Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer

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Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer

Associate

Paris | 32 rue de Monceau, Paris, France 75008
+33 1 57 57 80 74 | +33 1 57 57 80 81

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Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer* focuses his practice on international arbitration.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Velarde Saffer worked as an international legal analyst at a U.S. based firm where he assisted in the initial stages of investment arbitration cases involving Latin American countries. Mr. Velarde Saffer also served as an associate in the corporate and private law departments of a Peru based firm where he provided strategic legal advice in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Velarde Saffer's experience also includes teaching as a professor of law at universities in Peru.

Experience
  • A South American State in an investment dispute under UNCITRAL Rules regarding the concession of the three international airports in the country.
  • A South American State in an investment dispute under UNCITRAL Rules regarding the development of a mining project.
  • The port authority of a South American State in a commercial arbitration against a Chinese company in a dispute related to a concession contract for a maritime port.
  • An American airplane manufacturing company in a judicial dispute, governed by Peruvian law but litigated in the courts of the State of Illinois, derived from an airplane accident.
  • A Latin American state entity in two ICC arbitrations related to various contracts for electricity generation.
  • A South American State in an ICSID arbitration against a Swiss company arising from the State’s imposition of a fine due to the wrongful modification of a contract to exploit coal.
  • A Spanish construction company in an ICSID arbitration against a South American State arising from delays in the construction of a highway.
  • A South American State in an ICSID arbitration against a Swiss company, in a dispute arising from the State’s imposition of a fine due to the wrongful modification of a contract to exploit coal.
  • Colombian investors in an ICSID arbitration against a South American State arising out of, among others, the expropriation of their investments in the transportation industry.
  • A joint-venture of European construction companies in an ICSID arbitration against an Asian State arising out of the construction of an expressway.
  • A South American State in a UNCITRAL arbitration against a Swiss company arising out of the reversion of a mine lease and of certain smelters located in Bolivia.
  • Acting as administrative secretary in several arbitration proceedings.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2013, Fellow, Foundations of Private Law Research Program  
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Titulo de Abogado, 2009, 2nd in class of 204
Admissions
  • *Admitted in Peru only
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
Memberships
  • Arbitrator, Lima Chamber of Commerce
  • Arbitrator, Centro de Analisis y Resolucion de Conflictos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru
  • Arbitrator, American Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM Peru
  • Latin America representative, Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration
Speaking Engagements
  • La suspensión del proceso de reconocimiento: aplicación del artículo 6 de la convención de Nueva York en las jurisdicciones americanas — 60 Años dela Convención de Nueva York, San José (November 15-16, 2018)
  • Brexit for Fund Managers Seminar Series - Session Three: Attracting and Retaining Talent After Brexit — London (October 4, 2018) 
  • VI Seminario Internacional de Arbitraje de Inversión — Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje (IPA), La Paz (September 27, 2018)
  • Buenas Prácticas en el Arbitraje: ¿Qué Necesita el Perú para Convertirse en una Sede Internacional? — Peruvian Young Arbitrators, Lima (September 14, 2018)
  • XII Congreso de Arbitraje Internacional — Centro de Arbitraje de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima (September 12, 2018)
  • Conflicto de intereses de los árbitros — ICC YAF, Lima (April 26, 2018)
  • Las Propuestas de la creación de un Tribunal Europeo de arbitraje de inversión — V Seminario Internacional de Arbitraje de Inversión, Lima (October 2, 2017)
  • Environmental Considerations in Investment Arbitration — XI Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima (May 24-26, 2017)

Luis Miguel Velarde Saffer participates in the XI Congreso Internacional de Arbitraje of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.. He speaks at the panel “Renco Group v. Peru–Environmental Considerations in Investment Arbitration”.

  • El Derecho a regular de Los Estados y Arbitraje de Inversión — ICC YAF, Lima (November 3, 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)