Ignacio Torterola Joins Brown Rudnick’s Washington, D.C. Office
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Ignacio Torterola Joins Brown Rudnick’s Washington, D.C. Office

Summary: Ignacio Torterola will join Brown Rudnick’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the International Arbitration Group.

Brown Rudnick LLP is pleased to announce that Ignacio Torterola has joined the firm as a partner in the International Arbitration Group in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Torterola joins the firm from ” href=”” target=”_blank”>Foley Hoag, where he served as international counsel.


Mr. Torterola previously served as the Argentine Government’s ICSID liaison officer in Washington, D.C. He has nine years of experience defending Argentina against treaty claims, and he has continued high profile investment arbitration work in private practice. Mr. Torterola and Professor Loukas Mistelis of the Queen Mary School of International Arbitration created the website. Mr. Torterola has also been published numerous times as a commentator on investment arbitration. He has been a member of the ICC Task Force Special Drafting Committee for Arbitrations involving States and State Entities, and he was also one of the primary negotiators of the 2010 UNCITRAL Arbitration rules.

Brown Rudnick has added several high profile attorneys recently as the firm expands its international arbitration team. The firm has additional offices in London and Paris. Mr. Torterola’s experience in representing Latin American governments, including Argentina, Ecuador, and Venezuela, will add to the firm’s experience in advising sovereign nations and companies doing business in these areas.

Joseph F. Ryan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Rudnick, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Ignacio to the firm. Our work in the international arbitration arena is of critical importance to our clients with global interests. As we work to deepen our international arbitration platform worldwide, Ignacio will take a significant lead in our work before international tribunals in the United States and Latin America.”

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Nicholas Tse, the head of the International Arbitration group at Brown Rudnick, looks forward to adding Mr. Torterola to the group: “Ignacio is well-known and highly regarded with the major arbitration institutions. Clients will benefit tremendously from his outstanding arbitration track record and extensive experience.”

Alejandro Fiuza, the Chair of Brown Rudnick’s Latin American practice, added, “Ignacio brings tremendous Latin American knowledge and understanding from a different perspective. Our firm’s Latin American Practice Group is further enriched with Ignacio’s practice and so is our vision of growth strategy for the region. He has a particularly unique skill set that will be of real value to our client interests in the region.”

Mr. Torterola’s experience includes advising and representing clients before international arbitral tribunals, as well as in litigation proceedings relating to both commercial disputes and the application of international investment treaties. He has dealt with many complex issues that arose from Argentina’s economic, social, and political crises. Mr. Torterola has represented Argentina in over 35 ICSID and UNCITRAL arbitrations under the Argentine BITs with the United States, France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, and the Netherlands. The issues he handled on behalf of Argentina included water and sanitation, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure and the financial services industries.

Mr. Torterola previously held the position of counsel and Deputy Director of the Office of the Argentine Treasury Attorney General, which represents Argentina in international legal disputes. He was a member of the Hearings Team as well as the International Investment and Commercial Arbitration Group. He was also the Head of the Argentine Liaison Office before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has represented Argentina before the OECD Investment Committee and UNCTAD Investment and Enterprise Committee. He also negotiated the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Understanding.

Mr. Torterola is a graduate of the Universidad Catolica de Santa Fe (J.D. equivalent). He earned his Master Degree in Civil Law from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, his Master Degree in International Commercial and Trade Law from the Universita Degli Studi di Pisa, his Master Degree in Diplomacy and International Law from Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nacion, and his LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Cornell University Law School.

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