Clifford Chance LLP

International Arbitration Department

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What the team is known for Robust commercial arbitration practice representing blue-chip clients from the financial services sector and the extractive industries. Its strong bench handles a range of institutional arbitrations, including those under the rules of the LCIA, ICC and LMAA, seated across jurisdictions such as Geneva, London, Paris and Dubai. Also has a strong investor-state arbitration practice, advising on ICSID and UNCITRAL disputes. Highly regarded for its counsel and advocacy work. Particularly adept handling breach of contract claims.

Strengths Sources describe this as a "very impressive team with very bright ideas, and very engaged with the arguments."

"It's an extremely impressive team," remarks an interviewee. "You're all in the trenches together."

Interviewees say: "Clifford Chance is brilliant and lives up to its reputation."

Work highlights Successfully defended a consortium of international oil companies in an ICC arbitration. The dispute concerned allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract arising from the sale of an oil mining licence in Africa.

Advised Tantalum International in an ICSID arbitration with the Arab Republic of Egypt brought under the Australia-Egypt BIT.

Notable practitioners

Alex Panayides
handles complex mandates in the arbitration space, with a particular focus on oil and gas disputes. He is well versed in acting under LCIA and LMAA rules, and has sat in arbitrations seated in London and Dubai, among other venues.
"He is a very good advocate and is strong on his feet."

Audley Sheppard QC
is an acknowledged leader in international arbitration, famed for his expert handling of big-ticket commercial disputes as counsel and arbitrator. He is widely recognised for his longstanding LCIA expertise.
"He is a great leader, a fantastic advocate and has great gravitas with the panel." "He is excellent at client management and brings bright ideas for submissions and drafts, which is really refreshing." "He is very pragmatic and well regarded in the market."

Marie Berard
offers substantial expertise in commercial disputes. She has an impressive track record acting for Russian clients across the financial services and telecoms sectors in LCIA arbitrations. Her recent experience includes acting on arbitrations seated in Zürich.
"Marie will make extremely well thought out and logical decisions. She is a leader, a fantastic decision maker and calm under severe pressure."

Robert Lambert
fields longstanding expertise in international arbitration and is recognised for his notable strength in oil and gas disputes. He is experienced in acting under LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL rules.