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Arnold & Porter

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 2

The London arbitration group at Arnold & Porter has a strong track record in representing both states and global corporate clients in high-stakes investor-state arbitrations. The group's cases incorporate a range of industries,  including energy, mining, construction, shipping, hospitality, telecoms, banking, and financial services; and the team is increasingly active in life sciences-related arbitrations. Co-leading the practice, David Reed is an international commercial and international investment arbitration specialist; Patricio Grané Labat has longstanding experience in international investor-state and commercial arbitrations, along with international trade and PIL issues; and Monty Taylor routinely acts for corporations, individuals and governments in international arbitrations. The second line of key practitioners includes counsel Álvaro Nistal, whose experience includes several ICJ proceedings, while senior associates Bart Wasiak and Tim Smyth both assist with PIL-related matters. Former partner Dmitri Evseev recently left to become a full-time, independent arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Grané Labat; David Reed; Monty Taylor

Other key lawyers:


‘Arnold & Porter’s research was conducted precisely in accordance with my instructions, was extremely useful and met the highest standards of quality. The work was conducted pro bono; nevertheless, it is evident that a significant amount of time and effort was devoted to producing these memoranda, exemplifying their strong ethical values and commitment to its pro bono practice and human rights more generally.’

‘Álvaro Nistal is an exceptionally skilled lawyer with a level of expertise in public international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, that only very few lawyers (in particular working outside humanitarian organsations) possess. Alvaro understands his clients needs, is clear both in his written and oral communication, has detailed and in-depth knowledge of the areas he advises on and is extremely practical when proposing solutions. He was also very responsive at all times and demonstrated exceptional communication skills.’

‘The team I worked with was very much on the same page and coordinated the work in a very efficient way to meet the tight deadline we faced for the submission before the European Court of Human Rights. They took the time to understand what was needed and really catered the work to meet the highest standards.’

‘Patricio Grané Labat showed a very tailed approach to working with me on the case before the European Court, and organised the work of the team efficiently.’

‘Arnold & Porter has a great number of highly-qualified partners and associates capable of handling every aspect of public international law disputes, such as treaty interpretation, state responsibility and attribution and state immunity. They have significant experience in successfully representing sovereigns and sovereign entities. The team is well organized, and each of its members is knowledgeable in the field of public international law, hard-working and dedicated to the defense of the case.’

‘David Reed is a very experienced and reliable counsel. He stands out with his excellent strategic judgement which helps him identify the most important legal and factual aspects of a case, and on this basis to develop an effective defence.’

‘Monty Taylor is one of the best representatives of his generation. He stands out with his deep knowledge of all procedural and substantive aspects of international investment law, and effective advocacy.’

‘Álvaro Nistal is very knowledgeable in public international law and brings considerable and wide experience from having spent many years in dedicated PIL practice. He has excellent strategic and tactical instincts and cares deeply about his clients.’

Key clients

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – Europe

Czech Republic

Kingdom of Thailand

Republic of Peru

Republic of Colombia

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Turkey

Kingdom of Sweden

Republic of Korea

Work highlights

  • Representing ILGA-Europe in a number of proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, concerning LGBTQ+ community protections.
  • Represented Peru in numerous investor-state arbitrations.
  • Represented Colombia, as respondent, in an ICSID arbitration, the dispute concerning novel human rights and environmental law issues (in relation to the claimant’s investment in a Latin American coal mine).

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 2

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

The enforcement and dispute resolution team at Arnold & Porter has  expertise in criminal and regulatory investigations, representing individuals in complex SFO and US DOJ proceedings. With the firm’s London lawyers working closely with the firm's wider US offices, the group expertly covers a broad array of sectors, including finance, technology, and defence, in cross-border cases. White collar 'legend' Kathleen Harris leads the London practice, regularly advising clients on compliance and enforcement relating to financial and trade sanctions, while 'charismatic and very clever ' Sean Curran is an expert on civil matters involving accusations of fraud, along with bribery and corruption proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Harris

Other key lawyers:


‘Huge international reach and crossover between highly specialised departments. The team works collaboratively with lawyers in other jurisdictions and is able to offer a truly complete service with advice that anticipates all eventualities.’

