Squire Patton Boggs moved up five spots this year to be ranked 18 in Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR’s) annual rankings of the top 30 international arbitration firms. The result was unveiled last week at the GAR 2019 Awards ceremony in Paris. In the past two years, the firm has now moved up 13 places in GAR’s rankings.
Squire Patton Boggs is recognized for acting on five bet-the-company cases and three large matters, with billable hours up by more than a quarter. Its work for states – among them Croatia and Slovakia – was highlighted as a particular strength of the practice.
The firm was also recognised for its investment in international arbitration talent as one of the firms behind the biggest moves in the market over the past six years. The recruitment of Luka Misetic in New York, Alain Farhad in Dubai, José Feris in Paris and Haig Oghigian in Tokyo, as well as the recent appointment of Ali Gursel from Curtis Mallet-Provost in New York were highlighted.
At the GAR awards, the firm was also a finalist in the categories of “International Arbitration Practice That Most Impressed” and “Best Innovation” for its groundbreaking guide UCIA – Universal Citation in International Arbitration, which was developed by Stephen Anway.
Mr. Anway, global co-chair of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice, commented: “We are delighted to be recognized as one of the leading firms in the world for international arbitration by GAR. Our practice is one of the fastest growing in the world, in both size and in the value of the claims we are handling, which, combined with our track record in investment treaty and natural gas price review arbitrations, gives us a very strong and unique position in the market.
“This award is recognition of the efforts of our outstanding team, for their commitment to clients and the continued growth of our practice.”
Co-chair George von Mehren, who founded the practice nearly 20 years ago, added: “Over the last two years, we have moved up the GAR rankings by 13 places, which is a mark of the progress we have made. I am tremendously proud of the achievements of our talented team and look forward to their future success.”
Squire Patton Boggs has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading international arbitration firms in the world by GAR. With a team of more than 100 lawyers with arbitration experience, the firm is a leader in energy industry and bilateral investment treaty arbitrations, and has participated in many high-profile cases.