Compact but highly distinguished Geneva-headquartered firm with a renowned presence in the PIL sphere. Often acts in investor-state arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID and UNCITRAL and is particularly active handling disputes in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Offers substantial strength in sovereign immunity and human rights matters, as well as adept guidance on the laws governing international organisations. In the latter half of 2018, the firm expanded its global footprint with the opening of a new office in London.
Enthused sources say: "They are very prudent and reliable lawyers, always at one's disposal, with an unbelievable ability to work through complex matters in the shortest time."
Another interviewee commented: "They provide a top-notch performance. I value their pragmatic and strategic advice. They have serious academic chops, but they are nevertheless extremely practical."
Chambers Global, Public International Law, Global-wide, 2019
Compact but highly distinguished Geneva-based firm with a renowned presence in the PIL sphere. Often acts in investor-state arbitrations under the auspices of ICSID and UNCITRAL and is particularly active handling disputes in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Offers substantial strength in sovereign immunity and human rights matters. "They are brilliant lawyers doing excellent work both on written pleadings and hearings. They are very responsive as well." Sources recognise the team as "highly skilled" and "very active" in the PIL field.
Chambers Global, Public International Law, 2018
Switzerland-based firm particularly noted for its formidable track record in arbitrations for both sovereign states and investor clients. Has significant knowledge of UNCITRAL and ICSID proceedings and is highly regarded for representations in Europe. The boutique team is acclaimed for its specialised involvement in this sector, with sources highlighting its "very strong presence in PIL dispute resolution." Commentators say: "They are highly experienced in investment disputes and international arbitration. We like the firm as it is responsive and has brilliant and efficient lawyers with a proven track record in investment disputes."
Chambers Global, Public International Law: Global-wide (Band 4), 2017
Switzerland-headquartered boutique active on a raft of investment treaty disputes. Formidable track record advising both states and investors in a broad range of sectors. Significant knowledge of UNCITRAL and ICSID proceedings.
Chambers Global 2016, Public International Law
Predominantly recognised for its noteworthy investment arbitration practice. Also advises on treaty interpretation, sovereign immunity, and Law of the Sea. Regularly appear in front of international courts and tribunals including ICSID and the ICJ.
"Fantastic firm with a great great reputation."
Chambers Global, Public International Law (Band 4) - Global-wide, 2015
(Lalive) has continued to prioritise public international law. Finnish-born Veijo Heiskanen is one of the names to know in this area. He has extensive experience in mass claims that can follow international conflict, having worked as counsel, adviser and arbitrator for the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, the UN Compensation Commission, the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts Switzerland, the UN Property Claims Commission in Kosovo and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission.
Global Arbitration Review, 2013, GAR 30: 16th worldwide