Commercial Arbitration in Europe

A Market-Leading Team Built on Unparalleled Experience


Debevoise’s commercial arbitration team in Europe is a central component of the firm’s internationally recognized Arbitration Group. It advises around the world on cases governed under UK law, and is led by renowned leaders in the field. It is known for its powerful advocacy, and frequently argues multi-billion dollar cases. Chambers UK describes the team as a “stellar international arbitration practice, regularly undertaking complex commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations.”

The Group acts as counsel in the full range of arbitration disputes. Lawyers from the firms’ European offices have represented clients before every major arbitral institution.

Working both independently and in conjunction with Debevoise’s lawyers in New York, Moscow, and Hong Kong, the firm’s European team advises clients on disputes arising in any jurisdiction around the world. Chambers UK cites client sources commenting that “the firm interacts seamlessly between the various geographies.”

Lawyers on the firm’s European team act as counsel in arbitrations both for and against sovereign states, as well as for leading multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals, providing advice and representation informed by an in-depth grasp of multinational nuances.

Debevoise’s International Arbitration practice is advocacy-led, taking a case through every stage, from initial advice and strategy through each stage of arbitration and in hearings, providing a continuity of service that is unmatched in the market. The arbitration team in Europe also advises and represents clients in court proceedings for interim measures, emergency injunctions, anti-suit relief, challenging awards, and enforcement proceedings.

The practice has particular experience in the energy sector, advising on matters including disputes relating to construction and infrastructure, joint operating agreements, transportation agreements, joint bid agreements, concessions, oil and gas supply contracts and other arrangements.

The team also has genuine strength in the mining sector, handling a range of disputes including those between mine owners and contractors, joint venture disputes, disputes under supply agreements and disputes with state entities relating to mining licenses and concessions.

Construction is another sector of strength for the team. It has extensive experience in handling all phases of the most complex, demanding and high-risk construction disputes.

Debevoise partners also sit as arbitrators and play a thought leadership role within the arbitration community, including through innovations such as the firm’s Arbitration Protocol and through holding prominent positions in a number of professional bodies.