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Arnold & Porter Adds International Arbitration Lawyer Maria Chedid to San Francisco Office

June 4, 2018

Maria ChedidSAN FRANCISCO, June 4, 2018 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Maria Chedid has rejoined the firm as a partner in the International Arbitration practice. Ms. Chedid, who practiced at Arnold & Porter from 2010-2015, will be resident in the firm's San Francisco office.

Ms. Chedid focuses her practice in the areas of international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, and has represented clients from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. She also handles multi-jurisdictional and cross-border litigation issues, including actions for judicial enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards. She has served as counsel in a wide range of disputes, including matters involving intellectual property, licensing, distribution, technology, energy, taxation, infrastructure, political risk insurance, construction, government contracts, environmental regulation, joint ventures, pharmaceutical products, real estate, administrative law, and claims of corruption.

Paolo Di Rosa, head of Arnold & Porter's International Arbitration practice, notes: "Maria is an extremely experienced and talented lawyer with a deep knowledge of the law and practice of international arbitration, both in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. Her return further bolsters our team, particularly in the commercial arbitration area and in the Pacific Rim region, and will help us continue to provide sophisticated counsel to clients in their international disputes."

Ms. Chedid has consistently been recognized as a leading lawyer by major legal directories. She is ranked in Chambers USA and Chambers Global, which have noted that "interviewees commend her handling of complex disputes," "praise[] her 'highly effective advocacy,'" and "describe her client relationship skills as 'outstanding.'" She has been recognized by the California Daily Journal as one of California's "Top 100 Women Lawyers" and has consistently been named in the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center's publication of the annual "Tech List" of leading technology arbitrators. In 2017, Ms. Chedid was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Court's Working Group on reform of legislation governing foreign attorney representation in California-seated international arbitrations.

Ms. Chedid served as co-counsel with other Arnold & Porter attorneys in the successful representation of Turkish energy company Karkey Karadeniz in an ICSID arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which in 2017 culminated with an award of over US$800 million (including interest), one of the largest awards of damages in ICSID history.

Ms. Chedid has special expertise in international arbitration matters relating to Asia and the Middle East, and is a fluent Arabic speaker.

Maria Chedid earned her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a Junior Fellow of the Center for International Studies and served as an editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. She received her BA, with distinction, in Philosophy from Barnard College.

About the International Arbitration Practice

Arnold & Porter's International Arbitration Practice is one of the largest and most experienced in the world, as highlighted in Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 US, The Legal 500 Latin America, The Legal 500 UK, and Global Arbitration Review, among other publications. The group offers clients a practice of exceptional breadth and scope, with a team of seasoned lawyers recognized for its success rate, client service, experience, and expertise.

About Arnold & Porter

With nearly 1,000 lawyers practicing in 13 offices around the globe, Arnold & Porter serves clients across 40 distinct practice areas. The firm offers 100 years of renowned regulatory expertise, sophisticated litigation and transactional practices, and leading multidisciplinary offerings in the life sciences and financial services industries.

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