J.D., University of São Paulo; LL.M., Georgetown
Erica Franzetti concentrates her practice on international commercial and investor-state arbitration matters across multiple industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, life sciences, financial services, hospitality, and Internet governance. Ms. Franzetti has extensive experience advising clients in cases involving multiple procedural rules and has appeared before ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals.
Prior to practicing international arbitration, Ms. Franzetti practiced law at a leading Brazil-based law firm, where she represented clients in complex commercial litigation proceedings before the Brazilian courts.
Ms. Franzetti has received consistent professional recognition during the last few years. Chambers Latin America nominated her as an “Associates to Watch” in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and Latinvex noted her as a “Rising legal star in Latin America” in 2015. More recently, she has been recognized in the Arbitration Future Leaders section of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 and 2019, and as a “Rising Star” for commercial arbitration by Euromoney/Legal Media Group in its Expert Guides series 2018 editions. The Legal 500 USA 2019 qualify her as a “superstar” who stands out for her “extremely well-versed” approach in high-stakes international disputes. The Legal 500 Latin America 2019 notes is “extremely effective during cross examination and highly persuasive giving written and oral arguments”.
Ms. Franzetti also serves as arbitrator on international commercial arbitrations and is an active advocate for the promotion of diversity within Dechert and the international arbitration community. She holds a leadership position in the Dechert’s Latino Affinity group, the Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative and the D.C. Women in International Arbitration group.