Arnold & Porter > London, England > Firm Profile

Arnold & Porter
TOWER 42
25 OLD BROAD STREET
LONDON
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England

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

Arnold & Porter’s London international arbitration, global law and public policy groups are best known for their experience in representing states and corporate clients in investor-state arbitrations throughout the world. The principal figures are Patricio Grané Labat, whose track record includes high-profile and politically sensitive investment treaty cases; international arbitration specialist David ReedDmitri Evseev, whose broad practice includes advising states and organisations on PIL matters, including international humanitarian law and the relationship between investment protection treaties and EU law; and Monty Taylor, ‘one of the best three PIL solicitors of his generation‘. Notable growth for the group includes the recruitment of international investment law and PIL expert Álvaro Nistal (‘no doubt an excellent addition to the team‘) as counsel from Volterra Fietta in June 2021; and at senior associate level, Bart WasiakTim Smyth and Alice Osman all act on PIL disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dmitri Evseev; Patricio Grané Labat; David Reed; Monty Taylor

Testimonials

‘A&P is one of the strongest practices in London (and the world) in investment arbitration – the most active part of PIL today.’

‘The teams I work with really stand out by going the extra mile to understand the best interests of the client and adjust the work to its needs – you really see this reflected in the outcomes.’

‘The collaboration with Arnold and Porter’s lawyers never disappoints – they can always be relied upon.’

‘The teams comprised individuals who were a perfect combination for this particular cause. The lawyers’ knowledge and expertise in international and comparative law were evident’.

‘Patricio Grané Labat is a seasoned arbitration specialist with strong strategic skill sets and a convincing track record.’

‘Monty Taylor is one of the best three PIL solicitors of his generation – he is an absolute standout.’

‘Counsel Alvaro Nistal is no doubt an excellent addition to the team. He is a very conscientious lawyer, with wide and deep public international law knowledge. He is experienced in both state-to-state and investor-state arbitration and litigation.’

‘Alvaro Nistal is a very rounded public international lawyer, who is capable of cutting straight through to the key issues.’

Key clients

Republic of Peru

Kingdom of Thailand

Czech Republic

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Colombia

Republic of Chile

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Korea

Dominican Republic

Republic of Panama

EU Commission

Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim

Republic of Turkey

Kingdom of Sweden

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of Hungary

Kyrgyz Republic

ILGA-Europe

Work highlights

  • Acted for ILGA-Europe in a number of proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, concerning the protections of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Successfully defended Chile against a $354m claim filed under the Chile-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, in relation to the bus public transportation system serving Chile’s capital, Santiago.
  • Advising Peru in over 12 active investor-state arbitrations.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Arnold & Porter is a go-to name in the market for regulatory and product liability mandates, and has also been notably active in matters relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related vaccines, counting Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Takeda on its client roster. The group has also developed niche expertise in the cannabis market, handling venture capital and M&A work. Adela Williams leads the department and advises clients on the regulation of medicinal products and medical devices at a national and EU level. Other key individuals include senior counsel Ian Dodds-Smith, Jacqueline Mulryne, patent litigator Beatriz San Martin and commercial specialist Ewan Townsend.

Practice head(s):

Adela Williams

Key clients

Bayer

Pfizer

Grünenthal GmbH

Orion Inc

Santen Pharmaceuticals

Norgine

AstraZeneca

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Boston Scientific

Roche Diagnostics Limited

Sanofi

Bausch

Janssen

Kyowa Kirin

Takeda

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

The product liability team at Arnold & Porter is well-regarded for its expertise in handling claims involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food products. The practice is known for handling multijurisdictional matters and multiparty group actions and public inquiries, including the infected blood inquiry on behalf of Bayer plc. Adela Williams heads the firm's European Life Sciences and product liability practice, representing pharmaceutical and medical device clients in unitary litigation and group actions. She is supported by product safety specialist Tom Fox and former practice head Ian Dodds-Smith.

