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About Yuri Mantilla

Yuri is an associate in our international arbitration and public international law practices, where he advises and represents States, corporations and non-governmental organisations in inter-State, investor-State, and international commercial arbitration disputes. He is also part of the firm’s Brazil practice.

During his time with the firm, Yuri has been on secondments to Freshfields’ Washington, DC, and Madrid offices, and has worked from several other Freshfields’ offices during shorter periods, including our New York, Moscow, Vienna, and Munich offices.

Prior to joining Freshfields, he trained in Geneva with the World Trade Organisation (Legal Affairs Division), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the arbitration group of a leading Swiss law firm.

Yuri speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Recent work

Some of Yuri’s experience includes:

  • Acting for a South American State in its dispute with a neighbouring State concerning the obligation to negotiate access to the Pacific Ocean before the International Court of Justice. Read more about this in our case study;
  • Acting for a consortium of investors in a multi-million dollar ICSID arbitration against an European State relating to investments in the photovoltaic sector;
  • Acting for an Asian company in a multi-million dollar ICSID arbitration against an European State relating to investments in the Eolic energy sector;
  • Acting for a Dutch investor and its subsidiaries in a multi-million dollar ICSID arbitration against an Eastern European State relating to their investment in a sports and recreation centre as well as lodging and associated amenities;
  • Acting for a Supermajor oil company in a multi-million ICC arbitration arising from a contract to design and build a gas processing plant in South America;
  • Advising an US investor and its subsidiaries in a potential multi-million dollar ICSID arbitration against a Balkan State relating to the construction and operation of a thermal power plant;
  • Advising a Supermajor oil company in potential UNCITRAL arbitrations with a state entity of an African country arising from oil and natural gas Production Sharing Agreements; and
  • Advising an international mining company with operations in a South American State on measures affecting the maritime service sector and trade in coal and on potential trade disputes under trade agreements within the framework of the World Trade Organization (GATT and GATS) and other multilateral trade agreements.


University education

  • International Dispute Settlement, Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement, Geneva, Switzerland, LLM (Hans Wilsdorf Scholar)
  • Nova Southeastern University, USA and University of Barcelona, Spain, JD/LLB
  • University of South Florida, USA, MBA
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, USA, BS in Finance

Professional qualifications

  • Avocat à la Cour, Paris
  • Attorney-at-law, Florida and Washington, DC