Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
99 GRESHAM STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7NG
England

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP routinely represents sovereign nations in investor-state arbitrations. The experience of PIL leader Charles Buderi covers both international arbitration claims involving states, and the representation of governments in relation to sovereignty disputes, and treaty and diplomatic matters; and Luciana Ricart frequently advises states and state-owned entities.

Practice head(s):

Charles Buderi

Other key lawyers:

Luciana Ricart; Justin Jacinto; Belén María Ibañez

Key clients

State of Kuwait

Argentine Republic

Republic of Kazakhstan

Republic of Cyprus

State of Libya

Dominican Republic

Work highlights

  • Secured an absolute victory for the UAE in the jurisdictional phase of  proceedings brought by Qatar before the International Court of Justice, alleging violations of the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • Representing the State of Kuwait in three investment treaty arbitrations, and in an ICSID annulment proceeding, where the investor is challenging an ICSID award.
  • Successfully defended the State of Libya before the UK Supreme Court, in proceedings concerning service through diplomatic channels under the UK State Immunity Act 1978.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP advises governments, state-owned companies and regulators on corporate M&A, project development and restructuring matters. Marc Hammerson, Ryan Hansen and Tony Edwards head the team; Timi Balogun  left for Squire Patton Boggs and Daniel Lewin joined from an in-house role at MJ Hudson & Co.

Practice head(s):

Marc Hammerson; Ryan Hansen; Tony Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced in construction and oil and gas contracts; they can unite experts from several countries to deliver the most complete and sharp legal opinion with multicultural views’.

‘They often show familiarity with every aspect of our agreements and negotiations from the very first contact, allowing the quick delivery of the analysis’.

Key clients

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – PETROBRAS

Republic of Uganda

Republic of Kazakhstan

RAK Gas LLC (the state-owned oil & gas company of Ras AL Khaimah)

First Hydrocarbon Nigeria management and shareholders

Kanga Potash

Harps Holdings Pte Limited

ACAM LP

Work highlights

  • Advised RAK Gas on its multi-decade, multi-billion dollar natural gas supply and natural gas offtake agreements.
  • Continuing to advise the shareholders and management of First Hydrocarbon Nigeria (FHN) on its potential sale of a minority equity stake.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

‘A close-knit team with years of experience’, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP stands out for the global nature of its funds practice, which encompasses advising fund managers and investors from the US, the Middle East and across Europe. The London-based practice assists on the structuring, formation and marketing of funds, working with its offices around the world to provide cross-jurisdictional advice. The team is jointly led by Thomas Laurer, an ‘incredibly diligent’ US-qualified lawyer who was previously a part of the firm’s New York funds group; Ryan Hansen, who provides advice on investments, corporate governance and regulations; and Daniel Lewin, a tax specialist who joined the firm in March 2022 from MJ Hudson. Bradley Doline departed the firm in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Laurer; Ryan Hansen; Daniel Lewin

Testimonials

‘A close knit team with years of experience working on private investment funds.’

‘I would say its a more bespoke personalised service where you do not feel like another horse in the stable.’

‘Curtis seems to have experts in all different areas of law, and they have done an excellent job of meeting our legal needs.’

‘Ryan Hansen has been exceptional in servicing our firm. He is prompt in his response, always on a timely basis, & works with a sense of urgency which we appreciate very much.’

‘Curtis came in very competitively on their terms that not only gave us the confidence as a startup to have a legal team that believes in us, but also made the financials make sense for us.’

‘Thomas Laurer’s knowledge of both the US, UK and European legal systems along with having the connections with the right people who can answer our specific needs from a tax perspective has been really helpful with a founding team with multiple citizenships.’

‘They are creative, open, forward thinking and flexible which is quite unique from our experience. They are also entrepreneurial which is great for supporting new ventures.’

‘We work with Thomas Laurer – he is incredibly diligent, flexible and open to our perspective which we have really valued.’

