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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has ‘one of the top arbitration teams, both in quality of advice and responsiveness’. International Council for Commercial Arbitration president Donald Francis Donovan jointly leads the international dispute resolution group, while the highly regarded Dietmar Prager is Latin American group co-chair. They have been handling several Brazil-related commercial arbitration cases arising from construction disputes and, on the investment treaty arbitration side, are representing Holcim as claimant in an expropriation-related ICSID arbitration with Venezuela. Mark Friedman, who divides his time between London and New York, also continues to act for investors in disputes with Latin American states; his recent highlights include representing Gramercy Funds Management and an affiliate in a dispute with Peru arising from the country’s attempts to avoid payment of agrarian bonds awarded in exchange for a previous expropriation. All lawyers mentioned are located in New York unless stated otherwise.

Handling investment treaty as well as commercial arbitration matters, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has ‘in-depth knowledge and experience, consistently delivering top-quality work’, and its ‘expertise in arbitrations with Venezuela is superb’. It secured a $1.4bn award for Crystallex International Corporation in an ICSID dispute with the Bolivarian Republic arising out of the expropriation of an untapped gold mine. Other highlights included representing ConocoPhillips subsidiary Burlington Resources in an expropriation claim against Ecuador involving oil blocks and environmental damage; and acting for Glencore in an arbitration with Colombia relating to investments made in the coal mining sector. The Republic of Guatemala, Saint-Gobain and Engie (GDF Suez) are other clients. Global international arbitration group head Nigel Blackaby, based in Washington DC, has ‘a remarkable ability to explain with sufficient clarity any matters to the client, both in English and Spanish’. He is co-head of the Latin America group, which includes ‘excellent practitioner’ Noiana Marigo, Elliot Friedman and Brian King in New York; Sylvia Noury in London; and Rome-based counsel Llúis Paradell. Caroline Richard, who ‘is very quick to grasp any new issues that may arise, solving them in a practical manner’, made partner in Washington DC.

King & Spalding LLP’s team of ‘impressive arbitration counsel’ handles, mostly through its Texas and New York offices, some of the most prominent energy disputes in Latin America. Doak Bishop, who is also very active as an arbitrator, is acting for Reficar, a subsidiary of the Colombian state-owned Ecopetrol, in a $4.2bn ICC dispute relating to a refinery expansion construction project. On the investment treaty arbitration side, Houston colleagues Tracie Renfroe and Wade Coriell secured a $380m award for Burlington Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, in an expropriation dispute with Ecuador and defended it in the $2.6bn environmental damage counterclaim filed by the sovereign. Henry Burnett in New York is handling several mining cases including South American Silver’s UNCITRAL expropriation dispute with Bolivia, while in Houston Roberto Aguirre Luzi is acting for the claimant in an arbitration arising under the Spain-Argentina BIT following Argentina’s alleged expropriation of two airlines. Ken Fleuriet in Paris is another name to note but we are saddened to note that, since the conclusion of research, Guillermo Aguilar Alvarez has passed away.

