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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Arbitration (International)

5 ranked lawyersBand 2Europe-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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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 leading 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 DC, Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices.

Strengths

Commentators say: "They have a very strong and credible team."

The firm wins praise for its breadth of expertise: "They're a great firm. What they have done and what is unique about them is they have added partners with very specific knowledge; if you have any issues they will give you people who will add value and give you the best team on the field."

Notable practitioners

Anthony Sinclair is "very well grounded in core legal issues in investor-state cases," according to sources, who add: "He is a very good case fighter." He garners praise from clients for his approach: "Anthony is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is calm and is a real intellectual lawyer. His style and the way he cross-examines are very good."

Isabelle Michou represents clients in commercial arbitration proceedings under a range of rules, including those of the ICC and LCIA. She is often active in matters involving African jurisdictions.

The "outstanding" Michael Young QC advises energy companies on commercial arbitration proceedings, often involving African jurisdictions. He is noted for his presentation skills and advice, with a client enthusing: "He is a very articulate man," and adding: "He very quickly got the weak point of the defendants and I think he was a game changer in the matter."

The "most brilliant" Philippe Pinsolle is deemed by a source to be "above the crowd in terms of anticipation of doctrine," adding: "He is always one step ahead." He represents clients in both commercial and investor-state proceedings under a range of rules, including LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL proceedings across Europe, with further expertise in matters involving Africa and the Middle East.

Sources note that Stephen Jagusch QC "is a real heavyweight and finds novel and creative solutions." He has impressive expertise acting as counsel on high-value contractual disputes and is reputed for his handling of investment treaty cases. His clients include technology and energy companies, as well as financial institutions.

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Europe-wide

Arbitration (International)


Anthony Sinclair
Band 5
Isabelle Michou
Band 5
Michael Young QC
Band 2
Philippe Pinsolle
Band 1
Stephen Jagusch QC
Band 2