Herbert Smith Freehills appoints Christian Leathley US Head of International Arbitration

Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Christian Leathley to the role of US Head of International Arbitration in New York.

Christian, who is also the Head of the firm’s Latin America Group, is based in Herbert Smith Freehills’ New York office, where he has been based since 2015. Prior to relocating to the New York office Christian was based in the firm’s London office.

A highly-regarded international arbitration specialist with nearly 20 years of experience, Christian focuses his practice on international commercial and investment arbitration servicing clients’ interests in all countries throughout Latin America. He also regularly appears as an advocate before all major international arbitration tribunals, with particular experience in the practice of public international law.

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The Young International Arbitration Practitioners of New York has launched!

In September 2015, young arbitration specialists based in New York City gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Young International Arbitration Practitioners of New York (YIAP-NY). Initiated by Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP, YIAP-NY's current membership has 48 members, representing a diverse cross-section of New York's international arbitration community. Among YIAP-NY's membership are practitioners from 18 law firms, as well as arbitration specialists from arbitral institutions and scholars.

Liang-Ying Tan, co-Chair of YIAP-NY (along with Jessica Cameron), says, "YIAP-NY is a discussion group for international arbitration specialists under the age of 40 who are based in New York City. We host monthly meetings to give young practitioners the chance to get to know each other, as well as to learn about current issues in arbitration and share knowledge. This group will also give younger practitioners the opportunity to speak on particular topics of interest—in fact, the presenters at the first two events are both YIAP-NY members."

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Arbitration partner and LatAm specialist Christian Leathley moves from London to New York

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that Christian Leathley, partner in the International Arbitration and Public International Law groups, has moved to the firm’s New York office.

Christian is both English and New York qualified. His practice centres on arbitration of investment disputes, including under investment treaties and other international agreements.  Christian is currently representing the Kingdom of Spain in claims brought against it under the Energy Charter Treaty, and the Republic of Costa Rica in claims against it under the DR-CAFTA.  Christian will continue to work with the firm’s strong network of investment arbitration specialists, who provide a seamless service to clients advising on investment protection issues and investment disputes.

Christian’s practice also encompasses international commercial arbitration. He has advised clients on commercial disputes in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, and his current matters include advising a major mining company in Chile, a Colombian oil company in a series of disputes that touch on business and human rights allegations, and a UK publicly listed oil company in proceedings in Argentina and Brazil, among others.

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