International litigation in United States

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton handles cross-border litigation for its impressive client base which includes global corporates, tech giants, private equity leaders and sovereign states. It is particularly well-known for antitrust and capital market litigation, for which practice head Carmine Boccuzzi is noted. The group counts disputes involving complex cross-border investigations, intellectual property and securities litigation among its other areas of specialism. For the latter, Roger Cooper — who is experienced in class actions —, Jared Gerber, and Rishi Zutshi are noted, while Jeffrey Rosenthal excels in international arbitration and related litigation and Richard Cooper  specializes in cross-border restructuring disputes involving Latin America and other emerging markets. The predominantly New York-based practice launched its West Coast offering in 2021 with its new offices in San Francisco and Paula Alto, boosted by the addition of antitrust litigator Heather Nyong’o from WilmerHale in San Francisco. Lawrence Friedman retired.

Practice head(s):

Carmine Boccuzzi

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cooper; Jeffrey Rosenthal; Richard Cooper; Heather Nyong’o; Jared Gerber; Rishi Zutshi; Lina Bensman

Key clients


Garuda Indonesia

LATAM Airlines


Vale S.A.

Selex Galileo, Inc.

Robert Bosch GmbH and Robert Bosch LLC


Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras

BNP Paribas (BNPP)

Automotores Gildemeister

Assured Guaranty


OPKO Health, Inc.

OJSC Tatneft

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

Former Executives of BRF

Odebrecht S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advised LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States in the voluntary reorganization and restructuring of their debt under Chapter 11 protection in the United States, including litigation over $2.45bn proposed DIP facility.
  • Represented Vale in winning a $2bn LCIA arbitration award against its joint venture partner alleging fraud and breach of contract in connection with a mining investment in Africa, and in pursuing enforcement of the award in the Southern District of New York and English High Court.
  • Represented Medytox in securing a significant victory in a trade secret misappropriation action in the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, DC.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

One of the best in the business‘, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP‘s international dispute resolution group fields an impressive team to handle a full range of cross-border litigation. Andrew Ceresney and Mary Beth Hogan jointly lead the predominantly New York-based team which includes the ‘formidableCatherine Amirfar, Donald Donovan and David Rivkin, who all combine cross-border litigation, international arbitration and public international law expertise and enforcement experience. The group has a strong reputation for litigation involving white-collar crime allegations and international investigations, for which Ceresney, Hogan, Andrew Levine, Bruce Yannett and Washington DC-based David O’Neil are noted. It also boasts a strong intellectual property litigation practice while Ina Popova focuses on energy, mining and TMT sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ceresney; Mary Beth Hogan

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Amirfar; Donald Donovan; David Rivkin; Andrew Levin; Bruce Yannett; David O’Neil; Ina Popova


Debevoise’s international litigation practice is one of the best in the business. They are able to manage the complexities of cross-border litigation and dispute resolution by drawing on a wealth of talents to achieve markedly successful outcomes.

Catherine Amirfar is arguably one of the best litigation/arbitration specialist in her field. Her subject matter expertise, tactical abilities, and grounded demeanor make her a formidable advisory and also a pleasure to work with. She can see problems before they arise and makes sure to take proactive steps to ensure that such problems are stifled before they grow and is able to navigate difficult claims to safe harbor.


Key clients

Perenco Ecuador

Royal Dutch Shell

Alavi Foundation

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Dutch Shell in a criminal prosecution of Shell in Milan, Italy.
  • Representing the Alavi Foundation, a Persian-American charity, in a civil forfeiture case, in which the Government is seeking for forfeit Alavi’s interest in a building it owns located at 650 Fifth Avenue.
  • Represented Perenco Ecuador in an ICSID arbitration against Ecuador, winning a record-breaking award worth $390m plus interest, net of cost recovery and other factors—the largest award issued against Ecuador in connection with Law 42.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

The undisputed premier firm in highly complex, high-value litigation‘, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s transnational disputes team boasts ‘superb lawyers with great breadth of experience‘, particularly in cross-border litigation with a human rights angle. The group counts food and beverage, plastics and technology among its sector specialisms, frequently brings and defends enforcement of foreign judgments and is increasingly active in climate litigation. Los Angeles-based Perlette Jura, who is renowned for environmental, consumer and mass tort matters, and William Thomson and New York-based Andrea Neuman jointly lead the practice. Anne Champion is another name to note in New York for enforcement of arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Perlette Jura; Andrea Neuman; William Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Champion; Theodore Boutrous Jr; Thomas Hungar


‘They are all super lawyers. Very knowledgeable and responsive.’

In addition to Andrea Neuman, other exceptional leading lawyers are Ted Boutrous, Tom Hungar (appeals) and William Thomson.

Gibson Dunn is the undisputed premier firm in highly complex, high-value litigation.

They are superb lawyers with great breadth of experience. Very media saavy.’

They do almost everything necessary without having to tell them. My internal clients love working with them, especially the media/communications team. Ted Boutrous and Perlette Jura make a great and formidable team.’

Key clients

Nestlé USA


Chevron / Chevron International / Chevron U.S.A.

Verizon Communications

General Electric


Pepsi / Quaker Oats

North American Sugar Industries

Dole Food Company

Shareholders of Devas

Work highlights

  • Represented Nestlé USA before the Supreme Court in defending an extraterritorial application of the Alien Tort Statute.
  • Representing Dell Technologies in a putative class action brought by the residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo which alleges that Dell (and other defendants) produced cobalt-containing technologies using forced labor.
  • Representing Chevron in global climate change litigation.