White & Case LLP’s Latin America practice head Jonathan Hamilton is ‘an incredibly sharp attorney with an exceptional drive that is transferred to his team and transforms into positive results’. He leads a group of over 70 lawyers across offices throughout the US as well as in London, Paris, Madrid and Mexico City, and is a key adviser to the Republic of Peru, defending the state in some of its key disputes including an UNCITRAL arbitration with Gramercy Funds Management relating to a 1969-era agrarian bond programme. On the investor side, Andrea Menaker successfully denied, for TECO Guatemala Holdings, an annulment application sought by Guatemala concerning an ICSID award of $21m given in 2013 to the electricity company following an unfair tariff review. Commercial arbitration highlights included representing Grupo Unidos por el Canal S.A, a consortium of European contractors responsible for the design and construction of the Panama Canal’s third set of locks, in its $5.5bn ICC dispute with the Panama Canal Authority. Carolyn Lamm, who was involved in the Panama Canal matter, is another key contact. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Led by Paolo Di Rosa, who was appointed as one of four US members of ICSID’s panel of arbitrators, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP has had considerable success representing sovereigns, including the Dominican Republic, Panama and Chile, in investment treaty arbitrations. On the investor side, Di Rosa successfully defended, for Electricité de France, an annulment application made by Argentina following a $220m award in favour of the French group relating to an electricity distribution investment. The team is also looking to grow its commercial arbitration practice, recently handling a railway-related ICC matter. Other key contacts in the department, which includes several multilingual lawyers, are Gaela Gehring Flores, Whitney Debevoise, Raul Herrera and new arrival in London Patricio Grané Labat, who joined from specialist public international law firm Volterra Fietta. Jean Kalicki left to become an independent arbitrator.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP spreads its Latin American work across several offices, acting for states and investors in investment treaty disputes and also representing private parties in commercial arbitrations. The New York team forms the core of the practice, with Howard Zelbo, Jonathan Blackman, who also works out of London, Jeffrey Rosenthal and Carmine Boccuzzi among the key contacts there. Matthew Slater and Claudia Annacker are the names to note in Washington DC and Paris respectively. The firm, including through its offices in Italy, has a track record in handling cases for the republic of Argentina, recently settling an ICSID arbitration brought under the Argentina-Italy BIT by holders of interests under multiple Argentine bonds. Commercial arbitration highlights included successfully dismissing, on behalf of client Telecom Italia, an ICC case in which Brazilian claimants were seeking $15bn in damages for alleged misconduct, over nearly a decade, by Telecom Italia. Pluspetrol and the government of Mexico are other clients.

Covington & Burling LLP’s ‘lawyers are knowledgeable, practical, creative and strategic. As a result, their analysis is profound and to the point’. The practice tends to act for corporates, both as investors in investment treaty disputes and as private parties in commercial arbitrations. It has represented claimants in several Venezuelan expropriation cases including an oil industry maritime services provider which it defended in award annulment proceedings initiated by Venezuela. The ‘hardworkingMiguel López Forastier, who ‘knows the strengths and weaknesses of a case, and how to best work towards winning it’, and ‘brilliant strategistNicole Duclos, ‘who masters facts and legal issues equally well’, form the core team. They have recently handled several commercial arbitrations for high-profile Asian clients. The London team was strengthened by the arrival, from King & Wood Mallesons, of Spanish speaker Craig Pollack and enforcement expert Gregory Lascelles.

Dechert LLP’s ‘impressive team combines experience and youth’, and is ‘practical yet creative and optimistic in its approach’. The practice is led from Paris by leading individual Eduardo Silva Romero, who is ‘professional, thorough and knowledgeable’. It added to its already impressive list of sovereign state clients by winning work from the governments of Colombia and Paraguay in 2016. It acts for these clients both in investment treaty arbitration, including acting for Colombia in its mining contract-related ICSID dispute with Glencore International, and in commercial disputes, recently acting for Petróleos Paraguayos in an ICC dispute with PDVSA over a cooperation agreement. Investor-side highlights included representing Desarrollo Ecoturístico Cañaveral in an ICSID case with Panama relating to the construction of an ecotourism resort. José Manuel García Represa is another name to note, acting in most of the group’s most significant matters.

Sidley Austin LLPcouples sound legal advice provided in a timely manner with impressive legal representation’. Stanimir Alexandrov is highly regarded for his investment treaty arbitration expertise; his recent highlights include defending the Republic of Peru in an ICSID case brought by Bear Creek Mining Corp in which the Canadian silver mining company is challenging the revocation of permissions, on environmental grounds, for a proposed silver mine, and representing affiliates of Philip Morris International in their challenge against Uruguay’s tobacco packaging regulations. Jim Mendenhall, Marinn Carlson and Jennifer Haworth McCandless are other key figures. In New York, ‘seasoned advocateLouis Kimmelman, noted for his ‘quiet control and authority’, and ‘extremely talented’ counsel Dana MacGrath are very active in arbitration award enforcement proceedings; they obtained a significant victory for BCB Holdings and The Belize Bank in the US Supreme Court allowing the collection of nearly $27m. The team is also active in commercial arbitration matters, recently handling cases heard in the ICC and LCIA. All lawyers named are based in Washington DC unless specified otherwise.

