Frank Panopoulos primarily focuses on White & Case's representation of global commercial and financial companies and foreign governments (including state-owned entities) in complex international commercial and sovereign litigation and arbitration. His experience includes federal court litigation, appellate practice, representing clients before the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control, ICSID and ICC arbitrations.
Mr. Panopoulos has extensive experience in various industry sectors, including oil and gas, uranium, energy, pharmaceuticals, international banking and finance and infrastructure construction.
Prior to joining White & Case LLP, Mr. Panopoulos served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and law clerk to the Honorable Frank X. Altimari of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Representing the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia in a case involving a four-year litigation before a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in which defenses under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) to enforcing a judgment against the sovereign based on an arbitral award rendered against a separate Indonesian instrumentality were at issue.
Counsel in successful defense of a major Saudi bank alleged to have financially supported terrorism. Won pre-trial dismissal of a US$1 billion claim.
Counsel in successful defense of a preliminary injunction brought against International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Counsel in successful defense of a lawsuit in US court seeking preliminary injunction and specific performance against a Russian state-owned entity while the dispute was being arbitrated in Sweden. Won dismissal of the lawsuit.
Representing the Republic of the Philippines in parallel ICSID and ICC arbitrations arising from termination of the concession to build and operate the new international airport terminal in Manila.