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Oliver (Ollie) J. Armas

Office Managing Partner
New York

Oliver (Ollie) J. Armas
Languages
English, Spanish, Portuguese
Practice Group
Litigation

Ollie Armas is the Managing Partner of our New York office. He is sought out by our clients around the world to resolve some of their most complex and delicate matters in domestic and foreign litigation, before international arbitration tribunals, and to conduct sensitive internal investigations.

Just recently, Ollie represented an Asia-based client in a US$1 billion putative RICO class action, a Saudi agent against its Argentine principal in a US$100 million+ ICC arbitration, a Brazilian owner in three international FPSO construction arbitrations totaling over US$1 billion in claims, a Korean conglomerate in an ICSID claim, a Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration involving a combined cycle power plant in Chile, a U.S. healthcare provider in an AAA "mass arbitration" brought by multiple doctors, the Government of Mongolia in defending enforcement of an UNCITRAL and Energy Charter Treaty arbitration award (involving the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act), and a U.S.-based client in a FCPA investigation in Latin America.

Ollie leads a multilingual and multicultural team that prides itself on its creative, tenacious approaches to resolving client disputes. The team focuses on energy - oil and gas, power, nuclear, renewables; mining; engineering; manufacturing; licensing; commodities; franchising; agency disputes; financial products and services; M&A (including purchase price and working capital adjustments, and earn outs); shareholder issues; joint ventures; hospitality; electronics; technology; transportation; and pharmaceutical and life sciences.

Ollie has handled arbitrations under the rules of many of the major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, ICSID, HKIAC, SIAC, SMA, LMAA, DIAC, and the DIFC. He is also a highly sought after arbitrator. Fluent in Spanish, and with an understanding of Portuguese, he routinely counsels clients on matters involving Latin America. Ollie has acted as a legal advisor in certain aspects of U.S. law in Mexico and Peru, and he has supervised litigation and conducted FCPA investigations in almost every country in Latin America.

"Wonderfully sharp," "an incredible lawyer," "we really value him"

Chambers Latin America

Representative experience

Represented an EPC contractor involving a dispute regarding the construction of a combined cycle power plant in Chile.

Represented an owner of a FPSO in a dispute with its EPC contractor.

Defended a Brazilian mining and metals company in alleged product defect litigation in Missouri concerning materials imported to the United States.

Defended an Argentine oil company in a New Jersey litigation relating to environmental contamination and supposed fraudulent conveyances.

Obtained a defense verdict in the Southern District of New York for a U.S. asset-based lender against an Italian clothes manufacturer (Diesel).

Represented Cayman-based and UK-based investment funds in litigation in Brazil, Bermuda, and Uruguay related to restructuring of debentures.

Represented an owner in an ICC construction arbitration in Panama with its EPC contractor.

Represented an Abu Dhabi-based owner in an UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the construction of a hotel development in Mexico.

Represented a global pharmaceutical company in an AAA arbitration involving a development and license agreement dispute.

Represented a Peruvian investor in a tax refund arbitration with the Government of Peru.

Represented a U.S. electric utility company in a JAMS arbitration regarding a merger transaction.

On behalf of a Chinese parent, conducted an internal investigation of its Latin American subsidiaries for potential FCPA violations.

Represented a U.S. pharmaceutical in an internal investigation regarding judicial corruption in Mexico.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990
  • M.P.A., with honors, New York University, Wagner Graduate School of Public Administration, 1987
  • B.A., with honors, New York University, College of Arts and Sciences, 1986

Memberships

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (International Law Section, Chair 2007 and current member of its Executive Committee)
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (International Commercial Disputes Committee)
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, USCIB of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration (the North American Users' Council and the Latin American Users' Council)
  • Member, New York International Arbitration Club
  • Advisory Committee, Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA)
  • Advisory Committee, Argentine Commission of National and Transnational Arbitration (CARAT)
  • Member, ALARB
  • Roundtable Group Roster of Experts

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii

2014-2018

International Arbitration (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Latin America

2014-2017

International Arbitration (Nationwide)

Chambers USA

2014-2017

International Arbitration (USA), Foreign Expert for Latin America-wide

Chambers Global

2013-2017

International Arbitration (USA)

Chambers Global

2014-2017

International Arbitration (Global-wide)

Chambers Global

2013-2017

International Arbitration (Latin America-wide)

Chambers Global

2014

Litigation: International Arbitration, Recommended

The Legal 500

 

Benchmark: Litigation (NY Star; Products Liability and General Commercial)

 

Who's Who of International Arbitration

 

Who's Who of International Litigation

 

Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration

2010-2017

Super Lawyers

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

The Impact of U.S. Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration in New York, Second Edition, Edited by James H. Carter and John Fellas
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