Abby Cohen Smutny co-heads White & Case's International Arbitration Practice in the Americas and heads the Firm's public international law practice.
Chambers has described Abby as "a real star" who is "a major force in treaty arbitrations… smart, practical and... both aggressive and diplomatic." Chambers has observed that she is "renowned for her 'thorough and technical' preparation, as well as her 'vigorous and energetic' advocacy", stating "you can't go to a better practitioner, especially on cutting-edge cases."
Global Arbitration Review has quoted clients who describe her as "a motivational powerhouse" whose "determination and motivation to succeed was a critical factor in our success."
The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration noted her "virtually unrivalled knowledge of state responsibility and investment treaty protection."
The Legal 500 has described her as a "powerhouse … the best."
Abby's experience includes working with clients in a wide range of industries including banking, ﬁnancial services, oil & gas, mining, electric power, real estate development, water supply, retail, pharmaceuticals, construction, tobacco, railroads, telecommunications and manufacturing.
She has signiﬁcant experience managing claims arising out of project ﬁnancing, privatizations, natural resource concessions, contracts with States and state-entities and political risk insurance.
She represents clients in arbitrations before all major arbitral forums including ICSID, the ICC, the Vienna International Arbitral Centre, the LCIA, the ICDR, and the SCC, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations, such as those under the UNCITRAL Rules. She serves as counsel in cases arising under bilateral investment treaties (BITs), the Energy Charter Treaty, the NAFTA, the DR-CAFTA and the ASEAN treaty.