Local practitioners of note (by country) in Latin America: International firms
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Bomchil's María Inés Corrá focuses on energy and regulatory cases; the team lost Guido Tawil who is now an arbitrator. Rivera & Asociados' managing partner Julio César Rivera is widely recognised as the 'best arbitrator in Argentina', and is 'very reliable on complex civil law issues both as counsel and arbitrator'. At Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Carlos M. Rotman represented Pan American Energy Group in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to the breach of contract against Transportadora de Gas del Sur; Ignacio J. Minorini Lima is also highly recommended. Ricardo A Ostrower and Héctor Mairal are names to note at Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal; the latter counts Petrobras, Total Austral, GE and Assurant Argentina Compañía de Seguros as his key clients. At Estudio Alegría, Buey Fernández, Fissore y Montemerlo, founding partner Héctor Alegría is recommended for acting as counsel in international arbitration proceedings as well as sitting as an arbitrator in commercial disputes. At Abeledo Gottheil Abogados, Luis Erize and Hernán Martín Oriolo are particularly well known for energy cases. José Martínez de Hoz at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is 'rock solid in commercial and investor-state arbitration' and is particularly experienced in energy-related cases; he recently represented YPF in a $1.6bn ICC arbitration initiated by a consortium of natural gas operators.
Bullard Falla Ezcurra Abogados stands out for its 'deep knowledge of how an arbitration procedure works' and its ability to provide 'innovative solutions to specific problems'. Within the 'powerhouse team', Alfredo Bullard is 'one of the best construction attorneys in Latin America' and recently acted for a group of foreign investors in an ICSID investment arbitration against the Peruvian government. Huáscar Ezcurra, who has 'astonishing ability to anticipate moves from the counterparty' is also highly recommended. Miranda & Amado has notable expertise in the oil and gas, construction, and transport sectors, and has a number of well regarded practitioners including José Daniel Amado, Mauricio Raffo and Luis Miranda. At Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano – Abogados, arbitration expert Juan Guillermo Lohmann, department head José Tam and the widely respected Luis Bedoya are names to note within the team which handles a mix of investment treaty arbitration and commercial disputes. Construction boutique Navarro Sologuren Paredes Gray's Gustavo Paredes is also recommended, as is Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria's Ramiro Portocarrero.
Carey has experience in handling domestic and international commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. Gonzalo Fernández and Aldo Molinari are highly recommended. Fernández was appointed as member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC, and regularly acts as both arbitrator and counsel. The team at Bofill Escobar Silva Abogados has 'the skills and responsiveness to manage very complex issues'. Andrés Jana is a key name to note. Cristián Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is 'the most relevant player in Chilean international arbitration', acting as both counsel and arbitrator. Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Ovalle, Salas & Vial has notable expertise in the construction, energy, telecoms and finance-related disputes. Gerardo Ovalle is singled out for his 'excellent strategic view of disputes'. Nicolás Luco at Claro & Cia. has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is recommended for disputes in the banking and energy industries. Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez at Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados are other names to note.
Coronel & Pérez's 'highly experienced' César Coronel Jones and Hernán Pérez Loose act as counsels and arbitrators. At FERRERE Ecuador, Javier Robalino Orellana is 'impressive in his ability to deliver advice and propose innovative and practical solutions to legal problems' and is 'particularly business-minded'. Orellana handles ICSID, ICC, and UNCITRAL proceedings as well as acting as an arbitrator. Rodrigo Jijón-Letort and Juan Manuel Marchán are the key names to note in Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; both have notable expertise in investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Xavier Andrade at Andrade Veloz Abogados is also highly recommended, with particular expertise in the construction and mining sectors.
D'Empaire represents Venezuelan and international companies in arbitration proceedings conducted under ICC rules; José Humberto Frías is the main contact. Eugenio Hernández-Bretón at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. acts as counsel as well as arbitrator in arbitration proceedings. Luis Alfredo Araque at ARAQUEREYNA is also a name to note.
FERRERE's Sandra González is widely regarded as 'one of the strongest specialists in the market' with 'unparalleled knowledge of Uruguayan law'. A recent highlight saw González representing Linzor Capital Partners in a $120m ICSID claim. At Guyer & Regules, dispute resolution practice head Carlos Brandes is particularly recommended for investment treaty arbitrations, and is 'readily available upon request and is continuously on top of the matters'. Other notable practitioners include Jiménez de Aréchaga, Viana + Brause's Fernando Jiménez de Aréchaga and Rueda Abadi & Pereira's Santiago Pereira.
Rodrigo Rivera and Ramiro Guevara at Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C are highly recommended for international arbitration. Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados has a solid track record for handling international arbitration proceedings. A recent case saw Andrés Moreno acting for Macallum Group in a $15m arbitration against the seller Guong Ho regarding damages to a zinc and tin processing plant. Wayar & Von Borries Abogados S.C.'s Bernardo Wayar Caballero and Bernardo Wayar Ocampo are also well-known international arbitration practitioners.
