Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for

Broad European network boasting a well-respected team in Paris which attracts arbitration matters across the continent. Key individuals are widely renowned for experience in investment treaty disputes, having acted on both sides of significant cases against European and Asian states. Also active in cross-border commercial arbitration proceedings, including construction or debt recovery mandates that draw on the firm's local capabilities in Russia and Poland. The London team often acts on LCIA mandates on behalf of African clients from the telecoms and energy sectors.


One source praises the lawyers for their "clarity and experience," adding: "They are completely familiar with how different governments work, which is an advantage to working with them."

According to another interviewee, "Dentons lawyers demonstrate a forensic attention to detail and carry out a comprehensive analysis of all the data and facts."

Work highlights

Assisted Swedish investor Misen Enterprises with a USD500 million SCC case relating to the implementation and possible termination of a joint activity agreement with a Ukrainian state-owned gas company.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees say that Barton Legum is an "excellent advocate" and "a serious player" in the international arbitration market. He regularly represents corporations and investors in investment arbitrations linked to construction contracts and claims brought under BITs and the ECT. Legum heads the firm's global investment treaty group from the Paris office.

The "very technical" Jean-Christophe Honlet handles both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. He heads the international arbitration practice from the firm's Paris office.