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White & Case LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020-1095
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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

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.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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Ank SantensWhite & Case LLP

A top international arbitration firm‘, White & Case LLP‘s extensive international network ensures that it is involved in headline-grabbing cases worldwide, with its US partners routinely teaming up with practitioners in key global arbitration centers, including London, Paris and Geneva. The firm’s comprehensive practice breadth is another significant differentiator and clients praise its ‘expertise and experience in all types of arbitration cases before the most renowned international arbitration institutions‘. A leader in investor-state arbitration — for both sovereigns and corporates — the group also houses a top-notch commercial arbitration practice. In Washington DC, global group head Abby Cohen Smutny impresses with her ‘deep knowledge of public international law and international investment law‘; she represented Israel Chemicals, as co-counsel, in its UNCITRAL Rules investment treaty arbitration against Ethiopia, under the Netherlands-Ethiopia BIT. Other go-to arbitration specialists in Washington DC include Carolyn Lamm, who heads the practice for the Americas, and Jonathan Hamilton, who has a formidable record in Latin America-related work. In New York, Paul Friedland is a prominent name for high-stakes commercial and investment disputes; he teamed up with New York-based Americas disputes head Ank Santens to represent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia an ICSID arbitration brought by Samsung Engineering under the Korea-Saudi BIT. Among the firm’s ‘strong bench of up-and-coming younger lawyers‘ are New York-based Damien Nyer, who is noted for his experience in matters involving sovereigns, and Brody Greenwald, who transferred to Los Angeles in 2020 to expand the firms international arbitration capabilities in California.