Foley Hoag Expands International Litigation and Arbitration Practice

Ignacio Torterola Joins in Washington, D.C., Brings Experience Representing Argentina in International Proceedings

April 18, 2012

Foley Hoag LLP has added Argentine lawyer and former diplomat Ignacio Torterola to its International Litigation and Arbitration Practice in Washington, D.C., continuing the practice’s strategic growth during the past year.

Torterola joins Foley Hoag after nine years with the Office of the Argentine Treasury Attorney General and five years leading the Attorney General´s defense of Argentina in arbitrations before the International Centre for the Resolution of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as Head of the Attorney General’s Liaison Office with ICSID.

He brings experience advising and representing Argentina before international arbitral tribunals and litigation proceedings relating to commercial disputes, international law and the application of international investment treaties in some of the most prominent, multimillion-dollar disputes brought against Argentina. Torterola has extended experience in ICSID, UNCITRAL, International Chamber of Commerce and ad hoc arbitrations.

“Ignacio is an extremely talented lawyer who has represented Argentina in a variety of international dispute resolution forums and is a leading practitioner in the area of disputes against sovereigns,” said Ronald Goodman, the Foley Hoag partner who, along with Partner Paul Reichler, co-chairs the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department.

“His experience in investor-State disputes and work in the diplomatic community will add to the talented team of lawyers at Foley Hoag who aim to provide the highest quality services to our clients. We welcome him to the firm,” added Adam Kahn, co-managing partner at Foley Hoag.

Foley Hoag has one of the world’s most respected and experienced groups of lawyers practicing international litigation and arbitration. The firm has successfully represented various foreign government and State-owned business entities in disputes between investors and sovereign States in the world’s principal arbitral forums, including the ICSID, ICC, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and ad hoc UNCITRAL tribunals, among others. The firm also maintains a premier State-to-State litigation practice, representing sovereigns before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, and in numerous State-to-State arbitrations.

Foley Hoag’s established track record in representing clients in international litigation and arbitration and its deep bench of talent were key reasons Torterola joined the firm.

“I have always respected the work that Foley Hoag lawyers have done on behalf of their clients in investor-State and State-to-State disputes,” Torterola said. “I am excited to join this experienced group.”

In addition to leading the Office of the Argentine Treasury Attorney General´s representation before the ICSID, Torterola also assisted the government of Argentina in establishing the office’s Department of International Affairs and Disputes Before International Tribunals, where he helped delineate and implement the legal strategy that Argentina would use in cases arising from Argentina´s financial, economic and social crisis of 2001-2002. Torterola also served as counsel in the Dispute Resolution Special Unit (WTO Litigation) of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Relations and Trade from 2003-2004 and negotiated, on behalf of Argentina, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) and the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitrations Rules. He recently co-authored the book Commentary on the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He has also been a member of the Drafting Committee ICC Task Force for Arbitrations involving State and State Entities, which offered advice to the ICC International Court of Arbitration in adapting ICC rules to the needs of States and State Entities. 

Torterola’s arrival continues a year of growth for Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice. In January, Anna Joubin-Bret joined as a partner and Pierre d’Argent joined as a special counsel in the firm’s Paris office. Foley Hoag opened an office in Paris in June 2011 under the leadership of partners Bruno Leurent and Thomas Bevilacqua. Foley Hoag’s practice in Paris focuses on international litigation and on international investment and commercial arbitration before the world’s major international courts and tribunals.

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