Mr Arif H Ali > Dechert LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
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Arif H. Ali, co-chair of Dechert’s international arbitration global practice group, serves as lead attorney or trial counsel in international commercial and investment arbitrations under the procedural rules of all major arbitral institutions including the CRCICA, DIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, ICDR, DIAC, and the UNCITRAL. Mr. Ali has litigated a broad spectrum of disputes across a wide range of industries including oil and gas, energy, infrastructure development, mining, hospitality, technology, and the internet.


Editorial Board, Arbitration and Mediation Review; Editorial Board, Dispute Resolution International; Advisory Board Member, Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Court Competition; Advisory Board Member, Subcommittee on Investment Arbitration, International Bar Association; Users Council, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


Columbia University, B.A., 1986, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society; New York University School of Law, J.D., 1990, Vanderbilt Medal, member of the Annual Review of American Law, President of the International Law Students Association

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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > International arbitration

Dechert LLP‘s practice consists of a ‘truly international team with vast experience in international arbitration cases‘, working both for claimants and respondents. The group is active across the majority of Latin America, and represents various states in significant investment arbitrations, as well as acting for investors in major treaty cases. Demonstrating this, it successfully represented Bolivia in a dispute against South American Silver arising from the revocation of a silver and rare metals mining concession in Northern Potosi; acted for Colombian investors in an ICSID case against the Republic of Chile relating to the expropriation of investment in the public transportation industry; and is assisting a Peruvian company with an ICC arbitration against a Brazilian construction company regarding a gas pipeline project in Peru. Eduardo Silva Romero and Arif H Ali jointly lead the team from the firm’s Paris and Washington DC offices respectively, and are supported by Érica Franzetti who is ‘extremely effective during cross examination and highly persuasive giving written and oral arguments‘. José Manuel García Represa is ‘extremely active‘, while Alvaro Galindo and Juan Felipe Merizalde are also names to note.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Dechert LLP is noted for its ‘international focus‘ and its ‘excellent commercial approach, which enables the best results‘ for its clients. Washington DC-based department co-head Arif H. Ali has vast expertise in investor-state arbitration, particularly in the energy and oil and gas sectors; Ali is representing MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas against the Republic of Croatia as lead counsel under UNCITRAL arbitration rules. Further, ‘superstarÉrica Franzetti stands out for her ‘extremely well-versed‘ approach in high-stakes international disputes. In addition to its corporate client base, the ‘diverse‘ practice group acts for a litany of sovereigns, including the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Ecuador and the Republic of Poland.