concession.
- Acted for SKAZZI3 Capital in an LCIA arbitration against Pathway Genomics Corp, a San Diego-based genetic testing company, which arose from a business development agreement and side letter.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's London office has a robust commercial arbitration practice that spans multiple sectors, including the energy and natural resources, manufacturing, telecoms and finance industries, among others. The firm also has a substantial investment treaty arbitration practice. Commercial and investment treaty arbitration specialist Christopher Moore has acted before a wide variety of judicial and arbitral bodies, and J Cameron Murphy is an experienced counsel.
Other key lawyers:
The Hellenic Republic
The Republic of Iraq
The Hellenic Republic
Republic of Tatarstan (and the Ministry of Land and Property)
Relations of the Republic of Tatarstan
Telecom Italia International
Telecom Italia S.p.A
Board of VEON
- Acted for the Republic of Iraq in an ICC arbitration, which was commenced against the Republic of Turkey under inter-state agreements that govern the use and operation of oil pipelines and related storage and loading facilities.
- Acted for the Hellenic Republic in an ICSID arbitration, which was brought by Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co for alleged violations of the Cyprus-Hellenic Republic BIT.
- Counsel to claimant Vale in securing a large commercial arbitration award, which brought a successful conclusion to a four-and-a-half-year battle with BSGR over Vale’s allegations of bribery and fraud.
Cooley (UK) LLP's strengths cover international commercial arbitrations and arbitrations in the insurance and reinsurance arenas. James Maton heads up the London litigation team, while Mark Everiss is insurance and reinsurance practice head. The practice also fields experienced partners Laurence Harris, Kevin Perry and Henry Stewart. David Kendall retired from the partnership but remains as senior counsel.
‘Responsive, detailed and thoughtful, this team is a trusted adviser.’
‘Mark Everiss has years of experience of resolving market issues and has a relentless eye for detail.’
‘Cooley’s attention to detail and personal service distinguishes them from all other law firms. I have found their partners and lawyers to be highly dedicated, available at all hours of the day and night to progress cases.’
‘The individuals we have partnered with at Cooley (namely Mark Everiss and David Kendall) have been highly personable but incredibly diligent professionals, who will ensure the optimal resolution is always achieved. Moreover they are honest and reliable experts who will not sugarcoat a difficult position. Their honesty and integrity is greatly admired and they bring an unparalleled experience and knowledge to each case.’
Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited (MMI)
Odyssey Marine Exploration Ltd.
- Acted for MMI in arbitration proceedings against a reinsurer to recover payment of large sums.
- Acting for Odyssey in a claim against the United Mexican States, pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement and the UNCITRAL Rules.
Dentons' 'very professional and meticulous international arbitration specialists' are recognised for their expertise in emerging markets including Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, and the CIS. The team is particularly noted for energy and infrastructure arbitrations, and has experienced an increased volume of banking disputes. Other sector specialisms include the hotels, gaming, media, telecoms and mining industries. Liz Tout heads up the London group, which includes Dan Bodle, James Langley and London and Moscow-based Dominic Pellew, along with counsel Matthew Vinall and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder.
‘Exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable but also practical and down-to-earth. They deal with cases with the minimum of fuss and with a reassuring sense of being in control. In depth industry knowledge, especially in the oil and gas sector, really shines out, e.g. when talking with the clients or with expert witnesses.’
‘Liz Tout – hugely experienced, always unflappable with a strong sense of what points will appeal to a Tribunal.’
‘James Langley – a rising star. Exceptionally bright and enviably organised.’
‘Matt Vinall – very experienced and knowledgeable with a particular flair for numbers, e.g. in large quantum disputes.’
‘I have been particularly impressed by Catherine Gilfedder and James Langley – valued by me for their overall hands-on good sense and competence.’
‘Liz Tout has a unique talent of detailed analysis of the issues and can quickly spot an area that requires more analysis and research.’
‘Dentons is a classy arbitration team with bags of experience and the ability to work cross-border with ease.’
Government of India
- Acted for the Government of India in challenges to an arbitral award, which arose out of a high-profile oil and gas project-related arbitration against Reliance and BG.
Enyo Law LLP
Specialist disputes firm Enyo Law LLP is experienced in successfully representing commercial parties and state-owned entities in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations in many seats around the world. The 'technically excellent and tremendously hardworking' practice is particularly experienced in matters involving parties from Russia and the CIS region. Key practitioners to note are Jonathan Brook, Tim Elliss and senior associate Katie Marquet-Horwood. Growth in the team saw Daniel Levy, who spearheads the Latin America practice, promoted to the partnership; and England and Wales, New York and Russia-admitted Evgeniya Rubinina joined as partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is technically excellent on law and procedure and very sensible and pragmatic in their approach to strategy. They are tremendously hard-working and remain calm and pleasant to deal with in all circumstances.’
‘Jonathan Brook – excellent with clients, but also knows when to add real value on the substance.’
‘I think the practice is unique because of its ability to empathise whilst still remaining professional with clients, and objective. It is also not cut-throat and practitioners seem to care about not purposefully prolonging issues to keep billing clients and also to avoid unnecessary costs for example sending/ encouraging unnecessary e-mail correspondence etc.’
In my experience, Enyo has highly capable lawyers, particularly its partners and senior associates, who have worked all-out on a challenging high value, high stakes arbitration involving a large solicitor and counsel team. The team has significant experience with Russian clients.
‘Pietro Marino is very impressive. He is extremely hard working, adept at managing a large solicitor/counsel team and has excellent strategic sense. He is always on top of the detail and never afraid to roll up his sleeves, and great with clients.’
‘Evgeniya Rubinina, Partner, is a brilliant Russian-speaking lawyer. She has a fantastic attitude and is always looking for solutions that are practical.’
‘Evgenyia Rubinina is a top international lawyer whose tenacity and Russian skills make her a stand out from the crowd.’
Orient Express Bank
The Hellenic Republic
- Acted for Orient Express Bank, the second defendant to an anti-suit injunction, which was successfully discharged.
- Acted for a Russian businessman in relation to several litigious proceedings, which arose out of investments in a multinational aluminium business.
- Acted for the Hellenic Republic in proceedings before the English High Court to set aside an arbitral award obtained by Leidos in an ICC arbitration in Greece.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, and fields experts in ancillary proceedings. The team has particular experience in the energy, infrastructure, industrials, and trade sectors, and in disputes involving joint ventures, shareholders and M&A. Jonathan Leach is UK international arbitration head; Greg Falkof is another key London arbitration partner; and Leeds-based Mark Howarth leads the UK energy sector commercial and regulatory disputes team. Providing support are principal associate Cameron Forsaith and senior associate Ahmed Abdel-Hakam. Barrister Claire Stockford joined as partner from Shepherd and Wedderburn.
‘This team stands for seamless service and a culture of representing the client’s interest as if it were its own. Full commitment and top quality.’
‘Jonathan Leach is the calm soul of the team, intelligently leading the team step by step to success, motivating team members and delivering in time whatever is required.’
‘Cameron Forsaith is the rising star.’
‘Eversheds Sutherland has a strong international arbitration practice with a particular oil and gas and investor-state specialism. The firm is a heavy hitter in this area, competing with the boutique firms and the magic circle firms on very high value claims.’
‘The two standouts in the UK for me are Mark Howarth and Greg Falkof. Mark is an excellent lawyer and has good strategic vision. Greg has a fantastic rapport with clients and is a strong advocate. Both have a fantastic eye for detail.’
‘Work effectively as a team, dedicated and efficient and have a collaborative and inclusive style.’
‘Greg Falkof (Partner) is exceptional and very bright, also impressive in hearings making clear and concise points.’
‘Claire Stockford (partner) is excellent, impressive grasp of issues, client focused and thinks outside the box. Highly recommend.’
‘Mark Howarth (Partner) is highly capable and has a calm authoritative manner in cross examination.’
Government of Malaysia
Islamic Republic of Iran
National Iranian Oil Company
- Acted for National Iranian Oil Company, as respondent, in a large oil and gas arbitration, which concerned the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE under a long-term gas sales agreement.
