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Chambers USA recognizes firms and individuals for their practice as both counsel and arbitrators in our International Arbitration section. Individuals are ranked in the International Arbitration: Counsel and International Arbitration: Arbitrators tables, depending on whether we are recognising them for their work serving as counsel or sitting as arbitrators. They may be included in both tables, if appropriate. Firms are ranked for their overall International Arbitration offering in either International Arbitration: Elite or International Arbitration: Highly Regarded. Chambers USA International Arbitration also includes a spotlight table highlighting those firms and individuals particularly noted for their arbitral enforcement expertise. This is designed to complement the core rankings. There is no Public International Law coverage in the Chambers USA guide, and so investment treaty arbitration mandates are included within Nationwide International Arbitration. Our core International Arbitration rankings recognise firms and individuals for their handling of both commercial and investor-state international arbitrations. These include disputes seated across the globe and held under a wide range of institutional rules, as well as ad-hoc proceedings. Examples of these disputes include ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, ICSID and LCIA proceedings. These may be held before either a sole arbitrator or a panel. Chambers USA does not recognise domestic arbitrations; these would instead usually appear in state commercial litigation tables. Chambers USA also includes separate coverage of insurance and international trade disputes, and so would not prioritise this work within International Arbitration. 

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  1. Donald Francis Donovan
    Arbitration Chambers | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Senior Statespeople
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Band 1
  1. Abby Cohen Smutny
    1
    Abby Cohen Smutny
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    Abby Cohen Smutny is particularly noted for her representation of states and investors in complex treaty arbitrations. She serves as global head of the firm's international arbitration practice.
  2. Carolyn Lamm
    1
    Carolyn Lamm
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    Carolyn Lamm is highly experienced in representing corporates as well as sovereign states in sophisticated high-value arbitrations. Her expertise includes both investor-state and commercial claims.
  3. Catherine Amirfar
    1
    Catherine Amirfar
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 10 Years Ranked
    "She provided a level of political awareness for the issue that was clearly based on years of experience at the highest levels as counsel for government. She has a very powerful sense of how issues play out in the media, and how to harness public perception to aid negotiations as well as legal argument."
  4. 1
    Doak Bishop
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 20 Years Ranked
    Doak Bishop is held in high esteem for his expert handling of commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. He is particularly regarded for his prowess in disputes concerning the construction, energy and oil and gas sectors as both advocate and arbitrator.
  5. Edward Kehoe
    1
    Edward Kehoe
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Edward Kehoe has notable expertise in high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations concerning the energy sector, acting for an impressively high-profile client base.
  6. James Hosking
    1
    James Hosking
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    "His secret sauce is that he has an even-handed approach. We can all modulate somewhat broadly; he brings things more to the middle - he presents the case straight down the line, he doesn't push the envelope and he gains his credibility."
  7. José I Astigarraga
    1
    José I Astigarraga
    Reed Smith LLP
    Reed Smith LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    José Astigarraga is the global head of the practice. He is held in high regard for his expertise in complex and high-value commercial disputes, fielding particular strength in Latin America matters.
  8. 1
    Julie Bédard
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    Julie Bédard centers her highly acclaimed practice on complex commercial arbitrations and has notable experience with disputes concerning Latin America.
  9. Nigel Blackaby KC
    1
    Nigel Blackaby KC
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 15 Years Ranked
    "He is one of the best advocates I've witnessed. He is extremely respected by the arbitrators and people respect what he says. He is able to distill really complicated concepts well; he's able to put the facts in a way that's understandable for the arbitrators."
  10. Paul Friedland
    1
    Paul Friedland
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 1 | 21 Years Ranked
    Paul Friedland is a long-standing figure in the market and maintains an active practice acting both as counsel and sitting as an arbitrator in high-profile international arbitrations. He garners praise for his expert handling of both commercial and investment treaty matters.
2
Band 2
  1. Ank Santens
    2
    Ank Santens
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    "She has a lot of experience and has managed to take care of each of the issues that came up. The way that she understands issues, explains them and responds to them shows how capable she clearly is. She has done an extraordinary job."
