Herbert Smith Freehills

International Arbitration Department

Latin America-wide
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What the team is known for Well-reputed international arbitration practice noted for its strength in both the commercial and investor-state arenas. Caters to an enviable client portfolio of household names from the oil and gas and infrastructure sectors in disputes before a variety of major arbitral panels. Well versed in Latin American matters, especially those involving Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Strengths Highlighting the team's abilities, a client states: "They are very well organised and well coordinated, and they have a number of Portuguese speakers on the team, which has been extremely helpful. I have been very pleased with their work."

Work highlights Advised BP America on a potential arbitration arising out of a damages claim by Wakefield Argentina over the termination of a distribution agreement.

Notable practitioners


Christian Leathley
enjoys acclaim for his longstanding experience handling the full gamut of international arbitration mandates. Lauding his work, interviewees describe his service as "stunning," going on to say: "He was so communicative, he involved us in every decision, and he was very strategic and eager to learn from us and any institution involved. His knowledge of international law is obviously exceptional as well."