Firms To Watch: International litigation

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP was recently joined by Jason Short and Robin Rathmell from Kobre & Kim, spurring the development of the international disputes practice group at the firm. Rathmell now leads the New York-based team with a focus on representing both US and international high-net-worth individuals and institutions involving fraud and misconduct allegations in disputes across the US and abroad.

International litigation in United States

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Led by Carmine Boccuzzi and Roger Cooper, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s continues to represent significant clients including multinational corporations, airlines, financial institutions and sovereign states. Bocuzzi has extensive experience particularly in work for states, focusing on disputes involving foreign states, such as the Republic of Argentina, in addition to his recognized expertise in antitrust and capital markets matters. Cooper on the other hand concentrates his practice on securities litigation, particularly class actions, often acting for both US and foreign clients in these proceedings. He is joined by Jared Gerber, who is also a key name to note in securities litigation at the firm, particularly in cases with a cross-border component. Jeffrey Rosenthal has a focus on arbitration, as well as being engaged in Chapter 11 proceedings for foreign companies, such as LATAM Airlines. Lina Bensman has acted as counsel to financial institutions and corporates in securities litigation, such as representing Copa Airlines in class action litigation stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as white-collar defense and internal investigations. All named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Carmine Boccuzzi; Roger Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Jared Gerber; Jeffrey Rosenthal; Lina Bensman

Key clients

Robert Bosch GmbH

Robert Bosch LLC

LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

Copa Airlines

BNP Paribas

The Republic of Argentina

Assured Guaranty

BHP Group





International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.





Credit Agricole


National Westminster Bank plc

Crédit Lyonnais, S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advising German automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC (Bosch) since 2015, when Bosch became embroiled in litigations around the country following Volkswagen’s admission that it employed Bosch engine control units to cheat on government emissions tests in diesel vehicles.
  • Advising Chilean LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the United States in the voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States.
  • Advised Panamanian Copa Airlines in defending against a class action lawsuit alleging that Copa Airlines breached its contract with customers by not automatically issuing flight refunds to those whose flights were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offers expertise across white collar and regulatory defense, commercial litigation, international arbitration and intellectual property, leveraging its presence across strategic jurisdictions including Hong Kong, New York, London and Washington DC. The practice is led by Andrew Ceresney, who focuses on financial services litigation, and Mary Beth Hogan, who concentrates her practice on investigations, particularly for educational institutions and corporations relating to sexual harassment, as well as regulatory investigations and enforcements involving the DOJ and CFPB. Co-chair of the firm’s international dispute resolution group is Catherine Amirfar, who is recognized for her experience in public international law, bolstered by her time as Counselor on international law to the US State Department. Ina Popova also focuses on public international law and international litigation across several sectors including mining, energy and TMT. Finally, Andrew Levine, David O’Neil, based in Washington DC, and Bruce Yannett are key figures within the firm’s white collar and regulatory defense team, representing companies, financial institutions and executives on a range of securities fraud, foreign bribery, anti-corruption and investigation matters. Donald Donovan recently retired from the firm. Unless specified otherwise, all lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Amirfar; Ina Popova; Andrew Levine; David O’Neil; Bruce Yannett

Key clients



Lafarge S.A.

Perenco Ecuador Limited

Tethyan Copper Company pty Limited


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes, notably involving global warming as well as ESG-related matters brought by various plaintiffs against the firm’s clients. The practice focuses on sectors including food and beverage, technology and energy, frequently obtaining complete dismissals of claims, particularly class actions, including tort cases, fraud, and extensive climate litigation. Perlette Michèle Jura, co-founder and co-chair of the group based in Los Angeles, plays a significant role in these transnational environmental, consumer and mass tort matters, with a focus on transnational supply chain litigation and ESG. Also in Los Angeles is William Thomson, co-chair of the group with specific experience in constitutional litigation and environmental claims. Another co-chair of the group is Andrea Neuman, based in New York, who has deep experience of transnational litigation, with expertise relating to section 1782 discovery applications and global warming cases, representing Chevron in several multi-jurisdictional matters. New York-based Anne Champion plays a lead role in international disputes, including RICO, fraud and tort claims at both state and federal level.  Randy Mastro, Mark Kirsch and Matthew Biben departed in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Perlette Michèle Jura; Andrea Neuman; William Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Champion

Key clients

Nestlé USA/Nestlé S.A.


Chevron/Chevron International/Chevron U.S.A.

Verizon Communications

General Electric Company



Nestlé Health Science U.S.

North American Sugar Industries

Dole Food Company

Shareholders of Devas




Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold

Oath Holdings, Inc.

Altaba Inc.

Tethyan Copper Company PTY Limited

Shareholders of Devas Multimedia Private Ltd.