Jiménez Cruz Peña's founding partner Marcos Peña Rodríguez is recommended for investor-state arbitration and commercial disputes. Fabiola Medina Garnes at Medina Garrigó Abogados is 'an excellent all-round dispute resolution attorney', while Jesús Francos is 'always ahead in every matter or situation' and is 'very adaptable and personable'. At Bobadilla Abogados, Andrés Emilio Bobadilla Fernández has notable expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals and companies in arbitration proceedings; he acts as both counsel and arbitrator. Luis Pereyra at Pereyra & Asociados is also a key name to note.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles a steady stream of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are highly recommended; the latter is the co-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of CESA. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados' Marcelo Roberto Ferro regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions. L.O. Baptista Advogados' Adriana Braghetta, Rafael Francisco Alves and Maurício Almeida Prado are 'highly specialised lawyers with high capacity to bring solutions to resolve high complexity disputes'. Fernando Marcondes regularly acts as an arbitrator in construction and real estate-related matters. Recent caseload features a range of construction and infrastructure disputes as well as M&A-related matters in the oil and gas sector. Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' Eliane Cristina Carvalho recently handled a series of disputes arising from M&A transactions and is representing Air Products Brasil in arbitration proceedings initiated by Air Liquide. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is singled out for his 'outstanding technical skills and deep understanding of the corporate world', and his ability to 'simplify complex problems gives clients great confidence and comfort'. Gonçalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is 'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec assists clients from a diverse range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados' 'brilliant' team handles both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, and is active in the construction, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa is 'an absolute joy to work with', while Hermes Marcelo Huck and Rogério Carmona Bianco are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'. Marcelo Muriel at Muriel Medici Franco Advogados is 'certainly one of the standout Brazilian practitioners, with a healthy portfolio of disputes and great ICC arbitration experience'. Stocche Forbes Advogados' Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados' José Antonio Fichtner acts as arbitrator and counsel in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes. André Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is 'an excellent expert in arbitration' and 'knows his clients' business well'. Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' team has 'a creative mind to think out of the box, suggesting solutions that may seem different but are perfectly aligned with the needs of the company'; co-heads Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo are recommended. Other names to note include Lefosse Advogados' Pedro Maciel who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and Lobo de Rizzo Advogados' Luis Fernando Guerrero who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.
QIL+4 ABOGADOS, S.A. 's José Quiñones is an ICSID designee arbitrator. Alfredo Skinner-Klée at LatamLex | Skinner-Klée & Asociados recently acted as an arbitrator in a number of multi-party construction arbitration cases. The 'highly experienced' Juan Carlos Castillo at Aguilar Castillo Love acts as both arbitrator and counsel in international investment treaty and commercial arbitrations.
Claus Von Wobeser at Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC is a widely recognised arbitration specialist, acting as both arbitrator and counsel. The team also includes a number highly regarded practitioners such as Marco Venegas, Fernando Moreno and Adrián Magallanes. Recent caseload include a range of multimillion-dollar construction and commercial arbitration proceedings. SOLCARGO handles a steady stream of international arbitration, and recently represented Comisión Federal de Electricidad in two multimillion-dollar claims related to power purchase agreements with independent power producers. Fernando Pérez Correa is the name to note, and regularly sits as both arbitrator and counsel. González de Cossío Abogados, SC's Francisco González De Cossío is a recommended for acting as arbitrator and counsel in a range of domestic and international arbitration cases. Galicia Abogados S.C.'s Rodrigo Zamora is particularly noted for his expertise in infrastructure and construction-related disputes, and acts as both arbitrator and counsel; Cecilla Azar is 'a great expert in arbitration and ADR'. Wöss & Partners' Herfried Wöss regularly acts as counsel, arbitrator and expert witness, and is active in handling infrastructure and energy cases. Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s Bernardo Sepúlveda Amor and Carlos Martínez Betanzos are also names to note. Fernando Del Castillo left Santamarina y Steta, and set up his own firm Del Castillo y Castro Abogados.
Specialist boutique ZULETA Abogados Asociados S.A.S fields a number of well regarded practitioners. Name partner Eduardo Zuleta regularly acts as both arbitrator and counsel and is the vice president of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC; Rafael Rincón Ordóñez is is a name to note for oil and gas disputes; Rafael Bernal Gutiérrez, Antonio Aljure Salame, Gustavo Suárez Camacho are also highly recommended. Posse Herrera Ruiz has 'a really impressive team that works with international standards'. Daniel Posse acts as both attorney and arbitrator in various domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Posse recently represented a construction services provider in a series of claims against contractors relating to an EPC contract. Suescún Abogados' Felipe Suescún is active in representing local and international clients in complex arbitration cases. Jorge Suescún Melo acts as lead counsel, arbitrator and chairman in a broad range of disputes. Recent highlight saw the duo representing Reficar in a $500m ICC arbitration against an EPC contractor. Brigard Urrutia 's Luis Alfredo Barragán advises clients in domestic and international arbitration.