Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Disputes-focused firm that increasingly earns recognition for its capacity to handle Europe's most complex international arbitration mandates. Particularly active in arbitrations related to the energy sector. Boasts a superb London investment treaty practice that represents investors in high-value BIT cases against governments. Wider London team assists investment funds, high net worth individuals and energy and mining companies with LCIA and ICC arbitrations relating to their overseas commercial activities. Clients also benefit from an increasingly recognised French team of arbitration experts capable of handling commercial and investment treaty disputes, often involving African and Middle Eastern parties.

Strengths"Their approach is very hands-on," appreciates one source, adding:"They understand the political climate of the countries we are operating in and how to deal with complicated situations." The source further enthuses: "They understand the commercial impact of the case and advise appropriately and keep that in consideration."

Sources are impressed with the lawyers' creative approach to mandates. "What I appreciate is their thinking outside of the legal box; they come out with ideas and strategies that are very interesting and not the obvious answer," reports one interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Abed El Jaouni on an ICSID investment treaty claim against the Lebanese Republic relating to the alleged loss of profits, enterprise value and damages suffered by his company Imperial Holding. The claim was brought under the Germany-Lebanon BIT.

Notable practitioners

London-based Anthony Sinclair wins praise from clients for his experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is particularly active in post-M&A and contractual issues and BIT claims. A source enthuses: "His knowledge of international law and arbitrations is phenomenal; he really has a lot of experience and a tactical point of view on how to approach an arbitration."

Paris partner Isabelle Michou joins the rankings this year following extensive praise. Clients describe her as "brilliant" and "always trying to find pragmatic solutions." She frequently represents major corporations in commercial arbitrations, with a particular focus on the African market.

Sources describe Michael Young QC as "quick, pleasant and sharp." He advises companies on major commercial energy sector arbitrations and is particularly reputed for his knowledge of African jurisdictions. "Young’s knowledge of the law and procedure is second to none," reports one interviewee, adding that "he knows what matters to his clients and doesn’t waste time on purely academic points."

The "fantastic" Philippe Pinsolle  is widely regarded as a leading arbitration practitioner by market commentators, who say: "He's an absolute star and a very good strategist." Clients comment: "He has strong project-management skills and attention to detail." Pinsolle regularly advises on significant European investment treaty and commercial arbitrations involving the oil and gas and construction industries as part of his broader global practice.

Sources say that London-based Stephen Jagusch QC is a "great expert in strategy and cross-examination."He often leads ICC and ICSID cases relating to disputes arising from the energy, construction and telecoms sectors.