Partners: Peter Chaffetz, David Lindsey, James Hosking, Charles Scibetta, Cecilia Moss, Andreas Frischknecht, Steven Schwartz, Steven Reisberg, Aníbal Sabater, Yasmine Lahlou, Sandy Litvack
Number of partners: 11 Number of other lawyers: 17
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP was established in 2009 to provide quality business litigation and arbitration advice and representation from a more economical and flexible platform. The firm is distinguished by the reputation and track record of its lawyers and its flexibility on fees and conflicts. Although Chaffetz Lindsey often represents the defence, it can and does act against major businesses that many large firms will not oppose. The team has extensive experience representing cli- ents both based in and investing in Latin America. Often working with leading local firms, the team has handled disputes involving individuals, corporations and state entities from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. David Lindsey is the co-editor of the first text on international arbitration in the region –‘International Arbitration in Latin America’. The team includes fluent Spanish and Portuguese speakers, and lawyers who have worked at firms in the region.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
International Arbitration 40%
Commercial Litigation 20%
The firm’s international arbitration team represents clients before the world’s major international arbitration tribunals, with disputes governed by ICC, SIAC, SCC, LCIA, ICSID, ICDR/AAA, and UNCITRAL Rules. The team represents clients across a range of sectors and has particularly deep experience working with companies in the oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, mining, construction, engineering and financial services sectors. In addition to its broad commercial arbitration practice, Chaffetz Lindsey has expertise in public international law and currently represents investors and sovereigns in treaty claims.
The firm’s current caseload with parties or investments in Latin America covers all of these sectors and involves disputes arising from joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, international sales contracts, construction projects, operation and maintenance agreements, licensing agreements, environmental contamination and in- vestment treaty claims.
Members of the team speak regularly on develop- ments in international arbitration in the region and more broadly. David Lindsey contributed to the leading text on international arbitration in New York, and James Hosking co-authored the first commentary on the ICDR Rules. A native of Spain, Aníbal Sabater was a member of the committee that drafted the ICDR Expedited Arbitration Rules.
Chaffetz Lindsey has an active commercial litigation practice with significant US trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. The team represents companies in disputes involving complex commercial contracts, sales/licensing and distribution agreements, construction projects, insolvency and restructurings, patent and trademark infringement, and disputes arising from the 2008 financial crisis. The firm has extensive experience with issues unique to cross-border litigation, including international discovery demands, enforcement of judgments/arbitration awards, and parallel proceedings. In addition, drawing on its public international law and sovereign immunity expertise, Chaffetz Lindsey acts for and against sovereigns and state-owned entities.
Chaffetz Lindsey has one of the deepest insurance/ reinsurance practices in the market. The firm’s matters include a variety of coverage and allocation disputes, disputes over the interpretation of commutation provisions in long-term finite risk transactions, and reinsurance of financial guaranty policies. Historically the team has had leading roles in most of the major issues that have driven litigation and arbitration in this market, including allocation and recoverability of asbestos and environmental claims, public nuisance disputes, surety disputes, late notice cases and a host of issues relating to insurance insolvency, including cut-through endorsements, rights of set-off, and disputes over arbitrability.
Chaffetz Lindsey has a broad client base that includes major US and international companies involved in finance, energy and resources, insurance/ reinsurance, pharmaceuticals and infrastructure, as well as sovereigns and sovereign entities. Many of its clients are based in Latin America or are multinational clients with operations in the region. Because much of the firm’s work is confidential, it does not generally publish client names, but it is happy to provide client references upon request.