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Hunter T. Carter

International Practice Co-Leader
International Arbitration, Litigation, Investigations, Human Rights
Hunter Carter, Partner, New York at Arent Fox LLP

Co-Chair of AFInternational, Hunter has his finger on the pulse of international business, focusing on Latin America.

Hunter regularly advises clients in foreign and domestic arbitration and has served as an arbitrator appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce. Hunter also excels at leading domestic and international internal corporate investigations, with an emphasis on anti-corruption for multinational corporations. A recognized leader in the field, he often instructs corporate clients on global compliance.

A vigorous advocate, his work includes human rights. Hunter is one of the most active lawyers in the hemisphere in cases pursuing marriage equality.

Client Work

Representative matters:

International

  • Arbitrator in ICC case involving share purchase agreement dispute between parties from Panama and Colombia. Award confirmed: Superior Energy Services Colombia SAS v Premium Petroleum Services, et al., 2019 WL 2717692 (S.D.N.Y.).
  • Arbitrator in pending ICC case involving commercial passenger aircraft purchase and financing dispute between parties from France and Argentina.
  • Claimant’s counsel in ICC arbitration resulting in award for US based crop-protection products distributor against European manufacturer.
  • Respondent’s counsel in ICDR arbitration for Canadian university researcher with breakthrough patent related to treatment for glaucoma, kidney, and other diseases against US biotech company over rights ownership, staying US federal court complaint and compelling arbitration enforcing recent US Supreme Court law.
  • Respondent’s counsel for Peruvian cocoa growers cooperative in New York federal court decision setting aside an arbitration award due to the absence of an agreement to arbitrate. Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo Ltda. v. Transmar Commodity Group Ltd., 2016 WL 5334984 (SDNY), case dismissed after appeal without confirmation of award. 
  • Claimant’s counsel in ICDR arbitration resulting in award enforcing severance package for Brazilian multinational executive.
  • Claimant’s counsel in ICC arbitration for multinational metals manufacturer and distributor arising out of acquisition of a South American producer.
  • Plaintiff’s counsel to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in $250 million pharmaceutical distribution agreement wrongful termination claim against a Swiss manufacturer, reversing summary judgment once on appeal and once more on reconsideration by the District Court, resulting in a favorable settlement. 
  • Defense counsel for Peruvian investor, dismissing RICO claims by co-investor in quinoa commodity transactions. 
  • Plaintiff’s counsel to international metals manufacturer and distributor in litigation matters relating to coal-related product supply agreements.
  • Defense counsel of Italian glass manufacturer in commercial distribution litigation in the United States.
  • Advisory and investigation counsel for FCPA compliance for Chile-based multinational corporation. 
  • Internal investigation counsel in US tax matter for multinational South American commodities producer. 
  • Internal investigation counsel for FCPA issues at Brazil-based multinational pharmaceutical device manufacturer.
  • Investigation counsel to special litigation committee of the board of a US holding company that invested in next-generation wireless broadband telecommunications in Eastern Europe, assessing claims against corporate management concerning capital raising, asset disposition, capital infusion, and advising the special committee during a contested change of control transaction.
  • Special counsel to Colombia-based financial services multinational in US commercial legal dispute.
  • Special counsel to South American pension fund administration trade group on US real estate investment issues
  • Co-chaired trial team for Chilean Air Force Officers who were tortured for refusal to participate in the Augusto Pinochet coup d’etat, conducting an examination of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Dr. Juan Mendez, in the trial (in Spanish) before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights. The resulting decision broke new ground in strengthening the rights of torture victims and duties of states where torture occurred.
  • Defense counsel to award-winning leading Colombian investigative journalist Daniel Coronell rejecting libel threat by ex-Senator and ex-President Alvaro Uribe.

