Clifford Chance has continued its mobility strategy with the transfer of London-based Latin America specialist adviser Ignacio Suarez Anzorena to Washington DC. He will be joined next month by counsel Christian Leathley, who will be based in New York.
Investment protection and arbitration expert Anzorena represented the Argentine government in numerous arbitrations that came about following the collapse of the country’s economy in 2001.
He joined Clifford Chance in 2004 and has worked on a range of Latin American-focused disputes. He has also undertaken a number of speaking engagements, mainly on the development of arbitration in Latin America.
Leathley, who speaks fluent Spanish and has significant experience of Latin American disputes, joined Clifford Chance’s London office in April this year. Previously he worked in the New York office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr.
According to John Beechey, head of international arbitration at Clifford Chance, the relocation of the lawyers is an important step in strengthening the firm’s existing US-based capabilities.
“Washington DC is the headquarters of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, a forum in which Clifford Chance is becoming very active,” he added
To date Clifford Chance has been involved in arbitrations and disputes in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Panama and Chile. The intention is to bolster it presence in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking markets in Latin America.
As reported by The Lawyer on Monday (30 July), Clifford Chance is upping its focus on moving partners and associates around the offices in its network with the intention of all would-be partners spending some time either with a client or in another office.