José Manuel García Represa


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 2015 which notes that he "manages cases with both a real strategic overview and an acute knowledge of details". He is also recognized by Chambers Latin America 2017 , as “very technical”, “really good, very young and very talented”, and has been highlighted in Chambers Global 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 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.


Significant Representations

  • 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