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Clifford Chance LLP

International Arbitration

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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 note: "They are an excellent team. They are incredibly hard-working and client-focused."

"Clifford Chance has a very good practice and is strong in international arbitration," confirms an interviewee.

Another source says: "Clifford Chance has an outstanding arbitration team on all levels."

Work highlights

Acted on behalf of IPIC and Aabar Investments in an LCIA arbitration with the Minister of Finance for Malaysia and 1Malaysia Development Berhad, a sovereign wealth fund. This dispute involves complex quantum issues.

Represented Invenergy Renewable in an investment treat arbitration against Poland, brought under UNCITRAL rules. This matter concerned changes to Poland's renewable energy support systems, which impacted the claimants' ability to recover the costs of their investments into the wind energy sector.

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 genuinely outstanding. He's a very able lawyer and advocate." "He is very focused on the outcome for the client."

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 long-standing LCIA and UNCITRAL expertise.
"He is pre-eminent for London arbitration work." "Audley is excellent at strategic thinking. He sees through the detail and decides the important points, and he handles very complex work." "He is exceptionally experienced."

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.
"She's very impressive and very good with clients." "She's an excellent lawyer. She is very commercial and very smart." "She's very calm under pressure."

Robert Lambert fields long-standing 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.
"He is handling complex cases. He is very effective, very focused on outcomes, and clients really like him." "He is a very fine advocate and a very bright lawyer." "He is incredibly impressive."

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International Arbitration

Clifford Chance LLP

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Location

10 Upper Bank Street

Canary Wharf

London

Greater London

UK

E14 5JJ

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK-wide

International Arbitration


Alex Panayides
Band 5
Audley Sheppard QC
Band 1
Marie Berard
Band 5
Robert Lambert
Band 4

International Arbitration: Arbitrators


Audley Sheppard QC
Band 1