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White & Case LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10020-1095
United States
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Ank Santens

White & Case LLP

The ‘exceptional‘ team at White & Case LLP has expertise in investor-state arbitration and can work ‘seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions‘ in various industry sectors. Led by New York-based Paul Friedland, the team has been acting for the Republic of Uzbekistan on six matters, including securing the successful dismissal of a $132m ICSID case brought by Spentex Netherlands for alleged violations of applicable investment laws. The practice group is also acting for the Russian Federation in cross-border legal proceedings pertaining to the shareholders in YUKOS, who are seeking to recover in excess of $50bn on the basis of arbitral awards issued in 2014. In Washington DC, Carolyn Lamm, Andrea Menaker, Latin America arbitration head Jonathan Hamilton, and the ‘exceptionalAbby Cohen Smutny are noted practitioners. Also recommended are New York-based Ank Santens and Silvia Marchili, the latter of whom joined the Houston office from King & Spalding LLP.

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.