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Arbitration and International Law

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With its sharp hearing and eyesight, and the ability to see all angles—even directly behind itself—the owl symbolizes wisdom, vision and fairness

The singularity of Xtrategy lies in its specialization and extensive experience in arbitration and international law, combined with cost-effective competitiveness and flexibility given its character as a boutique firm in international arbitration.

This experience includes representation of sovereign States and private clients in multiple arbitrations, negotiation of international investment agreements, set-up of programs to prevent and strengthen the legal defense of States against investment arbitration claims, and advice on public international law.

Our Arbitration and International Law practice, led by José Antonio Rivas, SJD, focuses on three areas:

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With its sharp hearing and eyesight, and the ability to see all angles—even directly behind itself—the owl symbolizes wisdom, vision and fairness

A number of elements lead to achieving favorable results in investment
arbitration: Experience of international counsel in the various stages of
arbitration, impecable drafting skills, expertise in witness examinations, and
specialized knowledge in public international law, investment treaties, the ICSID
Convention and the applicable arbitration rules. Likewise, it is essential to be
sensitive to the State’s regulatory powers involved in the dispute. Our ethos is to
work as a team with the client, identify the weaknesses and strengths of the
case, and lead the way guided by a strategic vision.

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A number of elements lead to achieving favorable results in international
commercial arbitration: Experience of international counsel in arbitration
proceedings in the relevant industry (e.g., energy, oil & gas,, highway
infrastructure, or environmentally sensitive projects) and on the various stages of
the arbitration. Counsel must possess impecable drafting skills, mastery in
conducting direct and cross-examinations and in-depth knowledge of the
applicable arbitration rules, e.g. those of the ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA / ICDR or
others. Our ethos is to work as a team with the client, identify the weaknesses
and strengths of the case, and lead the way guided by astrategic vision focused
on a victorious outcome.

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We rely on our extensive experience in advising States, international
organizations and private clients on matters of public international law. Along with
our leadership in the negotiation of various international investment agreements,
this experience also includes drafting clauses for international organizations in
search of balanced models between investment protection, respect of the State’s
regulatory powers, and standards of corporate responsibility in environmental
and labor matters.

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