Paolo Di Rosa heads the firm's global International Arbitration group, and has long been recognized as one of the world's leading practitioners of international arbitration, as illustrated by his rankings and recognitions in publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 US, The Legal 500 Latin America, Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Best USA Expert Guide, The Who's Who Legal, Super Lawyers, and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Experts, amongst others. Notably, he has been ranked in Band 1 of the last 4 editions of Chambers Latin America and has been designated by the Legal 500 Latin America as one of the 'Leading Lawyers' in the last 6 editions. He has also been selected by Legal 500 US as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in its last 11 editions (in the last 3 of which he has been chosen as 1 of 13 "Hall of Fame" lawyers). He is also ranked as a specialist in public international law in Chambers Global.

Mr. Di Rosa's practice centers on the representation of sovereign States and private sector companies in international arbitration, litigation, and public international law matters, including in particular disputes between investors and States under investment treaties. He specializes in complex and high-stakes disputes, and has successfully represented clients in disputes worldwide, and in a wide variety of industries and economic sectors, including power, renewable energy, oil and gas, mining, banking and finance, transportation, fisheries, real estate, and media. Although his practice spans all geographic regions of the globe, he has especially extensive experience in legal matters relating to Latin America (acquired both in the private sector and the US federal government), along with a fully bilingual (Spanish-English) and bicultural background.

Mr. Di Rosa serves as an arbitrator, and on 23 February 2016, President Barack Obama designated him as one of the four United States members of the ICSID Roster of Arbitrators. See White House Press Release: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/16/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts. Mr. Di Rosa is also a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Di Rosa was a senior-level US Government lawyer and a member of the Senior Executive Service of the US Government. As Assistant Legal Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US State Department during the Clinton Administration, he headed the office responsible for legal matters pertaining to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Canada. During his tenure at the US State Department, Mr. Di Rosa was awarded a Superior Honor Award as well as a Meritorious Honor Award.

Experience

Concluded Cases

Mr. Di Rosa has successfully represented the following sovereign States in investment arbitrations:

  • Czech Republic in six separate investment arbitrations filed under bilateral investment treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty, five under the UNCITRAL rules and one ad hoc, by claimants Antaris Solar GMBH and Dr. Michal Göde, Jürgen Wirtgen, Stefan Wirtgen, Gisela Wirtgen and JSW Solar (zwei) GmbH & Co.KG, Photovoltaik Knopf Betriebs GmbH, Voltaic Network GmbH, WA Investments–Europa Nova Ltd., and I.C.W. Europe Investments Limited. These arbitrations involved disputes in the renewable energy sector (solar), and claims of US$37 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed, and in addition our client was awarded partial arbitral costs and legal fees in five of the six cases.
  • Republic of Bulgaria in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Sultanate of Oman under a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the banking sector and claims of US$88 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed, and our client was awarded the totality of its arbitral costs, as well as the totality of its legal fees and expenses.
  • Republic of Costa Rica in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID arbitration filed by the Spanish company Supervisión y Control S.A. pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the transportation sector and claims of US$345 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed.
  • Dominican Republic in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by US claimant Corona Materials Inc. pursuant to the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), involving a dispute in the mining sector and claims of US$100 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed.
  • Dominican Republic in an UNCITRAL Rules investment arbitration filed by Michael and Lisa Ballantine pursuant to the DR-CAFTA, involving a dispute in the real estate sector and claims of US$41.5 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed.
  • Slovak Republic in an UNCITRAL rules investment arbitration filed by US Steel Global Holdings I B.V. pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the steel sector and claims of US$300 million. The case settled.
  • Republic of Chile in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by Victor Pey Casado and the President Allende Foundation pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the media sector and claims of over US$400 million. The tribunal awarded the claimants zero damages, as a result of which our client did not have to pay anything to the claimant.
  • Republic of Chile in a separate UNCITRAL rules investment arbitration filed by the President Allende Foundation, Victor Pey Casado, and Coral Pey Grebe pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the media sector and claims of US$467 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed, and our client was awarded the totality of its arbitration costs and 80% of its legal fees and expenses.
  • Republic of Chile in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by the Spanish fishing company Sociedad Anónima Eduardo Vieira pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the fisheries sector and claims of US$25 million. All claims against our client were fully dismissed.
  • Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by the Dutch company I&I Beheer pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the financial sector and claims of US$300 million. The proceeding was discontinued at our client's request, following the withdrawal of claimant's counsel after the first round of written submissions on the merits.

