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White & Case Appoints Arbitration Counsel in London

Global law firm White & Case LLP has strengthened its international arbitration, Latin American and Lusophone practices through the appointment of Luiz Aboim as counsel in the London office.

Luiz, a Brazilian national, is an experienced arbitration practitioner with deep connections to the Brazilian and Lusophone markets. Admitted to the Brazilian and Paris Bars, he has significant experience handling commercial disputes, particularly in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors. Luiz spent the first eight years of his legal career in Brazil, and for more than nine years has worked at a Magic Circle law firm in Paris and London, where he has advised clients in two of the largest Brazilian corporate disputes to date, as well as in disputes in Lusophone and Francophone Africa. Luiz is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

As well as advising clients in relation to international arbitration disputes, Luiz has acted as arbitrator in cases involving Brazilian, Angolan and South African parties, and has represented clients on major projects, transactions and complex negotiations in Brazil, Europe and Africa. He will add to White & Case's well-established Lusophone capability serving Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Portugal, and will work extensively with the Firm's Latin American Arbitration Practice and its São Paulo office.

"Luiz is a distinguished lawyer with a wealth of experience in international arbitration," said White & Case's Global Head of International Arbitration, Paul Friedland. "His arrival strengthens our disputes practice linked to Latin America and Lusophone countries. These areas are a driver for our global presence in international arbitration."

"This is an exciting time to be joining White & Case's global arbitration practice. Brazil is going through changes that are having great impact in major infrastructure companies and projects in the country, while at the same time strengthening its commercial ties with Angola and Mozambique through investment agreements. Often deals and disputes will be governed by English law," says Luiz Aboim. "White & Case provides a unique platform to assist clients facing such changes and related disputes in Brazil and in Lusophone Africa, where the number of cases is steadily increasing. It combines a stellar international arbitration practice in key sectors for Lusophone jurisdictions, such as energy, resources and infrastructure industries, with a global network that includes the most successful Brazil office of any international law firm."

"The addition of Luiz is the latest step in a longstanding strategy to continue the expansion of our premiere practices in Latin American and Lusophone deals and disputes," added Jonathan C. Hamilton, Head of Latin American Arbitration. "Luiz brings depth to our diverse multinational team and demonstrates the truly global nature of the pioneering platform that White & Case has built over many years."

Phillip Capper, Head of International Arbitration in London, says: "We are delighted that Luiz is joining White & Case in our London office. He has a tremendous breadth and depth of specialist experience handling arbitrations and projects relating to Brazil and other Lusophone and Latin American countries – a major component of our London office's work. Luiz brings great talent and is a natural fit for our firm."

In a Global Arbitration Review article dated June 2, 2015, Brazilian arbitrator José Emilio Nunes Pinto described Luiz as "a bright lawyer – one of the brightest of his generation in Brazil. He is truly international but has not lost sense of the Brazilian and Latin American markets. He also has an excellent sense of business."

White & Case has also recently hired several other Latin American practitioners, including Brazilian Michelle Grando and Mexican Ernesto Corzo as associates in Washington, DC, and Peruvian Caterina Miro-Quesada as an associate in Mexico City.

White & Case is a pioneer in Latin American arbitration. It has been recognized repeatedly as a leader in Latin America with premiere practices, longstanding offices in Brazil and Mexico and a commitment to cutting edge pro bono projects in the region.

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