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Dechert LLP
PARIS 75008

Work Department

International Arbitration




Catalina Echeverri Gallego* focuses her practice on international arbitration, working on both investment treaty and commercial matters. Ms. Echeverri Gallego also has experience advising various States on their dispute prevention policies, which include reviewing their Model Bilateral Investment Protection Treaty, as well as various notifications of disputes under investment protection treaties sent by foreign investors.

Ms. Echeverri Gallego’s experience also includes working at a social purpose company in London dedicated to applying behavioral science to policymaking and the delivery of public services. She also has experience teaching at universities in the United States, Bolivia and France.

Prior to joining Dechert’s Paris office, Ms. Echeverri Gallego worked in the firm’s Washington D.C office and was an associate in the dispute resolution and investment protection team at a leading firm in Colombia.


  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Law, 2010
  • University of Oxford, Master of Public Policy, 2017, Chevening Scholar 2016

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

Dechert LLP‘s international arbitration team has built its Latin American practice around advising sovereign states and state-owned entities. With expertise across a range of commercial and investment treaty disputes, the firm has developed substantial sector experience across the energy, construction, mining and telecoms industries. Highlights include successfully advising Guatemala on two matters in the electricity industry and Paraguay in a PCA-administered arbitration (under Paraguayan law) arising from a FIDIC design and construction contract. Eduardo Silva Romero leads the group out of Paris, where José Manuel García Represa , who has advised on matters in energy, construction and transport, is also based. Other notable names include Washington-based Érica Franzetti , who has played a key role in building the firm’s Brazilian presence; and Paris-based lead associate Catalina Echeverri Gallego, who is experienced in dispute prevention policies. However, former Washington DC-based senior associate Juan Felipe Merizalde left in December 2020 and has subsequently established his own eponymous boutique in Bogotá. Since publication, Franzetti has left the firm (effective as of October 2021).