April 2013 – Peter Chaffetz recently participated in a seminar organized by the Center of Mediation & Arbitration of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce of Brazil in Sao Paulo on developments in insurance and reinsurance law and disputes. Peter joined a panel of some of Brazil’s leading insurance and reinsurance practitioners to discuss emerging issues for the sectors. His presentation focused on the authority of arbitration panels to require security for the performance of obligations arising under their awards.
April 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey Counsel Yasmine Lahlou recently participated in the First Annual ICC Houston Conference on International Arbitration on a panel focusing on recent developments in international arbitration in the Middle East. Yasmine, Co-Chair of the Middle East Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, was part of panel moderated by Sami Houerbi of the International Court of Arbitration, Tunisia.
Yasmine joined Chaffetz Lindsey shortly after it was established in 2009. A U.S., French and Moroccan citizen, she attended a graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin Law School and received a Maîtrise en Droit from Paris X – Nanterre University. For more information about Yasmine’s experience, please click here.
April 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey Partner James Hosking recently participated in an NYU seminar on Construction and Infrastructure Arbitration. James was part of a panel that looked at the institutional framework for arbitration for construction and infrastructure disputes, and explored the challenges of keeping these arbitrations simple in the face of increased complexity of projects and claims.
James has considerable experience helping clients in the construction and infrastructure sectors to avoid and resolve disputes involving parties and projects in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
April 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey Counsel Jennifer Gorskie recently participated in the “New Voices” panel at the American Society of International Law’s 107th Annual Meeting as part of a panel that looked at new and unusual remedies in cross-border disputes, including moral damages and interim injunctive relief.
Jennifer Gorskie joined Chaffetz Lindsey in early 2011 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She has considerable experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. 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. To learn more about Jennifer’s experience, please click here.
March 2013 – Chaffetz Lindsey has been short-listed once again for International Arbitration team of the year by the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2013. The Awards recognize outstanding law firms based on research carried out for Chambers USA and reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in their field and notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.
For more information about this year’s nominees, please click here.
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.
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.