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Thad Dameris

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Arnold & Porter stands out for its track record in acting for sovereign states in investment arbitrations. Head of the global international arbitration group Paolo Di Rosa represented the Republic of Korea in $4.4bn claims relating to allegations of regulatory obstruction by Korean banking authorities concerning Lone Star’s attempt to sell its interest in a leading Korean bank. Whitney Debevoise is representing the Republic of the Philippines in an approximately $2.8bn investor-state treaty dispute brought by Shell Philippines Exploration. It also represented Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim in a $1.8bn ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Gaela Gehring Flores and Houston office team head Thad Dameris are additional key contacts. Former deputy general counsel at the US Environmental Protection Agency Ethan Shenkman joined the firm in 2017, while Anton Ware has relocated to the firm’s Shanghai office. Individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated. In May 2018, Maria Chedid re-joined the firm’s San Francisco office from Baker McKenzie LLP.

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International litigation

Within: International litigation

Arnold & Porter joins the ranking on the strength of its growing roster of high-value cross-border disputes. Its corporate clients include blue-chip companies such as AstraZeneca, Bayer and BP. It also acts for governments and sovereign states in Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Matthew Wolf in Washington DC is defending Boston Scientific in a $1bn patent dispute in which Edwards Lifesciences alleges that various replacement heart valve and related products infringe its patents. For Airbus, Thad Dameris in Houston is handling a $300m class action in Canada relating to the crash landing of an Air Canada A320 aircraft. The firm also handles major FCPA investigations.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation

Within: Leading lawyers

Thad Dameris - Arnold & Porter

Within: Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation

Arnold & Porter is among the premier firms handling litigation arising from catastrophic aircraft crashes. Clients include Airbus and its affiliates, for which the team handles claims relating to fatal crashes; in a recent mandate, Houston-based Thad Dameris represented Airbus in consolidated claims concerning an incident in which more than 100 individuals died. The team has also represented Airbus in personal injury claims regarding exposure to "bleed air", as well as contractual disputes. Christopher Odell (also based in Houston) and Washington DC-based David Weiner also have experience in crash litigation and international arbitration. Other key clients include the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Piaggio.

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Arnold & Porter

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

    - Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP

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