Latham & Watkins LLP

The litigation and trial department at Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its ability to handle a full range of cross-border disputes, leveraging its impressive international network and full-service expertise. Led from Orange County by Michele Johnson , who is noted for securities and M&A litigation, the team counts antitrust disputes, environmental and mass torts and class actions among its other areas of expertise, and with more than 30 former federal prosecutors, excels in government enforcement proceedings and litigation. The group bolstered its data privacy and cybersecurity practice with the addition of Washington DC-based Antony Kim from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in June 2021. Other arrivals during 2021 include general litigator Steven Feldman in New York from Hueston Hennigan LLP, Los Angeles-based insurance sector expert Kirsten Jackson from Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and former Director of the Bureau of Competition at the US Federal Trade Commission Ian Conner, who added further antitrust expertise to the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

Michele Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Kowalski; Jamie Wine; Peter Wald; Melanie Blunschi; Mary Rose Alexander; Tara Elliot; David Callahan; Nicholas Boyle; Leslie Caldwell; Antony Kim; Steven Feldman; Kirsten Jackson; Ian Conner

Key clients

LG Energy Solution

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.

Fédération Internationale de Natation

Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine

CoStar Group


SK Rosgosstrakh PAO

United Microelectronics Corporation

Daily Mail

Strabag SE

Saudi National Bank

Calfrac Well Services Ltd.

Plus Therapeutics, Inc.


Altria Client Services LLC; Philip Morris USA, Inc.; Altria Group, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; Philip Morris Products S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented LG Energy Solution in achieving a $1.8bn settlement the largest Korean chemical company and leading manufacturer of automotive electric vehicle batteries in its trade secrets dispute with competitor SK Innovation.
  • Representing Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body for Olympic and international aquatic sports, in a pair of high profile antitrust lawsuits in the Northern District of California.
  • Representing healthcare company GRAIL, Inc in administrative proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission, regarding Illumina’s planned $8bn takeover of  GRAIL Inc.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s commercial litigation team handles US disputes and advises on global strategy for parallel proceedings abroad and enforcement litigation, with particular experience acting for international pharmaceutical, retail and oil and gas sector companies and foreign states and state-owned organizations. Securities litigator Glenn Kurtz leads the team from New York, where Nicole Erb, who has particular expertise in disputes involving US sanctions, and David Hille, who counts contract, securities, antitrust and intellectual property litigation and class actions among his specialisms, are also based. In Washington DC, key contacts include Claire DeLelle and Tara Lee, who are noted for their respective success acting for financial services and defense sector client, and trial lawyer Christopher Curran. The group’s West Coast offering includes Los Angeles-based TMT disputes experts Aalok Sharma and Rachel Feldman.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Kurtz

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Curran; Nicole Erb; Claire DeLelle; Tara Lee; Aalok Sharma; Rachel Feldman; David Hille

Key clients

Eni S.p.A.

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA)

Bank of China, Bank of Communications, China Construction Bank, China Merchants Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Novartis AG

Kingdom of Jordan

SGG Management (Curaçao) N.V.; SGG Management (BVI) Ltd.

Banque Misr Liban s.a.l.

Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, Erik Thedéen, and Katrin Westling Palm

National Bank of Pakistan

TECO Energy

Hidroelectrica Santa Rita

Eni S.p.A.

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA)

Bank of China, Bank of Communications, China Construction Bank, China Merchants Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Novartis AG

Kingdom of Jordan

SGG Management (Curaçao) N.V.; SGG Management (BVI) Ltd.

Banque Misr Liban s.a.l.

Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, Erik Thedéen, and Katrin Westling Palm

National Bank of Pakistan

TECO Energy

Hidroelectrica Santa Rita

Work highlights

  • Representing Eni SpA in seven climate change claims brought in California, against them and other multinational energy companies.
  • Representing five Chinese banks in appellate litigation against Nike in which the court denied a sanctions request against the banks, a decision which confirms that judgment creditors cannot restrain assets located in a bank’s foreign branches through service of an asset restraint on the New York branch of bank.
  • Represented Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority and others in achieving a successful dismissal of a case for lack of personal jurisdiction, based on an application of the act of state doctrine and forum non conveniens, and a number of grounds for failure to state a claim.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP‘s impressive international network and cross-border litigation expertise attracts a range of high-profile global corporates to its client roster. In New York, Andrew Rhys Davies and Jacob Pultman jointly lead the team and, alongside Bradley Pensyl, have a breadth of experience in corporate, regulatory and financial services sector disputes. For regulatory securities and anti-corruption matters, David Esseks and Eugene Ingoglia are names to note. The group has a strong intellectual property practice and technology sector client base and has continued to expand its West Coast capabilities with the launch of new offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco in 2021. With a complementary international arbitration practice, the team is also a popular choice for litigation matters with parallel arbitral proceedings or enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Rhys Davies; Jacob Pultman

Other key lawyers:

Bradley Pensyl; David Esseks; Eugene Ingoglia; Patrick Pearsall; Julian Moore


‘I’ve been impressed with their responsiveness and practical counsel. In particular, we’ve needed them to seek injunctive relief for us on short notice and A&O did a terrific job.’

‘Jacob Pultman and Andrew Rhys Davies have done a fantastic job. We’ve needed some quick action and they did a great job.’

Key clients

Refinitiv India Private Limited

Samsung SDI

Bank of China Hong Kong Limited

Argo Infrastructure Partners


Bridgepoint Group Limited and Watkins Holdings S.à r.l.

International Car Wash Group

Intermediate Capital Group

Studio 100 NV

Juster Properties

Imperial Brands PLC

EQT Infrastructure Limited

Luxshare Ltd.

Blue Phoenix

Conrac Newark Airport

Daniel Tietz

Work highlights

  • Advising a Northern European financial institution on money laundering investigations by the US Department of Justice and by bank regulators in the US and multiple European jurisdictions.
  • Representing a UK headquartered publicly traded company in a global FCPA investigation by the DOJ and SEC concerning potential issues in Brazil, Peru, India, and China.
  • Representing Luxshare (a Hong Kong corporation in the business of manufacturing consumer electronics, automotive parts, and other electronic components) in an arbitration against ZF Automotive US to recover damages for fraud and breach of contract in connection with Luxshare’s acquisition of two business units from ZF US for nearly a billion dollars.

