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. Capabilities in this space further boosted by the hire of Laurent Jaeger in Paris. 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.

Strengths Interviewees are impressed by the lawyers' expertise and note that "international affairs are their strong point."

According to another source, the firm's "experience, expertise and track record in this field is outstanding."

Work highlights Represented Unión Fenosa Gas in investment and commercial arbitration proceedings against the Egyptian government and its natural gas company EGAS. The disputes relate to the supply of natural gas to an Egyptian export plant constructed by Unión Fenosa Gas.

Notable practitioners

Paris-based Laurent Jaeger handles commercial arbitrations under ICC and ICSID rules on behalf of companies from the energy and construction sectors. He frequently acts on matters involving African states and companies. Sources note that he "is very clear, straightforward, a hard worker and knows his files very well."

Tom Sprange QC in London stands out for his work on energy sector disputes, including those relating to alleged fraud, joint ventures and construction agreements. He advises international corporations and state-owned entities and is described by sources as being "good and very effective."