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Roos, Hanna

Hanna Roos

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +44 20 7653 2053, Direct Fax: +44 20 7653 2100
Tel: +44 20 7653 2000 Fax: +44 20 7653 2100

Hanna Roos is of counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. She is a Solicitor Advocate in the Supreme Court of England and Wales, and has represented a broad range of clients, including states and large corporations in high-value international arbitrations and litigations in a variety of sectors, particularly energy, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.  Her practice also includes the renewable and nuclear, construction, commodities, mining, media and entertainment, consumer goods, satellite, insurance, banking, telecoms, PE and human rights sectors.

Ms. Roos sits as arbitrator and is recognised in the Legal 500 Intl Arbitration Powerlist UK 2019 which “showcases 200 of the UK’s leading practitioners working in law firms and at the bar”. She is also identified as a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2019 and 2018, a directory of the “foremost legal practitioners in business law based upon comprehensive, independent research”. She has also won Women in Law Awards 2017 and 2018 – Medicine and Ethics and was shortlisted for the 2016 WeAreTheCity Rising Stars as one of 100 nominees in London, drawn from nearly 1,000 nominations from more than 260 companies in various industry sectors.

She has lectured as an External Professor for an international Masters program in clinical pharmacology, supported inter alia by Milan University and the Mario Negri Institute.

Ms. Roos has represented clients in a variety of sectors including the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, oil and gas, renewable energy, construction, nuclear, commodities, mining, satellite, insurance, telecoms and private equity sectors.

Commercial arbitration and litigation

  • Acting on high-value ICC arbitrations concerning gas pricing reopeners.
  • Acting on an HKIAC administered arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules regarding development and financing of an African oil field.
  • Acting on an SCC arbitration regarding environmental regulatory compliance in the aftermath of a share sale.
  • Advising a pharmaceutical company in a potential dispute regarding commercialization and marketing authorization of a novel treatment in Europe.
  • Acting on an ICC arbitration concerning an insurance joint venture in Cyprus.
  • Acting for a Russian financial institution in an LCIA arbitration and subsequent settlement in relation to a dispute over a complex arrangement for the holding of shares in a Russian energy company.
  • Advising an Asian biopharmaceutical company regarding research tool patents and a license agreement.
  • Advising an Asian biopharmaceutical company regarding joint venture and license agreements.
  • Leading an investigation into irregular conduct of employees of a multinational pharmaceutical services company, including providing data privacy advice, to minimize likelihood of contentious follow-on proceedings.
  • Advising an online company in relation to the merits of a potential judicial review claim against the United Kingdom to challenge data interception legislation.
  • Advising a client in respect of obtaining evidence in England for civil proceedings taking place in continental Europe.
  • Coordinating multijurisdictional advice on litigation strategy for a client engaged in proceedings in Russia.
  • Advising an international telecoms company on how to comply with UN and national sanctions against Iran, Sudan and Syria.
  • Advising a multinational company in relation to its oil concession in South Sudan in the context of a violent transition to independence.
  • Acting on an ICC arbitration concerning construction of a novel nuclear power plant in Finland.
  • Defending an international satellite manufacturer against a multimillion pound claim for gross negligence in an arbitration resulting in a settlement.
  • Acting for an international sugar producer in an LCIA arbitration concerning theft of its assets in Syria.
  • Advising a European manufacturer of solar cells in disputes with its Chinese, Japanese and Norwegian suppliers.
  • Providing investment treaty restructuring advice for clients to protect investments in Africa and Latin America.
  • Acting as an administrative secretary to a tribunal in an arbitration concerning the supply of copper ores

Arbitration and litigation involving states

  • Advising an African state in relation to a claim by its citizens against a former colonial power for torture. Helped secure victories in the English High Court resulting in a settlement.
  • Advising an oil company consortium in relation to rights arising from production sharing agreements in Central Asia and related tax and cost recovery disputes.
  • Acting for an Indian company in the English High Court proceedings arising out of an arbitration over an oil production agreement, involving proceedings in the Indian Supreme Court.
  • Advising on a potential sale of a company engaged in an arbitration against a state.