  2. 2
    C Mark Baker
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Norton Rose Fulbright | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Mark Baker divides his time between serving as counsel and sitting as arbitrator in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
  3. James L Loftis
    2
    James L Loftis
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Vinson & Elkins LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 20 Years Ranked
    James Loftis maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise in international arbitrations concerning construction and oil and gas disputes. He offers experience in commercial and investor-state matters.
  4. John M Townsend
    2
    John M Townsend
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 21 Years Ranked
    "He's one of the statesmen of international arbitration broadly, a true éminence grise with an unrivaled expertise."
  5. John V H Pierce
    2
    John V H Pierce
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Latham & Watkins LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    John Pierce centers his practice on commercial arbitrations and is particularly adept at handling matters in the commercial, energy and intellectual property sectors.
  6. Luke A Sobota
    2
    Luke A Sobota
    Three Crowns LLP
    Three Crowns LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Luke Sobota counsels high-profile clients across big-ticket commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
  7. Mark W Friedman
    2
    Mark W Friedman
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Mark Friedman remains a popular choice for a broad array of investors seeking expert counsel in investment treaty arbitrations. He also offers experience in commercial disputes.
  8. Marney Cheek
    2
    Marney Cheek
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Marney Cheek's specific areas of strength include both investment arbitration and commercial proceedings.
  9. Noiana Marigo
    2
    Noiana Marigo
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 11 Years Ranked
    Noiana Marigo provides high-quality advice to clients involved in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She is active in a range of industries such as aviation, energy and telecommunication.
  10. Paolo Di Rosa
    2
    Paolo Di Rosa
    Arnold & Porter
    Arnold & Porter | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Paolo Di Rosa has a wealth of experience handling investment treaty arbitrations and is noted for his Latin America expertise.
  11. Rachael D Kent
    2
    Rachael D Kent
    WilmerHale
    WilmerHale | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    "She is superb. She is articulate, impeccably well prepared and she did the heavy lifting in a way that very few first-chair counsels do in the cases, - she cross-examined all the key witnesses, displaying a mastery of the documentary evidence that was very impressive. She is, in my view, unquestionably among the best in the business."
  12. Samaa A Haridi
    2
    Samaa A Haridi
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2 | 13 Years Ranked
    "She really has a vast breadth of experience both in commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. She is a fluent French, English and Arabic speaker and she has really high emotional intelligence, which enables her to have high culture sensitivity, and that enables that she brings high intellect in everything."
  13. Christian Leathley
    Herbert Smith Freehills | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 2
3
Band 3
  1. Aníbal Martin Sabater
    3
    Aníbal Martin Sabater
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Aníbal Martin Sabater's practice has particular strength in Latin America matters, but he is well placed to advise on both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across wide-ranging jurisdictions.
  2. Arif H Ali
    3
    Arif H Ali
    Dechert LLP
    Dechert LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 18 Years Ranked
    Arif Ali acts for clients in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, with notable expertise in oil and gas and telecommunications matters. His practice also includes enforcing arbitral awards.
  3. Dietmar Prager
    3
    Dietmar Prager
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    Dietmar Prager's practice spans investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, with notable expertise in disputes concerning Latin America.
  4. Elliot Friedman
    3
    Elliot Friedman
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Elliot Friedman's notable experience sees him regularly advise on high-value and complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
  5. 3
    George Kahale III
    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 11 Years Ranked
    "George has detailed knowledge of both the international arbitration system as well as the international transactions that structure and occasionally give rise to those arbitrations. In arbitration, he is a tireless advocate and brilliant strategist."
  6. 3
    Hagit Elul
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    "She showed astonishing legal skills, such as abilities to analyze and sharpen arguments. Arguments she presented in the arbitration were easy to understand. The straightforwardness made the arguments convincing to the arbitrators."
  7. John L Gardiner
    3
    John L Gardiner
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    John Gardiner has a wealth of expertise spanning complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations brought under a range of rules.
  8. Joseph R Profaizer
    3
    Joseph R Profaizer
    Paul Hastings LLP
    Paul Hastings LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Joseph Profaizer is particularly adept at handling commercial arbitrations, with notable expertise in acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, mining and technology sectors.
