Louis B. Kimmelman

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Louis B. Kimmelman

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BENNO KIMMELMAN is co-leader of the firm’s global International Arbitration practice. He focuses on the arbitration and litigation of complex commercial and investment treaty disputes as well as litigation in aid of the arbitration process. Benno regularly represents U.S. and foreign clients, as well as sovereign entities, in international disputes before arbitral tribunals and state and federal courts in the United States. He has acted as lead counsel in numerous cases before the leading international arbitration institutions and has served as an arbitrator in international disputes under the rules of the leading international arbitral institutions.

He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches International Commercial Arbitration and International Litigation, as well as an Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He served as chair of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Benno is listed as a leading practitioner of international arbitration in Legal 500 United States, Legal 500 Latin America and in Chambers USA 2013: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described as "an outstanding advocate." Additionally, Benno is recognized as a Litigation Star in the United States in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Litigation.

Experience

International Arbitration

  • Lead counsel for national oil company in two arbitrations (ICC and LCIA) relating to a failed joint venture to construct and operate a gas-to-liquids project in the Caribbean. Both arbitrations resulted in unanimous awards in favor of our client.
  • Lead counsel for a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase and another financial institution in an ICC international arbitration against the Republic of Uruguay. A unanimous tribunal rendered an award in favor of our clients for USD100m in damages plus interest and attorneys’ fees. We successfully secured judicial confirmation of this award in federal court in New York.
  • Lead counsel for a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) international arbitration against the Republic of Uruguay involving claims for more than USD 700m. The tribunal rendered a unanimous award in favor of our client, dismissing all of the Republic’s claims. We successfully secured judicial confirmation of this award in federal court in New York.
  • Lead counsel for the Republic of Peru in an investment treaty arbitration under the Peru-China Bilateral Investment Treaty before ICSID. We successfully challenged three of the four claims asserted on jurisdictional grounds. As to the remaining claim, the tribunal awarded the investor a small fraction of the damages sought.
  • Lead counsel for a U.S. hotel builder and operator in two parallel arbitrations relating to significant delays and cost overruns on an international hotel project in Panama. The principal arbitration involved the design and construction of the project. After a two week evidentiary hearing at which 31 fact and expert witnesses testified, the arbitral tribunal rejected all of the claims and concluded that our client had fulfilled all its contractual obligations and was not liable for any of the delays or cost overruns.
  • Lead counsel for a LNG producer in a series of contract sales price arbitrations with purchasers in Europe that resolved pricing issues under long term contracts.
  • Lead counsel for a Far East oil company in two arbitrations relating to disputes concerning a joint venture to explore for oil in Siberia.
  • Counsel for a European life sciences company in the acquisition of a life sciences company in the United States and in the arbitrations and litigations that followed.

International Litigation

  • Lead counsel for the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in a lawsuit brought by a party to an ICC arbitration. We successfully obtained a dismissal of this case based on the ICC Rules of Arbitration.
  • Lead counsel for Bank of America in a joint venture dispute pending in federal court in New York in connection with a project in Mexico. This dispute was resolved after mediation.
  • Counsel for Unocal Corporation in lawsuit alleging human rights violations arising from the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Myanmar. This case was resolved after mediation.

*Some of the above matters were handled by Benno prior to joining Sidley Austin LLP.

Publications
  • "Arbitration of International Commercial Disputes," Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel (Robert L. Haig, ed. 2012), co-author
  • "Document Production in the United States," Document Production in International Arbitration (ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin, 2006), co-author
  • "Litigating International Disputes in Federal Courts," Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (Robert L. Haig, ed. 3d ed. 2011), co-author with former Secretary of State Warren Christopher
  • "Warranties," Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Robert L. Haig, ed., 3d ed. 2011)
Memberships & Activities
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration
  • Member, ICC Latin America Arbitration Group
  • Adviser to the American Law Institute project on the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration
  • Member, Executive Advisory Committee, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • Former Chair, International Commercial Disputes Committee, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Former Chair, Arbitration Committee of the United States Council for International Business (the ICC National Committee for the United States)
  • Director, New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
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