‘Sean Curran – Hugely charismatic and very clever. Clients have complete faith that he can walk them through the fire of litigation. Brilliant lawyers.’

‘Kathleen Harris – a legend in white collar who is relied upon to advise the UK’s largest corporates’

‘Kathleen Harris is just brilliant. She works fiendishly hard, bringing very considerable tactical sense and mastery of the detail to the fore in all she does. She outflanks and outclasses opponents in interviews and negotiations, and brings out the best in those she works with.’

‘Sean Curran matches a good deal of charm to a strong grasp of the issues and the pitfalls, which he skirts round and lures opponents into’

Work highlights

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Arnold & Porter houses a ‘high-calibre‘ team which advises a varied client base, notably including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Janssen. Practice head Adela Williams has vast experience in providing regulatory advice in relation to clinical trials, marketing authorisations, and medical devices in both the UK and the EU, often acting in product liability disputes. Ian Dodds-Smith is noted for his ‘considered and thorough approach‘ and his expertise in group actions and regulatory disputes, and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Jacqueline Mulryne advises clients in the cosmetics, food, and medtech industries on borderline classification and clinical research work. Beatriz San Martin frequently appears before the CJEU and domestic courts in IP disputes in relation to emerging technology, and Ewan Townsend maintains a transactions focused practice, often acting for biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Adela Williams

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has excellent pharmaceutical law knowledge, which is a rare specialism.’

‘Ian Dodds-Smith and Jackie Mulryne in particular are wonderful to work with because of their experienced, considered and thorough approach.’

‘Unique experience and expertise in acting for pharma clients.’

‘Ian Dodds-Smith knows the history of a byzantine regulatory regime.’

‘The team are highly responsive and always manage to deliver clear and succinct advice on complex regulatory matters. They are a high-calibre team. They have a depth and breadth of experience.’

‘Jackie Mulryne is very accessible and very knowledgeable.’

‘Libby Amos-Stone is highly responsive and always provides clearly presented advice that includes a practical spin on the legal issues being addressed.’

Key clients




Bristol-Myers Squibb

Grünenthal GmbH


Kyowa Kirin


Orion Inc




Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 3

Arnold & Porter acts for hedge fund managers on matters of fund formation and structuring, assisting with the drafting of investor agreements and seed investment terms. The firm also supports fund managers in complying with regulatory obligations, including those laid out under Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and SFDR. Simon Firth heads the practice, advising on the establishment, operation and regulation of hedge funds, with a growing focus on crypto asset funds.

Practice head(s):

Simon Firth

Key clients

Blockstone Capital

Cultural Capital Fund

RoboCap Partners

S&W Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Blockstone Capital (a trading name for Meliora Capital LLP) as onshore counsel on the formation of a Cayman Islands fund, Blockstone Digital Assets Multi-Strategy Fund.
  • Advised Cultural Capital Fund on a restructuring whereby it moved its assets to a new UK company.
  • Acted as UK counsel to S&W Capital Limited on the formation of three Cayman Islands litigation funding funds investing in UK litigation: VWM Capital Litigation Fund LP, VWMCAP Litigation Fund LP and VWMCAP Litigation Fund 2 LP.

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

Representing corporate clients from across the finance, defence, and technology industries, Arnold & Porter’s enforcement and dispute resolution practice specialises in managing cross-border regulatory prosecutions and investigations. The department works closely with its US network of offices, providing a global approach regarding bribery and corruptions issues, along with anti-tax evasion matters. Kathleen Harris heads the London office, bringing vast expertise on regulatory and enforcement proceedings, as well as financial fraud investigations, and Sean Curran is highly experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional prosecutions brought by the SFO, HMRC, and FCA.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Harris

Other key lawyers:

Sean Curran; Melissa Dames; Maya Paunrana


‘Arnold & Porter merge a bespoke service to clients with the backing of a major international law firm. They are efficient and effective and provide superb advice to corporates who are conducting internal investigations, and then to those under investigation, and have an excellent track-record of ensuring their clients avoid prosecution.’