Yukos Capital

Crystallex International Corporation

Rio Tinto

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP routinely counsels foreign parties on the application of international laws in US courts, as well as changing international regulatory landscapes, leveraging expertise across antitrust, international arbitration, IP and white-collar groups. The practice counts foreign sovereigns, state-owned entities, central banks and financial services companies among its clients, and is recognized for its enforcement litigation capacity, defending against and enforcing award judgements in both US and international courts. Glenn Kurtz , based in New York, chairs the global commercial litigation practice, and has a track record of high-stakes litigation, including international mass tort claims and high-profile sexual abuse cases. Christopher Curran is also a key name, based in Washington DC, advising foreign sovereigns and corporations facing litigation in US courts, particularly regarding the extraterritorial application of US law and the protection of foreign sovereign immunity. Claire DeLelle and Tara Lee are also key names based in DC- DeLelle focuses her practice on representing foreign financial institutions in US courts, while Lee is noted for her work on ESG-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Tara Lee; Christopher Curran; Claire DeLelle

Key clients

Eni S.p.A.; Eni Oil & Gas Inc.

HNA Swedish Hospitality Management AB

HNA Hotel Group (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A

QC Terme US Corp., QC Terme s.r.l., White Bridge Investments S.p.A., Giuturna Investments S.p.A.

National Bank of Pakistan


Bulgaria National Bank

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Zimbabwe

Banque Misr Liban

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Hidroelectrica Santa Rita, S.A.

Bayport Financial Holdings (USA) Inc. and Bayport Colombia S.A.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Saudi Aramco in dismissing a petition to enforce an $18 Billion arbitral award obtained through a fraudulent arbitral institution in Egypt, by highlighting the lack of any arbitration agreement, and contesting the arbitration proceedings.
  • Defeated class certification on behalf of Toshiba in a long running securities dispute, convincing the court that a proposed class of US American Depository Receipt (ADR) holders could not proceed because the proposed named plaintiff for the class did not purchase Toshiba securities in the United States, as required under the Exchange Act.
  • Represented HNA in a contract dispute involving the sale of stock shares that were pledged as part of a loan agreement with Equities First Holdings, involving issues related to discovery, Covid-related travel impediments, Chinese nationals witness availability, and the client, CEO and President, becoming unavailable as a witness due to being detained by Chinese authorities.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter fields a multi-disciplinary team handling matters on behalf of sovereign states and companies involving foreign parties including personal jurisdiction of US courts and claims regarding ATS, ATA and FSIA statutes. The firm also has specific experience defending companies receiving federal funds in False Claims Act investigations and subsequent litigation. The firm’s anti-corruption team features prominently, defending clients in government investigations and enforcement under the FCPA and other anti-bribery regulations across different jurisdictions. Experienced arbitrators, Mélida Hodgson, based in New York, and Thomas Kruse, in Houston are key contributors to the firm’s established international arbitration capacity. New York’s Marcus Asner concentrates his practice on investigations, often relating to the FCPA, obtaining a declination from the DOJ on behalf of Samsung Heavy Industries in this area. Soo-Mi Rhee, based across Washington DC and Seoul, shares this concentration, focusing on criminal and regulatory investigations, often regarding the FCPA, and anti-corruption, compliance, export controls and sanctions. Co-chair of the practice Paolo Di Rosa, based in Washington DC, focuses on representing sovereign states as well as private companies, particularly relating to Latin America. Also in DC is co-chair Kenneth Chernof. James Herschlein and Maria Chedid also co-chair the practice, based in New York and San Francisco respectively, with Chedid a specialist in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Chernof; James Herschlein; Paolo Di Rosa; Maria Chedid

Other key lawyers:

Soo-Mi Rhee; Mélida Hodgson; Thomas Kruse

Key clients

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI)

Carnival Corporation

General Electric Company

POSCO Energy

Sanofi and Regeneron

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Czech Republic

Republic of Panama






Work highlights

  • Secured a fourth consecutive favorable outcome for the Republic of Panama against claims in excess of $100 million.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP focuses its attention on parallel proceedings and regulatory investigations, advising both US-based and international clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis, leveraging the firm’s global reach. The firm is recognized for this expertise in parallel matters involving regulatory bodies such as the DOJ, SEC and FCA, as well as litigation in diverse locations on issues such as personal jurisdiction, extraterritorial application of law, enforcement of judgements and arbitral awards. Section 1782 applications are another area of focus for the firm, and both New York’s Timothy Harkness and David Livshiz are experienced in this area. Eric Bruce is the head of the practice based in Washington DC and has a background as a federal prosecutor in the SDNY, consolidating his experience in global investigations as well as criminal trials, particularly relating to white-collar defense. Also with previous experience at the Attorney’s office for SDNY is Aaron Marcu, based in New York, who concentrates on the application of criminal law to corporations facing anti-corruption and money laundering investigations by multiple regulatory bodies. Kimberly Zelnick and Olivia Radin are key names to note in New York for their experience in investigations, particularly those involving companies in the TMT and financial services sector. Linda Martin is recognized for her international commercial litigation practice and senior associate Paige von Mehren represents clients on arbitration matters and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Eric Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Harkness; David Livshiz; Aaron Marcu; Kimberly Zelnick; Olivia Radin; Linda Martin; Paige von Mehren

