King & Wood Mallesons has been recognised as one of the top 30 international arbitration firms in the world by leading industry publication Global Arbitration Review (GAR), in its annual rankings of the world’s most active international arbitration practices.
The award celebrates the technical sophistication of the work performed by the global dispute resolution/litigation group and the calibre of the cross-border team as one of the top international arbitration teams globally.
GAR cited the firm’s global expansion as one of the key reasons for its ranking, highlighting the combination of Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jacques with mainland Chinese firm King & Wood, followed in November 2013 by the combination with European and Middle East firm SJ Berwin, with all legacy firms having a very strong track record in international arbitration.
GAR also highlighted a number of other important developments in the ranking including:
- The expansion of the Hong Kong practice to include shareholder, joint venture, banking and insurance arbitrations
- The recent hire of partner Alex Baykitch in Sydney, who joined from Holman Fenwick Willan and is a member of the Australian delegation to UNCITRAL and the ICC arbitration committee
- The hire of Paul Stothard, the former head of international arbitration for the Middle East at Dentons, who joined the firm’s London office in September 2013
Craig Pollack, co-ordinator of the global dispute resolution/litigation group, said: “"We are pleased that GAR has recognised the quality, breadth and depth of the international arbitration offering of the new combined firm. We have acclaimed and rising stars in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, China and Australia. Advancing as a perennial international arbitration powerhouse is a core purpose of our unique global combination."
The annual GAR 30 survey is based on a number of criteria including the number and value of merit and jurisdictional hearings the firm participated in during the past two years, as well as the number of pending cases as arbitrator and as counsel and the number of listings a firm achieved in the most recent edition of GAR’s sister publication The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
The awards highlighted a number of the firm’s market-leading arbitrations including:
- The Wahaha dispute, the biggest Sino–Western arbitration to date, with total claims exceeding €1.8 billion
- The teams in London and Dubai helping Mobile Telesystems resist enforcement of a US$200 million LCIA award in favour of Nomihold Securities in three jurisdictions
- The victory for Australian mining company White Industries in an investment treaty claim against India, which has the potential to significantly affect the manner in which international arbitral awards are viewed by the Indian courts
The firm’s international arbitration team is concentrated in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, London and Dubai. There are also practitioners in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Perth, Madrid, Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt.