Firms To Watch: Public international law

Paxus is a new public international law, international arbitration and business & human rights boutique launched in June 2022 by Suzanne Spears, the former co-head of Allen & Overy’s global business and human rights practice.
Advising on all aspects of investor-state arbitration, independent disputes practice Vail Dispute Resolution was launched in 2019 by former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and White & Case LLP arbitration lawyer, Tomas Vail.
In September 2020, Brussels-based firm Van Bael & Bellis opened up Van Bael & Bellis (London) LLP, quickly expanding its international, EU and UK law teams with key hires, including the 2021 addition of Nick Lawn (a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP counsel) as partner and head of the London-based international dispute resolution team.

Public international law in London

Allen & Overy LLP

In addition to bilateral and multilateral investment treaty-related disputes, Allen & Overy LLP's London public international law (PIL) team advises on international treaties and conventions, international sanctions regimes, sovereign immunity and state succession issues, along with boundary claims, international humanitarian law, and trade and WTO issues. London PIL practice head Mark Levy KC acts in major investment treaty arbitration cases; Andrew Denny is head of the business and human rights group; James Freeman acts in heavyweight investment treaty claims; and Matthew Townsend specialises in trade-related matters. At counsel level, Naomi Briercliffe's experience includes claims against states; and Sarah Garvey is 'one of the best lawyers around'. In 2022 the firm hired investment treaty and PIL specialist David Herlihy from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, with Kate Davies KC going in the opposite direction; and promoted investment treaty disputes specialist Guled Yusuf to partner. Suzanne Spears left in 2022 to set up a specialist business and human rights boutique.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Levy KC

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Denny; James Freeman; Matthew Townsend; David Herlihy; Guled Yusuf; Naomi Briercliffe; Sarah Garvey; Katrina Limond

Les références

‘The bench strength and scope of experience is pretty jaw-dropping. The partners are at the bleeding edge of their respective fields, and they can go toe-to-toe with just about any firm that might appear on the other side.’

‘This team has been built up to include some senior and junior team members, and covers a wide variety of issues, from litigation to transactional, and across a range of sectors.’

‘One area of particular skill is in business and human rights matters.’

Principaux clients

The Republic of Peru

The Federal Republic of Somalia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Republic of Korea

The Kingdom of Morocco

The United Arab Emirates

Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against an investment treaty claim brought against it at ICSID by Turkish construction company DSG Yapi.
  • Defending investment treaty claims at ICSID that were brought by Swedish company Corral Morocco Holdings, and French telecoms company Finetis and its Casablanca-based subsidiary Finetis Maroc.
  • Defending the United Arab Emirates against an investment treaty claim commenced at ICSID by BM Mühendislik ve İnşaat.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP‘s recent track record includes ongoing treaty negotiations for the UK; international human rights cases; representing governments and companies in investment treaty claims; and advising on government policy compliance with trade and investment treaties. The practice is jointly led by Rae Lindsay, whose practice covers business and human rights, and the status, immunities and privileges of international organisations; highly rated investment treaty protection specialist Audley Sheppard KC; and Jessica Gladstone, who focuses on PIL and international disputes, climate change, international trade, sanctions, and business and human rights. The second line of advisers features UK and European sanctions head Michael Lyons; and at senior associate level, Anna Kirkpatrick frequently leads on PIL work, Carla Lewis focuses on EU and UK restrictive measures, Christina Schuetz is an investment treaty arbitration expert, Anne Collins is a PIL specialist, and Jeremy Stewart advises on WTO law and free trade agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rae Lindsay; Audley Sheppard KC; Jessica Gladstone

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Lyons; Anna Kirkpatrick; Carla Lewis; Christina Schuetz; Anne Collins; Jeremy Stewart; Kieran John McCarthy; Roland Scarlett

Principaux clients

His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King Emeritus of Spain

UK Government

Standard Chartered Bank


Government of Belize

World Economic Forum


Principaux dossiers

  • Appointed to advise the UK Department for International Trade on the drafting and implementation of its continuity free trade agreements with several non-EU countries.
  • Representing IMS in relation to enforcement proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court by the Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in relation to two ICC Arbitration Awards issued in 2001.
  • Advising Belize on its climate policy and legislative agenda, including in connection with carbon credits and agreements (consistent with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement).

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

One of the leading PIL firms in the world‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s London practice consistently acts for sovereign governments, corporations, international organisations, NGOs and high-profile individuals. Recent work ranges from BIT claims, humanitarian law and international human rights law, to international environmental law, Law Of The Sea, state immunity, and acts of state doctrine. Former UK Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith KC is global co-chair of the firm’s PIL group, his track record including appearing before several international courts and tribunals; Samantha Rowe focuses on PIL and international arbitration matters; and co-head of the firm’s Africa practice group, Patrick Taylor, advises on PIL issues, human rights and investment disputes. The second line of practitioners features experienced international counsels Aimee-Jane Lee and Conway Blake, along with senior associate Merryl Lawry-White, who ‘has excellent knowledge and experience in PIL matters‘; and Monika Hlavkova, whose ‘preparation is impeccable‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lord Peter Goldsmith KC

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Taylor; Samantha Rowe; Aimee-Jane Lee; Conway Blake; Merryl Lawry-White; Monika Hlavkova

Les références

‘Debevoise is one of the leading PIL firms in the world, and London is a key part of that status.’

‘The public international law work that Debevoise does is fantastic and it is head and shoulders above other firms.’