- Represented the Islamic Republic of Iran in a long-running trade-related dispute with the US, which is before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
- Acted for Minister of Malaysia (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad in relation to the well-publicised 1MDB Scandal, whereby billions of dollars were misappropriated from the Malaysian people.
At construction law firm Fenwick Elliott LLP, its disputes work involves construction, infrastructure and energy projects worldwide. The practice is familiar with the rules of several institutions, including the ICA, LCIA and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The firm also has significant Middle East and North Africa and Asia practices. The names to note are Richard Smellie, Nicholas Gould, Tony Francis, Simon Tolson and Karen Gidwani, along with Thomas Young and Claire King. James Cameron was made partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fenwick Elliott have a very high quality international arbitration team, focused on very high value international arbitrations generally concerning large infrastructure or energy projects. At partner level they combine long experience, legal know how and shrewd tactics. At associate level, they are a very hard working team who deliver what is required.’
‘Richard Smellie is an exceptional arbitration specialist. His handling of Tribunals and procedural issues is second to none, and his management of large teams is excellent. James Cameron is a young partner with a big future. He is totally on top of the details, but also has an eye to the big picture. Tom Young is another young partner of whom big things are expected. Steely, with a powerful intellect, and tenacious.’
‘Fenwick Elliott is uniquely focused on the construction and engineering sector and as such must be a first port of call for domestic and international disputes. With in-depth knowledge, a first class reputation and an excellent team of lawyers Fenwick Elliott is large enough to take on the biggest disputes globally, yet nimble and efficient enough to meet clients’ needs.’
‘Fenwick Elliott has many stand out performers. Nicholas Gould is an exceptional lawyer, very client friendly and with a deep understanding of construction and construction law. Richard Smellie is masterful in managing and delivering high value complex international arbitrations. Tony Francis and Simon Tolson are highly regarded leaders in the field.’
Boutique law firm Fietta LLP is dedicated to investor-state arbitrations and PIL work. It 'works efficiently and in a cost-effective manner', and is particularly well known for its substantial expertise in investment treaty proceedings and maritime boundary disputes. Stephen Fietta QC is regularly instructed to act in sensitive PIL matters, including some of the world’s highest profile territorial disputes; and Jiries Saadeh's extensive contentious work includes acting in international investment treaty cases. Counsel Ashique Rahman and senior associates Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands are also experienced practitioners.
‘What makes this practice unique is its vast experience in various aspects of the investment disputes and administration of such disputes at all stages.’
‘Stephen Fietta can determine strategic approach in complex cases and has team leadership skills and deep expertise in various categories of international arbitration whether ICSID, PCA or OIC.’
‘They work efficiently and in cost effective manner small team experienced in all forms of international arbitration.’
‘Stephen Fietta QC – assured and conveys confidence in his legal capabilities. Works very well as a member of a team.’
‘The team is very committed and is really open to a real dialogue with Claimant at every step of the way. So constantly open to hear and to deal with any comments on the case.’
PL Holdings S.à r.l.
Big Sky Energy Corporation
Arab Telemedia and others
- Representing a Finnish national in an UNCITRAL arbitration, brought under a bilateral investment treaty against Egypt in relation to an iron ore and steel producing concession.
- Representing a Saudi investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Oman, under the investment treaty of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
- Acting as co-counsel in a case brought against the Republic of Cyprus at ICSID (on behalf of a large group of Greek investors) for losses arising from the Cypriot financial crisis and European Union/IMF bail-out.
Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP's London team conducts arbitrations under all major institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL) and acts in PIL matters (BIT and ICSID arbitrations). Its disputes sector experience covers the offshore and marine construction, energy (particularly oil and gas) and construction sectors. Melanie Willems is London head of international arbitration; William Cecil is London litigation and disputes head; and both Markus Esly and counsel Robert Blackett focus their practices on international arbitration.
‘Melanie Willems is great, full of verve, always charging forward for her clients. Markus Esly is thoughtful, considerate, intelligent.’
‘Very attentive individuals and always revert quickly. As we have used this firm for many years, we have built up a good relationship with the key partners, so these people understand our business well and can guide us well.’
Jones Day's London office focuses on disputes surrounding energy, mining and construction projects. The team, which 'has a strategic and comprehensive approach', also has particular CIS experience and is increasingly active in Middle East-related work. Joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, James Pickavance is a construction specialist, and Sylvia Tonova focuses on disputes arising in Eastern Europe and the CIS region. Other notable contacts are group head Sion Richards, Lee Coffey and Rhys Thomas. Former partner Baiju Vasani left to join Russian firm Ivanyan and Partners.
Other key lawyers:
‘JD have very good communication with clients and a massive client network. The litigation partners are savvy and prepared to do a lot of their own advocacy.’
‘Rhys Thomas is a partner who does a lot of commercial litigation and arbitration. An extremely talented lawyer, absolutely expert in leading a team through very difficult disputes and a really charming and loyal operator. He is very technically skilled and often knows more than counsel on a topic.’
‘Philip Devenish is an outstanding senior associate, sure to make partner soon. He is capable, efficient and very intelligent. His strategic input is always spot on, and he is fully on top of the details.’
‘Jones Day a large multi disciplinary firm with diverse highly qualified individuals. The international presence makes the firm very attractive for business working in multiple countries.’
‘Main contact was with Sylvia Tonova in London, very outstanding legal counsel, very knowledgeable and very passionate about her work.’
‘Strategic and comprehensive approach, great engagement, good understanding of economic circumstances, quick comprehension and the ability to familiarise oneself with previously unknown subject areas.’
‘The practice and individuals have a unique skill set from strategic corporate planning all the way to cross border enforcement. Very pleasant to deal with and in-depth specialist knowledge in respect of complicated investment treaty networks and vast network of experts.’
‘Sylvia Tonova is a naturally gifted lawyer, I find her to be always calm under pressure. Clients love her business-savvy approach to disputes.’
‘Michelle Bradfield is excellent at running a team and on the optics and global view of the case in complex, large scale arbitrations and international court proceedings, as well as on the detail of the law and evidence. A pleasure to work with. Really knows her stuff.’
‘Michelle Bradfield is one of the most committed, insightful and dedicated lawyers I have had the privilege of working with. She puts her shoulder to the wheel and also builds a very strong team both internally and through use of external counsel. She is refreshingly ego free and just wants to ensure the best is delivered for her clients, something she succeeds in.’
‘Michelle Bradfield is a standout bilateral investment treaty arbitrator. Michelle is a technically outstanding lawyer with keen commercial skills. Michelle is incredibly hard-working and I would choose her for any future international arbitration in a hearbeat.’
‘Michelle Bradfield has extensive experience and an excellent reputation in litigation and dispute settlement in public international law.’
World Wide Minerals Ltd.
Gold Pool JV Ltd.
Omega Engineering LLC
Alhambra Resources Ltd
The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic
- Successfully represented Canadian uranium mining company World Wide Minerals in treaty claims against Kazakhstan, which resulted in a precedent-setting decision that CIS States may be held liable under Soviet-era treaties.
- Representing Canada’s Gold Pool JV in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings, which arise under the Canada-USSR agreement for the promotion and reciprocal protection of investment.
- Representing Canadian gold mining company Alhambra Resources in a large ICSID arbitration against Kazakhstan, which is in relation to the forced bankruptcy of its local project company.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's London team is regularly involved in large-scale investment treaty disputes, high-value dollar commercial arbitrations, and landmark arbitration-related court proceedings. It also fields sector experts in the construction and engineering, energy, policyholder-side insurance coverage, sports and aviation industries. Group co-heads Ian Meredith and John Magnin both have over 30 years' experience in complex commercial arbitration, and Jeremy Farr is an energy disputes specialist. Also key to the group are Peter Morton, Matthew Smith and Martin King.
‘K&L Gates has extraordinary strength in depth when it comes to international arbitration – in particular in the Middle East. They will put together a “team of all the talents” to manage a case in the best and most cost-effective way.’
‘Peter Morton: very hard-working; extremely practical; good lawyer.’
