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James Hosking, co-founder of New York dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey, is a recognized expert in international arbitration, having been counsel in over 100 cases and under the rules of all the leading institutions. His recent cases have involved international commercial contracts, corporate acquisitions, energy/power projects, construction/engineering, re/insurance, JV/shareholder disputes, mining, and investment treaty claims. James also sits as an arbitrator, having been appointed sole arbitrator, chairperson, co-arbitrator and emergency arbitrator. Of those more than 30 appointments, the cases have involved a dozen jurisdictions and over US$3 billion in dispute.
Originally qualified in New Zealand, a significant part of James’s practice focuses on the Asia-Pacific region. His recent work there includes disputes involving Australia, China, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Timor Leste. James is especially interested in disputes arising out of Asia-Latin America investments: In the last 5 years, the firm has handled over 20 such cases and James has been a frequent commentator on the topic.
James is the co-author of A Guide to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules (OUP, 2nd ed. 2019), Co-Chair of the ICC’s Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings (Report released March 2019) and a former delegate to UNCITRAL Working Group II. He has guest lectured at universities around the world and for many years taught the international arbitration course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
James also represents clients in US commercial litigation and has argued cases at all levels of the New York courts, as well as in federal court in New York and elsewhere. James earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2000 and attended the University of Auckland from 1990‐1994, receiving B.A. and LL.B. (with honors) degrees. He is admitted to practice in New York and previously practiced in New Zealand.

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

David Lindsey and James Hosking jointly head the ten-partner team at dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP which boasts particular experience in commercial arbitration. The firm also handles investor-state disputes, acting for both sovereign states and corporate companies. In recent highlights, Hosking defended a mining company in an indemnification claim arising from the sale of assets, and advised the Costa Rican subsidiary of a multinational energy company in an ICC arbitration relating to an EPC contract. The 'diligent and analytical' Aníbal Sabater is handling a steady flow of construction disputes and is representing Albacora in a claim against Ecuador for arbitrary taxation measures imposed within a free trade zone, while Lindsey and Yasmine Lahlou are handling an UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a joint operating agreement related to an offshore oil field in Brazil.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: Leading lawyers

James Hosking - Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Within: International arbitration

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP's New York-based arbitration team is 'building a stellar reputation' across commercial and investment disputes. Jointly led by David Lindsey and James Hosking (who is noted for 'providing first-class strategic and practical advice') the 30-person team includes litigation and arbitration lawyers with experience practicing at many of the world's largest law firms. Though the firm's work spans the globe, it is particularly well positioned to handle arbitration involving Latin American participants. A key figure in that space is Aníbal Sabater, who has expertise in arbitration across a number of industry sectors and spearheads the practice group's Spanish language offering. Sabater is currently acting for an investment house in parallel ICC proceedings against multiple South American entities. Also recommended is Yasmine Lahlou, 'an excellent lawyer', who, alongside firm co-founder Peter Chaffetz, represented Società Esecuzione Lavori Idraulici and a related company in ICC arbitration concerning the termination of a subcontract for works at a hydroelectric power plant in Guatemala. Gretta Walters and Erin Valentine were made counsels in the team.

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