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Name: Julie Bédard
Firm Name: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Country: Brazil
Expertise: International Arbitration

Telephone: 55.11.3708.1849
Fax: 1.917.777.3236
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

Julie Bédard is head of Skadden’s International Arbitration Group for the Americas. She concentrates her practice on complex international litigation and arbitration and also advises companies and boards in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

Ms. Bédard 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 regularly advises clients on protecting their global investments under international treaties and provides strategic advice on drafting dispute resolution clauses in international commercial contracts. Trained in both civil and common law, she 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.

Ms. Bédard regularly advises and assists 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 repeatedly has been listed in Chambers Global (“she has the capacity to understand non-legal details that most lawyers would overlook,” 2013 edition), Chambers USA (recognized as “a real force,” 2015 edition), Global Arbitration Review’s International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (“an extremely bright all-rounder,” 2013 edition), Chambers Latin America and The Best Lawyers in America. She also has been recognized in Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Best of the Best USA 2017 and 2013 – Commercial Arbitration (Top 30 Practitioners), Global Arbitration Review’s 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 (2015-17). She was cited in Legal 500 Latin America 2014. 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 AEI; Argos USA; Banco Bradesco BBI S.A.; Banco BTG; Banco do Brasil Securities LLC; Banco Itau; Banco Votorantim S.A.; BB Securities Ltd.; CEMEX, SAB de CV; CF Industries, Inc.; The Clorox Company; Empresas Polar S.A.; Exxon Mobil Corporation; First Solar, Inc.; HSBC Securities (USA), Inc.; Inversiones Cordillera S.A.; Itaú BBA USA Securities, Inc.; Liberty Mutual Insurance Corporation; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Philip Morris International Inc.; SA Air France-KLM; The Travelers Companies, Inc.; Ultrapar Participaçoes S.A.; Votorantim Participações S.A.; and The WhiteWave Foods Company.

Ms. Bédard also regularly acts as arbitrator. Among other cases, she has acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration concerning a distribution agreement involving a U.S. company and a Peruvian company, and she was appointed in another ICC arbitration involving a manufacturing contract dispute between a U.S. company and a Chinese company. She also was appointed in LCIA arbitrations and as a sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving development agreements between a U.S. company and a Spanish company. She chaired an ICC arbitration governed by Romanian law and venued in Bucharest.

Prior to joining Skadden, she practiced as a litigator in Québec, Canada (1996-1998), served as law clerk on the Supreme Court of Canada (1998-1999) and taught LL.M. students at Columbia University (1999-2001). In 2001, she worked at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and at the Secretariat of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Bédard is a frequent lecturer and author on international litigation and arbitration issues.


– J.S.D., Columbia University School of Law, 2006
– LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 2001
– LL.B., McGill University Faculty of Law (common law), 1996
– B.C.L., McGill University Faculty of Law, 1996


– New York, 2002
– Quebec, 1997
– U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 2004


– World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2013)
– International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee (Vice-Chair), Task Force on Counsel Conduct in International Arbitration (Former Chair), Sub-Committee on Conflicts of Interest (Former Member), UNCITRAL Working Group (Former Member)
– Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada, Arbitrator
– The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Advisory Board
– International Bar Association, Litigation Committee
– Chamber of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration CIESP/FIESP (Arbitrator)
– LCIA, North American Users Council (Former U.S. Member)
– Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Arbitration Committee
– ICC Task Force on Reducing Time and Costs in Arbitration (Former Member)
– ICC Task Force on Criminal Law and Arbitration (Former Member)
– American Society of International Law
– International Law Association, American Branch
– CPR International Committee on Arbitration
– CPR Awards Judge (2009-2011)
– Canadian Arbitration Congress
– New York City Bar Association, Committee on Arbitration (2003-2005)
– Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (Member)
– Arbitral Women
– Young Arbitrators Forum, Steering Committee
– Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, Board of Directors

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.