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.
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.
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.
May 2012 – Chaffetz Lindsey Partner David Lindsey recently spoke at two conferences in Brazil on global and regional developments in international arbitration. He spoke at GAR Live in Rio de Janeiro on May 7 on outbound Brazilian investment in North America and the role of international arbitration in bolstering trade in the region. The next day, he presented at the Rio de Janeiro International Arbitration Conference on important developments in international arbitration practice in the US. Over 300 mostly Brazilian international arbitration users and practitioners attended these events over the two days.