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Covington’s International Arbitration Group, comprising more than 50 lawyers, handles cases under the rules of every major arbitration system in the world, under common law and civil law systems, and in English, Spanish, French, and other languages. We handle disputes in a wide variety of industries, including energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, insurance, construction, finance, sports, and life sciences.

We are lead counsel in commercial and investment-treaty disputes arising in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Middle East, involving claims valued in the billions of dollars. Several lawyers in the group are fully trained in more than one legal system, and our lawyers are regularly selected as chairs and party-appointed arbitrators in both commercial and investor-state arbitrations.

We are consistently ranked as a leading arbitration practice in Chambers, Legal 500, and Global Arbitration Review, and many of our lawyers are individually ranked as leaders in the field in these and similar publications.

Why Clients Choose Covington

  • Strategy with Results. We are regularly called upon to serve as lead counsel in some of the world’s most complex and high-profile arbitration matters. We have obtained awards valued at over $3.3 billion and defeated claims worth hundreds of millions of dollars. What sets us apart is the application of thorough analysis and creative strategic thinking to difficult cases; attention to detail; and a commitment to practical, business-minded lawyering.
  • Depth of Quality. Covington is known for its deep, highly skilled and unusually experienced bench of multilingual, multi-qualified lawyers. From top to bottom, we offer uncompromising quality.
  • Inter-disciplinary Expertise. Our case teams combine first-rate advocates, who are known for their "stand up" skills and credibility before tribunals, with leading lawyers in the substantive fields at issue — a reflection of our firm’s breadth of expertise and our team-oriented culture.
  • Law360, International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year (2019) 
  • Legal Week and the American Lawyer, "Transatlantic Arbitration Team of the Year" (2019) 
  • Named by Latinvex as one of the "Top Arbitration Firms" (2015-2019).
  • The American Lawyer, winner of “Global Dispute of the Year - International Arbitration” award (2013)
  • Chambers Global, Arbitration (International): Latin-America-wide (2020)
  • Chambers Latin America Award for Excellence, shortlisted for International Arbitration (International Counsel in Latin America) Law Firm of the Year (2013)    
  • GAR 100, International Arbitration (2014-2017)
  • GAR 30, International Arbitration (2013)
  • "They have an impressive client base and expertise in international arbitration." (Chambers UK 2018).
  • "The group operates well as an integrated team and demonstrates good commercial awareness." (Chambers Europe 2013)