The expansion of the firm’s international arbitration practice is a priority for 2012. As part of that effort, Tai-Heng Cheng, tenured professor and Co-Director of New York Law School’s Institute for Global Law, Justice and Policy, has now joined the firm’s New York office as a partner. Stephen Jagusch, former Global Chair of Allen & Overy’s International Arbitration Practice, and his partner Anthony Sinclair, one of the leading public international law practitioners in the field, have announced that they will join the firm’s London office as partners. This follows on the recent additions of David Orta from Arnold & Porter in Washington D.C., and Ivan Marisin, former Managing Partner of Clifford Chance’s Moscow office, and his colleague Vasily Kuznetsov in Moscow. Working alongside the firm’s International and Domestic Arbitration Chair, Fred Bennett, these additions substantially enhance the firm’s ability to represent clients in international arbitration matters.
Cheng has deep experience in all aspects of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, having served as counsel, tribunal chair, co-arbitrator, and expert in international arbitrations under ICDR, ICC, UNCITRAL, JAMS, SCC, HKIAC, and ICSID rules. Cheng has counseled and represented sovereign states in state-to-state disputes (including state succession), and represented clients in international parallel proceedings. He is the author of two books and dozens of articles on international law and international arbitration, which the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Courts have cited and relied on as authoritative. Cheng holds a Doctor of the Science of Law degree and a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School, where he was Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow for International Law. He also holds a Master of Arts degree and a law degree with first class honors from Oxford University, where he was an Oxford University Scholar.