Jus Mundi Names Foley Hoag 2020 "Arbitration Team of the Year"

December 11, 2020

Foley Hoag LLP has been named as Jus Mundi’s “Arbitration Team of the Year” for 2020. The firm’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group was selected for its expertise in handling complex investor-state, state-to-state, and commercial arbitration, in addition to its efforts to nominate female arbitrators among international arbitral appointments. 

In a field where gender diversity is lacking, leading international case law database company Jus Mundi added that component as a condition for selecting the Arbitration Team of the Year. Studies have shown that gender diversity in arbitral tribunals enhances arbitration legitimacy and improves its procedures and outcomes. Jus Mundi looked at three years of data, and selected Foley Hoag for its accomplishments in the last year, including its 50-percent nomination ratio of women arbitrators in investment, commercial, and state-state arbitrations. 

The Jus Mundi award spotlight features an in-depth interview with partner Clara Brillembourg on her recent success in the mining investment arbitration Agarwal and Mehta v. Uruguay and her perspective on female arbitration practitioners.

“It is an honor for Foley Hoag to be awarded the ‘Arbitration Team of the Year’ by Jus Mundi,” said Brillembourg. “The firm makes a point to select the most qualified attorneys in our arbitrations and the most qualified candidates do not all fall within one gender. We are proud of our practice’s diversity of experiences and backgrounds as it reflects the communities and clients that we serve and gives us invaluable insight in our handling of complex international disputes.”

In recognition of the firm’s initiatives aimed at promoting women in international arbitration, Jus Mundi profiled the seven women partners and counsel in the practice group, including:
  • Christina Beharry for her deep bench of experience in international investment arbitration who is particularly well-known for her expertise in damages. 
  • Janis Brennan for her representation of sovereign states and their state-owned corporations in investor/state disputes before ICSID and other arbitral forums.
  • Clara Brillembourg, who specializes in representing sovereign states in international disputes with other states, foreign investors and US plaintiffs, and is recognized among the top 35 women lawyers in investment arbitration in Latin America.
  • Christina Hioureas for her representation of states, private and state-owned entities and individuals in international disputes and her advice to states on matters before the United Nations. 
  • Diana Paraguacuto-Mahéo who frequently counsels sovereigns and companies in investment and commercial arbitrations as well as in proceedings before national courts.
  • Tafadzwa Pasipanodya who is ranked by Latinvex as one of the top 100 female lawyers in the world working on Latin American matters and is recognized for her dispute resolution expertise.
  • Diana Tsutieva who is a dually-qualified US/French attorney who focuses on international investment arbitration, public international law matters and international commercial arbitration. 
Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group is co-chaired by Paul Reichler and Lawrence Martin and includes more than 50 highly experienced international litigators who are fluent in more than 20 languages. The group has accrued an outstanding track-record for various types of arbitrations, including notable cases for Uruguay in investor-state disputes. The team secured three consecutive wins for the country in Philip Morris v. Uruguay in 2016, Italba v. Uruguay in 2019, and, most recently, in the 2020 case Agarwal and Mehta v. Uruguay, where the tribunal unanimously upheld Uruguay’s jurisdictional objections, ruling that as mere discretionary beneficiaries of a trust, the claimants were not the investment owners. 

“This recognition from Jus Mundi is not only evidence of our highly regarded work in both written and oral advocacy but a testament to our firm’s focus on the advancement and professional development of women attorneys,” said Foley Hoag partner Tafadzwa Pasipanodya. “Every woman deserves the opportunity to realize her potential and receive the essential support and guidance from accomplished peers and mentors, to advance her career forward.”

This is Foley Hoag’s second recognition as International Arbitration Practice Group of the Year in 2020, following the receipt of Law360’s award in November.   

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