Global law firm White & Case has achieved an unprecedented series of successes in Latin American arbitration over the past year, while scooping up further accolades and continuing the growth of its leading team in Latin American arbitration.
Chambers Latin America and Legal 500 each again ranked White & Case at the top of the field of Latin American arbitration this year. According to Legal 500, "the ‘excellent' White & Case LLP continued to showcase its leading international arbitration capability" with a "Latin American arbitration team, which, with 70 lawyers, including 30 fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, is one of the largest globally. The group represents a healthy mix of investors and states in investment arbitration, and fields leading experts in the field." Chambers highlighted the firm's unique "on-the-ground presence with teams in Mexico City and São Paulo" with "internationally active experts supported by the firm's global arbitration group," and highlighted the teams "consistency" and "collaborative approach."
Building on its pioneering presence over the past two decades, the White & Case Latin American arbitration practice has achieved a significant series of successes in commercial and investment arbitrations and related negotiations over the past eighteen months. Some of the publicly available results include:
Award in Venezuela investment dispute related to the mining sector.
Award and settlement in Paraguay arbitration involving the relationships between contracts and treaties.
Award in Andean energy sector arbitration arising from global economic crisis.
Award in Central American electricity sector.
Award for Peru airport toll road arbitration.
Award and settlement in Spanish treaty dispute.
Award in Bolivia mining sector commercial arbitration.
Settlement for claimant in Andean electricity concession contract arbitration.
Resolution of suspension of works on the Panama Canal expansion project through negotiation, subject to ongoing disputes.
Interim ruling in landmark mass claims case related to Argentina.
Resolution of Caribbean hydroelectric project dispute.
Celebration of Ecuador international airport opening following resolution of project finance dispute.
The breadth of the Latin American arbitration has encouraged continued growth of the team, including the recent addition of experienced attorneys who are nationals of Brazil, Mexico and Peru, joining a multinational team that includes lawyers of diverse nationalities and common law and civil law training based out of diverse offices.
"The White & Case Latin American arbitration team has over the years developed proven best practices to promote teamwork, training, efficiency and a series of strong results," commented partner and head of Latin American arbitration Jonathan C. Hamilton. "The diversity of our team is critical to our success, as our Latin American disputes work has become a truly globalized practice."
The latest additions to the practice include:
Michelle Grando is a Brazilian native who is based in Washington, DC, and also spends significant time on the ground in the firm's Sao Paulo office, which was established in 1997. She previously practiced in a European office of an international firm in the international arbitration group, and has extensive experience in Latin American arbitration. She has additional experience in the international dispute resolution departments of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the European Commission, and had an academic career. Her book "Evidence, Proof and Fact-Finding in WTO Dispute Settlement" was published by Oxford University Press. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the University of Toronto, and the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and Italian.
Ernesto Corzo is a Mexican national who is based in Washington, DC, and also engaged in matters with the firm's Mexico City office that was established in 1991. He has prior experience with the Inter-American Development Bank and a European office of a major international firm focusing on international dispute resolution and public international law. He is the author of a book on the application of international law in Mexico, "La Aplicación del Derecho Internacional en México: Una Visión Critica." He holds degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Caterina Miro-Quesada is a Peruvian national who is based in the Mexico City office. She joined from a major Peruvian firm in Lima, where she had collaborated with the White & Case team on numerous successful arbitrations over the past seven years. She is ranked by Chambers Latin America and holds degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Lima. She is fluent in Spanish and English.
Global Head of Arbitration Paul Friedland commented, "Latin America is a driver for our global presence in international arbitration and this continued growth of our team is an extension of our client needs."
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