Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the appointment of Professor Loukas Mistelis as Partner to strengthen its International Arbitration Team in Europe. Loukas is a leading expert in international dispute resolution and investment treaty law, and has extensive experience as an arbitrator, counsel, and expert witness in complex matters.
Loukas is currently the Clive M. Schmitthoff Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London, one of the leading law schools for international arbitration. He was previously the Director of the School of International Arbitration. He will maintain a part-time position at Queen Mary alongside his Partner position at Clyde & Co.
Loukas is a well-known figure in the industry and has practiced for more than 20 years in well over 70 international arbitration proceedings, including commercial, investment, energy and construction matters. His substantial arbitration experience covers ad hoc and ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, Swiss Chambers and Moscow cases. He has practised law in Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom, and acted as a consultant in Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Cambodia and Vietnam. He is multi-lingual and able to handle cases in English, German and Greek.
His arrival is the latest addition to the International Arbitration practice in the past year, following the hires of Partners Hery Ranjeva and Ivan Urzhumov in Paris in October 2020, Counsel Georg Scherpf in Hamburg in February 2021, and Counsel Christoph Pies in Düsseldorf in April 2021.
Ben Knowles, Partner and Chair, International Arbitration, comments: “This is a unique opportunity to appoint a leading light in the international arbitration space, which is recognised in many quarters as the fastest growing area of dispute resolution. We’re absolutely delighted that Loukas is joining our multifaceted team of arbitration specialists and together with our recent international arbitration hires across continental Europe, demonstrates our ambitions in this space.”
Clyde & Co Senior Partner Carolena Gordon comments: “At Clyde & Co we are always looking to bring on board diverse experience and expertise to offer our clients the best possible legal advice. Loukas is hugely well regarded as an academic and practitioner in the international arbitration community and further afield and will strengthen our international offering considerably.”
Professor Loukas Mistelis adds: “Joining a law firm represents a new and exciting challenge for me and Clyde & Co is a natural fit for this next stage in my career. Not only is it a firm with the right infrastructure and scale to enable me to further develop my counsel and arbitrator work, but it’s also a firm and a diverse and talented team to which I feel I can add tremendous value as it seeks to cement its position as a leading global arbitration firm.”
Clyde & Co's International Arbitration Group specialises in representing its clients in complex, big-ticket, multi-jurisdictional international arbitrations across sectors and in the world's established and emerging markets. The group has a breadth and depth of arbitration experience, and clients include corporations, investors, financial institutions, private individuals, governments, states, and state-owned entities.