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The ‘top-quality’ department at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP delivers ‘excellent response times’ and has ‘a fantastic reputation’ for advising on international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and public international law. The international dispute resolution team is led by the ‘renownedDonald Donovan and the ‘vastly experiencedDavid W Rivkin. It acted for Tethyan Copper Company in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration with the Pakistani province of Balochistan and also represented it in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration with Pakistan. Other highlights included acting for Perenco Ecuador as claimant against the Republic of Ecuador in an ICSID claim concerning Ecuador’s 2006 amendment of the hydrocarbons law, as well as assisting Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company in an ICSID case with the Republic of Ecuador. The ‘exceptionalCatherine Amirfar, who rejoined the firm in 2016 after spending two years as counselor on international law at the US Department of State, is co-head of the public international law group. Other key contacts include Mark Friedman, who is ‘first rate’, the ‘excellentNatalie Reid and recently made partner Ina Popova. All individuals mentioned are based in New York.

The ‘pre-eminent’ five-partner practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides ‘an exceptional service’ and ‘immediate responses’. It is noted for its expertise in energy, natural resources, mining and construction disputes. It is acting for Burlington Resources, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in an expropriation claim against Ecuador arising out of a dispute involving a 99% tax on windfall profits and successfully represented Crystallex International Corporation in an investment treaty claim against Venezuela arising from the expropriation of one of the largest untapped gold mines in the world. It also successfully represented Engie, Aguas de Barcelona and Interagua in an arbitration under the France-Argentina and the Spain-Argentina BITs regarding the expropriation of a water and wastewater treatment concession in Argentina. Tenaris, Johnson & Johnson and Total are other clients. Key names in Washington DC include the ‘eloquent’ and ‘pragmaticNigel Blackaby, who is US and global head of international arbitration, and the ‘well-prepared and client-orientatedCaroline Richard, who was promoted to partner in 2016. In New York, Brian King has ‘tremendous advocacy skills’, Latin America practice co-head Noiana Marigo has ‘solid knowledge’ and Elliot Friedman is ‘first rate’.

At King & Spalding LLP, the ‘strength of the team is outstanding’ and clients can rely on ‘careful review of complex legal matters’. It has a strong track record in the oil and gas sector, and recent highlights include representing Murphy Oil in a UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration with Ecuador involving a dispute under the US-Ecuador BIT and confirming a $100m award in the US Supreme Court for Chevron in a long-running dispute with Ecuador. In addition, the team successfully represented ConocoPhillips in securing an UNCITRAL award in February 2016 against the owner and operator of an Indonesian gas pipeline. The team is jointly led by the ‘astuteEdward Kehoe from New York and the ‘very experienced’ Doak Bishop from Houston. A significant portion of the team is spread across these two cities, with Reginald Smith, John Bowman and Silvia Marchili key contacts in Houston, and David Kiefer, who recently joined from Dentons, James Berger, Henry Burnett and Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez key names in New York. Washington DC-based consultant Margrete Stevens is also recommended. Wade Coriell is now based in the firm’s Singapore office and Eric Schwartz recently retired.

White & Case LLP’s ‘impressive’ team is ‘seamlessly able to coordinate worldwide’, fielding ‘strategic thinkers’ and ‘directly engaged partners’. Led by New York-based Paul Friedland, the 12-partner practice has ‘strong’ experience in investor-state arbitrations and is particularly active in construction, energy, oil, gas, financial services and transport disputes. It recently represented the People’s Republic of Bulgaria on several matters, including an ICSID arbitration commenced by Energo-Pro under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Bulgaria-Czech Republic BIT. Other highlights included acting for the Republic of Uzbekistan in its longstanding dispute with Oxus Gold and representing the Russian Federation in a high-profile dispute with ex-majority shareholders relating to the bankruptcy and collapse of Yukos. Carolyn Lamm, who ‘eloquently advocates for the client’, Latin America practice head Jonathan Hamilton and the ‘brilliantAbby Cohen Smutny are key contacts in Washington DC.