Commercial, Corporate, and Bankruptcy

  • Defense counsel in NY federal court for public company CFO, securing dismissal of complaint alleging Rule 10b-5 violations.
  • Defense counsel to Transcom Enhanced Services, Inc. in precedent-setting 7-0 ruling by the New York Court of Appeals holding that judgment creditors cannot attach funds paid under an agreement that is terminable at will and does not contain have firm/non-contingent payment obligation cannot
  • Defense counsel in NY bankruptcy court for family members of Ruth Madoff in the investigation into Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities by the BLMIS and SIPC Trustee, resulting in restitution settlement and release of claims.
  • Defense counsel to family members who were directors, officers, and controlling shareholders of M. Fabrikant & Sons, a worldwide diamond and jewelry manufacturing and distribution company. Led the attack undermining ex parte orders that froze $200 million in assets, restricting and reducing the freezes and leading to eventual withdrawal of asset seizure claims, ending with a settlement favorable for the clients.
  • Plaintiff counsel to corporate bond trustee in New York Commercial Division litigation against holding company that guaranteed bankrupt airline's lease of Boeing 757s, winning summary judgment on liability and trying the complex damages case for two weeks to victory.
  • Plaintiff’s counsel in Maryland federal court for national dialysis services provider in a putative class action seeking to enjoin a $115 million acquisition and follow-on merger. Led trial team that ensured timely and successful completion of the acquisition and merger with no settlement or payment to the plaintiffs.
  • Plaintiff’s counsel in NY Commercial Division for leading internet co-location and data center services provider against major nationwide data and voice carrier, securing injunctive relief permitting termination of services, posting of a significant bond, and leading to favorable settlement of all disputes.
  • Co-defense counsel in NY Supreme Court for investor fund holding hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of subprime mortgage-backed securities in fraud and breach of contract litigation against mortgage originator.
  • Plaintiff’s counsel in NY federal court for victim of fraudulent stock-based lending scheme and in NJ federal court criminal proceedings resulting in asset forfeiture substantial victim compensation as well as conviction and unreduced sentence.
  • Defense counsel in NY federal court for US broadband communications product manufacturer/distributor in litigation with PIPE lender/investor.
  • Co-defense counsel to major mortgage lenders in consumer class actions alleging predatory lending, unfair trade practices, and violation of mortgage borrower protection laws.
  • Respondent counsel to national financial advisor and fund manager in arbitration over claims against and by former marketing and management consultants.

Real Estate

  • Claimant counsel in AAA arbitration for national women's health and reproductive services provider as commercial tenant against owner exercising purchase option on $40 million national headquarters building in NY, and defense counsel in related NY Commerical Division trial and First Department appellate litigation to enforce arbitration, resulting in litgation stay and arbitration award enforcing option.
  • Defense counsel to funds of worldwide investment bank in various real estate portfolio litigation in numerous states concerning purchase and sale, leasing, operations, and partnership dispute issues involving commercial, hospitality, multifamily, and marina property portfolios. 
  • Plaintiff and defense counsel to major national REIT in all aspects of commercial operations Class A New York City office buildings.
  • Defense counsel in DC federal court for purchaser of mortgage portfolio, defending claims to recoup or offset damages from alleged breach of refinancing agreement, resulting in DC Circuit decision affirming that the thrift's assets were sold free and clear of all liabilities including recoupment defenses.

Intellectual Property and Entertainment

  • Patent holder in appeal to Federal Circuit to reverse dismissal of royalties suit
  • Broadcast TV station group purchaser in arbitration of claims against portfolio seller for misrepresentation and breach of contract in the acquisition of several stations.
  • Consumer products advertiser in NY and CT federal court jury trials for trademark infringement
  • International TV network in claims against on-air talent for breach of contract and restraining order.
  • Consumer products distributor in false advertising class actions and before state attorneys general and the FTC.
  • Consumer products distributor in patent infringement and mismarking, unfair trade practice federal court litigation.

Professional Activities

Hunter is a leader in the field of attorney responsibility and legal ethics, speaking at conferences and serving two terms as a member of the New York State Bar Ethics Committee, as well as serving as chair of the ethics committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and is the ethics partner for the firm's New York office.

He is a founding board member of Global Americans, an innovative Latin America-focused think tank. Hunter has chaired the New York City Bar Association Committee on Inter-American Affairs, been a member of the New York City Bar Council on International Affairs, and serves on the New York City Bar’s Committee for the Vance Center for International Justice.

Hunter periodically teaches at Latin American law schools and at conferences on anti-corruption compliance, international arbitration, and human rights litigation.

Publications & Presentations 

Hunter has lectured frequently on current corporate, litigation, and Latin America related issues. He has also contributed to various publications, blogs, and seminar materials. Some recent speaking engagements and publications include:

Recognitions

Hunter has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Latin America by Latinvex. He is a multiple award-winning advocate for the LGBTI+ community.

Life Beyond The Law

Hunter is an honorary member for familiares y amigo unidos por la diversidad sexual (FAUDS) and is a member of The Vestry of St. Bartholomew's Church in the City of New York.

Awards

Awards

Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers - Latinvex 2019 - Hunter T. Carter