‘I have a high regard for Ian Meredith, he is a very good lawyer, sensible (an underrated quality), and hard working.’
‘John Magnin, Peter Morton and Matthew Smith are particularly impressive individuals who bring a high level of expertise and judgement to the management and conduct of disputes.’
‘The team is user-friendly, flexible and collaborative, with good international arbitration expertise.’
‘John Magnin is hugely experienced and a master tactician.’
Republic of France
- Acted for France in two Commercial Court cases (and related matters), which arose out of an arbitral award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige, which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002.
- Represented a UN-sanctioned intergovernmental body, which is the claimant in a Washington DC-seated ICC arbitration against a private US telecoms company.
- Acted for Halliburton Company in a significant case involving an arbitrator challenge before the Supreme Court.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's department is particularly well known for energy-related disputes, and is also highly rated for work in the MENA and CIS regions. Focused on international arbitration in the energy, infrastructure and construction, telecoms and financial sectors, Deborah Ruff leads the firm's US and international arbitration practice, which also showcases counsels Julia Kalinina Belcher and Charles Golsong.
RPC is experienced in arbitrations involving the IP, technology, insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering, international trade, finance, energy and transport sectors. The team also acts in claims for and against sovereign states, handles PIL disputes and has expertise in Russia and CIS region-related matters. Jonathan Wood leads the international arbitration practice, which also fields Tatiana Minaeva, who joined as partner in 2019 from Jones Day and has significant experience in both commercial and investor-state arbitration; and IP and technology disputes expert, David Cran.
‘RPC have great strength in depth. They are able to field sector specialists to complement their team and to draw on a deep well of disputes experience.’
‘Jonathan Wood is simply outstanding. He is calm, approachable, client friendly and is at the very top of his game. A great person to work with.’
‘An excellent traditional English law firm, providing friendly high quality service.’
‘Jonathan Wood is a classy lawyer, providing clear advice and who is friendly and approachable.’
Kout Food Group
- Successfully representing Kout Food Group before the Court of Appeal in a significant arbitration-related matter.
- Representing Oleg Deripaska (and his company Filatona Trading Limited) before the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in a challenge to the jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal.
- Representing a global commodities trader in an ICC arbitration, which concerns a dispute over the validity and scope of parent company guarantees.
Specialist dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP focuses on complex, high-value and frequently cross-border cases. The 'cohesive, agile, close-knit, hardworking team' is particularly active in the energy, financial services, telecoms and technology sectors. Group head Ioannis Alexopoulos is experienced in cases involving Greece, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia, the Middle East, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa; and Josh Wong is an expert in security, asset tracing and enforcement actions involving multiple jurisdictions. Daniel Spendlove and counsel Neil Newing provide further support.
‘Ioannis Alexopolous is very wise and is a really nice person and a good lawyer.’
‘Neil Newing an outstandingly clever counsel who will go very far.’
‘Excellent international commercial arbitration practice.’
‘Excellent team. Ioannis Alexopoulos is a brilliant advocate, as is Neil Newing.’
‘Signature’s arbitration practice is high-powered and nimble. Matters are resourced efficient and without unnecessary numbers of associates. There is a high degree of partner engagement on any matter. The teams with whom I have worked have all been extremely personable and there is a great overall team dynamic.’
‘I worked closely with Neil Newing. Neil is an exceptionally talented lawyer, a strategic thinker and a pleasure to work with. The depth and breadth of his experience in international commercial arbitrations is a huge asset to the firm. His drafting skills are top-notch and he is a good strategic thinker.’
Slaughter and May's 'pragmatic and hands-on' team acts across a broad range of sectors, including the energy and infrastructure, healthcare and finance industries, among others. The practice specialises in complex and strategically significant arbitration disputes. Sarah Lee heads up the disputes and investigations group; and James Stacey and Damian Taylor (who focuses on the energy sector and Middle East and Africa matters) co-head the international arbitration group. Efstathios Michael and senior associates Megan Sandler and Peter Wickham are also key members.
‘I have found that Slaughter and May always provide a deep team who are all very familiar with the project. This has meant that working with them has always been a good experience.’
‘Superb arbitration practitioners, young and dynamic, with a good flow of cases from the corporate team.’
‘Have worked with Damian Taylor. He is very intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients. A young partner who has gravitas belying his years. Always upbeat and clearly someone who enjoys his job.’
‘Have also worked with James Stacey, another excellent and cerebral partner, very personable and excellent with the client relationship.’
‘S&M have a deep understanding of their clients’ business which enables them from a litigation perspective to take a very commercial outlook on the resolution of disputes. In respect of arbitration specifically, they have great confidence in navigating the arbitral rules to achieve a strategic advantage during proceedings.’
‘Effie Michael is exceptional. One of the best. Has it all. V clever, v good lawyer, v committed, excellent team leader, and a really nice person. Any number of outstanding associates – it is this that distinguishes SM – their associates are all really astonishingly good.’
Standard Life Aberdeen plc
- Acted for Standard Life Aberdeen plc in an LCIA arbitration, in relation to a contractual dispute with Lloyds Banking Group/ Scottish Widows, which concerned the termination of a series of investment management agreements.
- Acting for Fortebank JSC, one of Kazakhstan’s largest banks in a high-value fraud claim, including obtaining an award in excess of $600m and enforcing such award internationally.
Stewarts Law LLP's 'has intrinsic international arbitration knowledge'. The team leverages the firm’s position as a disputes-only firm; and has developed a strong Africa-related disputes practice, with recent experience in the power, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors, in particular. Philippa Charles leads the group, which is supported by senior associate Veronica Connolly. Daniel Wilmot joined as partner from White & Case LLP in 2019.
‘Daniel Wilmot is an exceptional talent. Extremely fast in working up and working out a case. Prescient understanding of how tribunals are going to decide issues. A great team leader and shines under extreme pressure.’
‘As a disputes-only firm, Stewarts is focused on arbitration in a way other firms are not. They are at the front of thinking in relation to e-disclosure, funding and other cutting edge issues.’
‘Philippa Charles has an excellent team. Preparation of offer in time, transparent and detailled. Preparation of Claim also excellent, good working-together, all in time and within Budget.’
‘Philippa Charles stands out in the team – she is a technically astute lawyer who is also highly personable and pragmatic, with great leadership qualities and an excellent work ethic. She sits as arbitrator quite regularly and is well known in the London international arbitration community.’
‘The team is quite experienced with proactive lawyers who have a mastery of their specialist legal area. The lawyers all have the ability to communicate easily and make the clients feel relaxed. They ensure a very good working relation with clients. The team is of good size, not too large, not too small, providing a great team spirit.’
Veronica Connolly (senior associate) – dedicated, hard-working, completely on top of the documentation, incredibly well organised, pro-active, in depth knowledge of institutional international arbitration rules. A partner in the making.’
‘Extremely go-getting and commercial. Really works hard to appreciate what the client wants and ensure they get it.’
‘Philippa Charles – a real breath of fresh air. Dynamic, charismatic and an excellent lawyer. Knows her subject inside out.’
- Acting for a Qatari corporation in an LCIA arbitration against a Dutch global energy and commodity trading company, which arose from an agreement for the sale of gas in Ghana and related guarantee obligations.
- Acting for a South Asian Government in English Court proceedings in respect of a challenge to an arbitration award handed down in a BIT arbitration, which related to a significant port project investment.
- Acting for a Chinese automotive manufacturer against a Canadian joint venture partner in a Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitration, which was governed by the law of the People’s Republic of China.
Vinson & Elkins RLLP's 'very knowledgeable' London international dispute resolution and arbitration team is well known for its representation of energy and oil and gas clients in complex and significant disputes worldwide. It also acts for clients in the technology, telecoms, insurance, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and engineering sectors. Louise Woods and counsel Alexander Slade lead the international arbitration team in London, where Nick Henchie and Scott Stiegler are also key members.
‘Louise Woods is, in a word, brilliant.’
‘The team was very knowledgeable about the rules and regulations of the the Arbitration process. They knew how it should be handled when dealing with authorities and Arbitrators for the case.’
