Julie Bedard

Julie Bedard

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Trained in both civil and common law, Ms. Bédard is experienced in conflict of laws and represents clients in connection with litigation and arbitration proceedings throughout the world, raising disputes on governing law, jurisdiction, the enforcement of arbitration agreements, extraterritorial discovery and international judgment enforcement.She represents clients in federal and state courts in the United States and has served as counsel in international arbitration proceedings held under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). She also is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Ms. Bédard is a French and Canadian citizen who regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts.Ms. Bédard frequently counsels management and supervisory boards in corporate governance, internal investigations and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. Under the auspices of the corporate investigations practice, she has assisted with internal investigations and related corporate governance advice, including remedial measures and the implementation of corporate compliance programs.Ms. Bédard is the immediate past co-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and is a member of its task force on "Addressing Issues of Corruption in International Arbitration." She also serves as program chair for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and as an affiliate member of the New York City Bar Association’s International Commercial Disputes Committee.She repeatedly has been listed in Chambers USA (“Exceptional” and “very thoughtful in giving her advice ... [she] takes time to really get to know a file,” 2020 edition, and an “extremely talented lawyer,” 2019 edition), Chambers Global (“fair-minded and effective advocate who provides practical, strategic advice and top-notch client service,” 2019 edition), Global Arbitration Review’s International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Chambers Latin America (“one of the most impressive external lawyers we’ve come across,” who “has profound technical knowledge of arbitration, [and is] also very insightful and strategic. She commands respect and stature among the community. She really is the whole package and it makes you feel extraordinarily confident with her representing you,” 2020 edition) and The Best Lawyers in America. She also has been recognized in Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Best of the Best Global 2019 and Women in Business Law 2019 Expert Guide, as well as its Best of the Best USA 2017 and 2013 for Commercial Arbitration (Top 30 Practitioners), Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Arbitration 2019 and Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration 45 under 45 (a “great example to all aspiring practitioners,” 2017 edition, and 2011 edition), and Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts” (2011). In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Bédard was named one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers for Arbitration and Litigation by Latinvex magazine. Additionally, Ms. Bédard has repeatedly been named one of Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers by Latinvex (2015-19). She also was named as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Top 250 Women in Litigation and was cited in as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2019.Ms. Bédard also received the Best in Commercial Arbitration Euromoney Women in Business Law Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017. In addition, Ms. Bédard was selected by Harvard Law School as an honoree for its second annual International Women’s Day Exhibition in 2015. She was named by the World Economic Forum to the 2013 Young Global Leaders and was selected among the Inspiring Women in Law by Latin Lawyer (November 2013). She is a member of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Group, which was named one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and was part of the Skadden team that was named the 2013 Law Firm of the Year: Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global.Past and current representative clients include Air France/KLM; AEI; Argos USA; Banco Bradesco BBI S.A.; Banco BTG; Banco do Brasil Securities LLC; Banco Itau; Banco Votorantim S.A.; BB Securities Ltd.; BRF S.A.; Capgemini S.A.; Citigroup; CEMEX, SAB de CV; CF Industries, Inc.; The Clorox Company; Deutsche Bank AG; Embraer S.A.; Empresas Polar S.A.; Encana Corporation; Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.; Exxon Mobil Corporation; First Solar, Inc.; Gerdau S.A.; HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.; Inversiones Cordillera S.A.; Itaú BBA USA Securities, Inc.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation; Netshoes (Cayman) Limited; Materis SAS; MetLife, Inc.; NextEra Energy, Inc.; NSP Maritime Link Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; The Travelers Companies, Inc.; Ultrapar Participaçoes S.A.; Vale S.A.; Votorantim Participações S.A.; Walmart Inc.; and The WhiteWave Foods Company.

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