Key clients

Current and former employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

MTN Group


Clairvest Group

PepsiCo and Bottling Group


Air Products and Chemicals


Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf

Statoil (Nigeria)


London Stock Exchange Group



Exxon Mobil Corporation

Marriott International


Work highlights

  • Representing affiliates of Exxon Mobil and others in actions against NNPC, the Nigerian state-owned oil company, to confirm arbitral awards worth approximately $5bn.
  • Representing MTN, Africa’s largest mobile-service provider, and two of its subsidiaries in challenging the jurisdiction of a US court in a lawsuit alleging that MTN and numerous other large companies violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by committing intentional torts against US service members and government contractors.
  • Representing Air Products and Chemicals in breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from a dispute over an $8bn joint venture in Saudi Arabia.

King & Spalding LLP

Led by Andy Bayman and Reginald Smith  based in Atlanta and Houston respectively, King & Spalding LLP’s trial and global disputes group has undergone significant expansion in New York, welcoming lateral hires such as Randy Mastro from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP along with Mark Kirsch and Matt Biben in August 2022. The firm also gained Samaa Haridi from Hogan Lovells US LLP in early 2022, strengthening its international arbitration and disputes practice with an emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. Also opening its doors in Miami, the firm has focused its attention on Latin America as well as bolstering its class action litigation capacity in the South. Érica Franzetti, Harry Burnett, and Craig Miles  are among those relocating to the Miami office, joined by Brian Miller, Samantha Kavanaugh and Ross Linzer from Akerman LLP. The firm concentrates on parallel proceedings across sectors including energy, mining, financial services, and healthcare, with experience in asset recovery, enforcement actions and anti-suit injunctions. Richard Marooney is a key name to note in New York for his focus on international financial services disputes with major institutional clients in this area.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Reginald Smith

Other key lawyers:

Randy Mastro; Mark Kirsch; Matthew Biben; Samaa Hiridi; Erica Franzetti; Harry Burnett; Craig Miles; Brian Miller; Samantha Kavanaugh; Ross Linzer; Richard Marooney


‘The firm has extensive experience in international arbitration especially in investor-state arbitrations.’

‘Their experience, knowledge and preparation for cases is impressive.’

Key clients

Chevron Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young Global Limited


GOL Airlines

Multiple renewable energy companies

NatWest Markets plc


Rusoro Mining Limited

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)

The Government of Mongolia

Viking Group, Inc./The Viking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing and advising claimants multiple renewable energy investors in global enforcement proceedings arising out of seven arbitration awards against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty for the withdrawal or modification of renewable energy incentives.
  • Representing Chevron in an investment treaty arbitration and related litigation against the Republic of Ecuador seated in the Hague, arising out of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian court judgment against Chevron for alleged environmental harm caused by historical oilfield operations.
  • Representing Deutsche Bank in various class and direct-action litigation matters in that derive from previous investigations into alleged manipulation of the global FX market by traders at various FX dealer banks.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Active in a broad range of international litigation matters, Latham & Watkins LLP is recognized for its capacity across cybersecurity, tax, intellectual property and white-collar defense, leveraging its deep bench of former federal prosecutors in government enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations. Global chair of the litigation and trial department, Michele Johnson, based in Orange County, focuses her practice on representing large companies, directors and financial institutions in securities class actions, M&A litigation and other commercial litigation. Associate Elizabeth Annis, based in Washington DC, has experience in regulatory investigations with a cross-border component and Belinda Lee, based in San Francisco has been active in antitrust and regulatory investigations relating to an acquisition of a semiconductor chip designer.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Belinda Lee; Elizabeth Annis

Key clients



Microsoft Corporation

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc.

AMO Development, LLC

AMO Manufacturing USA, LLC

AMO Sales and Service, Inc.


NVIDIA Corporation

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Norton Rose Fulbright

With a firmwide disputes focus, Norton Rose Fulbright advises large companies and financial institutions across multiple jurisdictions across a range of industries including energy, life sciences & healthcare, cybersecurity, and financial services. The international litigation practice is led by the firm’s global head of litigation, Richard Krumholz based in the firm’s Dallas office, regularly involved in business disputes, securities litigation and multi-jurisdictional qui tam cases. The practice is experienced in cross-border investigations and regulatory issues, commercial litigation and class actions and is supported by a specialized international arbitration group, led by Mark Baker based in Houston, as well as a risk advisory group, consolidating the firm’s dispute resolution, regulatory and investigations capacity. Moreover, the firm offers strength in key emerging markets including Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Kevin O’Gorman , also based in Houston, is active in energy-related litigation and is a key contact on climate change dispute resolution. Brian Sun, based in Los Angeles, focuses on business litigation and white-collar defense with a focus on Asia.

