Foley Hoag Partners Clara Brillembourg and Tafadzwa Pasipanodya Recognized by Latinvex as Top Female Lawyers Specializing in Latin America

October 20, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP partners Clara Brillembourg and Tafadzwa Pasipanodya were recently named to Latinvex's 2021 lists of Latin America's Top 100 Female Lawyers and the Top 32 Female Lawyers in Arbitration & Litigation.

Each year, Latinvex - a publisher of daily news and weekly analysis on Latin American business - selects the top 100 international female lawyers in Latin America by areas of specialty and expertise. The criteria for selection includes a combination of factors, including regional and local prominence, law firm prominence, and awards and recognition from sources such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Thomson Reuters.

This marks the sixth consecutive year in which Brillembourg has been recognized for her expertise. Latinvex highlights her successful representation of sovereign States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in disputes involving territorial rights, human rights and environmental harm. It also calls attention to her recent victories in international investment arbitration, including representing Uruguay in an ICSID arbitration brought by Italba Corporation under the US-Uruguay BIT, concerning the regulation of claimant’s authorization to provide telecommunications services. It also highlighted her work leading the Foley Hoag team advising the Government of Peru in its requests to the United States government for the extradition of former President Alejandro Toledo and other high profile individuals involved in the Odebrecht bribery scheme, as well as her participation on a team that secured a "headline-grabbing victory" for Uruguay against Philip Morris at ICSID.

Latinvex called attention to Pasipanodya's "key work" in Latin America, which includes serving as counsel to Uruguay in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a $4 billion claim by an iron ore mining company, securing a judgment and a cost award in favor of Uruguay; serving as counsel to El Salvador in a dispute before an ICSID tribunal concerning gold mining and environmental rights, securing $8 million in attorney costs for El Salvador; helping Venezuela secure various victories against mining companies in arbitrations before ICSID tribunals; and serving as counsel to Nicaragua in an ICSID arbitration concerning oil exploration and exploitation. In addition to this being the second consecutive year of being recognized as a Top Female Lawyer, Pasipanodya had previously been named by Latinvex as one of the Top 50 Rising Legal Stars specializing in Latin America. 

Both Brillembourg and Pasipanodya are partners in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration practice.