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Foley Hoag LLP

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Senior Partners: Paul Reichler, Mark Clodfelter, Lawrence Martin, Derek Smith, Daniel Schimmel, Mélida Hodgson
Partners: Kenneth Figueroa, Clara Brillembourg, Tafadzwa Pasipanodya
Number of partners worldwide: 117
Number of other lawyers: 137

Firm Overview:
Foley Hoag represents clients in a wide range of disputes and transactions worldwide, including, especially, Latin America. The firm offers clients market-leading international litigation and arbitration services from offices in Washington, DC, Boston, New York and Paris. The firm has expertise in litigation and arbitration between Sovereign States; investor-State arbitration; international commercial and construction arbitration; complex business, financial, and investment transactions; and corporate social responsibility services. Foley Hoag combines powerful international, national, and regional practices that share a common emphasis on client service and helping clients succeed through the delivery of exceptional legal service.

Main Areas of Practice:
Foley Hoag’s international litigation and arbitration practice, which includes more than 35 highly experienced international litigators, is led by partner Paul Reichler, who is located in Washington, DC The firm’s lawyers are trained in both the common and civil law systems, fluent in 14 languages, and highly regarded for their skill in both written and oral advocacy.

International Litigation & Arbitration Between Sovereign States:
Foley Hoag has a distinguished record representing States in international litigation and arbitration against other States. For the past thirty years, Foley Hoag’s lawyers have successfully represented States in disputes with other States before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, the World Trade Organization, and international arbitral tribunals around the world in cases involving, maritime and land boundary disputes; cross-border environmental and sustainable development issues; human rights and humanitarian law and the law of war; the use of military force and self-defence; and international trade and investment. Recently, Foley Hoag successfully represented Ghana in a dispute with Cote d’Ivoire in which the tribunal adopted a boundary line entirely favorable to Ghana.

Investor State Arbitration:
Foley Hoag deploys its highly experienced litigation team to represent Sovereign States and their instrumentalities in Investor-State disputes in all of the world’s principal arbitral fora. The firm’s lawyers have successfully represented States before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the ICSID Additional Facility, UNCITRAL rules proceedings, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and others. Foley Hoag successfully represented Uruguay in a closely watched ICSID arbitration concerning State regulation of tobacco product packaging. Foley Hoag is also currently instructed in new arbitrations by Peru and India. Claims brought against a Sovereign State or its instrumentalities by a foreign investor under a bilateral or multilateral investment treaty, or a contract or a domestic investment law, require a legal team of the highest international caliber: with great expertise in international law, a deep understanding of the civil and common law systems, extensive experience in the various fora and rules under which claims are raised, an enhanced capability to analyse complex facts and industries, broad language abilities, and sensitivity to political and cultural issues in the various regions of the world.

International Commercial & Construction Arbitration:
Foley Hoag represents both State-owned enterprises and private companies in international commercial and construction arbitration, conducted under both common law and civil law rules. The firm has extensive experience in all major arbitral fora, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), and tribunals constituted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and under the national arbitration laws of numerous countries in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. A significant addition to this practice is Daniel Schimmel, who leads the practice of international litigation and arbitration in the firm’s New York office. Mr Schimmel, a dual French-US trained practitioner and arbitrator, has represented US, French and other European companies and individuals, as well as other international clients, in arbitration and litigation proceedings. He serves as chair, party-nominated arbitrator, or counsel in ICC, ICDR, and CPR proceedings. Foley Hoag also represents clients in the national courts of the United States, France, and Belgium in litigation related to a variety of issues including foreign sovereign immunity, and with respect to commercial arbitration, motions to compel arbitration and to stay litigation, anti-suit injunctions, the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, and the vacatur of adverse awards. The firm routinely assists clients in early case assessment, risk management and dispute avoidance in regard to their international contracts, settlement, and, where advantageous for the client, in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and conciliation.

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The firm represents and counsels Sovereign States in the full range of international litigation and arbitration matters, as well as State-owned entities and companies in commercial arbitration. Clients have included more than 45 States around the world, including, in Latin America: Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Panama, Peru, Venezuela; as well as Bangladesh, Belgium, Croatia, Mauritius, India, the Philippines, Slovakia, South Korea, Uganda and Ukraine.


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