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Herbert Smith Freehills

International Arbitration

Band 4FranceEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Well-established international arbitration practice covering both commercial and investment arbitrations. Enjoys the support of a global network of offices. Acts predominantly on the claimant side of investor-state disputes against African governments. Experienced in handling a range of commercial arbitration cases, particularly in the oil and gas and construction sectors. Assists with arbitration-related litigations, including the defence of enforcement proceedings.


One client comments: "The team was superb, meeting all expectations, extremely on the ball and tactical."

Sources also highlight the lawyers for the level of their preparation, saying: "They are reactive, pragmatic and proactive. They really supported us from beginning to end on that case."

Work highlights

Advised Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos on a EUR40 million ICSID case under the Algeria–Spain BIT and concerning a housing project in Algeria.

Notable practitioners

Thierry Tomasi and Laurence Franc-Menget are key client contacts for the practice.

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