  9. Kate Brown de Vejar
    3
    Kate Brown de Vejar
    DLA Piper Mexico, S.C.
    DLA Piper Mexico, S.C. | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    "She is at the top of her game and showed it during the tribunal proceedings. Her understanding of client needs and issues, her sense of teamwork and leadership, and her grasp of the industry, company, and case overall was outstanding. I believe that almost every word she utters is well thought-out and calculated to best represent her client's needs."
  10. 3
    Kevin O'Gorman
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Norton Rose Fulbright | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Kevin O'Gorman's practice spans both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with standout expertise in energy-related disputes.
  11. Marinn Carlson
    3
    Marinn Carlson
    MCarlson Arbitration PLLC | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Marinn Carlson centers her practice on complex investor-state arbitrations, with experience acting for both states and investors.
  12. Mélida Hodgson
    3
    Mélida Hodgson
    Arnold & Porter
    Arnold & Porter | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Mélida Hodgson is held in high regard for her expertise in investor-state arbitration matters and is also experienced in commercial arbitration. She remains a popular choice for governments and state-owned entities, with notable experience in disputes concerning the infrastructure sector.
  13. Michael S Goldberg
    3
    Michael S Goldberg
    Baker Botts L.L.P.
    Baker Botts L.L.P. | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Michael Goldberg attracts particular praise for his experience in disputes concerning the energy and chemical sectors.
  14. Peter J W Sherwin
    3
    Peter J W Sherwin
    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Proskauer Rose LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    Peter Sherwin is noted for his expert handling of commercial arbitrations as well as enforcing arbitration awards. He is particularly experienced in acting for clients in the hospitality, manufacturing and technology sectors.
  15. Rahim Moloo
    3
    Rahim Moloo
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Rahim Moloo is held in high regard for his expert handling of commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. His practice also includes enforcing arbitral awards in the courts.
  16. Tai-Heng Cheng
    3
    Tai-Heng Cheng
    Sidley Austin LLP
    Sidley Austin LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3 | 10 Years Ranked
    Tai-Heng Cheng maintains an active practice serving as both counsel and arbitrator in international disputes relating to commercial and investment arbitrations.
  17. Daniel Tan
    Dan Tan Law | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Alexander Yanos
    4
    Alexander Yanos
    Alston & Bird LLP
    Alston & Bird LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Alexander Yanos is praised by clients for his expert handling of investor-state arbitrations and commercial disputes. He is also capable of handling enforcement mandates.
  2. Alexandre de Gramont
    4
    Alexandre de Gramont
    Dechert LLP
    Dechert LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    Alexandre de Gramont advises clients on investment treaty and commercial arbitrations under an array of rules, as well as tackling related courtroom proceedings.
  3. Caline Mouawad
    4
    Caline Mouawad
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Caline Mouawad has a growing reputation for her work on both commercial and investor-state matters. She is highlighted for her fluency in French and Arabic, as well as her impressive advocacy skills.
  4. Camilo Cardozo
    4
    Camilo Cardozo
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Vinson & Elkins LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    "He's attuned to the decisions that clients want to make, with the right level of detail so that we're not drowning in detail or too lost in the big picture. He doesn't oversell things; will admit weakness and highlight the strengths of a case - he knows his stuff and he's highly detail-oriented."
  5. Caroline Richard
    4
    Caroline Richard
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Caroline Richard regularly advises clients on investor-state arbitrations, including matters in the energy and power sector.
  6. Claudia Frutos-Peterson
    4
    Claudia Frutos-Peterson
    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    "Claudia is an outstanding partner who delivers excellent client service and has a detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the system of investment arbitration."
  7. Craig Miles
    4
    Craig Miles
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Craig Miles has particular expertise in disputes concerning Latin America and is also adept at advising on matters involving the oil and mining sectors.
  8. Daniel E González
    4
    Daniel E González
    Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Hogan Lovells US LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 20 Years Ranked
    "He will run through walls for his client. Some people just know the law, but he's one of the poker players that plays the person as well as the game. He knows all the various personalities and can really do a lot for his clients, as he knows all the players."
  9. 4
    David M Orta
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    "He's one of my favorite attorneys worldwide to work with. He's extremely hard-working, probably more so than anyone else I've met, and he's just tireless. There is no case too large or complex for him."
