Global Compliance Club
Latin American Cafe
Changing seats: is Latin America coming of age?
International arbitration has been the preferred dispute resolution mechanism for many
years in large cross-border transactions involving Latin American jurisdictions, assets, or
parties. Any perceived negativity that governments and private parties once harboured,
has gradually given way to an increasingly “arbitration-friendly” environment
12 July 2017, Mexico City
While Latin America has succeeded in opening its doors to international arbitration,
corporations most often select New York, Paris or Miami as the seat of their disputes. Is this
now changing? Some experts suggest that we are now seeing an increase in the choice of
seats in the region.
Masterclass participants will debate the extent to which we are experiencing a “coming of
age”, where states and commercial parties are more prepared to accept or even insist on
local Latin American seats such as Santiago, Mexico City, Panama, Sao Paulo or Rio de
Janeiro, particularly where the disputes are to be run in Spanish or Portuguese.
Our distinguished panel will cover the following concerns
08.00h - 10:30h
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Campus Santa Fe
Avenida de los Poetas 100
Santa Fe, La Loma
01389 Mexico City
1. Are we experiencing a move towards the use of Latin American seats, and if so,
why? What are the current key criteria when selecting a seat for a Latin American
2. What are the dos and don’ts of drafting arbitration clauses for a Latin American seat?
3. What are the potential challenges that the NAFTA agreement update might bring to the
practice of arbitration?
To register, please email Rebecka Larsson at
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