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Dechert LLP

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Érica Franzetti

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Dechert LLP

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Érica Franzetti concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitrations with a focus on energy, oil and gas, mining, construction and internet disputes. Ms. Franzetti has extensive experience advising clients in cases involving multiple procedural rules and has appeared before ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals.


Member, ICC/USCIB Young Arbitrators Forum, Member, ICDR Young and International LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; Member, Section of International Law, American Bar Association


University of São Paulo Law School, LL.B., 2000; Getúlio Vargas Foundation, B.A., 2006; Georgetown University, LL.M., 2008

Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: 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.

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United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: 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, 'superstar' Érica 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.

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United States: Arbitration (3rd edition)

October 2018. By Erica Franzetti, Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of the legal framework and key issues surrounding arbitration law in the  United States . This Q&A is part of the global guide to Arbitration. [Continue Reading]

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