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South Korea > International arbitration

At White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office), construction-related arbitrations (particularly those arising from energy and infrastructure projects) are a pillar of the firm’s work. Its strengths in this space were bolstered by the hire of David Robertson to the London office from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as part of a wider expansion of its Asia Pacific dispute resolution practice. Robertson focuses on acting for North Asian (particularly South Korean) clients, and has a wealth of experience acting as counsel in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Another name to note is Mark Goodrich, whose practice is split between the London and Seoul offices. In addition to construction, Goodrich’s expertise also includes disputes involving areas such as shipbuilding and mining. Elsewhere in the global network, Paul Friedland and Damien Nyer (who are both based in New York) are leading the advice to the Republic of Korea as the respondent on an investor-state arbitration under UNCITRAL rules, which arose from Schindler’s investment in Hyundai Elevators. Friedland, Nyer and others are also representing the same client at an UNCITRAL arbitration over claims brought by Mason Capital in relation to the 2015 merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries. Matthew Secomb in Singapore is another key figure. Jun Hee Kim and James Lee moved to Arnold & Porter.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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The ‘excellent’ full-service international arbitration group at White & Case LLP handles an impressive number of cases for sovereign clients, thereby cementing its market-leading position in international investment arbitration. The team is also adept at acting for corporate clients in commercial arbitral proceedings, and is regularly retained for construction, energy, mining and metals, and oil and gas sector work in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas. It is led out of Washington DC by Abby Cohen Smutny, who heads the global international arbitration group, and Carolyn Lamm, who serves as head of the Americas arbitration practice. However, the practice group also has a strong presence in New York – where key contacts include Paul Friedland, Ank Santens and Damien Nyer – and Houston; it is also well placed to call upon the expertise of arbitration specialists from across its global network. The Houston-based team has focused on serving Portuguese-speaking clients, among others; following his arrival from King & Spalding LLP, Jorge Mattamouros has become instrumental to the team’s offering in this regard.