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Doak Bishop specializes in international arbitration, with a focus on Latin America. A partner in the International Arbitration practice, Doak represents companies in arbitration and litigation of disputes in the oil and gas, energy, construction, environmental and foreign investment sectors.

With extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration, Doak has served both as an arbitrator and counsel. He represents clients in disputes concerning oil and gas and energy, foreign investment, construction and environmental matters.

Mr. Bishop has served as Chairman of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration and as a Director of the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He is also a member of the U.S. delegation to the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes.

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Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Doak BishopKing & Spalding LLP

Latin America-related mandates represent more than half of King & Spalding LLP‘s impressive international arbitration portfolio, which is handled by some 125 full-time arbitration practitioners. The firm’s international arbitration group covers the gamut of commercial and investment dispute resolutions and is particularly strong -indeed, renowned- in the oil and gas sector, although it has also built out its construction arbitration and related litigation expertise and is comfortable handling matters in other sectors including financial services, pharmaceuticals and hospitality. High profile matters include representing Chevron in its $11.5bn ICSID case against Ecuador; and acting for Colombian oil refinery, Reficar, in a $5bn ICC arbitration against CB&I. The highly respected Doak Bishop co-leads the firm’s international arbitration practice group and ranks among the most experienced arbitration practitioners in Latin American disputes. The Latin American international arbitration practice, in turn, is co-led by the ‘absolutely top arbitration partnerHarry Burnett in New York, and Roberto Aguirre Luzi and Craig Miles, both based in Houston. Associates Fernando Rodriguez-Cortina and Renzo Seminario, who have both worked on high-profile construction matters, are also recognised by clients. The firm expanded its team early in 2020 with the hires of partners Javier Rubinstein, Lucila Hemmingsen and Lauren Friedman, who all joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Former partner Caline Mouawad moved to Chaffetz Lindsey LLP in December 2019. Since publication, the firm has hired  the dual-qualified (Brazil / US) Érica Franzetti from Dechert LLP (effective, October 2021) – she joins as a partner at the firm’s Washington DC office; and Rodriguez-Cortina has been raised to the partnership – as of January 2022.

United States > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Hall of Fame)

Doak BishopKing & Spalding LLP

According to satisfied clients, King & Spalding LLP is ‘the best international arbitration firm in the market‘. Among its main assets, sources highlight its ‘breadth of experience‘, as well as its deep bench which ensures it can put forwardthe absolute right expert for whatever the case needs’. Historically best known for its reputation in the energy and extractive sectors, the group continues to expand its industry offering, with its recent cases also spanning manufacturing, construction, transport and telecoms, among other areas. The firm’s geographical footprint is equally diverse and it routinely handles international commercial and investment arbitrations globally from its US platforms, often working alongside partners in its overseas offices. Houston-based department co-chair Doak Bishop is widely recognized as one of the leading arbitration specialists in the market; he recently teamed up with New York-based group co-head Edward Kehoe and the Paris office to represent Spanish energy company Unión Fenosa Gas in a series of investment and commercial arbitrations against the Government of Egypt and its national natural gas company, EGAS. Outside of the energy sphere, the group represented the Dutch subsidiary of Quanta Services in a new ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Peru under the Netherlands–Peru Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) — New York-based Harry Burnett (‘an absolute rock star‘) co-led that work together with Kehoe and Houston-based Craig Miles. Other recommended names include the ‘vastly experiencedViren Mascarenhas, who splits his practice between New York and London, Chicago’s Javier Rubinstein and Atlanta-based Elizabeth Silbert. Érica Franzetti recently joined in Washington DC from Dechert LLP.