Firm Profile > Chaffetz Lindsey LLP > New York, United States

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP
1700 Broadway, 33rd Floor
New York, NY USA 10019
United States

Insurance: advice to insurers Tier 2

New York-based reinsurance and arbitration boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP handles a wide range of complex reinsurance and insurance coverage disputes. Practice leadership is split four ways between Peter Chaffetz, Cecilia Moss, Steven Schwartz and Charlie Scibetta. The team has extensive experience in litigation arising from arbitration in addition to claims arising from insolvency, asbestos, environmental contamination and financial guaranty. On the reinsurance side, the firm persuaded the Second Circuit to reverse a $64m jury verdict concerning the allocation of asbestos losses.

Practice head(s):

Peter Chaffetz; Cecilia Moss; Steven Schwartz; Charles Scibetta

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Poplinger

Testimonials

‘The firm is incredibly responsive and thorough in their work, and they meet deadlines when requested. In researching and reviewing issues, they consider each matter on a case-by-case basis and from an industry-impact perspective. They are also pleasant people to work with.’

‘Charles Scibetta, in particular, is intelligent, composed, pays attention to detail, and responsive. He is a pleasure to work with. I value an attorney that considers all potential options in litigation and then provides a recommendation on his own.’

‘They are a tremendous group of dedicated professionals, masters in the practice of insurance and reinsurance law, who provide superior legal advice and professional judgment to their clients. ’

‘I have worked with many of the firm’s professionals – their unique presence in a relatively small field of firms dedicated to this practice is the depth of knowledge and experience the firm brings to the fore.’

‘This firm has the agility of a boutique outfit with the intellectual heft of a legal leviathan. The partners and associates alike are incredibly industrious and very knowledgeable about reinsurance and arbitration. ’

‘This boutique is largely dedicated to handling reinsurance disputes in arbitration and litigation, and has exceptionally talented lawyers with extensive experience in that area.’

‘Steven Schwartz is one of the top reinsurance dispute lawyers in the world. He has decades of experience in handling such disputes and exceptional insight into the reinsurance industry and how its practitioners function. He is also an outstanding trial lawyer and elegant writer. Triers of fact like and respect him because he eschews histrionics and is always well prepared to argue thoughtfully based on the facts and the law.’

‘Small, highly dynamic and extremely knowledgeable team, specializing in the conduct of complex commercial litigation and insurance/reinsurance disputes and US domestic as well as international arbitration. Highly skilled team.’

 

Key clients

AIG

Allianz/Fireman’s Fund

Chubb

Enstar

Ergo Versicherungs AG

Marsh

Sun Life Financial

Trisura International Insurance (formerly Imagine International Insurance)

Zurich Insurance Company North America

International arbitration Tier 2

Dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP prides itself on its New York roots, but is also highly experienced in delivering a wide array of both investment and commercial arbitration services across borders. Its strong performance on cross-border matters is acknowledged by clients, who refer to the team’s ability to conduct arbitration in Spanish and English, a skill regarded as ‘essential for disputes in Latin America’; additionally, team members are also fluent in Portuguese, French, German, and Arabic, among other languages. The group also maintains its focus on disputes arising in Latin America; ‘extraordinary well-qualified lawyerAníbal Sabater stands out for his experience in this, as well as for his qualifications in the UK, the US, and Spain. Multiple other practitioners are qualified in multiple jurisdictions; this includes Yasmine Lahlou and Caline Mouawad, both of whom have dual qualifications in New York and France. Founding partner David Lindsey brings additional credibility to the group’s work due to his experience spanning over three decades; his recent work places an emphasis on acting for Brazilian clients in the construction sector. Department leader James Hosking is also highly experienced, with over 100 arbitrations under his belt; his recent practice of stands out in the energy industry. Andreas Frischknecht is a key contact for German-speaking clients and arbitration enforcement mandates.

