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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

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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