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Elite London-based practice with a stellar reputation for handling high-end commercial arbitration in a range of areas, most notably in the financial services, telecoms and energy sectors. Leverages the presence of high-profile individuals who are widely considered global market leaders to attract roles in major cases on behalf of leading companies. Particularly active in cases arising from oilfield services and gas supply contracts between parties based in Europe, Africa and Asia. Also represents governments and state-owned entities operating in the construction, chemical and banking sectors in investor-state matters. Offers additional expertise in expropriation issues, defending industrial clients and investors against sovereign states.
Commentators say: "WilmerHale is a phenomenal arbitration outfit."
"WilmerHale has a fantastic offering in London and a pre-eminent reputation in international arbitration," reports an impressed source.
Franz Schwarz handles commercial arbitration, including breach of contract and licensing disputes. He is further active in investment treaty claims, often representing banks. A source describes him as "very bright, very smart and a very smooth advocate."
The "absolutely wonderful" Gary Born is hailed as a "leading light in the field of international arbitration." He is recognised for his excellent work as both arbitrator and arbitration counsel. He handles complex commercial and investor-state arbitration mandates across a range of sectors, including telecommunications and finance.
Joining the rankings this year, Maxi Scherer is described by sources as "excellent." She acts as arbitrator on ad hoc and institutional proceedings under a range of rules, including UNCITRAL, LCIA and AFSA. Interviewees further deem her "very diplomatic and commanding," adding that "she knows when to be strict and when to be more flexible."
Steven Finizio acts for clients on commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under a range of rules and seated in Stockholm and New York. He often represents investors from the telecoms and energy sectors.
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WilmerHale offers one of the world's premier international arbitration and dispute resolution practices.
Our international arbitration group has been involved in more than 650 proceedings in recent years. We have successfully represented clients in a number of the largest institutional arbitrations and several of the most significant ad hoc arbitrations to arise in the past decade. We have extensive experience with arbitrations administered by all of the major international arbitration institutions (including the ICC, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC, VIAC and others), as well as more specialised forms of institutional arbitration and ad hoc arbitrations, including arbitration of public international law issues. We pride ourselves on consistently achieving our clients' objectives through efficient staffing and the use of in-house know-how and precedents.
Centred in the London office, our multinational team consists of more than 70 lawyers in Europe and the United States, all of whom practice principally in the international arbitration field and many of whom specialise in particular areas (such as oil and gas, insurance, joint venture and M&A). Our international arbitration group includes both common and civil law practitioners, and prides itself on working together as an integrated team. In addition to representing clients as counsel, many of our lawyers regularly sit as arbitrators.
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