Latham & Watkins LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Leads major global arbitrations through key teams in London, across Germany and in France. Represents corporations and states in arbitrations under a range of institutional rules. Key individuals in Paris assist clients with Latin American energy sector disputes. Handles a broad range of commercial and investment arbitrations in the mining, pharmaceutical and financial sectors. Clients benefit from the presence of experienced practitioners in the firm's Hong Kong and New York offices.

Strengths One client highlights the good service provided by the lawyers, saying: "We really enjoy working with them. The turnaround of documents is very quick, they are nice people and we know them very well. I am really happy with the quality and the representation."

Sources note the quality of the lawyers at all levels of the team, with one saying: "All the juniors are on board and they are excellently prepared and on top of the material."

Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Ecuador on a USD500 million UNCITRAL case brought by Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados and its offshore subsidiary relating to the investment agreement for the construction and operation of an oil pipeline in Ecuador.

Notable practitioners

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano rises in the rankings following excellent feedback, with one source enthusing: "He is excellent – he is a very smart lawyer technically and on strategy." Based in Paris, he is particularly active representing Latin American sovereign states and corporations in arbitration cases. He acts on investor-state mandates, often representing clients in proceedings under ICSID rules, and with further experience of ICC and LCIA proceedings.

Sophie Lamb QC is "very smart and impressive," according to sources. She regularly handles investment treaty cases, acting for both sovereign states and investors. She is active on cases involving jurisdictions in Africa, Europe and Asia.