Ricardo Gerhard

Associate

Ricardo is a Mexican lawyer. He holds a law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and an LLM in international law from King’s College London.

Ricardo advises private entities, States and international organisations on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law matters including the law of treaties, the law on State responsibility, international humanitarian law, international investment law and Business & Human Rights.

Recent highlights of his practice include representing the Democratic Republic of Congo in the historic “Armed Activities” case; successfully advising the Republic of Lithuania in a motion for preliminary dismissal of an arbitral proceeding for manifest lack of legal merit under ICSID Arbitration Rules 41(5) and 41(6); successfully defending two claimants in a bifurcation request made by an Eastern European State in an ad hoc arbitration under the PCA’s auspices; acting for private investors in annulment proceedings against a Latin American State; and advising a development finance institution on its responsibilities under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Prior to joining Volterra Fietta, Ricardo worked in the international arbitration group of a major international law firm where he represented States in international investment arbitrations under different rules, including ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL. In addition to his arbitration experience, Ricardo has a strong transactional background, with a particular focus in the oil and gas and financial industries.

Contact+44 (0)207 380 3897

Email: ricardo.gerhard@volterrafietta.com

Education

LLM, King’s College London (merits and distinction in his dissertation)

Law Degree, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (summa cum laude)

Languages

Spanish and English

Bar admissions

Mexico