Senior arbitration partner Ben Preziosi has acted as lead counsel in many international arbitrations, mostly in the defense of sovereign states and state-owned entities. He started his career as a litigator dealing with complex white-collar criminal and civil matters, many relating to allegations of violations of the U.S. securities laws and accounting and financial fraud.

Sovereign Representation in Investment Treaty Arbitration

Mr. Preziosi has extensive experience in representing states defending against claims under bilateral investment treaties, including proceedings under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. He has also represented states, state-owned entities and private parties in commercial arbitration cases under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration rules.

Mr. Preziosi was a core member of the teams representing Venezuela and Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (and its subsidiaries) in treaty and commercial cases brought by ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips arising out of the 2007 nationalization of the Venezuelan oil industry. He was the lead counsel for Venezuela in other cases, including the ICSID case brought by a subsidary of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A. relating to the expropriation of a proppants plant. Mr. Preziosi also led Curtis teams in the representations of the Republic of Ghana in the ICC case relating to the Dunkwa gold mine that resulted in a dismissal of the claims brought by two gold-mining companies; the Republic of Kazakhstan in an expert proceeding and arbitration relating to the Kashagan project; and the Republic of India in a telecommunications case under the UNCITRAL rules that resulted in the dismissal of the claims.

Commercial Litigation in U.S. Federal and State Courts

Having spent most of his career as a litigator, Mr. Preziosi’s disputes experience encompasses complex commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented corporations, partnerships and individuals in disputes involving claims under stock and asset purchase agreements, partnership agreements and supply contracts, as well as in matters relating to allegations of securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, insurance fraud and professional liability and financial fraud. He has appeared in federal and state courts in New York, Delaware, California, Indiana, Connecticut, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, South Carolina and Utah.

Senior arbitration partner Ben Preziosi has acted as lead counsel in many international arbitrations, mostly in the defense of sovereign states and state-owned entities. He started his career as a litigator dealing with complex white-collar criminal and civil matters, many relating to allegations of violations of the U.S. securities laws and accounting and financial fraud.

"...one of the very best advocates in formal proceedings I have seen."

Global Arbitration Review 2019

Recognized practitioner for Chambers Global: Latin-America

Chambers 2019 Global Rosette Firm
Legal 500 USA Leading Attorney 2020 1

"...always very well-prepared and has an excellent command of all facts of the case, which results in his presentation of very persuasive arguments."

Legal 500 USA 2020

Benard Preziosi is ‘great at cross-examining witnesses and experts'

Legal 500 Latin America 2018

Benard Preziosi, Jr. has an ‘unsurpassed command of facts and valuation models’

Legal 500 USA 2014