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.