People and firms

Bracewell hires practice head from K&L Gates

Martin Gusy has left his role as co-head of the international arbitration practice at K&L Gates to chair the practice at US firm Bracewell – bringing with him a US$1 billion ICSID claim against Iraq.

18 June 2021

Cuatrecasas lawyers accused of “switching sides” in Peru refinery dispute

A Spanish-owned contractor on a Peruvian refinery project has challenged a US$38 million ICC award, alleging that two members of its external counsel team violated ethical rules by joining the other side’s law firm before the case had concluded.

17 June 2021

King & Spalding sued by client in funded BIT case

A Dutch national who won a US$45 million investment treaty award against Vietnam is suing his arbitration counsel King & Spalding, accusing the firm of colluding with third-party funder Burford Capital to cheat him out of his due share of the proceeds.

15 June 2021

Fired partner’s suit against Dentons returns to state court

A former Dentons partner who accuses the firm of racial discrimination has seen his lawsuit sent back to a California state court, after a federal court concluded that a parallel arbitration under his partnership agreement was not international in nature.

15 June 2021

Hughes Hubbard hires in DC

French national Remy Gerbay has left US boutique MoloLamken to join the partnership at Hughes Hubbard & Reed in Washington, DC.

14 June 2021

Dentons at odds with fired partner over Chinese client fees

Dentons has become embroiled in litigation and arbitration with a fired partner who accuses the firm of committing forgery to cheat a Chinese enforcement client out of tens of millions of dollars – allegations it calls an “utter fabrication”.

11 June 2021

Graf & Pitkowitz team break away in Vienna

Nikolaus Pitkowitz and the rest of the 10-strong dispute resolution team at Austrian firm Graf & Pitkowitz are leaving to launch a new law firm.

10 June 2021

Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler promotes within sports practice

Sports law specialist Brianna Quinn, whose clients have included FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, has been promoted to counsel at Geneva boutique Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler.

09 June 2021

Walker joins Atkin Chambers

Canadian arbitrator and academic Janet Walker has joined Atkin Chambers in London.

08 June 2021

Steptoe hires partners in UK and US

Steptoe & Johnson has hired Diamond McCarthy’s international disputes head Juliya Arbisman and partner Robby Mockler, who have a focus on natural resources and energy, while recruiting Leigh Mallon from Fried Frank.

07 June 2021

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