Practice head(s):

Adela Williams

Other key lawyers:

Ian Dodds-Smith; Tom Fox; Libby Amos-Stone

Key clients

Bayer plc

Pfizer/Pharmacia

Grünenthal GmbH

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on matters relating to the supply of products derived from plasma during the 1970s – 1990s in the context of the continuing Infected Blood Inquiry (IBI) chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff
  • Representing Bayer and Sanofi in the continuing litigation brought by over 200 claimants alleging personal injuries (principally congenital malformations) arising from exposure to hormone pregnancy tests in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Advising Pfizer and its affiliate, Pharmacia and co-ordinating defence strategy in litigation in Scotland brought by over 70 claimants alleging adverse cardiovascular effects as a result of use of Celebrex (celecoxib) for pain relief.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Arnold & Porter represents individuals involved in high-profile fraud and white-collar crime proceedings, including major investigations and prosecutions brought by global enforcement agencies such as the SFO, US DOJ, and SEC, with clients facing significant allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering, and sanctions violations, among others. The firm is able to collaborate with its US platform on multijurisdictional and concurrent proceedings, and has notable capabilities in managing reputational damage to its clients in the event of proceedings receiving significant media attention. The practice is led by the highly experienced Kathleen Harris, who has a successful record in representing high-profile individuals throughout regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as in criminal cases. Litigator Sean Curran is also a key member of the team, offering trial experience in cases relating to a number of key industries to an international client base.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Harris; Sean Curran

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana

Testimonials

‘Sean Curran is a smooth operator and never lets his clients down. He brings a calmness to high pressured situations which makes him a go to solicitor for clients requiring advice and representation in financial crime matters.’

‘Sean Curran’s sympathetic and strategic approach to client’s problems is a huge bonus for anyone facing allegations of financial wrongdoing. He has great support from his team at A&P’

‘Very useful cross-border knowledge exchange across its international offices. Invaluable when dealing with multi-jurisdictional investigations.’

‘Sean Curran – the greatest tactician in this area. A clear, robust and brilliant adviser with gallons of charm.

Kathleen Harris – rightly regarded as a legend in white-collar. Her take on the facts and the law is often definitive.’

‘Arnold and Porter are a first rate white-collar fraud team. Highly competent, hard working and focused.’

‘Kathleen Harris is a towering figure in the white collar world. Sean Curran is similarly very impressive. Both are fearless in the conduct of their cases, whilst exercising good judgment.’

‘From the very first moment I met with my lawyers they have been amazing – knowledgeable, friendly – total experts in the field’

Key clients

Jes Staley

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 3

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Utilising its global footprint in white-collar crime, regulatory investigations, and prosecutions, the team at Arnold & Porter represents multinational corporates across a diverse range of sectors in internal and external investigations into issues such as bribery and corruption, regulatory compliance, and tax evasion issues, with strong US-UK and cross-border capabilities more broadly. Practice head Kathleen Harris has long-standing expertise in board-level advice, working with high-profile public companies and their leadership teams on complex investigations, often with significant reputational risk attached. She is supported by specialist litigator Sean Curran, who represents clients in fields including finance and tech in regulatory and criminal trials, opposing the likes of the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Senior associate Melissa Dames plays a key role in multijurisdictional economic crime cases, encompassing investigations and prosecutions, and has complementary experience in related civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Sean Curran; Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana

Key clients

News UK

Global luxury jeweller

Work highlights

    Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

    Working closely with its various European and American colleagues, Arnold & Porter‘s London office is roundly praised by clients for its capabilities in life sciences M&A, where the corporate team regularly works in conjunction with its dedicated venture capital practice on deals for high-growth entities. The ‘outstanding‘ practice chair Jeremy Willcocks is a highly regarded by clients for his capabilities in transatlantic M&A, joint ventures, and public takeovers, with recent highlights in the aviation and financial services arenas. Sean Scanlon focuses predominately on private equity-backed deals, while Marc Isaacs, who joined the team from McGuireWoods London LLP in November 2021, is noted for his expertise in cross-border M&A and financing transactions within the sports sector. Senior associate Tom Wilson is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Willcocks

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The key is the commercial aspect of the advice given in that it goes beyond the strict legal advice and offers good commercial advice that is tailored to the business that comes from understanding the client business, its needs, and strategic objectives.’

    ‘Jeremy Willcocks is an excellent legal adviser who understands the client business and gives both good commercial and legal advice that enables good client decision making.’

    ‘The team worked hard to meet our needs. Jeremy Willcocks was outstanding.’

    ‘Excellent and knowledgable team led by Sean Scanlon. A&P has a great understanding of M&A work including purchase contracts, tax implications, and lease structures. They take the time to listen to his clients goals and then provides excellent counsel and advice.’

