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Volterra Fietta

International Arbitration

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What the team is known for

Formidable boutique specialising in PIL and investor-state arbitrations. Regularly represents international corporations and sovereign states in oil and gas BIT disputes. Also provides advice on treaty interpretation and state responsibility.

Strengths

One source reports: "They've been outstanding in my dealings with them. The team as a whole really are extremely international and capable - it's an impressive group."

"Volterra Fietta are leaders in public international law and experts in international arbitrations," remarks an interviewee.

Work highlights

Represented the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a USD2 billion ICSID dispute arising from allegations of the expropriation of two oil companies.

Notable practitioners

Robert Volterra is a formidable arbitration specialist with longstanding expertise in investor-state arbitration. He attracts an impressive international client base with a broad caseload of complex investment treaty claims, and is experienced in acting as both counsel and arbitrator.
"He's a real team player and makes excellent strategic decisions. Working with him is a really good experience and he's been a standout among others." "A go-to lawyer for difficult and complex cases, especially ones that involve challenging questions of public international law."

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Overview

Volterra Fietta has one of the world’s largest investor-State arbitration practices.  It represents States and foreign investors in investment treaty arbitrations before ICSID and other arbitral institutions.  In addition, the firm regularly represents governments in State-to-State arbitrations under the PCA and UNCLOS Annex VII rules as well as private and public entities in commercial arbitrations before the ICC, the LCIA and other arbitration centres. 

In two ICSID arbitrations against Venezuela, Volterra Fietta recently secured a USD 455 million award for OI European Group and a USD 370 million award for Koch Minerals and Koch Nitrogen International. Led by Robert Volterra and Álvaro Nistal, the firm then successfully represented OI European Group in ICSID annulment proceedings initiated by Venezuela.  The annulment application was rejected in its entirety and Venezuela was ordered to bear the entirety of the proceedings’ costs.

Equally, led by Robert Volterra and Graham Coop, the firm successfully represented Barbados in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by a Canadian investor. The firm achieved the complete dismissal of all claims and USD 3 million in costs to Barbados.

The firm is currently representing Croatia in five ICSID arbitrations.  Among other clients, the firm also is representing Egypt, Nigeria and subsidiaries of Koch Industries in multiple high-profile arbitrations and annulment proceedings.


Members

Coop, Graham (Head of Department)

Volterra, Robert (Head of Department)

Flint, Peter

Nistal, Álvaro

Sharma, Gunjan

Clients

Barbados

Koch Industries Inc., United States

Owens-Illinois Inc., United States

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Dominican Republic

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

The Republic of Croatia

The Republic of Lithuania

Industries

Agriculture

Banking and financial services

Construction

Energy and natural resources

Food production and distribution

Heavy and light manufacturing

Hydrocarbon concessions

Lotteries and gaming

Petrochemicals

Power and electricity

Shipping

Sovereign debt

Telecoms

Tourism

Water and sewerage concessions

International Arbitration Department

Volterra Fietta

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Department location

8 Mortimer Street

Fitzroy Place

London

Greater London

UK

W1T 3JJ

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