LAWFUEL – Arbitration & Litigation News – Responding to the growing importance of the London market for international arbitration work, top-ranked international arbitration firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced plans to bolster its London practice with the relocation of three of its most highly-rated practitioners to join Geoff Nicholas and his team.
Nigel Rawding, a partner since 1991, returns to the London office in Spring 2007, having spent nearly two years working alongside fellow leading practitioner Lucy Reed in the firm’s New York office.
Constantine Partasides, based in Paris with Jan Paulsson’s team since 1998 and a partner since 2004, returns in Summer 2007 to London where he first trained and then qualified into the firm’s dispute resolution practice.
Brian King, a New York-qualified lawyer based in Amsterdam since 1999 and a partner since 2002, also moves to London in Summer 2007.
All three are ranked amongst the leading practitioners in the field, most recently in Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who of International Arbitration Lawyers for 2007. Their combined experience includes numerous high-value and high-profile cross-border investment disputes as well as commercial arbitrations.
Commenting on the move, global practice group head Jan Paulsson observed, ‘We are fortunate to have in our international arbitration group some of the leading individual practitioners in the field, whose expertise and experience contribute to our ranking as the number one firm in this practice area. The practice has a long tradition of transferring and combining talent between and within its flagship offices, including long-term postings as well as the day-to-day assembling of multi-jurisdictional and multi-lingual teams for individual cases.
London is now the world’s leading arbitration venue and we are recognising the importance of this development by deploying our resources accordingly.’
Nigel is a dispute resolution partner and a senior member of the international arbitration group. He has recently relocated to New York, having spent nearly 15 years as a partner in the firm’s London office and prior to that, a period of time in Hong Kong. His arbitration experience includes numerous ad hoc, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations and other cases, mainly as counsel but also sitting as arbitrator. He has also represented clients in a wide variety of UK High Court commercial litigation cases.
Nigel is a member of the ICC Commission on International Arbitration and a director of the LCIA. He is a co-author of The Freshfields’ Guide to Arbitration: Clauses in International Contracts (Kluwer, 2nd revised edition, 1999).
He was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, joined the firm as a trainee in 1982 and has been a partner since 1991.
Constantine has been based in the firm’s Paris office since 1998. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, including under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, AAA and ICSID. Constantine’s recent work includes disputes in the European telecommunications sector, disputes relating to eastern European privatisation programmes and disputes arising from energy investments in the former Soviet Union.
He is a co-author of the fourth edition of Redfern & Hunter’s leading text book on international arbitration The law and practice of international arbitration and the news editor of the journal International Arbitration Law Review. He is a member of the LCIA European Users’ Council and a former co-chairman of the LCIA’s under 40s’ international arbitration group.
Brian is a US-qualified lawyer and a partner in our Amsterdam office, where he currently heads the Amsterdam arbitration team. His practice centres on acting as counsel or arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations and investment arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, NAI, UNCITRAL and other arbitration rules.
Brian regularly speaks and publishes on arbitration-related topics. He has lectured at the Grotius Academy as well as at Dutch universities, and he is a frequent speaker at arbitration conferences. His articles have appeared in the ICC Bulletin and numerous other publications.
Brian received a Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from the New York University School of Law in 1990 and a degree in politics and economics (summa cum laude) from Princeton University in 1985. He has practised in Europe since 1996, and he joined the Amsterdam office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on its founding in 1999.