Firm Profile > Volterra Fietta > London, England

Volterra Fietta
8 MORTIMER STREET, FITZROY PLACE
LONDON
W1T 3JJ
England

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 1

Volterra Fietta has one of the largest PIL practices in the world and its team regularly appears for private entities, states and international organisations before The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and other public international courts and tribunals constituted under the United Nations Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other conventions. Consistently involved in some of the most high-profile PIL matters in the world, founding partner and ‘recognised leading expertRobert Volterra heads up the group, which includes Graham Coop, who assists with numerous PIL and investment treaty matters. Recently promoted counsel Gunjan Sharma is another key individual in the team, which was bolstered in 2020 by the arrival of consultant Peter Flint from Gowling WLG, where he was international arbitration head.

Practice head(s):

Robert Volterra

Other key lawyers:

Graham Coop; Gunjan Sharma; Peter Flint

Testimonials

Leading specialist expertise in complex, high-value investment treaty disputes.

This is one of very few boutique law firms, and the best, specialising in public international law.

Partners that are very able and experienced; and from my dealings with them, the same is true of the associates.

The founder and senior partner, Robert Volterra, has great experience and knowledge in this field, is very intelligent, and has good practical sense.

Robert Volterra is a recognised leading expert in complex, high-value investment treaty disputes.

Robert Volterra is the standout in the firm.

Robert Volterra has decades of experience and real commercial nous.

Consultant Peter Flint has extensive experience and expertise in complex investment treaty disputes.

Key clients

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

The Republic of Kenya

The Republic of Ghana

The United Arab Emirates

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States of America

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Republic of Croatia

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Barbados

The Republic of Lithuania

Mineralogy Pty

Nordgold

Koch Industries

Owens Illinois

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Volterra Fietta is a specialist PIL firm that represents both states and foreign investors before ad hoc tribunals, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, ICSID and SCC; and it is frequently involved in commercial arbitrations. Robert Volterra is 'a recognised leading expert in complex, high-value investment treaty arbitrations', and Graham Coop is an international arbitration and public international law specialist. Also highly regarded are counsels Álvaro Nistal and Gunjan Sharma, along with associate Angela Ha and consultant Peter Flint.

Practice head(s):

Robert Volterra; Graham Coop

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro Nistaland; Gunjan Sharma; Angela Ha; Peter Flint

Testimonials

In the field of international investment arbitration they are one of the top firms.

As a boutique practice specialising in public international law, they have great expertise in this particular branch.

Specialist expertise and extensive experience in investment treaty arbitrations.

I have worked with them on a number of matters and I have been consistently impressed.

Very well-qualified and experienced partners; and from my dealings with them, the associates are also very able.

Robert Volterra has extensive knowledge of international law; and in relation to investment arbitration he has great experience and common sense.

Robert Volterra is a recognised leading expert in complex, high-value investment treaty arbitrations.

Consultant Peter Flint has extensive experience and expertise in complex investment treaty arbitrations.

Key clients

The Republic of Croatia

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Barbados

Mineralogy

Koch Industries

Koch Minerals

Koch Nitrogen International

Owens-Illinois

Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes

Nordgold SE

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration Tier 5

London-based arbitration boutique Volterra Fietta has extensive experience advising on public international law and investment treaty matters involving Latin American and Caribbean states. Founding partner Robert Volterra, who ‘is extremely able’ and ‘synonymous with knowledge and quality of advice’, is the primary contact, with Graham Coop also noted for his in-depth knowledge in Latin American arbitration matters. Case highlights include representing Koch Industries in a $400m ICSID annulment proceeding initiated by Venezuela, with Coop and Volterra prominent; and representing glass container makers Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes and Owens-Illinois de Venezuela in a $1bn ICSID arbitration against Venezuela, on which Volterra is leading. The experienced Peter Flint joined the firm as a senior consultant in 2020; however, counsel Alvaro Nistal moved to Arnold & Porter -as counsel- in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Robert Volterra

Testimonials

‘A leading boutique international law firm. A good deal of experience in Latin American disputes and negotiation.’

‘Founding partner Robert Volterra is extremely able and gets on very well with people.’

