Sidley Austin LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Geneva and London-based practice with an 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. Strong experience in arbitrations and enforcement proceedings involving Russia and the CIS region. Acts on behalf of companies in the energy, technology, media and infrastructure sectors regarding investments and patents. Further expertise in advising clients on matters heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Strengths Clients commend the quality of the advice provided by the lawyers, with one saying: "They are always happy to share their ideas on legal and strategic matters; they advise on a higher level."

Another highlights the firm's "expertise in the unique procedures of international arbitration and in building a winning narrative in complex inter-business disputes."

Work highlights Represented beIN in a USD1 billion investment treaty arbitration against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Notable practitioners

David Roney assists clients from the media, energy and commodities sectors with high-value commercial and investment arbitration cases. Sources praise his client-oriented approach, with one saying: "He is very bright, creative and he listens to the client rather than imposing his view." Another enthuses: "He is very sharp and leaves nothing to chance. Every last detail is covered and he ends up knowing the facts of the case better than the client he represents."

Sources enthuse that Marc Palay "is very well prepared and leaves no stone unturned; he is thorough and works very hard." He handles commercial arbitration cases under a variety of arbitral rules such as ICC and SIAC. He garners praise from clients for his extensive expertise, with one praising his "deep knowledge of technical and commercial aspects of our sector," further highlighting: "We get really tailor-made advice."