Vanessa A. Liborio Garrido de Sousa is a member of Orrick’s International Arbitration practice group, focusing on complex, high-value disputes involving major infrastructure construction projects, energy (including renewables), biotech, consortia and joint venture agreements, sales of goods, collateral management agreements, insurance coverage, aviation and consultancy agreements.
Vanessa acts regularly as counsel in international commercial arbitration proceedings before all the major arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, the Swiss Chamber of Commerce, ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules as well as other international fora. Vanessa has represented diverse clients from around the world, ranging from a Saudi Arabian engineering company in dispute with a French company in relation to an energy dispute to a European manufacturer in dispute with a joint venture partner in Latin America. Vanessa is familiar with a wide variety of procedural and substantive laws (including English, French, New York, Qatari and Swiss law) and also represents parties in national court proceedings relating to arbitration, either in enforcement actions, or setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court. Vanessa is frequently called upon to act as party-appointed and sole arbitrator in institutional arbitrations giving her valuable insight into the arbitral process from all angles.
Vanessa is fluent in six languages, has published numerous articles, is often asked to speak on arbitration topics and has been recognised in the The Best Lawyers in Switzerland for Arbitration and Mediation since 2016.