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Wöss & Partners
CAMACHO 40-1606

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Specialist boutique, Wöss & Partners houses a ‘superb team who are legally brilliant, commercially savvy and an absolute pleasure to work with’. It focuses on international arbitration, damages, infrastructure, energy and trade law, and is highly specialised in commercial and investment arbitration, and dispute settlement procedures under NAFTA and before the World Trade Organization. Hugely experienced name partner Herfried Wöss recently acted as arbitrator in five cases, including a $200m LCIA dispute; as an expert in a $100m case ICC case in Peru; and as party counsel in cases in Germany, Peru and Mexico; recently admitted to the Washington DC Bar as a special legal consultant, he is now able to act as an international arbitrator in the State. A member of the ICCA-ASIL task force on damages in international arbitration, fellow founding partner Adriana San Román has 30 years’ experience and is a financial analyst and damages expert as well as a lawyer. Recent matters include winning a $330m ICDR damages cases regarding two oil platforms based upon her expert opinion; acting as party counsel to defendant Tractebel (Engie/GDF Suez), in a $400m energy-tariff damages arbitration; and most recently, defending a European energy conglomerate in a $240m ICC arbitration, successfully obtaining a significant part of the counterclaim plus the costs of the arbitration. The team also undertakes contract and claim management; dispute prevention, management and resolution; and has extensive experience in dispute boards as a risk-mitigation mechanism in large infrastructure projects. Carlos Rodríguez Sámano, former general counsel at Gas Natural Fenosa, brings additional expertise, especially regarding the energy sector. Since publication, the firm has established a collaboration agreement with Curitiba-based firm Braz Campos Advogados so as to mutually facilitate their international arbitration capabilities - effective as of February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Herfried Wöss


‘Herfried Wöss and Christian Cabajal are, simply put, as good as it gets, globally’

‘A superb team who are legally brilliant, commercially savvy and an absolute pleasure to work with. Their legal experience, knowledge, expertise and acumen is world class.Plus operating seamlessly in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German. Brilliant’

‘Herfried Wöss is a world leading lawyer and expert on complex damages — he literally re-wrote the book on damages in today’s multi-jurisdictional disputes landscape’

‘When dealing with Herfried, he is always 10 steps ahead of the issue, ahead of my thinking and provides solutions at each turn. ’

‘Herfried Woss and Adriana San Roman are probably the foremost lawyers in the field of damages calculation. They have trained members of the federal judiciary and served as experts in relevant cases. Impeccable reputation and ability.’

‘Despite being a boutique, they are fully capable of competing with international firms (multipractice) and other boutiques specialising in arbitration’

Wöss & Partners is highly specialized in commercial and investment arbitration, damages claims, international trade, infrastructure projects and energy including oil and gas. The firm recently won a US$240m energy tariff arbitration on behalf of the respondent, a large energy corporation, and achieved the rejection of all claims, the award of the counterclaim and of the cost and expenses of the arbitration.

Dr Wöss is currently sitting as president and arbitrator on large and complex arbitrations dealing with gas pipelines and major infrastructure projects including a gas pipeline project. He has recently been appointed co-arbitrator in an oil & gas construction dispute and adjudicator with respect to multiple claims related to an oil platform. He is also outstanding as party counsel in complex damages, infrastructure and energy arbitrations.

Adriana San Román has vast experience as counsel and damages expert in large infrastructure and energy arbitrations and litigations including oil platforms, aqueducts and hospital and industrial projects, and is also a member of the ICCA-ASIL Task Force on Damages in International Arbitrations. She was damages expert appointed by respondent in an oil platform construction project which lead to the rejection of a US$260m damages claim and the award of a US$80m counterclaim.

Dr Herfried Wöss and Adriana San Román are the principal authors of the leading Oxford University Press monograph “Damages in International Arbitration under Complex Long-term Contracts” and have recently authored chapters on “Damages in Investment Treaty Arbitration” and “Damages in Commercial Arbitration” in: José Rafael Mata Dona/Nikos Lavranos, International Arbitration and EU Law. Their damages arbitration and litigation portfolio as arbitrator, adjudicator, damages experts and consultants has recently exceeded the US$1bn threshold.