‘The team showed enthusiasm, high degrees of professionalism and competence; and the lawyers worked really well as a team, they were respectful to each other and us, and it all ran very smoothly.’

Principaux clients

Republic of Azerbaijan

Shell Petroleum

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria

Qatar Airways

Shell International Trading and Shipping Company

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company

The Russian Federation

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Republic of Azerbaijan in a dispute with the Republic of Armenia before the International Court of Justice, arising under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • Defending the Republic of Azerbaijan against the Republic of Armenia before the International Court of Justice, arising under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
  • Representing Shell against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in an ICSID case brought under the Netherlands-Nigeria bilateral investment treaty.

Fietta LLP

The strongest PIL boutique in London‘, Fietta LLP has ‘vast experience in PIL matters‘. Dedicated to PIL and international arbitration work, the practice is routinely instructed by sovereign clients in their most sensitive PIL matters globally; and in contentious work, the team represents both investors and respondent states in investment arbitration. With ‘remarkable knowledge of PIL‘, founding partner Stephen Fietta KC regularly acts for sovereign states in high-profile territorial disputes; and Jiries Saadeh, ‘an absolute star of his generation‘, represents state and investor clients in international investment treaty cases. At counsel level, Australian lawyer Ashique Rahman is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group, a network of PIL practitioners; and Laura Rees-Evans and Oonagh Sands also both assist with complex PIL issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Fietta KC; Jiries Saadeh

Autres avocats clés:

Ashique Rahman; Laura Rees-Evans; Oonagh Sands

Les références

‘What makes this practice unique is its distinguished knowledge and vast experience in PIL matters and various aspects of investment disputes, from the initial stages of a dispute until its final conclusion, whether by amicable settlement or final arbitral award.’

‘Fietta is the strongest PIL boutique in London, with quality from top to bottom and no dead weight at all.’

‘A small, highly specialised and effective PIL practice with carefully selected practitioners.’

Principaux clients

PL Holdings

Big Sky Energy Corporation

Littop Enterprises

Bridgemont Ventures

Bordo Management

Schooner Capital

Tidhar Excavation and Earth Moving

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising an Asian state on various public international law questions relating to sovereignty, maritime delimitation, offshore petroleum development, navigation and international environmental law.
  • Representing PL Holdings in an arbitration (pursuant to the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union-Poland bilateral investment treaty) against the Republic of Poland.
  • Representing an individual real estate project-related investor in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a Gulf State under the Agreement on Promotion, Protection and Guarantee of Investments among the Member States of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference.

Volterra Fietta

Without doubt the leading firm in public international law‘, Volterra Fietta‘s large PIL practice acts for private entities, states and international organisations across the full range of PIL work, including International Court of Justice (ICJ) cases, maritime boundary claims, and investment treaty and International Centre for Settlement of Investment disputes (ICSID) arbitrations. The firm also fields specialists in state immunity cases, the laws of war and international humanitarian law, along with international human rights, state responsibility, and WTO and international trade law. The ‘best public international lawyer around‘, Robert Volterra assists with a wide range of PIL issues; Graham Coop is particularly focused on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors; and the experience of recently elevated partner Peter Flint includes acting for governments and commercial parties in international disputes. Recently promoted counsel Gunjan Sharma, and associates Angela Ha and Jehad Mustafa, all have extensive PIL experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Volterra; Graham Coop; Peter Flint

Autres avocats clés:

Gunjan Sharma; Angela Ha; Jehad Mustafa

Les références

‘Volterra Fietta is without doubt the leading firm in public international law.’

‘Its grasp of the complex legal and wider geopolitical issues that arise from cases sets them apart from other firms; and all dealings with them are very easygoing.’

‘VF has to be the best PIL firm in London. Its team members are highly qualified and most speak two or three languages.’

Principaux clients

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Republic of Kenya

United States of America



Republic of Croatia

Koch Industries

Koch Minerals

Koch Nitrogen International

Arab Republic of Egypt



Republic of Ghana

The Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in international legal proceedings against the military leaders responsible for armed aggression against the people of Myanmar and their legitimate democratic representatives.
  • Representing the Republic of Kenya in a high-profile maritime delimitation dispute before the ICJ.
  • Advising a state on how to navigate a series of sensitive and confidential matters involving prominent international organisations, including the World Bank and specialised UN agencies.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter’s London international arbitration, global law and public policy groups are best known for their experience in representing states and corporate clients in investor-state arbitrations throughout the world. The principal figures are Patricio Grané Labat, whose track record includes high-profile and politically sensitive investment treaty cases; international arbitration specialist David ReedDmitri Evseev, whose broad practice includes advising states and organisations on PIL matters, including international humanitarian law and the relationship between investment protection treaties and EU law; and Monty Taylor, ‘one of the best three PIL solicitors of his generation‘. Notable growth for the group includes the recruitment of international investment law and PIL expert Álvaro Nistal (‘no doubt an excellent addition to the team‘) as counsel from Volterra Fietta in June 2021; and at senior associate level, Bart WasiakTim Smyth and Alice Osman all act on PIL disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dmitri Evseev; Patricio Grané Labat; David Reed; Monty Taylor

Autres avocats clés:

Álvaro Nistal; Bart Wasiak; Tim Smyth; Alice Osman

Les références

‘A&P is one of the strongest practices in London (and the world) in investment arbitration – the most active part of PIL today.’

‘The teams I work with really stand out by going the extra mile to understand the best interests of the client and adjust the work to its needs – you really see this reflected in the outcomes.’

‘The collaboration with Arnold and Porter’s lawyers never disappoints – they can always be relied upon.’

