The New York Law Journal has named Squire Patton Boggs partner and co-head of the Investment Arbitration Practice Miriam Harwood among its 2020 Distinguished Leaders. The annual award recognizes lawyers in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year.
A partner in the firm’s world-ranked International Dispute Resolution Practice, Ms. Harwood’s work in international arbitration includes commercial disputes and investment treaty claims, as well as commercial disputes, and she has represented a broad array of states, governmental agencies and private entities in a wide range of cases. Ms. Harwood has handled arbitrations under the authority of major international arbitral organizations, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), and under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).
Most recently, Ms. Harwood successfully defended the State of Turkmenistan in an arbitration at the World Bank’s ICSID, obtaining dismissal of all claims in Lotus Holding Anonim Sirketi v. Turkmenistan, in April 2020. This was followed by another victory in June 2020, in which Ms. Harwood represented The Kingdom of Spain in an annulment proceeding at ICSID, obtaining full annulment of an award in a case involving a renewable energy investor, Eiser Infrastructure Limited et al v. The Kingdom of Spain. Both decisions are noteworthy, as the summary dismissal mechanism employed in the Lotus case is rarely successful, and annulments under the ICSID Arbitration Rules are available only on limited grounds, also very rarely granted.
In addition to this latest NYLJ recognition, Ms. Harwood consistently is recognized for her work by Global Arbitration Review, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 USA and The Legal 500 Latin America, and has been named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers for Latin America by Latinvex.