‘Kathleen Harris is the best white collar crime lawyer of her generation. Her tactical ability is superb, her work ethic is incredible.’

‘Sean Curran is a hugely talented lawyer whose client care skills are unsurpassed.’

‘Melissa Dames is a rising star who is extremely smart and works extremely hard.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

With an extensive geographic reach spanning London, the US, Brussels and more recently Amsterdam, the ‘talented industry specialists’ at Arnold & Porter, whose expertise is most keenly concentrated in the life sciences and healthcare sector, are praised by clients for their ‘strong market knowledge’ and ‘commercial thinking.’ The team is well-versed on the full spectrum of corporate transactions and continues to build its reputation in the transport, healthcare and real estate space. Described as the ‘best corporate legal adviser' by some clients, Jeremy Willcocks is well-versed in a host of multi-jurisdictional matters. Private equity transactions expert Sean Scanlon  also handles various national and international corporate transactions. Marc Isaacs is active in both European and emerging markets, focusing on bilateral and syndicated lending transactions. Tom Wilson and Kardia Leung are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Willcocks

Other key lawyers:


‘Engaging, exceptional leadership and a deep bench of talented industry specialists. They are efficient and very productive.’

‘Perceptive and knowledgeable individuals that provide real time and accurate assessments of matters at hand and are very responsive with updates and recommendations.’

‘The team’s key strength is their understanding of their clients’ objectives and putting commercial thinking at the forefront of the legal advice.’

‘Jeremy Willcocks is the best corporate legal adviser I have come across in 35 years of running businesses. He manages to combine the necessary legal advice with a clear understanding of the commercial considerations of the client.’

‘They have strong market knowledge and are proactive. Sean Scanlon was the lawyer I dealt with.’

‘Jeremy Willcocks provides outstanding client service and pays attention to detail. Jeremy has excellent breadth of corporate knowledge and combines that with specific company knowledge to provide a tailored personal service.’

‘The team is fantastically led by Jeremy Willcocks, and ably supported by Tom Wilson. The team provides a consistently client focused and technically excellent level of support with a particular strength in the life science and technology sectors.’

‘As mentioned above, Jeremy Willcocks has been consistently excellent in terms of both providing legal and strategic counsel, together with delivering transactions against very tight timeframes. Tom Wilson provides a very reassuring level of commitment and excellence to any matters. In my view, they are the go-to team if you are looking for support on a business-critical transaction, where you not only want to deliver the deal but also enjoy the process!’

Key clients

Wheels Up Experience Inc.


USI Insurance Services

McArthurGlen Group

Amicus Therapeutics

GVS S.p.A.


SimSpace Corporation

TELUS Corporation

Esteve Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised NYSE-listed company Wheels Up Experience Inc. on its takeover of London Stock Exchange-listed company, Air Partner plc, at a price of 125 pence per share, representing Wheels UP’s first acquisition outside the US.
  • Advised USI Insurance Services on all aspects of its disposal of its non-US operations to The Ardonagh Group, the UK’s largest independent insurance distribution platform.
  • Acted as lead counsel in the US and UK to the lenders of Cineworld Group plc.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

Arnold & Porter houses a ‘very good, very knowledgeable‘ practice which handles a number of arbitration and follow-on claims and often appears before domestic, EU, and US courts. ‘Excellent strategic thinker' Jane Wessel leads the team, regularly acting for corporate claimants and defendants; and John Schmidt has vast expertise in the securing of injunctive relief in cases concerning abuse of dominance allegations. Rated by clients as being ‘knowledgeable beyond his years', Alastair Brown primarily focuses on collective claims, often appearing in disputes before the Court of Appeal. Associate Zeno Frediani handles a number of European investigations and claims for global companies.

Practice head(s):

Jane Wessel


‘A very good, very knowledgeable and likeable team. They are very diligent and reliable.’

‘Zeno Frediani is very good.’

‘The team is practical, knowledgeable, proactive and friendly.’

‘Jane Wessel is an excellent strategic thinker.’

‘Alastair Brown is knowledgeable beyond his years.’

