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Four Covington Lawyers Named to Latinvex’s “Top 100 Female Lawyers”

September 30, 2020

NEW YORK—Latinvex has selected Nicole Duclos, Veronica Yepez, Mary Hernández, and Ashley Sprague to its 2020 list of the “Top 100 Female Lawyers” at international law firms specializing in Latin America. Covington is among the top three law firms with the most women on the list and the law firm with most women in the FCPA category.

Ms. Duclos represents clients in international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as transnational litigation. Latinvex highlights her work in Brazil, Chile, Panama, and Peru, as well as her recent victories for Hyundai Engineering & Construction in an ICC arbitration against Construtora OAS and five parallel Section 1782 applications for CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda. in aid of a U.S. $400 million insurance arbitration (and related litigation) in Brazil.

Ms. Yepez leads Covington’s Latin America anticorruption and investigations practice. She regularly conducts investigations into allegations of bribery, fraud, and other corporate misconduct. A U.S.-trained lawyer  fluent in Spanish and Portuguese with experience on-the-ground in Latin America, Ms. Yepez draws upon her deep understanding of local business culture to advise her clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to help them navigate complex cross-border compliance issues.

Ms. Hernández specializes in international investor-state and commercial arbitration, as well as FCPA investigations and compliance, focusing on clients with operations in Latin America. Her experience includes the representation of a major oil company in one of the largest international investment disputes in history; defending clients in government anti-corruption investigations; and conducting internal investigations and risk assessments.

Ms. Sprague is an anti-corruption and white-collar defense lawyer, with particular expertise in Latin America after having spent more than a decade living in Venezuela. She advises clients on compliance with anti-corruption laws and also helps corporations and individuals navigate criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement matters in the United States and Latin America.

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