    ‘They demonstrate strong knowledge and understanding of our business, with depth and knowledge of the area being supported. Strong collaboration and flexibility with a proactive approach always shown. Pragmatic billing that is fair and balanced. Strong rapport with team.’

    ‘Strong ownership of tasks and issues, always being proactive. Jeremy Willcocks has a wide range of skills and experience and will always endeavour to provide outstanding service at a fair price. A genuine interest and understanding of our business is always demonstrated.’

    ‘Jeremy Willcocks remains one of the unsung stars of this area and frankly an excellent resource as a result. Ably supported by Tom Wilson they are a formidable team who punch well above the size of their team, easily able to cope and perform against opposition firms who “over populate” their transaction teams!’

    ‘Arnold & Porter provides excellent global M&A support. We have used them extensively in the US, and for this UK transaction their support was fantastic.’

    Key clients

    Norgine B.V.

    TELUS Corporation

    Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.

    Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation

    GVS S.p.A.

    ServicePower Inc

    Diversis Capital

    Wheels Up Experience

    TELUS International

    Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

    Touchlight Genetics Limited

    Mark G..Anderson Consultants, Inc.

    Better Holdco Inc

    Esteve Healthcare

    Work highlights

    • Advised Wheels Up Experience Inc on all aspects of its acquisition of Air Partner plc.
    • Advised Mark G. Anderson Consultants Inc. on its acquisition of London-based property and construction consultants Robinson Low Francis LLP.
    • Advised Better HoldCo Inc. on its acquisition of the UK-based digital mortgage and insurance broker Trussle.

    Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

    Arnold & Porter is well-versed in both claimant and defendant-side competition disputes, working with a mix of leading international brands, retailers, and logistics companies on high-profile contentious matters. Jane Wessel is roundly praised for the depth of her expertise in competition damages actions, most recently acting against the trucks cartel on behalf of Dutch and English corporate clients. The ‘outstandingJohn Schmidt is recommended for his capabilities in abuse of dominance claims, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Senior associates Alastair Brown and Zeno Frediani are also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Jane Wessel

    Testimonials

    ‘Small, but excellent, team in London who goes the extra mile to deliver for clients. Very deep experience on both claimant and defendant side matters gives them a unique ability to see both sides of the matter, identify areas where the other side may take an approach, and effectively plan ahead to maximize return from strategy.’

    ‘John Schmidt and Jane Wessel are outstanding. Both have extremely deep experience, care deeply for their cases and clients, and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and dive into cases directly.’

    ‘Jane Wessel is superb with clients and managing multi-party competition litigation.’

    ‘The team is proactive, collaborative, and good at strategising.’

    ‘Jane Wessel possesses great grasp of the law and tactics.’

    Key clients

    Heineken

    Diageo

    Morrisons Supermarkets

    AB Inbev

    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

    Teva

    Sanofi

    Philip Morris International

    Adrestia Capital Partners

    Work highlights

    • Representing the claimants in respect of Heineken’s pan-European trucks fleet for damages arising out of the EU trucks cartel.
    • Representing MOL, a Japanese transportation and logistics company, on the “RoRo” cartel follow-on litigation.

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

    Arnold & Porter is well known for high-value and complex institutional and ad hoc international arbitration cases. David Reed represents multinational corporations, sovereign states and government-owned entities in international commercial and investment arbitrations; Patricio Grané Labat is ‘dedicated and detail oriented‘; and ‘absolute standoutMonty Taylor is a commercial and investment arbitration specialist. The counsels to note are Álvaro Nistal (a 2021 recruit from Volterra Fietta) and Charlotte Mallorie. In July 2022, former partner Dmitri Evseev departed to become an independent arbitrator.

    Practice head(s):

    David Reed; Patricio Grané Labat; Monty Taylor

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Wessel; Hilton Mervis; Álvaro Nistal; Charlotte Mallorie; Bart Wasiak; Timothy Smyth; Alice Osman

    Testimonials

    ‘Arnold & Porter achieves great results in international commercial and investment cases.’

    ‘The partners offer sound leadership, maintain good client relationships, and collaborate well with clients and co-counsel.’

    David Reed has extensive practical experience in large-scale international arbitration.’

    ‘Patricio Grané Labat is dedicated and detail oriented.’

    ‘Patricio Grané Labat in London is fantastic and always open to new ideas.’

    ‘Patricio Grané Labat is calm, yet strong at getting his point across – experienced, competent and intelligent.’

