Kate manages SLCG’s international arbitration team. As an American lawyer based in Italy since 2007, she has both a common law and civil law background, and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 40 international arbitrations. Her approach to litigation includes the application of other forms of ADR, including mediation and settlement negotiation. Kate is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR Task Force “ADR and Arbitration” and a lecturer at FIDRA, the Florence International Dispute Resolution Academy. She is qualified as a mediator in Italy.
Kate also has broad experience with transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, representing both Italian companies abroad and foreign investors in Italy, and a general corporate background gained at prior experience working at US law firms in Boston and Milan. In 2012-2013, Kate was on secondment in the legal department of GE Oil & Gas in Florence, assisting with contract drafting and negotiation, legal training for the sales team and drafting internal legal guides.
Kate has acted in numerous disputes under the main institutional arbitration rules, governed by various procedural and substantive laws. Representative arbitrations as counsel include:
• Before the Swiss Arbitration Centre related to the supply of equipment for a power station in Turkey;
• An International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration seated in London related to drilling an oil well off the coast of Ghana;
• An ICC arbitration seated in New York for a contract dispute between aviation companies;
• An International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) arbitration seated in New York, dealing with a $700 million claim related to an LNG plant;
• An ICC arbitration seated in London related to a subsea oil field development project;
• An ICC arbitration seated in Tel Aviv, in relation to a solar power plant;
• An ICC arbitration seated in Switzerland, representing a US company in a telecommunications dispute;
• A Stockholm Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Institute (SCC) arbitration in an oil and gas dispute between U.S. and Russian companies;
• A Milan Chamber of Commerce (CAM) arbitration seated in Italy and in Italian, in a dispute regarding a wind energy project;
• A London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration, between an Italian company and a Norwegian company dealing with the interpretation of a cooperation agreement;
• An Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) arbitration seated in Johannesburg for claims regarding an energy plant;
• An ICC arbitration seated in France, in relation to a construction claim between Kuwaiti companies;
• An ICC arbitration seated in Singapore, between Malaysian companies and under English law.
J.D., Boston University School of Law
Visiting Student, University of Florence School of Law
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Iowa
Admitted in the US to the Massachusetts Bar
English and Italian