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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

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White & Case LLP is praised for its ‘excellent service, and thoughtful and efficient use of different experts to extract the most from its strength and expertise’. Practice head Jonathan Hamilton, ‘an incredible powerhouse’ in the investor-state arbitration segment, is singled out for his ability to ‘look further and plan the strategy accordingly’. Hamilton counts the Republic of Peru as a major client; he recently secured victory on the State’s behalf in a $1bn UNCITRAL case brought by The Renco Group (involving claims arising from environmental and operational disputes related to a metallurgical facility); and in a separate matter, he is handling a $1.6bn UNCITRAL investment arbitration relating to a 1969 agrarian reform bonds programme. Among its recent commercial arbitration cases, the team handled a series of multimillion-dollar construction disputes in the oil and gas sector. Mexico City-based Rafael Llano Oddoneunderstands the needs of Latin American clients’ and is a noted member of the practice, alongside Carolyn Lamm, Andrea Menaker, Francisco Jijón, New York-based Paul Friedland and London-located counsel Luiz Aboim. The individuals mentioned are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

White & Case LLP is commended for its investor-state arbitration expertise and the team has ‘deep experience’ across the energy, construction, oil and gas, financial services and transport sectors. Highlights included acting for the Republic of Uzbekistan in several matters, including securing the successfully dismissal of a $132m ICSID case brought by Spentex Netherlands for alleged violations of the applicable investment laws. It has also handled several matters for the Republic of Peru, and is advising said client in an ICSID arbitration brought by the parent companies of Caraveli under the Spain-Peru BIT. In New York, department head Paul Friedland and Ank Santens are singled out for praise, while in Washington DC the ‘first-rateCarolyn Lamm, Andrea Menaker, Jonathan Hamilton, who heads the Latin American arbitration practice, and the ‘exceptionalAbby Cohen Smutny are recommended.

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