Global law firm White & Case LLP continues to lead in International Arbitration in Latin America with more top rankings and more lawyers across more offices than any other firm in the world, according to the latest rankings from Chambers, The Legal 500 Latin America 2023 and other professional guides.
White & Case also continues to be ranked Tier One in The Legal 500 Latin America 2023, Band One in Chambers Latin America 2023, and the sole #1 firm for Latin American arbitration in Latinvex, a designation that the Firm has held continuously and exclusively since 2017. These are among the latest highlights of the Firm's leading global practice in International Arbitration.
According to the latest rankings:
- The most lawyers: From a broad range of arbitration lawyers across the Firm, many of whom are routinely active on international arbitration in Latin America, the Legal 500 rankings recognized 14 White & Case lawyers and ranked six lawyers, including "Hall of Fame" partner Jonathan C. Hamilton, "Leading Lawyers" Ank Santens and Rafael Llano, "Next Generation Partners" Francisco Jijon and Silvia Marchili, and "Rising Star" Michele Grando.
- The most offices: White & Case has more than ten offices active on international arbitration matters in Latin America, and the Legal 500 rankings recognized lawyers in seven of those offices, including the traditional arbitral strongholds of Washington, DC, New York and Paris, as well as the 30-year-old office in Mexico City, the 35-year-old Miami office, and the offices in Houston and Madrid. Key offices also include London, Geneva and São Paulo, among others.
- Pioneering experience: "With more than three-decades' experience in the Latin American market the 'committed' international arbitration team 'works hand-in-hand' with clients, doing so 'with the greatest rigour'; as a result, it has built significant scale in the region," according to The Legal 500.
- Spanning sectors: The practice "regularly counsels an impressive selection of blue-chip corporations involved in high-profile investor-state arbitration, as well as commercial cases over contractual disputes, construction matters and post-M&A claims," according to Chambers. "Their approach that is instilled across the whole team is to win cases."
In Chambers Brazil 2022, White & Case secured a market-leading Band 1 ranking for its Latin America International Arbitration practice, and also secured three individual rankings for lawyers Jonathan Hamilton (Washington, DC), Jorge Mattamouros (Houston) and Michelle Grando (Washington, DC)—more such rankings than any other international firm.
"We have built a multipolar practice in international arbitration focused on Latin America over more than two decades, focused on breadth, depth and diversity," commented partner and head of Latin American arbitration Jonathan C. Hamilton. "The latest rankings are a testament to our clients and collaboration over time."
The practice also continues to chart the future of the field through cases and thought leadership on issues such as the impact of political disruption and increased focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the region.