King & Spalding LLP

Public International Law Department

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What the team is known for Esteemed global disputes team, widely respected for its extensive experience of arbitral proceedings. Especially noted for its handling of investment treaty disputes, particularly in the energy and mining sectors. Typically represents investors, and its advice is sought after by a number of blue-chip private sector clients, who benefit from the breadth of its services and extensive global network. Also well regarded for its advice on international trade, and increasingly active in 'state versus state' matters as well as business and human rights issues.

Strengths Market sources comment on the firm's impressive market share of claimant-side representation in investor-state disputes and note that "they are very present and very good at what they do," while clients enthuse: "They are very efficient and well organised."

Work highlights Represented three Spanish investors in an ICSID arbitration against the Argentine Republic arising from the expropriation of two airlines. The team was successful in obtaining a USD350 million award against Argentina.

Notable practitioners

Doak Bishop enjoys a stellar reputation for his expert handling of high-value arbitral proceedings. He holds a strong track record acting for investors in BIT disputes and is particularly admired for his experience of Latin American disputes arising in the oil and gas and construction sectors. He is based in Houston.