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Essex Court Chambers

Joe Smouha QC

London, UK Global Guide 2022 Ranked in 5 departments

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Global
International Arbitration: Most In Demand Arbitrators - Europe-wide

Band 3

Joe Smouha QC of Essex Court Chambers has the proven capacity to sit as arbitrator in cases subject to ICSID, LCIA and ICC rules. He is involved in cases in the energy sector and in cases relating to jurisdictions in Africa and the Caribbean.
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Dispute Resolution: Commercial - UK

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Joe Smouha QC
Strengths: "Universally acknowledged as one of the most effective courtroom advocates, he also has a very good understanding of commerce and makes sure things are aligned with the client's business priorities."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Tyndaris v VWM, a Commercial Court trial concerning a USD5 billion investment by a major Hong Kong investor, Mr Sam Li, into an 'algorithmic fund'.
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Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery - UK

Band 2

Joe Smouha QC
Strengths: "Very measured and very, very experienced. He has good judgement and a very nice manner." "His ability to digest information and make really tactical calls is incredibly impressive. He's also great at multitasking."
Recent work: Instructed in a USD550 million claim in the Hong Kong courts in which the liquidator of the plaintiff company is bringing professional negligence claims against the US firm Paul, Weiss.
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Offshore (Bar) - UK

Band 2

Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC has a wealth of experience in international commercial litigation. His offshore portfolio includes cases in the BVI and the Cayman Islands. Smouha is an expert in fraud, money laundering and joint venture ownership disputes, to name but a few.
Strengths: "He is someone who manages the entire compass of commercial litigation, from trench work to courtroom advocacy. He's skilled in every single aspect of the work."
Recent work: Acted in Bouvier v Rybolovlev, an alleged fraud and money laundering case proceeding in Switzerland, Monaco and the USA.
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International Arbitration - The English Bar - Global: Multi-Jurisdictional

Band 1

Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is widely considered to be one of the strongest practitioners at the International Arbitration Bar due to his extensive experience in handling notable commercial disputes under a number of prominent arbitral institutions including the ICC and LCIA. He also takes appointments as a commercial arbitrator. His advocacy experience includes court appearances in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "He's incredibly client-friendly, commercial and a smooth operator." "He stands out in terms of quality. He is excellent and a knowledgeable advocate." "He is pre-eminent in terms of his reputation and he is excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of International Military Services in a claim for recognition of an arbitration award obtained by the Ministry of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the New York Convention.
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