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Global Europe-wide Arbitration (International)

This section features advice on the resolution of international disputes through arbitration. Firms ranked in the Europe-wide table must demonstrate the ability to advise on pan-European arbitrations.

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Band 1
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    Freshfields has a hugely respected arbitration practice with a deep bench across Europe, offering particular strength in the UK, France and Germany. It draws on additional supporting teams in Austria and Spain. The lawyers are well versed in the arbitration rules of all the major international arbitration centres, including the SCC, the ICC and ICSID. It has a thriving commercial arbitration practice with impressive experience in major energy sector cases, including those relating to breach of supply contracts. It advises international energy clients, industrial corporates and private individuals. Its investment treaty practice benefits from key partners in London, Frankfurt and Paris who coordinate with global offices to handle ECT or BIT cases across Europe, Asia and South America, representing both sovereign states and investors.
  2. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    Leading international arbitration outfit benefiting from a globally integrated network of offices, with extensive resources in Paris, London and Frankfurt, as well as Stockholm and the CEE region. Handles a wide range of high-end construction arbitrations, including those relating to major oil and gas and infrastructure projects. Superb energy sector arbitration practice spans gas price review cases, post-M&A disputes and ECT cases. Enjoys a strong reputation for disputes involving the finance, real estate and telecoms sectors. Frequently acts for states and investors on high-profile investment arbitrations, often involving Eastern European jurisdictions. Further active in matters concerning Latin American and African entities. Also adept at high-stakes enforcement proceedings.
  3. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 1
  4. Three Crowns LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 1
  5. WilmerHale
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Respected team with impressive activity in commercial and investor-state proceedings. Leads European investment treaty and high-end commercial arbitrations out of a prominent London office under a range of rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA. Acts both for investors and for major states on BIT and ECT cases, including those that raise sensitive issues of criminal law. Assists with high-value shareholder disputes and cross-border energy cases, working in conjunction with highly regarded teams in the USA. Represents clients in cases concerning a broad array of jurisdictions ranging from Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
  2. Lalive
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    Lalive
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Outstanding Swiss firm operating out of Geneva, Zürich and London, with the experience and reputation to compete on a pan-European level. Noted for its prowess in large-scale investor-state arbitrations on behalf of states, state-owned companies and private companies. Particularly active in the energy, construction and mining sectors, with a strong caseload of ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations relating to disputes between European and Middle Eastern or Asian parties. The firm is recognised as a superb choice to handle Geneva-seated commercial cases, with additional experience in cases seated in London or Helsinki. It is also well reputed for the numerous prominent arbitrators within its ranks.
  3. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Acclaimed international practice led by an impressive London team of arbitration specialists handling major multi-jurisdictional investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings. Advises on disputes relating to shareholder conflicts, joint venture agreements and expropriations. Acts on behalf of both states and corporate claimants on ICSID and UNCITRAL cases and has significant expertise in BITs and Energy Charter Treaty proceedings involving the USA and Asian and European jurisdictions. Client roster includes sovereign states, multinational corporations, financial institutions and private individuals.
  4. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 14 Years Ranked
    Established London practice that advises on UNCITRAL, ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by prominent global financial institutions and corporate clients. The firm's Germany-based lawyers handle cases that often have a strong CEE component, including gas price review cases seated outside Germany or BIT claims brought against Central European states. The Paris practice is best known for its handling of sensitive ICC rules arbitrations on behalf of key clients. Lawyers based in Poland, Italy and the Netherlands complete the firm's broader team of experienced arbitration practitioners.
  2. Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes
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    Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 1 Years Ranked
    Since its creation in February 2021, Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes has quickly earned a place among the most important arbitration practices in Europe. The firm's arbitration capabilities are focused predominantly within its Paris office, which leads major investor-state cases and handles high-value, high-profile commercial arbitration seated across various European jurisdictions. The firm also assists with enforcement or setting-aside proceedings filed in national courts. It has acted for several European states on BIT claims, including those that raise questions around the ongoing viability of intra-EU BITs.
  3. King & Spalding International LLP
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    King & Spalding International LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 9 Years Ranked
    Strong global presence emanating from leading teams in the USA and Asia, with offices in Paris and London acting as hubs for the European arbitration group. Handles high-value, multi-jurisdictional commercial arbitration proceedings, particularly in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, with significant expertise in oil and gas disputes. Also active in high-end investor-state arbitrations and enforcement proceedings, often representing multinational companies. Boasts a vast client roster of European investors pursuing ECT claims against Spain and Italy. Acts for clients from South Asia and the CIS region. Further expertise lies in the media, IT and transportation sectors.
  4. Allen & Overy LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  5. Latham & Watkins
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 10 Years Ranked
    Often represents states in high-value ICSID, PCA-administered UNCITRAL and ad hoc investment treaty arbitrations. Also assists private and public companies with investor-state and commercial arbitrations, including those relating to delayed construction contracts. Has built on existing strength in the Paris office through the hire of Claudia Annacker as partner.
