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Volterra Fietta

Public international law Tier 1

Volterra Fietta is a boutique practice focusing entirely on public international law. The team has 'a very good reputation' as counsel and advocates at the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and tribunals constituted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea. The practice advises a mix of states, international organisations and corporate clients on bilateral investment treaties; land and maritime territorial and boundary disputes; treaty interpretation; state responsibility; sovereign and diplomatic privilege and immunity; economic sanctions; international environmental law; and international trade and WTO law. Key figures include name partner Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and international counsel Álvaro Nistal.

Practice head(s):

Robert Volterra

Other key lawyers:

Alvaro Nistal

International arbitration Tier 6

Volterra Fietta is a specialist public international law practice that is particularly experienced in representing investors and governments in investment treaty arbitrations; the firm also has a significant international commercial arbitration practice that spans the globe and includes all the major arbitration centres and rules. The principal advisers are Robert VolterraGraham Coop and recently promoted counsel Álvaro NistalGiorgio Mandelli and Suzanne Spears left for King & Spalding LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, respectively.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 5

London-based public international law specialist Volterra Fietta acts for both sovereign states and investors in a range of international commercial arbitration, investment treaty cases and state-to-state disputes. Robert Volterra is recommended.

Volterra Fietta is known as the go-to international arbitration firm for bet-the-country and bet-the-company public international law disputes, of which investor-State arbitration is a part. It is in the elite group of only a handful of firms that is instructed before the International Court of Justice and other State-to-State disputes. It is one of the few law firms in the world that represent investors and States in investor-State arbitrations in equal measure.

It regularly represents clients in cases before the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID tribunals and other international courts and tribunals. The broad range of public international law disputes on which it is instructed confirms how it is viewed in the global marketplace. These include disputes about:

  • land and maritime boundaries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas;
  • treaty interpretation (non-BITs);
  • trade;
  • investment treaties;
  • Law of the Sea;
  • State responsibility;
  • Human rights;
  • Business and Human Rights; and
  • International environmental law.

The firm has one of the world’s largest ICSID practices. It is one of the largest dedicated arbitration practices in the world.

Although a specialist firm, it has depth: its clients invariably instruct it against Magic Circle/Global Elite firms and the leading public international law barristers. Our purity of focus in public international law and international arbitration is reflected in our team, which consists only of specialist lawyers, all of whom have at least one graduate degree and speak at least two languages.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Robert Volterra +44 207 380 3898
Senior partner Graham Coop +44 207 380 4386
Counsel Álvaro Nistal +44 207 380 3538
Photo Name Position Profile
 Graham Coop  photo Graham Coop
Mr Alvaro Nistal  photo Mr Alvaro Nistal
Miss Jessica Pineda   photo Miss Jessica Pineda 
Mr Robert Volterra photo Mr Robert Volterra
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26