The international arbitration practice at specialist New York based firm Chaffetz Lindsey LLP is particularly active in disputes involving Latin American parties or projects. The focus is on commercial arbitration, with recent highlights including successfully representing two subsidiaries of AEI in an ICC arbitration arising from their attempts to terminate a contract with China Machine New Energy Corporation; this high-profile dispute relates to an EPC contract for a 300MW thermal power generation plant in Guatemala, and department co-head James Hosking, with his team of associates, secured $288m in damages for the client. David Lindsey, the other department co-head, is acting for a large Brazilian construction company in an ICC arbitration against a major oil company arising from the construction and refitting of a vessel. The addition of Aníbal Sabater has added public international law capabilities; he is representing leading tuna producer Albacora in an UNCITRAL claim against Ecuador alleging the imposition of arbitrary taxation measures in a free trade zone.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is ‘a leading firm in representing states in investment treaty arbitrations’, fielding ‘lawyers who are completely dedicated to serving their client countries and are very sensitive to the needs of governments’. Defending Venezuela in ICSID cases is a mainstay of the practice, and Petroléos de Venezuela (PDVSA) is also a key client. The firm recently obtained a major victory for the sovereign in securing the annulment of a $1.4bn award granted as damages to ExxonMobil following the alleged expropriation of two petroleum exploration and development projects; a team of New York based lawyers including ‘outstanding’ practice head George Kahale III, who is ‘a very good diplomat’, Miriam Harwood and Benard Preziosi led the advice in this dispute, in which the oil major had initially claimed $16bn. The firm’s Mexico City office, which includes Gabriela Alvarez-Avila, Javier Jiménez Gutíerrez and Kate Brown de Vejar, is active in commercial arbitration. Geneva-based Dori Yoldi made partner in January 2017.

Led from Washington DC by Paul Reichler since its establishment in 1998, Foley Hoag LLP’s international litigation and arbitration practice has a long history of acting for Latin American states in their most complex disputes. It represented Uruguay in an ICSID arbitration which attracted worldwide attention, successfully defending the sovereign against a claim brought by Philip Morris subsidiaries alleging that new packaging requirements had led to $23m in losses for the tobacco company. The Republic of Peru is a new addition to a client roster which already includes the republics of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela. Luis Parada and Lawrence Martin are two other key contacts in Washington DC, while Daniel Schimmel is the name to note in New York. Ronald Goodman, a key figure in the team for close to a decade, has retired.

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.

With an impressive global network, a proven ability to successfully handle complex disputes and a strong track record in Latin America, Hogan Lovells US LLP handles high-profile investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. The Miami team, led by office managing partner Richard Lorenzo and global international arbitration head Daniel González, is key to the firm’s work in the region; highlights included representing IBM México in an ICC arbitration concerning an IT systems services agreement, with the firm’s Mexico office, where Omar Guerrero Rodríguez is one of many names to note, also actively involved. On the investment treaty side, a team of Miami, Madrid and Washington DC lawyers is acting for the Republic of Panama in two ongoing expropriation-related ICSID arbitrations, one in the mining sector and the other in real estate.

Latham & Watkins’ ‘exceptional team’ is led from Paris by Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, ‘a very complete attorney who masters written and oral advocacy’. He is active across all types of arbitrations, recently acting in a gold mining ICSID dispute, a Colombian oil and gas ICC arbitration, and a case involving a European construction company alleging breach of contract in the construction of a major Central American hydroelectric project. Counsel John Adam is a barrister noted for his fluency in Spanish and Portuguese. New London recruit Sophie Lamb, who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is handling a high-value commercial arbitration relating to Brazil’s mining sector.

