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Fietta LLP
1 FITZROY SQUARE
LONDON
W1T 5HE
England

Public international law Tier 1

Boutique law firm Fietta LLP is dedicated to PIL matters and investor-state arbitration, and 'the speed, service and quality of its legal advice are to be praised, especially when you consider the competitive pricing'. Its substantial experience includes advising states, international organisations, multinational corporations and private clients on a range of international law matters. The practice is particularly well known for its expertise in investment treaty proceedings and maritime boundary disputes, and it has a particular niche in landmark cases that break new legal ground. Practicing at the forefront of PIL matters for approximately 20 years, Stephen Fietta QC is regularly instructed by sovereign states to assist with highly sensitive PIL issues; and Jiries Saadeh's extensive contentious work includes representing state and investor clients in international investment treaty cases. Other strong practitioners include counsel Ashique Rahman, and senior associates Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands.

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is its vast experience and knowledge in public international law and various investment disputes.’

‘Stephen Fietta can determine strategic approach in complex cases and has team leadership skills and deep expertise, excellent analytical skills in public international law.’

‘Jiries Saadeh is highly professional in fact-finding processes whether by analysing facts or determining the key elements of the dispute. He has vast experience in public international law and investment disputes.’

‘The speed service and quality of their legal advice is to be praised, especially when you consider their competitive pricing.’

‘Stephen Fietta is an articulate professional, offering succinct and invaluable contributions. From his unerring professionalism to his endearing phone manner I would highly recommend him.’

‘This is pretty much a unique practice as it is a dedicated public international law practice. Stephen F has attracted high quality people to work with him, and this is a practice that I think will do very well in the market.’

‘Stephen Fietta is an excellent lawyer and advocate. I have also worked with and been very impressed by Laura Rees-Evans, Oonagh Sands and Fanny Sarnel.’

‘Unparalleled expertise and in-depth knowledge of the area of public international law, as well as very substantial experience with different matters and a wide range of issues.’

‘Stephen Fietta has a calm, highly analytic and effective approach. Great strategic and tactical insight.’

‘Stephen Fietta is a master of his field and translates the complexity of issues in a simple and direct manner.’

Key clients

PL Holdings S.à r.l.

Theodoros Adamakopoulos and others

Big Sky Energy Corporation

Arab Telemedia and others

Schooner Capital LLC

International arbitration Tier 5

Boutique law firm Fietta LLP is dedicated to investor-state arbitrations and PIL work. It 'works efficiently and in a cost-effective manner', and is particularly well known for its substantial expertise in investment treaty proceedings and maritime boundary disputes. Stephen Fietta QC is regularly instructed to act in sensitive PIL matters, including some of the world’s highest profile territorial disputes; and Jiries Saadeh's extensive contentious work includes acting in international investment treaty cases. Counsel Ashique Rahman and senior associates Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands are also experienced practitioners.

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice unique is its vast experience in various aspects of the investment disputes and administration of such disputes at all stages.’

‘Stephen Fietta can determine strategic approach in complex cases and has team leadership skills and deep expertise in various categories of international arbitration whether ICSID, PCA or OIC.’

‘They work efficiently and in cost effective manner small team experienced in all forms of international arbitration.’

‘Stephen Fietta QC – assured and conveys confidence in his legal capabilities. Works very well as a member of a team.’

‘The team is very committed and is really open to a real dialogue with Claimant at every step of the way. So constantly open to hear and to deal with any comments on the case.’

Key clients

PL Holdings S.à r.l.

Big Sky Energy Corporation

Arab Telemedia and others

Fietta LLP is a law firm dedicated to public international law (PIL) and international arbitration.  The Fietta practice represents a unique team of specialists with broad-based experience advising States, international organisations, multinational corporations and private clients across a range of international law matters. Fietta lawyers have acted as counsel on some of the largest and most important PIL disputes of the past two decades.  They have won a number of the most substantial or significant victories seen in investment arbitration cases globally over recent years.  The firm also has a busy advisory practice, advising State (and other) clients on some of the most sensitive and important PIL issues of the day.  Examples of recent matters on which the practice has worked are set out below.