Partner Christian Carbajal Valenzuela was lead-counsel in Tza Yap Shum v Peru and is the head of the Lima office while expanding into Brazil. He has recently participated in the preparation of a major ICC arbitration in New York under the laws of New York with respect to a large power plant and expert opinions for major third party funders.

Of Counsel Carlos Rodríguez Sámano was General Counsel of Gas Natural Fenosa, Waste Management and other prominent corporations for more than 30 years and is one of the leading energy lawyers in Mexico.

In 2020 Paolo Cammarota joined the firm as International Of Counsel. Paolo is a highly experienced litigation and arbitration lawyer in New York and founding partner of Cabrera Cammarota PLLC in New York. Prof Nikos Lavranos, secretary-general of the European Federation for Investment Law and Arbitration (EFILA) is supporting the investment arbitration team in upcoming investment arbitrations.

Dr A Devin Bray recently rejoined the firm as International Of Counsel. He was previously a lawyer in the practice of Judge Charles N Brower. He has extensive experience, in particular in investment arbitrations. Dr Bray wrote his doctorate on the issue of legitimate expectations. He is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Ontario. 

Prof DDr Adolf Peter is an  Austrian attorney on leave having practiced with Luther in Singapore and Graf & Pitkowitz in Vienna. He an International Of Counsel with Wöss & Partners and also an Associate Professor for Arbitration at the Shanghai University for Political Science and Law from where he attends the Asian market.

The Wöss & Partners international arbitration team comprises prominent experts in investment arbitration and international law and is counsel in arbitrations in Mexico, Peru, Germany, Guatemala and other countries, successfully representing major Mexican, German, Spanish and French infrastructure and energy companies.

Wöss & Partners has offices in Mexico City, Washington DC (1775 Eye Street NW, 20006)  and Vienna (Palais Aurora) as well as an associated office in Lima. The working languages of the firm are English, French, Dutch, German, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese. In Mexico, the firm also advises large and mid-sized companies with respect to all aspects of corporate and business law.

For further information, see: https://www.linkedin.com/company/15255831/ and our newly launched webpage: http://www.woessetpartners.com.

Wöss & Partners, S.C.: Torre Esmeralda I, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 Mexico City

Woess & Partners LLC: 1775 Eye Street NW, 20006 Washington DC, USA

Wöss & Partners Vienna representative office: Palais Aurora, Währinger Strasse 39/1.8, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Wöss & Partners Lima associated office with CEO Abogados: Avenida Brasil 2959, Suite 1101, Lima, Peru

International arbitration, damages, trade, infrastructure, energy Mag. Dr. Lic. Herfried Wöss, LL.M. (Exeter)hwoess@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International arbitration, damages, infrastructure, energy Lic. Adriana San Román, M.A. Finance & Investment (Exeter)asanroman@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International arbitration, infrastructure, energy, corporate Abog. Christian Carbajal, LL.M. (Warwick), FCIArb.ccarbajal@woessetpartners.com525526237100
Investment arbitration Prof Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. (Amsterdam)office@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International arbitration, infrastructure, energy Lic. Sergio M Rendón, LL.M. (Heidelberg)office@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International arbitration, trade, infrastructure Dr. Yahir Acosta Pérez, LL.M. (QMUL)office@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International arbitration (New York) Paolo Cammarota, Esq., J.D. (Stanford), M.A. (Yale)office@woessetpartners.com525526237100
Corporate, arbitration Lic. Víctor Manuel Osante Guzmanvosante@woessetpartners.com525526237100
International Arbitration (Asia) Prof. DDr. Adolf Peter, M.A.apeter@woessetpartners.com525526237100
Energy Mtro. Carlos F. Rodríguez Sámanocrodriguez@woessetpartners.com525526237100
Other fee-earners : 4
IBA (International Bar Association)
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Partners : 4
Of Counsel : 6