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Triantafilou, Epaminontas E.

Epaminontas E. Triantafilou

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  Biography

Epaminontas Triantafilou's broad experience in international arbitration includes roles as counsel to private corporations and sovereign governments, as well as legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, secretary to several international arbitral tribunals, and legal assistant to a leading arbitrator.

His experience spans a wide spectrum of disputes under international treaties and contracts, including government contracts and concessions, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, patent licensing disputes and construction/EPC contracts. He has also advised in arbitrations involving intellectual property, shipping, media and advertising. Mr Triantafilou has been involved as counsel in dozens of arbitration proceedings under all major arbitral rules, including LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SCC and ICSID, often involving multiple parties.

Mr Triantafilou is consistently highly rated in the most prominent legal directories in the areas of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration:

Legal 500 UK has described Mr. Triantafilou as possessing a “remarkable intellect” (2015), while being “highly creative” (2016) “highly professional” (2017) and “widely respected” (2018). The publication has recommended him for international arbitration every year since 2013.

Chambers and Partners describes him as “exceptionally bright” with an “impressive reputation among clients and peers alike” (2016). Clients have noted in particular “the patient and measured manner in which he explains extraordinarily complex matters” (2015) and that “he perfectly understands the concerns of his clients and is unbelievably committed to doing the best job for them." (2017). He has also been cited for his “fantastic advocacy” (2018) and as being “very capable and hard-working" (2019).

Who’s Who Legal has recognised Mr Triantafilou for being “absolutely a star of investor-State arbitration” and “an excellent legal mind who thinks clearly about complex issues” (2019). He has been cited as “an excellent advocate who is quick on his feet” (2017), with peers lauding his “superb handling of complex cases.” (2018). Peers also referred to him as “one of the most effective cross-examiners I have ever witnessed” (2019).

  Representative Clients

  • Hellenic Petroleum
  • PJSC Oschadbank
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
  • Sony
  • Tidal
  • PJSC Privatbank
  • Acacia Mining
  • Elliott Advisors
  • Imperial Jet
  • Lotus Media
  • State of Ukraine

  Notable Representations

  • Counsel to a major pharmaceutical company in a dispute with a drug manufacturer
  • Counsel to a Middle Eastern investment group in a shareholders’ dispute
  • Counsel to a major mining company in tax-related disputes
  • Counsel to an aviation business in an investment treaty claim against a Middle Eastern state
  • Counsel to a major corporate group in a share purchase dispute with a major bank
  • Counsel to two major state-owned banks in landmark investment treaty claims
  • Counsel to a construction contractor in a claim against a Central Asian state
  • Counsel to a technology conglomerate in a patent licensing arbitration
  • Counsel to an individual director in a compliance review and associated disputes with major media companies
  • Counsel to an EPC contractor in an investment treaty claim against a Central European state
  • Counsel to a money transfer services company in an agency and franchising dispute
  • Counsel to two mining companies in connection with claims against a Southeast Asian state regarding a coal mining concession

  Education

  • The University of Chicago Law School
    (J.D., 2005)
    • Chicago Journal of International Law:
      • Comments and Developments Editor
    • Alexander S. Onassis Scholar
    • Victor McQuistion Scholar
  • Brandeis University
    (M.A., Comparative Politics, 2002; B.A., Politics, 2000)

  Admissions

The State Bar of New York; The District of Columbia Bar; Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

  Languages

  • English
  • Greek
  • German
  • Spanish

  Prior Associations

  • Permanent Court of Arbitration:
    • Legal Counsel, 2011-2012

  • The Hon. Charles N. Brower, Independent Arbitrator and Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal:
    • Legal Assistant, 2010-2011

  • White & Case LLP:
    • Associate, 2005-2010

  Awards

  • Named a “Future Leader” by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2017-present)
  • Named a “Rising Star” among litigators in London by Legal Week (2016)
  • Gillis Wetter Memorial Prize for Essays in the Field of International Arbitration (2008)