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The ‘thorough and methodical’ team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP leaves ‘no stone unturned’. David Sabel, who splits his time between New York and London, Lawrence Friedman and Washington DC-based Matthew Slater led in representing the Russian Federation in annulling three arbitral awards totaling more than $50bn obtained by the former majority shareholders of Yukos. The Hellenic Republic, Rosneft Oil Company and Argentina are also clients. Other key contacts include the ‘calm’ Howard Zelbo, Jeffrey Rosenthal, who was recently named to the board of directors of the New York International Arbitration Center, and Jonathan Blackman. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s ‘hugely talented’ team is one of the ‘best in the business of international arbitration’, advising on international commercial, investor-state, and state-to-state matters. Headline work included representing the claimants in five arbitrations with the Russian Federation under the Russia-Ukraine BIT to recover the loss of investments by a group of Ukrainian investors in Crimea. The practice also secured a $1.4bn award for Crystallex International Corporation in an ICSID arbitration with Venezuela regarding an investment in a gold-mining project. John Townsend in Washington DC and John Fellas chair the international arbitration and ADR group, while Alexander Yanos and Steven Hammond lead the treaty arbitration team. Former US law adviser to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea Thomas Lee joined as counsel. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Sidley Austin LLP’s ‘first-rate’ department is ‘strong’ on investor state and commercial arbitrations. A team led by Washington DC-based partners Stanimir Alexandrov, who is team co-head, James Mendenhall and Jennifer Haworth McCandless is acting for TransCanada in its NAFTA dispute over the US government’s decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Alexandrov and Marinn Carlson, also based in Washington DC, are representing Veolia in an ICSID case against Lithuania regarding investments in district heating and electricity generation. The states of Peru and Costa Rica as well as Belize Social Development (BSDL), Philip Morris International, BCB Holdings and The Belize Bank are other clients. New York key contacts include team co-head Louis Kimmelman, the ‘excellent’ Martin Jackson and of counsel Dana MacGrath.

The international arbitration practice at newly merged Arnold & Porter is led by the ‘exceptionalPaolo Di Rosa in Washington DC. The team has vast experience in advising sovereign states; it acted for The Republic of Chile in its ICSID case against Victor Pey Casado and Fundación Presidente Allende, successfully concluding this long-running dispute. Other highlights included winning an ICSID case for Panama in an arbitration brought by Transglobal Green Energy and its affiliate Transglobal Green Panama, relating to a hydro-electric power concession claim, and representing Bulgaria in two separate treaty disputes. Thad Dameris in Houston, Gaela Gehring Flores and Whitney Debevoise in Washington DC, and Anton Ware, who moved from San Francisco to Shanghai in January 2018, are key members of the team. Jean Kalicki left to become an independent arbitrator and John Roesser joined Dechert LLP.

The eight-partner practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. fields ‘impressive senior arbitration partners’, who regularly handle commercial and investor-state disputes relating to, among others, construction, technology, energy and financial services. The team secured an award for Newco on a dispute with Belize regarding a concession agreement entitling Newco to expand and operate Belize’s international airport. The ‘strategic’, ‘personable and highly experiencedMichael Goldberg, who splits his time between New York and Houston, heads the team alongside Jay Alexander, who has ‘sound judgement’ and is based in London and Washington DC. Edward Schorr in New York and Ryan Bull in Washington DC are also recommended among the ‘expert’ team.

Solution-orientated’ firm Chaffetz Lindsey LLP focuses on high-end international dispute resolution matters, leveraging its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘good understanding of the commercial sensitivities of cases’. The ‘vastly experienced’ David Lindsey and James Hosking, who has ‘excellent business acumen to get to the heart of the matter, providing first-class strategic and practical advice’, lead the team. Hosking acted for two subsidiaries of AEI (Jaguar Energy Guatemala and AEI Guatemala Jaguar) in an ICC arbitration with China Machine New Energy Corporation (CMNC), concerning disputes arising out of Jaguar’s termination of a contract with CMNC for the engineering, procurement and construction of a thermal power generation plant located in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Aníbal Sabater is leading advice for Albacora in a claim against Ecuador for arbitrary taxation measures imposed within a free trade zone. Andreas Frischknecht and Yasmine Lahlou are ‘impressive’. Jennifer Permesly joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as counsel. All lawyers mentioned are based in New York.

