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WilmerHale

Arbitration (International)

5 ranked lawyersBand 1Europe-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

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.

Notable practitioners

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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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Europe-wide

Arbitration (International)


Franz Schwarz
Band 3
Gary Born
Star Individuals
Steven Finizio
Band 2

International Arbitration: Most In Demand Arbitrators


Gary Born
Band 1
Maxi Scherer
Band 3