Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished dispute resolution offering with leading capabilities acting for North African governments and state-owned entities. Particularly well thought of for its work in litigation and arbitration concerns across francophone Africa, with an impressive bench of practitioners operating out of offices in London and Paris. Active in a mix of significant commercial cases and investment treaty arbitrations.

Strengths Sources describe the firm as "really impressive," adding that the team is a key player in "US-outbound disputes and also on the government side in Africa."

Work highlights Acted for the Arab Republic of Egypt on a USD3.9 billion ICSID arbitration arising from a bilateral investment treaty with Spain and involving the alleged suspension of gas supplies to an LNG plant operated by Unión Fenosa Gas in Egypt.

Represented the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in an ICSID arbitration against Wise Solutions concerning a waste management concession in the economic capital, Abidjan.

Notable practitioners

Jean-Yves Garaud is held in high esteem, with sources emphasising his skill as a "talented dispute resolution practitioner." Based in Paris, he is "extremely experienced" and an expert across francophone Africa. A number of commentators enthuse that he is "a spectacular lawyer."