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    • Gilberto Giusti - Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados
    • Andrés Jana - Bofill Escobar Abogados
    • Guido Tawil - M & M Bomchil
    • Claus von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC
    • Eduardo Zuleta - Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S

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ARGENTINA

M & M Bomchil’s head of arbitration Guido Tawil is ‘one of the most eminent arbitration specialists in Argentina’, and is particularly well known for energy cases. Tawil represents multinationals in disputes with the state, and recently handled cases heard under ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. At Rivera & Asociados, founding partner Julio César Rivera has notable expertise in energy-related disputes, and is currently serving as arbitrator in a number of ICC arbitrations. Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi’s recent highlights saw Carlos Rotman, Leandro Caputo and regulatory specialist Ignacio Minorini Lima acting for Pan American Energy in a breach of contract dispute with Transportadora de Gas del Sur, as well as representing Papelera Tucumán in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Argentina. Héctor Mairal at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal is widely recognised as a leading name for arbitration with a strong record in public and administrative law; his colleague Ricardo Ostrower is also noted for his arbitration experience. Héctor Alegria at Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo has a strong record in complex arbitration proceedings and also has experience sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. Luis Alberto Erize at Abeledo Gottheil Abogados is a well-known expert in energy arbitrations, as is his colleague Hernán Martín Oriolo. José Martínez de Hoz Jr, who recently established his own firm Martínez de Hoz & Rueda, is noted for his significant expertise in oil-and-gas sector arbitration.

BOLIVIA

Rodrigo Rivera at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is ‘very knowledgeable on Bolivian arbitral and judicial practice’ and is capable of ‘presenting his ideas clearly and effectively’. Firm name partner Ramiro Guevara also has profile in arbitral work; his recent highlights include representing Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in a major dispute with Compañía de Inversiones Mercantiles. At Criales & Urcullo, José Criales has notable experience in international arbitration, including representing the Bolivian state in a number of disputes. Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s practice head Fernando Aguirre handles commercial disputes and investment treaty arbitrations. At Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados, the ‘excellent and diligent’ Andrés Moreno is singled out for his solid track record handling international arbitration, including investor-state cases.

BRAZIL

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

CHILE

Francisco Orrego Vicuña at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as ‘one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. Andrés Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is ‘not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; Fernández was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo Yrarrázaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., Nicolás Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, Cristián Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

COLOMBIA

Established in 2017, litigation and arbitration boutique Zuleta Abogados Asociados S.A.S is widely recognised as the ‘go-to’ firm for international dispute resolution. Name partner Eduardo Zuleta is ‘a leader in the international arbitration space’ and is supported by arbitral experts Rafael Bernal, Antonio Aljure, Gustavo Suárez and Rafael Rincón Ordóñez. Best known as a litigator, Posse Herrera Ruiz’s Daniel Posse is increasingly active in the sector and is a member of the Colombian Arbitration Committee. Luis Alfredo Barragán Arango at Brigard & Urrutia is highly regarded by peers and clients. Suescún Abogados’ recent highlights saw Felipe Suescún de Roa successfully represent Carbones del Cerrejón, Anglo American and Glencore in an ICC arbitration against a Spanish-Colombian consortium relating to the construction of a marine project. Founding partner Jorge Suescún Melo is also noted for domestic and international arbitration, and regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator.

COSTA RICA

Facio & Cañas’ Rodrigo Oreamuno is ‘a brilliant practitioner and a great arbitrator’. Dyalá Jiménez at boutique practice DJ Arbitraje is ‘an excellent arbitrator’.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jiménez Cruz Peña founding partner Marcos Peña handles commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes; recent highlights include representing a consortium of investors in an ICC arbitration arising from a toll road project. Fabiola Medina Garnes at Medina Garrigó Abogados is ‘one of the most experienced arbitrators in the country’, and regularly acts as counsel in high-profile international disputes. Andrés Bobadilla at Bobadilla Abogados has particularly significant experience of handling arbitrations involving high-net-worth individuals and companies. Luis Miguel at Pereyra & Asociados is also noted.

