GAR 100 - 2nd Edition

Dechert LLP

Professional notice

Dechert is in part "Coudert Brothers' international arbitration practice reunited". Four alumni from that respected - but now defunct - Paris practice joined Dechert between 2005 and 2006.

Cases Pending:
Value of all claims:
Appearances in Who's Who Legal:
Treaty cases:
Arbitrator Appointments (chair/sole):
20 (10)

Pierre Mayer chairs from Paris, which is the practice's heart in terms of numbers. Now in his 60s, Mayer also teaches at the Sorbonne University. His book Private International Law is a popular academic text now in its ninth edition. Others to know in Paris are Xavier Nyssen, Philip Dunham and Eduardo Silva Romero. GAR featured Silva Romero in a "45 Under 45". The practice has a strong ICC connection. Silva Romero was the ICC Court's deputy secretary general from 2001 to 2005. His boss there, Anne-Marie Whitesell, has also joined. Silva Romero is one of the lawyers now maintaining Craig, Park & Paulsson's Annotated Guide to the 1998 ICC Arbitration Rules (he is currently working on the next edition).

The legal directories have started listing Dechert in the third band for Paris. It performs well in the GAR 30 and GAR Thirty (better, possibly, than the directories would predict). The Paris practice is now branching to London and the US. Daniel Gal joined the London office as partner, from Dewey & Leboeuf, where he had just been promoted. Gal receives strong reviews from arbitrators who have seen him in action.

Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Whitesell has begun working for the firm from the US. Whitesell was with the ICC for 11 years, six as secretary general. Pierre Karrer, the leading arbitrator, says few have her depth of case experience: Dechert is "lucky to reap its benefits". She will work closely with, among others, George Cohen, Dan Malone, George Foster, Dennis Hranitsky and David Bigge at the New York office. In the associate tier, José Manuel Garcia Represa is someone to watch. He joined in 2008 from Latham & Watkins in Paris. A highlight of recent work was taking on Shearman & Sterling in a multibillion-dollar dispute over armaments contracts in Asia.


Dechert's international arbitration and dispute resolution team helps clients engaged in cross-border transactions to resolve contentious issues and achieve their objectives.

Our arbitration lawyers have significant experience acting as both counsel and arbitrators in complex disputes conducted in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish under arbitral institutions such as ICC, ICSID, LCIA and other rules.

We have acted in commercial arbitrations and court actions arising from major procurement, construction, energy and infrastructure agreements and other international commercial contracts, and on major development projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We also represent clients under investment treaties and other international instruments.

We have successfully enforced numerous arbitral awards and court judgments in jurisdictions around the world, including high-profile cases in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa against States and State entities.

Our lawyers have acted on all sides of the table, representing State parties, majority or minority shareholders in joint ventures and independent contractors against State parties.

For more information, please contact:

Philip Dunham
+33 1 57 57 80 20
[email protected]

George Foster
New York
+1 212 698 3827
[email protected]

Daniel Gal
+44 20 7184 7618
[email protected]

Pierre Mayer
+33 1 57 57 80 11
[email protected]

Xavier Nyssen
+33 1 57 57 80 01
[email protected]

Eduardo Silva Romero
+33 1 57 57 80 14
[email protected]

Anne Marie Whitesell
Washington, D.C.
+1 202 261 3469
[email protected]

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