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Volterra Fietta is a team of public international lawyers, with a top-tier global reputation in both contentious and advisory matters. We combine outstanding academic credentials with the practical experience of seasoned legal professionals.

We are the only public international law firm in the world. We are the only international arbitration boutique law firm in the United Kingdom. We have one of the largest dedicated international dispute resolution teams in the world. The firm is ranked in the top tier by all the legal directories. In our cases, we invariably find ourselves adverse to the other top-ranked public international law and arbitration practices.

We act for States, international organisations and private entities in both contentious and non-contentious matters related to every continent and region of the world. Our team has a range of practical public international law experience within the governmental and commercial sectors that is unmatched by any other law firm in the world. Clients consistently instruct the firm to handle their complex, high-value, bet-the-country and bet-the-company issues.

We listen to our clients. We think about their issues. We act effectively to achieve
their objectives.

Graham Coop and Bernhard Maier published in leading practitioners’ guide to arbitration

Graham Coop and Bernhard Maier have co-authored a chapter entitled "A Comparative Analysis of the ECT and BITs in Light of Evolving EU Policy", which appears in the soon to be released book, The Leading Practitioners' Guide to International Oil & Gas Arbitration. The book has been highly praised by leading practitioners and academics alike, with reviewers stating that it "includes some of the best essays in the field" and calling it "a must-have for an international commercial arbitration library". The book will be released on 1 August 2015 and further information, including reviews, can be found here.

Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and Álvaro Nistal publish chapter in global guide on enforcement of arbitration awards

Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and Álvaro Nistal recently published a chapter for the newly-released guide on the Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards published by Global Business Publishing. The chapter is titled "Sovereign immunities and investor-state awards: specificities of enforcing awards based on investment treaties" and discusses the enforcement of ICSID and non-ICSID awards and the issue of sovereign immunity as a potential bar to the enforcement of those awards. It also provides a brief overview of the legislation and case law on sovereign immunity in France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Click here for further information.

Christophe Bondy joins Volterra Fietta as partner

Volterra Fietta is delighted to announce that Christophe Bondy has joined the firm as partner. Christophe has two decades' experience handling complex international disputes and is recognised as an expert in international investment law. He will further strengthen Volterra Fietta’s international trade and investment offering. For further information please click here.

Volterra Fietta continues sponsorship of the BIICL Arthur Watts Seminar Series in Public International Law

Volterra Fietta is pleased to announce its continued sponsorship of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law ("BIICL") Arthur Watts Seminar Series in Public International Law 2014-16. The BIICL Arthur Watts Seminar Series in Public International Law brings together highly reputed and experienced academics and practitioners in the field of public international law to discuss and debate current issues in this field. Click here for more information.

Robert Volterra profiled in The Law Society Gazette

On 11 May 2015, The Law Society Gazette published a profile of Robert Volterra. The article, in the official magazine of the English Law Society, is based on a recent interview with Robert. It discusses his role at Volterra Fietta -- the world's only dedicated public international law firm -- in reducing global conflict through representing both States and private clients in major cross-border disputes around the globe. The article can be found here.

Volterra Fietta client OI European Group B.V. successful in obtaining record-breaking ICSID award

Volterra Fietta client OI European Group B.V. ("OIEG"), the Dutch subsidiary of US glass container manufacturer Owens-Illinois, Inc., has been successful in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela for the unlawful expropriation of OIEG's majority interest in two plants in Venezuela. The compensation awarded is the fourth-largest ICSID award on record. It was rendered pursuant to the 1991 Netherlands-Venezuela bilateral investment treaty. The award can be found in Spanish here.

Landmark ruling in favour of Volterra Fietta client in State-to-State dispute

Volterra Fietta client the Government of Malaysia wins billion dollar sui generis treaty dispute against the Government of Singapore. Robert Volterra was appointed lead counsel by Malaysia in the case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration. See Triumph of the Tiger article. The award can be found here.

RECENT ACCOLADES

Volterra Fietta is named the top public international law practice in the UK in the 2015 edition of the Chambers & Partners UK legal directory. The firm is described as being "sought out for its exceptional counsel on both the contentious and advisory sides." The directory noted that the firm "[a]cts for prominent clients across the full spectrum of PIL matters, from international maritime law and investment treaty arbitrations to economic sanctions and sovereign debt." Robert Volterra is ranked in the first tier individually and Stephen Fietta is ranked in the second tier individually amongst the top public international law practitioners.

Chambers & Partners UK 2015 names Volterra Fietta to its list of leading international arbitration practices. The directory notes that Volterra Fietta is an "international disputes firm with a specialism in investment and energy charter treaty arbitrations. Counts governments and overseas investors among its clients." It said "Robert Volterra maintains his solid presence in the international arbitration space." Robert is also ranked individually in the category amongst the top international arbitration practitioners.

Patricio Grané Labat was ranked in the Chambers & Partners Global and Latin America Directories 2014, which described Patricio as a "skilled and experienced lawyer who knows exactly what to expect and anticipates the required course of action".

Volterra Fietta retains its top tier ranking in public international law in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 UK directory ranking. Robert Volterra and Stephen Fietta are named as "leading individuals". Patricio Grané Labat and Graham Coop are also "highly regarded".