  10. Gaela Gehring Flores
    4
    Gaela Gehring Flores
    Allen & Overy LLP
    Allen & Overy LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Gaela Gehring Flores offers particular strength in disputes involving Latin America and is adept at both commercial and investor-state claims.
  11. Henry Guy Burnett
    4
    Henry Guy Burnett
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Henry Burnett is particularly well regarded for his expertise in disputes involving Latin America. He is experienced in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
  12. Ina C Popova
    4
    Ina C Popova
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 6 Years Ranked
    Ina Popova receives plaudits for her skilled advocacy. She covers both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, with her clients including individuals, corporations and states.
  13. Jennifer Permesly
    4
    Jennifer Permesly
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 10 Years Ranked
    Jennifer Permesly is particularly adept at handling Latin America-related disputes and has experience with both commercial and investor-state arbitrations.
  14. Maria Chedid
    4
    Maria Chedid
    Arnold & Porter
    Arnold & Porter | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    "She has mastered the unique tones and protocols of arbitral practice and she advocates with an impressive poise, that is both effective with experienced arbitrators and reassuring for inexperienced clients and witnesses."
  15. Miriam Harwood
    4
    Miriam Harwood
    Katten
    Katten | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Miriam Harwood is particularly noted for her expertise in investment treaty arbitrations and is experienced in acting for both states and investors. She is also skilled in handling commercial arbitrations.
  16. Natalie Reid
    4
    Natalie Reid
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    "She is a gem. The right mix of intellect, focus and commercial nous, she is a pleasure to work with and represents the best of the latest generation of arbitration specialists."
  17. Oliver J Armas
    4
    Oliver J Armas
    Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Hogan Lovells US LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Oliver Armas centers his practice on commercial arbitrations, with experience acting for clients from a range of industries.
  18. Patrick W Pearsall
    4
    Patrick W Pearsall
    Allen & Overy LLP
    Allen & Overy LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Patrick Pearsall is particularly noted for his expertise in treaty arbitrations, in which he draws on impressive experience as Chief of Investment Arbitration in the US State Department. He also takes on commercial arbitrations.
  19. Richard C Lorenzo
    4
    Richard C Lorenzo
    Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Hogan Lovells US LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 6 Years Ranked
    Richard Lorenzo advises clients on both commercial and investment treaty disputes, with notable expertise in Latin America-related matters.
  20. Timothy G Nelson
    4
    Timothy G Nelson
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    Timothy Nelson's practice includes appearing in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
  21. Yasmine Lahlou
    4
    Yasmine Lahlou
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 4 | 11 Years Ranked
    Yasmine Lahlou is experienced in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She has particular expertise in matters involving the energy and construction industries.
5
Band 5
  1. Elizabeth Snodgrass
    5
    Elizabeth Snodgrass
    Three Crowns LLP
    Three Crowns LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    Elizabeth Snodgrass is particularly well regarded for her expertise in the energy and mining sector and handles both commercial and investment treaty disputes.
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    Energy and Utilities|Resources and Mining
  2. 5
    Ian Laird
    Crowell & Moring LLP
    Crowell & Moring LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    "He's a very effective leader and his knowledge of how treaties work is almost unparalleled. He is very experienced with the arguments that arbitrators tend to understand in favor."
  3. Javier H Rubinstein
    5
    Javier H Rubinstein
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    Javier Rubinstein's practice spans both commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He is particularly well placed to act for investors in treaty matters.
  4. Jennifer Haworth McCandless
    5
    Jennifer Haworth McCandless
    Baker Botts L.L.P.
    Baker Botts L.L.P. | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    Jennifer McCandless has notable experience acting for states, with particular expertise in matters involving Latin America.
  5. Jonathan Hamilton
    5
    Jonathan Hamilton
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 8 Years Ranked
    Jonathan Hamilton is noted for his prowess in Latin America-related matters. His practice is centered on investment treaty arbitrations, and he counts both investors and states among his clients.
  6. Kiera Gans
    5
    Kiera Gans
    DLA Piper LLP (US)
    DLA Piper LLP (US) | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    "Kiera Gans was incredible in her focus on the client, their needs, and how to bring the case forward in a way that was most advantageous. Her communication ability and overall sense of empathy really made teamwork easy and enjoyable."
