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“The quality of their output is outstanding” – Chambers UK

Kirkland’s international arbitration group is part of the firm’s world-renowned dispute resolution team. One of the leading international arbitration groups; the group handles and has handled some of the highest stakes arbitrations. The group is comprised of dedicated international commercial and investment arbitration specialists based in London, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C.; Hong Kong and Shanghai. As noted by the Global Arbitration Review in its GAR 100 survey, “in contrast to other US litigation powerhouses, Kirkland & Ellis does have a serious international arbitration team.”

Kirkland represents clients in international arbitrations under the auspices of all the leading international arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Kirkland also regularly represents clients in ad-hoc arbitrations, including arbitrations pursuant to the UNCITRAL rules. The group has extensive experience in representing clients in investment treaty arbitrations both ad hoc and under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The group is experienced in all aspects of international arbitration, from drafting dispute resolution clauses to representing clients in high profile, cross-border, bet-the-company complex arbitrations to serving as arbitrators. The group’s strength lies in dealing with cases that are cross-border and involve multiple jurisdictions, as well as handling any related court proceedings. The group also draws upon a broad range of disciplines to assist their clients in solving their clients’ cross-border legal and regulatory problems in the most expedient and effective manner possible, always taking a client-centric approach.

Our clients work across a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, logistics, manufacturing, mining and metals, technology, and telecommunications.

Kirkland is recognised as one of the world’s leading dispute resolution firms. Kirkland is listed in the Global Arbitration Review GAR 100 survey as one of the leading international arbitration law firms and is listed among the best firms in the area of Dispute Resolution in Chambers UK and in the Legal 500.

Kirkland was the 2008 winner of The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Department of the Year” award. Subsequently, The American Lawyer named Kirkland one of five finalist firms for the “Litigation Department of the Year” in 2010 and 2016, and the Firm received an honourable mention in 2012 and 2014. The Firm was recognized as the most innovative law firm of 2014 at the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers awards. Kirkland has continued its success with its recognition for the fifth time as a “Fearsome Foursome” and one of the select 2016 “Powerhouse Firms” by BTI Litigation Outlook. Most recently, Kirkland was recognized as the top-ranked law firm on Law360’s Litigation Powerhouses list.

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