New York, New York, February 19, 2019 – Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP announced that Luis O’Naghten will join the firm as partner in its Miami office. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Luis, who is one of the top arbitration attorneys throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe,” said Hughes Hubbard Chair Ted Mayer. “We know Luis to be an extraordinary lawyer, whose experience representing Latin American and European clients in their most sophisticated matters and in a wide range of disputes will bring tremendous benefit to our clients and our leading international arbitration practice group.”

“I am excited to join a firm that has both a superb Miami-based Latin America practice and a world class arbitration team,” said O’Naghten. “This is also a great opportunity to work among good friends and colleagues.” 

He is a noted authority on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation, and has deep experience as both party counsel and arbitrator throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Annually ranked among the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners, he travels extensively throughout the world to present scholarly lectures to peers and corporate counsel.

O’Naghten has more than 30 years of experience in international arbitration and commercial litigation, with emphasis on disputes involving Latin America. His practice focuses on international financial frauds, energy, construction, telecommunication, and corporate commercial disputes. He possesses native fluency in Spanish and handles arbitrations in both Spanish and English with equal agility. 

He is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration, the ICC Task Force for the Revision of the ICC Rules, chair of the US Council for International Business’ Florida Arbitration Sub-Committee, president-elect of the Miami International Arbitration Society, and a fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He regularly teaches courses in arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law and Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and Guadalajara. 

O’Naghten represents foreign sovereigns and parties adverse to foreign sovereigns, and provides advice to major international banks, United States and foreign multinational corporations, energy companies, and companies involved in maritime disputes. He represents parties in disputes before United States courts and before international arbitration panels (under ICC, AAA/ICDR, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules) in a wide range of disputes, including matters in the United States, and several countries in Latin America and Europe.

Throughout his career, he represented a multinational company in two separate, $100 million ICC arbitration proceedings against Panama; a foreign affiliate of a Fortune 100 defense contractor in a dispute over submarines being arbitrated in Spain and an Ecuadorian company fighting an American company in a multi-million dollar energy dispute.

He holds a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in International Economics and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. 

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