Debevoise Recognized at Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards

17 May 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has been recognized at the inaugural Benchmark Litigation European Awards, with two of its cases being named amongst the “Impact Cases of the Year”.

The awards are the first of their type to be held by Benchmark Litigation in Europe, after eight successful years of similar schemes in the United States, Canada and Asia. They recognize the market’s strongest and most trend-setting litigation practices and cases, based on extensive research from the Benchmark Litigation team, as well as direct feedback from the market. The “Impact Cases of the Year” category named those cases that most influenced the practice of litigation in various settings throughout Europe.

Amongst them were two Debevoise cases. The first was the team’s work with Royal Dutch Shell and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in the successful dismissal of claims in the English Court of Appeal regarding alleged oil spills in Ogoniland. Lord Goldsmith QC represented the client as advocate during the High Court and Court of Appeal hearings on the case. The High Court decision had also previously been named by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of the year.

Debevoise’s work with Rolls-Royce was also named amongst the market’s most impactful cases. The Debevoise team, led by Karolos Seeger and Bruce E. Yannett, advised Rolls-Royce in an internal investigation and coordinated resolutions with UK, U.S. and Brazil investigating authorities relating to bribery and corruption involving intermediaries in a number of overseas markets. The work had also been recognised at the British Legal Awards and The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards.

Debevoise & Plimpton has a market leading dispute resolution practice in Europe, with top-tier lawyers in international arbitration, commercial litigation, and white collar and regulatory defense work. They offer structured, risk-sensitive guidance to clients including multinationals, global organizations, sovereigns, prominent investors and entrepreneurs.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots. We deliver effective solutions to our clients’ most important legal challenges, applying clear commercial judgment and a distinctively collaborative approach.