Hogan Lovells

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Significant Europe-wide arbitration presence with widely respected teams operating out of France, Russia and the UK. Represents corporate clients in ICC and Swiss Rules arbitrations relating to commercial contracts in the Middle East and Latin America. Handles subsequent enforcement actions brought in European courts. London and Paris teams act on both the investor and the state sides of BIT and ECT cases, while key Spanish and German partners also handle ICC and domestic arbitrations. Increasingly active in African jurisdictions and assists clients from the energy, telecoms and security industries with arbitrations arising from projects and contractual disputes.

Strengths"They have a really international set-up and they work really well together," appreciates one source, who goes on to add:"When they needed to consult outside their network, they did so easily." The source further notes: "The main difference with Hogan Lovells is in the way they understand foreign law and foreign practices; they have no problem taking on the international element."

Another interviewee describes the lawyers as "bright people who are able to grasp the essence of the disputed issues and structure the written submissions in a tactical logically consistent and persuasive manner."

Work highlights Advised the Venezuelan government on a USD500 million ICSID arbitration brought against it by Longreef Investment under the Netherlands/Venezuela BIT.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees agree that newly ranked Laurent Gouiffès "has an extremely international practice" and report that "his experience in running large arbitrations and his ability to sort out the essential issues is clearly valuable."He leads the firm's international arbitration group from the Paris office and frequently represents energy and technology companies in investment arbitrations as well as acting on behalf of states.