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Managing partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with almost 40 years of experience in advising both multinational Fortune 500 clients as well as governments. He has an undisputed track record acting as counsel and arbitrator appointed by international companies and governments involved in international investor-state or commercial disputes. Furthermore, he has a strong background in corporate as well as litigation matters and has been the leader in some of the most groundbreaking transactions taking place in Latin America and Mexico during the past 30 years.  Representative work includes includes advising Anheuser Busch Inbev in its recent acquisition of Grupo Modelo for 20.1 billion and counseling The Coca Cola Company in various of its many and distinct key strategic M&A deals.

 

National & International  Commercial Arbitration

Mr. von Wobeser has received international recognition for his work as an arbitrator and has been involved in more than 100 arbitral proceedings globally including the Latin America region, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has represented foreign and Mexican companies in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of the ICC, AAA, ICDR, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, ICSID, NAFTA, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and the LCIA. He has served as an arbitrator in more than 15 investor state arbitration cases under UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, ICSID and ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism.

Additionally, he has acted as arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations as well as a judge ad hoc in the Inter American Human Rights Court. Mr. von Wobeser has acted as an expert witness on Mexican & International Law in several international arbitrations as well as, before U.S. and English Courts. Other experience includes appearing as counsel in arbitrations and before Mexican courts in disputes relating to foreign and international awards and arbitration agreements and their enforcement.

 

Corporate, M&A, Foreign Investment, Civil & Commercial Litigation

He is a key player in advising companies and institutions on their major corporate foreign investment matters. Mr. von Wobeser has been the lead legal counsel in helping companies to increase their participation in the Mexican market and in the planning of the most important M&A deals that have taken place in Latin America. He is an expert in strategic business planning and his main areas of expertise include: business negotiations, structuring and incorporation of companies, expansion via subsidiaries, joint ventures and the generation and implementation of commercial contracts. He has counseled and assisted major corporations in the structuring of their companies advising them strategically in order to expand into Mexico and Latin America.

Furthermore, he has advised companies in order to minimize any legal liabilities, assure fiscal efficiency, and compliance with legal obligations under Mexican and International law. He has also successfully protected clients via litigation in large scale transactions.

Main Practices

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Languages

Spanish, English, German and French

Education, Professional Affiliations and Academic Activities

He obtained his Law Degree (JD equivalent) from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, 1979. He obtained his Doctorate of Law in Commercial and European Law Studies from the Université de Droit, d'Economie et de Sciences Sociales in Paris, 1983.

Member of the Arbitration Court of the ICC, 1982-1988. President of the Arbitration Commission, Mexican Chapter I.C.C. 1987 - present. Member of LCIA the Latin American Council 1998 - present. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1998 - present. Member of the Mexican Mediation Institute 2000 - present.

Chairman of the Mexican Bar Association 2001 - 2002. Chair of the Mediation Sub Committee of the International Bar Association 2003 - 2004. Member of the Board of Directors AAA 2003 - present. Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association 2005 - 2006. Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration, 2006 - present. Arbitration Diplomat professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho.

 

 

Recognitions

Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Global Arbitration Review 100 (GAR 100), Latin Lawyer 250, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer, Who´s Who Legal, Latin American Corporate Counsel Corporation (LACCA), Global Law Experts and Expert Guides among others.

Pro Bono and Diversity

He is actively involved in the firm´s Pro Bono activities.