Webinar with Jose Daniel Amado, Juan Fernandez-Armesto, Dyalá Jiménez-Figueres, Carole Malinvaud, Fernando Eduardo Serec, Hafez Virjee, in conjunction with AmCham Perú (30 November 2020).



Jose Daniel Amado is the founding partner of Miranda & Amado in Lima, Peru.  Mr Amado graduated with greatest honors from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, where he has taught domestic and international arbitration for the last two decades.  He holds an LLM from Harvard University, where was awarded the Laylin Prize of international law.  As counsel, Mr Amado has participated in many of the largest business transactions and commercial and investment disputes involving Peru in the last few decades.  In 2009, Latin Lawyer magazine named Mr Amado as its Law Firm Leader of the Year.  Mr Amado has also served in various capacities within the Government of Peru, including as deputy to the prime minister and chief of advisors to the council of ministers.  Mr Amado regularly sits as an arbitrator in Peru and other venues, and has been a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Lima Chamber of Commerce.  In recent years, Mr Amado has been a Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre of International Law and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Latin American studies.  His recent publications include Arbitrating the Conduct of International Investors (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Juan Fernández-Armesto is a professional arbitrator. He has been President of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) (1996-2000), partner of Uría Menéndez (1983-1996) and Chaired Professor of Commercial Law (1988-2009). Since 2001 Juan Fernández-Armesto has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator in more than 180 proceedings, including investment, commercial and construction arbitrations. Juan Fernández-Armesto has acted as arbitrator in more than 125 commercial arbitrations, involving a very wide array of disputes affecting sales of enterprises, shareholders’ agreements and joint venture contracts, agency and distributorship agreements, finance and banking agreements, gas pricing and other commercial contracts. He has also been designated arbitrator in various construction disputes relating to dams, bridges, power plants, refineries, oil and gas pipelines, turnkey plant construction agreements and other infrastructure projects. The commercial and construction arbitrations in which he participated include almost 100 cases administered by the ICC, plus cases administered by AAA, LCIA, VIAC, DIAC and ad hoc procedures under UNCITRAL Rules.

Dyalá Jiménez-Figueres 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 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 (visit www.djarbitraje.com) 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.

Carole Malinvaud is a partner at Gide Paris where she co-heads the international arbitration activity of the firm and chairs the Gide Pro Bono endowment fund. Carole is a member of the Paris and New York Bars and has acted as counsel or arbitrator in over eighty international arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional, as well as before domestic French courts in relation to international litigation and arbitration. Specialised in international commercial law, and more particularly in international arbitration, Carole has recently been focusing on arbitrations relating to construction, energy and defence, under the rules of the ICC and ICSID. She also acts as arbitrator in several ICC and ICSID arbitrations. Carole regularly speaks at conferences and is a lecturer at University Paris II on the Master 2 in International business law and at Sciences Po Paris on the LLM in Transnational arbitration. She currently chairs the French international arbitration commission (ICC France) and is the former chair of the French Arbitration Committee (CFA). She is an elected member of the ICCA Governing Board, as well as the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), and chairs the Ordinary Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Fernando Eduardo Serec is TozziniFreire’s CEO and head of the Litigation and Arbitration practice groups, Fernando has broad experience in litigation and international arbitration involving real estate matters, complex financial contracts, and a wide range of administrative law issues. He has worked on international arbitrations in Brazil, USA, and Europe at major international and local arbitration institutions involving mergers and acquisitions, joint venture agreements, financial and banking disputes, infrastructure projects, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements, and intellectual property issues, among other areas. He is constantly recognized and recommended as a leader by the most important international legal publications, such as Chambers GlobalChambers Latin AmericaThe Legal 500Latin Lawyer 250IFLR1000Expert GuidesWho’s Who LegalGAR 100 and Análise Advocacia 500. Fernando received the 2013 Client Choice Award on Litigation, bestowed by the International Law Office. Fernando is LACCA Approved: Latin America’s leading private practitioner for Litigation.

Hafez Virjee is the President and a co-Founder of Delos. Hafez also serves as an independent arbitrator at Virjee Arbitration. He previously acted mainly as counsel. His clients have spanned the range of listed companies, private equity firms, tech start-ups, industrial concerns, State entities and treaty organisations, in disputes across a wide range of sectors and relationships, including shareholder agreements, joint-ventures, agency, M&A, telecommunications, tech, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and defence. Hafez is a solicitor of England & Wales and also qualified in France. He was previously at Dechert in Paris (with a secondment to Dubai in 2015) and prior to that at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He co-edits the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP) and regularly writes and speaks on international arbitration and legal risk management. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (M.A.), the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise) and the University of California – Berkeley (LL.M.). He is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.

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