‘Louise Woods – Partner, is an excellent lawyer with impressive level of detail and broad knowledge of the oil and gas industry. She is always available, and keen to support client in all legal matters.’
‘Georgina Barlow – Associate, is a rising star in international dispute. We have been working with her for several years, and have seen her gain more experience and are sure she will continue succeeding.’
‘Alexander Slade – process lead, focused to important details, high level professional, confident.’
Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq
Panama Canal Authority
Saipem S.p.A .
Exxon Mobil Corp
Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius) Ltd.
UAB E energija
- Representing the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq in a long-running ICC arbitration, which concerns the operation of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline and unlawful exports by the Kurdistan Regional Government.
- Representing Saipem in the South Stream arbitration.
- Handling a series of arbitrations for the Panama Canal Authority, which arose out of the complex Panama Canal extension project, against Grupo Unidos por el Canal, a consortium of European and Panamanian companies.
Specialist PIL firm Volterra Fietta has a large investment treaty arbitration practice that acts in arbitrations before ad hoc tribunals, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and other institutions under the major arbitration rules. Robert Volterra is sought out for high-stakes investment treaty arbitrations, and Graham Coop focuses on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors; he also handles environmental, banking and defence issues. Support is provided by counsel Álvaro Nistal, senior associate Gunjan Sharma and Angela Ha. Peter Flint, joined as consultant in 2020.
‘Robert Volterra – exceptional quick in responding; very concrete answers to any questions. Spots the essence extremely quickly and provides very clear answers. Fantastic that Robert can provide not only practical answers but also is able on the spot to provide the theoretical argumentation to support his suggested solution. The highest standards of professionalism!’
‘Associate Gunjan Sharma – quick and very easy in communication. Fantastic drafting skills, documents very easy to read. Very professional and future star in the public international law area for sure.’
‘Robert Volterra in particular is a consummate team player with unrivalled client facing skills. Robert is one of the leading investment arbitration and international law solicitors in the world.’
The Republic of Croatia
The Arab Republic of Egypt
The Republic of Lithuania
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes, C.A.
Owens Illinois de Venezuela, C.A.
Koch Minerals Sàrl
OI European Group, B.V.
Koch Industries, Inc.
- Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a high-value ICSID arbitration, which concerns allegations of expropriation of two oil companies.
- Representing the Republic of Croatia in five ICSID arbitration proceedings, 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.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP's commercial arbitration specialists are well known for disputes in the finance, shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities sectors. The team also acts in matters for and against states, in addition to arbitrations surrounding political risk, CIS-based frauds, and the full range of corporate and commercial disputes. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams co-lead the London dispute resolution group, which also fields Charles Buss, Andrew Hutcheon and Rob Fidoe.
Other key lawyers:
‘In London, Andrew Ward has an excellent mixed shipping and international arbitration practice. Andrew is extremely clever and has close attention to detail.’
‘I was impressed by WFW’s ability to bring together members of their transactional and dispute resolution teams to provide support on our case. The team displayed a wealth of knowledge on both the law and commercial practice of shipping, and I was thoroughly impressed by them.’
‘WFW’s London office has an impressive international arbitration practice which covers disputes in IT, projects, power and energy in the Middle East and Africa.’
‘Robert Fidoe is an outstanding lawyer, adept at managing complex technical disputes and with a good eye for the issues that are important in a dispute. Robert’s easy-going manner is very popular with clients and other team members who find him very easy to work with.’
- Represented Belenergia, a Luxembourg company investing in solar energy projects, in international arbitration proceedings before an ICSID tribunal in Paris, which arose out of breaches of the Energy Charter Treaty by the Italian State.
Active in commercial, investor-treaty and state-to-state arbitrations, Withers LLP's London team is well known for arbitrations involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as Russia and the CIS region. The practice is co-led by Hussein Haeri, who is particularly focused on MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa clients; and Eleni Polycarpou, who recently acted in high-value disputes in the steel, shipping, rail and oil and gas industries. Tatiana Menshenina is Russia, Ukraine and CIS group head. At senior associate level, Robert Kovacs and Camilla Gambarini provide notable support.
‘Eleni Polycarpou: a real expert on the technicalities of international arbitration, and also a master of detail.’
‘The team led by Eleni Polycarpou has a particular experience in CIS and related litigation and parties, both in terms of commercial business culture and client temperament.’
‘They have excellent strength in depth across both commercial and investment arbitration. A truly diverse international team with deep knowledge and experience of many business sectors. They are particularly strong in the Russia/CIS area, especially cases linked to Cyprus.’
‘Hussein Haeri is an exceptional professional with enormous knowledge of international arbitration matters. I was most impressed by his ability to secure the services of relevant, competent and credible experts which greatly added weight to our case. His interpersonal and communication skills are superb and he was able to keep the multitude of stakeholders including litigation funders in-the-loop and up-to-date as the case evolved.’
‘Robert Kovacs and Camilla Gambarini are hard working and highly competent associates.’
‘A strong, cohesive team that interfaces well with counsel and with the client team, leading to a joined-up approach to cases.’
‘Hussein Haeri is an outstanding lawyer, seeing both the big picture and the details. He prepares every hearing very thoroughly and anticipates possible scenarios. His commitment to the case is exceptional.’
Government of Ukraine
Scholz Holding GmbH
Cyprus Holding Company
- Acting for Scholz Holding in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Morocco, which involves issues of expropriation and discrimination.
- Acting for Paulo Dybala, a professional footballer, in an ICC arbitration initiated by Star Image that concerns a dispute over the player’s image rights.
- Defending the Government of Ukraine in an arbitration instigated by Olympic Entertainment Group, in relation to alleged breaches of the Estonian-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.
Bird & Bird LLP acts in complex and high-value arbitrations in the technology, telecoms and life sciences sectors. The London office also has a very active practice in energy and aviation arbitrations, and regularly acts in investor-state arbitrations. Group head Sophie Eyre and Jonathan Speed provide partner-level support.
‘They have an international practice attracting some heavyweight energy clients and some significant cases.’
‘The team has a relaxed professional style. They provide a good mix of technical legal knowledge, tactical acumen and a practical approach.’
‘I have been hugely impressed by Tom Darvill. I have seen him fulfilling a pivotal role on cases coordinating effortlessly between the client team, barristers and experts. He is able to get the team moving in the right direction and has a clear strategic vision for the case.’
B&B’s litigation team is well equipped with great lawyers capable to handle very complex legal issues to protect their client’s interest at all times. They are extremely responsive in all their communications, precise and accurate in their advice. They are good business oriented lawyers which makes their legal advice and counsel more valuable. They are fully committed with their clients towards getting the best result in the case for them.’
‘Tom Darvill, Senior Associate in the team, is exceptionally bright and hard-working. He has great experience in arbitration, and we have been particularly impressed by his following of every detail in our arbitration and the numerous licensing agreements he has had to turn his mind to.’
‘Sophie Eyre (Partner). An excellent litigator. Tough and no-nonsense, but eminently practical. Rhiannon Price (Associate). Up and coining litigation associate. Has taken to international arbitrations well. Good judgement in planning the case.’
Carpatsky Petroleum Group
- Acted for Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation in an eight-day trial in the English High Court, whereby Ukrnafta appealed to set an award aside.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'invests a lot of time in relationships and secures big-ticket work'. It is historically well known for acting in major claims against banks, but a significant number of its recent cases are non-financial sector-related international arbitrations. Daniel Burbeary is noted for disputes involving entities in China, Russia and former CIS countries, while Sinead O’Callaghan's experience includes matters concerning South and Central America, Russia and the CIS region.
‘Dan Burbeary. Unafraid – willing to take – and win – difficult applications. Excellent with international clients.’
‘A team of capable and experienced associates and partners who are building an impressive international arbitration footprint for themselves.’
‘They invest a lot of time in relationships which is appreciated and means work is more enjoyable. For a boutique they have a lot of team members who speak various languages which has been key to them securing some big ticket work.’
‘I worked with Liam McNeely in an arbitration challenge in the Commercial Court. He is a technically proficient lawyer and very easy to deal with.’