Principaux clients

Republic of Peru

Kingdom of Thailand

Czech Republic

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Colombia

Republic of Chile

Republic of the Philippines

Republic of Korea

Dominican Republic

Republic of Panama

EU Commission

Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim

Republic of Turkey

Kingdom of Sweden

Republic of Bulgaria

Republic of Hungary

Kyrgyz Republic


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for ILGA-Europe in a number of proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, concerning the protections of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Successfully defended Chile against a $354m claim filed under the Chile-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, in relation to the bus public transportation system serving Chile’s capital, Santiago.
  • Advising Peru in over 12 active investor-state arbitrations.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s broad PIL practice ranges from investment treaty and international trade disputes and advisory work, to Law of the Sea advice for coastal states, issues of state responsibility in highly contentious regional areas, and international asset recovery work. The London office also has notable investor-state arbitration strength. The practice is led by James Maton, whose PIL expertise spans investor-state arbitrations and treaty disputes; Laurence Harris‘ practice covers complex commercial, public law, and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes; and the ‘responsive, thorough and engaged‘ consultant John Brown is a Law of the Sea specialist. The second line of practitioners comprises Henry Stewart, whose PIL litigation expertise includes asset recovery and anti-corruption matters; and associate Juan Nascimbene, who focuses on international treaty arbitration, PIL work and international economic law. Former independent consultant Tim Daniel formally retired from the firm during 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Maton

Autres avocats clés:

Laurence Harris; Henry Stewart; John Brown; Juan Nascimbene

Les références

‘Consultant John Brown is responsive, thorough and engaged, and with a good eye for pragmatism and strategy.’

Principaux clients

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Qatar

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Odyssey Marine Exploration in an arbitration brought under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement against Mexico.
  • Acting for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in over 70 different civil claims to recover land and money from parties involved in corrupt practices.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s ‘diverse team of serious thinkers‘ is best known for handling high-profile, high-value and politically sensitive disputes. Recent work includes PIL work for states (including state-to-state disputes), and investment treaty arbitrations involving complex PIL issues; and the firm’s international law advisory practice advises states and other stakeholders on issues of state responsibility, treaty drafting, environmental law, use of armed force, territorial and maritime boundary disputes, sanctions and embargoes. ‘Exceptional practice headWill Thomas KC is a highly-experienced PIL and investment arbitration practitioner; London arbitration head Sylvia Noury KC is a recently appointed silk, who specialises in PIL issues and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on Africa, India and Latin America-related matters; and associate Joshua Kelly acts in disputes involving Russia, the CIS, Africa and offshore territories. WTO and free trade agreement expert Lorand Bartels MBE joined as counsel in April 2021 from Linklaters LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Thomas KC

Autres avocats clés:

Sylvia Noury KC; Lorand Bartels; Joshua Kelly

Les références

A diverse team of serious thinkers and committed professionals, who can turn their hand to any kind of international law issue and dovetail well into any team.

The team is international and diverse, and works with enthusiasm on a very high judicial level.

The team is always available for client queries. Answers to complex questions are provided immediately or at least in a timely manner. The latest technology is used and facilitates the gladly (also digital) excellent cooperation.

Principaux clients

Convention for Animal Protection

Independent International Legal Advocates

Akfel Commodities


Deutsche Telekom

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

With ‘real strength in depth in PIL and its intersection with arbitration‘, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s recent track record includes urgent advice to clients on the PIL-related impact of the Russian military action in Ukraine, including international sanctions, the laws of war, international humanitarian law, investment protections, state immunity and international human rights. The team’s coverage also includes advice on international law issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and environment-related international law and regulation, and the UK’s exit from the EU. ‘Exceptional talent‘ and global PIL co-head Andrew Cannon is a specialist in advising states, state-owned entities and major companies on PIL matters; and at senior associate level, Hannah Ambrose, Aaron McDonaldLouise Barber and Marco de Sousa all act in investment arbitrations. Former partner Nick Peacock left the firm for Bird & Bird LLP in April 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Cannon

Autres avocats clés:

Hannah Ambrose; Aaron McDonald; Louise Barber; Marco de Sousa

Les références

‘A well-integrated law firm, with particularly strong links to Asia.’

‘Very experienced in issues affecting commercial clients and a strong bench of partners.’

‘Excellent lawyers with great strategic acumen, as well as practical experience and legal knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Nord Stream 2 AG

Standard Chartered Bank


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Nord Stream 2 AG in arbitration proceedings against the European Union under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Defended the Bank of England (BOE) against proceedings, which were issued to release gold deposits held by the BOE (in order to fund Covid-19 pandemic efforts in Venezuela).
  • Acting for a telecoms conglomerate in an ICSID claim against an Asian state.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins‘ ‘very knowledgeable and experienced group of individuals‘ advises on a range of PIL issues, including international boundary law and Law of the Sea disputes, investment treaty and international trade law, sanctions, and business and human rights. The firm also has an enviable investment arbitration practice. ‘Certainly in the top tier of law firm-based PIL experts‘, Charles Claypoole assists with investment treaty arbitration, international trade law, and state immunity matters; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, who divides his time between London and Hamburg, has a strong track record in international investment arbitrations. Also key to the group, Sophie Lamb KC consistently acts for corporate, financial, and sovereign entities in heavyweight international disputes; Robert Price (elevated to the partnership in January 2022) is an investment treaty arbitration expert; and associate Thomas Lane‘s practice covers international arbitration, international trade sanctions and export controls.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Claypoole

Autres avocats clés:

Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert; Sophie Lamb KC; Robert Price; Thomas Lane

Les références

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced group of individuals, great team work and client management, and focused on results.’

