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Santiago Gatica

Senior Associate

Future Leader in International Arbitration

Who's Who Legal, 2023

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About Santiago Gatica

Santiago is a senior associate in our International Arbitration Group in New York.

He has extensive experience in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings under ICC, LCIA, CIETAC, ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility and UNCITRAL rules, mainly in the mining, infrastructure, pensions, telecommunications and agro-industry sectors.

Santiago is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks basic Portuguese and Mandarin.

Recent work

  • Representing an airport operator in an LCIA arbitration against a Central American State arising out of the termination of the concession agreement involving the country's four international airports.
  • Representing Luis García Armas in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Venezuela arising out of the expropriation of his investments in the food importation and distribution sector and other measures.
  • Representing Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Bolivia under the Bolivia-Spain BIT relating to Bolivia’s decade-long inability to complete the nationalization of the private pension fund administration sector.
  • Representing Glencore in an UNCITRAL arbitration against Bolivia arising from the nationalisation of its tin and antimony smelters and its investment in a tin mine.
  • Representing Grupo Agroinsumos Iberoamericanos in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela in relation to the expropriation of its investment in the most important group of companies of the food and agriculture sector in Venezuela.
  • Representing Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Colombia in relation to the expropriation of the assets held by Colombia’s largest mobile phone provider.


University education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Harvard Law School, United States (2017).
  • School of Law, University of Montevideo, Uruguay (2011).

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to practice in Uruguay (2012).
  • Admitted to practice in the State of New York (2019).

Professional memberships

  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), Cross-Border Investment Committee (CBIC), Vice-Chair.
  • Uruguay Very Young Arbitration Practitioners (URUVYAP), Founder.
  • International Arbitration Seminars & Courses (IASC), Chair.
  • Uruguay-China Chamber of Commerce, Fiscal Commission.


  • University of Montevideo, International Arbitration (graduate course), Professor.
  • University of Montevideo, Diploma on Arbitration (postgraduate degree), Executive Coordinator and Professor.
  • University of Montevideo, U.S. Law Program, Professor.