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The Arbitration (International) rankings table below has been designed to provide the most in-depth insights and reviews of the top ranked lawyers and law firms. The firms included in our rankings have been recommended by in-house counsel, other third-party experts and private practice lawyers. Our comprehensive research ensures you have all the information needed when looking to purchase legal services across Europe-wide.

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Band 1
  1. Three Crowns LLP
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    Three Crowns LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 1 | 10 Years Ranked
    Three Crowns's arbitration practice consists of market-leading, globally renowned practitioners in London and Paris who have an exclusive focus on international arbitration. The law firm is revered for its excellence in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations under various rules and seats across Europe and beyond. Three Crowns boasts notable expertise in cases arising from the energy and natural resources sector, including those relating to construction contracts, gas price reviews and disputed production-sharing contracts. The team also represents clients from the finance, mining and technology sectors in arbitrations arising from supply agreements, patents and joint venture disputes. The firm is frequently active on matters involving Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, predominantly acting for investors.
  2. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Clients mandating White & Case benefit from the firm's globally integrated network of offices, with extensive resources in Paris, London and Frankfurt, as well as Stockholm and the CEE region. Its teams handle a wide range of high-end construction arbitrations, including those relating to major oil and gas and infrastructure projects. The firm enjoys a superb standing for its energy sector arbitration practice, spanning gas price review cases, joint venture disputes and ECT cases. Furthermore, White & Case frequently represents states and investors in high-profile investment arbitrations, often involving Eastern European jurisdictions. Similarly, White & Case is highly visible on matters concerning Latin American and African entities. The firm complements its outstanding offering with impressive strength in annulment proceedings.
  3. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 1
  4. WilmerHale
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a highly 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 an esteemed commercial arbitration practice with impressive experience in major energy sector cases, including those relating to breach of supply contracts. 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 and beyond, often representing investors. Its prestigious clientele includes players from the construction, chemical and manufacturing sectors.
  2. King & Spalding International LLP
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    King & Spalding International LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    King & Spalding boasts a 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. The teams handle high-value, multi-jurisdictional commercial arbitration proceedings, particularly in the renewable and conventional energy sectors, with significant expertise in oil and gas as well as construction disputes. A further pillar of strength is King & Spalding's activity in high-end investor-state arbitrations and enforcement proceedings, often representing multinational companies as well as sovereign states. European investors pursuing ECT claims against European states also regularly mandate King & Spalding. It also acts for clients from South Asia and the CIS region. The firm has further expertise in the media, mining and manufacturing sectors.
  3. Lalive
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    Lalive
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Lalive is an outstanding Swiss firm operating out of Geneva, Zürich and London, with the experience and reputation to compete on a pan-European level. Its team is praised for its prowess in large-scale investor-state arbitrations on behalf of states as well as state-owned and private companies. The firm is 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.
  4. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. A&O Shearman
    3
    A&O Shearman
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 3 | 28 Years Ranked
    Clients benefit from the firm's extensive office network across Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. The law firm gains praise for handling international arbitrations seated in key jurisdictions across Europe under various national and international rules. The teams are particularly active in high-profile ECT and BIT cases, showcasing the firm's capacity to coordinate complex investor-state mandates between its breadth of offices. Its clientele includes sovereign states in Africa and the Middle East as well as private equity funds and energy giants. The firm boasts expertise across the energy, banking and finance, and construction sectors. On 1st May 2024, Allen & Overy and Shearman & Sterling merged to form A&O Shearman.
  2. Clifford Chance LLP
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance houses an established London practice that advises on ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations brought by prominent global financial institutions and corporate clients. The law firm enjoys a strong standing in large-scale construction and energy disputes, including BIT and ECT 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 from industry sectors such as mining. With further teams across Germany, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands, the firm completes its comprehensive offering across Europe.
  3. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    The team at Debevoise & Plimpton impresses with its activity in commercial and investor-state proceedings. The law firm 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. The department acts for both investors and major states on BIT and ECT cases. Furthermore, Debevoise & Plimpton assists with high-value joint venture and construction disputes and cross-border energy cases, working in conjunction with highly regarded teams in the USA. The firm represents clients in cases concerning a broad array of jurisdictions ranging from Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
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    Latham & Watkins
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 3 | 14 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins enjoys a strong standing in the arbitration world. The law firm leads major global arbitrations through key teams in London, Germany and France. The firm represents corporations and states in investor-state arbitration brought pursuant to BITs and the ECT. Latham & Watkins convinces with its handling of a broad range of commercial and investment arbitrations across various sectors, including finance, energy and mining. The firm complements its excellent offering with its strength in annulment proceedings across courts in Europe and beyond.
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Band 4
  1. Baker McKenzie
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    Baker McKenzie
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4 | 15 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie offers a sizeable and diverse arbitration practice with a broad office network across Europe. The law firm handles proceedings across a variety of European arbitral seats, including those under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. The London team often handles LCIA and ICC mandates involving oil and gas companies as well as real estate developers. Post-M&A dispute resolution is also assisted by Baker McKenzie. The firm convinces with its further expertise in infrastructure and construction-related disputes, often involving large-scale projects in the CIS.