  7. Lee M. Caplan
    5
    Lee M. Caplan
    ArentFox Schiff LLP
    ArentFox Schiff LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Lee Caplan leverages experience both at UNCITRAL and at the US Department of State when advising on high-stakes investment treaty arbitrations.
  8. 5
    Marc Suskin
    Cooley LLP
    Cooley LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    "He is a master of his craft and he knows the inside-out of the cases - he's someone that you'd want with you in your trenches. He's also a very persuasive and friendly advocate - he's very pleasant to listen to and puts his cases in a very clear and persuasive manner."
  9. 5
    Mark McNeill
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Mark McNeill has experience in both arbitration and litigation proceedings, including ICSID and UNCITRAL disputes.
  10. Melissa Stear Gorsline
    5
    Melissa Stear Gorsline
    Jones Day
    Jones Day | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    "Melissa is a true trailblazer in cross-examination, navigating it with such respectful attitude and such a firm hand that it feels like watching a truly good movie playing out. She is extremely sharp and relatable, which helps with connecting well with the tribunal."
  11. Meriam N Al-Rashid
    5
    Meriam N Al-Rashid
    Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
    Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Meriam Al-Rashid is a standout lawyer with a key focus on investment treaty arbitration matters.
  12. Miguel López Forastier
    5
    Miguel López Forastier
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 10 Years Ranked
    Miguel López Forastier is praised for his expertise in investor-state arbitrations. He is adept at handling matters involving Latin America as well as those concerning the energy sector.
  13. Nicole Duclos
    5
    Nicole Duclos
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 6 Years Ranked
    Nicole Duclos comes particularly recommended for her expertise in international commercial arbitrations, as well as her handling of enforcement proceedings.
  14. 5
    Rachel W Thorn
    Cooley LLP
    Cooley LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Rachel Thorn is routinely called upon by clients to appear in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She is able to handle disputes in an array of sectors, including life sciences and technology.
  15. Ricardo Ugarte
    5
    Ricardo Ugarte
    Winston & Strawn LLP
    Winston & Strawn LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    "He's got an incredible sixth sense of international arbitrators and understands the nuance of how they want to be treated."
  16. 5
    Stephen Anway
    Squire Patton Boggs
    Squire Patton Boggs | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Stephen Anway regularly acts for states in investment treaty disputes as well as handling commercial mandates. His practice includes a focus on natural gas arbitrations.
  17. William O'Brien
    5
    William O'Brien
    Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
    Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5 | 7 Years Ranked
    "He combines depth of knowledge and commercial awareness with international experience and cultural empathy and understanding, without ever discounting effectiveness and efficiency. He can break complex problems into parts, solve the parts and build a holistic response."
  18. Amal Bouchenaki
    Herbert Smith Freehills | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 5
6
Band 6
  1. Allan B Moore
    6
    Allan B Moore
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 6 Years Ranked
    Allan Moore centers his practice on commercial arbitrations, counting a host of multinational corporations among his clients.
  2. Andrew M Behrman
    6
    Andrew M Behrman
    Baker Botts L.L.P.
    Baker Botts L.L.P. | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    Andrew Behrman has a robust commercial disputes practice that sees him representing clients in a wide range of commercial international arbitration issues, particularly in the energy sector.
  3. Ari D MacKinnon
    6
    Ari D MacKinnon
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Ari MacKinnon centers his practice on commercial arbitrations arising from Latin America. He is also experienced in enforcement matters.
  4. B Ted Howes
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    B Ted Howes
    Mayer Brown LLP
    Mayer Brown LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 5 Years Ranked
    Ted Howes heads the firm's US international arbitration group. His long-standing practice includes particular strength in commercial arbitrations.
  5. Ben Love
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    Ben Love
    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    "He has a deep academic interest in investor-state dispute resolution, where he has encyclopedic knowledge. I think he's a good all-rounder. He's someone who is a fountain of knowledge. He serves his clients well too."
