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Baker McKenzie

Luis Dates

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Dispute Resolution; Public Law


Luis is a mediator and arbitrator for the Private Center of Mediation and Arbitration. He has written books and numerous articles for various legal publications on topics related to his field. He is also a professor at the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires. Luis focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. He also advises on administrative and public law advisory and regulatory disputes, mainly in highly regulated industries such as energy, mining and infrastructure as well as pharmaceuticals and life sciences.


Luis Dates is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Buenos Aires office, where he heads the Dispute Resolution and Public Law practice groups. He has broad experience advising national and foreign companies across a range of public and administrative law issues, particularly doing business with the national government, provinces, municipalities and state-owned enterprises. He also assists and represents clients in complex and multidisciplinary litigation, and is active in domestic and international arbitration.


Spanish, English and Portuguese


City of Buenos Aires Bar Association – Member
San Isidro Bar Association – Member
Argentine Association of Administrative Law – Member
American Chamber of Commerce, Legal Committe – Member
Argentine Association of Construction Law


Austral University, LL.M. in Administrative Law (2009)
University of Buenos Aires, LL.B., graduated with honors (2004)


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Baker McKenzie sets itself apart through its ‘personalised partner attention’ and ‘very good business awareness’. The ‘very client-focusedLuis Dates leads the department and recently advised Duro Felguera on filing a $150m arbitration (at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Arbitral Tribunal) against Central Vuelta de Obligado. In another high-stakes case, the firm is defending Unisys in a $6.7m breach of contract case brought by the government of Argentina. The team’s extensive international network, coupled with its solid multi-jurisdictional experience, ensures that it is a popular choice for multinational clients such as Anglo American, Boston Medical Scientific and Walmart.

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Public law

Within: Public law

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and professional’ public law practice has a strong record in contentious matters under the leadership of ‘proactive’ litigation specialist Luis Dates. In a key case, the firm is defending Unisys in a $6.7m lawsuit filed by the Argentine Government alleging the defective fulfilment of contractual obligations. Other representative clients include Biogen (Argentina), Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Novo Nordisk.

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Real estate

Within: Real estate

Baker McKenzie’s ‘responsive and commercial group’ is steered by the ‘very thorough and knowledgeableAlejandra Bugna. Other active partners include M&A specialist Gustavo Boruchowicz and litigator Luis Dates, who is the key contact for contentious construction issues. The team recently advised Lear Corporation on the development of a manufacturing site in the Province of Cordoba. Other representative clients include GCP Applied Technologies, Marriott International and Turnberry Associates.

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