‘Charles Claypoole is certainly in the top tier of law firm-based PIL experts. He and Sebastian Seelman-Eggbert make an excellent team.’

Principaux clients




Mason Capital

The Republic of Colombia

The Republic of Croatia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Strabag in securing a €100m arbitral award in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Libya brought under the Libya-Austria bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Ipek Investments in an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Turkey bilateral investment treaty, in relation to the seizure of 18 companies of the Koza Group.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s London ‘team has made tremendous strides in the PIL space‘. The group has substantial experience in investment treaty arbitration and disputes (both for and against sovereign parties), its experience including investor-state claims under investment treaties, investment laws and investment contracts. The practice’s expertise also comprises large-value arbitrations involving the energy, oil and gas, mining, construction and infrastructure sectors. The names to note are: investment treaty arbitration expert Stephen Jagusch KC, the firm’s global international arbitration chair; Anthony Sinclair, ‘the real star of the practice‘; and Epaminontas Triantafilou, whose broad experience includes acting for both private corporations and sovereign governments. The second line of international arbitration specialists features Dominic Roughton, Mark McNeill, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and Alex Gerbi; and at senior associate level, Odysseas Repousis has particular expertise in investor-state disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anthony Sinclair; Stephen Jagusch KC; Epaminontas Triantafilou

Autres avocats clés:

Dominic Roughton; Mark McNeill; Julianne Hughes-Jennett; Alex Gerbi; Odysseas Repousis; Ted Greeno

Les références

‘Good solid team with wide experience.’

‘As a relative new entrant in the London market, I believe the team has made tremendous strides in the PIL space.’

‘The lawyers are very energetic and aggressive (in a good sense).’

Principaux clients

JSC CB PrivatBank


DP World

Schindler Holding

United Group

PJSC Oschadbank

Alverley Investments

Germen Properties

Three Crowns LLP

Three Crowns LLP‘s current investor-state caseload includes some of the highest-profile, most politically sensitive disputes in the world. ‘Probably one of the best arbitration practitioners of his generation‘, Constantine Partasides KC‘s track record includes obtaining large-value awards, with recent cases involving the Governments of Venezuela, Nigeria, South Korea and Vietnam; and Gaëtan Verhoosel routinely leads on high-value treaty arbitrations. Also integral to the practice are Middle Eastern disputes specialist Reza Mohtashami KCCarmen Martinez Lopez, who works on substantial Latin American investor-state cases; and India expert Manish Aggarwal, whose practice also increasingly involves Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia matters. Former counsel Leilah Bruton was made partner in January 2022, while Hamid Abdulkareem joined as counsel and Africa practice head in September 2021 from Nigerian firm Aluko & Oyebode, where he was partner. Key senior associate Farouk El-Hosseny acts in investor-state disputes in the telecoms and oil and gas sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Constantine Partasides KC; Gaëtan Verhoosel

Autres avocats clés:

Reza Mohtashami KC; Carmen Martinez Lopez; Manish Aggarwal; Leilah Bruton; Hamid Abdulkareem; Farouk El-Hosseny; Ridhi Kabra

Les références

‘Excellent industry knowledge.’

‘The Three Crowns team is different because all the team has great levels of knowledge and collaboration – an excellent team.’

‘In the arbitration world it is difficult to find people who know material law. Three Crowns knows both material law in addition to procedural matters.’

Principaux clients



Elliot Associates



Kingdom of Bahrain




Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia

Republic of Chile




Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Republic of Chile in a $200m-plus ICSID claim filed under the Chile-Colombia FTA, and concerning the largest electricity transmission project in Chile’s history.
  • Counsel to Eni in a high-stakes ICSID arbitration against the Federal Government of Nigeria, concerning an oil prospecting licence that has been the subject of criminal proceedings and significant publicity.
  • Acting for Sacyr in a $1bn-plus dispute involving claims brought under the Spain-Panama BIT by a contractor for the Panama Canal Third Set of Locks Project.

Withers LLP

Experienced and knowledgeable across a wide range of PIL areas‘, Withers LLP‘s London PIL team has a highly active investor-state practice, representing both sovereign states, as well as foreign investors. The group also maintains a robust practice in international human rights litigation, state immunities, enforcement issues and sanctions. The team is jointly led by Hussein Haeri, ‘one of the top PIL experts working from a law firm‘; and consultant global counsel Sir Geoffrey Cox KC, the former Attorney General of England and Wales. The second line of key practitioners includes consultant Aniruddha Rajput, an expert in general international law, investor-state arbitration, boundary disputes, the Law Of The Sea and international trade law; special counsel Robert Kovacs, a specialist in PIL, international arbitration, and business and human rights; and senior associate Camilla Gambarini, who assists with PIL matters and investor-state arbitrations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hussein Haeri; Sir Geoffrey Cox KC

Autres avocats clés:

Aniruddha Rajput; Robert Kovacs; Camilla Gambarini; Ruzin Dagli

Les références

‘Experienced and knowledgeable across a wide range of PIL areas, especially investment-state arbitration, but increasingly on inter-state disputes too.’

‘Hussein Haeri is one of the top PIL experts working from a law firm.’

‘Excellent experience across a wide range of disputes.’

