Hernany advises and represents companies, industry associations, States and State-owned entities in trade, commercial, and investment treaty arbitrations. She also acts as arbitrator. For her previous experience as a partner of Deloitte she is appointed as an independent expert witness in multijurisdictional litigations on issues related to structured finance deals. Over the course of her career, she has acted on many of the largest international disputes submitted to arbitration. In addition to the multi-billion USD award secured for the majority shareholder of a multinational company in the agro-industrial sector, she acted as sole arbitrator or member of the tribunal on several UNCITRAL and ICC arbitrations brought by Petrochemical and renewable energy companies on insurance coverage related to water, power, oil, gas, and metals purchase agreements in emerging and developing countries. As mediator, she has helped companies to settle international disputes through strategic mergers and acquisitions in record time. She sits on boards of directors and is project sponsor of geospatial alternative risk transformations funds in Italy, and the United Kingdom. She is frequently invited as speaker in industry summits and serves as UNIDROIT correspondent. An accomplished author of multiple publications on international business transactions, including the chapters on agriculture and financial arbitration in LEXIS-NEXIS collection on International Commercial Arbitration Practice. For more than a decade she has been the director of the BNM-Cambridge Centre on Sustainable Investments.


Areas of Expertise

Agro-industry; Investment Treaty Protection; mining; construction; automotive and international trade.


English; Italian; French; Portuguese and Spanish.

Memberships and Awards

  • Charter Institute of Arbitrators ("CIArb")
  • Charter Institute for Securities and Investment ("CISI")
  • International Bar Association
  • International Council on Mining and Metals ("ICMM")
  • Charter Insurance Institute
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining ("IOM3")
  • Instituto Brasileiro de Governanca Corporativa ("IBGC")
  • International Franchising Association
  • International Academy of Comparative Law
  • Accademia dei Lincei
  • Royal Automobile Club
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