Pro Bono matters

  • Drafting multi-arm clinical trial agreements between pharmaceutical companies, a major cancer research charity and hospitals with a view to limiting liability and risk for the client.
  • Drafting a pharmaceutical agreement for the manufacturing of a therapeutic product with a view to limiting the manufacturer’s liability.
  • Acting for a leading climate scientist in a series of defamation cases.
  • Assisting in defending a UK citizen on trial for a double-murder in the U.S.
  • Advising a charity acting to counter modern slavery with compliance with the Official Secrets Acts.
  • Negotiating venue hire contracts for a major cancer research charity raising funds through “race for life” events.
  • Auditing a health food provider’s dispute resolution provisions in its suite of contracts.
  • Running a multijurisdictional survey of in-house counsel’s ability to undertake pro bono for TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters.
  • University of Cambridge
  • (M.A., Law, 2011)
  • (B.A., Law, 2006)
  • University of Oxford
  • (M.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2009)
  • (B.A., Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 2004)
  • Solicitor Advocate, the Higher Courts of England and Wales (2011)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2009)
  • Ireland (Admitted to the Roll) (2017)
  • Finnish
  • Swedish
  • Latham & Watkins LLP:
    • Associate and Senior Associate, 2013-2018
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP:
    • Associate, 2009-2013
  • Future Leader in Arbitration 2018 and 2019 by Who’s Who Legal.
  • Women in Law Awards 2017 and 2018 – Medicine and Ethics.
  • Shortlisted, 2016 WeAreTheCity Rising Stars as one of 100 nominees in London, drawn from nearly 1,000 nominations from more than 260 companies in various industry sectors.

Speaking engagements

  • Invited speaker at CIArb YMG (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members Group) Annual Conference on 30 November 2018 in Dublin on “This House believes arbitrators should be evaluated at the end of proceedings”.
  • Invited panelist at Cambridge University Law Societies’ Law and Artificial Intelligence Event on 15 November 2018.
  • Invited panellist at TechArb and ArbTech – Arbitrating technology-related disputes and the use of technology in arbitral proceeding on 18 October 2018 in London co-organised by the LCIA Young.
  • International Arbitration Group (YIAG), the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre Young Professionals’ group (SVAMC-YP) and Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (YAWP).
  • Lecturer on cyber security and arbitration to 300 person audience at the Spanish Club of Arbitration Annual Congress in Madrid in June 2018.
  • Moderator of seminar between Young Arbitration Club Finland (YACF), Young Arbitrators Sweden (YAS) and the Russian Arbitration Association 40 (RAA40) in association with the Helsinki International Arbitration Day in May 2018.
  • Panelist at Paris Arbitration Week 2018 regarding cyber security issues in arbitration in April 2018.
  • Invited to talk on cybersecurity in arbitration at Arbitration PSL networking group (ASK) in London at Clifford Chance in April 2018.
  • Chair of a panel organised by Swiss Arbitral Association below 40 and ICDR Young and International in Bern, Switzerland, in September 2017 concerning a Swiss Federal Tribunal decision impacting arbitration.
  • “Next generation” speaker on legal implications of Brexit at the European Business Leaders Convention in Helsinki, June 2017.
  • Speaker on cyber security and arbitration to approximately 500 person audience at Helsinki International Arbitration Day in May 2016.
  • Organized and chaired a diversity panel event featuring Deutsche Bank, Unilever, KKR, Blackstone Chambers and others in London in October 2016.
  • Invited lectures and poster presentations in relation to pharma, law and ethics e.g. in Cambridge, London, Helsinki, Haifa, Venice and Berlin.
  • Ms. Roos has published seminal research in cybersecurity and arbitration, and sits on the CPR arm of the ICCA-CPR-NYCityBar working group whose draft Cybersecurity Protocol for International Arbitration won the 2018 GAR Best Development Award. For more, see

  • Ms. Roos lectures as an External Professor for an international Masters program in clinical pharmacology, supported inter alia by Milan University and the Mario Negri Institute.

  • At Latham & Watkins, Ms. Roos co-established and led the global Parent Lawyers Group, and oversaw the award-winning activities of the London Pro Bono Committee.