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Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

International Arbitration

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What the team is known for

Much-admired international arbitration outfit offering valued expertise in Latin American mandates. In high demand among prominent international and regional corporate groups for its knowledge of commercial disputes, especially those arising out of infrastructure construction claims. Also sought after by corporate claimants engaging in investment treaty cases.

Strengths

"They are always available and ready to have discussions to help us understand legal procedures and New York law," commentators report, adding: "We could not be more satisfied with our choice to work with Chaffetz Lindsey."

Work highlights

Advised Jaguar Energy Guatemala and AEI Guatemala Jaguar on an ICC arbitration against China Machine New Energy Corporation over Jaguar's termination of an EPC contract with CMNC for a thermal power generation plant in Guatemala.

Notable practitioners

"He is really excellent," one interviewee says of Aníbal Martin Sabater , while another describes him as "very knowledgeable of investment arbitration and arbitration in general." He is widely recognised for his impressive track record leading investment treaty arbitration cases. He benefits from further expertise in commercial disputes concerning financial and construction issues.

Founding partner David Lindsey has a great deal of experience acting on Latin American arbitration cases before various arbitral panels, with a focus on matters involving Brazil. He is regularly instructed by leading oil and gas and construction companies to assist with commercial disputes arising out of joint operating agreements and EPC contracts.

James Hosking is widely recognised by market commentators for his Latin American arbitration expertise, as one relates: "He is super knowledgeable, experienced and knows Latin America well." His practice is centred on representing regional and international corporations in commercial disputes arising out of post-M&A and infrastructure construction disputes. He also advises investors on significant bilateral investment treaty cases.

Yasmine Lahlou continues to impress interviewees with her skills, as one attests: "She was very on top of everything, knew her stuff and made things easy for us. It was just a very smooth experience." She is adept at handling Brazilian commercial arbitration cases arising out of joint operating agreement disputes and construction claims.

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Overview

Chaffetz Lindsey’s New York-based international arbitration team currently handles arbitrations with a total value in excess of US$15 billion, involving over 20 jurisdictions globally, and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions.  These disputes involve a variety of industries, including energy, infrastructure, oil & gas, mining, engineering & construction, financial services, insurance, media, manufacturing, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. 

Chaffetz Lindsey’s commitment to Latin America has been evident since the firm was formed in 2009. The firm offer clients a deep bench of native or fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaking attorneys, able to advise clients in both languages, and is one of a few, if not the only New York arbitration group that regularly argues cases in Spanish. The firm’s Latin American practice has continued to grow significantly with a series of instructions involving clients and/or projects in Argentina, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.  In the past year, the firm has seen an uptick in cases with a concentration on disputes involving the oil & gas, power and infrastructure sectors, and construction and project finance related claims. Partners James Hosking, Aníbal Sabater, Yasmine Lahlou, Caline Mouawad, and David Lindsey have been active in Latin America for most of their careers and are widely recognized by all of the leading industry publications.

Industries

Banking & Financial Institutions

Construction & Infrastructure

Cross-Border Litigation

Energy

General Commercial Litigation

Insurance & Reinsurance

International Arbitration

Mining

Sovereign Disputes

International Arbitration Department

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

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1700 Broadway

33rd Floor

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New York

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NY 10019

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Latin America-Wide

International Arbitration


Aníbal Martin Sabater
Band 3
David Lindsey
Band 3
James Hosking
Band 3
Yasmine Lahlou
Band 4