The dispute finance market in Latin America is heating up with an uptick in the number of claimants with cases in the region inquiring about funding opportunities.
Latin Lawyer, GAR, and Lexology invite expert speakers from leading third-party funder Omni Bridgeway, a seasoned arbitration counsel, and the board chair at a publicly listed company to discuss the rise of dispute funding in Latin America, and to advise on key aspects that counsel and companies should consider when evaluating the implications and strategic considerations of working with a third-party funder to finance their claims.
Head of Latin America Group
Annie Lespérance is Head of Omni Bridgeway’s Latin America Group, with responsibility for leading Omni Bridgeway’s commercial arbitration, litigation funding and judgment enforcement efforts in Latin America.
Annie is also an Associate Investment Manager and Legal Counsel in Omni Bridgeway's Montreal office, where she sources and assesses investments in international arbitration and commercial litigation matters. She works with litigants to structure funding deals that address their unique needs and provide them insights, when requested, as their cases progress.
Prior to joining Omni, Annie was a lawyer at Cabinet Yves Fortier and the Permanent Court of Arbitration where she acted as Secretary to Tribunals in commercial, investor-State and sports arbitrations under various procedural rules and governing laws.
Annie has been appointed as an arbitrator and mediator and is a member of various arbitration rosters, including the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (Annex 10-B.1), the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and ICDR Canada's panel of arbitrators. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an ICC YAF representative for North America, and was recognized in 2020 in the Future Leaders category of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021.
Daniela Raz is an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Omni Bridgeway's New York office.
Prior to joining Omni Bridgeway, Daniela was General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for LightRay Companies LLC, a distressed asset investor. Before that, Daniela was a partner with the litigation-only firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres LLP, where she represented primarily plaintiffs in a wide range of complex commercial matters.
Daniela's experience both in-house and as a litigator enable her to assess investment opportunities and advise parties using Omni Bridgeway's funding with practical business judgment, well-honed negotiation and trial skills, and an ability to weigh nuanced factors when making decisions involving risk.
Daniela earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley's law school and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was a Marvin M. Karpatkin fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union. She is admitted to practice law in New York and California and is a native speaker of Hebrew and Spanish. Daniela is also recognized in LawDragon Global Restructuring Advisors & Consultants Guide (2020).
Global Chair, International Arbitration
Described as “‘a brilliant strategist who always has absolute command of the subject matter and is always prepared,” José Astigarraga is an experienced advocate who represents clients in international business disputes. The Global Head of Reed Smith’s International Arbitration Practice, José is one of only six lawyers worldwide ranked by Chambers in the top band of international arbitration practitioners for Latin America and one of only ten lawyers ranked in the top band of international arbitration practitioners in the United States. Cited for his “‘extraordinary critical thinking skills, strategic planning, extensive international relationships and depth of experience,’ which ‘put him on a level all by himself,’” he currently serves on the ICC’s Commission on Arbitration, and previously led the IBA’s worldwide Task Force on the Guidelines for Arbitrator Conflicts of Interest. He served as vice president of the LCIA for much of his 10 years on the Court. He was appointed by the U.S. Government to advise the NAFTA Commission on the development and promotion of international arbitration in the region, and served as an expert for the U.S. Department of State at the private international law conference of the Organization of American States. Sources: Chambers Latin America 2020; Chambers USA 2020; Chambers Latin America 2017, 2014; Chambers USA 2011.
Gabriel Resources Ltd
Ms. El-Erian (Stylianides) has 30 years of experience in the global Capital Markets having spent much of her career in Investment Banking, Private Equity, and corporate management and restructuring. She began her career in corporate law by joining the firm of Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 1990 after graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1997, Ms El-Erian has been a Director of and has been engaged in the financial restructuring of certain Nasdaq publicly traded companies and has extensive knowledge of Canadian and SEC securities regulations. She has worked extensively in structuring and implementing corporate and structured finance transactions in the Mining, Banking and Bio Science Sectors. In 2019 Ms El-Erian received a Global Excellence award from Acquisition International-Influential Female Director 2019 - Mining and also received Business Woman of the Year Award in 2019 & 2020 from CEO Today. In 2020 Ms El-Erian was voted Top 100 Canadian Professionals. Ms El-Erian is currently a Director of Altius Renewable Royalties, Altius Minerals, Gabriel Resources, Entrée Resources, Sabina Gold & Silver and the Fraser Institute.