Principaux clients

The Government of the British Virgin Islands

The Government of Ukraine

Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co

Frazer Solar


Scholz Holding

Center for Reproductive Rights

Clooney Foundation for Justice

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Government of the Virgin Islands, in relation to a Commission of Inquiry constituted in 2021 by the former Governor of BVI to establish whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty, in relation to officials, may have taken place in recent years.
  • Representing the Government of Ukraine in an UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by Olympic Entertainment Group AS (Estonia), arising out of alleged breaches of substantive treaty protections under the Estonia-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.
  • Representing Zhongshan Fucheng Industrial Investment Co against the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a claim for expropriation, and breaches of fair and equitable treatment and other standards.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

Baker Botts (UK) LLP‘s London team routinely handles large-value PIL disputes. It also advises on economic sanctions and export controls; energy and oil and gas sector matters; and cases involving Russia, Latin America and the Middle East. PIL chair Alejandro Escobar acts in investment protection treaty-related cases; Johannes Koepp has an active PIL and investor-state arbitration practice; Chris Caulfield is an economic sanctions and export controls specialist; Dorine Farah acts in investment treaty arbitrations; and senior associate Ernesto Féliz De Jesús is a Latin American disputes expert. Former partner Jay Alexander left to become an independent arbitrator in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alejandro Escobar

Autres avocats clés:

Johannes Koepp; Chris Caulfield; Dorine Farah; Ernesto Féliz De Jesús

Les références

‘The team has shown illustrious knowledge and ability in all matters related to public international law.’

‘Commanded all cases with noteworthy organisation and communication skills, and the firm has a particularly strong focus on energy disputes.’

‘Baker Botts impresses by the breadth and depth of its talent on issues of public international law, with particular strength in investor-state treaty arbitration, as well as classic inter-state public international law matters.’

Principaux clients



IFC/World Bank

Mobile TeleSystems


Republic of Ecuador

Republic of Iraq




Carter-Ruck‘s international law team is widely praised for its expertise in advising clients who are the subject of targeted sanctions and restrictive measures at domestic, EU or international levels. International law head Guy Martin is ‘an outstanding international lawyer‘; senior partner Cameron Doley acts in cases before the United Nations, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights; and Alasdair Pepper‘s client base includes companies, state heads and political figures. At senior associate level, Charles Enderby Smith advises on international sanctions, while François Holmey and Lawrence Northmore-Ball both act in large PIL cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Guy Martin

Autres avocats clés:

Cameron Doley; Alasdair Pepper; Charles Enderby Smith; François Holmey; Lawrence Northmore-Ball; Helena Shipman; Jennifer Harvey

Les références

‘Strong on all aspects of international commercial work, and that expertise also extends to public international work.’

‘Carter-Ruck is a leading firm in various areas, and the team includes a number of star individuals in the field of public international law.’

‘Guy Martin is an outstanding international lawyer. In cases involving sanctions in particular, he has played a pioneering role in the advance of fair procedures in this area.’

Principaux clients

Al Jazeera Media Network

The State of Qatar

Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Qatar Embassy

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s PIL track record includes its representation of a Western Asian state, in relation to the oil and gas, transportation, international investment, telecoms and aviation sectors. The practice also advises on climate change and its interaction with fundamental human rights, along with trade and economic sanctions. Ben Knowles is global arbitration group chair; Maurice Kenton acts in investment arbitrations; Lee Bacon assists with LATAM-related disputes; and John Whittaker advises on investment claims, and sovereign immunity and sanction issues. Consultant Clare Hatcher is noted for international sanctions, while former partner Alejandro Garcia is now at Stewarts Law LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Knowles

Autres avocats clés:

Maurice Kenton; John Whittaker; Loukas Mistelis; Clare Hatcher; Lee Bacon; Milena Szuniewicz-Wenzel

Les références

‘The team is first class. The lawyers have complete mastery of the detail of their cases, manage their clients incredibly well, and are excellent at presenting their cases to arbitrators (both orally and in writing).’

‘Deep experience in resource sector-related legal advice.’

‘Ben Knowles is a a consummate tactician, and excellent at reading and presenting to tribunals.’

Principaux clients

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Shanara Maritime International


The Government of the Republic of Yemen

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Sri Lanka Government at ICSID in a case filed by investor Raymond Eyre, the claim brought under the UK-Sri Lanka bilateral investment treaty.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s broad London PIL practice specialises not only in investor-state disputes, but also in advising states and companies on PIL issues. The group additionally assists with maritime boundary disputes, immunity issues and Treaty negotiations. The Brexit team is led by Paul HardyKate Cervantes-Knox is an investor state arbitration expert; and John Forrest specialises in export controls, sanctions and international trade law. Also highly regarded are senior consultant Scott Horton, who is experienced in advising governments; London and Madrid-based of counsel Ben Sanderson, who ‘sees the big picture‘; and experienced legal director Elinor Thomas.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Hardy

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Cervantes-Knox; John Forrest; Scott Horton; Ben Sanderson; Elinor Thomas

Les références

The team of practitioners is diverse and dynamic. With this diversity, they build confidence while dealing with legal, commercial and cultural issues. They also collaborate well with hundreds of their lawyers across the world.’

‘DLA has many strengths, but we would note that the firm has been particularly professional and transparent about billing.’

‘Given the international reach of our work, we have greatly benefited from its global network of partner firms; the firm has the capacity to put boots on the ground in many countries, and we have benefited from strong local legal advice in various locations.