Arnold & Porter

Arnold & Porter handles a full range of international litigation including disputes involving issues of jurisdiction, foreign immunity, anti-terrorism and disputes arising from regulatory investigations. In 2021, the group further strengthened its white-collar and investigations practice with the additions of former Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Michael Kim Krouse and former federal prosecutor Valarie Hays in New York and Chicago respectively. Other names to note in this area include Soo-Mi Rhee and Craig Margolis in Washington DC and New York-based Marcus Asner. The team also boasts strong sector expertise and benefits from technology sector specialist Matthew Wolf in Washington DC, while the additions of Katherine Ginzburg Treistman and Ryan Hartman, who joined the Houston office from Greenberg Traurig LLP and BP respectively during 2021, bring particular experience in the energy, technology, and financial services sectors. The litigation group, which is led by Washington DC-based Kenneth Chernof and James Herschlein in New York, leverages the firm’s strong international arbitration practice in related litigation, for which Paolo Di Rosa and Maria Chedid, who are based in Washington DC and San Francisco respectively. are noted.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Chernof; James Herschlein; Paolo Di Rosa; Maria Chedid

Other key lawyers:

Soo-Mi Rhee; Marcus Asner; Craig Margolis; Matthew Wolf; Michael Kim Krouse; Valarie Hays; Katherine Ginzburg Treistman; Ryan Hartman

Key clients

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI)

Carnival Corporation

General Electric Company

POSCO Energy

Sanofi and Regeneron

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Czech Republic

Republic of Panama






Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

With a global reach, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s disputes department excels in coordinating cross-border disputes with parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. Washington DC-based practice head Eric Bruce combines criminal and corporate disputes and investigations expertise while in New York Timothy Harkness is the name to note for allegations of fraud, breach of contract, malpractice and veil piercing. The team counts s.1782 applications among its areas of specialisms, in which Harkness and the ‘tremendousDavid Livshiz are experienced. For disputes with a regulatory angle, it benefits from a strong bench of former government lawyers including Aaron Marcu and Adam Siegel in New York and cybersecurity disputes expert and head of fintech Brock Dahl who joined from the National Security Agency in May 2021 and splits his time between Washington DC and Silicon Valley. Other contacts in New York include Linda Martin, Kimberly Zelnick and Olivia Radin.

Practice head(s):

Eric Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Harkness; Linda Martin; Kimberly Zelnick; David Livshiz; Aaron Marcu; Brock Dahl; Olivia Radin; Elliot Friedman; Paige Von Mehren; Scott Eisman


Freshfields is our go-to firm for all litigation-related questions.  When we have a critical litigation issue, Freshfields is the first place we call, and they have never let us down. We recently used them for a bet-the-company case, and Freshfields was spectacular: they were aggressive, were always thinking several steps ahead, and never took their eye off the goal.  It was a pleasure to work with that team in every way, and we are thrilled with the result they obtained.’

Pragmatic approach to handling disputes, responsiveness, industry knowledge, legal expertise.

David Livshiz and international arbitration expert Elliot Friedman are tremendous. They are responsive and practical and are highly committed to their clients. Associate Paige Von Mehren is excellent and performs at a level well beyond her years of practice.

David Livshiz:  David is our go-to lawyer for anything litigation related. He is smart, strategic, and aggressive.  Definitely one of the best litigators in New York; we feel safe when we are in his hands.’

Scott Eisman: responsive, strategic and a brilliant writer. Above all, a pleasure to work with.’

David Livshiz:  far and away the rock star of that group, and the future of their commercial litigation practice.  He is brilliant, tenacious and a great strategic thinker.  Always thinking several steps ahead.  Most importantly, he gets the job done.  He’s creative, yet very sensitive to commercial realities and keeps our goals front of mind.  A true trusted advisor.  I would trust the bet-the-company litigation to him without hesitation.  He has my unqualified recommendation.

Scott Eisman: is a pleasure to work with.  On a strong team, he is perhaps the best writer, and does a fabulous job of updating people in the right way at the right times.  Scott also makes it a point to incorporate the junior members of the team so they grow and develop, which is important to us. I would seek out working with him in the future, and if he is not on your “up and coming” or “to watch” list, he should be.

Tim Harkness: Is a thoughtful and compelling advocate, with extensive experience in commercial cases.  He is a great writer and focuses on the bottom line, getting results.’

Key clients

Parker H. ‘Pete’ Petit

Michael Kipp

Current and former employees of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

MTN Group


Clairvest Group

PepsiCo and Bottling Group


Air Products and Chemicals

Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf

Statoil (Nigeria)


OIM Capital





Republic of Latvia

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Exxon Mobil Corporation

US Chamber of Commerce

N.M. Rothschild & Sons

VTB Bank

Marriott International

The Special Litigation Committee for Sinclair Broadcasting Group


Work highlights

  • Representing Marriott International on its multijurisdictional response to regulatory inquiries regarding the high-profile Starwood data incident.
  • Representing MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile-service provider, and two of its subsidiaries, in challenging the jurisdiction of a US court in a lawsuit alleging that MTN and numerous other large companies violated the Anti-Terrorism Act by committing intentional torts against US service members and government contractors.
  • Represented Air Products and Chemicals in breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duty claims arising from a dispute over an $8bn joint venture in Saudi Arabia.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s trial and global disputes team handles a full range of cross-border disputes and enforcement-related litigation. Following the departure of James Berger and Charlene Sun in October 2021, the team is led by Andy Bayman in Atlanta, who counts product liability among his areas of expertise, and Houston-based energy sector expert Reginald Smith. The group is popular among life sciences sector clients, an area strengthened by the arrival of Chicago-based Lazar Raynal in October 2021, who frequently advises on high-profile patent and breach of contracts disputes, from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. David Wallach in San Francisco, who joined from Jones Day in November 2021, also has experience in this space, as well as in the cross-border construction, energy and retain disputes. The group has an impressive complementary international arbitration team; Washington DC-based Kenneth Beale, who joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in March 2021 and is strong for energy and financial services sector disputes, is among the names for enforcement litigation. Also in Washington DC, international arbitration expert Érica Franzetti joined from Dechert LLP in October 2021 and has experience representing international clients before the Brazilian courts.

