Cleary Gottlieb Announces New Partner for Paris Office

April 27, 2009

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today the appointment of Claudia Annacker as a partner in the Paris office. Cleary Gottlieb now has 197 partners worldwide, with 20 in the Paris office.

Ms. Annacker was previously a counsel with the firm, with a practice focusing on international litigation and arbitration and public international law matters.

"We would like to congratulate Claudia and welcome her to the partnership," said firm managing partner Mark Walker. "With her appointment, following the recent relocation of Jonathan Blackman to the London office, our pre-eminent European litigation and arbitration practice continues to grow in strength. Claudia has been making a significant contribution to the success of our practice in Paris for a number of years, and as a partner she will further enhance the reputation of the firm and provide top level legal advice to our clients."

Ms. Annacker joined the firm in 1998 and became counsel in 2005. From 1998 to 2001, she was resident in the Brussels office, and from 2001 to 2004 in the New York office. Arriving in the Paris office in 2005, she has played a key role in growing the local team of arbitration specialists. She is widely published on various aspects of public international law and European law and regularly lectures as an adjunct professor at the University of Vienna. She has also served as an arbitrator in international arbitrations.

Recent significant matters include representation of the Russian Federation in three parallel arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty, of the Republic of Slovenia before the European Court of Human Rights, of ArcelorMittal in an arbitration under the Netherlands-Czech Republic bilateral investment treaty, of an Austrian investor in an arbitration under the Austria-Croatia and Austria-Yugoslavia bilateral investment treaties, of OAO Tatneft in an arbitration under the Ukraine-Russia bilateral investment treaty, and of the Republic of Iraq in an arbitration initiated by a German State-owned company under the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Rules. Ms. Annacker is a member of the Austrian Bar, the International Law Association and the German Society of International Law. She received a Ph.D. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Vienna in 1992 and a venia legendi and docendi for public international law from the University of Vienna in 1997.