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Global trends

"In the last year’s global trends, I began with some observations around Brexit and the fact that political and economic turbulence tends to generate disputes, making London (among other key legal centres) very buoyant in and around the Commercial Court and the London Court of International Arbitration..."


David Kessaram, Matthew Watson
Cox Hallett Wilkinson (Hamilton)

"There are clear trends in Bermuda as to the preferred dispute resolution method, which are largely driven by industry practice or subject matter..."


"Litigation is still by far the prevailing method of dispute resolution in Brazil; contracts for the trade of goods and services are usually governed by Brazilian law and disputes stemming therefrom are usually submitted to Brazilian courts..."

British Virgin Islands

Brian Child, Jeremy Lightfoot
Campbells (Hong Kong), Campbells (Road Town, Tortola)

"Dispute resolution remains dominated by litigation in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, which is the enduring clear preference for clients..."

Cayman Islands

Guy Manning, Liam Faulkner

"Litigation remains, by far, the most common form of dispute resolution used in the Cayman Islands to settle commercial disputes..."


Susanne Maurer, Vanessa Pickenpack
Oppenhoff & Partner, Oppenhoff & Partner (Frankfurt)

"At least purely national commercial disputes are predominantly settled before state courts..."

Hong Kong

Simon D Powell

"Our clients’ primary choices of dispute resolution methods in Hong Kong are litigation in the Hong Kong courts and arbitration (administered by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) or the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC))..."


Alessandro Villani, Loris Bovo, Manuela Caccialanza

"In Italy, ordinary litigation is arguably the predominant dispute resolution technique..."


Fernando Gonzalez
Squire Patton Boggs (Madrid)

"Litigation in the first place and arbitration afterwards are the most popular methods in Spain..."


Antonio Rigozzi, Sébastien Besson
Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler

"To our knowledge there is no precise empirical data on the most popular dispute resolution methods in Switzerland, but our experience shows that, consistent with the country’s status as a leading international arbitral venue, arbitration remains very popular for cross-border commercial disputes..."

United States

Katherine R Jones, Michael B Hixson
Squire Patton Boggs (Böblingen - Stuttgart Region)

"When it comes to the method of dispute resolution in the United States, jurisdiction and practice area frequently play a role. Litigation remains the most prevalent method of dispute resolution..."