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Eduardo Silva Romero, co-Chair of Dechert’s International Arbitration global practice, focuses his practice on arbitration matters, particularly disputes involving States and State entities.

An acknowledged expert in international arbitration, Silva Romero has supervised numerous proceedings before arbitration panels worldwide. Former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Silva Romero has far-reaching experience including international sales and distribution contracts, construction, telecommunication, mining, oil and gas, and electricity-related disputes. He has advised on arbitration matters conducted under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, AAA and the SCC as well as in ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL or EDFarbitration rules. As an arbitrator, Silva Romero has acted in more than 100 arbitrations.

Silva Romero is recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Europe 2017 which notes him as "outstanding". The Legal 500 Latin America 2016 notes he “excels in the quality and strategic value of its advice.” He is also consistently recommended by the Global Arbitration Review, Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Global, Chambers France, Europe, Chambers Latin America, Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit and The International Who’s Who of Arbitration and Energy and The Who's Who Legal: France - Arbitration. In 2016, he was named MVPs of the Year by Law 360 for his accomplishment in international arbitration. He is recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Arbitration and Mediation in France in 2018.

Silva Romero teaches on Investment Arbitration and International Contracts at the Paris Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po), on Arbitration at the University of Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX), and Director and Professor of International Law at the University of Rosario’s Law School in Bogota. He is also a guest lecturer at the Universities of Panthéon-Sorbonne(Paris I), Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and at the Geneva Master in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS).

He is a regular speaker at numerous conferences, seminars and courses in Europe, the US and Latin America.

He is the Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR as well as Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and has published dozens of books and articles on international arbitration and other matters.

Significant Representations

  • The Czech Republic in three investment arbitrations in the real estate, gaming and airplanes sectors.
  • The Republic of Ecuador in ten investment and commercial arbitrations in, for instance, the telecommunication, oil and gas, construction and mining concession sectors. 
  • The Plurinational State of Bolivia in ten investment arbitrations (under the auspices of ICSID or under the UNCITRAL rules) and one commercial arbitration involving several sectors, including telecommunications, infrastructure, mining, energy and oil and gas.
  • The Republic of Colombia in four investment arbitrations (under the auspices of ICSID or under the UNCITRAL rules) in the mining and telecommunication sectors.
  • A group of Costa Rican and Dutch investors against a Central American State in an ICSID arbitration relating to the construction and development of an ecotourist resort. 
  • A French multinational in a dispute with a Central American state entity in an ICC arbitration related to the construction of a hydro electrical plant.
  • A Brazilian company against a Portuguese group of companies in an ICC arbitration arising from fraudulent schemes in the execution of several financial agreements concluded for the financing of a construction project.
  • A leading European gas company in its gas pricing dispute against another leading European gas company in a potential ICC arbitration arising from a long term gas supply contract.
  • A French fund against a French company in an ad-hoc arbitration arising from a shareholders agreement in the food industry.
  • A leading American technology company against a South Korean company in an ICC arbitration relating to the softwares of the smartphones.
  • A Spanish company against two Peruvian companies in an AAA arbitration related to the breach of a shareholders agreement.

Education

El Rosario University, 1993
Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DSU, Private International Law, 1995
Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, DEA, Philosophy of Law, 1996
Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Ph.D., Docteur en Droit, 2000, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Bogota
Paris

Memberships

Co-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee
Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
Member and Former Secretary, ICC Latin American Arbitration Group
Vice President, Court of the Jerusalem Arbitration Center
Advisory Board, AILA (Africa International Legal Awareness)

Languages

English
Spanish
French
Portuguese