Reed Smith LLP opened a Miami office through its recruitment of seven lawyers from boutique firm Astigarraga Davis. The highly regarded José Astigarraga has joined as head of the firm’s international arbitration practice, and his colleagues Edward Mullins and Cristina Cárdenas have joined as partners. They are particularly experienced in handling commercial arbitrations relating to Latin America, acting for US, European and Latin American parties. Past work has covered a very broad range of industries, including oil and gas, telecoms, utilities and construction, and various forums, such as the ICC, the American Arbitration Association and the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission.

Baker Botts recommended for its responsiveness, business acumen, knowledge, appropriateness of advice and strength of team’. It has expertise in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes, with a particularly strong presence in London. Alejandro Escobar defended the Republic of Costa Rica in an ICSID arbitration, conducted entirely in Spanish, with a Mexican group arising from regulatory changes made by the Costa Rican government affecting the sale of liquid petroleum gas. Global practice co-head Jay Alexander is appointed to the ICDR panel of arbitrators. He has recently handled disputes in the oil and telecoms sectors, and also secured, alongside Washington DC key contact Ryan Bull, an $8m arbitral award in a case relating to a concession agreement to expand and operate Belize’s international airport. Edward Schorr and Andrew Behrman are the names to note in New York.

Baker McKenzie LLP has offices across Latin America including in Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. In Caracas, principal Eugenio Hernández-Bretón is handling a number of energy and natural resources arbitrations, including representing Anglo American in ICSID proceedings with Venezuela over alleged breach of a mining concession. In Santiago, Rodrigo Díaz de Valdés is acting for a Chilean affiliate of Italian public infrastructure and civil engineering group Astaldi in an arbitration with Chilean copper company Codelco concerning a contract for the construction and operation of a treatment plant. Other key contacts include Santiago Capparelli in Buenos Aires and New York based global group co-chair Grant Hanessian.

Investment treaty cases dominate Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s Latin America related arbitration caseload. Alex Yanos leads on these, and his recent highlights include representing US-based telecoms company Italba Corporation in its dispute with Uruguay over the alleged expropriation of investments in the country. He is also acting for several investors, including Canadian mining company Crystallex International Corp, in ICSID arbitrations with Venezuela. Steven Hammond is a key contact on the commercial arbitration side; he regularly handles Brazil- and Mexico-related matters, with his current ICC caseload spanning the construction, energy, utilities and natural resources sectors. All individuals named work out of the New York office.

Led by global disputes practice head Gregory Shumaker from Washington DC, the lawyers in Jones Day’s cross-office team are noted for their ‘excellent ability to liaise with each other’. In Mexico City, Luis Rubio is representing Telefónica in an expropriation-related ICSID arbitration; in Madrid, Mercedes Fernández is acting for several Spanish infrastructure firms in a dispute with Argentina arising from a terminated water concession agreement; and in Miami, Ricardo Puente is handling ICC proceedings relating to the breach of a shareholders’ agreement. Steven Smith and Marcus Quintanilla are names to note in San Francisco.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s practice is slightly weighted towards commercial arbitration, with strong expertise in energy and mining-related matters. The team includes highly regarded Houston-based global co-head of international arbitration Mark Baker and Washington DC based Matthew Kirtland, who is representing Canadian mining company Gold Reserve in award enforcement proceedings; this follows a long-running dispute arising from the expropriation of a mining concern by Venezuela, culminating in an ICSID decision awarding $765m to Gold Reserve. Delta Airlines, LG Electronics Panama and Mobil Investments Canada are other clients.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s Washington DC based Latin America practice head David Orta regularly leads on high-profile investment treaty cases including recently acting, with DC colleague Daniel Salinas-Serrano, for a group of 39 US investors in an ICSID arbitration with Mexico regarding the alleged expropriation and shutting down of casino businesses. In New York, Tai-Heng Cheng and Michael Carlinsky are handling several ICC cases, including representing BTG Pactual in a $150m arbitration with SunEdison over the latter’s alleged bad faith failure to complete its purchase of BTG’s South American power projects. London-based global international arbitration practice chair Stephen Jagusch QC and Paris-based Philippe Pinsolle are other names to note.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s sizeable cross-office practice acts for a wide range of clients, handling commercial as well as investment treaty arbitrations. Emmanuel Gaillard, a market leader in Paris, represented SAUR International in ICSID proceedings with Argentina relating to the annulment of a $59m award granted to the French company, while in New York the highly regarded Henry Weisburg is acting for Panama as respondent in a construction and engineering dispute. On the commercial arbitration side, key contacts Christopher Ryan and Jonathan Greenblatt in Washington DC are handling an oil and gas related ICC case involving a Latin American state-owned company.

