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Arbitration heavyweights resign to form boutique

Partasides and Petrochilos to join former colleague Jan Paulsson

Breakaway arbitration boutiques are increasingly common but they rarely have the gravitas of the latest entrant, as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London international arbitration group head Constantine Partasides last month resigned alongside Paris-based partner Georgios Petrochilos, to form a heavyweight trio alongside former co-arbitration head Jan Paulsson.

Dispute resolution partner Partasides spent ten years practising in the Magic Circle firm’s Paris office before returning to the UK in 2007 to head up its top-tier arbitration team. He is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 and recent arbitrations he has led include acting for a telecoms operator in a treaty claim regarding an expropriation of a multibillion-dollar business in North Africa.