The GAR 100 helps solve a conundrum. Many users of international arbitration have come to think of it as its own skill set – separate from litigation. Law firms have learned this, and created “international arbitration groups”. Sometimes the label is reasonable: skin over muscle and bone. Other groups though are more like Potemkin villages. They look right, but lack substance. They’re intended to lure work in.
How to tell them apart? That’s where the 100 can help. Nine years ago, Global Arbitration Review decided to publish a list of about 100 fims “approved” for IA. To earn that stamp of approval, a firm would have to open its books to our researchers so we could satisfy ourselves the firm was working regularly on “serious” international arbitration matters - before credible arbitrators. The result was – and is - the 100.
The 100 includes practices of all size from all parts of the world, all audited by GAR. It contains firms from every level of the market – country specific advice about enforcement up to the biggest ICC and ICSID cases and everything in between. It’s grown beyond the original 100 firms: there are 163 firms listed in this, the ninth edition - and a subsection on the most active expert witness providers. There is also a ranking (the GAR 30) of the busiest practices, which is generated from the size and number of the disputes all the firms in the 100 have argued in the past two years.
Information is correct as of 1st of January 2016
The GAR 100 is a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms.
The 100 ought to assist clients in finding the specialist counsel they seek, and specialist counsel in demonstrating their expertise.