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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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John Townsend

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Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

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International Arbitration


Partner; Chair, Arbitration and ADR Group.


Hughes Hubbard & Reed since 1971, New York, Paris, Washington. Admitted NY 1972; DC 1990.


Chairman of the Board 2007-2010, American Arbitration Association; US Member,ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, 2008-2014; Chair of Privilege Task Force, Member, Arbitration and Competition Law Committees, US council for International Business; Chair 2005-06, Mediation Committee,International Bar Association; Challenge Review Board, CPR Institute; College of Commercial Arbitrators; American Law Institute; Vice President of the Court of Arbitration, LCIA.


BA Yale University 1968; JD Yale University 1971.

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s team is jointly led by Washington DC-based John Townsend and New York-based John Fellas and Steven Hammond. The team handles a steady stream of investment treaty disputes and a range of commercial arbitration and is growing its regional expertise – at least in Brazil – via a co-operation agreement with the Rio de Janeiro-based Saud Advogados. Recent highlights include representing Huntington Ingalls Industries in its arbitration against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela arising from Venezuela’s failure to pay for repairs on two Lupo-class frigates. Co-chair of the firm’s Treaty Arbitration practice, as well as acting as counsel Hammond also frequently sits as an arbitrator. The team lost Alexander Yanos to Alston & Bird LLP in 2017.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: Leading lawyers

John Townsend - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Within: International arbitration

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is 'at the top of its legal game'. Jointly led by Washington DC-based John Townsend and 'great legal mind' James H. Boykin, the team is especially active in investor-state arbitration and is involved in five arbitrations against the Russian Federation under the Russia-Ukraine BIT, pertaining to the loss of investment by Ukrainian investors that occurred during the Crimea annexation of 2014. Townsend also represented the Government of Hungary in an $800m ICSID arbitration commenced by Engie under the Energy Charter Treaty. Key contacts in New York include John Fellas, an 'instinctive advocate', the 'exceptional' Hagit M. Elul and Steven Hammond, who heads the treaty arbitration team. Stephen Rabinowitz left the firm for Dechert LLP.

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