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José Astigarraga, the global head of Reed Smith’s international arbitration practice, is an experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes. Described as ‘a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared’, he is one of only 13 lawyers ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners in the United States and one of only seven lawyers worldwide ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners for Latin America (Chambers USA 2011 and 2016, Chambers Latin America 2017). Cited for his ‘“extraordinary critical thinking skills, strategic planning, extensive international relationships and depth of experience,” which “put him on a level all by himself,”’ he currently serves on the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration, and pre-viously led the IBA’s worldwide Task Force on the Guidelines for Arbitrator Con-flicts of Interest (Chambers Latin America 2014). He served as vice president of the LCIA for much of his 10 years on the Court. He was appointed by the US govern-ment to advise the NAFTA Commission on the development and promotion of in-ternational arbitration in the region, and served as an expert for the US Department of State to serve at the OAS’s private international law conference.
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