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B. Ted Howes joins Mayer Brown as partner in New York

20 April 2015

Mr. Howes to lead firm’s growing International Arbitration group in the US 

Mayer Brown announced today that B. Ted Howes has joined the firm as a partner in New York, where he will lead the International Arbitration group in the US and serve as a member of the firm’s global leadership team for international arbitration. Previously, he was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, leading that firm’s International Arbitration and Chinese Litigation and Dispute Resolution practices.

“We are delighted to welcome Ted to the leadership team for the firm’s growing International Arbitration group,” said Raid Abu-Manneh, London-based partner and co-leader of Mayer Brown’s International Arbitration group. “He is a leading international arbitration practitioner with an outstanding track record in handling a wide variety of arbitration matters, which remains a key area of need for many of our clients. His experience representing clients in global arbitration venues around the world will further strengthen our international arbitration capabilities, particularly in New York, which is a major international arbitration centre.”

“The firm is committed to expanding the International Arbitration group around the globe, and Ted’s particular focus on US-Asia arbitration will be a major asset to our growing practice in Asia,” added Menachem Hasofer, a Mayer Brown partner in Hong Kong and co-leader of the firm’s International Arbitration group.

Mr. Howes advises US and foreign companies in a wide variety of international commercial arbitrations, including arbitrations governed by the rules of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the International Chamber of Commerce, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Reflecting his prominence in the international arbitration community, he is also an active arbitrator and has been appointed to the Panel/List of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the Beijing International Arbitration Centre. Mr. Howes is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is an authority on drafting arbitration provisions for complex international commercial contracts.

“I look forward to working with Mayer Brown’s extensive team across the globe to help clients resolve the complicated issues that often arise in international commercial disputes,” said Mr. Howes. “The firm’s global platform and cross-office and cross-practice collaboration, combined with its experience handling bilateral investment treaty cases, construction arbitrations and commercial arbitration, will greatly complement my existing practice.”

Mr. Howes is the latest partner to join the firm’s growing International Arbitration group. In 2014, Mayer Brown welcomed partners Michael P. Lennon Jr. in Houston and Alejandro López Ortiz in Paris. In 2013, Gustavo Fernandes and Roberto Castro de Figueiredo joined Tauil & Chequer in association with Mayer Brown, in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, respectively.

In addition to his international arbitration experience, Mr. Howes has extensive experience representing foreign and US corporations in US commercial litigation, often of an international nature. He routinely appears before the federal and state courts of New York in connection with his litigation practice.

Richard Spehr, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s New York office, added, “Ted’s arrival reflects the continued growth of our New York office. His international arbitration capabilities plug into our already extensive network of international litigators and are exactly what our clients increasingly need here and around the world.”

Mr. Howes is a frequent speaker and writer on international arbitration and related international legal issues. He is a member of the Bar of the State of New York, the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and the International Arbitration Club of New York. He is also admitted to practice in the Southern, Eastern and Northern federal districts of the State of New York, and before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Howes earned a JD from Harvard Law School and received a BA from Harvard University.

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