Key clients


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

AB InBev



Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Arnold & Porter has 'an outstanding reputation for its representation of sovereign states in high-value international arbitration proceedings'. The team's has notable disputes expertise in the life sciences, construction, energy, natural resources, engineering, aerospace and financial services sectors. Patricio Grané Labat 'handles high-stake disputes with ease'; David Reed has longstanding experience in international arbitration claims; and Monty Taylor represents corporations, individuals and governments in international arbitration proceedings. Jane Wessel's practice also incorporates international commercial and investor state arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Patricio Grané Labat; David Reed; Monty Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Hilton Mervis; Charlotte Mallorie; Álvaro Nistal; Alastair Brown; Bart Wasiak; Timothy Smyth; Alice Osman


The A&P team has an outstanding reputation for its representation of sovereign states in high-value international arbitration proceedings, particularly in the infrastructure, mining and oil and gas sectors.

The team is made up of native Spanish speakers with several decades of experience in high-stakes investor-state arbitrations.

An excellent arbitration team with different expertise in different sectors.

One of the team’s strengths is the vast number of team members with superb experience and legal skills.

Patricio Grané Labat is a very impressive and hardworking lawyer. He has a tenacious, analytical mind, and handles high-stake disputes with ease and aplomb.

Both David Reed and Monty Taylor are great partners.

David Reed is excellent with strategy, always able to look at the big picture, and never loses focus.

Monty Taylor has great cross-examination and advocacy skills, and is one of the best partners around in terms of client relationship. He will make every effort to make sure that the client is heard. He has tremendous experience in commercial and investment arbitrations, despite his still relatively young age.

Finance > Debt capital markets Tier 4

Arnold & Porter is a top-level adviser to sovereigns on high-value debt offerings, and its small London team - comprising lead partner Jeremy Willcocks, former US Executive Director of the World Bank Whitney Debevoise, who works in both Washington DC and London, and associate Kardia Leung - is involved in market-leading deals. Willcocks and Leung acted for the Republic of Turkey in sukuk offerings with a value in excess of $5.5bn. The whole London team acted for Hungary in its buy back of U.S. dollar-denominated foreign currency bonds maturing in 2023 and 2024 and the issuance of $4.25bn in new debt. The firm also counts Republic of Nigeria and Republic of Panama among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Willcocks

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advised the Republic of Turkey on the $2.5 billion issuance of its 9.758% lease certificates due November 2025. This is the second Sukuk issue for the Republic of Turkey that the Firm has advised on in 2022.
  • Advised the Republic of Turkey in connection with its issuance of $3 billion 7.25% lease certificates due February 2027.
  • Advised Hungary on its (i) buy back of U.S. dollar-denominated foreign currency bonds maturing in 2023 and 2024; and (ii) new issues of  US $1,500,000,000 6.125% Notes due 2028, US $1,500,000,000 6.250% Notes due 2032 and US$1,250,000,000 6.750% Notes due 2052.

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

Arnold & Porter’s expertise centres on patent litigation, noted for their work in handling long-standing mandates in the life sciences sector. Beatriz San Martin helms the practice, enhancing the practice with her vast experience in the life sciences field alongside an ability to handle various technologies. Ewan Townsend counts various biotechnology and pharma companies in his client roster, while associate Shishu Chen routinely advises clients on enforcing and defending patents.

Practice head(s):

Beatriz San Martin

Other key lawyers:


‘Skilled and professional and very good communication skills.’

‘Beatriz San Martin is very skilled at leading a litigation team and has both a great eye for the detail and also the bigger commercial picture. She is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The IP team at Arnold & Porter are just excellent; fully thought out advice which clients can rely on.’

‘Beatriz San Martin is truly exceptional in the IP field. Her technical background places her in a unique position to advise life science clients. Her breadth and depths her indispensable to clients seeking solution in relation to IP disputes.’

‘A growing, agile team, who are capable across the spectrum of IP work. The team has a deep level of knowledge, particularly in the life sciences area. They are collaborative and innovative in the way they work, putting together the right group for each project.’

‘Beatriz San Martin is responsive and creative. She has in depth knowledge of all IP rights, enabling her to work on almost any project that comes her way. Her life science sector specific knowledge is second to none.’

‘Deep level of technical and legal expertise.’

