White & Case was one of the firms fêted by Global Arbitration Review at its annual awards ceremony on March 3, 2011.
White & Case was given an award for being one of the biggest and busiest practices in international arbitration today, according to research undertaken for the Global Arbitration Review 100. The GAR 100 is an annual guide to the world's leading international arbitration practices. In the course of producing the book, the editorial team selects the biggest and busiest 30 practices for a special distinction (dubbed the GAR 30 ranking).
White & Case placed third globally in the GAR 30, moving up from fifth place in last year's ranking. The methodology used to determine the rankings is objective, based principally on the number and value of merits hearings between 2009 and 2010.
In addition, two of White & Case's recent arbitration victories - PIATCO v. The Philippines and Global & Globex v. Ukraine - were both nominated for Arbitration Win of the Year 2010, and Jonathan Hamilton, a partner in our Washington, DC office, was nominated for Advocate of the Year 2010.
The commentary of the GAR 30 noted that, "only White & Case appears to have the partner infrastructure – a big enough team, divided across many different locations – to carry that caseload [of rivaling the top ranked practice] (and nearly is already) while also having individuals with the stature to pitch for the biggest assignments. White & Case has also been demonstrating more ambition of late. It now sponsors the leading scientific survey on international arbitration – the Queen Mary Survey – and has brought in a global practice manager: a lawyer poached from Allen & Overy to operate from New York[,] and new leadership and stronger central practice management are only going to make things tighter still. Perhaps future editions of the GAR 30 will show that it was around 2010 that White & Case ignited its growth."
Clients commented that they were "most impressed by White & Case's commitment... I would never consider going to any other firm," and that our lawyers displayed "a combination of big-picture understanding and management of the smallest details despite heavy time pressure," and ''extreme care and devotion and meticulous control over the facts and figures."