Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Respected international arbitration group led from the Paris office. Handles both commercial and investment arbitration involving the renewable energy, oil and gas and mining industries. Advises on shareholder disputes and on the termination of joint venture agreements. Able to assist clients with disputes involving a range of seats, jurisdictional laws and arbitral rules, with particular expertise in matters involving African jurisdictions. Acts for both investors and states on investment arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Offering bolstered by the addition of Michael Bühler to the Paris practice in October 2019.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' "quick response, deep knowledge of the market, high legal standing and availability even at short notice."

Another interviewee adds: "They have really good time management skills and very good organisation."

Work highlights Acted for German investor Voigt & Collegen/SoIEs Badajoz on ICSID proceedings valued at EUR96 million against the Kingdom of Spain under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Notable practitioners

Charles Kaplan
has widespread international arbitration experience, particularly in investment treaty cases involving the energy sector. A client reports: "He has profound experience and skills, especially in strategy and tactics."

Michael Bühler
joined the team in October 2019. He brings extensive experience in a wide range of arbitration mandates including cases under ICC rules. He is active on cases involving European and African jurisdictions, representing major corporations and state-owned entities.

Siegfried Elsing
has extensive expertise serving as arbitrator on investment cases, often with a cross-border aspect. He is active on matters involving sovereign states in Central Asian, European and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.