Marco E. Schnabl
Litigation, International Arbitration and Latin American Corporate Matters
Marco Schnabl has handled a wide range of international and domestic litigations and arbitrations. His representations include:
- the Bank of New Zealand in litigation seeking to enforce foreign judgments in the United States, defending claims brought in the United States by overseas borrowers, and in contract disputes arising out of foreign loan transactions;
- a Hungarian airline in contract litigation with a U.S. aircraft engine manufacturer in a Hungarian court and in related U.S. proceedings;
- a publicly traded Italian company in the defense of securities class actions;
- a Canadian consumer goods manufacturer in commercial disputes pending in U.S., Canadian and Hong Kong courts;
- a Canadian insurer in securities class actions filed in the United States against Canadian insureds;
- a German model railroad manufacturer in the prosecution of trademark infringement claims in U.S. courts;
- a Venezuelan concern in an ICC arbitration against a French company asserting competing rights to purchase a Venezuelan cement manufacturer; and
- a Colombian claimant in a Spanish-language arbitration against a Danish equipment supplier under the rules of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission.
Mr. Schnabl also has represented clients in litigation stemming from U.S. and international mergers, acquisitions and changes in corporate control. For example, he represented Blue Arrow PLC in its acquisition of Manpower Inc., Anglo Group PLC in its efforts to acquire B.A.T. Industries p.l.c., and the Grow Group, Inc. in takeover litigation arising from competing acquisition efforts by The Sherwin Williams Company and Imperial Chemical Industries PLC. Mr. Schnabl also has worked on securities class actions both for U.S. and foreign clients, contested proceedings before administrative agencies, SEC investigations and contract disputes and other commercial litigations.
Born and raised in Argentina, Mr. Schnabl retains a keen interest in Latin American business and political affairs. He has represented underwriters and Latin American issuers in debt and equity offerings in the industrial, telecommunications, banking and energy sectors, including Mexican cement manufacturer Cemex S.A. in a global equity offering which raised in excess of $600 million. He also advised a Spanish airline in the restructuring of its investment in a Latin American carrier and a U.S. gas company in the privatization of certain gas properties in Argentina. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Council of the Americas and speaks at seminars on issues of interest to prospective investors in Latin America or Latin American companies seeking access to the U.S. and international capital markets.
After graduating from the Sloan Business School at MIT and before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Schnabl worked at Merrill Lynch Economics, Inc., a management and economic consulting subsidiary of Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Schnabl has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1981
M. Phil., Economics, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1977
M.S., Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973
Lic., Economics, University of Buenos Aires, 1971
Law Clerk, Hon. Whitman Knapp, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1981-1983)
Chairman, International Litigation Committee, Commercial Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association
Member, Executive Committee, Commercial Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association
Member, Arbitration Committee, New York City Bar Association
Member, Committee on Second Circuit Courts, Federal Bar Council
Member, Committee on Arbitration, U.S. Council for International Business
President, Committee on International Civil Procedure, Union Internationale des Avocats
Sea Duty as Navigation Officer, Argentine Navy (1967-1968)