Foley Hoag Continues Expanding International Practice With Addition of Alberto Wray

Noted Ecuadorean Lawyer With ICSID Background JOins Firm as Of Counsel

May 14, 2009

Law firm Foley Hoag LLP announced that prominent international arbitration and litigation attorney Alberto Wray has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  He joins Foley  Hoag’s Washington office as a member of the International Litigation and Arbitration Group.

Mr. Wray is a practicing lawyer from Ecuador and a founding Partner of Cabezas & Wray based in Quito, Ecuador.  He specializes in international arbitration and litigation.  At Foley Hoag, he will be defending sovereign State clients against claims by investors before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitral tribunals.  He joins a practice that has experienced steady growth in recent years, including the addition of Ronald E.M. Goodman, Ph.D. as a Partner in 2007, who arrived with Associate Geraldine Fischer from Winston & Strawn, and Mélida Hodgson, as Counsel, in 2008 from Miller & Chevalier.

“In Alberto Wray, Foley Hoag has been fortunate to attract one of the best arbitration lawyers in Latin America, and one of the best in the world.  He brings a particularly rich background in arbitrations before ICSID, which is one of our main practice areas,” said Paul Reichler, Partner and Co-Director of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group.  “We have deep roots in Latin America, extending back 30 years; we have strong relations in South America, including Alberto’s native Ecuador as well as Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Guyana, and Venezuela.  As we continue to expand our work in this area of the world including the representation of sovereign state clients in international arbitrations, Alberto will play an increasingly instrumental role.”

Foley Hoag has an existing track record in representing sovereign states in claims brought by investors.  In 2008, the firm successfully represented Venezuela in obtaining the dismissal of a claim brought before ICSID by the Dutch company I & I Beheer B.V.  In the past two years, Foley Hoag lawyers obtained victories for Guyana, Ecuador, Chile, and Nicaragua in international arbitrations before ICSID and other international tribunals.

Mr. Wray has extensive experience practicing before the Supreme Court in Ecuador and the Constitutional Court in Ecuador, as well as before ICSID tribunals.  He has advised on a number of projects funded by the World Bank and USAID regarding judicial reform, human rights, democracy and legal education in Latin America.  He also has an extensive public service career, serving as Supreme Court Justice in Ecuador, as Senior Legal Adviser of the Constitutional Tribunal and Undersecretary of the Department of Labor.  In addition to private practice and public service, he has also held posts as both a tenured and visiting professor at Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Colegio de Jurisprudencia de la Universidad San Francisco de Quito and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar.

Mr. Wray received both his J.D. and his undergraduate degrees from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador.  He has published numerous books and articles on Constitutional Law, International Law, Criminal Law, History and Theory of Law, Judicial Reform and Legal Education.

Foley Hoag LLP is a leading law firm in international law, litigation, and arbitration of disputes among sovereign states and between sovereign states and foreign investors. The firm also represents foreign governments in litigation before the federal and state courts of the United States.

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