Tomás Leonard

Tomás Leonard

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Tomás Leonard focuses his practice on international arbitration and international litigation covering primarily foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin American countries.

He advises and represents both private investors and sovereign states in international arbitration proceedings before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and other forums. He also represents clients in trade disputes before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tomás is recognized in the field of international arbitration by several publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, and The Legal 500 Latin America. He is highlighted by Chambers Latin America 2017 as “an outstanding lawyer capable of addressing the most complex issues in a simple and effective manner,” and distinguished by The Legal 500 Latin America as having an “exceptional level of expertise” in the field of international arbitration (2015-2017). His knowledge of civil and common law is boasted as “an advantage to clients.” Tomás has been recognized by Chambers Global as a notable practitioner in the field of international arbitration (2014 and 2017), and listed as one of “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers” by Latinvex (2016 and 2017). He is also listed on Euromoney’s 2018 Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide.

Prior to practicing law in the United States, Tomás practiced in Argentina, representing financial institutions, investment funds, and international investors in corporate, finance, and banking matters.

Concentrations

  • International arbitration
  • International litigation
  • Treaty planning in cross-border commercial transactions
  • Political and international trade risk
  • Trade disputes
  • Comparative common and civil law issues
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Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador in multibillion-dollar UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings under the US-Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, relating to settlement of environmental claims arising from former investments in the oil and gas sector. (Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v. Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No 2009-23)).°
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador in federal litigation before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in actions seeking an injunction over UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings brought against the Republic of Ecuador under the US-Ecuador BIT (The Republic of Ecuador v. Chevron Texaco Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company (Case No. 09 Civ. 9958 (LBS))).°
  • Represented a French energy conglomerate and its Argentine subsidiary in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought under the France-Argentina BIT, relating to investments in privatized electricity distribution concessions (Electricidad Argentina S.A. and EDF International S.A. v. Argentine Republic).°
  • Represented energy companies organized under the laws of France and Luxembourg, and their Argentine subsidiary in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought under the France-Argentina and the Luxembourg-Argentina BITs, relating to investments in privatized electricity distribution concessions (EDF International S.A., SAUR International S.A. and León Participaciones Argentinas S.A. v. Argentine Republic).°
  • Represented a Chilean energy consortium in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought under the Chile-Argentina BIT, relating to various investments in privatized electricity distribution concessions. (Compañía General de Electricidad S.A. and CGE Argentina S.A. v. Argentine Republic).°
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings under the US-Ecuador BIT before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, relating to investments in the oil and gas sector and claims for denial of justice (Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company v. Republic of Ecuador (PCA Case No. AA277)).°
  • Counseled a Latin American sovereign in relation to annulment proceedings concerning a partially adverse ICSID award (Víctor Pey Casado and President Allende Foundation v. Republic of Chile (Annulment)).°
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned oil company in obtaining a permanent injunction against multibillion-dollar AAA arbitration proceedings related to investments in the oil and gas sector (The Republic of Ecuador and Petroecuador v. ChevronTexaco Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company (Case No. 04 Civ. 8378 (LBS)).°
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador and its state-owned oil company in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought under the Ecuador-Spain BIT, relating to investments in the oil and gas sector (Repsol YPF Ecuador, S.A. and others v. Republic of Ecuador and Empresa Estatal Petróleos del Ecuador (PetroEcuador)).°
  • Represented the Republic of Ecuador in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought under the US-Ecuador BIT, relating to investments in the oil and gas sector (Murphy Exploration and Production Company International v. Republic of Ecuador).°
  • Represented a Latin American sovereign in ICSID arbitration proceedings instituted under the Chile-Spain BIT, relating to the alleged expropriation of a newspaper company and claims for denial of justice.°
  • Represented a Latin American sovereign in ICSID arbitration proceedings instituted under the Chile-Malaysia BIT, relating to foreign direct investment in an urban real estate development.°
  • Represented Latin American sovereign in ICSID arbitration proceedings instituted under the Chile-Spain BIT, relating to foreign direct investment in the Chilean fisheries industry.°
  • Represented a Latin American sovereign in ICSID arbitration under the additional facility rules relating to investments in gold and copper mining concessions.°
  • Represented various Latin American and several developing countries worldwide before the International Trade Commission in safeguard proceedings over steel products.°
  • Represented a Latin American sovereign in countervailing duties proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning steel products.°
  • Represented a foreign producer of silicon metal in anti-dumping proceedings before the International Trade Commission.°
  • Represented a Latin American sovereign in countervailing duties proceedings before the U.S. Department of Commerce concerning natural food products.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Leonard prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration - Commercial, 2019
  • Listed, Euromoney’s Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide, 2018
  • Listed, Chambers Global, 2014 and 2017
  • Listed, Chambers Latin America, 2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America, 2013 and 2015-2017
  • Listed, Latinvex, “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,” 2016-2017, 2019
  • Listed, “Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll,” D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, 2016-2017
  • Volunteer, Fundación Conciencia, regarding two educational programs for underprivileged young adults in Argentina, 2015-2017
  • Volunteer, Presidential campaign of current Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, 2015
  • Argentine Ambassador, Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, 2017-2018

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • Graduate Studies in Investments, Johns Hopkins University School of Business, 2001
  • LL.M., American Law, Boston University, 2000
  • Graduate Studies, Banking Law, Universidad Católica Argentina School of Law, 1997
  • J.D., Universidad Católica Argentina School of Law, 1996
Zulassung
  • District of Columbia
Sprache
  • Spanish
  • French