Four Join Weil’s International Arbitration Practice

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 16:15

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has announced that Washington, DC-based Arif Hyder Ali joins London-based Juliet Blanch as co-head of Weil’s International Arbitration practice. Mr. Ali joins the firm together with partners Alexandre de Gramont, Theodore R. Posner and Samaa A.F. Haridi.

“This group of partners helps further position our practice in the global market to mirror the needs of our clients,” said Executive Partner Barry M. Wolf. “We are happy to welcome each of these accomplished practitioners to Weil.”

“This team has the reputation, trial expertise and experience to work on the most complex, global cases, affording Weil an even greater bandwidth to serve future growth,” said Jim Quinn, co-chair of Weil’s Litigation Department. “We are also excited to welcome Arif as Co-Chair of our International Arbitration practice.”

Mr. Ali, Mr. de Gramont, and Mr. Posner join Weil’s Washington, DC office, while Ms. Haridi is based in the New York office. They all join from Crowell & Moring LLP, where Mr. Ali was chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice and Mr. de Gramont served as vice chair.

Mr. Ali has represented clients in a number of precedent-setting commercial and investor-state international arbitrations around the world, especially in the energy, hydrocarbons and minerals industries, and is a highly ranked practitioner both in the United States and globally. Mr. de Gramont has handled international arbitration matters for more than ten years and has gained a reputation as a leading international arbitration lawyer in the United States.

Mr. Posner brings to the team over a decade’s experience in government, including negotiating international trade and investment agreements and representing the United States in some of the most complex state-to-state arbitrations to come before the World Trade Organization. Ms. Haridi focuses on complex international litigation and arbitration proceedings and is particularly experienced in international disputes relating to the Middle East.

Mr. Ali said, “Juliet and I have often discussed our vision for a world-leading international arbitration practice. My partners and I are thrilled to be joining forces with Juliet and her team and look forward to implementing our common vision of an integrated international arbitration practice operating across Weil’s multi-jurisdictional international platform.”   

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John H. Cobb has joined Weil as a partner in its Capital Markets group in its New York office.

Mr. Cobb represents banks, investors and mezzanine funds, as well as issuers, in connection with a broad range of banking and securities transactions, including first and second lien credit facilities, bridge loan facilities, high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, restructurings and reorganizations. Mr. Cobb joins Weil from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP where he was chair of the Leveraged Finance practice.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has announced the opening of an office in Princeton, New Jersey. The New Jersey office opening will mark Weil’s 10th US location and 21st global office. The new office will allow the firm to more seamlessly serve New Jersey-based clients, as well as clients facing litigation in New Jersey. The office will be led by trial lawyer Diane P. Sullivan.

The New Jersey office offers clients high-quality lawyers who have significant experience in both the local courts, as well as federal and state courts around the country. The core expertise of the office will be trial and general litigation work, including complex commercial matters, class actions and product liability/mass torts.