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Dechert’s Growing International Arbitration Practice Sets Sight on London as Daniel Gal Joins the Team
June 5, 2008
Dechert News Release

Dechert LLP, which has been studiously building up its international arbitration team in Paris, has now turned its attention to the UK and recruited Daniel Gal to the firm. In April 2008, Dechert brought in Anne Marie Whitesell, a former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Mr Gal, who joins Dechert as a partner in London, has extensive experience representing clients before all of the major international arbitral institutions. He focuses on multi-jurisdictional disputes and has represented European, U.S., Brazilian and Russian companies in arbitrations in sectors as diverse as mining, energy, general corporate and optical fibre production. Throughout 2003-2005, he advised the controllers of Brasil Telecom in their dispute with Telecom Italia for the control of Brasil Telecom.

A former Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia, Mr Gal is a graduate of Oxford University. He currently serves on the Organizing Committee for the biennial Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2010.

He joins an international arbitration team that has been recognised “as a key player in international arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrators” by The Legal 500 EMEA, an “extremely serious player in the market” by Chambers Europe, and “a leading team with a global practice” by French legal magazine Décideurs, Stratégie Finance et Droit. Dechert is ranked among the 20 leading law firms globally for international arbitration in Global Arbitration Review.

In April of 2008, Dechert brought on Anne Marie Whitesell (Of Counsel, Washington DC), a former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she supervised approximately 1,100 international arbitration cases involving parties from over 120 countries each year.

Other Dechert specialists in international arbitration include:

  • Pierre Mayer (Partner, Paris), a member of the Council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and a former President of the Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the International Law Association, with expertise in international trade, joint ventures and industrial cooperation, technology transfer, oil and gas, distribution and construction disputes;
  • Eduardo Silva Romero (Partner, Paris), a former Counsel and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, focuses on disputes involving state entities, as well as Spanish and Latin American parties. His experience includes international sales and distribution contracts, construction, oil, M&A and electricity-related disputes;
  • Xavier Nyssen (Partner, Paris), head of the Paris Dispute Resolution Group, specialises in complex arbitration disputes in the telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical and construction sectors;
  • Philip Dunham (Partner, Paris), an English solicitor registered as a foreign lawyer with the Paris bar, focuses on general corporate, license, joint venture, oil and gas, energy, and construction disputes. Ends

With more than 1,000 lawyers in the United States, Europe and Asia, Dechert LLP is an international law firm focused on corporate and securities, complex litigation and international arbitration, real estate finance, financial services and asset management, business restructuring and reorganization, intellectual property, labor and employment, and tax law.