Dentons

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration Department

France
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What the team is known for

Has notable expertise on the claimant side of international investment arbitrations relating to Russia and other CEE jurisdictions. Handles important set-aside proceedings in London or Swedish courts. Also advises on investor-state and commercial arbitrations relating to activities in Africa, Asia and North America, including highlight ICSID arbitrations on behalf of East Asian governments.

Strengths

Clients note that the lawyers are "creative in finding different arguments and demonstrate great attention to detail," adding: "They really understand our position and are very client-oriented."

The lawyers also earn praise for their ability to "provide skilful advocacy during hearings."

Work highlights

Represented Blusun and its shareholders in ICSID annulment proceedings concerning an award in favour of the Republic of Italy in relation to a solar project.

Notable practitioners

Barton Legum is particularly active in investment treaty arbitration and has proven experience in BIT, NAFTA and ECT claims. He assisted Future Pipe Industries with a BIT claim against the Arab Republic of Egypt concerning alleged discrimination against foreign-owned plastic piping manufacturers. Clients praise his advocacy skills and say that "he keeps calm even when we are really nervous."

Jean-Christophe Honlet is noted for his technical expertise by interviewees. "He goes deeply into questions and doesn't leave any issue unexplored," says another source. He co-heads the firm's international arbitration group and is well versed in commercial arbitration proceedings for clients from the construction, mining and pharmaceutical sectors.