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Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

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Partners: Peter Chaffetz, David Lindsey, James Hosking, Charles Scibetta, Cecilia Moss, Andreas Frischknecht, Steven Schwartz, Steven Reisberg, Yasmine Lahlou, Anibal Sabater, Scott Reynolds
Number of partners: 11
Number of other lawyers: 16

Firm Overview:
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP was founded in May 2009 to provide first-tier commercial litigation and international arbitration advice and representation from a more economical and flexible platform. The firm is distinguished by the reputation and track record of its individual lawyers, and its flexibility on fees and conflicts. Although Chaffetz Lindsey often represents the defense, it can and does act against major businesses that many large firms will not oppose. The firm’s lawyers litigate in federal and state courts in New York and across the US, and appear before the world’s major arbitration venues. Chaffetz Lindsey has an unusually strong international practice, and act for US and international clients in disputes involving commercial ventures around the world.

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Commercial Litigation:
The firm has an active commercial litigation practice, with broad experience in US trial, motion and appellate practice in both federal and state courts. The team’s experience includes representing companies in disputes involving complex commercial contracts, sales and distribution agreements, construction projects, licensing and distribution agreements, employment contracts, insolvency and restructurings, patent and trademark infringement, and disputes arising from the 2008 financial crisis (including several Madoff-related cases). The firm has extensive experience with issues unique to cross-border litigation, including international discovery demands, enforcement of judgments/arbitration awards, and parallel proceedings.

International Arbitration:
The firm’s international arbitration team represents clients before the world’s major international arbitration tribunals, governed by the ICC, SIAC, SCC, LCIA, ICSID, ICDR/AAA and UNCITRAL Rules. Their clients are drawn from a variety of sectors, with a particular concentration in the oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, engineering, pharmaceutical, media and financial services sectors. The team handles disputes arising from joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, international sales contracts, construction projects, operation and maintenance agreements, licensing agreements, environmental contamination, and investment treaty claims. The firm’s current caseload includes matters in the US, Asia, Continental Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In addition to being US-qualified, the team includes lawyers trained in both civil and common law systems, who have practiced in Europe, Latin America or Asia-Pacific, and are fluent in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German and Korean. The firm’s lawyers are very active in the international arbitration community, and several partners hold significant roles with the New York International Arbitration Center. They speak and publish regularly on developments in international arbitration, with David Lindsey contributing to the leading text on international arbitration in New York and James Hosking authoring the first commentary on the ICDR Rules.

Chaffetz Lindsey has one of the deepest insurance/ reinsurance practices in the market. Their current 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, workers’ compensation carve-out, 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 with liquidators and receivers.

Chaffetz Lindsey has a broad client base that includes major US and international companies involved in the energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, engineering, finance, pharmaceutical, insurance/reinsurance, manufacturing and media sectors, as well as sovereigns and state owned entities. 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.