    Monty Taylor stands out for his talent, work ethic and well-maintained client relationships. He has developed excellent cross-examination skills, and has a solid reputation among many notable senior lawyers working in arbitration.

    ‘Monty Taylor is one of the best three investment arbitration solicitors of his generation – he is an absolute standout.’

    Key clients

    Czech Republic

    Dominican Republic

    EU Commission

    Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim

    Kingdom of Sweden

    Kingdom of Thailand

    Lima Gas Natural Peru

    Republic of Bulgaria

    Republic of Costa Rica

    Republic of Colombia

    Republic of Chile

    Republic of Hungary

    Republic of Korea

    Republic of Panama

    Republic of Peru

    Republic of the Philippines

    Republic of Turkey

    Work highlights

    • Representing Sweden in an investment treaty defence dispute initiated by Huawei over Sweden’s ban on Huawei 5G equipment on national security grounds.
    • Representing the Kingdom of Thailand in a major treaty arbitration commenced by Kingsgate Consolidated and Kingsgate Capital Pty, which relates to a mining concession for the largest gold mine in Thailand.
    • Defending the Republic of Peru against a $1.2bn ICSID claim, brought under the Belgium/Luxembourg-Peru BIT by Odebrecht Latinvest, and which concerns one of the largest gas transportation projects in Latin America.

    Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 4

    Arnold & Porter is a leading adviser on sovereign debt issuance, and it continues to build on its extensive track record with a string of deals for governments in both emerging and developed markets. Lead partner Jeremy Willcocks leads the London practice, working closely with Whitney Debevoise, who works in both Washington DC and London and frequently handles deals in Latin America. Willcocks advised the Republic of Turkey on several offering in 2021, including the issuance of $2.25bn in lease certificates and $1.75bn in bonds. Associate Kardia Leung plays an increasingly important role in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Willcocks

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Republic of Hungary

    Republic of Turkey

    Republic of Nigeria

    Republic of Kenya

    Republic of Azerbaijan

    Federative of Republic of Brazil

    Republic of Colombia

    Republic of Costa Rica

    Republic of Panama

    Republic of Honduras

    Republic of El Salvador

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

    Republic of Tunisia

    Ukraine

    State of Israel

    Work highlights

    • Advised Republic of Hungary on the issuance of US$2.25 billion Notes due 2031, US$2 billion Notes due 2051 and EUR 1 billion notes due 2028 governed by English law and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
    • Advised the Republic of Turkey in connection with its issuance of $2.5 billion 5.125% lease certificates governed by English law and listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
    • Advised the Republic of Turkey in connection with its issuance of $3 billion 7.25% lease certificates governed by English law and listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

    Arnold & Porter’s patents group is led by Beatriz San Martin, who focuses her practice on the life sciences sector and innovative technologies. Commercial IP expert Ewan Townsend is notable in the team, having recently been part of a global cohort advising AstraZeneca on the manufacture and purchase agreements for its Covid-19 vaccine. The team has continued to grow in this field, also advising both Sanofi and Pfizer on a number of vaccine-related matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Beatriz San Martin

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Beatriz San Martin is an excellent litigator and very good at managing a team. She is very approachable and good an understanding client’s key commercial interests. She has excellent experience and has an excellent grasp of legal and commercial issues.’

    ‘Not only were the team very thorough and professional, they were superb communicators. Always friendly and helpful, the team replies in a timely fashion with highly specific and relevant content. They went above and beyond in their advice giving and document preparation.’

    ‘The team were personable, extremely thorough and always responsive. They took a genuine interest in the organisation and work at hand, going above and beyond what was expected. They also didn’t hold back with their views and advice, creating a valuable environment of trust. They also did a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of document preparation and wording, which was unexpected and a great relief.’

    ‘The team at Arnold & Porter have a particularly strong practice in cutting-edge technologies alongside their well-known expertise in the life sciences sector. They are particularly effective in managing and resolving disputes with a breadth of capabilities across all areas of IP.’

    ‘I seek out Beatriz San Martin to work on my matters because I know that she has superb IP expertise and is a thoughtful and trusted advisor. She not only knows what she is talking about but she has the client’s best interests at the forefront of her mind, finding creative solutions that are not over-engineered. There is no over engineering, no bluff, just measured opinions and realistic, creative solutions. She is well known and respected in the IP community as someone who will collaborate and provide support for the benefit of the wider community.’