Practice head(s):

Richard Krumholz

Other key lawyers:

Brian Sun; Kevin O’Gorman; Mark Baker

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Republic of Kazakhstan

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.

Philippine Airlines

HEXO Corp.

The Unfinished Business of American Democracy Committee of the Harlan Group for Civil Rights

Work highlights

  • Represented Qualcomm in litigation against regulators and Apple that spanned the globe in a case brought by the Apple in the Southern District of California, FTC in Northern California, foreign EU and Asian regulatory matters, and in its appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) as special aircraft counsel in its consensual restructuring, which was implemented in PAL’s Chapter 11 plan and confirmed by the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on December 17, 2022.
  • Representing the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with multiple enforcement proceedings in the US and abroad arising from a $500m Energy Charter Treaty award issued in a contested Stockholm Chamber of Commerce matter concerning oil and gas leases.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Described as ‘masters in the court room’, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has a strong reputation for handling litigation in multiple jurisdictions. The practice has experience in litigation enforcing arbitration awards as well as high-profile bankruptcy litigation and simultaneous proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. The group is subdivided into sovereign litigation, Latin American litigation, litigation in connection to international arbitration, and bankruptcy and restructuring. Dennis Hranitzky, based across New York and Salt Lake City, chairs the sovereign litigation team, consisting of key members Daniel Salinas-Serrano, in Washington DC, and Debra O’Gorman, in New York. Washington DC-based lawyers Juan Morillo, Gabriel Soledad, Dawn Yamane Hewett and Lucas Loviscek, lead the culturally diverse Latin American team which has represented clients in sovereign-granted concessions, collections and restructuring matters among others. Miami’s David Orta leads international arbitration practice, often involving parallel litigation, and is regarded for his strength in the courtroom.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Hranitzky

Other key lawyers:

David Orta; Gabriel Soledad; Daniel Salines-Serrano; Julianne Jaquith; Juan Morillo; Debra O’Gorman; Dawn Yamane Hewett; Lucas Loviscek


‘The team is among the most talented group of professionals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They work seamlessly as a team and leave no stone unturned in their pursuits. As impressed as I’ve been with their written arguments, they are masters in the court room.’

‘We run an international business, and the team we have worked with at QEU&S for the past 7 years is the most diverse group we have worked with in law, with people from all over the world with different backgrounds and ages contributing and I believe this makes for a stronger argument and defense.’

‘They are easy to work with, personable, accessible and transparent. At any time, on any day, I can send them a message or give them a call and hear back quickly from anyone working on our case. Billing is timely and detailed. They are without a doubt worth every penny paid.’

Key clients

Ad Hoc Group of Intralot 2024 Noteholders

Adel Al Ghanem v IAP

AT&T V. Grupo Salinas

Crescent v National Iranian Oil company

Cairn Energy v. India

HBK Master Fund LP; Palladian Partners LP; Hirsh Group LLP; Virtual Emerald International Limited

Iraq Telecom v IBL

JBS, J&F, Batista Representation

Mayaguez v. Citibank

Oro Negro, its U.S. Investors and Former Management

Process and Industrial v. Federal Republic of Nigeria

Santos Laguna v. Disney

The Estate of Julio Miguel Orlandini-Agreda and Compañía Minera Orlandini Ltda. v. The Plurinational State of Bolivia

Trafigura/PdVSA Litigation

Luigi Cimolai Holding S.p.A. and Cimolai S.p.A.

The Joint Administrators of NMC Healthcare LTD

Minister of Finance of Ukraine acting upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Represented Crescent Petroleum Company International, Ltd. and Crescent Gas Corporation, Ltd. in multinational proceedings to enforce a $2.4bn award against the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
  • Representing NMC Healthcare LTD, its Joint Administrators and 32 other NMC Group companies, a large provider of private medical care in the Middle East that was the subject of substantial fraud, in a number of proceedings in the Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts and an LCIA London seated arbitration, following the first ever administration order in the UAE and the ADGM in September 2020.
  • Representing the U.S. shareholders and former management of Oro Negro in a cross-border dispute arising from Oro Negro’s bankruptcy, with litigations currently ongoing in Mexico, the United States, and Singapore.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

With a strong background in the financial services sector, Shearman & Sterling LLP has experience representing major US and non-US financial institutions in securities and antitrust litigation, particularly class actions, as well as regulatory investigations. The practice is led by Adam Hakki and Stephen Fishbein based in New York, and Patrick Robbins in San Francisco. Hakki is renowed for his expertise in securities litigation, acting for many of the firm’s major clients including Bank of America, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. He is also experienced advising underwriting syndicates of IPOs in securities class actions as well as representing banks in trading market class actions. Brian Burke, based in New York and Shanghai, is another key name to note, concentrating on regulatory investigations across the Asia Pacific region, particularly advising multinationals with operations in China in matters relating to the FCPA, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and antitrust. Jerry Fortinsky, also based in New York, shares this focus in Asia and leads the China securities litigation practice where he frequently defends shareholder lawsuits against US-listed Chinese companies. Katherine Stoller is a prominent player in white collar defense and internal investigations relating to securities and accounting fraud, as well as insider trading and money laundering, noted for her engagement with Danske Banke in investigations by both the DOJ and the SEC along with European regulatory authorities into money laundering and securities fraud.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Stephen Fishbein; Patrick Robbins

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Stoller; Jerry Fortinski; Brian Burke

Key clients

Bank of America

Danske Bank


UniCredit S.p.A.