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘expert’ department is ‘a team to be used on critical and complex arbitrations’, and is particularly praised for its ‘remarkable’ cross-firm collaboration. The group is lead counsel for subsidiaries of Tidewater in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the expropriation of certain investments in Venezuela and is also representing Ukraine on a state-to-state dispute with Russia heard under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. It is also acting for Eli Lilly & Company on a NAFTA investment treaty arbitration against Canada. Marney Cheek and Allan Moore head the team, which includes the ‘detail-orientatedMiguel López Forastier and New York key contact David Pinsky. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is well known for its investment treaty arbitration work, acting for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations. Highlights included defending Venezuela in arbitrations related to multibillion-dollar claims by Mobil Corporation and ConocoPhillips arising from the restructuring of the country’s petroleum industry and representing India in a group of high-profile arbitrations brought by a number of foreign investors in the telecoms sector. The team is also acting for Cyprus in three arbitrations involving the regulation of the banking industry. In New York, department head George Kahale III is ‘extremely effective in developing and managing a team to work on a case’, Mark O’Donoghue and Miriam Harwood are ‘strong analytically’, and Benard Preziosi is ‘very effective’. In Washington DC, Borzu Sabahi and Justin Jacinto, who also operates out of the London office, made partner.

The New York-based two-partner department at Herbert Smith Freehills has ‘great industry knowledge’ and the team members ‘dedicate themselves to the case completely’. Laurence Shore is ‘a real expert’ and Christian Leathley ‘has a wealth of experience in international arbitration’, providing ‘very strategic decision-making’. Leathley is defending Costa Rica in arbitration proceedings brought against it by US investors under CAFTA, involving the development of a residential and hotel project that was closed down by the environmental agency. Counsel Amal Bouchenaki is ‘very knowledgeable, and is a real asset to the team’.

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is spread across Washington DC, New York and Houston, acting for clients in disputes relating to the media, mining, maritime, and energy sectors. It is acting for Mobil Investments Canada, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, in arbitration proceedings with Canada heard under NAFTA and is advising Kazakhstan in connection with the pending enforcement in the US of an international arbitration award issued in a contested Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) matter concerning oil and gas leases. Vicinay Cadenas, Gold Reserve and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation are also clients. In Houston, Kevin O’Gorman and the ‘strategically excellent’ global practice co-head Mark Baker are recommended. Matthew Kirtland is a key contact in Washington DC.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s ‘very strong’ three-partner department ‘punches well above its weight’ and is noted for its energy, natural resources, construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, finance and telecoms-sector experience. New York-based Henry Weisburg represented, alongside colleagues in Paris, 13 financial investment companies and two individuals as claimants in an ICC arbitration against a major European telecoms company. A Washington DC-based team, led by Christopher Ryan and of counsel Thomas Wilner, is defending Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Koch Minerals and Koch Nitrogen International regarding the construction and operation of an ammonia and urea production facility. The ‘outstandingJonathan Greenblatt splits his time between the New York and Washington DC offices.

The New York team at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP handles complex arbitrations, in the commercial sphere and in the investment treaty field. It represented Japanese corporation NTT Docomo in a London-seated arbitration relating to a shareholders agreement regarding Tata. It is also acting for Barbados-incorporated investor Gambrinus in ICSID proceedings heard under the Barbados-Venezuela BIT relating to the 2010 expropriation of FertiNitro, and acted for Devas Multimedia in an ICC arbitration with Antrix Corporation regarding the launch and operation of communication satellites. Global co-head of international litigation and arbitration John Gardiner heads the Americas practice. Timothy Nelson and Julie Bédard, who also operates out of the São Paulo office, are ‘terrific’. The team was bolstered by the arrival of counsel Jennifer Permesly from Chaffetz Lindsey LLP.

Washington DC-based two-partner firm Three Crowns LLP is solely dedicated to the practise of international arbitration. The ‘top-notch’ Jan Paulsson and the ‘open-minded’ Luke Sobota head the ‘exceptional’ team. Highlights included representing ConocoPhillips in ICSID arbitration proceedings against Venezuela and acting as co-counsel for Chevron in its investment treaty arbitration with Ecuador regarding the order, issued by Ecuador’s highest court, against the oil major to pay $9.5bn for environmental damage. The group also represented Pakistan in a potential water conflict with India arising in the Kashmir region and is acting for the investors of Marfin Popular Bank in a dispute against Cyprus. BP, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum and Tenoch Holdings are other clients.

WilmerHale delivers ‘thoughtful and insightful analysis’ and handles commercial as well as investor-state arbitrations, with particular expertise in IP, telecoms, oil and gas, financial services, defense and aviation-related disputes. ‘Strong communicator’ Rachael Kent in Washington DC is vice chair of the international arbitration practice and ‘has the ability to look at the overall business picture’. John Pierce ‘gives sound legal and practical advice’ and leads the team in New York, where James Carter is also based. John Trenor is ‘a very detailed and effective advocate’, who splits his time between the London and Washington DC offices.

