Three Crowns LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

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What the team is known for Boutique arbitration practice consisting of market-leading, globally renowned practitioners in London and Paris with an exclusive focus on international arbitration. Advises an array of prominent blue-chip clients on commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Offers notable expertise in cases arising from the energy and natural resources sector, including those relating to construction contracts, expropriations and disputed production-sharing contracts. Also represents clients from the finance and automotive sectors in arbitrations arising from distribution agreements and post-M&A disputes. Highly active of late in matters involving Latin America and the Middle East, representing both states and investors.

Strengths Clients enthuse: "We feel we are receiving the best possible representation. The team is committed, responsive and punctual. The partner in charge is hands-on without generating unnecessary work."

Other sources praise the quality of the advice provided, saying: "The team is very reliable, result-oriented and supportive in strategic decisions relating directly or indirectly to the case they are handling."

Work highlights Acted for Crescent Petroleum on a USD1 billion arbitration against the National Iranian Oil Company relating to a gas sales purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners

Constantine Partasides QC enjoys an impressive reputation for his work on complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations where he often represents oil and gas majors. One highly satisfied client says: "He is just in the top league. One of the most skilful lawyers that I work with, he is very persuasive when dealing with tribunals," adding: "His clients respect his expertise and instincts, and his advocacy skills are superb."

Gaëtan Verhoosel has notable experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, including those related to expropriations and construction issues. He acts on cases involving a number of jurisdictions in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Market commentators praise his experience and describe him as "a terrific lawyer."

Georgios Petrochilos represents corporates, financial institutions and public bodies in arbitration proceedings, including ICSID and UNCITRAL. Clients praise his courtroom advocacy, with one saying: "He is brilliant in court. He is witty, well prepared, polite and tough when needed. "

Todd Wetmore advises on a range of complex arbitration cases, including breach of contract and gas pricing disputes. Particularly reputed for his expertise in construction matters, he is active in the energy, automotive and defence sectors. He is "very impressive on strategy and oral argumentation," according to clients, with one further commenting: "He is clever and articulates very well the position that he is arguing."