Philipp Kurek

Partner Litigation
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Philipp Kurek is an arbitration partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis. Philipp represents clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations around the world. Philipp’s practice includes international investment dispute resolution, where Philipp has substantial experience of providing strategic advice and representing clients in both ICSID and ad hoc arbitrations.


Thought Leadership


EU member states agree to terminate their intra-EU BITs: is this the end of intra-EU BIT arbitrations and what about Brexit?, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, February 2019, Co-author

Update on the European Commission’s drive for investment courts, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, November 2017, Co-author

Intra-EU BITs: time to reconsider European investment structures? Practical Law Arbitration Blog, April 2017

Jurisdiction over Counterclaims by Respondent States, Corporate Disputes Magazine, April 2017, Co-author

Standard Chartered Bank v TANESCO: contractual ICSID case calls finality of ICSID decisions into questions, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, November 2016, Co-author

Investment Structuring In The Context Of Investment Treaty Protections, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, July 2016

The EU Flexes its Muscles: Update on EU Foreign Investment Disputes, Practical Law Arbitration Blog, February 2016, Co-author

European Reform of Investment Protection & Investor-State Dispute Settlement, Expert guide: Litigation & Dispute Resolution Guide 2014, Co-author

Balancing the Scales: Investment Arbitration in the Context of Sovereign Debt Restructurings, Expert Guide, August 2013, Co-author


Chambers & Partners UK - Investor-State Arbitration, 2022

  • Ranked as Up and Coming
  • “Philipp is highly competent, very motivated and pleasant to work with. He is experienced and has an excellent reputation in the field of international arbitration. His knowledge, experience and work are excellent.”

The Legal 500 UK - International Arbitration, 2022

  • “Philipp Kurek has an excellent grasp of his cases.”
  • “Philipp Kurek is very smart – as diligent as he is thorough.”


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • English
  • German


  • The University of Law, London MoorgatePost-Graduate Diploma in Legal PracticeDistinction2008–2009
  • Faculty of Law, University of CambridgeLaw, M.A. (Cantab)2005–2008