February 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey has been listed in the 6th edition of The GAR 100, a guide to the international arbitration capabilities of law firms around the world. The GAR 100 is designed to assist parties in disputes to find specialist counsel. For more information about the guide click here.
February 2013 – We have been closely following and discussing with several clients the New York Court of Appeals decision in USF&G v. American Reinsurance Co. While the Court narrowed a summary judgment upholding a ceding company’s allocation of a complex asbestos settlement, its ruling affirming the cedent’s summary judgment in part confirms and arguably raises the high bar that reinsurers face when challenging their cedents’ allocations.
For further analysis of the decision, please see our case alert here.
February 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey Partner Andreas Frischknecht and Counsel Yasmine Lahlou launched the European Lawyers Forum on February 5, 2013. The Forum is a Chaffetz Lindsey initiative to provide lawyers trained in Europe or practising at European-based firms in New York with a venue to meet and discuss issues affecting U.S./E.U. commerce and dispute resolution.
The first Forum involved a panel discussion on recent developments concerning investment treaties and other methods of protecting foreign investments. The panelists included Friedrich Rosenfeld of Hamburg based Hanefeld Rechtsanwalte, Thomas Mahaffey, Lead Counsel and Claims Administrator of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group based in Washington, D.C., and Yasmine. Together they considered the impact of recent changes to investment protection law and policy, and what protection investors can rely upon in practice.
Please click here to read the full article.
February 2013 – The ABA Section of International Law Middle East Committee is hosting a teleconference moderated by Professor Raj Bhala on major trade developments that have occured between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa. The presentation has been organized by Chaffetz Lindsey Counsel Yasmine Lahlou in her role as co-chair of the Middle East Committee of the ABA’s Section of International Law. Interested parties are encouraged to register through this link.
January 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey is delighted to announce the promotion of Andreas Frischknecht to Partner and Jennifer Gorskie to Counsel.
Andy Frischknecht has been with Chaffetz Lindsey since its founding in May 2009. He has over ten years of experience, having represented corporates, sovereigns and individuals in the state and federal courts in New York and elsewhere, and in arbitrations under the ICC, SIAC and NAI Rules. A dual Swiss-American citizen, he is fluent in English and German, and regularly represents Swiss and other European clients. Andy was previously with Clifford Chance and Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and obtained his LL.M. degree from New York University Law School in 2002 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bern, Switzerland, Faculty of Law in 1998.
Jennifer Gorskie joined the firm in early 2011 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, deepening the firm’s capability in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and in disputes involving Latin America. She has extensive experience representing sovereigns and companies based in and investing in the region, and is fluent in Spanish. She has appeared as an advocate in ICC, LCIA and ICSID arbitrations. Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. Jennifer sits on the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is the Interim Treasurer of the recently formed New York International Arbitration Center.
Peter Chaffetz says, “Andy and Jennifer are outstanding lawyers who have used our new platform to develop their skills and reputations. Their promotions recognize their invaluable contribution to our success and the esteem in which they are held by clients and co-counsel.” Adds David Lindsey, “These promotions are an important milestone in the firm’s development. They reflect our commitment to developing our capabilities across the key geographies in which we serve clients, including the U.S., Europe and Latin America.”
These promotions were the subject of a recent update by Global Arbitration Review. To read the article please click here.
December 2012 – Peter Chaffetz was on the panel at the ICDR’s international arbitration conference in Sao Paulo entitled, “Alternative Dispute Resolution Options for Today’s Global Commercial Transactions.” Peter’s session featured a roundtable discussion of current U.S. developments, including the potential for discovery in aid of arbitration under 28 U.S. C. Section 1782, the enforcement of awards and judgments in the U.S,. and the current status of the ‘manifest disregard’ doctrine.
Peter is one of the founding partners of Chaffetz Lindsey. He is currently representing a Brazilian private equity firm in a loan-related dispute against one of the world’s largest hedge funds. The firm regularly represents clients based in Latin America or investing in the region, and was one of the sponsors of the conference.
December 2012 – Partner James Hosking was recently quoted in an article entitled “Outbound in full sail” in the latest issue of China Business Law Journal. The article explores China’s evolving outbound investment strategy both in terms of the markets and industries that are being targeted. James comments on the regulatory scrutiny faced by Chinese investors in the United States, and the potential options available to those whose investments are blocked.
James recently participated in two separate panel discussions in Hong Kong, including GAR Live, that contemplated similar issues surrounding Chinese outbound investment.
November 2012 – Chaffetz Lindsey’s Douglas Gibson recently gave a presentation on cloud computing at the 2013 Education Symposium sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators New York Chapter. Together with Rita Thompson of Kavanagh Maloney & Osnato LLP, Doug discussed how to select a cloud provider, how to manage migrations, ethical and security concerns, and tips for negotiating service level agreements.
Doug has been with Chaffetz Lindsey since it was established. He manages the firm’s IT infrastructure, along with other operational responsibilities.
November 2012 – Partner James Hosking is quoted in a new article in Global Arbitration Review on trends in Chinese outbound investment around the world, and the dispute resolution options available to parties when disputes arise. The article touches on many of the themes discussed by the panelists at the recent GAR Live conference in Hong Kong in October on the same topic. James, one the panelists at that event, explores the investment environment for Chinese companies in the United States and the potential protection afforded under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act for Chinese state-owned enterprises. This is an important issue given the role state-owned enterprises are playing in China’s “go-out” strategy.
James also comments on the latest generation of Chinese bilateral investment treaties (BITs), including the stalled negotiations for a China-US BIT. To read the article in full please click here.
November 2012 – Chaffetz Lindsey has been recognized in the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings. The firm received a Tier 1 ranking for Arbitration in New York, and placed in Tier 2 and Tier 3 in the national rankings for International Arbitration – Governmental and International Arbitration – Commercial respectively.
This is the third edition of the “Best Law Firms” rankings published by Best Lawyers, a thirty year old peer-review publication focused on the legal profession, covering every legal market in the United States. To learn more about their rankings, please go to their website https://bestlawfirms.usnews.com.
September 2012 – Chaffetz Lindsey Partner James Hosking was on the faculty of the 10th annual IBA-ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference. The conference was attended by around 200 lawyers, many of whom focus on Latin America related arbitration work.
James was co-director of the “tertulia” sessions on the opening day. The popular tertulia format allowed attendees to contribute their views in Spanish, Portuguese and English on certain hot topics in international arbitration, which were then reported back to the entire conference by James and his co-reporter. This year’s topic covered, first, the debate on whether institutional appointment of arbitrators should be preferred over the party appointment, and second, whether there should be an ethical code for arbitration counsel.
For more information on the event, please see www.adr.org.