International arbitration: investor-State arbitration

  • Representing PL Holdings S.à r.l. in its SCC arbitration against the Republic of Poland brought pursuant to an intra-EU BIT, resulting in an award of damages of over €150 million, and in subsequent proceedings in the seat of arbitration and at the CJEU
  • Representing Mr Bahgat, a Finnish national, in his UNCITRAL arbitration brought against Egypt under two successive bilateral investment treaties in relation to an iron ore and steel producing concession, resulting in an award of damages of over $115 million
  • Advising Mr Bahgat in defending an application brought by Egypt in the Netherlands (the seat of the arbitration) to set-aside his arbitral award
  • Advising Mr Bahgat in connection with enforcement proceedings relating to his arbitral award against Egypt, working with local counsel in multiple jurisdictions around the world
  • Representing Big Sky Energy Corporation, a US oil company, in a pending ICSID arbitration brought under a bilateral investment treaty against the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Advising investors from a Middle Eastern country on a potential investment treaty claim against the State of Libya under the investment agreement of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)
  • Representing a Jordanian media conglomerate on a claim brought against the State of Qatar under the Jordan-Qatar BIT
  • Representing an individual investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Gulf State under the investment treaty of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (now the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), one of the very few such arbitrations brought under that treaty
  • Representing a Respondent State in an ad hoc arbitration brought by a Canadian investor under a bilateral investment treaty involving issues of state succession with respect to real estate interests
  • Representing three Cypriot companies in an SCC arbitration brought under the Energy Charter Treaty against Ukraine, involving allegations of, inter alia, bribery and corruption.
  • Representing more than 900 investors in a pending ICSID arbitration brought under two bilateral investment treaties against Cyprus
  • Representing City-State N.V. (Netherlands) and its subsidiaries in an ICSID arbitration brought under a bilateral investment treaty against Ukraine

Public international law (advisory and contentious):

  • Advising an Asian State on issues of maritime delimitation, navigation, and international environmental law in connection with a dispute related to a major international port and land reclamation activities
  • Advising an Asian State with respect to an UNCLOS arbitral award and related island sovereignty and law of the sea issues
  • Advising an Asian State on international jurisprudence and State practice with respect to the classification of islands, rocks and low-tide elevations under UNCLOS
  • Advising an Asian State with respect to the drawing of straight baselines around groups of offshore features
  • Advising an NGO on an application for precautionary measures to be brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Advising the national oil company of an Asian State in connection with a constitutional dispute about exploitation of territorial sea and continental shelf resources
  • Devising a practical training course in maritime features in maritime boundary delimitation for government lawyers of a State
  • Devising a practical training course on UNCLOS, maritime delimitation and international dispute resolution for government (and other) lawyers and diplomats of a State
  • Advising an energy investor on the possible outcomes, and implications for its investment, of an ITLOS maritime boundary delimitation proceeding
  • Advising an investor in a UK public utility on the scope to restructure its investment so as to take advantage of bilateral investment treaty protection
  • Advising a regional international organisation in connection with its investment treaty framework and investment code
  • Advising a European private equity fund in connection with the structuring of its international investments
  • Advising on multi-jurisdictional litigation proceedings arising out of a sovereign State’s failure to make contractually-required principal and interest payments on two debt securities issued by it
  • Advising a third-party funder in connection with a potential treaty arbitration against a Middle Eastern State
Department Name Email Telephone
Founder and principal Stephen Fietta QC stephen.fietta@fiettalaw.com
Partner Jiries Saadeh jiries.saadeh@fiettalaw.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Miglena Angelova  photo Miglena Angelova Miglena Angelova is a French-qualified lawyer and Associate at Fietta LLP. She…
 Tommaso Buzzelli  photo Tommaso Buzzelli Tommaso Buzzelli is an Italian-qualified lawyer and Associate at Fietta LLP. He…
 Lea Christopher  photo Lea Christopher Lea Christopher is an Australian-qualified lawyer and Associate at Fietta LLP. Lea…
Mr Stephen Fietta QC photo Mr Stephen Fietta QC Stephen Fietta QC is the firm’s founder and principal. He is ranked…
 Ashique Rahman  photo Ashique Rahman Ashique is an Australian lawyer and counsel at Fietta LLP. Ashique represents…
 Laura Rees-Evans  photo Laura Rees-Evans Laura is an English-qualified solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).  Laura’s…
 Jiries Saadeh  photo Jiries Saadeh Jiries Saadeh is an English-qualified lawyer and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).…
 Oonagh Sands  photo Oonagh Sands Oonagh Sands is a dually qualified English and US lawyer. The Legal…
 Fanny Sarnel  photo Fanny Sarnel Fanny Sarnel is a French-qualified lawyer and Associate at Fietta LLP. The…
 Sam Winter-Barker  photo Sam Winter-Barker Sam Winter-Barker is a dually-qualified English and New York lawyer and Associate.…
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10
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Fietta LLP operates on the principles of equality and diversity, ensuring that all members of staff are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. It seeks to recruit and retain the best candidates, regardless of background, and considers that no member of staff, client, supplier or other third party should be unlawfully discriminated against, victimised or harassed because of their actual or perceived sex, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or disability, or that of someone associated with them.

Unlawful discrimination, victimisation and harassment are all contrary to Fietta LLP’s values.