On 31 October 2019, Volterra Fietta hosted the Latin American Arbitration Practitioners EU (“LATAP EU”) launch event. Associates Gunjan Sharma and Ricardo Gerhard welcomed the participants and gave introductory remarks before a distinguished panel of speakers analysed the norm-generating effects of investment treaty arbitration in Latin America.
LATAP EU aims to build a network of practitioners focused on international arbitration and with strong ties to, or experience in, Latin America. To achieve its objective, LATAP organises educational and networking events that provide a platform for young Latin American lawyers to discuss current topics regarding international arbitration in Latin America along with experienced practitioners and arbitrators. Ricardo is one of the co-founders of LATAP EU.
This event underscores Volterra Fietta’s active involvement in Latin America. Volterra Fietta advises numerous Latin American States on a variety of public international law matters. Volterra Fietta also regularly represents investors operating in Latin America in investment treaty arbitrations involving a broad range of industries.
During the last 12 months alone, the firm has represented Latin American and Caribbean States in a wide range of confidential and non-confidential public international law matters, including in relation to maritime delimitations, treaty drafting, boundary disputes, exploitation of straddling oil and gas deposits and international arbitration matters. Equally, over the past year, the firm was counsel in some of the most high-profile investment treaty arbitrations in the region, including three ICSID annulment proceedings against Venezuela.
That is why legal directories consistently list Volterra Fietta’s Latin American practice at the top of their rankings and recognise the firm’s expertise. For example, Legal 500 has noted that “Volterra Fietta’s public international law expertise makes it a natural choice for clients seeking Latin America investment treaty arbitration advice. From its London base, the team has acted in cases across the region for a client base encompassing sovereigns, international organisations and corporations.”
A link to a note reporting on the event can be found here.