The Legal 500 UK 2014 names Volterra Fietta to its list of leading international arbitration practices.

The American Lawyer ranks Volterra Fietta amongst the "Top 10 Arbitration Firms" in the world. The list is part of the Arbitration Scorecard 2013, a biennial survey that identifies the law firms handling the most high-stakes treaty and commercial arbitrations.

Global Arbitration Review once again names Volterra Fietta as one of the 100 leading international arbitration practices in the 2014 edition of the GAR100.

Volterra Fietta retains its first tier ranking in public international law in the 2014 edition of the Chambers & Partners legal directory. "Praised for its boundary dispute and investment treaty arbitration work", Volterra Fietta is known for being a "[m]ultilingual team handling a broad caseload that includes both contentious and non-contentious matters". Robert Volterra and Stephen Fietta are also both individually ranked amongst the top public international law practitioners.

Chambers & Partners UK 2014 names Volterra Fietta to its list of leading international arbitration practices. "Robert Volterra is 'very smart', sources say" and "is well liked as an advocate". "Stephen Fietta is highly acclaimed in the market". Robert Volterra and Stephen Fietta are also both individually ranked in the category.

Volterra Fietta retains its top tier ranking in public international law in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK directory ranking.

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IN THE NEWS

On 1 August 2015, Graham Coop and Bernhard Maier's co-authored chapter entitled "A Comparative Analysis of the ECT and BITs in Light of Evolving EU Policy" will be published in The Leading Practitioners' Guide to International Oil & Gas Arbitration. Further information, including reviews, can be found here.

On 7 July 2015, Robert Volterra and Patricio Grané Labat were quoted in an article in The Guardian on the importance of foreign languages for legal professionals. Click here for the article.

On 6 July 2015, Legal Business published an article on Volterra Fietta's hire of Christophe Bondy as partner. Click here for the article.

On 30 June 2015, Global Arbitration Review published an article on Volterra Fietta's hire of Christophe Bondy as partner. Click here for the article.

On 30 June 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution published an article, "Trading Places" on Volterra Fietta's hire of Christophe Bondy as partner. Click here for the article.

On 2 June 2015, Stephen Fietta was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's "Law in Action" programme about the public international law implications of the "migrants at sea" crisis. The recording of the interview can be found here.

On 24 June 2015, Giorgio Mandelli will be speaking as part of a panel on "Strategic Objectives Behind Preliminary Measures in Arbitral Proceedings" at an ICC Arbitration Seminar on "Emergency and Preliminary Measures" in London.

On 22 May, Patricio Grané-Labat spoke at the Madrid Arbitration Day. The title of the event was "Investment Arbitration and WTO Litigation at a crossroads" and the topic of his panel was "Trade and investment disputes in real life: are they complementary, what are the pros and cons of parallel proceedings, how should they be coordinated?"

On 11 May 2015, The Law Society Gazette published a profile of Robert Volterra. The magazine, the official magazine of the English Law Society, is based on a recent interview with Robert. It discusses his role at Volterra Fietta -- the world's only dedicated public international law firm -- in reducing global conflict through representing both States and private clients in major cross-border disputes around the globe. The article can be found here.

On 30 April 2015, Giorgio Mandelli spoke as part of a panel on "An Alleged Democracy Deficit: What is the Future for Investment Treaty Arbitration?" at the ABA—Section of International Law 2015 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

On 29 April 2015, Stephen Fietta spoke at the British Turkish Lawyers Association's Annual London Seminar on the use of Turkey's many investment treaties to protect international investments (click here for more details).

On 23 April 2015, Graham Coop was quoted in an article in the Global Arbitration Review, "Italy to quit Energy Charter Treaty".

On 22 April 2015, Stephen Fietta spoke about different approaches to valuation in investment disputes at an event hosted by BIICL entitled "Investment Treaty Forum Special Conference – Current Issues in Valuation & Quantum in Investor State Arbitration" (click here for more details).

On 14 April 2015, Patricio Grané-Labat gave the keynote address at the 9th Annual International Graduate Law Research Conference at King's College. The topic of his address was whether Israel committed war crimes in Gaza since June 2014 and whether the International Criminal Court could prosecute those responsible now that the State of Palestine is a State Party to the Rome Statute.

On 13 April 2015, Robert Volterra quoted in an article in Australasian Lawyer, "Morning Briefing: Every lawyer should study international law". The article can be found here.

On 8 April 2015, Robert Volterra quoted in an article in the Guardian, "Why every aspiring lawyer should study international law". The article can be found here.

On 15 March 2015, Robert Volterra spoke at the Cambridge Arbitration Day on new trends in treaty arbitration (click here for more details).

On February 2015, Robert Volterra, Graham Coop and Álvaro Nistal published a chapter titled "Sovereign immunities and investor-state awards: specificities of enforcing awards based on investment treaties" in the global guide, Enforcement of Investment Treaty Arbitration Awards. Click here for more information.

On 12 February 2015, Robert Volterra spoke on "The infringement of the obligations of self-restraint and cooperation under Articles 74(3) and 83(3), and possible strategies to bring disputes emanating from such infringement before relevant courts and tribunals" at a symposium on "The Rule of Law in the Seas of Asia" in Tokyo, Japan.

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