‘I work with Beatriz San Martin and I value her opinion deeply, as she is exceptionally bright and talented beyond her day-to-day activities.’

Key clients

Basketligaen (Danish Basketball League)

Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation

Federatiei Romane de Folei (Romanian Volleyball Federation)

IMG Data Limited





Employment > Employers Tier 5

Arnold & Porter is known for its life sciences and pharmaceuticals specialism, and is taking on a growing amount of employment work for its clients in this space. The US-headquartered firm is also recommended for its post-transactional restructuring and senior staff negotiations work more broadly, with its representation of a conglomerate of lenders to Cineworld being a standout recent matter. This practice is notable for its capabilities in cross-border employment-linked privacy compliance and pro bono assistance for charities involved in employee disputes. Henry Clinton-Davis, a former practising barrister, leads the team, supported by associates Rosine Dawson and Peter Collins.

Practice head(s):

Henry Clinton-Davis

Other key lawyers:


‘This is an outstanding team – competent, integrated and pulled together.’

‘Henry Clinton-Davies is an outstanding employment law partner. We rely on him for wise, practical, risk-balanced advice and we always get it. Our trust in him is total, and that has served us well in some rather sticky situations.’

‘Henry Clinton-Davis is an excellent partner who brings a wealth of experience and creative thinking. His input is always constructive, creative and challenging in the best possible way.’

The advice given blends legal analysis and commercial reality seamlessly, and ensures a high quality of practical, commercial advice. I recommend them thoroughly.’

‘Strong knowledge of latest trends and market practice.’

‘We recommend Henry Clinton-Davis.’

‘Henry Clinton-Davies knows his stuff – is completely trusted by clients to call things as they are, even if it’s not what the client wants to hear. They are experts at cross-border stuff, especially in the pharma and biotech fields.’

‘We rely on Henry Clinton-Davis to help our company navigate all sorts of employment-related issues in the UK. He is exceptionally responsive, understands client management very well, and his guidance is practical and tailored to business objectives.’

Key clients

Roche Diagnostics Limited

Telus International

Cognizant Technology Solutions

Argenta Syndicate Management



Skillsoft UK Limited

Wheels Up

Harrow Club

Work highlights

  • Advised a conglomerate of leading lenders to cinema owner, Cineworld, on the employment issues arises from the bankruptcy of Cineworld in the USA, including conducting due diligence on the most senior executives of the company and negotiating and drafting a Transitional Services Agreement under which they would continue providing services to the group.
  • Advising telecoms and call centre company, TELUS International, in relation to cross-border employee-related privacy matters. Work encompasses the EU, the UK, the US and parts of South America.
  • Acting as longstanding employment counsel for pharma company Roche Diagnostics.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

With its extensive expertise in both contentious and non-contentious competition matters, the London team at Arnold & Porter has a particular focus on the life sciences, consumer goods, media and transport sectors. Practice head John Schmidt has experience advising on complex competition conduct issues, investigations, litigation and merger matters spanning the life sciences, consumer goods and TMT sectors. Jane Wessel leads the competition litigation team where she regularly handles competition damages litigation in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Practice head(s):

John Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Jane Wessel; Ludovica Pizzetti; Alastair Brown; Zeno Frediani; Samuel Milucky


‘The team is led by John Schmidt – they have developed a great reputation in the field of life sciences, TMT/media and consumer M&A and advisory.’

‘The team manages complex transactions and has both a domestic and cross-border focus which punches above its weight. It also benefits from a very strong Brussels office.’

‘John Schmidt has an excellent reputation (and huge amounts of experience). Highly recommended.’

‘The team has a wide range of capabilities and is able to coordinate multiple filings across jurisdictions, which has become increasingly important in today’s merger environment. They are very organized.’

‘John Schmidt and Ludovica Pizzetti are very responsive and organized. They have been able to handle complex matters in a multitude of jurisdictions. They are also very practical and take the client’s views into account.’

