Mr José Manuel García Represa > Dechert LLP > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
32 RUE DE MONCEAU
PARIS 75008
France

Work Department

International Arbitration

Position

Partner

Career

José Manuel García Represa is a partner at Dechert’s Paris office. He is a specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a particular focus on cases involving Europe and Latin America. Mr. García Represa has represented clients in disputes arising out of contracts and investment treaties in the electricity sector (generation and distribution), renewable energy, construction, oil & gas, mining and telecommunications sectors.

He is a member of the recent ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes; and the President of the French chapter of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA). He teaches Energy Disputes at Paris II Assas University (LL.M. Assas World Arbitration and Disputes Settlement).

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Memberships

  • President of the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) in France
  • Member of the ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Member of the ICC Spanish Committee
  • Member of the recent ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes
  • Member of the World Association of Mining Lawyers (WAOML)
  • Member of the IBA
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member of the International Arbitration Institute (IAI-Paris)
  • Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB)

Education

  • Complutense University of Madrid, Law Degree, 2000
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Law Degree, 2000
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Master, International Commercial Law, 2001, La Caixa scholar
  • Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2003, Fulbright scholar

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

José Manuel Garcia RepresaDechert LLP

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).

France > Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Dechert LLP Paris is highly regarded for its Latin American arbitration practice where the firm acts for investors and state entities in high-stakes disputes. In parallel, the firm has built an impressive non-Hispanic practice, notably in relation to Eastern Europe with the hire of the high-profile Claudia Annacker and Enikő Horváth  from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in September 2020 which also further enhanced the group’s investment arbitration and international public law capabilities. The pair is notably handling state succession and human rights law issues. The firm is also representing a number of Eastern European states in high-stakes investment disputes, recently winning a landmark exequatur case before the Paris Court de Cassation for the state of Poland. The practice is also growing its African and Arabic caseload, notably handling a new high-profile telecoms mandate, and acts in a sensitive high-profile dispute in relation to Asia. The pharmaceutical industry, one of the firm’s core sectors, generates regular work for the arbitration team. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero is one of the best in his field, with the excellent José Manuel García RepresaPhilip Dunham and Erica Stein other key members of the team. Associate Audrey Caminades also deserves a mention. Xavier Nyssen has retired.

Paris > Résolution des litiges: Arbitrage international

Dechert LLP’s Paris practice attracted leading individual Claudia Annacker in September 2020 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to further strengthen the firm’s investment arbitration and international public law expertise. The group  also successfully won new major clients and mandates in relation to Eastern Europe and Africa. The firm handles several large-scale investment disputes in relation to North Africa and manages a number of commercial disputes in Africa. Over the past years, the practice has greatly extended its geographical reach, all while remaining a leading name for Latin American disputes with key clients such as the Republics of Ecuador, Columbia and Guatemala. In terms of industry sectors, the practice handles highly diverse investment and commercial disputes from the energy, infrastructure, banking and life sciences sectors, acting both for states or private companies. More recently, the group was instructed to advise on new pre-arbitration matters in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impacts on public concessions in the transport and natural resources sectors. Practice head Eduardo Silva Romero is highly regarded. Also recommended are: Xavier NyssenJosé Manuel García RepresaPhilip Dunham and Erica Stein. Associate Audrey Caminades  also deserves a mention.

Dechert LLP Paris est le cabinet de référence de la place pour les arbitrages latino-américains, dans lesquels le cabinet représente des investisseurs ou des entités étatiques dans des affaires de grande envergure. Cependant, le cabinet a aussi su construire une pratique de premier plan au-delà des arbitrages hispanophones ; avec un fort savoir-faire notamment sur l’Europe de l’Est récemment consolidé par les récents recrutements de la très réputée Claudia Annacker et Enikő Horváth (ex Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton ) en septembre 2020. Leurs arrivées permettent aussi au cabinet d’affiner ses capacités sur le segment de l’arbitrage investissement et du droit public international – le tandem traitant notamment des questions de succession d’états et de droits de l’homme. Le cabinet représente actuellement plusieurs états d’Europe de l’Est dans des arbitrages d’investissement stratégiques. Il a récemment remporté une victoire remarquée devant la Cour de Cassation dans une procédure d’exequatur plaidée pour la Pologne. Le cabinet développe aussi sa présence dans des arbitrages africains et arabes – il a été chargé d’un nouvel arbitrage de grande envergure dans le secteur des télécoms. Il est aussi impliqué dans un important différend en lien avec l’Asie. Enfin, l’industrie pharmaceutique, qui est l’un des secteurs clés d’intervention du cabinet, fournit un flot régulier de dossiers d’arbitrage. Le responsable de la pratique Eduardo Silva Romero compte parmi les figures de référence du marché. Il est entouré des excellents  José Manuel García RepresaPhilip Dunham et Erica Stein other key members of the team. La collaboratrice Audrey Caminades mérite également une mention. A noter, Xavier Nyssen a pris sa retraite.