Eastern European Engineering Limited
ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc
- Successfully acted for Eastern European Engineering Limited in proceedings to enforce in England and Wales a substantial ICC Award.
- Acting for ZCCM in an international commercial arbitration under the 2010 UNICTRAL Rules and the follow-on arbitration claim before the English High Court.
- Acting for the claimants in a New York-seated arbitration, which relates to a longstanding dispute over the payment of sale proceeds for an oil field-related interest.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP's London office is regularly called upon to act in international commercial arbitrations and multilateral and BIT cases. The team is particularly active in energy sector arbitrations, including gas pricing and distribution disputes. Jeremy Wilson is global co-chair of the firm's international arbitration practice, which also includes London and Washington DC-based Jonathan Gimblett , while of counsel Monique O’Donoghue splits her time between London and Dubai.
‘Offices across various jurisdictions which allows management and coordination of defense and claims in various connected. Excellent local network law firms for litigation services.’
‘Partner Jeremy Wilson is hands on with excellent analytical skills. Jeremy was supported by Monique O’Donoghue, who was always available and extended all support needed.’
- Represented Naftogaz (and six of its subsidiaries) in a high-value investment treaty claim against the Russia Federation, which concerned the seizure of assets in Crimea following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
- Representing Total Malawi and Total SA in an ad hoc arbitration, brought by Prima Fuels for payment for a fuel supply agreement.
Traditionally known for its investment arbitration expertise, Dechert LLP's London practice is increasingly active in commercial arbitrations. Dorothy Cory-Wright heads up the London commercial disputes practice and Dániel Dózsa is an experienced counsel. In 2019, the firm recruited Simon Fawell, who focuses on complex litigation and arbitration, from Sidley Austin LLP.
‘Decherts is a well know international law firm, with a strong team in international arbitration, including investment treaty arbitration as well as international commercial arbitration.’
‘The team combines outstanding judgement, work ethic and technical legal ability. Any client who instructs them could be secure that they were getting first class, 100% dedication from their lawyers.’
‘Daniel Dozsa is amazing at cross examining witnesses, and has a thorough understanding of ECT case law.’
Madison Pacific Trust Ltd
Gater Assets Ltd
- Successfully represented a Lebanese company in an LCIA arbitration against a Chinese public steel company, which arose out of a steel supply agreement.
- Secured a landmark decision for Gater Assets Ltd against the Republic of Moldova and AO Moldovagaz.
- Representing a state entity from the Middle East against another state in a major investment arbitration, which concerns a metal ore mining, refining and smelting project.
Fox Williams LLP's arbitration expertise covers commercial disputes involving M&A and joint ventures, with specific sector expertise in the commodities, energy, pharmaceuticals, transport and distribution industries. Peter Ashford co-heads the international arbitration group, which also includes energy disputes expert Tom Custance and litigation and disputes practice head Gavin Foggo, who is experienced in energy, professional services and finance sector-related arbitrations. Fellow co-head Ben Giaretta joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in September 2020.
‘Great availability and hard-working ethic; very good client relationships; thoroughly professional.’
‘Tom Custance: excellent thinker and very practical.’
‘Peter Ashford is a stellar player in the arbitration market. Extremely knowledgeable about arbitration.’
‘Peter Ashford is fantastic. He is personable, knowledgeable, and very tactical when required. The strategies we have discussed in the past have been broad and he has always kept the main objectives in mind when dealing with the day-to-day developments. I have worked with Peter for over 12 years and I can’t recommend him more.’
‘Peter Ashford – a skilful lawyer who thinks carefully about cases in their legal context but is nonetheless commercial in approach. Kate Felmingham – completely charming with a sound legal mind.’
- Acted for an Austrian sub-contractor being pursued by an Italian contractor for defects in a plastics factory in Bratislava.
- Defended a Californian company in an LCIA arbitration, brought a by litigation funder against a funded party for under-settling the claim.
- Acting in an ICC arbitration for a US distributor of medical devices against an Italian manufacturer.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 'understands clients' demands perfectly and satisfies them quickly with an execution-oriented approach'. The team frequently acts in high-stakes international arbitration matters. With a substantial portion of his practice focused on arbitration, James Kitching handles a number of the firm’s largest cases. Focused on energy and natural resources disputes, barrister James Barratt joined as partner from Squire Patton Boggs.
Other key lawyers:
‘James Barratt. First class international disputes lawyer. Exceptionally well regarded in his field. Strategic, commercial and innovative.’
‘The team is extremely well structured and experienced in dealing with major arbitration and litigation cases all across the world. It has a network of partners across the world, all leading law firms, and they cooperate very well together. Top class arbitration and litigation practice!’
‘James Kitching – Very astute and really thinks strategically about a case.’
‘James Barratt – Great attention to detail.’
‘James Kitching is fantastic at seeing the big picture and understanding how to present the case in the best possible light. Leigh Mallon has an incredible eye for detail, and a detailed understanding of the accounting aspects to the case. His overall case management are also great, particularly given the complexities relating to size of the disclosure, as well as the number of witnesses and experts.’
‘Fried Frank has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals and has a solid expertise in handling international arbitration. Very pragmatic team with a very hands-on approach. They are a very responsive team, thorough and efficient. Their work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way.’
‘James Kitching stands out. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator with convincing pleading skills. He is a formidable advocate and excellent strategist. He is one of the most agile litigators I have ever met.’
‘Leigh Mallon is a strong litigator, able to master highly complex disputes. He is extremely competent, smart, thorough, well organised and a quick-thinker. Leigh’s professional, hands-on approach to the case and his organisation skills are unique.’
Alfa Duty Free
- Acted for Perrigo Company and Perrigo Ireland 2 in relation to an arbitral claim for damages, which resulted from alleged fraud and alleged breaches of warranties.
- Acted for Empreno Ventures and LIC Telecommunications in relation to a high-value claim, which concerned the ownership of Bulgarian telecoms company, Vivacom.
- Represented Alfa Duty Free Holdings in a large arbitral claim against entities in the Heinemann Group of Companies, which arose from a failed tender bid for a duty-free concession in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
Gowling WLG's commercial arbitration practice acts in high-value and complex arbitrations under the major institutional rules as well as ad hoc proceedings. It has 'excellent legal knowledge' of disputes concerning the technology, IP, life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering sectors. Gordon Bell heads up the international arbitration practice; legal director Karen O’Connell and principal associate Tom George are also key members.
‘Gordon Bell is a senior, skilled and very professional with his work and views. Tom George is a motivated and focused individual who is fast thinking and result driven.’
‘Excellent legal knowledge.’
‘Gordon Bell. Extremely diligent, studies documents in depth, brilliant lawyer. Pleasure to work with!’
Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Republic of Albania
- Representing a UAE-based independent oil company in a high-value ad hoc arbitration, which is administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and concerns a long-term gas supply agreement.
Global, sector-focused law firm HFW has 'significant knowledge of arbitration practice and rules'. It has a strong reputation in the market for international arbitrations involving the shipping, aviation, international trade, energy, commodities, insurance and reinsurance, financial services and construction industries. Damian Honey, Alistair Feeney, Costas Frangeskides and Max Wieliczko are all experienced partners. Katie Pritchard left for Squire Patton Boggs.
Other key lawyers:
‘Unrivalled knowledge of arbitration practice and rules across the full spectrum of ad hoc, trade association and institutional arbitration. They concentrate on winning cases for their clients. They are very strong indeed in the sectors in which they specialise, which are all central to international commerce, but they also have great relations with the bar. A formidable outfit.’
‘Damian Honey: client-friendly, knows his way around contracts and procedure, doesn’t like time wasting and unnecessary costs generation.’
‘Alistair Feeney: sharp but pragmatic lawyer.’
‘In depth experience in their areas of practice, especially on commodities; understanding of the market and how arbitration works.’
‘Damien Honey and Mike Buffham – both fully committed, excellent support.’
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP's international arbitration expertise spans several industries, from the aerospace, defence, energy and mining sectors to the infrastructure, hospitality, food, healthcare and reinsurance industries. London office managing partner Charlie Lightfoot leads the group and focuses on international commercial arbitrations and the investor-state arena. Further support is provided by co-chair of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice Jason Yardley, and Elizabeth Shimmin.
