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Betsy A. Hellmann

Betsy A. Hellmann

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

New York, NY, USA


Betsy A. Hellmann concentrates her practice on the resolution of multijurisdictional disputes before federal and state courts and arbitral institutions. Her experience covers a wide range of industries including energy, insurance/reinsurance, telecommunications and finance. Ms. Hellmann also represents clients in international arbitrations, including energy and other project-related disputes, and has experience with ad hoc arbitration as well as arbitration under ICC, AAA and UNCITRAL rules. She often provides advice on arbitration clauses at the pre-contract stage.
 
Ms. Hellmann’s representations have included, among others, IRB-Brasil Resseguros S.A., Daimler Chrysler AG, Christie’s Inc., Bank of America, Alcatel-Lucent, Goldfields and C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.
 
Ms. Hellmann’s experience includes representing:

  • a client in mediation and multiparty arbitration and litigation involving all aspects of the construction and operation of a 480MW power plant and associated pipelines in Brazil. Disputes included a pricing dispute with the regulator, a dispute with the turbine manufacturer, a shareholder dispute concerning construction costs, and associated force majeure and insurance claims. The engagement involved working with a specialist engineering firm to evaluate construction claims, as well as analyzing construction contracts and fuel supply agreements;
  • a Trinidad and Tobago liquefied natural gas producer in an arbitral dispute with an energy multinational concerning purchase price adjustment;
  • a Trinidad and Tobago liquefied natural gas producer in a dispute with an equipment supplier (expert resolution);
  • a shareholder of a Korean joint energy venture in an arbitral dispute concerning management of venture;
  • a group of U.S.-based insurance agencies in a series of arbitrations before ad hoc tribunals against their former principal;
  • a U.S.-based reinsurer concerning arbitration with transaction counterparty concerning post-closing matters;
  • IRB-Brasil Resseguros S.A., Brazil’s largest reinsurer, in multiple actions to recover amounts due under certain global notes in which judgments in excess of $100 million were obtained for IRB. The engagement involved an appeal to New York state’s highest court, an anti-suit injunction to enjoin competing Brazilian litigation and sanctions against one of the recalcitrant debtors;
  • the owners of debt issued by CIESA, one of Argentina’s largest energy companies, in New York Supreme Court litigation to enforce the indebtedness;
  • a Brazilian bank advising on potential litigation against a U.S. company to attach assets and enforce a judgment against its Brazilian subsidiary;
  • a major auction house in a dispute with consignor concerning alleged $40 million guarantee (case trial ready);
  • a major auction house in a dispute with a Greek client concerning auction results, including lifting of TRO;
  • a U.S. private equity firm in 28 U.S.C. 1782 discovery action involving claims by a Luxembourg entity against an Australian entity;
  • a Greek national in a dispute concerning location and division of shipping assets, including 28 U.S.C. 1782 discovery action to aid proceedings in Greece and London;
  • two German clients in Alien Tort Statute litigation in the United States concerning South Africa;
  • a South African client in Alien Tort Statute litigation in U.S. federal and state courts;
  • Putnam in more than 60 class actions across the United States concerning market timing allegations, including before a multidistrict litigation panel; and
  • Bank of America in a multibillion-dollar class action concerning managed accounts.

 

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Education

J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1998 (Law Review, Order of the Coif)
A.B., Princeton University, 1993 (cum laude)

Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Goldberg, U.S. Judge, U.S. Court of International Trade (1998-2000)

Associations

  • Secretary, New York City Bar Association Committee on Professional & Judicial Ethics (2008-2011)
  • New York City Bar Association Ethics Committee (Secretary, 2008-2011)
  • American Bar Association, International Litigation Section, Programs Subcommittee Chair
  • CPR International Committee on Arbitration
  • CPR Energy Committee
  • CPR Awards Judge (2012)
  • Arbitral Women
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