Three Crowns LLP

Arbitration (International) Department

Europe-wide
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What the team is known for Boutique arbitration practice advancing to the top tier following exceptional praise and work on high-value arbitration cases. Consists 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, disputed production-sharing contracts and the revocation of mining licences. Also represents clients from the finance and automotive sectors in arbitrations arising from distribution agreements and shareholder disputes.

Strengths Interviewees say that the team "put in the time and effort and genuinely care about getting the best result."

One client describes the lawyers as "extremely thoughtful and able to translate complex concepts into usable solutions that both lawyers and non-lawyers are able to appreciate."

Work highlights Represented ConocoPhillips in an ICC arbitration against Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA concerning the unlawful expropriation of investments in energy projects.

Notable practitioners

Sources report that London-based Constantine Partasides QC is a "very clear thinker and a good advocate because he can translate very complex concepts into straightforward propositions that are difficult to argue with." He frequently represents major corporations in ICC and investor-state arbitrations relating to offshore oil and gas exploration projects and commercial agreements.

London-based Gaëtan Verhoosel regularly handles commercial and investment treaty arbitrations on behalf of blue-chip clients from the energy sector. He has extensive experience in ICSID arbitrations, often brought under the Energy Charter Treaty. "He is conclusive, and a very good communicator in front of clients and tribunals,"confirms one source.

A source describes Paris partner Georgios Petrochilos as a "great orator" who does a "wonderful job in cross-examination." He wins praise for his broad arbitration practice which encompasses investment treaty and commercial disputes. Petrochilos frequently acts on behalf of European and Middle Eastern clients in the financial and energy sectors on claims brought under bilateral investment treaties.

Paris-based Todd Wetmore is reputed for his activity in multi-jurisdictional arbitrations involving the construction and infrastructure sectors. He specialises in commercial arbitration and offers particular expertise in disputes arising from production and development agreements, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Clients say that "his mind is lightning quick" and appreciate that he offers "avery good balance of strategy and advocacy."