Alston & Bird has strengthened its international arbitration capabilities with the addition of partner Alexander “Alex” Yanos as co-leader of the firm’s International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Team. Yanos, who joins along with team member counsel Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, will be based in the firm’s New York office. Both arrive from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where Yanos co-chaired the firm’s Treaty Arbitration Practice.
“The past 10 years have seen a significant uptick in international arbitration work in the United States and abroad,” said Randall Allen, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Team. “Alex and Carlos are fluent in complex commercial and investor-state dispute law, with exceptional jurisdictional diversity, and both bring outstanding credentials to help meet our clients’ growing needs for assistance in handling big-ticket international arbitrations.”
Yanos has more than 20 years’ experience handing high-profile international disputes, both in court and before arbitral tribunals. His practice includes commercial, financial, and treaty-based disputes, particularly in the energy and mining sectors and in Latin America, Russia, Pakistan, and Vietnam. He has acted in matters before nearly every international arbitration institution.
In one of the largest investment treaty cases ever filed, Yanos obtained a finding of unlawful expropriation in a $1.2 billion ICSID arbitration on behalf of Canadian mining company Crystallex International against Venezuela following the nationalization of the company's mining investments. In another high-stakes matter, he won a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court reinstating the award of BG Group PLC against the Republic of Argentina arising from a breach of the bilateral investment treaty between Britain and Argentina.
Before joining Hughes Hubbard as a partner in 2014, Yanos was an international arbitration partner for six years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in New York.
Ramos-Mrosovsky represents clients in commercial and international investment disputes before a diverse range of arbitral institutions, as well as in litigation before U.S. federal and state courts. He has also advised clients on issues of U.S. constitutional and administrative law. His clients include leading international energy, mining, and infrastructure companies, as well as sovereign governments.
“As practice co-leader, Alex adds a strong complement to our international commercial arbitration capabilities and will help drive our expansion into investor-state arbitration,” said Matthew Richardson, Alston & Bird partner and co-leader of the firm’s International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Team. “His impressive practice mix, standout reputation, and distinguished background will provide critical bandwidth to our clients in helping them advance their strategic goals.”
“Attracting Alex and Carlos is a milestone and positions us well for the future as we continue to build on our strategy of focusing on services and markets that are critical to our clients,” said Jamie Hutchinson, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s New York office. “Their arrival reflects New York's growing importance as a global hub for arbitration and our expanded capabilities to counsel clients in this key market.”
Yanos’ arrival continues the significant growth of Alston & Bird’s New York office, which has added nine partners, including Yanos, in less than a year. The other recent joiners are financial advisor partner Stuart Rogers, debt finance partner Paul Hespel, intellectual property partner Paul Tanck, bankruptcy and financial restructuring partners Gerard Catalanello and James Vincequerra, litigation partners Adam Kaiser and John Aerni, and investment management partner Michael Saarinen.