Our “highly sought-after” investor-State team, part of our GAR 30-ranked global international arbitration practice, is “consistently working on landmark cases of significance” (Chambers UK 2021). The combination of our “sectoral strength, highly skilled practitioners” (Legal 500 UK 2020) and our “especially good understanding of the sensitives involved” (Chambers UK 2020) means we regularly represent clients in high-profile, high-value, and cutting-edge investment treaty arbitration matters.
Our “impressive track record” (Chambers UK 2021) when acting for both States and investors includes representing clients in proceedings under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and other major arbitral rules and institutions. We have acted in and/or advised on cases under bilateral investment treaties and the investment chapters of multilateral treaties such as the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Thanks to our long-standing experience in investor-State disputes, our team “includes some of the most talented and promising individuals … both at partner and associate level” (Legal 500 UK 2021). Our lawyers “have amassed a great depth and strength of expertise and experience,” making them “highly effective and a pleasure to work with” (Legal 500 UK 2019).
We have acted for and achieved significant wins on behalf of both States and investors. On the State side, this includes two successes ranked in The American Lawyer’s Arbitration Scorecard’s “Top 10 Biggest Defense Wins,” defending multibillion-dollar claims brought against the Republic of Kazakhstan. On the investor side, our lawyers have helped clients achieve some of the largest investment treaty awards on record, including awards of US$1.2 billion against Venezuela, US$270 million against Argentina, and US$240 million against the State of Gabon.