RELX Group

Sea Limited

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

JP Morgan Securities LLC

Sundial Growers Inc.

Merrill Lynch International

Antaeus Group


Work highlights

  • Achieved a victory on behalf of Bank of America Mexico, S.A. in a putative antitrust class action in the Southern District of New York concerning the market for Mexican Government Bonds in which plaintiffs claimed that BofA Mexico participated in a cartel with other banks to inflate the price of MGBs.
  • Representing Danske Bank in high-profile criminal and regulatory investigations relating to money laundering and securities fraud allegations, in investigations involving the DOJ, the SEC, and numerous European authorities.
  • Achieved a victory in a putative securities class action in the Southern District of New York on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters who underwrote the January 2020 IPO of Phoenix Tree Holdings, Limited, a residential rental company based in China and with operations in Wuhan.

Williams & Connolly LLP

Managing a broad range of international litigation matters, often involving multinational investigations and prosecutions as well as collateral civil litigation, Williams & Connolly LLP takes a collaborative approach with local law firms in foreign jurisdictions to offer clients counsel suited to their needs. The firm, at its Washington DC headquarters, has experience litigating foreign sovereign immunity and enforcement of foreign judgements and arbitration awards, as well as investigations relating to fraud, anti-corruption, securities regulation and claims under the ATA. Ana Reyes co-chairs the practice along with Jonathan Landy - Reyes focuses on matters involving foreign sovereign immunity, international contract disputes and patent enforcement, and she has an impressive pro bono record including representation of asylum seekers and refugee organizations, notably representing women escaping persecution by a terrorist group, while Landy concentrates on arbitration matters involving a range of jurisdictions across sectors including pharma, TMT and infrastructure. Associates Haley Wasserman and Benjamin Graham focus on commercial litigation and arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Landy; Ana Reyes

Other key lawyers:

Haley Wasserman; Benjamin Graham

Key clients

Kingdom of Spain

Former Bolivian President and Minister of Defense

Pfizer, Inc.


DAI Global

Work highlights

  • Representing the Kingdom of Spain in litigation concerning the enforceability of a $66m arbitral award related to economic incentives for renewable energy projects, presenting issues of public international law, including the ability of Member States in the European Union to participate in international arbitration under multilateral investment treaties.
  • Representing the former Bolivian President and his Defense Minister in the first civil case in which a former head-of-state was tried in the United States.
  • Representing Pfizer Inc. and certain of its affiliates in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit filed on behalf of American service members, civilians, and their families in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


BakerHostetler is recognized for its asset recovery expertise, acting for clients including sovereign entities, liquidators and court-appointed trustees in distressed situations. The firm is responsible for significant cross-border recoveries across a number of sectors including mining, financial services, specifically relating to insolvencies, and TMT, and has also been active in a number of internal investigations in connection with multiple jurisdictions. The practice leadership is comprised of Mark Cymrot, in Washington DC, and Oren Warshavsky and David Sheehan in New York. Warshavsky specializes in multi-jurisdictional proceedings with a focus on intellectual property. Gonzalo Zeballos is another key name to note in New York and is lead counsel representing the SIPA trustee in the Madoff ponzi scheme. Houston’s Sashe Dimitroff focuses on energy disputes, commercial fraud and litigation as well as internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot; Oren Warshavsky; David Sheehan

Other key lawyers:

Gonzalo Zeballos; Sashe Dimitroff

Key clients

Securities Investor Protection Act Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

TGG Direct

Security Holder Representative of the Securityholders of Audiam, Inc

Joint Liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA

The Susan Zirkl Memorial Foundation Trust

Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien

A receiver for M3 Fund, a segregated account of Silk Road Funds

Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office

Alpha Group, International

Jive Investments

Joint Trustees in the Bankruptcy of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev

Work highlights

  • Led international investigations and foreign recovery efforts in the representation of Trustee Irving H. Picard for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in which more than $14bn in assets have been recovered from the decades-old Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Representing a client in a case involving the dispute over Nazi looted art, a watercolor and charcoal drawing by well-known artist Egon Schiele, valued at over $40m (the “Schiele Artwork”).
  • Representing the Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office (“LARMO”) to recover assets misappropriated from Libya, including an estimated $100m or more stolen by former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Baker McKenzie LLP