Key clients

Energy Finance Partners

Burgan Bank

United Gulf Bank

Brevet Capital

HBM Partners

Quantum Capital

Ibex Investors

Blue Water Life Science Advisors

Oman Technology Fund

BC Partners

Oman Investment Authority

Thena Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising the Oman Investment Authority on its closed-ended fund investment program.
  • Advising United Gulf Bank and Burgan Bank on their private funds investment program, providing them with advice on investments.  
  • Represents Brevet Capital Management, a US-based investment manager, on a range of matters relating to fund formation, investments, regulatory issues, compliance and day-to-day operational issues.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP‘s London team acts in complex, cross-border commercial arbitrations across the telecoms, construction, mining, aviation, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors. London and Dubai-based Charles Buderi is experienced in disputes concerning the petroleum industry, international commercial transactions, and infrastructure development; and Mark Handley specialises in cross-border arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Charles Buderi; Mark Handley

Other key lawyers:

Justin Jacinto; Luciana Ricart; Milo Molfa; William Hampson; Serena Boscia Montalbano

Key clients

State of Libya

Antrix Corporation

Republic of Uganda

Republic of Kazakhstan

State of Kuwait

Argentine Republic

Republic of Cyprus

Danieli & C Officine Meccaniche

Tecnimont

Leonardo

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the State of Libya before the UK Supreme Court in a case that concerned the procedure for service of English court proceedings.
  • Acting for the Republic of Uganda in two, large-value transportation and infrastructure-related UNCITRAL arbitrations.
  • Defending the State of Kuwait in an ICSID arbitration, the case brought by Italian and Spanish companies under the Italy-Kuwait BIT and the Spain-Kuwait BIT, and involving a $800m public infrastructure project in Kuwait.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's London litigation head Mark Handley has substantial experience in cross-border commercial litigation and disputes, as well as financial crime investigations.

Oman > Banking and finance Tier 2

The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counselling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multijurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia, Curtis is located in the key business centres where clients need the firm most.

Areas of practice: Established in the mid-1970s as one of the firm’s first European locations, the London office plays a key role in the ongoing expansion of the firm’s international practice, particularly in Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and Northern and Eastern Europe.

Curtis’ London team offers both UK and international law advice across a range of industry sectors. Its clients include multinational corporations and financial institutions, governments and state-owned companies, money managers, sovereign wealth funds and start-ups. In keeping with the firm’s international profile, the London office offers Curtis’ clients multilingual and multijurisdictional lawyers whose professional experience and international orientation make them well-positioned to handle complex and unique international legal assignments. With the office’s English law capability and experience in legal matters involving the UK, the London team directs the UK component of larger international transactions, including litigation matters in the English courts and tribunals.

The firm is well-known for representing governments and state-owned entities as clients, across oil and gas, infrastructure development and international arbitration. The London office boasts practitioners across all these fields and is also at the heart of the firm’s busy and highly regarded Public International Law practice, which works closely with the investment treaty arbitration team. Curtis has a rich insight into the unique position of sovereign states, and provides day-to-day advice for in-house legal departments as well as representing states before international tribunals.

Curtis is a market-leader in investor-state arbitration, having acted successfully for states and government-owned entities in some of the most important and complex disputes of recent times. Members of the Curtis London team work on many of the world’s high-profile international arbitrations and our practice extends to acting for clients in enforcement-related court proceedings in England.

The London team boasts a strong and growing commercial arbitration practice, with dispute experience in the oil & gas industry, construction, telecommunications, mining, agriculture, infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors.  With solicitor-advocates among our litigators, and a wealth of experience in international commercial arbitration, this is an area of practice that continues to grow, and is notable for its international orientation in comparison with other UK based disputes practices.

Our corporate and commercial team advises a wide spectrum of international and domestic corporates on the full range of corporate and commercial matters. Members of the team work closely with colleagues in other offices on the UK component of international deals.

The office has a thriving private funds group. Our lawyers advise major international banks, investment managers and firms, high-net-worth individuals and sovereign wealth funds, on the planning, structuring and formation of various complex funds. The compact team has a truly international presence and global reach, working on a daily basis with clients on five different continents.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Commercial Arbitration Milo Molfammolfa@curtis.com
Commercial Litigation Mark Handleymhandley@curtis.com
Corporate Tony Edwardstedwards@curtis.com
Economic Sanctions Mark Handleymhandley@curtis.com
Energy /Oil and Gas Marc Hammersonmhammerson@curtis.com
Finance
International Arbitration Luciana Ricartlricart@curtis.com
Investment Management Thomas Laurertlaurer@curtis.com
Public International Law Charles Budericbuderi@curtis.com
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