Practice head(s):

James Hosking

Other key lawyers:

David Lindsey; Aníbal Sabater; Yasmine Lahlou; Caline Mouawad; Andreas Frischknecht; Cecilia Moss; Andrew Poplinger; Gretta Walters; Rainbow Willard

Testimonials

‘This practice brings big-firm reputation to a boutique.’

‘Caline Mouawad is an excellent, steady hand in arbitration. Her knowledge of the players, issues, and the ICC, means that there are no surprises and we go into any dispute prepared.’

‘An excellent team led by Anibal Sabater, fully dedicated to international arbitration and very much respected by its peers. They are bilingual (Spanish / English), which is essential for disputes in Latin America.’

‘Anibal Sabater is an extraordinary well-qualified lawyer and an excellent team leader. He personally is on top of the matters he handles.’

‘Rainbow Williard was very responsive and professional.’

Key clients

The AES Corporation

Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC

Synohydro Costa Rica / Omega Construcciones / Desarrollos y Construcciones Urbanas / CAABSA Infraestructura

Clorox Spain S.L.

Czech Republic

Eletrobras CGT Eletrosul

Entes Industrial Plants Construction and Erection Contracting Co. Inc.

NNPC

Reti Televisive Italiane

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration Tier 3

New York-based international disputes boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP attracts praise for its ‘very deep and detailed knowledge in the area of ​​international arbitration, particularly in Latin America’. The group, which handles a range of commercial and investment treaty disputes for corporates and state-owned entities, is led by James Hosking who has from a broad international arbitration practice. Aníbal Sabater, who is particularly active in arbitration involving energy, construction, and financial transactions; Yasmine Lahlou, who counts energy, pharmaceutical and telecoms among her primary industry-sectors; and David Lindsey, who has a broad practice spanning contractual, projects, environmental and transactional arbitration, are all additional names to note. The group bolstered its arbitration expertise, particularly in the oil and gas, mining, consumer goods and telecoms sector, with the December-2019 hire of the ‘excellentCaline Mouawad from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Chaffetz is a very high-quality arbitration boutique. Its strength is in the expertise and engagement of the partners and the way that they build their team for each case, always including at least two senior partners that are fully hands on. The quality of the work is very impressive and they have a huge experience in commercial international arbitration.

Yasmine Lahlou, James Hosking and Peter Chaffetz are real stars. They make a huge difference in the case strategy and also conducting the hearing. Their dedication to the case is very impressive. They are one of the best New York firms we have worked with.

They have very deep and detailed knowledge in the area of ​​international arbitration, particularly in Latin America, where we use their services. We receive highly professional and effective advice from them.

Partner Aníbal Sabater is fully bilingual in English and Spanish, is very well connected in the world of arbitration, both in Spain and Latin America and in the US, and has excellent technical knowledge in international arbitration.

Caline Mouawad is an excellent lawyer. She has good judgment, good oral presentation, good writing, a high level of analysis and a good strategist. She is a very high-level lawyer. I have not worked with other attorneys at the firm.’

We were advised by a team of several lawyers, led by Aníbal Sabater and supported by Rainbow Willard, who worked extremely well, very efficiently and effectively.

Key clients

Enel

International Investment Group/ IIG TOF / Trade Finance Trust

AES Corporation

Albacora

Societa Esecuzione Lavori Idraulici

Acciona

Graña y Montero

THE FIRM:

Chaffetz Lindsey is a premier litigation and international arbitration boutique. For over 10 years, it has helped clients find business-minded solutions where possible or win in arbitration or court if necessary. It provides the service, expertise and international experience clients expect from the largest firms, but from a smaller, client-friendly, New York City platform. Chaffetz Lindsey’s international reach is unique for its size and single-office location. In addition, the firm is distinguished by its flexibility on fees and lack of conflicts. Chaffetz Lindsey can and does act against major businesses that many large firms will not oppose.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:

Commercial Litigation:

Chaffetz Lindsey has an active commercial litigation practice with significant trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. The team represents companies in disputes involving complex commercial contracts, sales/licensing and distribution agreements, construction projects, and disputes arising from domestic and international crises (including COVID-19). The firm excels in cross-border litigation, including cases involving sovereigns, international discovery, enforcement of judgments/arbitration awards, and parallel proceedings.

