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Eduardo Silva Romero

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Co-chair and Partner, Dechert's International Arbitration practice


Eduardo Silva Romero focuses his practice on arbitration matters, particularly international disputes involving States and State entities. Mr. Silva Romero has supervised numerous proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide. Former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Mr. Silva Romero has far-reaching experience including international sales and distribution contracts, construction, telecommunication, mining, oil and gas, and electricity-related disputes. He has advised on arbitration matters conducted under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, AAA and the SCC as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL arbitration rules. As an arbitrator, Mr. Silva Romero has acted in more than 100 arbitrations.


English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


Vice-Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee; Associate Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Member, ICC Latin American Arbitration Group; Colombian Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration; Vice President, Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center; Advisory Board Member, Africa International Legal Awareness                                   



El Rosario University, 1993; Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Comparative Law and Legal Terminology  Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DSU, Private International Law, 1995  Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DEA, Philosophy of Law, 1996  Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Ph.D., Docteur en Droit, 2000, summa cum laude


Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Eduardo Silva Romero - Dechert LLP

Within: Dispute resolution: International arbitration

Dechert LLP's 25 Paris-based lawyers are ‘very efficient, hardworking and dedicated to finding creative solutions’. The team provides ‘very careful analysis, always keeping a sharp eye on the details’, in addition to being ‘accurate, prompt and very client-centred’. The practice is the market's leader for Latin American investment arbitration, and is also becoming a key player in representing Eastern European states in major cases. The firm is notably acting for Ecuador in six cases, including a dispute with Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum over major environmental pollution and corruption allegations. The firm, which handles both commercial and investment arbitration, is also handling disputes in the telecoms sector and increasingly in the construction field; it is representing European investors Rizzani de Eccher, OHL and Trevi in Kuwait's first ICSID investment arbitration over a billion-dollar expressway construction project. Finally, the practice also has expertise in handling exequatur cases involving states. The Czech Republic, Poland, Colombia and Bolivia are clients. Eduardo Silva Romero, who co-chairs the firm's global practice, is highly recommended. Other key members of the team include Xavier NyssenJosé Manuel García Represa, who is an ‘excellent tactician and litigator who combines all the skills required for successful international arbitration’, including ‘strong leadership and a talent for making difficult legal issues understandable and solvable’; ‘top-quality lawyer and litigator’ Philip Dunham, who is ‘exceptionally intelligent, creative and hardworking’, and has ‘impressive organisational and leadership skills and outstanding analytical ability, along with a profound knowledge of FIDIC rules’; and national partner Erica Stein.

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration

Within: Leading lawyers

Eduardo Silva Romero - Dechert LLP

Within: International arbitration

To some, Dechert LLP has ‘outstanding credentials in the international arbitration community’, representing sovereign states and investors in investment treaty disputes. The team has also seen an increasing number of commercial arbitration instructions. Head of the firm’s international arbitration practice, Paris-based Eduardo Silva Romero was part of a team that represented Carlos Mario Rios Velilla and Francisco Javier Rios Velilla in ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Chile relating to the expropriation of investments in the transportation industry in Santiago. The practice is also acting for Petropar in a $270m ICC arbitration against PDVSA Petróleo, arising from Petropar’s alleged failure to comply with the payment of a debt for the supply of hydrocarbons. On the commercial arbitration side, Romero handled an ICC arbitration on behalf of a Brazilian construction company and a breach of contract dispute for a Peruvian insurance and reinsurance company. Promoted to the partnership in 2018, Érica Franzetti is a ‘pragmatic and business-driven lawyer, with solid cross-border experience in the arbitration field’. José Manuel García Represa and Antonio Gordillo Fernández de Villavicencio are also noted.

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