With strong cross-border capacity, Baker McKenzie LLP regularly represents foreign-owned multinational companies in parallel proceedings and foreign discovery and judgement enforcement, as well as enforcement of US judgements abroad. Experienced product liability practitioner, Mark Goodman, and Jennifer Ancona Semko, who focuses on commercial disputes at both a state and federal level and government regulatory investigations and enforcements, co-chair the practice in San Francisco and Washington DC respectively. The firm is also sought after for its sector-specific experiences in, among others, consumer goods, retail, construction and TMT, with Teresa Michaud as a key member of the TMT industry group, representing companies in class actions, disputes and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodman; Jennifer Ancona Semko

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Michaud

Key clients

The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

One of the Largest Producers of Plywood and Wood Products in Brazil

Joint Official Liquidators of TCA Global Credit Fund, Ltd

DXC Technology

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) and subsidiaries

Various Siemens and Dresser-Rand entities B.V. and Booking Holdings Inc.

Thai Agri Foods

Itau Unibanco S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Joint Official Liquidators of TCA Global Credit Fund, Ltd. in connection with the SEC receivership and bankruptcy proceedings of a Cayman Islands fund.
  • Representing The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd. as plaintiff in a breach of contract action pending in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court, arising from the premature termination of credit agreements in a structured finance deal totaling more than $225m.
  • Filed a petition against the Government of Zimbabwe in the District of Columbia federal court as part of a global effort to enforce a $164m ICSID arbitration award.

Dechert LLP

Acting for corporates, sovereign states, financial institutions and creditors, Dechert LLP has broad international litigation experience including acting in parallel proceedings across multiple jurisdictions as well as distressed financial situations, investigations and judgement enforcement. Catherine Botticelli and Jonathan Streeter, based in Washington DC and New York respectively, lead the practice. Meanwhile, Andrew Levander and Mauricio España, based in New York, focus on commercial litigation, white-collar and regulatory investigations. Also in New York is Linda Goldstein who concentrates on securities litigation including claims brought by institutional investors and class actions, and co-head of the firm’s insolvency litigation group, Gary Mennitt, is experienced in multinational contentious matters particularly relating to creditors’ rights and bondholders.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Streeter; Catherine Botticelli

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Levander; Mauricio España; Linda Goldstein; Gary Mennitt

Key clients

OCI Solar Power LLC

Flo Health, Inc.

Esprit Holdings Limited

Secure Energy, Inc.

Minister of Finance of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Bank Audi SAL



Chubb Seguros Peru, S.A.

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Work highlights

  • Representing Flo Health with eight U.S. federal class actions being tried in the Northern District of California, one Israeli class action, three Canadian class actions, a Congressional Oversight Committee investigation, a FTC investigation, a Norwegian investigation, and a GDPR investigation—all regarding allegations of user privacy violations.
  • Secured a victory at the pleading stage for the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Southern District of New York.
  • Represented BLOM Bank in a series of lawsuits plaintiffs sought to extend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act liability to more than a dozen Lebanese banks in which the Court held that plaintiffs’ allegations against BLOM Bank were critically deficient.

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance

Best known for its experience handling international disputes between sovereign-owned or government related entities in the US and Latin America, Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance is equipped to advise clients on both civil and criminal matters including asset recovery, shareholder disputes, sovereign immunity and allegations of financial fraud. The practice is led from the firm’s Miami headquarters by Michael Diaz, Jr., global managing partner, and Gary Davidson , who was recently appointed Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee of the Florida Bar. Marta Colomar-Garcia has extensive experience representing Latin American companies and state-related bodies in a range of disputes, and Javier Coronado Diaz is a key contact for criminal proceedings disputes relating to the region including anti-drug trafficking and corruption.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz, Jr.; Gary Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Marta Colomar-Garcia; Javier Coronado


‘Boutique firm with an experienced team. Focused on strategies that get results for its clients.’

‘This firm has many clients but the level of detail and accessibility of the partners makes me believe that I am the most important one (figuratively speaking).’

Key clients

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas




Binyomin Rutstein

Ocean Residences Development


Work highlights

  • Advising Alibaba in all their US litigation involving IP violations, including in arbitration-related matters, including current cases in New Jersey, California, Tennessee, Washington D.C. and Illinois.
  • Representing a Mexican Nationalin a $30m derivative suit against his former partner, a well-known businessperson, who owns various companies, including a television broadcasting station.
  • Representing the board of directors of Eastern National Bank in two $20m lawsuits brought by minority and majority shareholders.

