King & Spalding LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Premier international disputes practice with a strong footprint in arbitration hubs in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A popular choice of counsel among investor companies involved in investor-state proceedings brought under the terms of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). Also has expertise in arbitral proceedings relating to trade agreements, commercial contracts and shareholder claims. Has standout experience of high-stakes disputes arising in the oil and gas sector and offers additional expertise in construction arbitration.

Strengths A source reports: "They're fantastic, they really are a super team. They were great to work with."

Another interviewee observes: "In the energy field they continue to a lot of fantastic work in investment arbitration and also in the broader PIL space."

Work highlights Successfully represented Chevron and its subsidiary Texaco Petroleum Company, in an international arbitration against the Republic of Ecuador, administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The tribunal held that Ecuador had violated its obligations under the US and Ecuador bilateral investment treaty.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Doak Bishop is highly attuned to the needs of energy and construction clients seeking counsel in complex international arbitration. He is particularly adept at advising on matters relating to Latin America, and skilfully handles both commercial and investor-state disputes.

Edward Kehoe is co-head of the firm's international arbitration practice. He brings considerable expertise to both investment and commercial arbitration, and is particularly adept at advising on disputes arising out of the oil and gas industry. One source describes him as "an excellent strategist and an impressive advocate," adding: "He is exceptional at hearings."

John Savage QC 's vast arbitration expertise encompasses both investor-state and commercial disputes relating to the energy, construction and mining spheres. He is particularly adept at advising on cases relating to the Asia-Pacific region. Savage is based in the firm's London office and also sits as an arbitrator.