Publications and Lectures

Publications

  • Article, “The Other Side of the Coin: India's 2015 Model BIT and Indian Investors Abroad”, Transnational Dispute Management (2018) (with J. Menezes)
  • Article, “Specific Performance Under Commercial Contracts with Sovereign States”, 34(5) Journal of International Arbitration (2017) (with Anthony Sinclair)
  • Article, “Contemporaneity and Evolutive Interpretation under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties”, 32(1) ICSID Rev. 138 (2017)

  • Article, “Non-lawyer arbitrators and the deliberative balance of international tribunals”, Transnational Dispute Management (2016)

  • Co-editor, Practicing Virtue: Inside International Arbitration (Oxford 2015)
  • Co-Editor, Getting the Deal Through: Investment Treaty Arbitration (2013-present)
  • Chapter, “England and Wales as the Venue of Arbitration” in Claudia T. Solomon and Michael Ostrove (eds.), Choice of Venue in International Arbitration (2014) (with Stephen Jagusch)
  • Chapter, “Three Cautionary Notes for Investor State Arbitrators on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties”, in C. Bao and F. Lautenschlager (eds.) Liber Amicorum Neil Kaplan (2012) (with Charles N. Brower)
  • Invited contributor on behalf of LCIA Young International Arbitrator Group, Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2008-present)
  • Article, The Public Interest And Third Party Participation In Investment Arbitration, 5 Berkeley J. Int’l L. Publicist 39 (2010)
  • Article, Amicus Briefs In Investor-State Arbitration After Suez v. Argentina, 24(4) Arbitration Int’l 571 (2008)
  • Article, Taxation as Expropriation: Some Observations on EnCana v. Ecuador, Transnat’l Dispute Mgmt. (2006)
  • Comment, Appealing Arbitral Awards: Some Insights from Behavioral Law & Economics, 21(8) Int’l Arb. Rep. 39 (2006)
  • Comment, Eroding Norms of Revenge in Countries with Weak State Authority, 10 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. (2006)

Lectures

  • Panelist, “2016 in Review and Brexit”, Joint ICC YAF/ICDR Y&I/Young ICSID Event, Paris (2016)
  • Panelist, “Corruption in International Arbitration”, CDR Winter Arbitration Symposium, London (2016)
  • Panelist, “Challenges to Arbitrators”, Inaugural QMUL/ICSID Joint Arbitration Symposium, London (2016)
  • Panelist, Remedies under contracts with sovereign states, Swiss Arbitration Association Annual Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland (2016)
  • Panelist, Taxation and International Investment Law, University of Luxembourg (2015)
  • Panelist, Inaugural Working Seminar on Group Claims in Arbitration, Queen Mary University, London (2015)
  • Co-organizer, Conference on Investment Risk and International Dispute Resolution, Athens, Greece (2014)
  • Guest Lecturer in investment treaty arbitration, School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London (2013-present)
  • Commentator, The Role of Courts in Aid of International Arbitration, ITA Winter Forum, San Francisco, CA (2012)
  • Guest Lecturer, The Recent Practice of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Washington & Lee University Law School (2011)
  • Guest Lecturer, The Greek Legal System and its Implications for Foreign Direct Investment, Indiana University, Bloomington (2011)
  • Panelist, Towards Transparency in International Arbitration, Riesenfeld Symposium, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley (2010)
  • Panelist, Exhaustion of Local Remedies and Denial of Justice, ILSA-ASIL Conference, Washington, DC (2010)
  • Panelist, The Most Important Cases in Investment Arbitration, International Bar Association Conference, Madrid, Spain (2009)

Professional Activities

  • President, Hellenic Law Association of the United Kingdom (www.helleniclawassociation.com)
  • Chair, UNCITRAL Task Force, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Co-Managing Editor, World Arbitration & Mediation Review (2012-2017)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Member, Young International Arbitration Group, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member, ICDR Young & International
  • Member, American Bar Association