  2. DLA Piper LLP
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    DLA Piper LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper is an international law firm with arbitration capabilities spread across multiple offices in Central and Eastern Europe as well as France and the UK. The firm boasts investor-state arbitration strength, representing states and investors in ICSID as well as related annulment proceedings. The lawyers also handle cases under UNCITRAL rules. The firm's commercial arbitration practice includes work on London and Paris-seated disputes arising for major clients in the oil and gas sector.
  3. Hogan Lovells
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    Hogan Lovells
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    With its teams operating out of France, the UK and other European offices, the law firm Hogan Lovells is a solid choice for international arbitration mandates. Its teams represent corporate clients in ICC arbitrations relating to shareholder and energy disputes in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The London and Paris teams also act on both the investor and state sides of BIT and ECT cases. Its further teams in Italy and Spain handle high-value cases seated either locally or in other European jurisdictions. Hogan Lovells enjoys particularly strong recognition in the energy, financial services and telecommunications sectors. The firm rounds off its offering with its prowess in annulment proceedings.
  4. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4 | 10 Years Ranked
    Linklaters has an established presence in the European arbitration market and benefits 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. Linklaters represents clients in cases under various rules, including those of the ICC, the LCIA, UNCITRAL as well as NAI and CEPANI, across seats in Europe. In addition to its strength in commercial arbitration, the firm is experienced in sensitive investment treaty claims against European and African governments. Linklaters acts on behalf of clients in the energy, mining and financial sectors.
  5. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's international arbitration practice regularly handles multi-jurisdictional investment treaty and commercial arbitration proceedings from its London office. The team acts on ICSID and UNCITRAL cases and has significant expertise in BITs and Energy Charter Treaty proceedings involving Asian and European jurisdictions. Skadden also handles arbitration-relation litigation, making it a strong choice for comprehensive coverage. It caters predominantly for a prominent clientele comprising multinational corporations from the telecommunications, energy and finance sectors.
  6. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Derains & Gharavi
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    Derains & Gharavi
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    Derains & Gharavi is a 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.
  2. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
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    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is well placed to handle commercial and investor-state cases under various rules including those ICSID, the ICC and the LCIA and various seats across Europe. It also assists with ECT claims. In addition, the department offers strength in annulment and enforcement proceedings, acting for parties in front of English courts and globally. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is particularly revered for its presence in the energy sector.
  3. Gide Loyrette Nouel
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    Gide Loyrette Nouel
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 16 Years Ranked
    Gide Loyrette Nouel is a major French firm that handles international arbitration from its Paris office, with further support based in London. The team primarily assists with commercial arbitration proceedings and has experience in cases seated in Paris and Geneva under ICC and Swiss rules. European states also mandate Gide for its strength in UNCITRAL cases regarding mining projects. The team is particularly involved in disputes relating to Africa.
  4. Mannheimer Swartling
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    Mannheimer Swartling
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 16 Years Ranked
    Mannheimer Swartling enjoys a dominant presence in Sweden, often handling SCC-administered disputes involving the CIS region. The law firm is highly active in energy disputes arising from gas price reviews, investments and exploration, and well equipped to handle proceedings brought under the ECT. Mannheimer Swartling is also well known across Europe for handling a significant caseload of commercial arbitrations on behalf of major Swedish manufacturing companies. Furthermore, its lawyers represent clients in Swedish court proceedings seeking to enforce or challenge arbitral decisions, also in conjunction with international law firms.
  5. Mayer Brown LLP
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    Mayer Brown LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Mayer Brown houses a particularly strong team adept at handling both investor-state and commercial related arbitration matters. The firm is able to pull strength from a number of offices including those in France, Germany and the UK. The team has in-depth experience appearing in mandates under numerous rules including LCIA, ICC, ICSID and SCC. It also has knowledge of BIT and ECT matters. Mayer Brown has a wide practice taking instructions from a wide variety of sectors such as construction, finance, energy, mining and gas.
  6. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    5
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe houses a 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 and English courts.
  7. Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
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    Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    Schellenberg Wittmer houses a widely respected Swiss practice with practitioners acting as counsel and arbitrators from its Geneva and Zürich bases. The department regularly assists with commercial arbitrations, often under ICC rules, on behalf of both private companies and states. The team is well placed to handle a considerable variety of rules including Swiss Rules and those of the SCC and UNCITRAL. Additionally, Schellenberg Wittmer stands out for its work in set-aside proceedings before the Swiss courts, including within the context of major European investor-state disputes. The firm complements its offering with its expertise in Court of Arbitration for Sports cases.
  8. Sidley Austin LLP
    5
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    Sidley Austin houses a Geneva and London-based practice with an extensive international reach. Its 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. The firm is well placed to handle investor-state disputes, acting on behalf of companies in the healthcare, media and mining sectors. Sidley Austin also offers expertise in matters heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and related appeals in front of the Swiss and European high courts.
  9. 5
    Squire Patton Boggs
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Squire Patton Boggs has the capacity to handle complex mandates across Europe and has a particularly strong track record acting for States. The firm is very well versed in investment-treaty matters. It is also adept at acting under numerous rules including ICC, ICSID and has noted knowledge of ECT cases. The team is able to manage mandates from a range of sectors including mining, LNG and gas. Squire Patton Boggs is also extremely experienced in commercial disputes in the construction space.
  10. Bredin Prat
    Arbitration (International)
    2024 | Band 5