Ongoing Cases

  • Republic of Korea in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID under bilateral investment treaties by subsidiaries of U.S. private equity fund Lone Star (LSF-KEB Holdings SCA et al.), involving a dispute in the banking sector and claims of US$4.4 billion.
  • Republic of Peru in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by subsidiaries of the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the oil and gas sector and claims of US$1.2 billion.
  • Republic of Peru in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by Spanish energy company ENAGÁS S.A. pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the oil and gas sector and claims of more than US$500 million.
  • Republic of Peru in a contract-based arbitration filed at ICSID by Hydrika 1 SAC, involving a dispute in the renewable energy sector (hydroelectric) and claims of more than US$20 million.
  • Republic of Peru in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by Latam Hydro LLC and Mamacocha S.R.L. pursuant to the US-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement as well as under a contract, involving a dispute in the electricity sector and claims of more than US$30 million.
  • Republic of Peru in an UNCITRAL rules investment treaty arbitration by Panamericana Televisión, pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty arbitration, involving a dispute in the telecommunications sector and claims of more than US$450 million.
  • Republic of Colombia in an UNCITRAL rules investment treaty arbitration filed by Alberto, Felipe, and Enrique Carrizosa Gelzis pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, involving a dispute in the financial sector and claims of US$320 million.
  • Republic of Colombia in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by Astrida Benita Carrizosa pursuant to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement and the Colombia-Switzerland bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the financial sector and claims of more than US$40 million.
  • Republic of Costa Rica in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by the Canadian mining company Infinito Industries pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty, involving a dispute in the gold mining sector and claims of US$321 million.
  • Republic of Bulgaria in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by the Czech energy company ČEZ pursuant to the Energy Charter Treaty, involving a dispute in the power sector.
  • Czech Republic in an UNCITRAL rules investment arbitration pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty and the Energy Charter Treaty, filed by claimant Natland N.V., G.I.H.G. Limited, Natland Group Ltd., and Radiance Energy Holding, involving a dispute in the renewable energy sector (solar).
  • Czech Republic in ad hoc investment arbitration filed at Permanent Court of Arbitration by DiagHuman, involving a dispute in the health sector.
  • Republic of Chile in an investment arbitration filed at ICSID by Carlos Ríos and Francisco Ríos under the Colombia - Chile Free Trade Agreement, involving a dispute in the transportation sector and claims of more than US$300 million.
  • Kingdom of Thailand in an UNCITRAL rules investment treaty arbitration filed by Kingsgate Consolidated Ltd., involving a dispute in the mining sector.

Perspectives

Challenges for Counsel in the Representation of States and State-Owned Entities in International Arbitration: A Practitioner's Perspective
Evolution and Adaption: The Future of International Arbitration, ICCA Congress Series No. 20
Representing States and State Entities
Panelist, 35th Annual Joint Symposium of Arbitrators, Queen Mary University of London School of International Arbitration and ICC Institute of World Business Law, London, UK
Chess and the Art of State Representation: Experiences in the Defense of States in Investment Arbitration
Lecture, Columbia Law School Speaker Series 2019, New York, NY, USA
Set Aside and/or Annulment Proceedings
Panel Chair, 8th Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Hiring Counsel for Treaty Cases—Are Governments Getting the Process Right?
Panelist, 5th Annual GAR Live BITs Conference, Washington, DC, USA
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Recognition

The Legal 500 Latin America 2021
"Leading Lawyer"–International Arbitration
Law360
"MVP"–International Arbitration (2020)
Chambers Latin America 2021
International Arbitration (2021)
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1991, cum laude
  • Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Law School, Harvard Human Rights Law Journal
  • BA, Harvard University, 1987, magna cum laude
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Activities
  • Member, ICSID Panel of Arbitrators (appointed by the United States)
  • Member, Users Council, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Member, ICC Task Force on Arbitration Involving States and State Entities
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration
  • Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI), Paris, France
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law Institute
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Member, Investment Committee, Latin American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Permanent Committee, Latin American Arbitration Conference (CLA)
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Society of International Law
  • Member, Inter-American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, International Law Association
  • Chilean American Chamber of Commerce (President, 2005-2008; Vice-President, 2003-2005; Member, Board of Directors, 2005-2011)
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