‘Graham Cooper has a great deal of experience in this area. Alvaro Nistal has good academic qualifications, and quite a lot of experience.’

‘Robert Volterra, is synonymous with knowledge and quality of advice. Great experience and in general a very good person.’

Key clients

Barbados

Koch Minerals and Koch Nitrogen International

Owens-Illinois

Fábrica de Vidrios Los Andes

Nordgold

Volterra Fietta is an elite law firm that is specialised entirely in public international law.  On its foundation, Volterra Fietta was the first and only  practice focused exclusively on this field of law.  The firm remains the largest dedicated public international law practice in the world.   It  offers States, international organisations and commercial clients a unique blend of expertise and practical experience.

The firm’s lawyers are leading practitioners in the field.  Each Volterra Fietta lawyer combines at least one graduate degree in public international law with extensive practical experience in law firms, companies, governments and international organisations.  Many of the firm’s senior lawyers are recognised globally as thought-leaders in the practise of public international law and international dispute resolution.  Indeed, Volterra Fietta consistently leads in the development of public international law.  The firm organises the regular London International Boundary Conference and its team is already regarded as a leader in international dispute issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The firm practises, teaches and writes at the highest level.  Recognising this, the global directories for legal services have consistently ranked Volterra  Fietta in the top tier.

The firm has one of the world’s largest investor-State arbitration practices.  It represents both States and foreign investors alike before the main international arbitration institutions, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the PCA) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (the SCC).  Equally, the firm represents clients in commercial arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (the ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (the LCIA) and various other arbitration rules.

The firm also regularly represents governments in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice (the ICJ) and tribunals constituted under both the aegis of the PCA and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Equally, the firm represents States and private entities on the application of public international law by the domestic courts of the United Kingdom and numerous other jurisdictions.

The firm is consulted on every aspect of public international law, including: bilateral and multilateral investment treaties; land and maritime territorial and boundary disputes; the law of treaties and treaty interpretation; property rights and expropriation; the Energy Charter Treaty; oil concessions; air and water rights; treaty negotiations and accession; State responsibility; choice of law, jurisdiction and enforcement proceedings; international maritime law; sovereign and diplomatic privilege and immunity; project-specific international agreements between host States; offshore oil and gas (and other resources); straddling resources; trans-boundary pipelines; international human rights law (including its relevance to transnational business enterprises and transnational litigation); State succession issues; international environmental law; sovereign debt; energy, mining and infrastructure projects; international trade law; foreign corrupt practices; the laws of war and economic sanctions.

Based in London, the firm has a global reach, acting for States, private entities and international organisations in contentious and advisory matters all over the world.

The majority of the firm’s work is highly confidential.  However, recent highlights of the firm’s international work that is in the public domain include: representing the Republic of Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Kenya in various proceedings before the ICJ; representing Malaysia in its sui generis treaty dispute with the Republic of Singapore before an ad hoc tribunal under the aegis of the PCA; representing the Republic of Croatia, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Lithuania and the Federal Republic of Nigeria in ICSID arbitrations; representing Barbados in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings; representing the interests of various subsidiaries of US companies Owens Illinois Inc. and Koch Industries Inc. in a number of ICSID arbitrations and annulment proceedings; and representing the United States of America before local courts in relation to sovereign immunity matters.

In addition to English, French, Spanish and Arabic, the firm advises its clients in Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak and Swedish.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Robert Volterra Robert.Volterra@volterrafietta.com +44 207 380 3898
Senior partner Graham Coop Graham.Coop@volterrafietta.com +44 207 380 4386
Associate Roberto Lupini Roberto.Lupini@volterrafietta.com +44 207 380 4399
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Graham Coop  photo Mr Graham Coop Partner at Volterra Fietta.
Mr Peter Flint  photo Mr Peter Flint Partner at Volterra Fietta.
Mr Gunjan Sharma  photo Mr Gunjan Sharma Counsel at Volterra Fietta
Mr Robert Volterra photo Mr Robert Volterra Partner at Volterra Fietta.
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 19
English
Spanish
French
German
Russian
Italian
Greek
Dutch
Cantonese
Chinese
Czech
Slovak
Portuguese
Arabic