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP is notable for its extensive experience representing sovereign states in international dispute resolution. The firm has a track record of defending states and government bodies in state-to-state disputes, a range of industry-related cross-border disputes and enforcement proceedings, including representing Tanzania in a dismissal of an enforcement suit by the Supreme Court on the grounds of sovereign immunity. The group is also familiar with representing foreign companies, particularly French and European, in US litigation and New York’s Daniel Schimmel is a key contact in this area. The firm has groups based in Washington DC focusing on both Africa, led by Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, and Latin America, led by Clara Brillembourg and Kenneth Figueroa, representing states and state-owned entities in a range of international disputes. The international litigation practice is co-led by DC-based Constantinos Salonidis, New York-based Christina Hioureas and Paris-based Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hioureas; Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo; Constantinos Salonidis

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Schimmel; Tafadzwa Paspanodya; Clara Brillembourg; Kenneth Figueroa; Paul Reichler Pierre d’Argent; Lawrence Martin; Yuri Parkhomenko


‘It is both interesting and valuable to have a bi-national counsel. Bilingual attorneys with an understanding of different institutional and legal frameworks’

‘The firm’s practice areas are of the special type. It’s international law practice focusing on litigation before the International Court of Justice under a specific branch of the firm in Washington DC makes it very unique in that respect. Further, it’s readiness and capacity to assemble teams of experts from outside the law firm to tackle specific areas where necessary, in order to give their clients the best service, is a great attribute.’

‘Mr. Lawrence Martin, Prof. Pierre d’Argent and Mr. Yuri Parkhomenko are particularly outstanding. They stand out in terms of their unmatched and practical grasp of public international law; and their willingness to put the client’s interest ahead of everything else.’

Key clients

Access Now



Air France



Bangladesh Power Development Board

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX),

Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission


Caña de Nicaragua, S.A.


Crédit Agricole / CACEIS (France)

Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) (Dominican Republic)



Dominican Republic



Ecolog International

Estate of Victor Jara

Equatorial Guinea


Gambia / Republic of The Gambia

Gazprombank (Russia)


Greece/Hellenic Republic

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America



International Conference of Asian American Political Parties

Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited

Kanai Management Inc.

Laboratoires Pierre Fabre


Luxembourg (Permanent Mission to the UN)

Lichtenstein (Permanent Mission to the UN)


Momotombo Power Company

Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima

National Gas Transmission Corp of Greece




Orange Business Servicess



PeruPetro S.A.


Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique


Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA)


Qatar Public Works Authority


Sierra Leone



Tajik Air






Work highlights

  • Represented Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in successfully securing a dismissal from the District Court for the Southern District of NY for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
  • Represented Tajik Air when the DC Circuit, in a unanimous per curiam opinion, upheld the District Court’s dismissal of an arbitral award enforcement action filed by UAB Skyroad Leasing (valued at more than $20m).
  • Represented the Republic of Poland and one of its political subdivisions in a case brought by foreign investors in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that sought $10m in damages.

Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.

Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. is recognized for its work in international securities litigation and has been involved in major recoveries in overseas securities fraud cases. The firm regularly represents investors in securities class actions and has specific experience in the automotive and banking industries across jurisdictions in Europe and Asia. The group is co-led by Jay Eisenhofer, Olav Haazen, both based in New York, and Guus Warringa who spends his time in both New York and Amsterdam. Both Eisenhofer and Haazen were active in reaching a significant settlement for institutional investors in the recent Steinhoff accounting fraud and subsequent stock-drop, a major securities settlement in both the Netherlands and South Africa.

Practice head(s):

Jay Eisenhofer; Olav Haazen; Guus Warringa

Other key lawyers:

Caitlin Moyna

Work highlights

  • Represented 44 institutional investors in litigation with Steinhoff and various affiliates in the Netherlands that resulted in a significant $1.6bn settlement.
  • Serving as global counsel to investors impacted by a money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank’s branch in Estonia.
  • Acting as global counsel to investors harmed by BHP Billiton’s false representations of its mining safety practices.

Meister Seelig & Fein PLLC

Meister Seelig & Fein PLLC acts for both US-based clients in foreign proceedings as well as foreign parties involved in US litigation at the state and federal level, and ancillary litigation in international jurisdictions. The firm has experience with evidentiary discovery in the US ahead of foreign proceedings through section 1782 applications and has represented high net worth individuals as well as companies and sovereign entities, particularly in relation to debt and cryptocurrency, and has experience bringing claims against larger corporates. The team is supported by the firm’s strong whistleblower practice. The practice is led by Alexander Pencu, who focuses on antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and unfair trade practices, Christopher J. Major, experienced in real estate disputes, breach of contract and insolvency matters, and Kathryn Matthews, who has expertise in commercial and financial products litigation.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Pencu; Christopher Major; Kathryn Matthews


‘The diversity of the team is what clients of MSF find useful, especially with international clients, since the team has the experience of litigation internationally, and have been involved in many litigations, worldwide.’

‘I deal with Alex Pencu & Mitch Schuster and I find them very efficient.’

‘The entire team at MSF LLP is motivated, hardworking, diligent and meticulous in their performance. Timely completion of work and dedicated attention to minute details is well appreciated.’

‘Alex Pencu is one of the finest lawyer to work with. He has great understanding of law and equally good understanding of a client’s requirements.’

