Foreign Legal Advisor
Ariel Cue joined the firm's Houston office as a Foreign Legal Advisor in 2011. Prior to joining the Firm, he obtained his LL.M. Degree from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin in 2007, and worked at another law firm in Houston.
Mr. Cue was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where he obtained his Law degree and his Brazilian license. His previous practice as a licensed Brazilian lawyer included representing domestic and international clients in civil and labor litigation, commercial contracts and arbitration matters.
As a Foreign Legal Advisor, Mr. Cue works closely with lawyers from several of the firm's practice areas representing the interests of US and international clients in international arbitration, transactional due diligence, and anti-corruption investigation matters relating to Latin America.
Mr. Cue is a native speaker of Portuguese and is also fluent in Spanish and English. He is admitted to practice in Brazil and New York.
2007 - LL.M., The University of Texas School of Law
2001 - LL.B., Law School of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP)
Mr. Cue was admitted to practice law in Brazil in May 2002.
- Assisted the team of lawyers in the pre-arbitration phase and on the drafting of the Request for Arbitration concerning a contractual legal dispute arising from mutual allegations of breaches of representations and warranties in connection with a shares purchase agreement entered into by the firm's client and the Buyer for the purchase and sale of one of the largest Thermal Power Plants in South America
- Assisted the team of lawyers in connection with an ICDR Arbitration proceeding arising from a contractual dispute between two U.S. companies and a Latin American company involving the fracking industry
- Composed the team of lawyers carrying out a case analysis for a global foreign client and preparing a memoranda in connection with its potential international investment dispute against a Latin American government arising from said government's breach of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) through the levy of taxes and enactment of new legislation affecting the client's investment
- Assisted a team of attorneys in the drafting of a successful application to the ICC for the appointment of an emergency arbitrator and award of an urgent interim relief in connection with the non-payment of cash calls by the firm's client's Peruvian JOA partner.
- Researched and prepared legal memoranda on potential party-appointed arbitrators for ICSID
- Researched and prepared legal memoranda on bilateral investment treaties and standards of investment protection in connection with an arbitration dispute between an international client and a Latin American government
- Assisted in drafting memorials' sections on contracts rights and interpretation under Brazilian civil law for an international commercial ICC arbitration dispute
M&A Due Diligence and Anti-Corruption Investigations
- Conducted the due diligence review of foreign language documents (i.e. Portuguese and Spanish) in connection with a Firm client's purchase of a U.S. company with subsidiaries, operations and assets in several continents, including South America; commercial contracts, target companies' Latin American subsidiaries' organizational documents, agent/distributor agreements, real estate deeds , and others
- Assisted on the review and revision of draft SPAs in connection with the potential acquisition of two Brazilian hydropower stations
- Composed team of reviewers for anti-corruption due diligence investigation carried out in connection with a client's purchase of a Brazilian oilfield services company in the Southeast of Brazil
- Researched and reviewed the Brazilian new anti-bribery law (aka the Brazilian Clean Companies Act) and assisted the team in the preparation of a memorandum addressing key aspects of interest to the client, such as indemnification obligation, allocation of prosecutorial authority, settlement possibilities, and scope and breath of settlements
- Composed team of reviewers in connection with an internal investigation conducted by an oil and gas U.S. company concerning potential violations of the U.S. FCPA by its subsidiary in Brazil
- Assisted the team of lawyers in the interview of a Venezuelan client, as well as in the review, summarization, and/or translation, as applicable, of Spanish language documents collected from said client's IT devices (e.g. lap top, cell phone and blackberry), in connection with an DOJ anti-corruption investigation.
Other Latin America-related Work
- Managed and coordinated corporate maintenance and compliance projects with local counsel in Latin America for a global corporation with branch and subsidiary operations in Central and South America.
- Reviewed local real estate documents relating to the purchase of mineral concessions in Chile
- Researched and prepared legal memoranda pertaining to the Brazilian oil & gas industry and legislation
- Participated in oil and gas seminars promoted by BRATEEC, the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce
- Brazil Bar License
- New York State Bar License
- "Reigniting Mexico's Energy Industry," Law360, February 7, 2014
Memberships and activities
- São Paulo Lawyers' Association (AASP - Associação dos Advogados de São Paulo)
- São Paulo Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil/São Paulo - OAB/SP)
- Member of the Young Energy Professional Section (YEP) of the Institute for Energy Law (IEL)/Advisory Board
- Portuguese - Native Language
- Spanish - Fluent
- English - Fluent
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