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United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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Jonathan HamiltonWhite & Case LLP

Led out of Washington DC by global arbitration group chair Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case LLP’s highly regarded ‘dream team’ shows a strong presence in other East Coast locations (including New York), in the West Coast, and in the South (in particular, Houston and Miami). In addition, the practice regularly collaborates with other offices abroad and is able to rely on arbitration resources in all large arbitration centers worldwide; examples of cross-continental cooperation include mandates handled alongside the firm’s specialists in London, Paris, and Geneva. The team’s recent investment arbitration work stands out in the mining and metals sector, where it is representing Gabriel Resources Ltd. and its subsidiary bringing $4.4bn expropriation claims arising out of Romania’s treatment of the client’s investment in the Roșia Montană gold mining project. While the group certainly acts for numerous large companies in both commercial and investment treaty arbitration, it is equally well-versed in handling dispute resolution work for sovereign states; its notable client roster includes the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to name a few. Furthermore, team members’ sector-specific expertise span energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. The ‘very smart and energeticCarolyn Lamm (Washington DC) leads the firm’s Americas arbitration practice; in the same office, senior partner Jonathan Hamilton is also an advisor of choice for multiple Latin American clients. Notably, the team in Houston stands out for its ability to handle matters relating to Brazil or Lusophone African jurisdictions; Jorge Mattamouros is the go-to practitioner for Portuguese-speaking clients. Having formerly served as the firm’s arbitration group leader for close two decades, Paul Friedland is among the most recognized names in New York’s arbitration arena. Clients recommend Ank Santens in New York for her ‘effective’ cross-examination techniques and trust-inspiring approach. Damien Nyer stands out for his civil and common law qualifications.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

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Jonathan HamiltonWhite & Case LLP

White & Case LLP ’s deep bench of talent and extensive global international arbitration network provide Latin American clients with ‘sophisticated strategic thinking’ and a ‘practical, service-oriented touch’. The firm’s scale allows it to handle a broad range of Latin American arbitration disputes across multiple sectors and jurisdictions in the both investment and commercial arbitration segments. With a 30-year presence in the Latin American market, the practice has built up a strong reputation and particular sector expertise in energy, natural resources, financial services, technology and transportation among other industries. Washington-based practice head Jonathan Hamilton stands out for ‘exceptional strategic insights’ and ‘tactical know how’. ‘Outstanding professionalsRafael Llano Oddone in Mexico City and Ank Santens in New York are noted for expertise in construction disputes, and energy and infrastructure, respectively. Next generation partner Silvia Marchili, who splits her time between Miami and Houston, works on both commercial and investment arbitrations, while Jorge Mattamouros has carved out an impressive track-record in the oil-and-gas sector in Brazil. Paris-based associate Lucas De Ferrari was promoted to partner in January 2021. However, associate Juan Pablo Hugues moved to Foley Hoag LLP in September 2020.

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration

Earning plaudits for his ’extensive knowledge of the subject matter’, partner Rafael Llano is a well-known figure in international arbitration circles and known for his extensive ICC and ICSID expertise -particularly in relation to Peru and Paraguay. He heads the 11-strong practice at White & Case S.C.‘s Mexico office, where recent highlights have seen the team acting as counsel to Telefónica in a $450m case against the Republic of Colombia. The local practice group also has particular strength in finance-related arbitration, handled by Enrique Espejel, and in the energy sector, with Francisco De Rosenzweig and Jorge Kim; but also works seamlessly with the firm’s stellar global practice, particularly with regional practice-head Jonathan Hamilton. Currently on secondment at the Mexico City office, international associate Mariele Coulet Díaz is a name to note; since publication, Ms Coulet Díaz has been promoted to counsel, effective as of November 2021.