  6. Christina G Hioureas
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    Christina G Hioureas
    Foley Hoag LLP
    Foley Hoag LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 4 Years Ranked
    Christina Hioureas has a growing reputation as both arbitrator and counsel, with particular experience in arbitrating international commercial disputes.
  7. Damien Nyer
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    Damien Nyer
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 2 Years Ranked
    New York-based partner Damien Nyer is recognized for his expertise in investment treaty arbitrations, often acting for states across South and East Asia and Europe.
  8. David Pinsky
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    David Pinsky
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Covington & Burling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    David Pinsky has a wide-ranging disputes practice which sees him regularly engaged in commercial and investment treaty arbitration disputes and in related litigation work.
  9. Érica Franzetti
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    Érica Franzetti
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 4 Years Ranked
    Érica Franzetti is highlighted for her expertise in international arbitrations involving Latin America. Her practice includes both commercial and investor-state disputes.
  10. Frances Bivens
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    Frances Bivens
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 5 Years Ranked
    "She covers both angles - her litigation is very strong and she can argue both sides of the coin. She's very creative in the way that she interprets contracts and looks for loopholes. Those skills are also important for arbitrations and, as a person, she's very versatile from a cultural perspective."
  11. Francisco A. Rodriguez
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    Francisco A. Rodriguez
    Reed Smith LLP
    Reed Smith LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 3 Years Ranked
    Francisco Rodriguez has broad expertise in the international arbitration sphere, handling both commercial and investment arbitrations.
  12. Henry Weisburg
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    Henry Weisburg
    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Shearman & Sterling LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 19 Years Ranked
    Henry Weisburg acts for clients on both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as offering wider skill as a litigator.
  13. Howard Zelbo
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    Howard Zelbo
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 11 Years Ranked
    Howard Zelbo is experienced in acting for both corporations and sovereigns on arbitrations under a range of rules including ICSID and ICC. He supplements his practice with extensive litigation experience.
  14. James Boykin
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    James Boykin
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    "He's a specialist in investor-state matters. He's extremely smart, able to speak as an advocate as well as an arbitrator, and has done enough cases in the investor-state context where you really feel that he can quickly identify the potential pitfalls."
  15. Jeffrey Rosenthal
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    Jeffrey Rosenthal
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 9 Years Ranked
    Jeffrey Rosenthal is an experienced litigator with particular strength in cross-border disputes. His practice includes serving as counsel in arbitration and handling the courtroom enforcement of awards.
  16. Jose F Sanchez
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    Jose F Sanchez
    Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Vinson & Elkins LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 7 Years Ranked
    Jose Sanchez has a growing reputation for his work on international arbitrations, with particular experience with matters involving Latin America.
  17. Kenneth B Reisenfeld
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    Kenneth B Reisenfeld
    BakerHostetler LLP
    BakerHostetler LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 10 Years Ranked
    "His attention to detail is phenomenal and he takes a vested interest to understand our strategy and participate. My motivations are his goals."
    Key sectors
    Aviation and Aerospace|Defence and Space|Energy and Utilities
  18. Mark A Cymrot
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    Mark A Cymrot
    BakerHostetler LLP
    BakerHostetler LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 11 Years Ranked
    Mark Cymrot maintains an active practice both as arbitrator and counsel for international disputes, with particular expertise in commercial matters. He is also skilled at confirming arbitral awards at state courts.
    Key sectors
    Financial Services
  19. Martin Gusy
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    Martin Gusy
    Bracewell LLP
    Bracewell LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    Martin Gusy is regularly turned to by both sovereign and corporate clients for his expertise in investment treaty arbitration claims, as well as commercial disputes.
  20. Matthew D Richardson
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    Matthew D Richardson
    Alston & Bird LLP
    Alston & Bird LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 5 Years Ranked
    Matthew Richardson centers his practice on commercial arbitrations and is particularly adept at handling matters concerning intellectual property.
  21. Remy Gerbay
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    Remy Gerbay
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 1 Years Ranked
    Remy Gerbay is held in high regard for his international disputes practice, winning particular plaudits for his expertise in investment treaty claims under the full gamut of institutional rules.