Principaux clients

Republic of Kenya

Republic of Guinea

Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

United Kingdom – Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Department for International Trade

Government of Ghana






Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Nasib Hasanov, an Azerbaijani individual who owns the Neqsol group of companies, in an ICSID claim against Georgia over alleged state interference in a local telecoms company.
  • Acted for INTERPOL in a high- profile PIL arbitration victory.
  • Representing Lithuania in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration concerning the renationalisation of Snoras Bank.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With ‘very extensive experience in advising states‘, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s London PIL team has longstanding expertise in PIL work, and state-to-state and investor-state arbitrations. Global co-chair of international arbitration Jonathan Leach focuses on international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration and PIL matters; barrister Claire Stockford acts in investor-state arbitration claims; and Mark Howarth is experienced in state-state arbitrations. At principal associate level, Cameron Forsaithhas great breadth of knowledge‘, while Ahmed Abdel-Hakam is ‘a future star‘. Greg Falkof left the practice for Mishcon de Reya LLP in November 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Leach

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Stockford; Mark Howarth; Cameron Forsaith; Ahmed Abdel-Hakam; Kate Lomas; Margrit Trein

Les références

‘The lawyers have very extensive experience in advising states, not just on investment treaty arbitration but also other public international law disputes.’

‘Fantastic team, full of people who really know the law and provide effective representation.’

Able to organise many lawyers in different jurisdictions meticulously.’

Principaux clients

State of Libya

Islamic Republic of Iran

Government of Malaysia

National Iranian Oil Company

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s London office acts on a large number of investment treaty claims. The practice is co-led by the ‘excellentPenny Madden KC, an expert in shareholder, telecoms and energy disputes, who also co-chairs the firm’s international arbitration group; and dual US/UK-qualified Cyrus Benson, who routinely acts before commercial and investment treaty tribunals. Also integral to the team is Jeffrey Sullivan KC, a specialist in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as the full range of PIL work. Sarah Wazen has now left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Penny Madden KC; Cyrus Benson

Autres avocats clés:

Jeffrey Sullivan KC; Ceyda Knoebel

Les références

‘Penny Madden is excellent to work with as co-counsel. She is responsive and respectful, and a pleasure to engage with.’

Principaux clients

Yukos Capital

Corral Morocco Holdings

Bechtel Corporation

Agility Public Warehousing


Infrastructure Services Luxembourg

Energia Termosolar

Hydro Energy 1

Hydroxana Sweden AB


Uniper SE

RREEF Infrastructure

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s London team routinely advises investors, states and state-owned entities on bilateral investment treaties, with particular experience in assisting clients emanating from the CIS and Eastern Europe. PIL and EU law specialist Markus Burgstaller regularly acts as an advocate in proceedings before international tribunals, the EU courts, the European Court of Human Rights, and national courts; and regularly working alongside Burgstaller, senior associate Scott Macpherson is experienced in PIL issues affecting the TMT and energy sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Markus Burgstaller

Autres avocats clés:

Scott Macpherson

Principaux clients

Government of the Slovak Republic

Government of the Republic of India

Government of Ukraine

Mainstream Renewable Power

Cascade Investments NV

Penwell Business

Cunico Resources

The Redress Trust

NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services)

Clara Petroleum

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Government of the Slovak Republic on the consequences of several significant decisions, which changed the course of the future of investment treaties within the EU.
  • Defending the Government of the Republic of India in a significant investment claim brought by a Mauritian entity that is linked to a British private equity firm.
  • Representing the Government of Ukraine in a very significant investment arbitration brought by Swedish energy company Misen Energy under the Sweden-Ukraine bilateral investment treaty.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s ‘excellent‘ London office houses specialists in sanctions, Brexit issues, sovereign immunity, human rights, climate change and extradition, along with Interpol matters, maritime boundaries, state responsibility and treaty interpretation. The firm also has a widely respected investor-state arbitration practice. The ‘vastly experienced‘ PIL and arbitration specialist Michelle Bradfield was recruited in early 2021 from Dechert LLP; Sylvia Tonova routinely handles disputes across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America; and promoted to partner in January 2022, investor-state arbitration specialist Philip Devenishhas in-depth knowledge of public international law‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michelle Bradfield

Autres avocats clés:

Sylvia Tonova; Philip Devenish

Les références

‘The team is excellent. The lawyers are particularly good at drawing on international resources, as well as being highly experienced and committed individuals.’

‘Bringing great international experience to local markets.’

‘The team includes members with versatile backgrounds, each having their own particular strengths and areas of expertise in public international law. This helps ensure that the most up-to-date knowledge is always utilised for a case.’

Principaux clients

World Wide Minerals

Omega Engineering

Windoor AS

Gold Pool JV

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending a major GCC state in a $2bn-plus investment treaty arbitration, arising out of the Qatar diplomatic crisis of 2017-2021.
  • Acting for a major telecoms company in a $1.2bn dispute involving eight parallel arbitrations, arising out of a telecoms investment in a Middle Eastern state.
  • Acted for Gold Pool JV in successfully challenging an adverse jurisdictional ruling before the English courts, which held that Kazakhstan was a legal successor to the Canada-USSR Agreement for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments of 1989.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP‘s PIL practice has a strong reputation for state-to-state disputes, international trade law, international human rights law and business and human rights advice. Additional key areas are investor-state disputes, state sovereignty, state immunity and intergovernmental organisations’ immunities. Global international arbitration chair Matthew Weiniger KC specialises in international arbitration and public international law, including international trade law; Charlotte Morgan is global co-head of trade law; Vanessa Havard-Williams co-leads the business and human rights group alongside Rachel Barrett; and Ben Carroll is energy disputes leader. Key managing associate Rebecca James assists with both international arbitration and international law matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Weiniger KC; Charlotte Morgan

