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Organizations Baker Hostetler

Organizations  Baker Hostetler

Established in 1916, BakerHostetler is one of the largest law firms in the U.S., with more than 1,000 lawyers and 17 offices across the country. We handle clients’ most critical legal matters – securing advantageous outcomes amid regulatory scrutiny and bet-the-company litigation; closing deals that fuel strategic growth; managing intellectual property and digital assets; and providing advice and counsel to facilitate long-term competitiveness.

Our attorneys represent companies across every industry, from market-leading global powerhouses to trailblazing startups, helping clients minimize risk and capitalize on opportunities that will strengthen and grow their businesses.

BakerHostetler, recognized as a Band 1 Highly Regarded International Arbitration firm by Chambers Global, provides international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution representation for multinational companies, sovereign state governments, international organizations and private investors.

We serve as advocates and arbitrators in complex commercial, investor-state and public international law disputes before major international arbitration institutions and courts worldwide. We also act as trial counsel in federal and state courts across the United States, particularly in proceedings to enforce or set aside arbitral awards or in Section 1782 discovery actions related to foreign arbitral and court proceedings.

Several of our partners are world-renowned leaders of the international arbitration bar and are regularly appointed as arbitrators in significant commercial or investment treaty arbitrations.

The team, comprising more than 30 lawyers, regularly represents clients before major arbitration forums, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), German Arbitration Institute, Netherlands Arbitration Institute, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Trade Organization, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). We currently serve as counsel to clients in proceedings in 28 countries.

As a testament to our global asset recovery practice, to date BakerHostetler has recovered more than $14.5 billion of an estimated $17.5 billion in principal stolen by Bernard Madoff in his infamous decades-long Ponzi scheme. BakerHostetler is court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee Irving H. Picard for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC.

Our team has developed a number of regional and industry-specific specialties. We have both arbitrated and litigated throughout Latin America in commercial and investor-state disputes. We defended the Republic of Peru in $10 billion in lawsuits worldwide for defaults on its foreign commercial debt. We have also enforced and blocked enforcement of $70 million and $100 million awards in Argentina and Honduras, respectively. We have successfully prosecuted claims against West African companies and nationals, and we have collected awards in “traditionally unfriendly” jurisdictions.

In three recent cases, we collected $14 million, $5 million and $3 million from a Nigerian rig owner, a ship charterer and a ship mortgage holder, respectively. We have arbitrated extensively in the energy, financial and securities, and construction industries.

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