  22. Sashe D Dimitroff
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    Sashe D Dimitroff
    BakerHostetler LLP
    BakerHostetler LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 7 Years Ranked
    Sashe Dimitroff is well regarded in the international arbitration field, where he is known for representing his clients in ICC, ICSID and LCIA disputes, among others.
    Key sectors
    Energy and Utilities
  23. Steven L Smith
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    Steven L Smith
    Jones Day
    Jones Day | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 17 Years Ranked
    Steven Smith regularly acts for clients in a broad array of commercial arbitrations. He is active in a range of industries such as energy, infrastructure and mining.
  24. Viren Mascarenhas
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    Viren Mascarenhas
    Milbank LLP
    Milbank LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Band 6 | 4 Years Ranked
    Viren Mascarenhas has a growing reputation for his adept handling of arbitration matters and acts for clients on both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
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Up and Coming
  1. Charline O. Yim
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    Charline O. Yim
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    "Charline is very professional, customer-oriented, adaptive and a great person to work with. She is a real legal expert, who drives problem-solving smoothly in a complex environment and picks up new issues quickly."
  2. Danielle Morris
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    Danielle Morris
    WilmerHale
    WilmerHale | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Danielle Morris acts for clients across the financial services, oil and gas and construction sectors in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
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    Eugenie Rogers
    Baker McKenzie
    Baker McKenzie | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    "She is an exceptionally talented, solutions-focused lawyer with the aptitude to view a case from the 30,000 foot level and give sound strategic advice, while being equally driven to dig into the nuts and bolts personally, leaving no stone unturned, to deliver a win."
  4. Floriane Lavaud
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    Floriane Lavaud
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Floriane Lavaud acts for corporations and states, often in the Middle East, in a range of investment arbitrations. She also advises clients on international law issues.
  5. Gretta Walters
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    Gretta Walters
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
    Chaffetz Lindsey LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Gretta Walters enjoys a growing profile for her international arbitration practice, with clients benefiting from her impressive level of experience in commercial and treaty claims.
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    Jose Garcia Cueto
    Clifford Chance US LLP
    Clifford Chance US LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 4 Years Ranked
    Jose Garcia Cueto's experience includes both investor-state and commercial arbitrations, and he offers particular strength in Latin America-related disputes.
  7. Laura Sinisterra
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    Laura Sinisterra
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Laura Sinisterra enjoys a growing profile for her disputes practice, with particular expertise in international arbitration arising in the energy and natural resources sectors.
  8. Lauren Friedman
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    Lauren Friedman
    King & Spalding LLP
    King & Spalding LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    New York-based partner Lauren Friedman has experience handling international investment and commercial arbitrations, with a particular focus in Latin America.
  9. Lee Rovinescu
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    Lee Rovinescu
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 3 Years Ranked
    New York-based partner Lee Rovinescu represents corporations in the energy and power sectors in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
  10. Maria Ramirez
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    Maria Ramirez
    Hogan Lovells US LLP
    Hogan Lovells US LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 2 Years Ranked
    Miami-based partner Maria Ramirez's practice has a strong focus on Latin American disputes. She's also experienced handling arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID, ICDR and UNCITRAL.
  11. Tafadzwa Pasipanodya
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    Tafadzwa Pasipanodya
    Foley Hoag LLP
    Foley Hoag LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    "Tafadzwa is an excellent attorney who combines intellectual firepower with a strong work ethic and compassion for others. She is adept at serving clients and at leading teams to produce outstanding results."
Associates to watch
  1. David Attanasio
    David Attanasio
    Dechert LLP
    Dechert LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Associates to watch | 2 Years Ranked
    Washington-based associate David Attanasio's practice spans both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, acting for sovereign states and corporations.
  2. Kabir Duggal
    Kabir Duggal
    Arnold & Porter
    Arnold & Porter | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Associates to watch | 1 Years Ranked
    Kabir Duggal enjoys a burgeoning reputation for his international arbitration expertise, acting on treaty, commercial and public international law matters as well as sitting as an arbitrator.
  3. Nicola Peart
    Nicola Peart
    Three Crowns LLP
    Three Crowns LLP | International Arbitration: Counsel
    2023 | Associates to watch | 2 Years Ranked
    Washington-based Nicola Peart is a senior associate at the firm, and has notable experience handling commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.