Key clients



Philip Morris International

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL)

AB InBev

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

Leveraging the firm’s overarching IP, commercial and regulatory prowess, Arnold & Porter is best-suited to advising life sciences start-ups/corporates throughout their funding life cycle, both domestically and on transatlantic issues by dint of its US resources. As well as acting on life sciences matters, team head  Jeremy Willcocks has experience advising on investments in the cannabis and cybersecurity space, and is able to provide pure venture capital advice alongside broader corporate finance/M&A capabilities by dint of his comprehensive transactional skillset.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Willcocks

Other key lawyers:

Ewan Townsend; Sean Scanlon; Tom Wilson; Emelia Hunt

Key clients

Touchlight Genetics

In-Q-Tel, Inc.

Policy Platforms Ltd (Trading as Polyloop)

Work highlights

  • Advised leading synthetic DNA manufacturer Touchlight Genetics on its renegotiation of license and exit from JV.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Arnold & Porter has a widely lauded practice, with impressive multijurisdictional capabilities as well as in-depth experience in commercial and corporate disputes related to the pharmaceutical sector. Hilton Mervis leads the team; he has decades of experience litigating high-value, complex disputes for corporations, private equity firms, and high-net-worth individuals. Also of note are Jane Wessel, with complementary competition experience, and Charlotte Mallorie, along with commercial barrister William Paris.

Practice head(s):

Hilton Mervis


‘A small but very high quality disputes team with some excellent individuals.’

‘Hilton Mervis has huge experience across a range of commercial litigation. Charlotte Mallorie is a true star – she is completely unflappable and invariably in total control of the situation.’

‘Hilton Mervis sets the tone of the practice. He is simply a unique individual who has huge experience and will always think outside the box.’

‘Charlotte Mallorie is a stand out counsel – efficient and on top of the detail.’

‘Jane Wessel is an impressive partner – good judgement, sensible and pragmatic.’

‘Charlotte Mallorie has been very tenacious in continuing to look for ways to resolve continuous hurdles. An amazing attitude and work ethic.’

‘Friendly, responsive, cool under fire. I have been working closely with the firm for four years now – they have been a joy to work with.’

‘Jane Wessel – super experienced with a wry sense of humour.’

Key clients


Ocorian Limited

Herinder Singh



Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Instrument Product Design Limited

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Undoubtedly the "go-to" firm for State-side representations in the wake of an peerless track record of 48 (out of 49) positive outcomes, Arnold & Porter counts some 14 Latin American states among its clients; this perhaps unfairly overshadows its fine credentials as regards representing Latin American corporates in ICC arbitrations. The firm's sizeable arbitral group houses practitioners with government experience, who are members of ICSID's panel of arbitrators and/or have the linguistic and bicultural expertise to allow the team to conduct proceedings in Spanish. 30-year arbitral veteran Paolo Di Rosa founded the firm's international arbitration practice (which he subsequently led for 15 years) and has an exceptional record of success as a counsel; fully bilingual (Spanish/English) he has represented a dozen Latin American states in public international law matters and/or international litigation and arbitration. London partner Patricio Grané Labat is another deeply experienced figure in investor-state arbitration, including cases under the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but also handles international commercial arbitration, public international law, and international trade matters. A January 2022 lateral hire, New York partner Mélida Hodgson impresses in both international commercial cases and investor-state arbitrations (particularly on behalf of Venezuela); she has a notable focus on the infrastructure construction, mining, transportation and energy sectors. The experienced and versatile Whitney Debevoise provides further senior level gravitas and Latin America experience in the arbitral sphere. Emerging talent Mallory Silberman has represented the governments of Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, as well as representing investors in investor-State disputes against Argentina. Trilingual (English, French & Spanish) counsel Álvaro Nistal is also highly active in Latin America as part of his broader, global practice.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Di Rosa; Maria Chedid

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 the Republic of Peru against a $26m claim.
  • Successfully represented the Republic of Costa Rica against Infinito Gold in an ICSID arbitration pursuant to the bilateral investment treaty Costa Rica-Canada.
  • Successfully represented Colombia in an investment arbitration filed under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules pursuant to the Colombia-United States Trade Promotion Agreement

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

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Jeremy Willcocks photo Mr Jeremy Willcocks Partner
Number of UK partners : 18
Number of other UK fee-earners : 45