White & Case has been ranked the top international arbitration practice in the world by Global Arbitration Review, as announced at an awards ceremony held in Washington, DC on February 25, 2015.
White & Case placed number one globally in the Global Arbitration Review GAR 30 ranking of the world's leading international arbitration practices. The survey highlighted the Firm's 160-plus arbitration practitioners and its large case load of 303 arbitrations valued at US$88 billion, including 39 pending international treaty cases.
Global Arbitration Review hailed White & Case as being "at the top of its game," noting that it "has big name individuals, lots of offices, and history as a pioneer in this area… So how did it get to this enviable position?" The publication cited several key factors:
A Pioneer: "White & Case was one of the first US law firms to do extensive work overseas," dating back a century. "Today's international arbitration practice can be seen as growing from those origins. As a result of its early foreign work, international disputes began to arrive on its doorstep."
Depth: "The practice is now more than 160 lawyers strong, working around the globe (including a number of spots where rivals aren’t on the ground)."
Breadth: "Twenty of the firm’s 39 offices are home to international arbitration names. In addition to the usual centres – London, Paris, New York, DC, Stockholm and Singapore – the list includes Mexico City."
Quality: "White & Case has a reputation around the market as a fearsome and creative opponent. In fact, in ICSID work, a survey by Credibility International (a damages consulting firm) recently assessed White & Case as the 'winningest' law firm at ICSID."
Results: "White & Case’s record is hard to argue with," and this "winning streak showed no sign of abating" with a recent series of major victories.
Clients: "White & Case is blessed with a list full of clients that return." Clients described our Practice as "simply the best" and "superb from the beginning to the end" with "good strategic judgment, strong argumentation and a diligent approach to every matter." "Nothing was left unchallenged, unattended or not discussed... To say we were pleased would be an understatement."
According to Global Arbitration Review, the Firm’s number one ranking reflected "the remarkable growth in White & Case’s practice, which saw its number of bet-the-company and large hearings almost double compared with last year." The methodology used to determine the GAR 30 is based principally on the number and value of cases and hearings over a two-year period.
A complete version of White & Case's GAR 30 commentary can be found here.
The White & Case International Arbitration Practice was established three decades ago and has repeatedly been recognized at the top of its field worldwide.