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Lauren Friedman specializes in the field of international arbitration and has handled dozens of international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations involving parties in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  She helps clients achieve their goals, including the dismissal of claims, procurement of awards in the billions of dollars, and settlement.

Lauren has handled some of the highest-profile and largest investment-treaty disputes to date, including multiple cases valued in the billions.  She has experience across a broad range of industry sectors, including in oil & gas, mining, infrastructure, consumer goods, financial, pharmaceuticals, and public utilities. She is a frequent lecturer on international arbitration both domestically and abroad. She is fluent in English and Spanish and regularly handles arbitrations in both languages.

In 2021, Who’s Who Legal selected Lauren as one of the 10 “Most Highly Regarded” partners in the Americas under the age of 45.  Since 2019, she has been featured as a Future Leader amongst partners in arbitration.  Published client and peer interviews confirmed that “Lauren is very smart and extremely well prepared,” “clients love her for her practical approach to matters,” and “she has in-depth knowledge of international law.”  She also was commended for her “outstanding capacity to generate and execute well defined and complex arguments,” her “great energy,” and her “very technical, thorough and professional” approach.  Lauren also is recognized as a leading lawyer by other publications, including Legal 500 Latin America and Benchmark Litigation.

Publications

  • Contributor, “Hot Topic: Investor-Treaty Arbitration,” Corporate Disputes (January 2020)
  • Co-author, EU-Mexico Trade Agreement: What Lies Ahead for the Future of ISDS?, New York Law Journal (May 2018)
  • Co-author, Tariffs May Violate Investment Treaty Protections, Law 360 (April 2018)
  • Co-author, “The Top-5 News in International Arbitration in 2017,” CIAR Global (January 2018)
  • Co-author, “Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default,” Law360 (November 2017)
  • Co-author, “Strategic Considerations in Selecting Emergency Arbitration,” Law360 (October 2017)
  • Co-author, "Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Underscores the Importance of Planning to Protect Overseas Investments," Mondaq (May 2017)
  • Co-author, “Towards a Resolution of Outstanding Nationalization Claims Against Cuba,” Transnational Dispute Management (April 2016)

Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer, “Introduction to Investment Treaty Arbitration,” University of Chicago Law School (November 2017)
  • Speaker, “Appointing and Challenging Arbitrators” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2017)
  • Co-speaker, “Best Practices for Drafting Arbitration Clauses,” Ministries of Peru (August 2017)
  • Co-speaker, “Strategic Responses to Third Party Funding” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (July 2017)
  • Moderator, "The Future of Environmental Claims in International Arbitration," New York State Bar Association (May 2017)
  • Panelist, “Utilizing International Arbitration to Maximize the Effectiveness of Cross-border Investments,” Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association Conference (February 2017)
  • Panelist, “The Call for Specialized Arbitrators, Forums and Procedures in Energy Arbitration,” 4th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration (January 2017)
  • Panelist, “Damages in International Arbitration,” Columbia Law School (November 2016)
  • Speaker, “Liability for Regulatory Conduct Under Investment Treaties” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2016)
  • Speaker, “Investment Arbitration: Lessons Learned for States and Investors” at the 16th International Seminar on Regulation for Public Services, Panama City (May 2016)
  • Moderator, The Politics of Investment Treaties: Discussion and Book Launch (April 2016)
  • Panelist, “Navigating the Relationship Between Regulators and the Regulated” at the 15th International Seminar on Regulation for Public Services in Argentina (September 2015)
  • Speaker, “Liability for Regulatory Conduct Under Investment Treaties” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (July 2015)
  • Speaker, “Settlement of Pending Claims Between the U.S. and Cuba: Outlook and Possibilities” at New York University Law School (April 2015)
  • Speaker, “Settlement of Pending Claims Between the U.S. and Cuba: Outlook and Possibilities” at Harvard University Law School (March 2015)
  • Panel Member, “The Restoration of U.S.-Cuba Relations” at American University Law School (February 2015)
Full Bio

Credentials

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

B.S., Cornell University

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Lecturer, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (2015-2019)

Member, ArbitralWomen

Member, International Bar Association Sub-Committee on Investment Arbitration

Member, United States Council for International Business

Member, Young ITA

Peer Reviewer, Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy (2019-2020)

Spanish

Contributor, “Hot Topic: Investor-Treaty Arbitration,”


Corporate Disputes (January 2020)

Selected as a 2020 Future Leader amongst Partners in Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal

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Recognition

Contributor, “Hot Topic: Investor-Treaty Arbitration,”


Corporate Disputes (January 2020)

Selected as a 2020 Future Leader amongst Partners in Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal

Matters

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Representing Mexican shareholders and bondholders in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the resolution of their interests in the fifth largest bank in Spain, as well as parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and related discovery proceedings

Advising an international petrochemical company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out the imposition of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration arising from the expropriation of hydrocarbon and refining assets in Venezuela resulting in an award of $8 billion

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Investment Treaty Arbitration

Representing Mexican shareholders and bondholders in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the resolution of their interests in the fifth largest bank in Spain, as well as parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and related discovery proceedings

