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Elliot Friedman

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Elliot is a partner in Freshfields’ international arbitration group, based in New York. Clients rely on Elliot’s expertise in international arbitration (commercial and investor-state) and international litigation. Elliot’s experience includes disputes involving long-term energy contracts, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others. Recently, Elliot represented BG Group in its victory before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the first-ever case concerning a bilateral investment treaty to be considered by the US Supreme Court. Elliot is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Melbourne (Australia).

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a widely recognised market leader for complex investment treaty disputes and high-value commercial and construction arbitrations involving the majority of the jurisdictions in Latin America. Demonstrating its capability in handling high-stakes arbitrations, the team successfully represented Crystallex International in a $1.4bn investment treaty arbitration with Venezuela arising from the expropriation of an untapped gold mine; acted for ConocoPhillips’ subsidiary Burlington Resources in an expropriation claim against Ecuador arising from a dispute involving a tax on windfall profits; and assisted ConocoPhillips with an ICSID arbitration claim brought by a number of Dutch subsidiaries against Venezuela resulting from the latter’s expropriation of three oil-field investments. The highly regarded Nigel Blackaby leads the global international arbitration group from the firm’s Washington DC office and is particularly singled out for his expertise in the energy sector. Other names to note are New York-based Noiana Marigo, Elliot Friedman and Brian King, London-based Sylvia Noury, and Washington DC-based Caroline Richard, who focuses on investor-state matters.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Graham Watson has experience in private and public M&A, capital markets and general commercial corporate advice and co-heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 's oil and gas offering with the New York-based Elliot Friedman . The group regularly handles project financing mandates and energy disputes, especially with regards to LNG projects in emerging markets.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

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Elliot Friedman - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Within: International arbitration

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ‘delivers great value in an impeccable manner’ and represents clients in investment treaty and commercial arbitration cases. Global head of international arbitration Nigel Blackaby, who is also co-head of the firm’s Latin America group, Elliot Friedman and Noiana Marigo, who is praised for her ‘critical thinking and powerful mindset’, successfully represented Burlington Resources, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in an expropriation claim against Ecuador arising out of a dispute involving a 99% tax on windfall profits. Friedman and Brian King are representing ConocoPhillips in an ICSID arbitration claim by several Dutch subsidiaries against Venezuela. Blackaby, Marigo, Friedman and Caroline Richard obtained a US$213m ICSID award for Tenaris against Venezuela in relation to the unlawful expropriation of their interest in a producer of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, as well as a separate steel production plant. The team, which is based across the firm’s Washington DC and New York offices, also includes counsel Alexander Wilbraham and senior associate Natalia Zibibbo.

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