For the fifth year in a row, White & Case has been ranked the top international arbitration practice in the world by Global Arbitration Review (GAR), which announced White & Case's top spot at its GAR 100 awards ceremony in Paris on April 4.
White & Case once again took the top spot in the GAR 30, a ranking of the "busiest practices, which is generated from the size and number of the disputes all the firms in the [GAR 100] have argued in the past two years," according to GAR.
GAR selects its GAR 30 firms following a detailed analysis of each firm's composition and activity, including such metrics as the number of merits hearings and jurisdictional hearings in a two-year period and the amount of money at stake, the number of hours billed to arbitration and the number of pending cases in which a firm’s members have been appointed as arbitrators.
White & Case's roster of more than 180 arbitration practitioners and its large case load, valued at US$202 billion (up from US$144 billion in last year's GAR 30), were both cited by GAR as factors that helped the firm retain the top slot.
In its ranking report on White & Case, GAR wrote "The US powerhouse won $650 million in an Angola-related case, settled a mammoth dispute over a nuclear power plant, secured more defence wins for Peru, and picked up new instructions from South Korea and Saudi Arabia…. White & Case is blessed with a list full of clients that return."
"For the fifth year in a row, we stand alone at the top of the GAR 30 rankings," said partner Paul Friedland (New York), White & Case global head of International Arbitration. "This attests to the confidence that our clients, including numerous repeat clients, place in us for the highest stakes cases."