  2. Derains & Gharavi
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    Derains & Gharavi
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Paris-based arbitration boutique led by highly regarded specialists who frequently act as counsel or arbitrator on prominent cases. The firm stands out for its work on behalf of private individuals or corporate entities pursuing BIT claims against Middle Eastern or Asian states. It also represents sovereign states from the Middle East and Europe in PCA-administered UNCITRAL or ICSID arbitration brought by European investors. Derains & Gharavi is also seen as an excellent choice to handle Paris-seated commercial arbitration.
  3. Hogan Lovells
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    Hogan Lovells
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    Significant Europe-wide arbitration presence with teams operating out of France, Spain, Italy and the UK. Represents corporate clients in ICC arbitrations relating to commercial contracts in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. London and Paris teams act on both the investor and state sides of BIT and ECT cases. Teams based in Italy and Spain handle high-value cases seated either locally or in other European jurisdictions. Key lawyers attract praise for their energy, financial services and telecoms sector knowledge.
  4. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Established presence in the European arbitration market benefiting from the presence of well-regarded individual lawyers spread across multiple jurisdictions. The firm's teams in France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands receive praise for their handling of significant arbitration procedures and related set-aside or enforcement proceedings. Lawyers in the Warsaw office have notable experience in SCC-administered commercial arbitration between Eastern European companies. Experienced in sensitive investment treaty claims against European and African governments and state-owned entities. Often acts on behalf of clients in the energy, mining and financial sectors.
  5. Mannheimer Swartling
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    Mannheimer Swartling
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Dominant presence in Sweden, often handling SCC-administered disputes involving Russia and the CIS region. Highly active in energy disputes arising from gas price reviews, investments and exploration, and well equipped to handle proceedings brought under the ECT. Well known across Europe for handling a significant caseload of commercial arbitrations, including ICC and SCC rules arbitrations on behalf of major Swedish automotive or telecoms companies. Mannheimer Swartling lawyers also team up with international firms to advise on Swedish court proceedings seeking to enforce or challenge arbitral decisions.
  6. Sidley Austin LLP
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    Sidley Austin LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Geneva and London-based practice with an extensive international reach. Highly respected Geneva team comprises a key part of the firm's global arbitration practice, advising on high-value cases seated in various jurisdictions across Europe. Acts on behalf of companies in the energy, technology, media and infrastructure sectors. Further expertise in advising clients on matters heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
  7. Baker McKenzie
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4
  8. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper enters the rankings this year in recognition of client praise for its arbitration capabilities spread across multiple offices in Central and Eastern Europe, and also in recognition of the specific investor-state arbitration capabilities showcased by individuals based in Paris. The firm's commercial arbitration practice includes work on Stockholm, London and Paris-seated disputes arising for major clients in the oil and gas sector.
  2. Gide Loyrette Nouel
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    Gide Loyrette Nouel
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Major French firm that handles international arbitration from its Paris office. Primarily assists with commercial arbitration proceedings and has experience in cases seated in Paris, Geneva and London. Acts for clients on proceedings arising out of contractual disputes. Teams in Warsaw and London play a supporting role in construction cases relating to delayed energy and real estate projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa.
  3. Homburger
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    Homburger
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Zürich-based team with a strong commercial disputes practice, as well as handling investor-state cases. Instructed on cases both within and outside Switzerland, acting on disputes conducted under LCIA or ICC rules. Handles sensitive disputes flowing from the breach of joint venture or distribution agreements between European and Middle Eastern companies. Particularly active representing blue-chip and listed clients from the finance, energy and real estate sectors. Partners also act as arbitrators and tribunal presidents on Swiss Rules and international arbitrations.
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    Jones Day
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    Leverages a European network of teams spread across Paris, London, Madrid and Brussels, with a growing presence in Frankfurt. Has notable experience in commercial proceedings on behalf of clients in the construction, energy and financial sectors. Paris and London teams also stand out for work on investor-state arbitration, including PCA-administered cases brought by European investors against Middle Eastern states.
  5. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 9 Years Ranked
    Respected international arbitration group led from the Paris and Geneva offices. The combined experience of the firm's teams in Paris, London and Düsseldorf enables the firm to handle commercial arbitration seated across all key arbitration centres in Europe. Individuals across Orrick's European network lead ECT or BIT claims in which investors seek damages from European states. The firm also assists with any challenges to arbitral awards arising in German, Swedish or French courts.
  6. Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
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    Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Widely respected Swiss practice with practitioners acting as counsel and arbitrators from its Geneva and Zürich bases. Handles commercial arbitration, often under ICC rules, on behalf of both private companies and states. Offers particular expertise in commercial arbitrations between global pharmaceutical companies, with further notable strength in Court of Arbitration for Sports cases. Stands out for work either pursuing or defending set-aside proceedings before the Swiss courts, including within the context of major European investor-state disputes.
  7. Bredin Prat
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5
  8. Dentons
    Arbitration (International)
    Global 2022 | Band 5