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Edward Poulton

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Dispute resolution.


Ed Poulton is a partner in the Firm's Dispute Resolution team, based in London. A key name in the arbitration community, Ed sits as an arbitrator in ICC and LCIA arbitrations, and is the consulting editor of a seminal text on the arbitration of M&A disputes. He also sits on the steering committee for the Firm's Global International Arbitration Practice Group. Ed is recognised in the fields of international arbitration and public international law by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Ed focuses on advising clients on managing risk and resolving disputes relating to investment treaties, financial services and M&A. He is highly experienced in resolving disputes through international arbitration (in which respect he has experience of all of the major arbitral institutions and of ad hoc arbitration) and by other methods including litigation and mediation. In addition to commercial dispute resolution, Ed regularly advises clients in relation to investment treaties and public international law issues, in which regard he serves as counsel on matters ranging from ICSID annulment cases to PIL issues arising from financial crises. Ed is experienced and knowledgeable in a wide range of sectors, including financial services, electronics, aviation and telecommunications.


Trained Baker McKenzie; qualified 2002; partner 2010.


English; French; Spanish


London Court of International Arbitration; Law Society of England & Wales; International Chamber of Commerce; Young International Arbitration Group; Investment Protection Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law


Lycée Francais Charles de Gaulle (1994); University of East Anglia (1999 LLB); Université Jean Moulin Lyon III (1998 Erasmus Diploma); Nottingham Law School (2000 LPC)

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Baker McKenzie is recommended for its ability to act on large, complex cases and its client base includes the world’s largest and most prestigious financial institutions; the practice also benefits from a strong global platform. It has significant investigations capabilities and increasingly utilises international arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism in the financial sector. The team defended Dubai Islamic Bank (the Bank) against a $2bn-plus claim brought in the English Commercial Court by a Dubai-based property developer, which claim is based on allegations of breach of contract and breach of the Bank’s duties as mortgagee in possession of a large plot of land. Hugh Lyons is ‘very bright, tactically astute, and has an excellent bedside manner with clients, who justifiably respect and trust his advice’; and the ‘deeply experienced’ Jonathan Peddie advises clients, primarily in the banking and financial services sector, in relation to corporate investigations, regulatory enforcement, financial crime, and civil and criminal litigation. Edward Poulton is a key adviser.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Baker McKenzie is recommended for finance and M&A arbitrations; the practice was recently involved in corporate disputes, involving companies in Russia, China, India and a number of African jurisdictions. It has a strong team in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, and a robust investment treaty arbitration practice. Steve Abraham was promoted to lead the firm’s London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; and Edward Poulton and Andy Moody are highly regarded. Kate Corby, who has handled international arbitration work in the construction sector, was promoted to partner.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Baker McKenzie’s key features are its investor-state expertise; oil and gas experience; and global arbitration practice. Examples of the team’s ability to handle high-profile investment treaty claims and CIS matters include its representation of Kazakhstan’s national gas operator, KazTransGas (KTG), in its dispute with the Government of Georgia, concerning the appointment of a special receiver for KTG’s Georgian subsidiary. Edward Poulton’s experience includes investment treaty disputes, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes annulment cases, and PIL issues arising from financial crises. Ross Denton, Sunwinder (Sunny) Mann and Andy Moody are other names to note.

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