What the team is known for
Significant international arbitration practice, drawing on the resources of a globally integrated team. It draws on strength across the USA and UK to handle matters across Latin America, Asia and Europe. The firm offers:
• Representation of states and commercial entities in investment treaty arbitrations.
• Experience advising major corporations and financial institutions on the handling of commercial and shareholder disputes, particularly matters arising in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
• Particular expertise handling multi-jurisdictional tax and IP disputes.
Skadden receives emphatic praise across its US and UK offices, with one client remarking that"the UK arm upholds the formidable abilities of the US team,"while another adds: "A key strength of the Skadden team is its collectiveness, which enables cooperation and results in sufficiency and efficiency."
According to an interviewee, the firm "has been extremely efficient, the quality of work is very high, the responsiveness of the team is always perfect, and requests from Paris to New York are done extremely quickly."
David Kavanagh QC
is a notable practitioner who has regularly handled commercial matters governed by the LCIA and ICC rules in India and China. Kavanagh is considered by market commentators to have "a huge amount of gravitas,"
as well as being "very, very impressive, very strategically savvy."
is recognised for the breadth of his practice covering both commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration for clients. One source emphasises that "he has a complete and unique ability to master the details of complex cases not only at a high level but understanding the real details and nuances of a matter."
is a successful arbitration counsel, respected for her expertise in Latin American markets, notably Brazil, regarding complex commercial arbitrations from the energy sector. She is referred to as being "very knowledgeable both of arbitration and of corporate and civil law in general"
by sources who remark that "she tackles these big international cases while bringing a local flavour that really pleases the clients."
The"supreme" Karyl Nairn QC
is described by sources as "extremely diligent, dedicated to her work and clients."
She is skilled at managing complex investment treaty arbitration for sovereign states.