Practice head(s):

Andy Bayman; Reginald Smith

Other key lawyers:

David Wallach; Lazar Raynal; Kenneth Beale; Érica Franzetti; Randy Mastro

Key clients

Stati (Ascom Group S.A.)


Rusoro Mining Limited

Union Fenosa Gas

Chevron Corporation


Work highlights

  • Representing the Stati parties as global litigation counsel in proceedings arising out of a US$541m investment arbitration award against the Republic of Kazakhstan under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Representing Exterran in a major dispute with Iberoamerica de Hidrocarburos, S.A. related to the production of natural gas in three fields in San Fernando, Mexico. This dispute encompasses litigation proceedings in the U.S and an ICC arbitration in Mexico.
  • Representing claimants in global enforcement proceedings arising out of six arbitration awards (currently totalling around $200m) against Spain and Italy under the Energy Charter Treaty for the withdrawal or modification of renewable energy incentives.

Kobre & Kim

Disputes and investigations specialist firm Kobre & Kim has a strong reputation for representing both high net worth individuals and corporates in a range of cross-border disputes and a ‘cutting-edge international enforcement and asset recovery practice‘. In New York, co-founders Michael Kim and Steven Kobre lead the firm’s claim monetization and dilution team, Jef Klazen is noted for enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards, while Washington DC-based Robin Rathmell heads the international private client team. The group, which benefits from an ‘international mindset‘ and offices across the US, was strengthened by the arrival of former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kim; Steven Kobre; Robin Rathmell

Other key lawyers:

Jef Klazen; Michael Sherwin


‘Despite being a predominantly US firm, they have good international reach, especially in jurisdictions that are relevant for enforcement and asset tracing and recovery. Due to their experience handling international cases, they have good knowledge and understanding of many legal systems.’

‘It is mainly their international mindset and capabilities that make them stand out. Partner Jef Klazen has contacts and experience in many European jurisdictions.’

‘Kobre & Kim has the most cutting-edge international enforcement and asset recovery practice. The practice is top-notch and they deliver certain results.’

‘We worked together with a number of Kobre & Kim’s asset recovery lawyers. They leave no stone unturned to pursue asset recovery options in every corner of the world. They deliver.’

Really determined team always looking after the client’s best interests. Dedicated and aggressive.’

Jef Klazen is incredibly knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with.’

Robin is my go-to person whenever the most difficult knots need undoing.  He is also refreshingly humble with a wicked sense of humour. He is so much more than a lawyer focused on a narrow specialty – he is a master of several different areas and I am continually impressed by his intelligence, courage, creativity and relationships. All in all, I find Robin to be the best legal mind at work in his field whilst being approachable and understanding.

Key clients

Jho Low

Former Official at the Venezuelan Ministry of Oil and his family

Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein

A Litigation Trust formed in relation to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of a formerly US-listed European company.

MLB Properties

UK liquidators of Dooga (Cubits).

National Bank TRUST and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation.

Beny Steinmetz

Sang Cheol Woo

Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso and Nathalie Bumba-Pembe

Luckin Coffee Inc. Chairman Charles Zheng Yao Lu and CEO Jenny Zhiya Qian

Evergreen Coast Capital Corp. and Siris Capital Group, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Jho Low, an international business executive, in a multi-jurisdictional investigation and related criminal and civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and money laundering.
  • Representing Princess Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, a high-net-worth international businesswoman and strategy consultant, in a jurisdiction challenge.
  • Represented National Bank TRUST and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, two of Russia’s largest commercial banks, in filing and pursuing cross-border civil litigation against the founder and former CEO.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP‘s disputes team stands out for multi-jurisdictional litigation often involving emerging markets with particular expertise in energy, financial services, life sciences and infrastructure spaces. Practice head Richard Krumholz in Dallas has a range of experience, including business, securities and energy disputes; Kevin O’Gorman and international arbitration expert Mark Baker in Houston are other names to note for the latter. In New York, Robin Adelstein and Mina Matin  are noted for antitrust and insurance disputes respectively, while Peter A Stokes  in Austin specialises in defending securities lawsuits and SEC investigations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Krumholz

Other key lawyers:

Mark Baker; Kevin O’Gorman; Robin Adelstein; Matthew Kirtland; Peter A Stokes; Mina Matin

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Vicinay Cadenas, S.A.

Republic of Kazakhstan

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.

Philippine Airlines

HEXO Corp.

The Unfinished Business of American Democracy Committee of the Harlan Group for Civil Rights (a civil-rights organization)

Work highlights

  • Represented Qualcomm in litigation brought by regulators and in separate IP litigation against Apple.
  • Represented Vicinay Cadenas, SA —the world’s premier manufacturer of offshore mooring chains and accessories—against product liability, gross negligence, and fraud claims asserted by Petrobras America Inc. and a syndicate of London-based insurers that were subject to arbitration in Houston as well as litigation in Spain and the US.
  • Representing the Republic of Kazakhstan in connection with multiple enforcement proceedings in the US and abroad arising from a $500m Energy Charter Treaty award issued in a contested Stockholm Chamber of Commerce matter concerning oil and gas leases.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP offers a ‘unique, seasoned and experienced‘ international disputes group split across its US offices. Its team of ‘very strong and capable litigators‘ excel particularly in sovereign litigation, Latin America-related disputes and litigation arising from international arbitration and bankruptcy and insolvency. Head of the sovereign litigation practice Dennis Hranitzky — who splits his time between New York, London and Salt Lake City — and New York-based former federal prosecutor Kevin Reed are key names for the former, while the bilingual English-Spanish speakers focusing on disputes involving Latin America include ‘sharp strategistJuan Morillo, international arbitration expert David Orta and Daniel Salinas-Serrano. Hranitzky, Morillo and William Burck, who counts regulatory investigations and white collar crime among his areas of expertise, jointly lead the predominantly Washington DC-based team.

