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Herbert Smith Freehills

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills

The New York-based two-partner department at Herbert Smith Freehills has ‘great industry knowledge’ and the team members ‘dedicate themselves to the case completely’. Laurence Shore is ‘a real expert’ and Christian Leathley ‘has a wealth of experience in international arbitration’, providing ‘very strategic decision-making’. Leathley is defending Costa Rica in arbitration proceedings brought against it by US investors under CAFTA, involving the development of a residential and hotel project that was closed down by the environmental agency. Counsel Amal Bouchenaki is ‘very knowledgeable, and is a real asset to the team’.

Leading lawyers

Laurence Shore - Herbert Smith Freehills

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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

Led by Thomas Riley, Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York-based team primarily handles domestic and cross-border tobacco litigation, as well as food and beverages matters. Gregory Loss, who has ‘a wealth of experience running massive litigation in the US and abroad’, and the ‘exceptional’ Benjamin Rubinstein have been leading the representation of British American Tobacco in various claims brought by a number of foreign governments regarding healthcare costs for the treatment of smoking-related illnesses. Clients also recommend the ‘no-nonsense and creative’ David Wallace, who often defends clients before federal and state courts. Other clients include Twinings, Souza Cruz and Diageo.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Herbert Smith Freehills

You get more than what you pay for’ with Herbert Smith Freehills; the practice’s lawyers ‘have a clear knowledge of the industry and are very dedicated to their clients’. The key contact in the practice is New York based Christian Leathley, who ‘is very strategic in his approach; he adds a lot of value to the client and helps tremendously in the decision-making process’. His many recent highlights include acting for key client BHP Billiton in several ongoing disputes relating to the Escondida mine, the highest-producing copper mine in the world; and defending the Republic of Costa Rica in investment treaty proceedings, heard under UNCITRAL rules, arising from the closing down of a residential and hotel project on environmental grounds. Laurence Shore is also recommended in New York, while other key offices in the firm’s extensive network include Paris, London and Hong Kong. From Paris, Emmanuelle Cabrol represented a major French company in a Brazil-related dispute.

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