Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

Africa-wide
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What the team is known for Active advising an impressive portfolio of state-owned entities, governments and multinational mining companies on a variety of contentious issues. Highly regarded practice led from the firm's offices in London, Paris and Washington, DC. Maintains an excellent reputation for its work in the oil and gas, energy, maritime and natural resources sectors, with significant experience acting for clients on ICC and ICSID arbitrations. Recommended for its multidisciplinary approach on high-profile disputes.

Strengths Clients enthuse about the practice: "They're awesome. They're as good as their reputation suggests."

Interviewees report that the team is "extremely strong technically and gets results," adding that "the team are extremely responsive to their clients, are very commercial with their advice and approach, keep any written advice short and 'to the point' and provide helpful commercial solutions which transcend the purely legal."

Work highlights Represented Doraleh Container Terminal and DP World Djibouti in a more than USD1 billion London arbitration against the Republic of Djibouti concerning the government's attempt to force the renegotiation of a concession agreement.

Counsel to Samax Resources and Geita Gold Mine on an approximately USD1 billion international commercial arbitration against the government of Tanzania concerning the impact of new mining regulations.

Notable practitioners

Operating out of London, Anthony Sinclair is well regarded for commercial and treaty arbitrations, with peers commenting that he is "certainly a big name." Clients praise his expertise: "It goes without saying that the calibre of Anthony's CV makes him a leading partner for dispute resolution. I would find it difficult to take our international dispute resolution work anywhere else after my experience with Anthony."

Isabelle Michou is praised by clients for her "proven level of expertise in commercial international arbitrations." Sources highlight her "significant experience in arbitrations in the energy sector," and add that "she represents us intelligently and efficiently, even in difficult circumstances." She is based in the firm's Paris office.

Paris-based Michael Young QC is an established and prominent figure in this field, where he is known as an "excellent lawyer." Clients report that his "knowledge of the law and procedure is second to none," further remarking: "He knows what matters to his clients and doesn't waste time on purely academic points." He is also noted for his strength in the energy sector.

Geneva-based Philippe Pinsolle is respected for his diverse international arbitration practice,with sources going on to highlight his experience in North Africa. He is recommended as a "prestigious lawyer who's a bit of a heavyweight," with other interviewees lauding: "He's brilliant."