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Crowell & Moring delivers end-to-end advice on the full range of business and governmental disputes worldwide. We have particular experience helping clients address issues that arise in conjunction with major projects from a wide range of industries that involve government and private‐sector joint ventures. We have handled commercial and geopolitical disputes involving business operations, transactions, projects and strategic alliances across the whole American Continent. We regularly represent private parties, publicly held companies, sovereign governments, and state‐owned enterprises.

Crowell & Moring is ranked among the top arbitration practices in the world by Global Arbitration Review's GAR 100. Crowell & Moring represents clients in disputes under international and bilateral investment agreements and treaties, including arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). We also represent clients in arbitrations heard before all of the world’s major arbitral forums, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL and other rules.

We regularly advise clients on issues under international and regional trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America-Dominican Republic-US Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), as well as bilateral free trade agreements between the United States and Latin American countries.

Our IDR practice works in a diverse range of languages with dozens of lawyers practicing from our offices in Washington, D.C., New York, London, and Brussels, including Spanish speaking attorneys and professional staff.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented an American gold mining company against El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the government's refusal to issue various environmental licenses and an exploitation concession (Pac Rim v. El Salvador).
  • Represented U.S. investors in a CAFTA-DR arbitration against the Government of the Dominican Republic relating to the expropriation of a residential and resort project in the mountain region of central DR (Ballantine v. Dominican Republic).
  • Represented Sural (Barbados) Ltd., part of a Venezuelan aluminum group, in an ICC arbitration arising out of the cancellation of an aluminum smelter and associated downstream facilities in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Represented a U.S. company in an ICSID dispute arising out of a legal stability agreement relating to the company’s investments in the Peruvian electricity sector (Duke Energy Peru Investments v. Peru).
  • Represented a U.S. company in an ICSID dispute relating to the company’s investments in the Ecuadorian electricity sector (Duke Energy Electroquil Partners v. Ecuador).
  • Defended the Republic of Bolivia in an ICSID arbitration involving the “Water War” in Cochabamba (Aguas del Tunari v. Bolivia).
  • Represented Blue Ridge Investments in an action to recognize and enforce an ICSID arbitration award rendered against the Republic of Argentina (CMS v. Argentina).

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"Venezuela: ¿Una Jurisdicción Amistosa para el Arbitraje?" Venezuelan Arbitration Association (AVA) – VI Arbitration Summit (July 20, 2020). Speaker: Eduardo Mathison.
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Crowell & Moring Partner Ian A. Laird Named One of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers (May.22.2020)
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"Mexican COVID-19 Measures Imperil Foreign Investments in Renewable Energy Projects – Are International Arbitration Claims Imminent?," International Dispute Resolution Alert (May 19, 2020). Contacts: Larry F. Eisenstat, Ian A. Laird, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Tyler A. O'Connor, Eduardo Mathison
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COVID-19: The Latin America Perspective (Special Edition) – Venezuela," International Dispute Resolution Alert (May 4, 2020). Contacts: Richard B. Holbrook Jr., Ian A. Laird, Anne Elise Herold Li, John L. Murino, David (Dj) Wolff, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Karla I. Arias, Dr. sc. nat., Jonathan Cardenas, Eduardo Mathison
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COVID-19: The Latin America Perspective II – Argentina and Peru," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 22, 2020). Contacts: Richard B. Holbrook Jr., Ian A. Laird, Anne Elise Herold Li, John L. Murino, Karla I. Arias, Dr. sc. nat., Jonathan Cardenas, Eduardo Mathison
Client Alert/Newsletter
"COVID-19: The Latin America Perspective," International Dispute Resolution Alert (April 9, 2020). Contacts: Karla I. Arias, Dr. sc. nat., Eduardo Mathison, Richard B. Holbrook Jr., Ian A. Laird, Anne Elise Herold Li, John L. Murino, Jonathan Cardenas
Client Alert/Newsletter
Latinvex Names Crowell & Moring as One of Latin America’s Top Law Firms of 2020 (Dec.06.2019)
Firm News/Announcement
Crowell & Moring Partner Ian Laird Recognized Among Latinvex’s "Top 100 Lawyers" (Feb.28.2019)
Firm News/Announcement
"PODCAST: The State of Play in Venezuela," International Trade Bulletin (February 14, 2019). Contact: Eduardo Mathison
Client Alert/Newsletter
"All or Nothing? OFAC Adds PDVSA to the SDN List," International Trade Bulletin (January 30, 2019). Contacts: David (Dj) Wolff, Eduardo Mathison
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

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