    ‘The team are all responsive and thoughtful in how they deal with matters, both large and small. They are a pleasure to work with. The team works well within the wider firm, bringing in related expertise when needed.’

    ‘Beatriz San Martin has knowledge and understanding in depth across a very wide range of IP related fields. She is able to handle almost any matter raised with ease. I’m always confident when referring matters to her. She is considered in her approach, and is always responsive to the specific client needs.’

    ‘With regard to the non-contentious workflow, Ewan Townsend is certainly one of the best practitioners working in London. He is dedicated, commercially aware, technically excellent and consistently good to work with.’

    Key clients

    AstraZeneca

    Pfizer

    Touchlight

    Ceylon Graphite Corp

    Norgine

    Cognizant

    Theolytics

    Roquette

    UCB

    Big Change Charitable Trust

    GSK Consumer Health

    Novartis

    Reckitt Benckiser

    Sanofi

    Takeda

    Vertex

    Work highlights

    • Advising Pfizer regarding an agreement for coordinating the supplies and donations of the Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 mRNA-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 and the protease inhibitor Paxlovid.
    • Advising on the acquisition by Cognizant of New Signature.
    • Advised Norgine on its exclusive licence agreement with Beijing Podconley Pharmaceutical Technology & Development for Norgine’s product PLENVU.

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

    Arnold & Porter‘s London competition law team, headed by John Schmidt, is integrated with the competition litigation offering led by Jane Wessel to provide a service that supports clients through all stages of the matters they bring to the firm. The team acts on large mergers and numerous behavioural matters. The firm, which has been trying to grow its competition practice, takes pride in the fact that many of its competition lawyers are dual qualified in EU member states, so can continue to act before European courts post Brexit.

    Practice head(s):

    John Schmidt

    Other key lawyers:

    Jane Wessel; Niels Christian Ersboll; Ludovica Pizzetti; Zeno Frediani; Alastair Brown; Abbie Coombs

    Testimonials

    ‘This team is capable of handling complex, global transactions. They are very responsive and pleasant to work with.’

    ‘John Schmidt, Niels Ersboll, and Ludovica Pizzetti stand-out as incredibly hard-working and organized attorneys who are capable of handling large, complex, global matters. They are very responsive and receptive to the needs of their client.’

    ‘Arnold & Porter has an exceptionally strong offering across EU and UK competition matters. Their integrated practice combines leading expertise in competition disputes, arbitration and litigation incredibly effectively and, as a result, they are able to add huge value to their clients.’

    ‘Jane Wessel and John Schmidt are both stand out partners. Immensely knowledgeable and professional, they are creative and diligent in seeking solutions for their clients and always go the extra mile. They are also a pleasure to work with.

    ‘Zeno Frediani, Alastair Brown, and Abbie Coombs are all a particular credit to Arnold & Porter. They seamlessly keep all the plates spinning in even the most complex proceedings and consistently give exceptional client service.’

    Key clients

    Heineken

    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

    Takeda

    Teva

    Sanofi

    Philip Morris International

    The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

    General Electric Health Care

    Allergan

    Adrestia Capital Partners

    Diageo plc

    Morrisons Supermarkets Ltd

    Bertelsmann/ Penguin Random House

    AT&T/WarnerMedia

    Novo Nordisk

    AB InBev

    Work highlights

    • Acting for AT&T in the spin-off of Warner Media to Discovery.
    • Leading in four pan-European follow-on claims arising from the European trucks cartel: Heineken (Adrestia), a pan-European drinks company, one of the largest FMCG companies in Europe; Diageo PLC; Morrisons Supermarkets; and AB InBev.
    • Advising MOL, a Japanese transportation and logistics company and one of the largest shipping companies in the world, on the “RoRo” cartel follow-on litigation.

    Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

    Led by Jeremy Willcocks, who has ‘incredibly strong market awareness’,  Arnold & Porter is particularly well-positioned to advise investors and investees in the life sciences space, where both investors and investees benefit not only from the firm’s transactional strength but also its IP, commercial and regulatory prowess. The firm also continues to generate work in the cannabis sector.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Willcocks

    Other key lawyers:

    Ewan Townsend; Sean Scanlon; Tom Wilson

    Testimonials

    Jeremy Willcocks and Tom Wilson are enormously underrated and genuinely excellent in terms of supporting corporate M&A and venture-backed transactions.’

