Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Disputes-focused firm that 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 a well-respected French team of arbitration experts capable of handling commercial and investment treaty disputes, often involving African and Middle Eastern parties. Draws on the resources of a globally integrated practice, frequently working in collaboration with the firm's Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices.

Strengths Clients praise the quality of the team, with one saying: "Without exception, all of the lawyers treat the clients as their most important priority. Their advice is always commercial and timely. Every one of the lawyers I have come across at the firm is 'top of their game' and extremely smart."

Another commends the reactivity of the team, saying: "The communication with the firm is very fluid and efficient at the same time. We can reach them at any time for any information and they answer to us instantly."

Work highlights Advised Hydro S.r.l. on a EUR300 million ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Albania regarding investments in the renewable energy and media industries.

Notable practitioners

Clients praise Anthony Sinclair 's reactivity, with one saying: "He is quickly able to navigate the most complex of issues and produce advice on the most practical resolution." He is adept at handling arbitration cases under the ICC and LCIA rules, as well as BIT cases relating to construction and energy.

Isabelle Michou represents clients in BIT cases as well as cases under ICC rules. She also frequently acts on disputes involving African jurisdictions. A client enthuses: "She is really a great and high-level lawyer and also a great strategist. She is also a very nice person to work with."

Clients describe Michael Young QC as "superb" and he garners praise for his leadership skills. Another client highlights his ability to "never skip a beat and never give in to the aggressiveness of the other side." He has strong experience of commercial arbitrations, with particular expertise in matters involving African jurisdictions.

Philippe Pinsolle is a seasoned practitioner with prominent capabilities in a wide range of commercial and investor-state arbitration mandates. He is active in ad hoc, ICC and UNCITRAL proceedings involving jurisdictions in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. A client describes him as a "master of tactics," with another source deeming him to be "a remarkable lawyer."

Stephen Jagusch QC is highly experienced in handling both commercial and BIT arbitrations. His clients range from international corporations to banks and private individuals. Clients report: "He is very capable and brings to the table great experience and arguments."