Alexander A. Yanosis a litigation partner in the New York office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed and co-chairs the firm's Treaty Arbitration practice group. His practice focuses on complex disputes, particularly international disputes, both in court and before arbitral tribunals.
Alexander's arbitration practice includes commercial, financial and treaty-based disputes, particularly in the energy and mining sectors and in Latin America. Recently, he has obtained a finding of unlawful expropriation in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration against Venezuela, one of the largest investment treaty cases ever filed, and a decision issued by the United States Supreme Court reinstating the award of BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina. He also has obtained successful results for clients in disputes involving Algeria, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Libya, Lithuania, Russia, Pakistan, Paraguay, the United States, Venezuela and Vietnam. He has acted in matters before nearly every international arbitration tribunal, including the ICSID, International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, International Court of Justice and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
Alexander also has considerable experience litigating multi-jurisdictional disputes involving the securities, banking, antitrust and insurance industries. He is fluent in six languages.
Ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the US
Ranked by Chambers Global as one of the top international arbitration lawyers in the world
Ranked by Chambers Latin America as one of the top international arbitration lawyers in Latin America
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States as one of the top lawyers in the category of international arbitration
"Emerging Trends in International Arbitration," Law 360, June 2013
"The COMMISA Decision: A US Federal District Court Confirms an Arbitral Award Annulled At Its Seat," 119 Mealey's Int'l Arb. Rep. 14 (2013)
"Mass Claims in International Investment Arbitration," The Deal, Jan. 18, 2012
Supreme Court of the United States
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Selected Recent Successes
A partial award in favor of Phillips 66 and ConcocoPhillips in an ICC arbitration brought by Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) and its affiliates
A decision of the United States Supreme Court reinstating the award of BG Group Plc against Argentina arising from a breach of the bilateral investment treaty between Britain and Argentina
A decision on liability holding that Venezuela unlawfully expropriated the investments of ConocoPhillips concerning expropriated oil investments
A decision on liability holding that Ecuador unlawfully expropriated the investments of Burlington following Ecuador's imposition of a 99% tax on Burlington’s revenues
An award in favor of Total in an ICSID arbitration against Argentina arising from violation of the France-Argentina bilateral investment treaty
Republic of Lithuania in an ICSID arbitration involving concession claims