Autres avocats clés:

Vanessa Havard-Williams; Ben Carroll; Teresa Laboucarié-Polak; Rebecca James; William Chan; Alex Fawke; James Marlow

Principaux clients

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

HSBC Alternative Investments

Legal Response Initiative

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (as co-counsel) in proceedings concerning the (reportedly) second-largest award in ICSID’s history.
  • Representing HSBC in a potential investment treaty claim against the Republic of El Salvador under the UK-El Salvador bilateral investment treaty.
  • Worked on a pro bono basis with NGO, Legal Response Initiative, to provide written responses to queries on international environmental and climate change law from parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and civil society observer organisations.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLPhas long experience in PIL matters, especially investment arbitration‘; and the practice fields sector specialists in energy, natural resources, construction, telecoms and banking. The group is jointly led by Belinda Paisley, whose experience includes a wide range of high-value arbitrations; and investment treaty arbitration and PIL expert Chloe Carswell. The second line of key advisers features Patrick Beale, who ‘can unravel very complex technical issues‘; and Ben Summerfield, who acts in investment treaty arbitrations. Recent growth includes Suzie Savage‘s elevation to partner and the promotion of ‘exceptional lawyerLucy Winnington-Ingram to senior associate.

Responsables de la pratique:

Belinda Paisley; Chloe Carswell

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Beale; Ben Summerfield; Suzie Savage; Lucy Winnington-Ingram; Lucian Ilie; Dina Nazargalina

Les références

‘Reed Smith has long experience in PIL matters, especially investment arbitration.’

‘A team is that is highly competitive and always open to discussion.’

‘Great for the professional approach of the team and the high quality of the services provided.’

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s London team routinely represents states and investors in PIL-governed arbitrations; and its expertise covers state-state disputes, state immunity laws in the UK and abroad, and anti-corruption laws and economic sanctions. Investment treaty arbitration chair Matthew Coleman is a go-to counsel for claims against African States; and Christophe Bondy has longstanding investment treaty arbitration experience. Promoted to partner in January 2022, Thomas Innes consistently acts in investor-state arbitrations; while masterful lawyer Juliya Arbisman is a 2021 recruit from Diamond McCarthy LLP for the London and New York offices. Associate Alexandre Genest also focuses on PIL work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Coleman

Autres avocats clés:

Christophe Bondy; Thomas Innes; Juliya Arbisman; Alexandre Genest

Les références

‘Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has a strong following in the market and benefits from great global coverage.’

‘The lawyers always do their utmost to secure a win for their clients. Overall they provide a very good service to clients, which is second to none.’

‘One of the key features of the firm is its ease and consummate ability in handling extremely difficult cases in challenging jurisdictions. You couldn’t want a better team – and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to clients when the opportunity arises.’

Principaux clients

The European Union


The Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family

Republic of Armenia

West African Aquaculture

Koch Supply & Trading

Koch Industries



Principaux dossiers

  • Serving as external counsel to the European Union in the Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a large-value pipeline.
  • Served as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in relation to an investment dispute with Tanzania, arising from breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Serves as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.


WilmerHale‘s London PIL practice is particularly well known for its representation in matters involving territorial boundaries and sovereignty over territory, including significant state-to-state matters, intra-state disputes, and high-value investor-state claims. The group also fields experts in the PIL issues that arise within the national courts, which involve transnational litigation and enforcement issues. The firm’s international arbitration practice is chaired by Gary Born, who has heavyweight experience as lead counsel in PIL disputes, including several investor-state arbitrations; and co-chair of the London office Steven Finizio is also highly active in PIL and investment treaty work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Born; Steven Finizio

Principaux clients

Asian Development Bank

Media Defence


With ‘a great track record in PIL matters‘, CMS has extensive experience in international disputes and advisory work. PIL team head Karen Denny is ‘an outstanding lawyer‘, and Edinburgh-based Pieter Bekker leads the firm’s investment arbitration task force. Sarah Vasani joined as international arbitration co-head from Addleshaw Goddard in September 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Karen Denny; Pieter Bekker

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Vasani; Zainab Hodgson; Csaba Kovacs

Les références

‘Deep knowledge of international law and hardworking.’

‘The CMS team is very knowledgeable and delivers exceptional professional services.’

‘An eye for fine detail, thoroughness and top-notch team work.’

Principaux clients

Erste Group Bank

Steiermaerkische Bank und Sparkassen

Erste & Steiermaerkische Bank

Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines


Federal Republic of Nigeria

Patel Engineering

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisting the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in a dispute with the European Commission (triggered by a black-listing for alleged Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities by SVG-flagged vessels).
  • Advising Fugro, a geo-data specialist, on PIL matters, particularly Law of the Sea aspects.
  • Acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a London High Court action under section 67 of the UK Arbitration Act.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Buderi

Autres avocats clés:

Luciana Ricart; Justin Jacinto; Belén María Ibañez

Principaux clients

State of Kuwait

Argentine Republic

Republic of Kazakhstan

Republic of Cyprus

State of Libya

Dominican Republic

Principaux dossiers

  • 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.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s department specialises in inter-state disputes involving territorial disputes, privileges, immunities, and international human rights. The team is also experienced in international and transnational criminal law, investment law, and the Law of the Sea. Group head Ben Emmerson KC is a PIL and international corporate risk management specialist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ben Emmerson KC

Autres avocats clés:

Thomas Sprange KC; John Savage KC; Sajid Ahmed; Giorgio Mandelli; Egishe Dzhazoyan; Ruth Byrne KC; Peter Hood

Les références

The team combines deep insight with genuine concern for the client. It fosters a truly collaborative environment in which all parties, including the client, fact witnesses and expert witnesses, feel empowered to do their very best work.

