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Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3807
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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

White & Case LLP is widely recognised for its ability to handle high-value arbitration, most recently demonstrated in its  ongoing representation of Grupo Unidos por el Canal (and its shareholders), in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority relating to the US$5.5bn Panama Canal expansion project, among other cases. The arrival of Silvia Marchili and Jorge Mattamouros from King & Spalding LLP in January 2019 has added significant experience in general and construction arbitration, while the mid-August hire of up-and-coming senior associate Ricardo Chirinos from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has further strengthened the bench. Nevertheless, Jonathan Hamilton remains the primary contact: his impressive recent international instructions include representing the firm’s major client Republic of Peru in a $250m ICSID arbitration relating to the development of a port, and in a separate matter, acting for the same client in a $1.9bn UNCITRAL investment arbitration brought under the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement pertaining the 1969 agrarian reform bonds and related issues. Other notable practitioners include Mexico city-based Rafael Llano Oddone, who assisted Jindal Steel & Power with a dispute against a Bolivian state-owned mining entity, and New York-based Ank Santens, who represented MetLife in a claim against Argentina under the US-Argentina bilateral investment treaty. Andrea Menaker, Carolyn Lamm, the recently promoted partner Francisco Jijón and senior associate Michelle Grando are other names to note.

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The ‘excellent’ full-service international arbitration group at White & Case LLP handles an impressive number of cases for sovereign clients, thereby cementing its market-leading position in international investment arbitration. The team is also adept at acting for corporate clients in commercial arbitral proceedings, and is regularly retained for construction, energy, mining and metals, and oil and gas sector work in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas. It is led out of Washington DC by Abby Cohen Smutny, who heads the global international arbitration group, and Carolyn Lamm, who serves as head of the Americas arbitration practice. However, the practice group also has a strong presence in New York – where key contacts include Paul Friedland, Ank Santens and Damien Nyer – and Houston; it is also well placed to call upon the expertise of arbitration specialists from across its global network. The Houston-based team has focused on serving Portuguese-speaking clients, among others; following his arrival from King & Spalding LLP, Jorge Mattamouros has become instrumental to the team’s offering in this regard.