GAR 100 - 2nd Edition

Arnold & Porter LLP

Professional notice

Arnold & Porter's Jean Kalicki is playing an important role in "European" international arbitration right now.

Cases Pending:
Value of all claims:
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Arbitrator Appointments (chair/sole):
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Hungary has picked Kaliki to defend it in a pair of unfolding Energy Charter Treaty cases. Those cases raise one of the hottest topics in investment law: the interrelation of different legal orders within the European Community. Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy are representing Hungary's opponents, AES and Electrabel.

Although it has offices in Europe, Arnold & Porter's arbitration strength lies in the US, where various directories recognise it in the third band of their main arbitration list. It has preserved that ranking despite the loss of the esteemed Whitney Debevoise III, who had given it much of its name in arbitration. Debevoise took a job at the World Bank in 2007. The firm took swift action, bringing in a team of three partners from Winston & Strawn.

The firm undertakes commercial and investment arbitration, but the investment side is probably where it is better known. As last year's edition of GAR 100 explained: Arnold & Porter is a firm where many attorneys have experience in government and multilateral organisations, so it is no surprise that its arbitration work reflects that milieu. The firm also has a world-leading sovereign debt practice that means many governments are already on its books.

The firm is especially proud of its success rate on the side of governments, one of the partners telling us that it enjoyed "an 80 per cent success rate on behalf of government clients at ICSID, a forum where, historically, the respondent states have won only 30 per cent of the time".

The names to know these days are: Paolo di Rosa, Raul Herrera and Gaela Gehring Flores (the three lateral hires, all native Spanish speakers); Jean Engelmayer Kalicki; and partner David Orta. 2008 saw Kalicki accept a partnership.


Arnold & Porter LLP is an international law firm of over 700 attorneys with an in-depth understanding of the changing business environment as it intersects with law, government practice, and public policy. The firm brings a valuable perspective and proven track record of experience in cross-border regulation, international arbitration and litigation, and transactional law.

The firm advises private sector clients, as well as sovereign governments and public entities, in a variety of international arbitration matters, both in the investor-state area as well as commercial arbitration.

Our team's members regularly serve as counsel, advisers, advocates, and arbitrators in proceedings before different arbitral for a worldwide, such as the ICC, ICSID, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, and others. Many of our team members specialize in disputes between sovereign states and private investors, including disputes arising out of concession agreements and other state contracts, and pursuant to investment treaties. The firm also handles international commercial arbitrations, assists in the drafting of arbitration clauses in connection with transactional agreements, and helps clients with enforcement and execution of arbitral awards

555 Twelfth Street
NW, Washington, DC
20004-1206, USA

Tel: +1 202.942.5000
Fax: +1 202.942.5999

For more information, please contact any of the partners of the international arbitration group:

Paolo Di Rosa
[email protected]

Gaela Gehring Flores
[email protected]

Jean Engelmayer Kalicki
[email protected]

David Orta
[email protected]

Mara V.J. Senn
[email protected]

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