‘The team I worked with for the past ten years have been not only helpful but also extremally receptive to the differences in law when it comes down to complex multinational litigation. They are not only well versed in US law but they can navigate the intricacies of the international private law. It was a pleasure and an honor working with them for the common clients benefits.’

‘Alex Pencu has significant cross-border and international litigation experience and, for me, he tried cases in front of both federal and state courts. His skillfulness and sharpness in international private law has helped in successfully handling cases challenging the US jurisdiction.’

Key clients

Neopharma LLC

Steven Paul Kowalski

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

A Company Hungary Kft

IT Invest Financial Solutions (Cyprus) Limited

Lynwood Investments CY Limited

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster draws on expertise across practice areas including intellectual property, antitrust, white collar and class action defense. The team, co-chaired by Christine Wong and Bradley Wine based in San Francisco and Austin respectively, has acted on a range of litigation matters involving injunctions, product liability, patent and copyright infringement cases, as well as antitrust violations, with a focus in jurisdictions across Asia. Technology and life sciences are sectors of expertise for the team. Nathaniel Mendell joined the firm from the US Attorney’s Office in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christine Wong; Bradley Wine

Other key lawyers:

Nathaniel Mendell

Key clients

Snap-on, Inc.

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd


MicroPort Orthopedics Inc.

Matsuo Electric Co, Ltd.

Murata Manufacturing

BlackBerry Limited


Celanese International Corporation

ARM Ltd.

Former CEO of G4S

Fujitsu America, Inc.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Concentrating on securities litigation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP advises a range of major corporations in class actions across sectors including e-commerce, cryptocurrency and energy. The litigation and controversy practice is led by James Carroll, based in Boston, who focuses on matters relating to securities, financial services, underwriting, and antitrust. New York’s Jay Kasner, Susan Saltzstein, and Scott Musoff are also key names to note for the firm’s strength in securities litigation.

Practice head(s):

James Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Susan Saltzstein; Scott Musoff; Jay Kasner

Steptoe LLP

Steptoe LLP is experienced in complex international matters involving a range of disputes regarding breach of contract, fraud, fiduciary duties and judgement enforcement, with a particular focus in the real estate and financial services sectors. The practice is co-led by Steven Davidson and Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov from the firm’s Washington DC office. Michael Miller, based in New York, is another key name to note with experience in white collar investigations as well as commercial litigation in the financial services sector. Elyse Echtman joined the firm from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Steven Davidson; Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov

Other key lawyers:

Michael Miller; Elyse Echtman

Work highlights

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP handles an array of disputes with an international component, with a focus on white collar and regulatory investigations and  numerous DOJ matters. Co-chair of the white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice, Abbe Lowell, who is based in Washington DC, has represented several key clients including the Kingdom of Morocco, in relation to both criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is co-chaired by Jeffrey Kessler and Dan Webb, based in New York and Chicago respectively. Webb is chief trial counsel defending Boeing against numerous product liability cases and Kessler is predominantly active in antitrust and cartel matters, as well as cross-border sports law issues. San Francisco’s Pamela Davis has led numerous FCPA and global investigations for multinational clients in white collar and regulatory defense cases. Marcelo Blackburn, based in New York, is a key contact in Latin American transnational disputes and Christopher Man, in Washington DC, is experienced in international white-collar defense along with Mariana Pendás.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Dan Webb; Abbe Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Man; Marcelo Blackburn; Pamela Davis; Rodolfo Herrera-Moro; Mariana Pendás


‘The firm provides very high quality advice, are incredibly responsive and are able to provide very concise, commercially oriented advice.’

‘I’ve worked with Winston & Strawn on very complex sport mandates. They have the best knowledge on the US sports legal market, are extremely skilled at settlements and able to understand very quickly the commercial as well as the legal aspects of any matter. They are very fast to respond and super reliable. You feel like you are in the best possible hands.’

‘The firm has good team of lawyers that speak Spanish fluently and support my company in international litigation cases.’

Key clients



Corning, Inc.

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Hitachi Metals


Kingdom of Morocco

Nippon Seiki

NTN Corporation

Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company

Panasonic Corp.

Former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares

Zaklady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma S.A. (Polpharma)

Work highlights

  • Represented Occidental in a case where former Ecuadorian Occidental Petroleum employees claimed entitlement to 15% of a $979m arbitration award obtained against Ecuador under an Ecuadorian Constitution provision requiring profit sharing with a company’s employees each tax year.
  • Secured a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of American Airlines against allegations that it violated the Helms-Burton Act (HBA) by trafficking in the Jose Marti International Airport, Cuba’s main airport, which plaintiff’s father owned before the Castro revolution, including on the grounds that plaintiff was not a U.S. citizen at the time he acquired the airport, as required by the HBA.
  • Represented former Venequip executive Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares in DOJ’s investigation into an alleged kickback and bribery scheme involving Venequip and Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).