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January 7, 2016
Curtis Names 4 New International Arbitration Partners


Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has announced the promotion of four lawyers to partner in its leading International Arbitration practice: Sabrina Aïnouz, Nadia Darwazeh and Jérôme Lehucher, all based in Paris, and Kate Brown de Vejar in Mexico City.  Each had been counsel at Curtis.

  • Ms. Aïnouz counsels sovereign states, state-owned entities and private corporations in both investor-state and commercial arbitrations in a variety of fields, including oil and gas, construction, agriculture and general commercial disputes.  She also represents states and companies in connection with the enforcement and annulment of international arbitral awards in France.  Ms. Aïnouz joined Curtis Paris in 2005.

  • Ms. Darwazeh focuses her practice on international arbitration and acts as counsel and arbitrator. She handles arbitrations ranging from construction claims, M&A disputes and general commercial disputes to investor-state claims.  Ms. Darwazeh previously practiced in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai and came to Curtis in 2012 from the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where she served as counsel for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa Team. She is also the Secretary General of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center, an ICC Joint Venture.

  • Mr. Lehucher has counseled clients in investor-state and commercial arbitrations, including those relating to the energy, agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors and involving states and state-owned entities.  He also has counseled States and state-owned entities in international oil and gas transactions.  Mr. Lehucher joined Curtis in 2007, starting his career with the firm as an associate in New York for a year before moving to Paris.

  • Ms. Brown de Vejar has represented sovereign states, state-owned entities and private corporations in investment and contract disputes across a wide range of sectors in international arbitrations under the leading institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules.  She was elected as co-chair of the under-40 group of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) in 2014 and served as co-coordinator of the Young ICCA mentoring program from 2013 to 2014. Ms. Brown de Vejar has been with Curtis in Mexico since 2010.

    “These young stars will solidify our leadership position in international arbitration,” said Curtis Chairman George Kahale.  “They have demonstrated that they have the talent and the drive to succeed, and we are expecting big things from each of them."

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

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