Overview

Lauren is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s international arbitration group and is based in the New York office. She is a specialist in international arbitration and public international law, focused on investment-treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration. She has represented states and foreign corporations under the auspices of ICSID, ICC, ICDR, and pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules in international arbitration disputes. She has handled some of the largest and most groundbreaking cases in international arbitration. She has experience across a number of industries, particularly oil, mining, electricity, gas, and financial services. Fluent in Spanish and English, Lauren has extensive experience in investment arbitration throughout Latin America. Lauren is frequently invited to lecture on international arbitration and investment law at law schools and conferences worldwide.

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Thought Leadership

Publications

Co-author, "EU-Mexico Trade Agreement: What Lies Ahead for the Future of ISDS?," New York Law Journal (May 2018)

Co-author, "Tariffs May Violate Investment Treaty Protections," Law360 (April 2018)

Co-author, “The Top-5 News in International Arbitration in 2017,” CIAR Global (January 2018)

Co-author, “Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default,” Law360 (November 2017)

Co-author, “Strategic Considerations in Selecting Emergency Arbitration,” Law360 (October 2017)

Co-author, "Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Underscores the Importance of Planning to Protect Overseas Investments," Mondaq (May 2017)

Co-author, “Towards a Resolution of Outstanding Nationalization Claims Against Cuba,” Transnational Dispute Management (April 2016)

Seminars

Speaker, Sanctions in International Arbitration, GAR Live New York (September 2018)

Speaker, “Liability for Regulatory Conduct Under Investment Treaties,” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2018)

Speaker, “Appointing and Challenging Arbitrators,” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2018)

Speaker, “Strategic Responses to Third Party Funding,” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2018)

Moderator, Panel X: ISDS, Society of International Economic Law (August 2018)

Speaker, Damages in International Arbitration, New York International Arbitration Center (May 2018)

Guest Lecturer, “Introduction to Investment Treaty Arbitration,” University of Chicago Law School (November 2017)

Speaker, “Appointing and Challenging Arbitrators” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2017

Co-speaker, “Best Practices for Drafting Arbitration Clauses,” Ministries of Peru (August 2017)

Co-speaker, “Strategic Responses to Third Party Funding” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (July 2017)

Moderator, "The Future of Environmental Claims in International Arbitration," New York State Bar Association (May 2017)

Panelist, “Utilizing International Arbitration to Maximize the Effectiveness of Cross-border Investments,” Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association Conference (February 2017)

Panelist, “The Call for Specialized Arbitrators, Forums and Procedures in Energy Arbitration,” 4th ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration (January 2017)

Panelist, “Damages in International Arbitration,” Columbia Law School (November 2016)

Speaker, “Liability for Regulatory Conduct Under Investment Treaties” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (August 2016)

Speaker, “Investment Arbitration: Lessons Learned for States and Investors” at the 16th International Seminar on Regulation for Public Services, Panama City (May 2016)

Moderator, The Politics of Investment Treaties: Discussion and Book Launch (April 2016)

Panelist, “Navigating the Relationship Between Regulators and the Regulated” at the 15th International Seminar on Regulation for Public Services in Argentina (September 2015)

Speaker, “Liability for Regulatory Conduct Under Investment Treaties” at Columbia University Institute for Sustainable Investment: Executive Training on Investment Arbitration for Government Officials (July 2015)

Speaker, “Settlement of Pending Claims Between the U.S. and Cuba: Outlook and Possibilities” at New York University Law School (April 2015)

Speaker, “Settlement of Pending Claims Between the U.S. and Cuba: Outlook and Possibilities” at Harvard University Law School (March 2015)

Panel Member, “The Restoration of U.S.-Cuba Relations” at American University Law School (February 2015)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2010New York

Courts

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of LawJ.D.2009
  • Cornell UniversityB.S., Human Development2003