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Patricia Nacimiento

Patricia Nacimiento

Herbert Smith Freehills LLPNeue Mainzer Strasse 75FrankfurtGermany60311

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Patricia Nacimiento is "a joy to work with" say respondents. Her practice encompasses commercial and investor-state disputes in the energy, construction and M&A sectors.

Biography

Dr Patricia Nacimiento is co-head of the German dispute resolution team and a member of the EMEA disputes leadership team.

Patricia has over 20 years of experience as disputes practitioner. Her practice spans a wide range of disputes work with a special focus on domestic and international arbitration as well as investor-state disputes. Patricia has significant experience in disputes related to energy, construction and post-M&A. She has particular experience in leading large multi-jurisdictional teams in complex matters. The German government has appointed her in 2007 as one of four arbitrators to the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She was recently reappointed to the panel of arbitrators following a competitive process organised by the competent German Ministry.

As a party representative, she has conducted over 120 arbitration proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions – including ICC, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, DIS, LCIA, ICDR, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Indian Council of Arbitration, and the Danish Institution of Arbitration as well as ad hoc proceedings. She is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator and has led numerous international ICC-, DIS- and ad hoc arbitration proceedings as a chairperson, sole arbitrator or party appointed arbitrator.

Patricia has a specific focus in ICC Arbitration and has been a member of the ICC German Commission on Arbitration since 2007.

For years, Patricia has been listed as a leading disputes expert in renowned rankings and directories such as Global Arbitration ReviewWomen in BusinessBest LawyersWho's Who LegalChambers EuropeChambers GlobalThe Legal 500 and leading German directory JUVE.

Clients describe her as "intelligent, loyal, highly qualified and dedicated, with both managerial and analytical skills"(Chambers Europe, 2019) as well as "particularly skilled” and “able to build a client-consultant relationship not only based on professional competence, but also on ties of friendship and trust" (Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100, 2015). A client said: "If arbitration was To Kill a Mockingbird, Patricia is an Atticus Finch of today's arbitration community" (Client Choice Award 2014).

On top of her practice, Patricia has also a proven academic track record teaching and publishing regularly. She is co-editor of the leading arbitration manuals Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice (edited by Boeckstiegel, Kroell and Nacimiento; Kluwer, second edition, 2015) and The New York Convention – a Global Commentary (Kluwer, 2008).

Patricia gives lectures on arbitration at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken.

She is a native German speaker and fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French.

National Leader

Germany - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Patricia Nacimiento is “a well-known figure” among peers and clients who commend her excellent work handling sophisticated cross-border disputes.

Biography

Dr Patricia Nacimiento is an arbitration and disputes partner based in the firm’s Frankfurt office and co-head of the German dispute resolution practice. She joined Herbert Smith Freehills in May 2016. 

Patricia has over 20 years of experience as disputes practitioner. Her practice spans a wide range of disputes work with a special focus on domestic and international arbitration as well as investor-state disputes. Patricia has significant experience in disputes related to energy, construction and post-M&A. In 2007 the German government appointed her as one of four arbitrators to the panel of arbitrators at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

As a party representative, she has conducted over 120 arbitration proceedings under the rules of numerous arbitration institutions – including ICC, ICSID, SCC, CIETAC, DIS, LCIA, ICDR, Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Indian Council of Arbitration, and the Danish Institution of Arbitration as well as ad hoc proceedings. She is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator and has led numerous international ICC-, DIS- and ad hoc arbitration proceedings as a chairperson, sole arbitrator or party appointed arbitrator.

For years, Patricia has been listed as a leading disputes expert in renowned rankings and directories such as Global Arbitration Review, Women in Business, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and leading German directory JUVE. She publishes regularly on disputes-related subjects and is co-editor of the leading arbitration manuals Arbitration in Germany – The Model Law in Practice (Kluwer 2015) and The New York Convention – a Global Commentary (Kluwer 2008).

Patricia gives lectures on arbitration at the universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt and Saarbrücken. 

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