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Provided by Nigel Blackaby KC

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Publications

Nigel is the co-author of the leading texts "Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration" (fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh editions, Oxford University Press), "A Guide to ICSID Arbitration" (first and second editions, Kluwer), and "International Arbitration in Latin America" (Kluwer, 2003).

Practice Areas

International Arbitration; Investor-State Arbitration; Energy; Natural Resources; Manufacturing; Agriculture and Food Distribution; Aviation; Telecommunications.

Career

Nigel Blackaby KC is a Washington, DC based international arbitration partner and is Co-head of the firm's Latin America group. Cited by clients as an “undisputed leader in his field”, Nigel is a civil and common law trained lawyer who has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 100 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, both commercial and investor-state in English, Spanish and French with a focus on natural resources and Latin America.

Nigel is widely recognized as a leading authority in international arbitration. He is recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leaders – and one of the US’s most prominent arbitration practitioners – by Who’s Who Legal. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for excellence in advocacy (only one of a handful of English solicitor advocates to receive that distinction).

Nigel serves as an adjunct professor of investment arbitration at American University Washington College of Law. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Court of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre; Board member of the Centro de Arbitraje de Mexico and of the international commission of the Centro Internacional de Arbitraje de Madrid.

Languages Spoken

English

French

Spanish

Portuguese

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Arbitration (International) - Global Market Leaders
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Band 1

Nigel Blackaby KC is an highly-esteemed figure in the international arbitration space. He is regularly sought after by high-profile clients for his expert handling of complex investment and commercial arbitrations.


Arbitration (International) - Latin America - International Counsel
1
Band 1

Distinguished practitioner Nigel Blackaby KC is held in high esteem by clients and peers alike for his undisputed experience handling some of the most high-profile and sophisticated commercial and investment treaty arbitration cases throughout the region. Praising his solid expertise, one market commentator enthuses: "Nigel Blackaby is brilliant. He is an exceptional practitioner, an out-of-this-world lawyer." Another appreciative observer highlights: "Nigel Blackaby is very detail-oriented."


International Arbitration: Counsel - USA
1
Band 1

Nigel Blackaby KC offers a wealth of experience acting for both investors and states and is particularly esteemed for his expertise in Latin America matters.
"Nigel exudes vast experience and knowledge in every single task he is involved in, adding substantial value to the final product." "He is a titan of the practice; he's so accomplished and fluent in Spanish, which is astonishing." "He is extremely experienced, dedicated and a real heavy hitter."


International Arbitration - Brazil
2
Band 2

Nigel Blackaby KC co-heads Freshfields' arbitration and Latin American practices. His dedication to Brazil-related disputes is highly admired by market sources.


International Arbitration - USA
F
Foreign expert in Latin America-wide

Nigel Blackaby KC offers a wealth of experience acting for both investors and states and is particularly esteemed for his expertise in Latin America matters.
"Nigel exudes vast experience and knowledge in every single task he is involved in, adding substantial value to the final product." "He is a titan of the practice; he's so accomplished and fluent in Spanish, which is astonishing." "He is extremely experienced, dedicated and a real heavy hitter."

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