News 08 May. 2015

Curtis Names Two New Partners and New Counsel

New York, NY, May 6, 2015 — Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced the promotion of two lawyers to partner and 11 lawyers to counsel.

'We are extremely pleased to promote these outstanding lawyers in recognition of their contributions to our clients and the firm,' said Curtis managing partner Matias A. Vega. 'They collectively represent a cross-section of Curtis, both by practice and by region, reflecting the true scope of our international practice. We look forward to each playing an even more significant role for Curtis and our clients in the future.'

The two new Curtis partners, who were promoted from counsel:

  • MATTHEW MCCULLOUGH, based in Washington, D.C., is a member of Curtis' International Trade practice. Mr. McCullough advises governments and companies, both foreign and domestic, on a wide array of trade matters affecting cross-border trade. Mr. McCullough represents clients from across the globe, including those from Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. His representation covers a broad array of economic interests in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors. He has extensive experience in U.S. trade remedy actions addressing dumping, subsidization and industry adjustment (safeguards), as well as the international agreements governing those actions. He has also represented the governments of Brazil, Korea, Japan and China in various disputes before the World Trade Organization.

  • SIMON WARD, located in Curtis' Muscat office, focuses his practice on commercial arbitrations, litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Ward's experience spans a wide range of litigation fields, including commercial, construction, regulatory, health and safety, environment, and employment, in Oman, the region and overseas. He is an experienced litigator who has acted as both arbitrator and lead counsel before the Omani Courts and in domestic and international arbitrations, including under the auspices of the ICC and the London Court of International Arbitration and in Omani/UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitrations. He has recently been appointed to the Oman Court of Appeal Roll of Arbitrators.

The 11 new counsel, all of whom were associates at Curtis:

  • BRAD DOLINE practices in Curtis' International Corporate group. Mr. Doline, based in London, works on international corporate matters, including in the oil and gas industry and investment management. He advises an international client base with clients located in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, Central Asia and Latin America.

  • RYAN HANSEN has handled an extensive range of international corporate projects involving clients in the oil and gas, commodities, transportation and investment management sectors as part of Curtis' International Corporate group. He is based in the firm's New York office. In addition, Mr. Hansen regularly advises public and private companies as well as sovereign entities on matters involving the U.S. securities laws, including compliance with Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure requirements.

  • VIRGINIE LIAUTAUD is based in Paris and is a member of Curtis' International Arbitration group. Her practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation, commercial and corporate law. She has been involved with arbitration proceedings, including those involving states and state-owned entities, before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

  • SERENA MONTALBANO is stationed in Curtis' Dubai office where she works principally on arbitrations and other contentious proceedings. She has handled a wide range of construction disputes in both DIFC courts and arbitral proceedings. Ms. Montalbano has also gained extensive experience throughout her career in U.S. securities antitrust litigation.

  • ANTONIO RIVA PALACIO LAVIN is Curtis' Chief Representative in its Beijing Representative Office. His practice is wholly international, encompassing international investment, international trade and international arbitration. Mr. Riva Palacio has a strong transactional background gained in Curtis' New York and Mexico offices and has particular experience advising clients with interests in Latin America.

  • BORZU SABAHI is a member of Curtis' International Arbitration group located in the Washington D.C. office. Dr. Sabahi has represented governments and state-owned entities in investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law matters. He has served as counsel in arbitration cases brought under a number of bilateral investment treaties, NAFTA, and DR-CAFTA, and under the rules of UNCITRAL, ICSID, the ICC, ICDR, New Zealand Arbitration Act, and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

  • SABINE SCHMIDT of Curtis' Frankfurt office focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, and private equity, primarily in the automotive and technology industries. Ms. Schmidt has advised domestic and international clients on business formation and structuring and sales and distribution contracts in Germany, as well as general corporate and commercial matters. She has extensive experience in litigation matters. Ms. Schmidt has been granted the title of Accredited Specialist in Commercial and Corporate Law (Fachanwältin für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht) by the Frankfurt Bar Association.

  • MICHAEL SCHWARTZ counsels clients as a member of Curtis' Private Client and Trusts and Estates practice groups. Mr. Schwartz, located in the New York office, focuses on domestic and multijurisdictional estate and succession planning for high net worth individuals, extending to all facets of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning. His practice also encompasses all phases of estate and trust administration. He represents fiduciaries, including banks and trust companies, and beneficiaries, in contested fiduciary matters. He also has widespread experience with gift and estate tax audits.

  • FERNANDO TUPA, based in Buenos Aires, works principally on international arbitration matters, including investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and international litigation. Mr. Tupa specializes in investment and contractual disputes across a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, satellite and tax. He has experience with ICSID, UNCITRAL, and ICC arbitration proceedings, including disputes under numerous bilateral and multilateral investment treaties in Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has been involved in some of the largest investment and commercial arbitration disputes to date.

Curtis is a leading international law firm providing a broad range of services to clients around the world. The firm operates through 17 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and East Asia. For more information about Curtis, please visit

Note to Editor
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is a New York limited liability partnership with affiliated partnerships and entities operating in the United States, Argentina, China, England & Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Oman, Turkey, Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates.