IDR Report

In this issue of the Baker Botts Arbitration Report, we comment on a selection of important current decisions and trends in arbitration around the globe. We bring you the latest insights from a diversity of jurisdictions, including Dubai, New York, England, Singapore and Hong Kong. The key themes addressed in our latest report include institutional rules, third-party funding, emergency arbitrators, and interpretation and scope of arbitration agreements.


Legal 500 US 2017: Baker Botts Adds Five Leading Lawyer Rankings

HOUSTON, June 1, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that in the Legal 500 US 2017 Report, two partners were named leading lawyers for the first time, making six Firmwide. Three lawyers were listed as “Next Generation Lawyers”. 

The full list of Baker Botts individuals ranked by Legal 500 US are: 

The firm maintained its Tier 1 ranking in Energy: Litigation: Oil & Gas for the seventh straight year and its Tier 1 ranking in Energy: Transactions: Oil & Gas for the second year. 

Additionally, the firm ranked in seven newly formed categories from Legal 500, resulting in 34 overall firm rankings.

Other highlights in the guide include 3 increased practice rankings in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: large deals ($1bn+) (Tier 6), Tax: US Taxes: Contentious (Tier 3) and Tax: US Taxes: Non-Contentious (Tier 5).

In the client commentary, Baker Botts’ Intellectual Property group is “praised for its ‘practical approach to solving legal issues or litigation’, ‘understanding of the client’s needs’, ‘excellent legal and business judgment’, and ability to ‘staff an IP matter in a cost-efficient way’.”

Please click to view Baker Botts’ complete results in the Legal 500 US 2017. To view the rankings in each practice area, please click the appropriate category sections. 


Former Texas Appeals Court Justice Rejoins Baker Botts as Litigation Partner

HOUSTON, June 15, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P, a leading international law firm, today announced that Justice Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle, a former member of the Texas First Court of Appeals, has rejoined the firm as a partner of its Litigation Department based in Houston. 

Justice Huddle, who was appointed to the First Court in 2011 and elected in 2012, authored over 400 majority opinions during her tenure on the bench. Before entering public service, Ms. Huddle was a Litigation partner with the firm. Her practice focused on complex business litigation including commercial disputes and securities and shareholder actions. 

“Rebeca is a top notch trial lawyer who has served as a jurist of the highest distinction. We are delighted that she has decided to rejoin her partners and to add her to our roster of talented trial lawyers who daily are helping our clients with their most important disputes and investigations,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. 

“Baker Botts is known for having a best-in-class litigation and trial department. Having a trial lawyer of Rebeca’s quality and experience rejoin our firm further adds to our bench strength and will bring significant value for our clients,” said Van Beckwith, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. 

“Returning to Baker Botts is like coming home. I am thrilled that I will be able to bring the experience and perspective I gained on the bench back to our clients,” said Justice Huddle. 

A Texas native, Justice Huddle obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her J.D. from The University of Texas Law School. 


Baker Botts Wins Transatlantic Legal Award for Large Deals M&A Team of the Year

LONDON, 12 June, 2017 -

Baker Botts LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that the firm won the prestigious Transatlantic Legal Award for M&A Team of the Year (Large Deals), for its work on Liberty Media’s acquisition of Formula 1, at a ceremony held at London’s One Whitehall Place last week.

The awards, which were hosted by Legal Week, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, were judged by a panel of senior editors and reporters and recognised firms, lawyers and in-house legal departments for their work spanning the world’s two largest and most fiercely competitive markets.

“Our corporate team is extremely proud of achieving such great recognition for our transatlantic capabilities, and for the client satisfaction we delivered to Liberty Media as a result of significant cross-practice lawyering on both sides of the Atlantic. This award affirms the market-leading position of our corporate practice and our ability to deliver sound strategic guidance for our clients on large, complex and sophisticated international transactions,” said Derek Jones, Chair of the London Corporate Department and the lead London based Corporate Partner on the transaction.

The Baker Botts corporate team included: Derek Jones (Co-Lead and Partner, London), Renee Wilm (Co-Lead and Partner, New York), Buzz McGrath (Partner, New York), Beverly Reyes (Special Counsel, New York), Brittany Uthoff (Associate, New York), Sarah Melaney (Associate, London), Justin Blass (Associate, New York), Matt Lewy (Associate, London), Sarah Beaumont (Associate, London)  and Rachel Ratcliffe (Associate, Austin).

Please click to review the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards Winners.

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