International Arbitration:

Chaffetz Lindsey is an international arbitration powerhouse. It represents clients in arbitrations administered by all of the major institutions and under all of the major arbitral rules, including HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, and UNCITRAL Rules. The team handles disputes in a variety of industries, with a particular expertise in energy, engineering and construction, financial services, insurance, infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to its broad commercial arbitration practice, Chaffetz Lindsey has expertise in public international law and currently represents investors and sovereigns in multiple treaty disputes. The firm’s current caseload includes arbitrations involving more than 20 jurisdictions covering Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America, North America, and the Middle East. In addition to being US-qualified, the team includes lawyers trained in both civil and common law systems who have practiced in Europe, Latin America, or Asia-Pacific and are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. The firm’s lawyers are recognized thought leaders who regularly speak, teach, and publish on cutting-edge international arbitration issues.

Insurance/Reinsurance:

Chaffetz Lindsey has one of the deepest insurance/reinsurance practices in the market. The firm has delivered successful results to clients facing exposures ranging into the billions of dollars in every major industry issue of the past three decades. These issues include asbestos, environmental, 9/11, finite risk, financial guarantee, commutations, late notice, workers’ compensation, managing general agencies and pools, insurance wrapped residential mortgage backed securities, disputes over arbitrability, COVID-19, and insolvency matters, including cases against liquidators and cut-through endorsement claims by policyholders. In addition, we have extensive experience in disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions of insurance and reinsurance companies. Chaffetz Lindsey’s team members are recognized leaders in the industry and are active members in a variety of industry forums, including ARIAS and the International Bar Association’s Insurance Committee. Peer firms frequently call on Chaffetz Lindsey to submit amicus curiae briefs on major industry issues.

Bankruptcy:

Chaffetz Lindsey recently expanded its team to bring on a leading bankruptcy specialist, Alan Lipkin. Chaffetz Lindsey advises major creditors, shareholders, creditors and ad hoc committees, and other key parties in chapter 11 and debtors’ chapter 7 cases and out-of-court workouts. The firm also has substantial experience in insurance and bank insolvency matters and in addressing potential insolvency issues in structured finance and other complex transactions. Consistent with the team’s deep international network and experience, many of firm’s insolvency-related matters involve cross-border components and ancillary proceedings under chapter 15 of the bankruptcy code.

Partners: Peter Chaffetz, Andreas Frischknecht, James Hosking, Yasmine Lahlou, David Lindsey, Alan Lipkin, Sandy Litvack, Cecilia Moss, Caline Mouawad, Andrew Poplinger, Aníbal Sabater, Steven Schwartz, Charles Scibetta

Number of partners: 13 Number of other lawyers: 13

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding Partner Peter Chaffetz peter.chaffetz@chaffetzlindsey.com 212 257 6961
Founding Partner James Hosking james.hosking@chaffetzlindsey.com 212 257 6963
Founding Partner Cecilia Moss cia.moss@chaffetzlindsey.com 212 257 6964
Founding Partner Charles Scibetta charles.scibetta@chaffetzlindsey.com 212 257 6962
Partner Aníbal Sabater anibal.sabater@chaffetzlindsey.com 212 257 6945
Photo Name Position Profile
 Peter Chaffetz  photo Peter Chaffetz
 James Hosking  photo James Hosking
 Yasmine Lahlou photo Yasmine Lahlou
 David Lindsey  photo David Lindsey
 Cecilia Moss  photo Cecilia Moss
 Andrew Poplinger  photo Andrew Poplinger
 Aníbal  Sabater  photo Aníbal  Sabater
 Steven Schwartz  photo Steven Schwartz
 Charles Scibetta  photo Charles Scibetta
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