Highlights for the ‘first-rate’ practice at Baker & Hostetler LLP include representing the Maltese majority shareholder of Meinl Bank (Austria) in a €200m ICSID investor-state claim against Austria and acting for several tobacco company clients in a longstanding arbitration, allocating payments exceeding $1.6bn among 22 states, heard under the Tobacco Litigation Master Settlement Agreement. The ‘very able, experienced and diligent’ Mark Cymrot heads the team, which includes Kenneth Reisenfeld. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

The sizeable US-based team at Baker McKenzie LLP operates closely with the firm’s international network of offices. Maria Chedid, who is based in the San Francisco office, is representing Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim, in a multibillion-dollar ICSID arbitration regarding its investment in a rental power project in Pakistan. New York-based Grant Hanessian is acting for Gavrilovic, alongside colleagues in Vienna, on an ICSID arbitration with Croatia pursuant to the Austria-Croatia BIT. Clients also include IBT Group and Longreef. Luis O’Naghten in Miami and David Zaslowsky in New York are also recommended.

Specialist dispute resolution firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP has ‘a dedicated, responsive and well prepared team’ in the US, which works closely with its London office and handles a range of commercial as well as investor-state arbitration matters. It is particularly recognized for its experience in finance and banking arbitration. New York-based department head Jonathan Schiller is ‘an experienced and robust strategy lawyer with a pragmatic and business-like approach’. Duane Loft, who splits his time between London and New York, is ‘a calm lawyer, who is impressive in synthesizing different arguments and finding new solutions’.

At Clifford Chance, key highlights included representing a Spanish investor in an UNCITRAL claim for violations of a BIT arising out of the expropriation of a concession agreement to run Bolivia’s three international airports, and acting for a group of oil companies in proceedings to confirm and enforce a $1.4bn arbitral award against the Nigerian state oil company. In Washington DC, special legal consultant Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, who has a particularly strong Latin America practice, is recommended, and the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of the ‘brilliant’ Janet Whittaker from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Dechert LLP’s ‘growing US international arbitration team’ utilizes its global network of offices to provide comprehensive advice on complex international arbitrations involving businesses and governments worldwide. It also handles a number of ‘bet the company cases’. Recent highlights include acting for the Czech Republic in a UNCITRAL arbitration against WNC Factoring arising from the privatization process of a former Czech state company and representing the country in a UNCITRAL arbitration against WCV World Capital Ventures arising from changes in the regulatory framework for lotteries and gaming. Department co-chair Arif Ali splits his time between Washington DC and London. Alexandre de Gramont is based in Washington DC, while the New York office recently hired John Roesser from Arnold & Porter LLP.

Foley Hoag LLP is ‘a formidable pick for state-side international law work’ and the team, based across its Washington DC, New York and Boston offices, has ‘excellent strategists’. It primarily acts on behalf of sovereign states and state-owned enterprises. It represented Uruguay in an ICSID arbitration concerning the state regulation of tobacco product packaging against three subsidiaries of Philip Morris International. Paul Reichler chairs the international litigation and arbitration practice, while Lawrence Martin is the deputy chair. The ‘very committed’ Derek Smith, the ‘impressively agile and persuasive oral advocate’ Mark Clodfelter and Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, who was recently promoted to partner, are also recommended. All lawyers named are based in Washington DC.

The ‘innovative’ and ‘business-minded’ team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP delivers ‘a client-focused’ service. Highlights included acting for Total in ICSID arbitration proceedings with the Republic of Uganda relating to petroleum investments made by the oil major in the country. Cerner UK, Dassault Aviation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and Prufrock Management are other clients. Joseph LoBue, who is ‘very capable, especially with technical issues’, is the key contact in Washington DC. Former department head Elliot Polebaum retired in March 2017.

The team at Hogan Lovells US LLP is based across its New York, Miami, Washington DC, Houston and Los Angeles offices, acting for businesses and governments. It is particularly noted for its ‘strong’ Latin America practice and is advising Panama on two ICSID arbitrations including one alleging expropriation of investments in real estate assets in violation of the Netherlands-Panama BIT. The team is also active in the Middle East; it is representing Fluor Transworld Services in ICC arbitration proceedings with Petrixo Oil & Gas relating to projects in the UAE. Daniel González in Miami and Samaa Haridi in New York are recommended.

