King & Spalding LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Strong global presence emanating from leading teams in the USA and Asia, with offices in Paris and London acting as hubs for the European arbitration group. Handles high-value, multi-jurisdictional commercial arbitration proceedings, particularly in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, with significant expertise in oil and gas disputes. Also active in high-end investor-state arbitrations and enforcement proceedings, often representing multinational companies. Boasts a vast client portfolio of European investors pursuing ECT claims against Spain and Italy. Further expertise lies in the media, IT and transportation sectors.

Strengths Sources describe the team members as "accurate, smart and excellent in instructing local counsel," further highlighting the lawyers' "knowledge in the area of arbitration and enforcement of arbitral awards."

A client highlights the team's "very good organisation of its arbitration department, with very long experience of procedures and a very good network of partner firms."

Work highlights Represented Ascom Group in a USD100 million ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration against Vitol regarding the construction of an LPG plant in Kazakhstan.

Notable practitioners

Laurent Jaeger advises on a broad range of commercial and investment treaty arbitrations and often undertakes work for energy clients. Sources note his "strategic vision" and that he is "very accurate in his analysis."

The "very hard-working" Tom Sprange QC handles arbitration cases under a wide array of arbitration rules including ICC, LCIA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and ICSID. He often represents energy companies against European governments in cases brought under the ECT.