Amy Frey - McDermott Will & Emery


Amy Frey focuses her practice on all types of cross-border disputes, including investment treaty and commercial arbitration, as well as public international law and human rights disputes. Her experience includes representing individual clients, SMEs, multinational corporations and investors from all over the world in cases ranging from contract and licensing disputes to claims against foreign states arising from bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Amy counsels clients in arbitration under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and the UN Commission on International Trade Law. She also advises clients on foreign investment structuring and planning, on domestic litigation proceedings involving challenges to and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, and on EU disputes involving state aid and intra-EU arbitration. She has represented investors with claims against Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain and Venezuela. Amy is also experienced handling requests for interim, injunctive relief and in ICSID annulment proceedings.

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  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar award on behalf of Moldovan nationals and their corporate entities in an Energy Charter Treaty dispute against Kazakhstan*
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar award on behalf of Swedish nationals and their food and beverage companies in an ICSID arbitration against an Eastern European state for breach of a BIT, which included challenges under European Union law*
  • Obtained a multimillion-dollar award on behalf of a US energy company against Ecuador in a treaty dispute involving purported windfall profits taxes*
  • Represented more than a dozen European-based renewable energy investors with claims under the Energy Charter Treaty in disputes against Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, and Romania*

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  • Law360 Rising Star, 2020
  • Legal 500 EMEA, 2016


  • European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA), Executive Board Member
  • Arbitral Women, Member


Oxford University, MSt
Tulane University, JD, summa cum laude, 2006
University of Mississippi, BA, magna cum laude, 2003

District of Columbia