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Latham & Watkins

Public International Law

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What the team is known for

Flourishing international arbitration practice that earns recognition for its strong teams across the globe. Latham & Watkins draws on the strength of teams in key hubs including Paris, London, New York and Hong Kong. The firm offers:,• Deep industry knowledge, especially in the mining, finance, energy, technology and construction sectors.,• Expert handling of investment treaty claims on behalf of both investors and respondent states. ,• Advice for clients on PIL matters including Law of the Sea, human rights and international trade disputes. ,• Experience undertaking international commercial arbitrations as well as M&A and joint venture disputes.

Strengths

One client states: "I have every confidence in their appreciation of the international legal regime dynamics and their ability to assess industry partners and stakeholders on a global basis."

Notable practitioners

Charles Claypoole is routinely called upon for his expertise handling investor-state arbitrations, on which he centres his practice. Added to this is his ability to take on PIL matters for states including bilateral treaty issues and matters of sovereignty. A source reports that "Charles is excellent: he has a fantastic knowledge of all aspects of investment treaty law and very sound judgement."

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is highly sought after for his arbitration skills across investor-state as well as commercial matters in Latin-America. Sources are quick to confirm that "Fernando is a big name in the investor-state world and he also handles big commercial cases," while also reporting that "he is excellent as both counsel and arbitrator."

Sophie Lamb QC receives praise from sources for her commercial and investor-state arbitration practices. She regularly works for private parties from the energy space as well as sovereign states. Said to be"a really good lawyer who can turn her hand to anything," sources comment that "Sophie is very calm and brings solutions. She gives you the comfort that you are working with a great lawyer."

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Global Market Leaders

Arbitration (International)


Fernando Mantilla-Serrano
Band 2
Sophie Lamb QC
Band 4

Public International Law


Charles Claypoole
Band 3