    Jeremy Willcocks and Tom Wilson have an incredibly strong market awareness, work extremely hard, and are always available and happy to help.’

    Key clients

    Touchlight Genetics

    In-Q-Tel, Inc.

    Work highlights

    • Advised leading synthetic DNA manufacturer Touchlight Genetics on its renegotiation of license and exit from JV.
    • Advised leading synthetic DNA manufacturer Touchlight Genetics on its current funding round of $125m.

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

    Arnold & Porter‘s ‘sophisticated team‘ principally handles mandates arising out of joint ventures, private equity and partnership structures, and post-completion and shareholder disputes. The firm’s global strength in the pharmaceutical sector is a key differentiator. The group is ‘brilliantly led‘ by Hilton Mervis, with able support from ‘superstarJane Wessel and recommended counsel Charlotte Mallorie.

    Practice head(s):

    Hilton Mervis

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Hilton Mervis – imaginative and aggressive litigator who thinks out of the box.’

    ‘Excllent collabriation between team members with different areas of expertise.’

    ‘Hilton Mervis – highly experienced; exceptional commercial instincts.’

    ‘Jane Wessel is a wonderful lawyer and person. She is kind, compassionate, and cares deeply about her cases and her team. She is tireless in her work, and is always thinking outside the box in order to deliver the best results to her clients. More than anything, she is always open to new ideas, listens closely, and is not afraid to use ideas generated by others.’

    ‘Sophisticated team with great experience in shareholder disputes.’

    ‘Charlotte Mallorie is an outstanding lawyer – efficient and all over the detail. She is one of the people I mention if asked for a recommendation of an English commercial disputes lawyer.’

    ‘Jane Wessel has superstar quality. She is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. She has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of her cases. She displays absolute charm with her clients and all those with whom she works. She is very charismatic and clients love her. Most importantly, she gets great results. Six stars out of five!’

    ‘When the firm fields a team it is always a team of true team players. Each member respects the lead and is in turn respected by the lead. All are absolutely committed to the client and to the client obtaining a just outcome. And there is the right environment for innovation and for strength to go the extra mile. The whole dispute resolution department is brilliantly led by Hilton Mervis. For those who have not yet tried Hilton and his firm, this is an undiscovered gem capable of taking on anyone else.’

    Key clients

    Central Bank of Venezuela as represented by the Ad Hoc Board appointed by Interim President Guaidó and the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

    Sotheby’s

    Ocorian Limited

    Heineken

    Diageo

    Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

    Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

    Instrument Product Design Limited

    Triton Partners

    Bausch Health

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented the Ad Hoc Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela in the Commercial Court, and in subsequently obtaining permission from the Supreme Court to appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Venezuelan Gold dispute.
    • Acting for Sotheby’s in a large art fraud case, allegedly committed by Yves Bouvier and individuals working on his behalf.
    • Successfully represented Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a section 994 petition brought by them against respondents Jasminder Singh and Edwardian Group.

    Employment > Employers Tier 6

    Arnold & Porter takes a niche focus and primarily advises on employment issues impacting the healthcare, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. It reports an uptick in pan-European instructions and global projects, particularly in relation to cross-border employment privacy compliance. The firm also handles internal investigations, whistle-blowing and overlapping regulatory issues. ‘OutstandingHenry Clinton-Davis is the practice head.

    Practice head(s):

    Henry Clinton-Davis

    Testimonials

    ‘An international firm with a broad coverage across all legal disciplines. The partners and practitioners are all professional, responsive and excellent at what they do.’

    ‘They are diverse in terms of background and gender – which is good to see and says something about the values of the firm.’

    ‘Henry Clinton-Davis is an outstanding employment lawyer. He is deeply knowledgeable about employment law and practical in its application in a business setting.’

    ‘Henry Clinton-Davis stands out as an excellent lawyer in his field. His analysis is astute and incisive, and he adds significant value when advising and representing clients. I thoroughly recommend him.’

    ‘Henry Clinton Davis’ work ethic goes beyond the call of duty. He is very entrepreneurial in his approach which is welcomed by my firm of predominantly type A personalities. He becomes an extension of our team.’

    ‘Cross-border employment expertise is magic circle standard expertise but much better priced. Very responsive and act as listening board rather than simply taking all cases on.’

    ‘Henry Clinton-Davis is exceptional. Insightful advice and hand-holding goes beyond regular legal input. A consigliere and a counsel. Top class.’