Practice head(s):

Juan Morillo; William Burck; Dennis Hranitzky

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Reed; David Orta; Daniel Salinas-Serrano; Patricia Tomasco; Gabriel Soledad; Debra O’Gorman; Jeanhee Hong; Katie Brown


A highly professional, efficient and pragmatic team of US litigators rendering to the point and useful advice and supporting beyond in a comprehensive approach.’

‘They are a firm of very strong and capable litigators with expertise in all ranges of litigation, from insolvency to white collar to criminal matters to civil claims. They are unique, seasoned and experienced.’

QE is one of the few firms that has specific sovereign litigation practice and after hiring Dennis Hranitzky, QE has the bes expertise in theis area.

‘Juan Morillo is without a doubt one of a kind, he is a sharp strategist and and a very clear and proficient advisor. Another great names in the firm are Dennis Hranistky (specialized in sovereign litigation), Eric Winston and Patricia Tomasco (insolvency) and Gabriel Soledad (litigation).’

Dennis Hranitzky and Debra O’Gorman are our main contacts at QE for US litigation. They have the best sovereign litigation expertise in the market and it shows in the spot-on advice – which are sound both from legal and stategic point of view.’

The team is smart, result-focused and very attentive to the client’s ROI when it comes to litigation spend. They are very pro-active in identifying potential issues and work with the client to develop strategies that appropriately balance risk and reward.’

Juan Morillo, partner, Jeanhee Hong and Katie Brown, senior associates, being outstanding legal professionals both on technical but also personal levels who very well understand the needs of a client and come up with pragmatic, efficient and useful solutions.

‘The team is very professional and always available to support your requests. The quality of the work provided is always at top level and the capabilities to manage very complex mandates and projects is certainly remarkable

Key clients

Rabobank, Nordic Trustee

ICE Canyon

HBK Investments

Mubadala Investment Co.

Oro Negro



NMC Health



Moises Cosio

Knighthead Capital

Beauregarde Holdings LLP

Sandglass Opportunity Fund LP, Sandglass Petrus Opportunity Fund LP, and Sandglass Select Fund LP

Attestor Master Value Fund LP

Trinity Investments Limited

Bybrook Capital Master Fund LP

Bybrook Capital Hazelton Master Fund LP

White Hawthorne, LLC

White Hawthorne II, LLC

Bison Bee LLC

Cairn Energy

Ad Hoc Group of Intralot 2024 Noteholders

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium of Oceanografía’s investors and creditors in a fraud claim against Citigroup and a negligence claim against KPMG relating to the collapse of Oceanografía.
  • Representing Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment co and its subsidiaries in a parallel government investigations and forfeiture actions in the US and abroad relating to the Malaysian 1MDB scandal.
  • Representing Trafigura in a civil RICO class action in the District of Puerto Rico which alleges the company conspired with others to artificially inflate the price of electricity in Puerto Rico.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

With strong expertise in complex financial products, Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s litigation group is particularly popular among investment banks for securities disputes and class actions. New York-based Adam Hakki and Richard Schwed head the practice alongside Patrick Robbins in San Francisco. Other names to note in New York include Jerry Fortinsky and Brian Burke, particularly for China-related litigation, and Katherine Stoller for both cross-border litigation and enforcement investigations. The group benefits from a number of former federal prosecutors and enforcement lawyers among its ranks, including Washington DC-based antitrust litigator Ryan Shores, who rejoined the practice from the Department of Justice in early 2021. Other additions to the team during 2021 include the arrival in Dallas of commercial and securities litigation and class action defense duo Thad Behrens and Dan Gold from Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. and Austin-based IP litigator Saul Perloff from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hakki; Richard Schwed; Patrick Robbins

Other key lawyers:

Jerry Fortinsky; Brian Burke; Katherine Stoller; Ryan Shores; Thad Behrens; Dan Gold; Saul Perloff

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Pattern Energy Group

Uber Technologies, Inc.

Sundial Growers Inc.



Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.

Synchrony Financial

Cemex LatAm


Credit Suisse


Cantor Fitzgerald

Altice USA

BNP Paribas

Dycom Industries, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Taro Pharmaceuticals



Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Represented Sundial Inc in a putative securities class action in New York state court. On February 16, 2021, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, First Department, unanimously affirmed the dismissal of the action in its entirety.
  • Represented Bank of America Mexico, SA in a putative antitrust class action in the Southern District of New York concerning the market for Mexican Government Bonds where plaintiffs claimed billions of dollars in damages and relied heavily on actions taken by COFECE, Mexico’s competition law authority.
  • Representing Citigroup in an internal investigation and in US regulatory and enforcement inquiries concerning a personal security unit within Citigroup’s Mexican unit, Banamex.

Williams & Connolly LLP

Washington DC-based firm Williams & Connolly LLP‘s one-office disputes team is well-adept at handling international litigation. Its broad expertise spans from commercial disputes, FCPA cases and issues of foreign state immunity to cross-border patent litigation, and its impressive client roster from leading global corporates to governments and state departments. Ana Reyes and Jonathan Landy jointly lead the team and combine cross-border litigation, international arbitration and enforcement experience. Among the associate ranks, Benjamin Graham and Haley Wasserman are names to note. The lean team benefits from experience in collaborating with leading local counsel where appropriate.

Practice head(s):

Ana Reyes; Jonathan Landy

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Graham; Haley Wasserman

Key clients

Kingdom of Spain

Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Minister of Defense José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín

Pfizer, Inc.

Precision Castparts Corp.


