Squire Patton Boggs will appoint the Deputy Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, José Ricardo Feris, as a partner in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice in Paris. Mr. Feris will join the firm once he leaves the ICC. The ICC announced on December 7, 2016 that José Ricardo Feris was leaving the ICC Court to return to private practice as of May 31, 2017.
A highly respected arbitration specialist, Mr. Feris joined the ICC in 2004, where he held a number of posts including Managing Counsel of the Court and Secretary of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, before he was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2011. He has played an important role in a number of key strategic activities such as the 2012 and 2017 revision of the ICC Rules of Arbitration, the upcoming Rules of ICC as Appointing Authority currently under review and the ICC Court’s new policies to increase efficiency, transparency and diversity in international arbitration. He also assisted in the establishment of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC in New York City (SICANA) and a representative office in Shanghai.
Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Feris served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and worked for the Legal Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic. He was a founding member of the Latin America Arbitration Association (ALArb).
Global Chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ International Dispute Resolution Practice, George von Mehren, commented: “It will be great to have José working with us. He has unique experience and insight gained from his career at the ICC Court and the role he has played in the development of arbitration in Latin America. During the course of his career he has supervised thousands of arbitration cases and, as a recognised specialist in this field, the depth of his knowledge and expertise will be highly prized by our clients.”
“A strong international arbitration practice in Paris is important to the continued development of the firm’s services in international dispute resolution and we are delighted that José is joining our team,” added Marie-Aimée Peyron, who was recently elected as Bâtonnier (President) of the Paris Bar and leads the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Practice in Paris.
Mr. Feris holds a law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Feris said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at the ICC. Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with extremely talented people at the ICC and arbitration specialists throughout the world on a wide variety of interesting and stimulating cases. This experience will stand me in good stead as I join Squire Patton Boggs and embark on a new and exciting stage of my career. I am very much looking forward to joining one of the world’s preeminent international dispute resolution practices and playing a role in its continued success.”
Squire Patton Boggs has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading international arbitration firms in the world by leading industry journal Global Arbitration Review. With a team of over 90 lawyers with arbitration experience, the firm is a leader in energy industry and bilateral investment treaty arbitrations and has participated in many high-profile cases.
The Paris office of Squire Patton Boggs was established in 1995 and represents international and domestic clients on corporate/M&A, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, competition, employment law, tax and commercial and regulatory matters. In 2015, the firm expanded its International Dispute Resolution Practice with the appointment of two partners, Carole Sportes and Valérie Ravit, and a team of three associates. In 2016, Stephan Adell was added to the partnership. The arrival of José Feris takes the total number of lawyers based in the Paris office to 40, 16 of whom are partners.