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Investment Arbitration and Treaty Protection

Protecting investments throughout their life cycle


Even investments into relatively stable ‎jurisdictions may be affected by changes in the political and financial landscape. No investor can completely insulate their investment from such changes, but an investor can factor in investment protection across the life cycle of an investment.

We have long held a pre-eminent reputation for ICSID and other investor-state arbitration representations, having advised both investors and governments in a number of high-profile, complex and sensitive investment treaty arbitrations.

We advise our investor clients on how to obtain - and enforce - the best possible protections under investment treaties, investment codes and investment contracts.

Our state clients call on our leading treaty arbitration expertise which includes considerable state representation in investor-state disputes. We have experience of drafting their investment treaties and investment laws, as well as assisting to regulate and manage relationships with investors against the backdrop of their international law obligations.

We help our clients across a variety of industries including energy, mining, telecoms, infrastructure and financial services. Clients value our in-depth knowledge of the political landscape in many regions including Central Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Far East, and our ability to conduct arbitrations in all three of ICSID's official languages (English, French and Spanish). 

Our pre-eminent investment treaty arbitration practice is part of our wider public international law offering, and sits alongside our successful international commercial arbitration practice.

Recent Experience

Axos Capital Partners

Representing in an ICSID arbitration against Kosovo under the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Germany and the former Yugoslavia concerning the abortive privatisation of Kosovo's post and telecommunications company

Standard Chartered Bank

Representing Standard Chartered Bank and a subsidiary in two ICSID arbitrations (one under a Bilateral Investment Treaty and one under a Power Purchase Agreement), relating to its investment in a power station in Tanzania

Le Chèque Déjeuner

Representing the French investor in an ICSID arbitration against Hungary over claims in connection with the state's take-over of the prepaid meal and services vouchers sector under the France-Hungary Bilateral Investment Treaty

The state of Costa Rica

Representing Costa Rica in a DR-CAFTA claim lodged by real estate investor David Richard Aven and seven other US nationals under the UNCITRAL Rules

The Kingdom of Spain

Representing in arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules commenced by 14 investment funds based on alleged violations of the protections in the Energy Charter Treaty. This is the largest arbitration case in Spanish history

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