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Wöss & Partners
CAMACHO 40-1606

Mexico > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Specialist commercial and investment arbitration firm Wöss & Partners maintains offices not only in Mexico but also Washington DC and Lima, and also has a rep presence in Vienna. Perhaps best known as a go-to destination for damages claims stemming from construction, infrastructure and energy projects, the firm's arbitral practice is co-led by renowned international arbitration practitioner Herfried Wöss, a key name in the market; and Adriana San Roman is a leading figure as counsel and damages expert in large infrastructure and energy arbitrations. Both are frequently sought out not only as counsel but also to act as president, panel member or sole arbitrator, or as damages experts or expert witnesses. The firm maintains bench depth through an of counsel network including Christian Carbajal Valenzuela (in Lima), Paolo Cammarota (in New York, where he is also a founding partner of Cabrera Cammarota PLLC), Devin Bray (in Amsterdam), and Ivan Labastida, who is part of the Mexico City based team. Moreover, since early 2022, the firm has operated a collaboration agreement with Curitiba-based firm Braz, Coelho, Veras, Lessa e Bueno Advogados so as to mutually facilitate their international arbitration capabilities; aforementioned of counsel Carbajal, who formerly divided his time between Washington DC and Mexico, now divides his time between Sao Paolo y Curitiba as part of this association.

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 is 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.

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

Wöss & 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

Department Name Email Telephone
International arbitration, damages, trade, infrastructure, energy Mag. Dr. Lic. Herfried Wöss, LL.M. (Exeter) hwoess@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration, damages, infrastructure, energy Lic. Adriana San Román, M.A. Finance & Investment (Exeter) asanroman@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration, infrastructure, energy, corporate Abog. Christian Carbajal, LL.M. (Warwick), FCIArb. ccarbajal@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
Investment arbitration Prof Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. (Amsterdam) office@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration, infrastructure, energy Lic. Sergio M Rendón, LL.M. (Heidelberg) office@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration, trade, infrastructure Dr. Yahir Acosta Pérez, LL.M. (QMUL) office@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration (New York) Paolo Cammarota, Esq., J.D. (Stanford), M.A. (Yale) office@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
Corporate, arbitration Lic. Víctor Manuel Osante Guzman vosante@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
Energy Mtro. Carlos F. Rodríguez Sámano crodriguez@woessetpartners.com 525526237100
International arbitration, investment arbitration Dr. A. Devin Bray, LL.M. (Arizona) office@woessestpartners.com 525526237100
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr. Yahír Acosta Pérez, LL.M. photo Dr. Yahír Acosta Pérez, LL.M. Of Counsel
Dr. A. Devin Bray, LL.M. photo Dr. A. Devin Bray, LL.M. International Of Counsel (Amsterdam/Toronto)
Paolo Cammarota, Esq., J.D. (Stanford), M.A. (Yale) photo Mr Paolo Cammarota, Esq., J.D. (Stanford), M.A. (Yale) International Of Counsel, New York, USA
Lic. Christian Carbajal Valenzuela, LL.M. photo Lic. Christian Carbajal Valenzuela, LL.M. Resident Partner in Lima, Peru and Curitiba, Brazil.
Felipe Durini photo Felipe Durini International of Counsel
Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. photo Prof. Dr. Nikos Lavranos, LL.M. Of Counsel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lic. Víctor Manuel Osante Guzman photo Lic. Víctor Manuel Osante Guzman Associate
Lic. Sergio M. Rendón, LL.M. photo Lic. Sergio M. Rendón, LL.M. Of Counsel, Mexico City
Mtro. Carlos F. Rodríguez Sámano photo Mtro. Carlos F. Rodríguez Sámano Of Counsel
Lic. Adriana San Román, M.A. photo Lic. Adriana San Román, M.A. Arbitration, Damages, Infrastructure, Energy
Mag. Dr. Lic. Herfried Wöss, LL.M. (Exeter) photo Dr Mag. Dr. Lic. Herfried Wöss, LL.M. (Exeter) Managing Partner
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IBA (International Bar Association)
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
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