‘The team members are very effective, smart and their knowledge of international law is outstanding. J&B provides first class costumer service.’
‘I work regularly with Charlie Lightfoot and Jason Yardley. They are very responsive, approachable, smart and knowledgeable.’
‘The Jenner team are exceptionally approachable and whilst they are in private-practice they give you the sense of a one team approach. We worked extensively with Jenner on a matter which was exceptionally complex but Jenner spent the time to understand the structure of the business and key concepts to enable them to give practical and pragmatic advice.’
‘They are exceptional lawyers in their field and are expert at problem solving. They also have fantastic interpersonal skills and that makes our collective non-legal team want to work with external counsel.’
‘Jenner & Block’s international arbitration practice is fantastic. They have been involved in some of the highest profile cases in this area, are very knowledgeable in this field, and have strong lawyers at every level.’
‘Jason Yardley is an exceptional lawyer in this field – he leaves no stone unturned, has a deep knowledge of the law, and is extremely committed to meeting his clients’ needs. Elizabeth Shimmin is also a brilliant partner at the firm – she has a great client base and her clients rightly rate her opinion very highly.’
‘Excellent strategic and tactical thinking. User friendly and very pleasant to work with.’
Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings
Republic of Sierra Leone
- Acted for the Redeemer Committee of the Highland Crusader Fund in applications to enforce an award.
- Represented Sierra Leone in an ICSID arbitration, which related to an iron ore mining project.
- Acted for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings in a worldwide action to enforce a high-value award. .
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons 'organises flexible teams to meet the challenges of big arbitrations' with a track record in representing clients in high-value commercial and investment arbitrations. Andrei Yakovlev, who divides his time between the London and Dubai offices, is particularly focused on matters involving Russia, CIS and Central Europe. In 2020, Wilson Antoon was promoted to partner, and of counsel James McKenzie (also recently promoted) is on secondment in the London office. Alexis Namdar is an experienced managing associate.
‘First-class ability to organise flexible teams to meet the challenges of successfully running big arbitrations.’
‘KWM has an excellent team of lawyers, with the right person for each aspect of the job from partner to paralegal. They worked very effectively with counsel and the lay client. I would be extremely happy to work with them again and to recommend them.’
‘Geographic spread, especially good for China-related matters.’
‘Andrei Yakovlev is a seasoned and respected arbitration practitioner. He provides good quality and effective representation to his clients.’
‘Excellent and diverse, a real pleasure to work with.’
‘We would recommend Wilson Antoon and Andrei Yakovlev for complex international arbitration matters. They are excellent.’
NJSC Naftogaz Ukrayiny
The Kyrgyz Republic
- Representing Naftogaz in an LCIA arbitration shareholder dispute, which is effectively a battle with Ukrainian oligarch, Igor Kolomoyski, for the control of Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.
- Acted for the Kyrgyz Republic in settling a high-value UNCITRAL arbitration, which was brought by Canadian miner Centerra Gold and concerned measures taken in relation to the Kumtor gold mine.
- Assisted the Kyrgyz Republic in defeating 94% of a large sum claimed by Stans Energy Corp in an UNCITRAL arbitration, which concerned the alleged expropriation of rights to develop rare earth element deposits.
Milbank is instructed in highly complex, high-value arbitration proceedings by major corporations, financial institutions, and state and federal governments. The team, which has 'outstanding collaboration and communication skills', frequently handles its own advocacy and has particular strength in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. Julian Stait heads up the litigation and arbitration group in London, and Tom Canning leads the London international arbitration team. Peter Edworthy is an experienced senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Incredibly dedicated to the client and to the work, and willing to move mountains to ensure that the case is run to its best advantage. Insofar as their skill set is concerned, they are masters of detail – their ability to get across a complicated file in a short space of time is second to none.’
‘Tom Canning (partner) – dedicated, available, practical and an excellent strategist. Also an extremely nice person who is easy to work with.’
‘They have outstanding collaboration and communication skills which makes us feel that we are part of the same in-house legal team working together for years. They can read your mind, they can guide you for ten steps ahead and they can provide case law from a very rich library of their own.’
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London team has 'a strong commercial focus and no-nonsense approach'. It is active in arbitrations involving Russia and the CIS, Asia, and the Middle East, and the practice's caseload features mandates in the energy, finance, insurance and technology sectors. David Waldron is particularly seasoned in matters featuring Russia, the CIS region and China; and Peter Sharp is one of the firm’s most senior arbitration practitioners. Other notable advisers include Chris Warren-Smith .
‘Peter Sharp is a highly experienced senior partner, shows formidable leadership and client relationship skills.’
‘The main person is David Waldron. He is a lawyer at the top of his game and possesses a wealth of experience. He has a great command of the commercial realities and issues which arise for clients and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love him.’
‘A group of truly heavyweight partners able to dominate the most taxing international disputes, supported by a lean and able associate team.’
‘David Waldron is a heavyweight practitioner, distinguished by his good judgement and deft touch in handling the most difficult situations. He has a real willingness to roll up his sleeves and drive a case forward.’
‘Peter Sharp has been operating at the top end of the disputes market for a long time; someone to take very seriously in any setting.’
‘Strong commercial focus and no nonsense approach. Appropriate delegation where costs savings can be made.’
‘Strong, experienced and cohesive team with great international capability.’
Morrison & Foerster LLP's strong growth trajectory is evidenced by the 2019 recruitment of former Kirkland & Ellis International LLP partner Chiraag Shah, who is a specialist in arbitrations involving state entities. The practice has significant expertise in Africa-related matters, as well as strong TMT sector experience. Jonathan Wheeler is disputes head, and Gemma Anderson focuses on technology, contractual, and contentious insolvency matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘A well rounded team with an up and coming reputation. They tend to be involved heavily at partner level in their cases, with support from a great set of junior lawyers.’
‘Chiraag Shah – A formidable partner with a growing reputation in the market.’
‘Chiraag Shah is an asset to the team and very knowledgeable. We have found the team as a whole to be friendly and above all efficient and effective in their work. They simply get the job done, no fuss.’
‘Chiraag Shah stands out for me. He has a calming influence and knows what he is talking about. We are very happy with the the service and have gone back to them again. We plan on doing so for any other matters we have. They have always be available and in fact, been the ones to chase and follow up rather than the client having to do so.’
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's 'small, but hardworking and reliable team' acts in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations with experience in agricultural-related investor-state arbitrations. Well known for claims against African states, Matthew Coleman chairs the firm’s investment treaty arbitration practice, which also fields fraud claim specialist Neil Dooley and associate Thomas Innes. In 2020, investment treaty arbitration expert Christophe Bondy joined from Cooley (UK) LLP.
‘Steptoe & Johnson’s team is very client-focused, user friendly, professional and easy to work with. They always provide very clear, commercial and pragmatic advice and solutions to the most difficult issues.’
‘The team is not only highly competent, professional, responsive and practical but also is creative and very pleasant people to worth with.’
‘We worked with Neil Dooley. What makes him different is the level of personal attention to and engagement into the project. Neil was always on top of things, knew details of the case very well and was always available. He also managed the project in an orderly and time efficient manner. Neil also has nice personality and it was a pleasure working with him.’
‘I have worked with Steptoe & Johnson on an investment treaty arbitration case. The team showed great dedication, expertise and professionalism. Excellent teamwork. Thinking outside of the box, always several steps ahead and adding great value to the client and its interests.’
‘I have worked with Thomas Innes. He has magnificent oral and written skills. Great performance on hearings, especially when it comes to examination and cross examination of witnesses and expert witnesses. He has great potential and bright future ahead of him.’
‘Natalia Gofman – hard working associate with brilliant strategic thinking skills. Natalia is very commercial, bright and responsible individual who has a clear understanding of client’s needs. She is very approachable and has a good communications skills. Definitely has a partner track.’
‘Neil Dooley and Natalia Gofman are always very prompt and responsible to my requests and suggestions. They offer creative and effective solutions in the international arbitration sphere. In my opinion, they are very strong litigators.’
