GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Chaffetz Lindsey LLP

Professional notice

New in 2011. This New York boutique has a client list more of a major firm – little wonder given the partners met at Clifford Chance.

Who’s Who Name:
David Lindsey

When that firm began to feel the effects of the financial crisis, they decided the time was ripe to set up on their own. Chaffetz Lindsey was born in May 2009. By then Peter Chaffetz had been global head of litigation and David Lindsey co-head of the Americas international arbitration group.

Today, Lindsey and younger partner James Hosking carry the bulk of the international arbitration matters while Chaffetz and others focus more on insurance, reinsurance and securities disputes, but handle arbitration in those areas. The team also draws on two experienced senior associates (Yasmine Lahlou and Andreas Frischknecht) and has added five new associates in the past year.

Lindsey in particular has been active in promoting New York as a place for international arbitration: he is a founding member of the New York Arbitration Club, and has now contributed a chapter, with Lahlou, in the recent International Commercial Arbitration in New York (Kluwer, 2010). Hosking meanwhile is coaching the Harvard Law School team for the 2011 Vis Moot.

Lahlou is a former member of Castaldi Mourre, who co-chairs the Middle East committee of the ABA’s section of international law.

Recent events

Chaffetz Lindsey is acting for a European pharmaceutical company in an arbitration with a major multinational over a licensing agreement being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The team has also steered a US$100 million dispute about indemnity claims arising from a M&A deal to a settlement, on behalf of a Latin American energy business. The dispute involved assets in multiple Latin American jurisdictions. Lindsey and Hosking are also continuing to represent AES in ICSID arbitration against Argentina (those proceedings are suspended while Argentina implement certain tariff increases and other reforms negotiated with AES). The firm has live cases taking place in Singapore and Tokyo.

New York dispute resolution boutique Chaffetz Lindsey LLP was founded in May 2009 to provide top-tier litigation and arbitration expertise from a smaller, more economical, and flexible platform. The firm stands apart from others because of the reputation and track record of its lawyers, its openness to alternative billing, and its freedom from conflicts. Having previously worked together for ten years at Clifford Chance, its partners have developed an unusually strong international practice.

Led by co-founders David Lindsey and James Hosking, the Chaffetz Lindsey arbitration team has handled cases in all the world’s major arbitration fora, involving disputes over infrastructure projects, engineering/construction claims, oil and gas ventures, pharmaceutical licensing, M&A deals, JVs, environmental contamination, complex commercial contracts and investment treaty claims for and against states.

Since its inception, Chaffetz Lindsey has been instructed in over 20 arbitration matters with an aggregate amount in dispute of approximately US$ 3 billion. While many of its arbitrations are in the US, the firm’s current arbitrations involve 15 jurisdictions throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The disputes arise under the rules of the ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, SCC, LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL.

Chaffetz Lindsey also has an active US state and federal court litigation practice. The firm’s expertise encompasses all aspects of general commercial litigation, with particular experience in claims involving finance/securities, re/insurance, cross-border disputes and sovereign immunity issues.

The firms’ lawyers are fluent in six languages; and many of them have practiced outside the US in addition to their US qualifications. With its strong network of contacts, the firm values opportunities for co-counseling with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions.

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For more information, please contact:

David Lindsey
[email protected]
Tel: +1 212 257 6966


James Hosking
[email protected]
Tel: +1 212 257 6963

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