Thanks to the presence in São Paulo of the highly regarded Julie Bédard, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has been acting in several high-profile Brazil-related arbitrations including a dispute, heard under LCIA rules, between a Brazilian investment company and a Chinese company relating to a mining project. Bédard and New York colleague Timothy Nelson ‘form an excellent team’; together they represented Barbadian investor Gambrinus Corp in an ICSID case against Venezuela over the alleged expropriation of Fertinitro, a group of companies which ran nitrogen fertilizer production facilities in which Gambrinus held an equity interest. The practice has also recently handled disputes involving Chile, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, among other countries.

Vinson & Elkins LLPprovides a high-quality service, demonstrating high skill in presenting complex legal and technical issues before arbitral tribunals’. The ‘greatly knowledgeable and experienced’ James Loftis leads the practice from Houston, with ‘outstanding international dispute resolution lawyer’ Nick Henchie the key contact in London. Drawing on ‘deep knowledge of international construction law’, the group is leading the representation of the Panama Canal Authority in its series of disputes, valued at over $5bn, with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, the consortium hired to design and build the third set of locks as part of the canal’s expansion project. Energy is another sector strength, and recent highlights include acting for El Paso Energy International Company in the US company’s defence of Argentina’s application to annul an ICSID award. XTO Energy and ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina are other clients.

Winston & Strawn LLP provides ‘a top-notch and truly seamless client service’, with key lawyers spread across Washington DC, Chicago and London. Latin America practice chair Tomás Leonard and Eric Bloom have been defending the Republic of Ecuador in several disputes including its long-running multibillion-dollar UNCITRAL arbitration with Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company over environmental damage. Ricardo Ugarte is acting for Dominion Minerals Corp in its ICSID arbitration with the Republic of Panama in a bet-the-company case relating to copper and gold mining concessions. On the commercial arbitration side, Alejandro Garcia acted for Entel, Chile’s largest telecoms company, in ICC proceedings with a Panamanian entity over alleged breach of an agreement to provide telecommunication services in the Caribbean. Since the conclusion of research, the firm has hired a team of ten New York-based partners from the former Chadbourne and Parke, bringing additional strength not only in international arbitration and litigation, but also significant experience in M&A, capital markets, financings, private equity and fund formation, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations, a step that is likely to see the firm grow in prominence in relation to Latin American work in general.

Madrid-based boutique B. Cremades & Asociados joins the ranking on the back of its diverse commercial arbitration workload. Recent work spans Bolivia, where the team is acting for a claimant in an arbitration relating to the cement market; Brazil, where it is handling several arbitrations relating to football player transfers; and Panama, where it is representing a Spanish investor in ICC arbitrations concerning the construction of a power plant. Bernardo Cremades Jr and David Cairns are the key contacts for this work, and firm founder Bernardo Cremades is an extremely experienced arbitrator, having handled disputes in forums such as ICSID, the LCIA and the ICC.

In Bryan Cave LLP’s Miami office, Pedro Martinez-Fraga and Ryan Reetz are active in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes, both as counsel and as arbitrators. Recent highlights span the electronics, hospitality and technology industries, with disputes heard in forums such as the ICC, UNCITRAL, the Quito Chamber of Commerce and ICSID. Counsel Emma Lindsay leads the New York office international arbitration team.

Clifford Chance’s Latin America related international arbitration team is led by Ignacio Suarez Anzorena, whose recent highlights include representing Spanish investor Abertis Infraestructuras in an UNCITRAL claim against Bolivia alleging expropriation of a concession agreement to run Bolivia’s three international airports. He has also been handling several construction-related ICC disputes, supported by key associate José Ignacio García Cueto. Enel Green Power and EDF International are other clients. Janet Whittaker, a recent arrival from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP who is dual UK and US qualified, is another name to note. All lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC.