European Commission Legal Services
The von Pezold family
The Republic of Armenia
Naveen Aggarwal, Neete Gupta
Usha Industries, Inc.
Saint Patrick Properties Corporation
Medusa (Montenegro) Limited
PJSC National Bank Trust
Koch Supply and Trading, LP
- Represented the von Pezold family and Border Timbers in parallel cases against Zimbabwe, which arose from a large expropriation programme and resulted in large awards (plus interest and costs).
- Representing Otkritie Bank ( large commercial Russian bank) and PJSC National Bank Trust in an LCIA arbitration, which is in relation to an alleged massive fraud on the bank.
- Acting as external counsel to the European Union in its defence of a €10bn investment claim under the Energy Charter Treaty that was brought by Nord Stream 2.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'provides the highest quality of advice, combined with robust and pragmatic strategies to achieve clients' aims'. The practice's key strengths cover international arbitrations for and against parties from the Middle East, and technical disputes in the energy, manufacturing and aviation sectors. Ned Beale is international arbitration head; and London-based international dispute management co-head Alex Burton spends substantial time in the firm's Dubai and Bahrain offices. Mike Rhode is an experienced senior associate.
‘Excellent international arbitration team, particularly in the Middle East where it remains one of the top UK firms.’
‘Alex Burton particularly stands out as a highly effective and strategic thinker.’
‘Good, eager young team that works hard and takes a measured and sensible approach to arbitration disputes. They are something of a hidden diamond – often overlooked for bigger or better known disputes practices.’
Responsiveness, expertise, communication
‘Ned Beale, Partner – Sharp and experienced lawyer. Michael Rhode – Reliable.’
‘Ned Beale understands what clients want and will act proactively and appropriately to achieve this. He has good links with the Commercial Bar and so knows which counsel will be right for a given case and client.’
‘There is a strong sense of teamwork between London and UAE offices; they are very responsive and down to earth yet give top notch legal advice.’
‘Ned Beale – Ned is an excellent all round commercial disputes lawyer. He is wonderful to work with, charming, approachable and commercial. He is very good with international clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending him.’
Rain CII Carbon LLC
Oman Telecommunications Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer)
- Acting for a global logistics business enforcing an arbitration award in England.
- Acting for an aerospace business in a high-value dispute regarding serious defects in aircraft, which were supplied under a long term contract.
- Acting for a helicopter business in a dispute with one of its biggest customers.
Bracewell (UK) LLP's 'commercially minded' London office focuses on the energy sector, and acts in matters involving Africa, the Middle East and Central America, as well as the UK and continental European markets. John Gilbert is the key contact, and is supported by senior associates Robert Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae.
‘Rob Meade – clever, commercial and great to work with.’
‘They are commercially minded and have a strong sense of the Energy market. They are exceptionally hard working and are willing to make things happen for their clients.’
‘John Gilbert has a keen and careful mind.’
‘John Gilbert is one of my favourite people to work with. A truly charming individual. Very bright and hard working, and with exceptional knowledge of the energy industry. He has chosen members of the team who are in his image and I would particularly highlight Rob Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae in that regard.’
‘John Gilbert very quickly understands the issues and is able to provide guidance in the construction phase that will benefit dispute resolution later if settlement is not possible. Robert Meade is very strong with document review/drafting that provides direction to commercial teams.’
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP's 'diversified and easy to work with' London international arbitration and dispute resolution team is led by experienced practitioner Melis Acuner. The group is notably active across the energy, telecoms, media, construction, banking and finance, insurance and pharmaceuticals sectors. Special counsel Simon Walsh joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Melis Acuner is first rate, with excellent client handling skills and an ability to get on top of a deal of detail.’
‘The team is diversified and easy to work with.’
‘Cadwalader’s international arbitration team has substantial experience for complex cross-border arbitration cases.’
‘Melis is a great lawyer to work with in international arbitration.’
Crescent Petroleum Company International Limited
Dana Gas PJSC
- Acted for claimants, Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas, in a long-running dispute against the Kurdish Regional Government.
Candey's 'very responsive and proactive practice' handles Russia and CIS-related matters, while the team's sector expertise covers the mining, banking, oil and gas, and hotels and leisure industries, among others. Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn co-head the practice, which also includes experienced partners James Collins and Yuri Botiuk. Mo Haque QC joined from Campbells' BVI office.
‘Confident, Effective, Highly recommended!’
‘James Collins and Yuri Botiuk – very confident and experienced lawyers, creative and strategic thinking, always ready to assist with advise, time-bound.’
‘Attention to detail. Practical and effective approach.’
‘Yuri Botiuk. Very knowledgeable and effective in his approach.’
‘Very efficient and focused on the result. They are the best choice for CIS-based clients looking for a reliable counsel for international arbitration in London or under English law. They know how to manage the case and present it in the best possible way.’
‘James Collins is a strategic thinker and a great lawyer if you have a high-profile case at stake.’
Carter-Ruck's practice handles arbitrations in all major international forums with cases across Eastern Europe, CIS, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America. Frequently leading investor-state, state-on-state and treaty arbitration claims, senior partner Cameron Doley heads up the international arbitration group, which also features experienced partner Alasdair Pepper.
Other key lawyers:
‘Carter-Ruck well warrants its position in the International arbitration field.’
‘Carter-Ruck is a strong litigation boutique with a growing reputation in international arbitration.’
‘The Carter-Ruck team is wonderful to work with. Extremely engaged, responsive and communicative.’
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
- Representing Al Jazeera Media Network in its ICSID arbitration against Egypt, pursuant to the 1999 bilateral investment treaty between Qatar and Egypt.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP fields specialist teams in insurance, construction and commercial disputes, and the group stands out for its focus on the Latin American market. The key practitioners are head of the marine and transport and onshore and offshore energy service lines Anthony Menzies, along with Ken Forsyth, Julian Miller and Michael Blackburne.
‘DAC are one of the few firms that have the experience of how the London Market insurance/reinsurance arena works.’
‘Anthony Menzies is a very able and knowledgeable lawyer who inspires his clients with confidence. He also has a great track record on the arbitration front.’
DWF's international arbitration team focuses on the insurance, natural resources and technology sectors. The London group includes Richard Twomey, Stefan Paciorek and Jonathan Moss, along with senior associate Natasha Gunney, who joined from Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP. Birmingham-based Andrew Leach is Russia and CIS desk head.
‘Practicality; availability; very hard-working.’
‘Andrew Leach: practical and excellent with clients.’
‘Innovative problem solvers.’
‘Experienced team that works well together.’
‘They give absolute priority to the work assigned and have the pulse on the matter. They are solution oriented and understand and explain complex matters to clients in simple language and highlight issues which would normally escape the attention of some other lawyers. They are realistic in their approach and do not raise the expectations of clients that can not be met. They also understand the business side of the matter which gives them the edge over other lawyers.’
Trafigura Pte Ltd
Doosan Power Systems S.A.
Doosan Babcock Limited
- Acted for Doosan Power Systems and Doosan Babcock in a contractual dispute, which is governed by an ICC arbitration in Paris.
- Acted for Trafigura Pte in a dispute concerning the loss of cargo, which was further to an explosion and fire at an oil terminal in Malaysia.
Handling disputes involving multiple jurisdictions, Farrer & Co focuses on commercial arbitrations involving post-M&A and corporate disputes and the energy, financial services, construction, public procurement and shipping sectors. In addition, the practice is experienced in investor-state arbitrations, art-related matters and sports disputes. Hendrik Puschmann and Kate Allass co-head the practice, where Adrian Parkhouse and Ian De Freitas are also key partners.
