José Manuel García Represa

José Manuel García Represa Dechert international arbitration lawyer in Paris

José Manuel García Represa

José Manuel García Represa is a partner at Dechert’s Paris office. He is a specialist in international commercial and investment arbitration, with a particular focus on cases involving Europe and Latin America. He has represented parties in disputes arising out of contracts and investments in the electricity sector (generation and distribution), construction, oil & gas, mining, post-M&A purchase price adjustments, joint ventures, telecommunications, insurance and risk coverage, sales and distribution contracts, and investment disputes. Mr. García Represa also serves as arbitrator.  

He has experience in cases involving multiple jurisdictions and procedural rules and has appeared before ICC, ICSID and ad hoc-UNCITRAL arbitral tribunals.

Mr. García Represa was recognized by The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 which notes that he is an “excellent tactician and litigator who combines all the skills required for successful international arbitration”. He is also recognized by Chambers France 2019, for his "deep understanding of the technical issues" in cases and his "ability to think clearly and quickly under pressure," and has been highlighted in Chambers Latin America and Chambers Europe for his international arbitration and dispute resolution practice. In 2016, he was named one of the top attorneys under 40 by Law360's Rising Stars. He is currently ranked 8th Most Highly Regarded Partner under 45 in Europe by Who’s Who Legal - Arbitration.

Prior to joining Dechert in 2008, he was a member of the international arbitration groups of two international law firms.

  • A leading European telecommunications company in a shareholders’ dispute with its North African partner exceeding US$1 billion before an ICC arbitral tribunal.
  • A French company specialized in the design and production of CAD/CAM for the textile industry in an arbitration administered under the auspices of the ICC against a leading Spanish retail company.
  • A French engineering and construction company in an ICC arbitration with a Central American State entity related to the construction of a hydroelectric power generation plant.
  • The subsidiary of a European petroleum company in an ICC dispute against the host-State’s hydrocarbons regulator arising out of the performance of two exploration and production contracts for onshore blocks.
  • A group of cement producing companies in an ICC arbitration involving a shareholder’s dispute relating to the constructing of a major producing facility in South America.
  • A Spanish State-owned military shipyard in an ICC arbitration with its French counterpart over the development and construction of military submarines.
  • A German multinational and its American subsidiary in an ICC arbitration initiated by a Spanish automotive components manufacturer involving claims over US$100 million (including patent infringement claims).
  • A European engineering firm against a Latin American national petroleum company in a dispute involving delay and disruption claims relating to the construction of an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Campeche, Mexico.
  • A U.S. engineering and construction company and its airport management subsidiary in a domestic Spanish-language construction and tariff dispute against the State civil aviation authorities of a Central American State.
  • A South American State in three ICSID investment disputes with major foreign oil companies and one UNCITRAL investment dispute arising from the termination of a telecommunications concession contract.
  • An Argentinean group of investors in an ICSID dispute against a South American State related to the termination of a concession contract to design, build and operate a toll speedway for alleged construction delays.
  • A South American State in seven investment disputes arising from nationalizations in the mining, telecommunications and oil & gas sectors.
  • The Ecuadorian Hydrocarbons Secretariat in settlement negotiations with foreign oil companies.
  • The Ecuadorian Ministry of Non-Renewable Natural Resources in drafting the model mining exploitation and investment protection contracts.
  • Complutense University of Madrid, Law Degree, 2000
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Law Degree, 2000
  • Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Master, International Commercial Law, 2001, La Caixa scholar
  • Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2003, Fulbright scholar
  • Madrid
  • Paris
  • New York
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • IBA Subcommittee on Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA)
  • Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA)
  • International Arbitration Institute (IAI-Paris)
  • Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB)
  • ICC Spanish Committee
  • ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes
Speaking Engagements
  • Controversias arbitrales en Sistemas de Transporte Masivo Urbanos o Metros - IV Congreso Arbitraje Nacional e Internacional  de la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Cartagena (March 5, 2020)
  • Welcoming Address, Presentation of the ICC Institute, Introduction and Presentation of  the Mock Cases - 17th ICC Miami Conference, Miami, FL (November 10, 2019)
  • Environmental Law and International Arbitration - CFA-40, Paris (October 1, 2019)
  • Actors in International Investment Law: Beyond Claimants, Respondents and Arbitrators - ESIL Colloquium, Paris (September 26-28, 2019)
  • Seminar Series on International Investment Law & ISDS: USMCA: the ‘new NAFTA’ — University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France (December 7, 2018)
  • Save My Money: Interim and Precautionary Measures in International Arbitration — 16th ICC Miami Conference on International Arbitration, Miami, FL (November 12, 2018)
  • Bolivian ICC Arbitration Day — Santa Cruz (August 27, 2018)
  • WIOML Conference  — Sintra, Portugal (June 27, 2018)

