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Who's Who Legal Names 6 V&E Lawyers In 2021 Arbitration Guide

Vinson & Elkins partners Joseph Chedrawe, Amir Ghaffari, Jim Loftis, Scott Stiegler and Louise Woods and counsel Alexander Slade have been named in Who’s Who Legal’s 2021 Arbitration guide.

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration guide identifies the world’s best arbitration lawyers, who come highly recommended for their expertise in resolving complex international disputes. Through nominations from clients, those listed have been recognized by their peers and clients as the leading names in the field.

Chedrawe is an experienced disputes practitioner who has acted as counsel in more than 35 international construction, engineering, and commercial arbitrations under all the major arbitral institutions and in ad-hoc proceedings, as well as in cross-border litigation. He has represented multinational corporations, governments and private clients across multiple sectors, with experience in more than 30 countries across four continents. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and appears as an advocate in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

An experienced international arbitrator, Ghaffari has acted as counsel in more than 75 international commercial and construction arbitrations administered under the rules of all the major arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. He represents clients across a number of sectors, with particular experience in energy and natural resources, as well as construction and engineering. Ghaffari is noted by Who’s Who Legal as someone who “impresses peers by demonstrating ‘exceptional understanding of the issues’ when acting as counsel in international commercial and construction arbitrations.”

Loftis, head of V&E’s International Dispute Resolution practice, focuses on the arbitration and litigation of international commercial and investor-state disputes and counsels in matters involving public international law and treaties. He handles disputes involving all aspects of energy, construction and infrastructure development; disputes under investment laws and treaties; and boundary disputes, cross-border technology disputes and sovereign debt.

Stiegler is an accomplished international construction lawyer who focuses his practice on complex, multi-jurisdictional energy and infrastructure projects. He has notable experience with high-value, large-scale disputes and has also played a central role in developing V&E’s growing “Energy-from-Waste” practice.

Woods’ practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. Her experience includes arbitration under all the major institutional arbitration rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings. Woods also acts for clients in investor-state disputes. She has experience across a number of sectors, in particular in energy and natural resources and financial services. Woods also works in support of greater diversity in arbitration. She serves as vice-president of ArbitralWomen, a nonprofit that supports the promotion of women in international dispute resolution.

Slade acts as counsel and advocate in both investment and international commercial arbitrations, under a wide range of arbitral rules, seats and governing laws, and also counsels clients on public international law. He focuses in particular on the energy sector, infrastructure, tech/telecoms, construction and post-M&A disputes. He regularly speaks and writes on arbitration, and is on the board of the organizing committee for the 2020 International Arbitration Charity Ball.

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