Advising an international petrochemical company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out the imposition of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration arising from the expropriation of hydrocarbon and refining assets in Venezuela resulting in an award of $8 billion

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-million dollar ICSID dispute arising from an expropriation of hydrocarbons resources in the Republic of Ecuador resulting in an award of over $300 million

Successfully defended the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration brought pursuant to the Spain-Guatemala BIT arising from a dispute regarding the calculation of electricity tariffs, resulting in outright dismissal of a $300 million claim

Defended the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration arising under the CAFTA-DR related to investments in the electricity sector

Successfully represented GDF Suez and Aguas de Barcelona in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina resulting in a multi-million dollar award in favor of the client

Successfully represented GDF Suez, AWG and Aguas de Barcelona in an arbitration against the Republic of Argentina conducted pursuant to the ICSID Convention and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules under three bilateral investment treaties in connection with investments in water concessions, resulting in a $400 million award in favor of the client

Successfully represented Serafín García Armas in an arbitration pursuant to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules arising from the expropriation of a food distribution company in Venezuela resulting in a sizable award in favor of the client.

Commercial Arbitration

Successfully representing one of the world’s largest oil companies in a multi-billion dollar ICC arbitration against a state-owned oil company arising from a breach of a concession contract resulting in a $2 billion award in favor of the client

Representing a publicly-traded medical device company in a multi-million-dollar ICDR arbitration arising from a breach of supply agreement in Brazil resulting in a settlement favorable to the client

Advising a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company in a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration involving breach of a joint marketing contract, which ended in a settlement favorable to the client

Representing a manufacturer in an ICC mediation arising from the alleged termination of a distribution agreement resulting in a settlement favorable to the client

Advising one of the world’s largest oil companies in a billion-dollar ICSID dispute against a foreign State regarding distribution of profits in a hydrocarbons contract

Representing a global investor regarding enforcement of a $200 million arbitration award

Matters

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Representing Mexican shareholders and bondholders in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the resolution of their interests in the fifth largest bank in Spain, as well as parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and related discovery proceedings

Advising an international petrochemical company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out the imposition of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration arising from the expropriation of hydrocarbon and refining assets in Venezuela resulting in an award of $8 billion

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Matters

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Representing Mexican shareholders and bondholders in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the resolution of their interests in the fifth largest bank in Spain, as well as parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and related discovery proceedings

Advising an international petrochemical company in an ICSID arbitration against a Middle Eastern state arising out the imposition of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-billion dollar ICSID arbitration arising from the expropriation of hydrocarbon and refining assets in Venezuela resulting in an award of $8 billion

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips in a multi-million dollar ICSID dispute arising from an expropriation of hydrocarbons resources in the Republic of Ecuador resulting in an award of over $300 million

Successfully defended the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration brought pursuant to the Spain-Guatemala BIT arising from a dispute regarding the calculation of electricity tariffs, resulting in outright dismissal of a $300 million claim

Defended the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration arising under the CAFTA-DR related to investments in the electricity sector

Successfully represented GDF Suez and Aguas de Barcelona in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina resulting in a multi-million dollar award in favor of the client

Successfully represented GDF Suez, AWG and Aguas de Barcelona in an arbitration against the Republic of Argentina conducted pursuant to the ICSID Convention and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules under three bilateral investment treaties in connection with investments in water concessions, resulting in a $400 million award in favor of the client

Successfully represented Serafín García Armas in an arbitration pursuant to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules arising from the expropriation of a food distribution company in Venezuela resulting in a sizable award in favor of the client.

Commercial Arbitration

Successfully representing one of the world’s largest oil companies in a multi-billion dollar ICC arbitration against a state-owned oil company arising from a breach of a concession contract resulting in a $2 billion award in favor of the client

Representing a publicly-traded medical device company in a multi-million-dollar ICDR arbitration arising from a breach of supply agreement in Brazil resulting in a settlement favorable to the client

Advising a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company in a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration involving breach of a joint marketing contract, which ended in a settlement favorable to the client

Representing a manufacturer in an ICC mediation arising from the alleged termination of a distribution agreement resulting in a settlement favorable to the client

Advising one of the world’s largest oil companies in a billion-dollar ICSID dispute against a foreign State regarding distribution of profits in a hydrocarbons contract

Representing a global investor regarding enforcement of a $200 million arbitration award

Credentials

J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

B.S., Cornell University

New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Lecturer, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (2015-2019)

Member, ArbitralWomen

Member, International Bar Association Sub-Committee on Investment Arbitration

Member, United States Council for International Business

Member, Young ITA

Peer Reviewer, Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy (2019-2020)

Spanish

Contributor, “Hot Topic: Investor-Treaty Arbitration,”


Corporate Disputes (January 2020)

Selected as a 2020 Future Leader amongst Partners in Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal

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Recognition

Contributor, “Hot Topic: Investor-Treaty Arbitration,”


Corporate Disputes (January 2020)

Selected as a 2020 Future Leader amongst Partners in Arbitration


Who’s Who Legal