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Matthew Coleman

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Investor-State Arbitration, International Arbitration, Commercial Litigation




Matthew Coleman specializes in international arbitration, litigation and public international
law. He is the Chair of Steptoe's Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice. Chambers UK has
stated that Matthew has a “wonderful grasp of public international law” and said that he is
“applauded for his expertise in investment treaty arbitrations” and recommended him for his
“skills as an advocate.” The Legal 500 noted that he is “outstanding” in the field of public
international law and also recommended him for commercial arbitration. At the Global
Arbitration Review Awards in 2016, Steptoe won the category "International arbitration
practice that impressed in the past year" for the investment treaty arbitration work that
Matthew and his colleagues have undertaken. In 2016, The American Lawyer awarded
Steptoe's arbitration team with "Global Dispute of the Year: Investment Arbitration (Africa)".
Many of Matthew's cases involve concurrent proceedings before tribunals and courts, and
have been in favor of, or against, international companies, State agencies and States. He
has acted as lead counsel on investment treaty and commercial arbitrations in the leading
arbitration forums. Matthew has also appeared as counsel in the Courts of England. In
regard to Matthew's counsel work, Chambers has acclaimed him for "his command of a
vast amount of detail and meticulous preparation."

Matthew's public international law practice has a particular focus on acting as lead counsel
in investment disputes between States and foreign investors (ISDS), including at ICSID.
His work for States has included advice relating to the investment chapters of free trade
agreements and drafting treaties.

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has strong investment treaty experience in relation to African and Eastern European cases; it is also active in international commercial arbitration involving financial institutions. Matthew Coleman is highly rated and Angus Rodger is 'excellent for strong strategical thinking'.

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Public international law

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Matthew Coleman - Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP

Within: Public international law

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP's practice covers investment treaty arbitrations and disputes between the governments of different states or involving international government organisations. It also has extensive experience in the jurisdictional immunities of sovereign states and their property; and advises energy and mining companies on their rights and interests under international law. Matthew Coleman has significant investment treaty experience in relation to African and Eastern European cases and Thomas Innes is a highly regarded associate.

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