ECUADOR

Coronel & Pérez’s César Coronel Jones is ‘among the leading arbitration counsels in Ecuador’ and is also an experienced ICA arbitrator. Javier Robalino-Orellana at Ferrere Ecuador is singled out for his ‘substantive knowledge of arbitral practice in Ecuador and internationally’; he regularly handles ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL proceedings as well as acting as an arbitrator. Xavier Andrade at Andrade Veloz Abogados is ‘an excellent arbitration practitioner with remarkable experience in the field of construction and mining’. Other notable names are Ernesto Alban Ricaurte at Cabezas & Wray Abogados, and the ‘outstanding’ Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán-Maldonado at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce.

GUATEMALA

QIL+4 Abogados, S.A.’s José Quiñones is an ICSID designee arbitrator. Alfredo Skinner-Klée at LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Asociados also has considerable arbitration experience. Juan Carlos Castillo at Aguilar Castillo Love acts as both arbitrator and counsel in international investment treaty arbitrations.

MEXICO

Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC’s managing partner Claus Von Wobeser is ‘pretty much the father of arbitration in Mexico’. A highly respected practitioner, he and Adrián Magallanes recently represented Anheuser-Busch in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Mexico, as well as handling an ICC arbitration for a client in the port and maritime sector. Marco Tulio Venegas is also held in high regard. Practice head at Solcargo, Fernando Pérez Correa has represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad in a number of ICC arbitrations and also has experience acting as an arbitrator. At Santamarina y Steta, Fernando del Castillo is ‘an able advocate with a first-rate strategic vision’. The solid arbitration practice at González de Cossío Abogados, SC is led by Francisco González de Cossío; a member of the LCIA and president of the Centro de Arbitraje de la Industria de la Construcción, Gónzalez de Cossío is a noted practitioner with experience as counsel and arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitration cases. ‘An increasingly prominent figure’, Galicia Abogados SC’ Rodrigo Zamora Etcharren has particular expertise in handling energy and construction-related disputes as both counsel and arbitrator. Wöss & Partners’ founding partner, Herfried Wöss, has extensive experience of ICC arbitration, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors; he is currently president of a $200m-plus LCIA tribunal.

PANAMA

At Mizrachi, Davarro & Urriola, David Mizrachi Fidanque is ‘experienced and commercially minded’ with notable arbitration expertise.

PARAGUAY

Altra Servicios Juridicos’ José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez is ‘the leading arbitration practitioner in the country and also a wonderful arbitrator’.

PERU

According to clients, Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados’ Alfredo Bullard is ‘one of the best international arbitration practitioners in Latin America’, regularly acting as both an arbitrator and as counsel; his colleague Huáscar Ezcurra is also ‘a very seasoned arbitration specialist’. Miranda & Amado is noted for its expertise in the oil and gas, construction and transport sectors, and the team includes a number of highly regarded practitioners, such as José Daniel Amado, Mauricio Raffo, Luis Miranda and the ‘up-and-coming’ Martín Chocano. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, Alejandro Manayalle ‘understands the business concerns of his clients and is able to effectively advocate to achieve their goals’; José Tam and Luis Bedoya are further names to note. The team handles a mix of commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes. Juan José Cárdenas at Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas is ‘extremely hard-working, business savvy, and a solid legal thinker’. President of the Peruvian Arbitration Institute, Carlos Soto is also noted.

URUGUAY

At Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause, practice head Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga is the ICC representative for Uruguay and is on the panel of arbitrators of the Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Uruguayan Chamber of Commerce. Guyer & Regules’ dispute resolution practice head Carlos Brandes is particularly recommended for his ‘deep knowledge’ of bilateral investment treaty arbitrations. Santiago Pereira at Rueda Abadi & Pereira is ‘a brilliant lawyer and outstanding witness’. Ferrere’s Sandra González is highly regarded and has increasing involvement in arbitral matters.

VENEZUELA

D'Empaire handles a steady stream of commercial arbitration conducted under ICC rules, and is particularly experienced in nationalisation-related ICSID and UNCITRAL cases. Other notable practitioners include Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C., Carlos Domínguez at Lega Abogados and Carlos Lepervanche Michelena at Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez.

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