Sidley Austin LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Joins the rankings due to its extensive international reach. Highly respected Geneva team comprises a key part of the firm's global arbitration practice, which leverages support from offices in the UK, the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Impresses with its cross-border capacity and experience in arbitrations and enforcement proceedings involving Russia and the CIS region. Acts on behalf of companies in the energy, technology and infrastructure sectors regarding investments and patents. Also represents international governmental and public sector clients.

Strengths"When working with Sidley, you can expect 24/7 responsiveness," appreciates one client, adding:"Their dedication to providing the client with thoughtful legal strategy and an impeccable work product is evident in everything they do."

Other interviewees say that the firm's lawyers are "very thorough and turn over every stone."

Work highlights Represented Brazilian company Silimed in commercial arbitration proceedings brought by North American distributor Sientra. The dispute arose from an alleged breach of supply obligations under the parties' distribution agreement.

Notable practitioners

David Roney advises clients on contract disputes and investment treaty arbitration, with a particular focus on construction contracts. Clients describe Roney as "highly experienced and an excellent strategist." Based in Geneva, he also acts as an arbitrator and chair of the arbitration tribunal.

Clients appreciate Geneva-based Marc Palay for "his client-oriented advice, his responsiveness to our needs and ability to give the advice you need, when you need it." He acts for clients on commercial and patent law disputes. Palay has a number of clients from the energy and pharmaceutical industries.