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Herbert Smith Freehills

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

The ‘business-oriented’ team at Herbert Smith Freehills is noted for its Latin American practice and it defended Costa Rica in proceedings brought against it by US investors under the Central America Free Trade Agreement. It continued to represent the Kingdom of Spain in a $2.3bn arbitration brought by 14 investment funds alleging that certain modifications to the Spanish energy regulatory regime breached investment protections in the Energy Charter Treaty. Christian Leathley, whose ‘advice is all about the solutions to problems’, heads the team with counsel Amal Bouchenaki. Laurence Shore recently left the firm to join BonelliErede in Milan. Named individuals are based in the firm’s New York office.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York-based product liability team stands out for its strength in the tobacco sector and involvement in cross-border class actions. ‘Top tier strategists’ Benjamin Rubinstein and Gregory Loss ‘couple deep knowledge of science and law with fresh approaches’ and continue to lead advice to British American Tobacco on smoking and health lawsuits in the United States and abroad. Related highlights include advising BAT on product liability class actions in Quebec and civil claims in Nigeria involving the recovery of medical costs for the treatment of smoking-related diseases. Twinings and Souza Cruz are also clients of the firm. The practice is headed by Thomas Riley; David Wallace departed in 2016 to found Wallace Law PLLC.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is singled out for its ‘in-depth knowledge about the Latin America market’, especially in the mining infrastructure space. The ‘business- and solution-oriented’ Christian Leathley is defending the Republic of Costa Rica in investment treaty proceedings arising from the termination of a residential and hotel project on environmental grounds; he is also advising BHP Billiton on a series of disputes relating to the Escondida mining project in Chile, and a number of investment treaty arbitrations in the region. The team also handles a steady flow of commercial arbitration: recent cases include representing a joint venture company in ICC arbitration concerning a dispute over the development of an offshore LNG regasification project. The team lost Laurence Shore and Emmanuelle Cabrol to BonelliErede and Ashurst LLP respectively, but welcomed Thierry Tomasi, who joined the Paris office from Betto Seraglini.

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