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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, ICSID, ICSID Additional Facility, UNCITRAL and CIETAC rules, mainly in the mining, infrastructure, telecommunications and agro-industry sectors.

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

Recent work

  • Representing Grupo Agroinsumos Iberoamericanos in an ICSID arbitration against Venezuela under the Venezuela-Spain BIT, in relation to the expropriation of its investment in the most important group of companies of the food and agriculture sector in Venezuela.
  • 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 Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Colombia under the free trade agreement between Mexico and Colombia, in relation to the expropriation of the assets held by Colombia’s largest mobile phone provider.

Qualifications

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.
  • New York International Arbitration Center, Case Law Library Team.
  • Uruguay-China Chamber of Commerce, Fiscal Commission.

Lectures

  • University of Montevideo, International Arbitration (postgraduate course), Professor.
  • University of Montevideo, U.S. Law Program, Professor.