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, Germany, Russia, Spain and the UK. Represents corporate clients in ICC arbitrations relating to commercial contracts in the Middle East and Latin America. London and Paris teams act on both the investor and state sides of BIT and ECT cases, while key Spanish partners also handle ICC and ICSID arbitrations. Increasingly active in African jurisdictions and assists clients with arbitrations arising from projects and contractual disputes. Boasts particular expertise in the energy, financial services and TMT sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' expertise, with one saying: "They have a good overview of the process and they have practical knowledge, for instance for the choice of the arbitrator or the long-term strategy to adopt."

Another highlights the team's cohesiveness, praising the firm's "great team spirit and they are nice to work with, making them very effective," adding that the team utilises the "different skills within the team to handle very complex and very technical" matters.

Notable practitioners

Laurent Gouiffès boasts skills in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, representing clients active across the energy, media and mining sectors. Sources praise his commitment to the cases, with one saying: "He is very energetic, motivated, enthusiastic and he does not count his hours."