Work highlights

  • Representing the Kingdom of Spain in litigation concerning the enforceability of a $66m arbitral award related to economic incentives for renewable energy projects. The case presents complex issues of public international law, including the ability of Member States in the European Union to participate in international arbitration under multilateral investment treaties.
  • Representing the former Bolivian President and his Defense Minister in the first civil case in which a former head-of-state was tried in the United States.
  • Representing Pfizer Inc. and certain of its affiliates in an Anti-Terrorism Act lawsuit filed on behalf of American service members, civilians, and their families in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Baker & Hostetler LLP attracts praise for its ‘stellar US litigation team with immensely capable partners‘. Washington DC-based Mark Cymrot, who counts sovereign states among his key clients leads the ‘remarkable‘ international arbitration and litigation team, while ‘top-tier fraud and recovery lawyer‘ and intellectual property litigator Oren Warshavsky and David Sheehan jointly head the global fraud and international asset tracing and recovery team from New York. Other names to note include ‘superb litigatorGonzalo Zeballos in New York, who excels in international investigations, and Houston-based energy disputes expert Sashe D. Dimitroff.

Practice head(s):

Mark Cymrot

Other key lawyers:

Oren Warshavsky; David Sheehan; Gonzalo Zeballos; Sashe D. Dimitroff; Michelle Usitalo; Tatiana Markel; Paul Levine


Stellar US litigation team with immensely capable partners each of whom are an absolute pleasure to work with. One of the leading go-to firms for fraud-related litigation domestically and internationally.

The team is particularly remarkable for its extreme reactivity, its ability to find innovative solutions and its strong technical skills. In addition, it has the capacity to mobilise teams tailored to the client’s needs.

Very business-savvy, pragmatic, great to work with. Good footprint in the litigation funding world.

Mark Cymrot and Paul Levine are both excellent, talented and hard-working.

Oren Warshavsky is a top-notch litigator. For many years now, he is our go-to for all our US-related matters. He is very knowledgeable and has an unerring instinct for the right litigation strategy. We have recommended him many times and will continue to do so.

Tatiana Markel is truly outstanding – her great expertise and quick wit make her very persuasive in and out of court. We love working with her. Highly recommended!

Michelle Usitalo is a fantastic lawyer. She convinces with her professional know-how and her negotiating skills. You want her on your team!

Oren Warshavsky is a top-tier fraud and recovery lawyer, down to earth and easy to work with. Gonzalo Zeballos is a superb litigator – pragmatic yet precise.’

Key clients

Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation

TGG Direct

The security holder representative of the Securityholders of Audiam, Inc

The joint liquidators of Hellas Telecommunications (Luxembourg) II SCA

The Susan Zirkl Memorial Foundation Trust and Michael Lissner, Esq., as Trustee and Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien (which is the Jewish Community of Vienna)

The receiver for M3 Fund, a segregated account of Silk Road Funds

Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office

Alpha Group, International

Jive Investments

Kevin Hellard and Jonathan Thielmann, Joint Trustees in Bankruptcy of Anatoly Leonidovich Motylev

Work highlights

  • Representing trustee for the SIPA liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC international investigations and foreign recovery efforts.
  • Representing a client in a case involving the dispute over Nazi looted art, a watercolour and charcoal drawing by well-known artist Egon Schiele, valued at over $40m.
  • Representing the Libyan Asset Recovery and Management Office in an international asset recovery effort to recover assets misappropriated from Libya including an estimated $100m or more stolen by former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Baker McKenzie LLP

As a ‘truly global firm'Baker McKenzie LLP‘s litigation and government enforcement group excels in cross-border disputes. San Francisco-based product liability expert Mark Goodman and Jennifer Ancona Semko in Washington DC, whose broad practice includes shareholder litigation, contractual and intellectual property issues, jointly lead the team, which frequently represents foreign-owned major multinationals in US disputes with simultaneous actions abroad. It is popular among food and drink sector clients and counts energy and TMT among its other sector specialisms, for which ‘seasoned litigatorThomas Kruse in Houston and Los Angeles-based Teresa Michaud are respective names to note. Clients also benefit from access to the firm’s litigation intelligence tool which identifies gaps in companies’ litigation preparedness.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodman; Jennifer Ancona Semko

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Michaud; Thomas Kruse


Baker McKenzie’s is a truly global firm (not a US firm with global presence) and it makes all the difference. The integrated way the firm works to deliver consistent and singular services to its clients is unique in the market. The close interaction between the firm’s many practices, most of which are built around specific industries, is also very particular to BM and very much appreciated.’

Tom Kruse is a star in the commercial disputes field. A very seasoned litigator with bright business mind. He’s ability to quickly identify the key issues at stake and address them in effective and commercially viable way is remarkable.

Great knowledge of international law . I would highly recommend them.’

Key clients

Border Timbers Limited

Banco do Brasil S.A.

Zulmira Soares de Paiva Gama

Safra National Bank of New York

Arca Group International Ltd., Arca 21, LLC and Arca US Holding Corp.

Itau Unibanco S.A. B.V. and Booking Holdings Inc.

Topco Associates

Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co.

Thai Agri Foods

DXC Technology

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) and subsidiaries

Siemens Energy, Inc. / New York Litigation

Work highlights

  • Representing Border Timbers in federal court in Washington DC to seek recognition of an $164m investment treaty award against the government of Zimbabwe.
  • Representing Banco do Brasil (the second largest banking institution in Latin America) in a dispute relating to a $195m loan granted to TAM Linhas Aéreas and guaranteed by LATAM Airlines Group (both of which are now in Chapter 11 proceedings.)
  • Representing a Chinese company in a dispute arising from an alleged bribery scheme for a project in Saudi Arabia.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP‘s trials, investigations and securities disputes team has broad experience acting for corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states investment funds and other financial institutions in cross-border disputes. Hector Gonzalez , who combines expertise in securities disputes, criminal and SEC and CFTC enforcement proceedings in New York and Washington DC-based general commercial litigator Christina Sarchio lead the team alongside Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles, who has product liability, environmental and toxic tort and securities litigation expertise. In August 2021, the group strengthened its West Coast practice with the additions of Hartley West, who specializes in government enforcement defense and asset forfeitures, and corporate governance and securities litigator Richard Horvath from Kobre & Kim and Paul Hastings LLP respectively. Other additions include Steven Engel, who joined in Washington DC from the Department of Justice in May 2021, and Philadelphia-based Clare Putnam Pozos, former First Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Kimberly Branscome; Christina Sarchio; Hector Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lavender; Linda Goldstein; Hartley West; Richard Horvath; Steven Engel; Clare Putnam Pozos

Key clients

OCI Solar Power LLC / OCI Company Ltd.

