Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

International Arbitration

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What the team is known for

Versatile dispute resolution boutique with an extensive investor-state practice, acting for both sovereign states and corporate clients. Also offers a broad-based commercial dispute practice, with experience in fields including telecom, financial services, construction and energy. Capabilities include the enforcement of arbitral awards. Identified for its deft handling of Latin American disputes, in addition to housing experience in arbitrations involving Europe and the Middle East. Fields significant multilingual capabilities, with substantial experience acting in disputes conducted in Spanish.


Sources state: "Chaffetz Lindsey has a brilliant, collaborative and creative litigation team with excellent knowledge of international litigation and practices."

Clients says: "The team stands out as being highly specialized in international arbitration matters."

A commentator notes: "Their case presentation to the tribunal was compelling, and the team tirelessly worked to find new arguments or new angles to old arguments to bolster our case."

Work highlights

Represented Tonopah Solar Energy in an ICC arbitration over a construction dispute with Cobra Thermosolar Plants. The dispute involves over $1.1 billion in claims.

Notable practitioners

Aníbal Martin Sabater 's practice has particular strength in Latin America matters, but he is well placed to advise on both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across wide-ranging jurisdictions.
"Aníbal knows how to deal with these disputes and he handles the matter efficiently. He is particularly good at presenting arguments and defining strategy." "He is very good in his analysis and work product." "He is really good and has excellent Latin American expertise."

Caline Mouawad has a growing reputation for her work on both commercial and investor-state matters. She is highlighted for her fluency in French and Arabic, as well as her impressive advocacy skills.
"Caline Mouawad is an excellent practitioner." "She is a hard-working and impressive lawyer." "I think Caline is really excellent and she does both commercial and investment treaty work."

David Lindsey 's practice includes both commercial and investor-state arbitrations, with notable experience in disputes concerning the oil and gas sector.
"I think very highly of David Lindsey. He's a hard-working guy." "He's well respected."

James Hosking divides his practice between serving as counsel and sitting as arbitrator in high-value international disputes, including both investment treaty and commercial claims.
"James is very focused and has great strategic thinking. He has the ability to present the challenges to the client in a clear way and propose solutions to better serve the client’s needs in the arbitration." "He has his finger on the pulse, he knows the law and he understands the industries and the major players." "He is truly excellent and fairminded. He solicits the views of his co-arbitrators and seeks to make decisions by consensus."

Rainbow Willard has a developed a strong commercial international arbitration practice where she advises clients from the construction and energy fields. She is also recognized for her investor-state capabilities.
"Rainbow is a very sharp lawyer and team player with attention to detail - she gets to the core of the issues at dispute and uses common sense to devise appropriate strategies." "Rainbow Willard is a very capable and smart lawyer."

Yasmine Lahlou is experienced in both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. She has particular expertise in matters involving the energy and construction industries.
"Yasmine Lahlou handles the case perfectly. She is so well organized, with a great strategic view on the construction of the arguments, and has very good experience in arbitral proceedings." "She is an incredible lawyer."

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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.  The team includes lawyers trained in both civil and common law systems and handles disputes in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

In addition to a broad commercial arbitration practice, the international arbitration team has expertise in public international law, including investment treaty disputes. The firm represents both investors and sovereigns before ICSID tribunals and in other leading fora, and regularly advises on investment structuring, risk mitigation, and claim negotiations. 

Chaffetz Lindsey also has significant experience in arbitration-related litigation, including enforcing arbitration awards and agreements, obtaining interim relief and other preliminary measures, seeking discovery, sovereign-related litigation and managing parallel multi-jurisdictional claims.  Several of the department’s team members also sit as arbitrators.

International Arbitration Department

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Department location

1700 Broadway

33rd Floor

New York

New York


NY 10019

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USA - Nationwide

International Arbitration: Arbitrators

James Hosking
Band 3

International Arbitration: Counsel

Aníbal Martin Sabater
Band 3
Caline Mouawad
Band 4
David Lindsey
Band 3
James Hosking
Band 2
Rainbow Willard
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