Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Public International Law Department

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What the team is known for Robust team earning strong praise for its representation of sovereign states in international disputes. Holds a strong track record acting as defence counsel in investor-state arbitrations - notably those arising in the oil and gas, mining, banking and telecoms sectors. Particularly lauded for its expertise in Law of the Sea matters and regularly retained to advise on sovereignty disputes, human rights issues and international trade. PIL and arbitration experts are based throughout the firm's network, but the firm possesses particular resources in New York, Paris, London, Dubai and Milan.

Strengths One client enthused: "They have an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge in international law, and can authoritatively address any question or circumstance which arises. They are also excellent at identifying the consequences of taking a particular course of action and what issues may arise in the future from a decision made today. They never lose sight of the context or overall priorities, no matter what we throw at them."

Other interviewees add: "They take pride in learning everything there is to learn about each case, not only the legal aspects but also the factual, technical and economic aspects."

Work highlights Represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Canadian investor under the 1989 USSR-Canada BIT, raising the issue of Kazakhstan's succession to the USSR's treaty obligations.

Notable practitioners

Charles Buderi is a well-respected PIL specialist with deep knowledge of sovereignty, boundary and human rights issues and notable expertise in Middle Eastern disputes. One impressed interviewee commented: "His advice is always technically precise, practical and timely," adding: "He is an accomplished international lawyer with a superb grasp of regional politics and history." He divides his time between London and Dubai.