Herbert Smith Freehills has promoted Catrice Gayer from our Düsseldorf office to Counsel with effect from 1st May. Catrice specialises in international arbitration and has broad experience as counsel and also as an arbitrator. Catrice focuses on technically complex large-scale projects and manufacturing/engineering products in the infrastructure/transport, TMT and energy sectors. Catrice has been ranked in Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders in Arbitration (2018, 2019 and 2020). She plays a significant role in the international arbitration and wider legal communities, sitting as co-chair of ASA below 40 and Young CEAC, while also being a member of the ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice.

Paula Hodges QC notes, “I am delighted to see Catrice’s promotion to Counsel. Catrice is a rising star and it is wonderful to see her success and that of our German offices recognised. This news-  together with our recent Partner promotions –  really does demonstrate the outstanding lawyers we have across our international arbitration practice.”

For more information, please contact Catrice Gayer, Counsel, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.

Catrice Gayer
Catrice Gayer
Counsel (From 1 May 2021)
+49 211 975 59135


On 29 January 2021, the European Union (“EU”) and Canada adopted four decisions, which put in place specific rules elaborating the Investment Court System agreed in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”). The four decisions set out detailed rules and procedures regarding the structure of the Appellate Tribunal and the conduct of appeals, adjudicators’ conduct, mediation, as well as the interpretations of the CETA by the CETA Joint Committee.

We discuss the content of these four decisions in our new blog piece, published on our Public International Law blog here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Nacimiento, Partner, Olga Dementyeva, Associate or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.

Patricia Nacimiento
Patricia Nacimiento
+49 69 2222 82530

Olga Dementyeva
Olga Dementyeva
+44 20 7466 7644


Inside Arbitration: Issue #3 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration.

In addition to sharing knowledge and insights about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, the publication offers personal perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe.

In this issue:

  • Paula Hodges QC, Peter Leon, Craig Tevendale and Chris Parker share their insights into the development of commercial arbitration on the African continent and consider dispute resolution choices for parties negotiating Africa-related contracts.
  • We consider the development of arbitration in Rwanda and the Kigali International Arbitration Centre "in conversation" with KIAC's secretary general, Dr Fidèle Masengo.
  • Peter Godwin, Regional Head of Disputes Asia, reflects on his 16 years in Asia and the changes in attitudes towards dispute resolution amongst Japanese parties.
  • Dr Patricia Nacimiento, Thomas Weimann and Dr Mathias Wittinghofer give their view on whether Germany is on its way to becoming a true arbitration powerhouse.
  • Chris Parker, Elaine Wong, Gitta Satryani and Elizabeth Kantor provide a global perspective on the availability of security for costs and claim in international arbitration.
  • Dr Larry Shore discusses his path into public international law and the development of his interest in treaty disputes, as well as the differences in arbitration practice in the US and the UK and trends in US arbitration.
  • We highlight a number of key considerations for parties negotiating contracts with state and state-owned entities across the globe and provide comparative into state immunity in five key jurisdictions.

We are pleased to present our clients with an infographic providing a snapshot of our global arbitration practice in the two years 2014-2016.

The infographic details the successes of our growing practice and our huge geographical reach. The infographic is available at this link and at page 25 of Inside Arbitration.

The full digital edition can be downloaded in PDF by clicking on this link.

We hope that you enjoy reading Issue #3 of Inside Arbitration. We would welcome your feedback.