Clyde & Co LLP’s sizeable and very active team operates across several Latin American jurisdictions including Brazil, where it is advising equipment manufacturer Alstom in an ICC arbitration with Mitsui; Mexico, where it is involved in offshore oil related disputes; Ecuador, where it is handling a power plant construction dispute; and Colombia, where it works for banks. Among the many names to note are London-based global arbitration group co-chair Peter Hirst, who focuses on commercial arbitration; Brazil-based Latin America team co-head Stirling Leech; and Maurice Kenton, a London-based lawyer with ICSID and UNCITRAL expertise.

In a key development showing its increasing focus on the region, Cuatrecasas opened a Mexico City office in May 2016. This follows the opening of an office in São Paulo and the cementing of a strategic alliance with Colombian firm Posse Herrera Ruiz. The firm combines a regular flow of high-profile Iberia-related mandates with a significant number of disputes involving Latin American, North American, Asian and European clients. Traditionally focused on commercial arbitration, particularly ICC disputes, the practice has recently increased the proportion of investment treaty work it handles. Íñigo Quintana is noted for his longstanding relationships with law firms based throughout the region, and Alfonso Iglesia is also recommended. Pedro Claros has left the firm.

Representing private parties involved in investment treaty and commercial arbitration disputes, DLA Piper LLP (US)is always ready to act to defend its clients’ rights’. The core team is spread across the firm’s Houston and Mexico City offices, where Ileana Blanco and ‘excellent professional’ Cecilia Azar are key contacts, respectively. Also in Mexico City, Gerardo Lozano Alarcón handled a complex mediation relating to the hospitality sector. Several Miami and New York based lawyers are also active in the area, including counsel Kiera Gans, who acted for Barbadian investor Transban Investment Corp in an ICSID arbitration with Venezuela arising from the alleged expropriation of investments in the automotive sector.

Miami and Washington DC based dispute resolution boutique GST LLP joins the ranking following the recruitment, in 2016, of Ignacio Torterola, who was formerly the key contact for Latin America related arbitration at Brown Rudnick LLP. He has recently represented Venezuela, at times as co-counsel, in several expropriation disputes. ICC Latin American Group member Diego Gosis and managing partner Quinn Smith are also key contacts in this area.

Holland & Knight LLP stands out for its strong ties to Latin America, combining offices in Mexico and Colombia with a strong team of multilingual and multi-qualified US-based partners. The group has a strong focus on commercial arbitration, although Bogotá executive partner Enrique Gómez-Pinzón is particularly active in investment treaty matters. Miami-based practice head Adolfo Jiménez is recommended for commercial disputes, having recently handled cases heard in the ICC and the ICDR, among other forums. Joseph Mamounas and Brian Briz are the other key Miami partners, while Juan Alcalá and Marisa Marinelli are names to note in Austin and New York respectively.

Uría Menéndez’s Lisbon, Barcelona and Madrid partners regularly handle high-profile arbitrations, with recent cases including disputes heard in the ICC and LCIA. The hire of Gabriel Bottini in Madrid has enhanced the firm’s investment treaty arbitration expertise. The practice also has a very strong network of offices in the region, working closely with its regional partner firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría. In Colombia, Héctor Hernandez is representing an overseas consortium in proceedings arising from alleged breaches of an EPC contract, while in Chile Cristián Conejero is acting in a mining-related arbitration. Miguel Virgós and Jesús Remón head the international arbitration and litigation practices, respectively, from Madrid. Counsel Valeria Galíndez is a key contact in São Paulo.

Robert Volterra, founder of specialist public international law firm Volterra Fietta, has recently been particularly active in ICSID cases arising from the alleged expropriation of industrial plants in Venezuela. The practice focuses on investor-state and state-to-state disputes, acting for sovereigns and private parties. Owens-Illinois and Koch Industries are recent clients.

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