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Fried Frank Grows Its International Arbitration Practice, Welcomes James Barratt in London

News releases | December 3, 2019

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that James Barratt will join the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Department and the International Arbitration Practice. He will join on 6 January, 2020 and will be based in the Firm’s London office.

Mr. Barratt has more than 15 years of experience as an international arbitration lawyer, specializing in international commercial arbitration, public international law, and investment arbitration. He has served as counsel in over 40 international arbitrations, on behalf of governments, international organizations, and multinationals, administered under the rules of all major institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings under various applicable laws. Mr. Barratt has worked extensively with clients in Asia Pacific and Latin America and has a particular focus on disputes in the energy sector. He has also conducted substantial arbitrations in various sectors, including life sciences, private equity, aviation, defense, technology, and telecommunications and frequently advises clients on investment treaty disputes and public international law.
“We are pleased to welcome James to the Firm,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “His expertise is an excellent addition to our litigation team and will help serve our clients on their most complex disputes matters.”
Mr. Barratt’s arrival further advances Fried Frank’s strategy to grow its European presence and align its core offerings in Europe with the core strengths of the Firm in the US. Most recently, the Firm welcomed corporate partners John J. Satory and Jérôme S. Friedrich to the London and Frankfurt offices, respectively.
Mr. Barratt will join Fried Frank from Squire Patton Boggs, where he was an international arbitration partner in the London office. He was previously counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and practiced at WilmerHale LLP. Mr. Barratt has worked on billion-dollar arbitrations and has served as the “first chair” advocate, running arbitrations and conducting the advocacy in some of the largest-ever international arbitrations. He is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts. 
“James is highly-regarded in the global arbitration space and has a robust reputation for meeting clients’ dispute resolution needs in an increasingly complex regulatory landscape,” said Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm's London office. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to grow our London office.”
Mr. Barratt has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2017-2019) as a “Future Leader” in the Partners category, Expert Guides Rising Stars for International Arbitration (2015-2019) and Legal 500 UK, International Arbitration (2018-2019). He received his Bar Vocational Diploma from the Inns of Court School of Law and received a master’s degree from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.
Fried Frank's Litigation Department represents global corporations and financial institutions in their most challenging and complex matters. The Firm's litigators in the United States and Europe handle a diverse range of matters, involving a wide array of industries, jurisdictions and areas, such as significant intellectual property disputes, international arbitrations, multi-jurisdictional litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, and securities enforcement and regulation. The Fried Frank International Arbitration Practice is consistently included in Global Arbitration Review's Top 100 International Arbitration law firms globally. The London team is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 UK in commercial litigation and international arbitration, which in its 2019 edition identifies the practice as a quality of legal advice that is “second to none.” 
Fried Frank’s London office has provided sophisticated counsel to clients on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities for almost 50 years. With a team of US, UK, and internationally-qualified lawyers, the London office aligns with the Firm’s core strengths in the US, advising clients across many different sectors and geographies, including on cross-border matters around the world.

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