    José Manuel García Represa discusses how the lack of social license to operate and environmental concerns are being considered by arbitral tribunals when assessing monetary compensation for the termination of mining projects at the exploration stage during the panel on 'Crisis Prevention, Crisis Management and Unexpected Disputes (International and National)'.
  • XII Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje — Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje, Lima (April 25,2018)
  • The Future of Investment Arbitration — CFA-40 (Comité Français de l’Arbitrage), Paris (February 15, 2018)
  • El rol del juez de apoyo en España y Francia — Miradas Cruzadas franco-españolas - CEA Conference, Paris (February 2, 2018)
  • Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration in the Americas — Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017)
  • Requests for Bifurcation/Trifurcation; Strategy of Case Schedule\ and\ Bringing Counterclaims\ — Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI), New York, NY (August 8, 2017)
  • La experiencia de los usuarios del arbitraje: Fortalezas y debilidades — XI Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje, Lima (April 27, 2017)
  • Current practice of investment disputes involving Latin-American actors  — Colloquium on Investment Arbitration in Latin America: Shaping the future, Paris (December 5, 2016)
  • Arbitraje de Inversión: la Decisión del Laudo de PMI y sus Implicancias para el Uruguay la Región — Jornada Internacional sobre Arbitraje Comercial y de Inversión - Universidad de Montevideo, Montevideo (September 29, 2016)
  • Examining experts at the hearing: The arbitrator's perspective — ASA Below 40 Spring Seminar - Swiss Arbitration Association, Geneva (June 10, 2016)
  • El rol de los peritos y los expertos en el arbitraje — X Congreso Latinoamericano de Arbitraje, Lima (April 28, 2016)
  • Challenges of legitimacy in international arbitration — Columbia Arbitration Day 2016, New York, NY (February 19, 2016)
  • Tendencias Nacionales e Internacionales en Materia de Recursos de Anulacion de Laudos — Complejo Empresarial Peruano de la Camara de Comercio de Lima, Lima (November 17, 2015)
  • Managing Conflicts in Arbitration, the Arbitrator and Counsel Perspective — ICC Seminat, Sofia (June 1, 2015)
  • Congreso Centroamericano de Arbitraje de Inversión — Centro de Mediación y Arbitraje de el Salvador, San Salvador (January 29, 2015)

    In this conference, Partner, José-Manuel García Represa, speaks at the panel on "The existence of an 'umbrella clause' in the treaties of protection and promotion of investments."
  • Sistema de alertas para la prevención de disputas arbitrales internacionales y locales — Seminario de Derecho Público y Derecho Internacional, Procuraduría General del Estado, República del Ecuador, Quito (November 1, 2013)
  • Problèmes actuels de l'arbtirage d'investissements — Journées Franco-Sudaméricaines de Droit Comparé – La codification du droit privé, L'évolution du droit de l'arbitrage, Paris (October 1, 2013)
  • Tendencias en el arbitraje de inversión en América Latina — Cámara de Comercio de Lima, II Simposio Internacional de Arbitraje, Lima (September 1, 2013)
  • The Regionalization of Investment Treaty Arrangements: Developments and Implications — The Nineteenth Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference, London (September 14, 2012)

    The purpose of this ITF public conference is to explore the nature of these arrangements, examine the motivations behind their development, and inquire about their implications for the field of international investment law generally. More broadly, the conference asks whether regionalization portends a move towards greater global harmonization or whether it suggests a new balkanization of the investment treaty regime.
  • Protección de Inversiones y Arbitraje Internacional — A Seminar Organized by Dechert LLP and Muñiz, Ramírez, Pérez-Taiman & Olaya, Lima (July 17, 2012)
  • La presentacion de la demanda,contestacion y defensas. Los memoriales iniciales. Replicas — 6 to programa de Alta Especializacion en Arbitraje Internacional “Como litigar en un arbitraje internacional”, Lima (July 14, 2012)
  • Workshop on International Arbitration Under the ICC Rules — ICC Seminar, Sofia (June 10, 2010)

    The seminar is held with the participation of representatives of the International Chamber of Commerce and foreign experts with rich experience in international arbitration. Methods of training: Settlement of case studies in all phases of the proceedings in small working groups; Technical and practical presentations by international speakers and practitioners arbitrators; Discussions between participants and speakers during interactive plenary sessions.
  • PIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration — Study of a Mock Case Under the ICC Rules of Arbitration, Paris (September 28, 2009)