Christian Leathley (USA)

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Christian specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration. He acts for individuals, corporations and sovereign states across major industry sectors, from energy and technology to construction, engineering, mining, media and telecommunications.

  • Role: Partner, admitted in England and Wales and New York
  • Office: London and Madrid  – Herbert, Smith, Freehills

_________________________ Fluent in English and Spanish, Christian dedicates much of his practice to our clients’ interests in Latin America, working closely with our New York, Madrid and Paris offices.  Christian is qualified in both England & Wales, and New York (having previously worked for a number of years in New York prior to joining the firm). He regularly appears as an advocate before international arbitral tribunals, such as the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. Christian has particular experience in the practice of public international law and has worked at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, DC. Christian is the author of a number of publications on the topic, including International Dispute Resolution in Latin America: An Institutional Overview (Kluwer Law International). According to Chambers Latin America, “he is fast becoming a prominent figure in the field” and “tipped for huge success in the sector”. Experience

  • a major Spanish infrastructure company in a number of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitrations regarding a central Asian investment
  • a South American national oil company in a US$500 million post-acquisition arbitration governed by New York law
  • the governing bodies of tennis in a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) arbitration in the first match-fixing case in tennis
  • a South American energy company in a contractual dispute with consortium members arising out of its investment in Bolivia
  • The Kingdom of Spain in various energy charter treaty related disputes
  • a South American corporation in an ICC dispute against a state telecommunications enterprise and a specialised organisation of the United Nations, governed by Swiss law, seat of arbitration in Geneva
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