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Herbert Smith Freehills Partner Christian Leathley has been appointed Vice Chair of the International Bar Association's (IBA) Arbitration Committee. He will serve in this role for a period of two years.

Most recently, Christian has been serving as Chair of the Subcommittee on Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, and over the past four years he has been an active member holding various other committee positions.

The IBA Arbitration Committee focuses on laws, practice and procedures relating to the arbitration of transnational disputes. Through its conferences, publications and projects, the Committee seeks to share information about international arbitration, promote its use and improve its effectiveness.

Christian, who is based in Herbert Smith Freehills' New York office, was also recently appointed to the role of US Head of International Arbitration and he remains the Head of the Latin America Group for the firm. Prior to relocating to New York in 2015, he was based in the firm's London office.

The IBA, established in 1947, is the world's leading international organization of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.

About Herbert Smith Freehills' New York Office

The New York office of Herbert Smith Freehills includes a team of seasoned litigators as well as international arbitration specialists representing clients in a wide range of commercial litigation, investigations, cross-border matters and class actions throughout the United States. New York is also the hub for the firm's global Latin America practice with a focus on infrastructure and project finance matters. Additionally, New York has a cross-border M&A practice with a focus on outbound investments into Asia-Pac and EMEA.

About Herbert Smith Freehills

Operating from 27 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. The firm provides many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including Banks, Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Buyers, Infrastructure & Transport, Mining, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Real Estate, TMT and Manufacturing & Industrials.

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