Nicolas Swerdloff is a senior litigation partner and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He focuses on litigation and arbitration of complex cross-border business disputes involving a wide range of substantive areas of law. He in particular concentrates on financial, license, joint-venture, securities, professional liability and sports disputes. He has litigated such disputes in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. and before the major arbitral institutions. Nick is ranked in Chambers and Partners, which "praise[s him] for the high quality of his work in international litigation and arbitrations" and reports that "[m]arket sources describe him as 'easy to work with, very responsive and very experienced in sophisticated international matters.'"
Nick successfully represented Ernst & Young Hong Kong in a three-week arbitration hearing in which the panel found that the client had not been negligent and rejected a $500 million malpractice claim. He also led the defense of Alstom, the French conglomerate, in a succession of fraud and breach of warranty actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged deficiencies in the propulsion systems installed on luxury cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines, all of which ultimately settled on favorable terms. In addition, Nick prosecuted multiple actions on behalf of BNP Paribas and other clients, resulting in judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars against the Republic of Argentina based on one of the largest sovereign debt defaults in history. He represented the Central Bank of Paraguay in successfully recovering millions diverted from two Paraguayan banks in liquidation – a major victory in Paraguay’s efforts to address corruption.Nick also served as a leader of the Firm’s team representing Lorillard Tobacco Co. as national coordinating counsel in smoking-and-health litigation throughout the country, including in thousands of cases in Florida. He is currently representing investors in an investment treaty claim against the Republic of Panama as well as the former president of a FIFA regional governing body in a civil RICO action and a criminal appeal related to the FIFA corruption scandal.
He also serves as an arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Neutrals of the ICDR and AAA.
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