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MIAS and Friends: First Annual LATAM International Arbitration Tour



4 NOVEMBER, 2021 | 12:00-1:00PMEST

During the past 18 months international arbitration cases have continued to be filed and heard throughout the hemisphere despite travel restrictions around the world. In this program, MIAS provides an update from leading practitioners in the region on the current state of arbitration and the impact of the pandemic. It will be a brief but substantive informational session covering legislative and judiciary developments, state disputes; changes in local regulations and institutional rules; enforcement and current trends.

Introduction:


Adolfo Jiménez, Holland & Knight, Chairman, Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS)

MIAS Moderators:


Silvia Marchili, White & Case, MIAS Board Member

John H. Rooney, Esq, MIAS Board Member

LATAM Speakers:

MEXICO Claus von Wobeser, Von Wobeser y Sierra Abogados

COLOMBIA Juan Felipe Merizalde, JFM Abogados

COSTA RICA Dyalá Jiménez, DJ Arbitraje

PERU Maria Teresa Quiñones, Quiñones Alaysa Abogados

CHILE Gerardo Ovalle, Yrarrázaval Ruiz-Tagle Ovalle Salas Vial

BRAZIL Cristiano de Sousa Zanetti, Cristiano Zanetti Advogados






SPEAKERS BIOS:


MIAS Board members:

Adolfo Jimenéz

Silvia Marchili

John H Rooney, Esq





MEXICO Claus von Wobeser, Von Wobeser y Sierra Abogados


Claus is the founding partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra and has more than forty years of experience in dispute resolution.

Claus is renowned globally for his advocacy skills and strategic thinking in highly complex disputes in both litigation and arbitration. He has acted in more than two hundred international arbitration and conciliation proceedings, either as arbitrator or counsel, under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the ICSID Additional Facility, among others. Claus is currently the President of the Latin American Arbitration Association and of the Mexican chapter of the ICC. He has been Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) of the ICC, Co-President of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and President of the Arbitration Commission of the Mexican chapter of the ICC. Additionally, Claus frequently participates as an expert on arbitration and in proceedings related to Mexican law before U.S. and English courts. He has ample experience litigating in arbitration and in Mexican courts relative to a wide array of matters such as complex patent disputes, breach of contract and tortious liability. Claus is very committed to pro bono work. He has been a leading voice in Latin America in pro bono for the last thirty years, and together with four other lawyers drafted the Probono Standards for the American Continent. Those Standards served as a basis for the Mexican Probono Network and later were adopted by the IBA globally. In 2017, Claus won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chambers and Partners for his contribution to the legal profession. He has also been recognized by Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Global Arbitration Review 100, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250, Latin Lawyer National, Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, Who’s Who Legal Global Elite, Who’s Who Thought Leaders, Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal Mexico, Benchmark Litigation, among other publications.







COLOMBIA Juan Felipe Merizalde, JFM Abogados


Juan Felipe Merizalde’s practice focuses on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration, particularly disputes involving Latin American parties. He has considerable experience as counsel and arbitrator in over 50 cases before the most renowned institutions, including the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague. Juan Felipe’s investment-treaty experience includes two recent successive victories in 2020 for a Central American State, as well as advising investors in ICSID cases and potential investment arbitrations.

In December 2020, Juan Felipe launched his own practice in Bogota, Colombia, acting as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investment cases. He is currently acting as lead counsel in two ICC cases in the energy sector as well as a potential investment arbitration against a Latin American country. Prior to starting his own firm, Juan Felipe worked for 12 years at Dechert LLP in its Paris and Washington D.C. offices. At Dechert, he gained vast experience with one of the most renowned Latin American practices in the world.

Juan Felipe is admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia (Special Legal Consultant) and Colombia. Juan Felipe also passed the Paris Bar Exam (art. 100).






COSTA RICA Dyalá Jiménez, DJ Arbitraje


Dyalá Jiménez is a Costa Rican national and specializes in international arbitration. She is frequently appointed as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, both in commercial and investor-State disputes. She is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the ICSID panel of conciliators and arbitrators for Costa Rica.


Dyalá worked in Shearman & Sterlin’s Paris office and at the International Chamber of Commerce for seven years. She also worked in two law firms in Santiago, Chile and in 2011 set up DJ Arbitraje. Who’s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners has highlighted her work.


She is author of numerous publications and has taught in Lead University in Costa Rica in 2017, as well as Universidad de Chile and the Heidelberg/Universidad de Chile LLM Programme in Chile, from 2004 to 2013. Dyalá is a founding member of the ICC Latin American Arbitration Group, the International Arbitration Institute (IAI), and the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB). She served as co-editor-in-chief of the ICC Bulletin and Vice President of the ICC ADR and Arbitration Commission briefly before her appointment as Minister in the Costa Rican government.


From July 2018 to August 2020, Dyalá served as Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica and in such capacity was in charge of public policy on exports and foreign direct investment, as well as representing Costa Rica before the World Trade Organization. In that role, she also led the country's efforts to become the 38th member of the Organization for Cooperation and Development OECD, which included passing 14 laws and undertaking a series of administrative and political reforms. In addition, as minister she chaired the Board of Directors of the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute.

Dyalá works in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.







PERU Maria Teresa Quiñones, Quiñones Alaysa Abogados


Ms. Quiñones founded Quiñones Alaysa Abogadosin 2018, after over 20 years as a partner at Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados, where she started and led the Regulatory and Infrastructure department. She is widely recognized as a leading lawyer in energy law, public law, telecommunications, infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.


She has been an arbitrator in international and domestic disputes. She is a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the arbitration center of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM Peru) as well as the centers of AMCHAM Peru, the Lima Chamber of Commerce and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

She is a member of the board of the Construction Law Society of Peru, and former Vice-chairwoman and a former director and current professor at the Master Program in Economic Administrative Law at Universidad del Pacífico.


She holds an LLM, Harvard Law School and a law dregree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Law School.