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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

1717 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20006, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 452 7373
Fax:
Fax +1 202 452 7333
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Web:
www.curtis.com

Claudia Frutos-Peterson

Tel:
Work +1 202 452 7373
Email:
Web:
www.curtis.com/cfrutos-peterson
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Work Department

International Arbitration; Latin America

Position

Dr. Claudia Frutos-Peterson is managing partner of Curtis' Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's International Arbitration group .

Dr. Frutos-Peterson was formerly counsel at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) from 2001 to 2009. At ICSID, she served as Secretary of Tribunals in numerous arbitral proceedings brought under the ICSID Convention and the ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism, based on the bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

She focuses her practice on arbitration, international law and international investment law and works with multiple governments and state entities. She has represented foreign states in investor-state arbitrations under the Arbitration Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Dr. Frutos-Peterson is an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she lectures on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad.  She is the author of the book L’émergence de l’arbitrage commercial international en Amérique latine: l’efficacité de son droit, published by L’Harmattan. 

Languages

Spanish; English; French

Member

International Bar Association; Grupo Latinoamericano de la CCI; Club Español de Arbitraje – Founding Member of the DC-NY Chapter; Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALArb); DC Bar Association; NY State Bar Association; Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board; Co-founder of D.C. Women in International Arbitration

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, with honors; Université de Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne I, Doctorate in Law, summa cum laude; Université de Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne I, Masters in International Economic Law; Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Derecho, Licenciatura en Derecho y C. Jurídicas, magna cum laude


Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is praised for its 'strong presentation skills in hearings, in-depth research and cogent written submissions'. It is widely recognised as a market leader representing states and state-owned entities in investment treaty disputes. New York-based group head George Kahale III is representing respondent Venezuela in a series of arbitrations, including an ICSID arbitration commenced by subsidiaries of ConocoPhillips with respect to petroleum projects, and a dispute concerning the nationalisation of a manufacturer and supplier of materials used in the extraction of crude oil. Other highlights include acting for a Mexican state-owned company in an LCIA arbitration in a high-value construction dispute. Claudia Frutos-Peterson  and Gabriela Álvarez Ávila are also recommended members of the team, which, however, lost Kate Brown de Vejar and Miriam Harwood to DLA Piper LLP (US)  and Squire Patton Boggs respectively.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has 'a sophisticated arbitration practice', which routinely represents sovereign states in high-stakes disputes. Leveraging 'an excellent ability to cut through challenges and make a case clearly and concisely', the team recently acted for the Republic of India on six separate arbitration matters brought by foreign investors in the telecoms sector, which included a case brought by Vodafone under the India-Netherlands BIT. The practice group also secured an ICSID annulment for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela concerning a $1.4bn award issued in 2014 in a case involving Mobil’s oil projects in Venezuela. The firm's roster of clients includes the State of Kuwait, the State of Libya and Turkmenistan. In New York, department head George Kahale III is ‘a bright legal mind’, and senior counsel Mark O’Donoghue, who acts for clients such as Republic of Cyprus, is ‘first rate’. Also recommended are recently promoted partner Robert Garcia and Washington DC-based Claudia Frutos-Peterson. Miriam Harwood left the firm for Squire Patton Boggs. All named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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