Viatris (formally Pfizer)

Flo Health, Inc. (“Flo Health”)

Ulma Sociedad

Chubb Limited

Secure Energy, Inc.

Blom Bank

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Executive of multinational commodity trading company

Work highlights

  • Representing Chubb Seguros Peru S.A. in possible litigation concerning international collections dispute against Odebrecht and Grupo Grana y Montero.
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, the fiduciary appointed to protect the interests of LATAM’s unsecured creditors in its Chapter 11 proceedings.
  • Acting for BLOM Bank in a series of lawsuits within which plaintiffs sought to extend the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (“JASTA”) liability to more than a dozen Lebanese banks. The defendant banks, accounting for nearly 80% of the Lebanese financial sector, were alleged to be liable on the basis that they had provided financial services to customers said to be connected to either Hamas or Hezbollah.

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance

Diaz Reus International Law Firm & Alliance‘s Miami-based team is popular for international disputes involving Latin America. With a breadth of expertise in criminal and civil aspects of international litigation, the practice frequently handles fraud cases and has been particularly active in PPE and pandemic-related disputes. Global managing partner Michael Diaz, Jr. and Gary Davidson jointly lead the team following the departure of former fellow co-head Brant Hadaway. Other names to note include Marta Colomar-Garcia and Javier Coronado, who was promoted to partner in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Diaz Jr; Gary Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Marta Colomar-Garcia; Javier Coronado


‘The team has a very vast knowledge in the international process.’

‘They always look for ways to achieve goals and present different scenarios for that.’

Key clients

Plus Ultra Lineas Aereas S.A.

Victor Herrera

TCB Advisors

Victor Planchart

Jesus Perez Oropeza

Adolfo Navas

Jose Renteria

Ruben Idler


Arantxa Sanchez Vicario


Eddy Salloum

American Veteran Enterprise Team

Bruno Augusto Sacchi Zaremba

Work highlights

  • Represented Plus Ultra, a Spanish airline, in an $6m dollar action filed in the Southern District of New York, by AELF, an airplane engine leasing company, for an alleged breach of contract.
  • Representing Mexican-American businessman Jose Renteria in a $4m dispute concerning his investments in the Aloft and Element Hotels in Doral, Florida, as well as Mr. Renteria’s ownership interest in the corporate vehicles created for the development of such hotel projects, namely two entities in Florida.
  • Acting for Alibaba in all of their US litigation involving IP violations and criminal warrants and investigations.

Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP stands out for its experience in representing sovereign states in international litigation. The group counts securing foreign immunity exemptions and defending arbitration enforcement proceedings among its areas of specialism. The group also acts for foreign corporates in US disputes. Key names to note in Washington DC include public international law expert Lawrence Martin, Paul Reichler, who focuses on inter-state disputes; Constantinos Salonidis, who has experience acting for European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin American states in litigation and arbitration; Clara Brillembourg and Kenneth Figueroa, who jointly lead the firm’s Latin America practice, and Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, who heads the African disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Martin; Constantinos Salonidis; Kenneth Figueroa; Clara Brillembourg; Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reichler; Yuri Parkhomenko


‘Best team in matters of international law, law of the sea, international dispute arbitration.’

‘Paul Reichler, Andrew Lowenstein and Yuri Parkhomenko are outstanding lawyers, thorough in their approach, professional and always present objective assessment of a case.’

A dedicated team focused on international cases, specialized in helping foreign States at US litigation.’

Key clients

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Bangladesh Power Development Board

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX),

Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission


Caña de Nicaragua, S.A.


Crédit Agricole / CACEIS (France)

Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) (Dominican Republic)





Estate of Victor Jara

Equatorial Guinea

Gambia / Republic of The Gambia

Gazprombank (Russia)


Greece/Hellenic Republic

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America



International Conference of Asian American Political Parties

Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Limited

Kanai Management Inc.

Laboratoires Pierre Fabre



Momotombo Power Company

Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima





Orange SA



PeruPetro S.A.


Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique


Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA)



Russian Federation

Sierra Leone



Tajik Air






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Bangladesh Power Development Board

Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Limited (BAPEX),

Bangladesh Oil Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission


Work highlights

  • Represented the Federative Republic of Brazil and the State of Rio de Janeiro in securing the early dismissal of a case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the motion to dismiss brought by Brazil and Rio de Janeiro in this case.
  • Represented Tajik Air in an enforcement action of a $20m arbitral award in US courts.
  • Acted for Mauritius in a case where the ITLOS joined the ICJ in determining that the Chagos Archipelago, a group of islands strategically located in the Indian Ocean, belongs to Mauritius.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills‘ New York-based disputes team represents leading global corporates in cross-border litigation. The group is well-known for financial services litigation for which practice head Scott Balber and new arrivals Marc Gottridge and Lisa Fried, who joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP in November 2021, are key contacts. The group counts product liability disputes and arbitration-related litigation among its other specialist areas, for which Benjamin Rubinstein and Christian Leathley are the respective names to note.

Practice head(s):

Scott Balber

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Rubinstein; Christian Leathley; Marc Gottridge; Lisa Fried

Key clients

Eni SpA

ST Shipping & Transport Pte. Ltd.

Aras Agalarov

Dompé Farmaceutici S.p.A.

Chemoil Corporation


Jefferies LLC

Russian Olympic Biathlon Team

British American Tobacco

Reynolds American Inc.