The ‘focused and creative’ department at Jenner & Block LLP operates out of its New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles offices. It handles arbitrations involving a wide range of industry sectors such as aerospace, defense, hospitality, food and beverage, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and reinsurance. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, General Dynamics, Ritz-Carlton, Gulfstream Aerospace and IAP Worldwide are clients. Lawrence Schaner in Chicago and Richard Ziegler in New York head the department.

The US-based team at Jones Day spans its Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington DC offices. Recent highlights include representing a US energy company in a UNCITRAL arbitration, heard under English law, with another major international energy conglomerate with which it is partnered. It is also acting for Turkish company Federal Elektrik Yatirim ve Ticaret and three of its shareholders in a dispute arising under the Energy Charter Treaty and the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT. Washington DC-based Gregory Shumaker is global disputes practice head. In San Francisco, Steven Smith focuses on commercial arbitration and Stephen O’Neal is recommended for construction disputes. Baiju Vasani, who splits his time between London and Washington DC, is ‘developing a big name’.

The ‘focused and commercially aware’ international arbitration team at Mayer Brownthinks strategically and is several moves ahead’. It advises on a range of complex international arbitrations, including numerous commercial and investment treaty disputes, acting for clients such as Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation and Panama Canal Authority. Recent highlights include representing Merck & Co in an ICDR arbitration and related litigation involving the breach of the license to a patent covering a drug used in cardiac surgery. The ‘deep bench of top-notch lawyers’ is led by Ted Howes in New York. Houston-based Michael Lennon is ‘very experienced’.

Led by the ‘exceptional’ and ‘reputedJoseph Profaizer from Washington DC, the team at Paul Hastings LLP handles numerous international commercial matters and investment treaty disputes. Key clients include AIG, Global Gaming Asset Management, GE Capital and Pacific Steel Projects. The firm has a strong Asia practice and a growing Latin America one. Camilo Cardozo joined in New York from DLA Piper LLP (US).

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s international arbitration practice operates out of its New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles offices. It regularly handles commercial matters, investor-state cases under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, and state-to-state disputes. Key work highlights included representing the claimants in an investment treaty dispute against Pakistan relating to investments made in the largest gas import terminal in Pakistan heard under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules, pursuant to the Mauritius-Pakistan BIT. Key contacts in Washington DC include international arbitration practice head David Orta, who is recommended for Latin America-related work, William Urquhart and Daniel Salinas-Serrano. New York team head Tai-Heng Cheng is ‘well-grounded in international law’ and Los Angeles-based Fred Bennett has ‘in-depth experience’.

The team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has recently undergone some changes, with the retirement of former department co-head, Robert Smit and the move of Janet Whittaker to join Clifford Chance as partner. Peter Thomas in Washington DC and London-based Tyler Robinson now lead the department. Key highlights included advising Japanese pharmaceuticals company Daiichi Sankyo in an ICC arbitration with the former owners of Indian pharmaceuticals company Ranbaxy. Berkshire Hathaway, Danone and J.P. Morgan are other clients.

Vinson & Elkins LLP works across the energy, infrastructure development and construction industries, handling international commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes. Houston-based department head James Loftis, who is ‘capable, practical and well connected’, represented Khaitan Holdings (Mauritius), working with colleagues in London, in a licensing dispute heard under the Mauritius-India BIT. He is also acting for the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq in a dispute concerning the operation of the Iraq-Turkey Pipeline (ITP).

New York-based Eric Ordway heads the team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which also includes Ted Posner in Washington DC. It successfully represented Forbes in a $9m arbitration with Ukraine-based United Media Holding regarding a contested termination of a licensing agreement and is representing Hungary in an arbitration involving a claim under the Portugal-Hungary BIT. It also represented MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company in its dispute with the Government of Croatia regarding its investment in Croatian oil and gas company INA.

The four-partner US team at Winston & Strawn LLP is mainly based in the Washington DC office. Recent highlights include representing telecoms mogul Michael Dagher on an investment arbitration filed before ICSID against Sudan, with claims arising under the Jordan-Sudan and Lebanon-Sudan BITs. This is the first-ever ICSID arbitration against Sudan. It is also acting for Ecuador on matters including a multibillion-dollar arbitration instituted by Chevron and Texaco, and on related investor-state arbitration proceedings under the US-Ecuador BIT. Based across the London and Chicago offices, Ricardo Ugarte heads the team. Eric Bloom, Tomás Leonard and Nicole Silver are key contacts in Washington DC.

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