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Herbert Smith Freehills
450 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

International arbitration Tier 4

The 'excellent and highly specialized practice group' at Herbert Smith Freehills is jointly led by New York-based Christian Leathley, who noted for his 'deep knowledge of Latin America', and 'excellentAmal Bouchenaki, who was recently made partner. Highlights included the team acting for Chevron Corporation in an $18bn fraudulent award matter in Egypt, and representing the Kingdom of Spain in a $2.3bn investment arbitration filed under the Energy Charter Treaty by 14 investment funds. In the commercial arbitration space, Bouchenaki is representing a major corporation in the hospitality industry in an ICC arbitration; this matter bought together a cross-border team from Paris, with associate Liang-Ying Tan from the New York office in a support role. Further, the team was strengthened by two new additions: senior associate Florencia Villaggi joined from the firm's London office as an internal transfer, and Peter Behmke joined the team as partner from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense Tier 4

The New York-based team at Herbert Smith Freehills has a strong focus on the tobacco sector, as evidenced by its advising longstanding client British American Tobacco (BAT) in smoking and health lawsuits in the US and abroad. In recent highlights, Benjamin Rubenstein and Gregory Loss represented BAT in proceedings brought by the Korean National Health Insurance Service regarding the costs of treatment for smoking-related illnesses, and acted for the same client in two product liability class actions filed in Quebec, which sought punitive and moral damages for nicotine addiction. The firm is also defending Twinings North America and Souza Cruz in product liability claims.

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading law firms, bringing together the best people across 27 offices. The firm’s New York office comprises seasoned litigators, international arbitration specialists, project finance, and projects and infrastructure practitioners. The team’s experience is broad-based and encompasses a variety of sectors, with notable expertise in financial services, energy and consumer products.

The corporate crime, investigations and compliance team is experienced in all areas of law connected with bribery and corruption, fraud, money laundering, insider trading, cartels, and other types of white-collar crime. The firm’s lawyers act for corporate clients, financial institutions and senior management in respect of actions by law enforcement agencies across multiple jurisdictions. The team also has extensive experience in advising clients regarding compliance with US economic sanctions.

The firm’s international arbitration team consists of specialists qualified to practice in New York, England, France and Singapore, and has experience with all of the major international arbitration rules and seats. The team has extensive experience with investor-state arbitration representations, having advised both investors and governments in a number of high-profile, complex and sensitive investment treaty arbitrations. Additionally, the team provides high-quality legal advice on the most complex of commercial arbitrations under a broad spectrum of laws from both civil and common law systems and under the rules of all major institutions, as well as numerous ad hoc arbitrations.

The firm’s complex litigation team counsels clients on a wide variety of US and cross-border matters, including commercial disputes, class actions, consumer fraud, and product liability matters. Its lawyers have been at the forefront of product liability and consumer fraud litigation for decades. They have represented product manufacturers and sellers on a global basis, across a number of high-profile cases during all stages of litigation, from initial pleadings and discovery through trials and appeals. The team also defends multinational corporations in federal and state class actions, including consumer class actions grounded in statutory and common law theories of liability.

The New York office serves as the firm’s center of excellence for its Latin America practice, with a focus on disputes and major infrastructure projects in the energy, transport and mining sectors. The firm’s Latin America group comprises an experienced international team and includes native Spanish and Portuguese speakers and lawyers from Latin America who have worked in private practice, in-house and governmental institutions.

Number of Partners : 11
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 28
Managing Partner : Scott S Balber