    ‘Excellent skills as employment lawyers, combination of strong legal expertise combined with client focus.’

    Key clients

    Roche Diagnostics Limited

    Roche Diabetes Care Limited

    Wheels Up

    TELUS International

    McArthurGlen

    WorldStrides

    Strada

    Skillsoft UK Limited

    Argenta Syndicate Management

    Novartis

    Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

    The ‘exceptional’ Arnold & Porter international arbitration practice is best known for its impressive track record in investor-treaty matters where it has focused on representing sovereign states. The firm has enjoyed a remarkable streak of 43 consecutive positive results in final and potentially final awards and decisions on behalf of sovereign States, as well as securing significant victories for the corporate clients it represents in commercial arbitration. The ‘impressive’ Paolo Di Rosa has more than 25 years’ practice experience in the sector and serves as co-chair of the firm’s international arbitration global practice group alongside San Francisco-based Maria Chedid, who was recently promoted to the co-chair role and is also one of only two US members of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris. ‘Capable and talented’ litigator Patricio Grané Labat also brings more than two decades; investor-state and international commercial arbitration experience to the team; while senior partner Whitney Debevoise is a key figure in the firm’s work for Panama. Mallory Silberman ‘displays mastery of arbitration rules and very good management in arbitral tribunals’; and Raul Herrera  has extensive expertise in international arbitration and corporate securities law. The firm strengthened is ranks with the hire of counsel Latin America-focused Álvaro Nistal from Volterra Fietta in mid-2021, and subsequently reinforced the senior team with the hire of former Jenner & Block LLP arbitral practice-head Mélida Hodgson in January 2022, following the September 2021 departure of Gaela Gehring Flores to Allen & Overy LLP.

    Practice head(s):

    Paolo Di Rosa; Maria Chedid

    Testimonials

    ‘Arnold & Porter’s run successful results is exceptional. The practice is methodical and exemplifies legal rigour. It responds to client needs without comprising on its high standards.’

    ‘The Arnold & Porter lawyers stand out for their attention to detail and for understanding each and every one of the problems of a case. Patricio Grané is exceptional and Paolo Di Rosa stands out for his impressive ability to understand and attend to the specific needs of the client.’

    ‘Whitney Debevoise  has managed to maintain an excellent relationships and negotiate agreements in the representation and defence of Panama. He is a well-connected partner. Mallory Silberman displays mastery of arbitration rules and very good management in arbitral tribunals.’

    ‘An excellent, flexible and highly experienced team. They know how to work with local firms and with the state as a client. The firm is  displays great teamwork and is willing to integrate the local counsel and their experience into the team.’

    ‘The firm has great experience with Latin America and its idiosyncrasies. The native bilingual team delivers exceptional performance, with partners Patricio Grané and Paolo di Rosa and outstanding associates Alexander Witt and Claudia Taveras standing out.’

    ‘Extremely experienced in international arbitration. The quality of their partners is exceptional. They have a very well structured support team. It is remarkable that most of the team I’ve worked with were women.’

    ‘Patricio Grané is a very capable and talented litigator.’

    Key clients

    Republic of Peru

    Republic of Colombia

    The Dominican Republic

    Republic of Panama

    Republic of Costa Rica

    Republic of Chile

    Republic of Guatemala

    Republic of Ecuador

    Republic of El Salvador

    Argentine Republic

    Work highlights

    • Successfully defended Chile against a $354m claim filed under the Chile-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
    • Successfully represented Colombia in an investment arbitration with claims of over $323m, filed under UNCITRAL rules.
    • Secured a successful result for Costa Rica in a dispute related to an environmentally sensitive gold mine project, which involved a $400m claim.

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is a leading international law firm with 14 offices across the US, Europe, and Asia. The firm is a trusted adviser to a wide range of leading multinational and domestic organisations and we are globally renowned for our regulatory, transactional, and dispute resolution experience.

    The firm:  Arnold & Porter’s London office has a well-established record for handling ground-breaking cases since opening in 1997. The office is home to the firm’s European regulatory and corporate and finance practices and includes specialists in life sciences, medical devices, intellectual property, telecoms, technology, product liability, data privacy, commercial litigation and arbitration, competition, white-collar crime, and employment. The firm is a trusted adviser to a wide range of clients including multinational and domestic organisations, financial institutions, sovereign States, and early-stage companies and individuals.

