Paris, 25 September 2023
Jus Mundi, the leading provider of legal data and analytics in international law and arbitration, is delighted to announce Annie Lespérance as its new Head of the Americas. Based in the vibrant heart of New York City, Annie is poised to spearhead Jus Mundi’s regional expansion.
Annie brings an illustrious track record that spans diverse legal arenas. Her most recent role saw her excel as the Head of Latin America at Omni Bridgeway, showcasing her exceptional business development, commercial and legal talents. Before this, she honed her legal skills as an attorney at Cabinet Yves Fortier and legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Throughout her career, Annie has been involved in a spectrum of arbitration cases under various procedural arbitration rules, such as ICC, ICSID, and CAS, to name a few.
Yet, Annie’s contribution to the world of arbitration doesn’t end in her past roles. She’s a certified mediator, has served as an appointed arbitrator, and holds memberships in prominent arbitration rosters, including the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement and ICDR Canada’s panel of arbitrators. Admitted to both the Quebec and Paris Bar, her academic journey began at the Université de Montréal, where she earned her law degree and later obtained her LL.M. cum laude from Leiden University.
Beyond her professional life, Annie is a fervent hiker with an adventurous spirit. In fact, she once came face-to-face with a bear during one of her escapades: a true testament to her unwavering enthusiasm for exploring new terrains. With Annie at the helm, Jus Mundi is set to embark on an exciting journey in the Americas, brimming with new opportunities and adventures.
Commenting on Annie’s arrival, Jean-Rémi de Maistre, CEO of Jus Mundi, stated that:
“The most crucial element in building a company always comes down to one thing: finding the right people. For a position as vital as this, we needed someone exceptional — someone familiar with arbitration yet adept at shaping strategies and spearheading a legal tech enterprise like Jus Mundi, especially in the United States. I’m confident that our clients and partners in the region will place as much trust in Annie as they have in us.”
Recently, we sat down with Annie to delve into her vision for Jus Mundi in the Americas and her strategies to make it a reality.
What’s your vision for Jus Mundi in the Americas?
In the Americas, I am committed to reinforcing Jus Mundi’s reputation as the go-to destination for legal data and analytics, particularly in commercial arbitration and international law. Through the sophisticated Jus Mundi platform and further amplified by Jus Connect, we strive to provide the arbitration community with unparalleled tools for advanced research, expansive professional search, thorough due diligence, and forward-thinking business development.
The US has consistently been our strongest market. Our database offers a broad spectrum of data for the region and we’ve gathered a substantial number of domestic arbitration cases in the country. To illustrate, we have over 7,000 cases linked to the United States, of which more than 60% are commercial arbitrations. This is thanks to our strategic partnerships with esteemed institutions, including IBA, AAA-ICDR, and ICSID. The increasing demand from domestic arbitration lawyers has created the need for an expansion of Jus Mundi’s services in this region.
Beyond simplifying access to arbitration and legal resources, our pursuit is to enhance research techniques and advocate for decisions deeply rooted in data intelligence, with the ultimate goal of heightening transparency standards across the legal scene in the Americas.
What made you join Jus Mundi?
I’m excited to join Jus Mundi because of their pioneering approach to legal technology and data analytics, exemplified by Jus-AI, an innovative artificial intelligence tool that revolutionizes the way the global arbitration community shapes strategies, deeply resonated with me. I was drawn to the opportunity to be part of a diverse team that is shaping the future of legal research and analytics, and to their commitment to transforming how professionals access information. I’m eager to contribute to this dynamic team and catalyze Jus Mundi’s growth in the Americas.
Where will you be traveling next? How can people reach out to you?
Over the next quarter, I’ll be journeying with colleagues across Canada, the United States, and Latin America as part of our extensive roadshow, presenting at several arbitration conferences. Stops include Toronto for Canada Arbitration Week and the ICC Canada Conference, New York for events like New York Arbitration Week, Atlanta’s AtlAS Annual Conference, DC Arbitration Week in Washington, the AAA-ICDR & CAC-CCB International Arbitration Conference in Bogota, and the IBPA LatAm Regional Event in Lima.