Chevron Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advising BAT Korea in an action brought by the Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) seeking to recoup healthcare costs that NHIS alleges were expended to treat Korean citizens who developed certain smoking-related illnesses.
  • Represented Chevron Corporation in an $18bn sham arbitral award issued against Chevron and Saudi Aramco by a corrupt ‘arbitration centre’ in Cairo, Egypt.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a strong international trade disputes practice led by Beth Peters, Deen Kaplan  and Ajay Kuntamukkala in Washington DC. New York-based global litigation practice head Dennis Tracey handles a range of cross-border litigation and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Beth Peters; Deen Kaplan; Ajay Kuntamukkala

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Tracey

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP‘s litigation and controversy practice is adept at handling cross-border disputes for its impressive client roster of leading global corporates including in the pharmaceutical and healthcare space, financial services and energy and telecoms sectors. James Carroll leads the global practice from New York and has a breadth of experience covering securities, ERISA, insurance and reinsurance, antitrust and restrictive covenant disputes. The group is particularly strong for securities litigation, for which Jay Kasner, Susan Saltzstein and Scott Musoff, also all in New York, are among the names to note. M&A, shareholder and antitrust disputes are other areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

James Carroll

Other key lawyers:

Jay Kasner; Scott Musoff; Susan Saltzstein

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP‘s commercial litigation team handles a breadth of cross-border disputes and is particularly strong for consumer claims, energy and financial services sector disputes. For the latter, New York-based Chris Paparella is a key contact while Michael Miller , who handles commercial disputes, white-collar criminal investigations, professional liability and securities arbitrations is another name to note in New York. Steven Davidson, who combines litigation, arbitration and enforcement expertise, and insurance sector specialist Antonia Ianniello lead the team from Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Steven Davidson; Antonia Ianniello

Other key lawyers:

Michael Miller; Chris Paparella; Michael Baratz; Lauren Goldschmidt


While there are now many firms who market themselves as multinational enforcement experts, very few of them actually know what they are doing.  Steptoe is one of them.’

Steve Davidson is a master strategist with real experience successfully playing the multidimensional chess game of international collections.  He understands the importance not just of legal strategy, but of deploying an international press strategy in these matters.  And he has a crackerjack team to back him up led by his savant-like partner Michael Baratz.

‘A good legal team is like listening to string quartet, everyone knows their part and they play in harmony. However, working with Steptoe was more like listening to a great orchestra with many partners, each individually excellent, contributing their field of expertise and working jointly and under the tutelage of a great conductor.’

‘Associate Lauren Goldschmidt is also quite talented.

Key clients

Pearson Education

Publicis Agencies

Avison Young

Cedar Holdings LLC

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Exxon Mobil

Black Rock

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pearson Education in a series of putative antitrust class actions alleging a conspiracy among publishers and on-campus bookstore operators to fix prices and eliminate competition in the market for college course materials.
  • Representing Exxon Mobil in a claim against two Cuban state-owned entities, asserting claims for unlawful trafficking in expropriated property in violation of the Helms-Burton Act.
  • Representing Publicis Agencies in serveral disputes relating to advertising content, delivery platforms and pricing.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP‘s ‘exceptional‘ disputes team attracts praise for its ‘knowledge, flexibility and creative approach‘. Jointly led by New York-based Jeffrey Kessler, Dan Webb in Chicago and Abbe Lowell in Washington DC, the group is particularly strong for antitrust, white-collar investigations and litigation and international trade issues. Lowell and Seth Farber are noted by one client for their ‘extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters‘, while the ‘excellentMarcelo Blackburn is popular for Latin America-related work. San Francisco-based Pamela Davis and Christopher Man in Washington DC are other contacts for white-collar crime and FCPA issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Kessler; Dan Webb; Abbe Lowell

Other key lawyers:

Marcelo Blackburn; Christopher Man; Pamela Davis; Rodolfo Herrera-Moro; Seth Farber


This firm is characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC, which is important for the matters they handle. The fees are adequate.

‘Marcelo Blackburn is an excellent lawyer. He knows how to adapt to you as a client (i.e. he speaks Spanish and tries to convey you the message as accurately as possible in both languages.)’

‘Winston and Strawn International Litigation team has been exceptional. They’ve been attentive to our needs at all times. They care to ensure that you’re understanding their advice and that they have understood your needs.’

‘W&S understands our dual scope of US/MX legislation when we request their advise. And their disposition and broad understanding of not only Spanish and English but our concerns regarding regulation standards in both countries.’

‘Mr. Jeffrey Kessler was the leader of the team. He was familiar with Japanese and Japanese companies and gave us his advice in the format, which was understandable for non-US companies.’

‘Appreciated the team’s knowledge, flexibility and creative approach in dealing with a complex sports litigation. Great availability and always clear, on point and very pragmatic advice.’

‘Jeffrey Kessler has great availability, always offers quick, clear and pragmatic advice and is always available and ready to jump in even on very complex or time-sensitive matters.’

Partner Marcelo Balckburn has extensive experience in different matters and availability to serve clients, and is fluent in Spanish. Partners Abbe Lowell and Seth Farber have extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters. Rodolfo Herrera-Moro has good availability to handle matters and is based in Mexico and fluent in Spanish.

Key clients

CPB Contractors Pty Limited

Michael Leroy Taylor and Peter Taylor

Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Co. Ltd. and Harmoni International Spice, Inc.

Blake Leeper, disabled athlete

NTN Corporation

Nippon Seiki

Panasonic Corp.

Hitachi Metals

Corning, Inc.


Rafael Ramirez, former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

Kingdom of Morocco

Carlos Marcelino Bellosta, Sr.


Work highlights

  • Represented former US Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor in an extradition request by the US DOJ and the Ministry of Justice of Japan to face charges that they violated Japanese law by assisting former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in his departure from Japan where Ghosn faces charges.
  • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco and its affiliates in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation of others conducted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York involving allegations of visa fraud related to certain individuals who came to the U.S. and acting to preserve The Kingdom’s diplomatic privileges.