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Érica Franzetti

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Érica Franzetti concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitrations with a focus on energy, oil and gas, mining, construction and internet disputes. Ms. Franzetti has extensive experience advising clients in cases involving multiple procedural rules and has appeared before ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals.


Member, ICC/USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum, Member, ICDR Young and International LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; Member, Section of International Law, American Bar Association


University of São Paulo Law School, LL.B., 2000; Getúlio Vargas Foundation, B.A., 2006; Georgetown University, LL.M., 2008

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

To some, Dechert LLP has ‘outstanding credentials in the international arbitration community’, representing sovereign states and investors in investment treaty disputes. The team has also seen an increasing number of commercial arbitration instructions. Head of the firm’s international arbitration practice, Paris-based Eduardo Silva Romero was part of a team that represented Carlos Mario Rios Velilla and Francisco Javier Rios Velilla in ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Chile relating to the expropriation of investments in the transportation industry in Santiago. The practice is also acting for Petropar in a $270m ICC arbitration against PDVSA Petróleo, arising from Petropar’s alleged failure to comply with the payment of a debt for the supply of hydrocarbons. On the commercial arbitration side, Romero handled an ICC arbitration on behalf of a Brazilian construction company and a breach of contract dispute for a Peruvian insurance and reinsurance company. Promoted to the partnership in 2018, Érica Franzetti is a ‘pragmatic and business-driven lawyer, with solid cross-border experience in the arbitration field’. José Manuel García Represa and Antonio Gordillo Fernández de Villavicencio are also noted.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Dechert LLP is noted for its 'international focus' and its 'excellent commercial approach, which enables the best results' for its clients. Washington DC-based department co-head Arif H. Ali has vast expertise in investor-state arbitration, particularly in the energy and oil and gas sectors; Ali is representing MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas against the Republic of Croatia as lead counsel under UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Further, 'superstar' Érica Franzetti stands out for her 'extremely well-versed' approach in high-stakes international disputes. In addition to its corporate client base, the 'diverse' practice group acts for a litany of sovereigns, including the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Ecuador and the Republic of Poland.

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United States: Arbitration (3rd edition)

October 2018. By Erica Franzetti, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of the legal framework and key issues surrounding arbitration law in the  United States . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Arbitration. [Continue Reading]

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