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Clifford Chance has added to its US disputes practice with the rehire of arbitration partner Ignacio Suárez Anzorena from Chadbourne & Parke’s Washington DC office.
Anzorena, a former legal adviser to the Argentinian Attorney General, quit Clifford Chance in 2009 to join Chadbourne as a partner after five years as a lawyer in the magic circle firm’s London and Washington DC bases. He started at the UK firm yesterday (27 August).
He joined the UK firm in 2004, previously holding the role of lead legal adviser to the Attorney General of Argentina (26 April 2004).
Anzorena focuses on commercial arbitration, including contractual disputes and investor-state disputes. While in his position advising the Argentinian Attorney General, he defended claims brought against the country by around 35 companies including Total, Vivendi and the Suez Group following the state’s 2001 economic collapse.
Clifford Chance Americas litigation and dispute resolution head David DiBari said in a statement: “A large number of the arbitrations we’ve been involved in as a firm are related to South America, where Ignacio has an outstanding reputation in the market. His return also furthers our strategic focus in growing our excellent Latin American practice, and his experience and relationships will also benefit our highly regarded energy and infrastructure team.”
The move comes amid Clifford Chance’s attempts to bulk up its US disputes capabilities following a string of redundancies and partner exits between 2008 and 2011, with three new partners hired laterally in New York last year (13 October 2011).
Clifford Chance global managing partner David Childs this summer highlighted the US contentious practice as a focus of growth (4 July 2012). The latest hire brings the American litigation and dispute resolution team to 16 partners.
Earlier this year the firm rehired ICC International Court of Arbitration secretary general Jason Fry as a partner in Paris as arbitration co-head (30 January 2012).