2023-02-02 - News Alert

Four Women, Including Two ArbitralWomen Board Members, Promoted at Hogan Lovells

1 February, 2023

Four women have been promoted at Hogan Lovells offices across the globe, effective 1 January 2023. Melissa Ordonez was promoted to Partner in the Paris office, ArbitralWomen Board member Nata Ghibradze was promoted to Counsel in the Munich office, ArbitralWomen Board member Catherine Bratic was promoted to Counsel in the Houston office, ArbitralWomen member Janice Cheng was promoted to Counsel in the Hong Kong office.

Melissa Ordonez specialises in commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a particular focus on the energy, technology, and luxury sectors. As a French-Colombian who has lived in Colombia, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and France, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, and represents clients from across the globe in complex arbitrations. Melissa is also an active member of the firm’s Latin American practice. She recently co-founded a Latin American desk in the Paris office. Melissa is admitted to the Paris Bar.

Nata Ghibradze focuses on arbitrations in the energy, infrastructure and engineering sectors. She has handled cases before numerous arbitral institutions and various construction Disputes Boards, and also acts as a tribunal secretary. Nata has a particular focus on disputes in the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and CIS region. Originally from Georgia and educated in Georgia and Germany, Nata is fluent in English, German, Russian and Georgian. Nata is a Director of ArbitralWomen, and is an Arbitration Council Member at Georgian International Arbitration Centre and Member of the Board at the Georgian Association of Arbitrations.

American by birth, Italian by marriage, and dually-admitted to the Texas and Paris bars, Catherine Bratic represents clients in cross-border commercial and investment arbitration proceedings in the energy, construction, and technology sectors. A former federal law clerk to Judge Lee R. Rosenthal in the Southern District of Texas, she also represents clients in federal court disputes relating to arbitration and international trade. Catherine is a Director of ArbitralWomen and serves as Chair of Young ITA, the young arbitration practitioners’ branch of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Janice Cheng is an active member of Hogan Lovells’ Construction and Engineering team, and has extensive experience in a range of construction, infrastructure and commercial matters, including cases relating to contract, tort, joint-venture disputes, defects, delay, extension of time, and payment.