    Types of work undertaken
    Commercial dispute resolution:
    strong experience in handling large-scale international commercial litigation including shareholder, joint venture, partnership disputes, banking litigation, complex civil fraud cases, competition High Court related cases, corporate reputation, and regulatory investigations.

    Competition: advises on both EU and UK competition law issues being dual-qualified in the UK and Germany. Represents clients from a broad range of industries before the UK Competition and Markets Authority in complex competition matters, including merger control and foreign direct investment, allegations of abuses of dominant position, and behavioural competition advice.  Has a particularly strong track record in the pharma and life sciences space as well as in consumer goods and media.

    Corporate: advises on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, strategic alliances, public takeovers, shareholder disputes, venture capital, and mid-market private equity transactions where the firm have considerable experience.

    Data protection: counsels on domestic and international data protection matters, including global data protection compliance projects for multinational companies and responding to data breaches. Represents a broad range of clients including financial, media and technology organisations, and medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

    Employment: the employment team advises on all areas of employment, including the HR aspects of data protection. The team’s offering extends to business immigration, assisting clients to bring key staff from overseas to the UK.  The team has a particularly strong reputation in international employment, handling the employment aspects of mergers and outsourcings, which frequently extend across multiple countries. The team has a roster of household name clients, especially among life sciences, technology and retail businesses.

    Finance: advises leading investment banks, private equity funds and other financial institutions in relation to general banking, syndicated and leveraged finance and structured finance transactions such as structured credits and derivatives. Leading debt capital markets capability in relation to representing sovereign bond issuers including debut and diaspora bond offerings.

    Intellectual property and technology: assess and counsel on challenging IP and tech issues, effectively manage disputes, coordinate high-stakes litigation and provide strategic IP advice as well as leading transactional support, with specialist expertise in licensing and collaborations. Our capabilities span the full spectrum of IP rights, including patents, trademarks, copyright, database rights, design rights and trade secrets.

    International arbitration: handles informal and institutional dispute settlement proceedings including serving as advocates, advisors, and arbitrators in disputes between sovereign governments and private investors, assisting in disputes arising out of concession agreements and other state contracts or under the terms of bilateral investment treaties and other international agreements.

    Investment management: advises on the structuring, formation, promotion, regulation and operation of closed and open-ended investment funds, as well as on managed accounts and structures for these. Regulatory advice includes coverage of AIFMD, MiFID, FCA rules and other applicable UK and EU regulations and equivalent SEC provisions.

    Life sciences: one of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device regulatory practices in Europe, dealing with all aspects of pre- and post-marketing obligations and interactions with, and challenges to, decisions of regulatory authorities including on issues arising from emerging technologies such as gene and cell therapy products, digital health, and pharmacogenomics.

    Product liability:  a large team of specialist lawyers, some also qualified in scientific disciplines such as medicine, that is experienced in advising on product safety regulations and conducting the defence of unitary and group product liability proceedings relating to medicines, medical devices, foods, pesticides and other chemical and non-chemical products.

    White-collar defence: advises corporates on how to handle investigations in relation to potential economic crime offences with an increasing focus on matters relating to FCPA, anti-bribery and money laundering compliance, together with economic crime defence, self-reporting and negotiations with law enforcement agencies, both in the UK and US.

    Other offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Washington DC

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Chairman Richard M Alexander
    Co-managing partner Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker
    Co-managing partner Michael D Daneker
    London Office Managing Partner Kathleen Harris
    Antitrust Jane Wessel
    Competition John Schmidt
    Corporate and Securities Sean Scanlon
    Corporate and Securities Jeremy Willcocks
    Commercial Litigation Hilton Mervis
    Commercial Litigation David Reed
    Employment Henry Clinton-Davis
    Intellectual Property and Technology Beatriz San Martin
    Intellectual Property and Technology Ewan Townsend
    Investment Management Simon Firth
    International Arbitration Patricio Grané Labat
    International Arbitration Monty Taylor
    Commercial Litigation Hilton Mervis
    EU Life Sciences Jacqueline Mulryne
    EU Life Sciences Ian Dodds-Smith
    EU Life Sciences Adela Williams
    Product Liability Ian Dodds-Smith
    Product Liability Adela Williams
    White-collar crime Sean Curran
    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Sean Scanlon photoMr Sean ScanlonPartner
    Jeremy Willcocks photoMr Jeremy WillcocksPartner
    Number of UK partners : 18
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 45