Maria Frangeskides, a partner in Orrick's London office, is a member of the Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration Practice Groups.

Maria's practice focuses on commercial litigation and international arbitration, including international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, shareholder and joint venture disputes.

Before joining the firm, Maria was head of Coudert Brothers' litigation and arbitration practice in London.

  • Maria's recent representation include the following.
    • Acting for the respondent in a series of arbitrations, the headline claim being a significant arbitration for breaches of fiduciary duty, involving a claim for £2 billion in damages arising from the alleged breaches.
    • Successfully defending a breach of duty and conspiracy claim, including a novel claim for £15m in "Wrotham Park damages" in the Commercial Court.
    • Acting in various multi-jurisdictional arbitration and litigation proceedings involving a $3 billion dispute between multi-national companies over control of Polish mobile telecommunications company.
    • Defending a highly contentious application under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to set aside an arbitration award obtained in ICC proceedings in Paris.
    • Acting for major energy company concerning a $50 million dispute over a price review clause in a long-term gas supply contract.
    • Commercial Court claim for $500 million for commercial fraud and misrepresentation.
    • LCIA bond trading arbitration for $40 million concerning asset finance disputes.
    • Advising banks on confidentiality, letters of credit, claims for banks against fraudulent traders and injunctive relief and claims under guarantees.
    • LCIA arbitration for $30 million concerning coal trading and derivatives dispute.
    • Advising telecommunication and entertainment companies on contractual disputes, and advising on film financing disputes.
    • Stockholm arbitration of $100 million re insurance dispute.
    • Advising on offshore trust disputes.
    • Dealing with commodity trading disputes and various dry shipping disputes.
    • Advising on $250 million oil trading claim.
    • Advising generally in relation to disputes concerning oil and gas and coal and electricity supply contracts.

    Reported cases include:

    • Robert Benson Lonsdale & Co Ltd v Folksam General Mutual Insurance Association, Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [1992] 10 WLUK 81;
    • Poseidon Freight Forwarding Co Ltd v Davies Turner Southern Ltd, Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [1996] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 388;
    • Maria Elena de Molestina & others v Alvaro Noboa Ponton & others [2002] 1 All ER (Comm) 587;
    • Esso Exploration & Production UK Limited v Electricity Supply Board [2004] 1 All ER (Comm) 926;
    • The Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc v Concord Trust and others [2007] EWHC 2255;
    • Elektrim SA v Vivendi Holdings 1 Corporation: Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc v Vivendi Holdings 1 Corp [2008] EWCA Civ 1178;
    • Telenor East Holding II AS v Altimo Holdings & Investments Ltd &Ors. [2009] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 213;
    • Chantiers De L’Atlantique S.A v Gaztransport & Technigaz S.A.S [2011] EWHC 3383 (Comm);
    • Hosking v Marathon Asset Management LLP [2016] EWHC 2418 (Ch);
    • Federation Internationale De L’Automobile v Gator Sports Ltd & Ors. [2017] EWHC 3564 (Pat);
    • Marathon Asset Management LLP & Anor v Seddon & Ors [2017] EWHC 300 (Comm);
    • C.D.R. Creances S.A.S & Anor v Tapie & Ors. [2019] EWHC 1266 (Comm)