Foley Hoag Adds Three International Litigation and Arbitration Lawyers to Paris Office

July 27, 2011

Foley Hoag has added three international litigation and arbitration lawyers to its new office in Paris.

Counsel Hery Frederic Ranjeva and associates Ivan Urzhumov and Carlos Arrue Montenegro join Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice from Winston & Strawn in Paris. The three will work closely with partners Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua in Paris.

“Hery, Ivan and Carlos are three talented lawyers who will help us provide the highest level of service to our clients in Europe and around the world, and I am pleased to welcome them to the firm,” said Leurent, adding that the new Paris lawyers will work closely with Foley Hoag’s U.S.-based international litigation and arbitration lawyers, including partners Ron Goodman, Paul Reichler, Mark Clodfelter, Larry Martin, Andrew Loewenstein, Janis Brennan and others.

Foley Hoag’s work with numerous international clients through its International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group has bolstered its reputation for advising foreign states and companies with complex legal issues, with Chambers Global 2011 ranking the firm in its top tier and calling it “a real force in international law disputes.” The American Lawyer’s Focus Europe 2011 Arbitration Scorecard ranked Foley Hoag as one of the top 10 firms in the world in international arbitrations.

The firm’s leading Investor-State Arbitration Practice has counseled government and state-owned business entities in disputes between investors and sovereign states at many of the world’s top arbitration forums. For more than 25 years, Foley Hoag has successfully represented sovereign states in disputes with other states, and it has one of the largest caseloads of any firm at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. The firm also represents U.S. and international companies in a variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters.

Ranjeva concentrates his practice on international law, international litigation and arbitration matters, and frequently represents sovereign states, companies and individuals before French and Malagasy national courts and tribunals. He has experience assisting with all aspects of institutional (ICC, ICSID, LCIA) and ad hoc commercial arbitrations, from commencement through enforcement. He acts as counsel and advocate to a sovereign state in an International Court of Justice case. He also counsels foreign investors operating in Madagascar, and his client portfolio includes some of the largest companies in Madagascar. He is a graduate of Institut des hautes études internationales (IHEI) of Paris. He also received a master’s in international and European laws from University of Paris II Assas, and a DEA in international law from University of Paris I Sorbonne.

Urzhumov focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation. He has experience working on commercial and investment arbitration cases under ICC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. His practice also encompasses international litigation, including recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, taking of evidence abroad and obtaining conservatory measures in support of cross-border proceedings. He received a DESS from the University of Paris I Sorbonne following his legal studies in Moscow. He is admitted to the Paris and Moscow bars.

Arrue Montenegro focuses on international litigation, especially on agreements on jurisdiction (arbitration and choice of court agreements), state contracts, expropriations and conflicts of laws. He has represented and advised Panamanian institutions such as the Panama Canal Authority and the Ministry of Public Works in state proceedings and international arbitration, and has assisted with all aspects of investment arbitration cases before ICSID and the ICC. He received a bachelor’s in law and political sciences from Universidad de Panamá. He also holds a superior degree in Private International Law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II); a master’s in Private International Law and International Trade Law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II); a diploma of Comparative Law from Institut de droit comparé de Paris; and a Ph.D., in international litigation and arbitration, summa cum laude, from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).

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