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Ms. Permesly has more than 15 years’ experience in helping clients to identify and implement global strategies to address their most complex international disputes, and has experience in addressing litigation, arbitration, regulatory, antitrust, conflict of laws, and internal investigation and corruption issues. She regularly appears as an advocate before international tribunals and U.S. courts on cross-border issues.
A Spanish speaker, Ms. Permesly focuses much of her practice on disputes arising out of Latin America. She has significant experience in disputes arising in the construction, energy, mining and technology sectors, and with claims involving foreign sovereigns or state-owned entities. Ms. Permesly has been named in Chambers Global, Chambers USA and Chambers Latin America as well as referenced in Legal 500 U.S. and Legal 500 Latin America for her skills in international arbitration. In Chambers USA, clients refer to Ms. Permesly as “hands down the most responsive lawyer I’ve ever worked with;” as a young practitioner who is “firing on all cylinders,” and as “very articulate, very focused and very skilled” as an advocate. Ms. Permesly also has been named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers by Latinvex every year since 2016, and as a Future Leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal, which quotes sources who state she is “consistently at the very top of her game and admired throughout the profession.”
Recent representations have included:
advising Vale S.A. in connection with the failure of its tailings dams in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil;
representing the Republic of Argentina in disputes brought in the Southern District of New York by shareholders in Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales (YPF), the state-owned energy company, alleging breach of contract claims associated with Argentina’s nationalization of YPF in 2012;
representing one of the world’s leading cellular technology companies in an ICC arbitration in connection with the termination of a licensing agreement with one of its major competitors. The dispute involved parallel patent and antitrust litigation;
advising a leading U.S.-based manufacturer in connection with a multifaceted construction dispute arising out of a project to expand two processing plants, including assessing claims based on late and defective engineering, cost over-runs, and delay;
representing Portland General Electric Company in a multijurisdictional dispute relating to the construction of a natural gas power generating station, including acting as counsel in an ICC arbitration involving the guarantor of a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction agreement;
advising a North American utility company in connection with an anticipated ICC arbitration addressing various delay and cost overrun claims asserted by general contractors in connection with the construction of a submarine cable and its associated converter stations and overland transmission lines; and
representing a major German automotive company in arbitration involving a billion-dollar breach of contract claim brought by a U.S. manufacturing company.
Ms. Permesly serves as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading U.S.-based foreign policy think tank, and as the co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group. She serves as the chair of Global Advisory Board Relations for the New York International Arbitration Center, an organization she was closely involved in establishing. Ms. Permesly frequently speaks in both Spanish and English on a wide range of topics relating to arbitration and cross-border litigation.
Representative Speaking Engagements
Moderator, “U.S. Supreme Court ‘International Law’ Year in Review,” American Society of International Law, July 2018
Speaker, “The Usual Suspects? Choosing an Arbitrator and Eliminating Bias in International Arbitration,” ABA Section of International Law’s Annual Conference, New York, April 2018
Moderator, “Young Practitioners’ Symposium,” IBA Arb-40 Event, Buenos Aires, February 2018
Speaker, “El Lado Oscuro de Arbitraje,” Universidad del Pacifico Event, Lima, Peru, June 2017
Trainer, “Arbitral Award Writing Toolkit Training,” IBA Arb-40 Event, NYIAC, New York, April 2017
Speaker, Young ICCA Arbitration Skills Training Workshop, International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Buenos Aires, November 2016
Speaker, “Obtaining Interim Relief in International Arbitration,” International Bar Association IBA-Arb 40 Event, Washington, D.C., September 2016
Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, International Arbitration - Recent Developments, New York, June 2016
Speaker, NYIAC Special Lunch Presentation on the Yukos Award Annulment, with Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, New York, April 2016
Panelist, GAR Live BITs, Year in Review in ISDS, Washington, D.C., April 2016
Panelist, ASIL Annual Meeting, The Disorganization of International Intellectual Property Law, Washington, D.C., March 2016