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Latham & Watkins

99 BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, EC2M 3XF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7710 1000
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Fax 020 7374 4460
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Web:
www.lw.com

Sophie J Lamb

Tel:
Work +44 20 7710 3012
Email:
Web:
www.lw.com/people/sophie-lamb
Latham & Watkins LLP

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Partner

Position

Sophie J. Lamb is a litigation partner in the London office of Latham & Watkins and global Co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice.  

Ms. Lamb is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners of her generation. She is a trusted advisor to boards of public companies, to investors and to sovereign nations, routinely engaged in the most complex, high value and/or reputationally significant disputes of the moment. Her cases have featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of the year and she is listed as one of the UK’s most influential and inspirational lawyers in their Hot 100 list for her successes “in billion dollar, high profile, politically sensitive and often market-shaping arbitration cases and related court trials.”

                                       

 


Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Latham & Watkins is singled out for its 'efficient and effective case analysis as well as its excellent communication'.  The team, led by Paris-based Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, has notable strength in the oil and gas, energy and construction sphere handling a mix of treaty cases and commercial arbitration proceedings. It continues to represent Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo in an ICC arbitration brought by CNPC, a PRC state-owned oil and gas company, and is representing a multinational mining group in a series of ICC arbitrations arising out of a shareholders' agreement.  On the investment treaty side, Mantilla-Serrano and New York-based Claudia Salomon are representing the Republic of Columbia in an ICSID arbitration brought by Eco Oro Minerals. Sophie Lamb, new partner John Adam and associate Esperanza Barrón-Baratech are also names to note within the 22-strong team.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Latham & Watkins' 'notably bright and hard-working team' is widely respected for complex, high-value disputes, frequently with cross-border elements or involving proceedings outside England and Wales, and the practice has significant knowledge of the regulatory regimes governing banks, brokers, hedge funds, investment managers and advisers, and swaps market participants. It acted for ABN AMRO Bank, a major global financial institution, in high-stakes litigation that arose from the collapse of Bernard Madoff Investments Securities, which is widely considered the largest Ponzi scheme ever. Jon Holland, Andrea Monks, Martin Davies and Oliver Browne  are highly rated, and the disputes team can draw on the expertise of three silks in Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC and Philip Clifford QC. Dan Smith and Oliver Middleton are key counsels.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Latham & Watkins' 'very professional team is hands on and provides clear guidance. Timing is also always good and clients know that they are in good hands'. It is highly regarded for high-profile litigation, including cases that are mission-critical for clients, cases that produce important new laws and cases in new areas, such as group actions and test cases. The firm has been making a push to grow its City disputes team in recent years, adding a number of partners including financial services litigators  Jon Holland and Andrea Monks from Hogan Lovells in 2018. Significant matters have seen Sophie Lamb QC represent Royal Dutch Shell and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in group actions brought on behalf of thousands of residents of two Niger Delta communities in relation to alleged environmental pollution.  London practice head Oliver Browne is experienced in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, while global litigation vice-chair  Martin Davies' practice covers corporate and shareholder disputes as well as litigation in the banking, technology, data and communications sectors. Also key to the group is Ian Felstead , as well as counsels Daniel Smith and Oliver Middleton.

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International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Sophie Lamb QC - Latham & Watkins

Within: International arbitration

Latham & Watkins' London team advises on the full scope of international arbitration matters, including multi-jurisdictional disputes, international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and PIL matters. It stands out for its assistance to significant oil, gas and nuclear companies. Sophie Lamb QC is a global co-chair of the international arbitration practice and Oliver Browne is the chair of the London litigation and trial practice. The other names to note are Philip Clifford QC, PIL expert Charles Claypoole and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who divides his time between London and Hamburg. Samuel Pape and Robert Price are experienced associates. Former counsel Charles Courtenay left for Michelmores LLP.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

Latham & Watkins fields 'a talented team of lawyers' with 'first-class' knowledge of public international law ranging from territorial boundary law, maritime delimitation to Law of the Sea disputes before the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration; international trade and WTO law; sovereign immunity; international humanitarian law and human rights. Its international sanctions practice continues to be sought for advice related to sanctions imposed against Russia and it has noted a steady growth in instructions relating to international sanctions on Iran and EU blocking measures. Charles Claypoole has a strong track record as an advocate in investment treaty arbitration, and is currently representing Ukraine in the largest treaty claim brought against it, valued at approximately $5bn. Sophie Lamb and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert are also highly regarded for international arbitration.

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