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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

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Managing Partner: John B Quinn
Senior Partners: David M Orta, Head of Latin America and Washington, DC’s International Arbitration Practice; Juan P Morillo, Co-Chair of the White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice in Washington, DC
Number of partners worldwide: 264
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 563

International Arbitration:  Stephen Jagusch QC, David M Orta
White Collar & Corporate Investigations: William Burck, Juan P Morillo
Complex, Commercial Litigation: Michael Carlinsky, Richard A Schirtzer, Karl Stern 
Bankruptcy & Insolvency: Susheel Kirpalani
Intellectual Property Litigation: Ed DeFranco, Marcus Grosch, Frederick Lorig, David Nelson, John B Quinn, Claude Stern, Charles Verhoeven
Products Liability Litigation: Sandra Bresnick, Michael Lyle, Morgan Tovey

Firm Overview:
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has over 800 litigators and arbitration practitioners — the largest and most successful litigation and arbitration law firm in the world. Quinn Emanuel lawyers have tried over 2,300 cases and won 88%. The firm has also obtained 5 nine-figure jury verdicts, 43 ninefigure settlements, and 19 ten-figure settlements. No other firm can say that.

Main Areas of Practice:

Worldwide Offices:
The firm’s 23 offices offer the full breadth of its more than 45 practice areas. Quinn Emanuel’s work includes virtually every type of business dispute, from patent and copyright litigation to international arbitration, and from class action litigation to white collar crime. The firm represents Fortune 500 companies and other enterprises spanning many industries.

Latin American Practice:
The firm has experience in Latin America, having handled matters in or related to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico (USA), Uruguay, and Venezuela.

International Arbitration:
International arbitration is one of the cornerstones of the firm’s practice and is consistently considered a market leader in international arbitration all over the world, including in Latin America. With international arbitration specialists in all of its offices operating as a single, integrated team, its lawyers have achieved success representing the world’s largest companies and sovereign governments in all the world’s major arbitration centers. They also have extensive experience in all legal systems, including public international law, international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, state-state disputes, and domestic arbitration laws and rules in the United States and elsewhere.

The firm’s arbitration specialists have handled a significant amount of this work in Latin America and have been practicing in that region for over 20 years. As mentioned, the team’s collective experience includes handling international investment treaties and commercial arbitrations in virtually every country in Central and South America under all major arbitral rules and institutions. The team has also represented many of the regions’ sovereign governments, including Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. As a result, our team of international arbitration practitioners have first hand knowledge of the legal particularities and considerations of representing the interests of investors and States alike.

White Collar & Corporate Investigations:
The firm has a leading international white collar and transnational investigation practice. It has successfully represented clients in cross-border investigations in connection with fraud, bribery and violations of US anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws involving Latin American countries. The firm has also acted as counsel for companies and individuals in two of the largest corporate frauds in the history of Latin America. Its team is comprised of native Spanish speakers, fluent Portuguese speakers, and attorneys that have been trained both in Latin America and in the United States, offering a truly comprehensive understanding of multi-jurisdictional investigations and disputes in the region.

The firm represents all types of energy companies ranging from traditional oil, gas, and electricity producers to alternative energy companies, including nuclear, wind, and solar energy companies. The firm has extensive experience handling arbitrations between energy companies and foreign governments under project and/or concession agreements, bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

Other Areas of Practice:
The firm’s work in Latin America spans many of the other disputes practices of the firm, including complex commercial litigation, cross-border international litigation, bankruptcy, products liability, intellectual property litigation, and enforcement of awards and judgments, to name a few.

International Work:
The firm’s international practice spans virtually all its practice areas. The firm represents clients in Latin America with their most difficult and challenging disputes; most notably international arbitration and white collar investigations. Clients come to the firm because of its unrelenting approach to resolve their disputes and because of its knowledge and understanding of the region by a team of multi-cultural lawyers with extensive backgrounds in both common and civil law jurisdictions. Moreover, many of its lawyers who practice in this region are bi-cultural and native and/or fully fluent Spanish or Portuguese speakers. Its client roster in Latin America runs the gamut from the largest and best-known companies to various of the region’s governments.

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