What stands out is the combination of legal expertise and a personal touch designed to elicit excellent work from clients, colleagues, and collaborators alike.

Expert in this field, and the team’s combined knowledge and skills are hard to beat or better.

Principaux clients


State of Georgia

Government of Turkey

Government of Mongolia

Rockhopper Exploration

Rockhopper Mediterranean

Rockhopper Italia

Shell Philippines Exploration

Rockhopper Group

Obrascón Huarte Lain

Société des Parcs d’Alger

Emirates International Investment Company

Chevron Overseas Finance

Gerald International

The Stati family

Ascom Group

Terra Raf Trans Trading


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Government of Ukraine in a landmark, inter-state application to the European Court of Human Rights, which concerned the annexation of Crimea.
  • Secured a complete victory for Turkey in an arbitration involving Cascade’s purported investments in the Turkish media sector.
  • Acting for the victims of terrorist attacks, in civil claims against two multinational Qatari banks, members of the Government of Qatar and two prominent Qatari businessmen.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ track record includes successful state-side defences against investor claims in the real estate, energy, banking, telecoms, mining and natural resources sectors. Andrei Yakovlev acts in disputes involving M&A, foreign investment, and sovereign and corporate finance; and Wilson Antoonhas a lot of experience in working for states‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrei Yakovlev; Wilson Antoon

Autres avocats clés:

Viktoriya Krasyuk

Les références

‘Great diversity and locations.’

‘Flexible and easy going, but with the wherewithal to get the job done.’

‘Willing to go the extra mile.’

Principaux clients

People’s Republic of China

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the People’s Republic of China in an ICSID arbitration commenced by a Japanese investor, Macro Trading Co, in respect of the alleged expropriation of a real estate development.
  • Assisted a construction company with bringing an ICSID claim against a Middle Eastern state, in relation to a delayed infrastructure project.
  • Acted for a Russian investor in an investment treaty claim against an Eastern European state, which related to the public prosecutor’s arrest, and seizure of the investor’s account and denial of justice by the courts.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP‘s PIL practice covers sanctions, extradition, and INTERPOL, ECHR and arbitration court representations. The principal figures are former CPS extradition head Nick Vamos; criminal law practitioner Michael O’Kane; international sanctions expert Anna Bradshaw; financial crime specialist Neil Swift; and former Extradition Lawyers’ Association chair, Jasvinder Nakwal.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Vamos

Autres avocats clés:

Michael O’Kane; Anna Bradshaw; Neil Swift; Maria Cronin

Principaux clients

Hermitage Capital Management

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Hermitage Capital Management in one of the highest profile INTERPOL cases involving Russia.
  • Won a longstanding legal challenge on behalf of Abdelkader Sabra against his designation under the EU’s sanctions against Syria.
  • Acting for two ultra-high-net-worth businessmen in relation to INTERPOL matters and related issues.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s practice acts for state entities and state-owned companies, and houses experts in financial sanctions. Practice head Kamal Shah also leads the Africa and India groups; Ben Sigler is ‘an insightful lawyer‘; and Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley have ‘great knowledge of PIL issues‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kamal Shah

Autres avocats clés:

Sue Millar; Richard Garcia; Stephen Ashley; Ben Sigler

Les références

‘Exceptional experience in sanctions and tenacious support of clients.’

‘Exceptional resources and very thorough consideration of all implications in complex situations.’

‘Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley – a highly experienced team with great knowledge of PIL issues.’

Principaux clients

Republic of Iraq

Arab Republic of Egypt

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Petroleos de Venezuela

Libyan Investment Authority

High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented the Republic of Iraq in a $652m ICSID claim brought by Agility (a Kuwaiti investor) under the Kuwait-Iraq Bilateral Investment Treaty.
  • Acting for the Arab Republic of Egypt in a large fraud and asset tracing mandate, which arose out of the Egyptian revolution of 2011.
  • Advising international finance institutions, property management and insurance companies, maritime service providers and shipowners (among others) on the impact of UK and EU financial and trade sanctions to their businesses.

White & Case LLP

The track record of White & Case LLP‘s London team includes representing large numbers of sovereign states, state-owned entities, and private and commercial parties in matters involving PIL issues. Global PIL head Andrea Menaker is an investment treaty arbitration specialist, while David Goldberg represents sovereign states in high-value investor-state disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrea Menaker

Autres avocats clés:

David Goldberg; Agnieszka Zarówna

Les références

‘Great experience and expertise.’

‘Andrea Menaker’s vast experience includes her time with the US State Department, as well as her experience in working with states.’

Principaux clients

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The Republic of India

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

The Republic of Peru

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

TECO Guatemala Holdings

Kornikom EOOD

JSC Tashkent Mechanical Plant

JSC National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan

JSCB Asaka

JSCB Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

WorleyParsons International

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in a rare ICSID post-award remedy, seeking to revise the largest damages award ever issued by an ICSID tribunal.
  • Defended India across multiple jurisdictions, which concerned Cairn Energy and Cairn UK Holdings seeking to enforce a $1.4bn arbitral award obtained from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • Representing the claimants, Daniel Kappes and Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, in an ICSID arbitration against Guatemala under the DR-CAFTA, which concerns the suspension of operations at one of the claimant’s mines.