‘A first-rate team.‘
‘The whole team is professional and gives detailed and reasoned instructions. Advice and direction are well thought through and arguments are detailed and backed up with facts. They think in advance, which often pre-empts issues we may face in court.‘
‘The commitment of partner Hendrik Puschmann to arbitration as a discipline is exceptional.‘
‘It is well known for its work on behalf of wealthy individuals. The international arbitration practice is headed by the very impressive Hendrik Puschmann, who fits perfectly into the global ambitions of the firm. His team has already gained reputation for its work on complex arbitration matters.‘
‘Hendrik Puschmann is pragmatic, efficient and effective. He is a superb arbitration specialist, who is commercially minded, client focused and extremely hardworking.‘
‘Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely excellent and, in terms of raw brain-power, one of the top arbitration solicitors in London. Clients rightly love him, because he gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He’s also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances.‘
‘Ian De Freitas is a top-quality litigator, who is always on top of the detail but able to see the big picture. He also always thinks both inside and outside the box, is a great team leader and gets superb results for his clients.‘
Hitzinger GmbH (in administration)
International Canoe Federation
- Acted for the administrator of Hitzinger in defending a substantial arbitral claim by Global Switch Estates, which related to the supply of high-power diesel engines.
- Acting for the ICF in Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) proceedings against the International Surfing Association, which concern a dispute over the governance of the sport, Stand-Up Paddle.
- Acting for the ICF in arbitration proceedings before CAS, which relate to the allocation of athlete quota places for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
Fladgate LLP's practice is experienced in both commercial arbitrations and the enforcement of international arbitration awards; the team also acts in investor-state arbitrations. The principal contacts include Eugene Matviechuk, who acts in energy and natural resources, real estate and finance sector disputes,; and construction and engineering head David Weare.
Particularly active in Africa-related international arbitration work, Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP's London’s practice was also recently involved in international arbitrations concerning the construction, energy, manufacturing and sport sectors. London office head Rupert Reece leads the London international dispute resolution department, with Hannah McIrvine and Saadia Bhatty providing counsel-level support.
‘Gide has always been a leading French firm with a strong international practice. They have a number of lawyers who act as counsel and arbitrators particularly in civil law matters. The Gide lawyers act a coherent team even if in different offices and have that dose of realism that is much appreciated by tribunals.’
‘In London, Rupert Reece is an excellent advocate who masters technical details of complex projects. He also has a detailed knowledge of civil law.’
‘A very strong team with a good communication, it is easy and pleasant to work with them all.’
‘Rupert Reece is undoubtedly one of the very best I’ve ever worked with in more than 15 years in construction arbitration. He is a trustful and respected team leader. When he has doubts he tells them precisely and when he is confident he has the courage to say. He conducts a hearing with a quiet and indisputable authority and shows he has elaborated his strategy after very careful consideration. He is for me one of the very best in a category in which they are very few.’
President of French Tennis Federation
- Acted for the President of the French Tennis Federation before Lausanne’s Court of Arbitration for Sport, in an appeal against a decision of the International Tennis Federation.
- Represented a Chinese Consortium in two arbitrations under the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre rules, which arose out of a contract for the design and construction of a hydroelectric project.
Howard Kennedy LLP's international arbitration team saw the 2019 arrival of Africa disputes expert Duncan Bagshaw from Stephenson Harwood to work alongside power sector specialist Steven Morris. The team is experienced in disputes concerning the energy, hotels and leisure, and IT and technology industries, as well as the India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa markets.
‘Great for responsiveness, experience and expertise, and willing to involve experts from the Bar when it is necessary and in the best interests of clients.‘
‘Steven Morris is immensely experienced and knowledgeable – excellent to work with.‘
‘Duncan Bagshaw has a deserved good reputation in the arbitration field.‘
‘Arish Bharucha is a very smart, diligent and focused lawyer, who understands well the needs of clients and how to optimise strategies for international arbitration.’
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited
Vinergy International (Pvt) Limited
- Instructed to co-act for the Chartered Institute, as an intervenor in the Supreme Court case of Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Limited.
- Acted for a Pakistan Government-owned entity (that is responsible for national electricity purchasing), in a London arbitration.
- Acting for Vordere in a dispute with its former directors and a Brazilian property company, in relation to the acquisition of substantial property in Brazil.
O'Melveny's 'agile team' has considerable advocacy experience before the international tribunals. The London group acts in large, complex cases and collaborates with the firm's arbitration lawyers in Asia and the US. David Foster leads the international disputes and arbitration group in London, which includes experienced counsel Margarita Michael.
Other key lawyers:
‘Although the team is not as large as some of the City’s major law firms, David Foster leads a highly competent and efficient group of litigators who provide first class assistance and advice to clients.’
‘The stand out person at OMM is David Foster, partner and head of the relevant practice group. I have known David for approximately 25 years and regard him as one of the best litigators in the City. He is very bright, has an incisive commercial brain and is exceptionally client friendly with a loyal following.’
‘All members of the team are specialists in international arbitration and familiar with the law and practice surrounding international dispute resolution. They provide sensible, practical advice at every stage of the arbitration process, and are a pleasure to work with.’
‘David Foster is very experienced and commercial in his approach. He is also great fun to work with and maintains his sense of humour at all times.’
‘Committed, intelligent and bright. Happy to go the extra mile to achieve a great result.’
‘David Foster is smart and thoughtful, exceedingly client-friendly and a natural leader.’
‘The team is agile and able to call upon the deep bench of its global offices where needed.’
‘David Foster is able to bring an outstanding strategic and tactical sense to disputes.’
- Representing US company Bittrex in proceedings to stay or dismiss a claim, brought on the basis (inter alia) of the existence of an arbitration agreement in a contract, which gives rise to the claim.
The majority of ONTIER LLP's clients are based overseas and, in recent years, many of the firm's instructions have derived from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Paul Ferguson is experienced in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border disputes, and Oliver Cain has expertise in fraud matters.
Trustee of the SIPA Estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC
Advanced Control Systems Inc
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd
Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V.
Brunswick Rail Ltd
BDO (Cayman Islands)
- Acted for Process & Industrial Developments Ltd in an arbitration claim against the Government of Nigeria and securing a large award.
- Acting for a Chinese state-owned shipyard in connection with London Maritime Arbitrators Association arbitration proceedings.
- Acting for a former major shareholder in two Russian banks, in relation to a high-value dispute.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's London office represents private parties and sovereign clients in high-level and high-value international arbitrations. Jamie Maples' sector expertise includes the banking and financial services, media, technology, energy, engineering, and retail and hospitality industries. Hayley Lund was promoted to counsel in 2020.
Zaiwalla & Co's disputes work frequently emanates from India, Russia and the Middle East, and the group is regularly instructed by Iranian companies. Leigh Crestohl heads up the department, which also includes former judge of the International Chamber of Commerce's ICA Sarosh Zaiwalla, and senior solicitor Russell Strong. Former managing partner Pavani Reddy joined Clyde & Co LLP.
‘This is a small firm which goes from strength to strength in international arbitration. Sarosh Zaiwalla and Leigh Crestohl make a formidable duo with a solid back up of talented assistants.’
‘The stand out partners are Sarosh Zaiwalla who has a fertile legal brain and years of experience as an arbitrator and as arbitration Counsel, and Leigh Crestohl who also has years of experience in international arbitration.’
‘The international arbitration team has that essential quality of hard work, legal talent and the ability to make their own luck work for them.’
‘Leigh Crestohl, Russell Strong – both tenacious and analytical.’
‘Zaiwalla offer a very personalised service and very much out of the box solutions which have worked very well for us. All the people that I have interacted with are extremely friendly and have often gone out of their way to look for a solution. I have found all the people that I have dealt with have a very well balanced mix of legal and commercial nous.’
‘Russell Strong is extremely hard working and puts the client’s needs first.’
‘A good commercial firm with an international reach.’
‘I would highly recommend Russell Strong. He has a broad commercial practice, involving international disputes. He is a strong litigator and tactician. He looks at the end goal which his client wishes to achieve and then works out how best to achieve that goal. A real fighter and a good negotiator, who has a good grasp of both law and procedure. He is also very user-friendly.’
‘Kartik Mittal – Developing a great reputation for cases with an Indian aspect. Saurabh Bhagotra – A hard working young lawyer who pulls out all the stops for his clients.’
- Acted for a Russian client in a LCIA arbitration, arising out of a shareholders’ dispute.
- Acted for a high-net-worth client in a high-value LCIA arbitration.