Gisela Paris

Associate - Washington, D.C.

Gisela Paris
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Gisela Paris is an associate in the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Gisela works extensively on matters involving representation of sovereign States in disputes related to foreign investment. She has worked on the representation of clients in arbitrations with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules, initiated under Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and in commercial arbitrations.

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Education:

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Master in International Legal Studies, Hugo Grotius Scholar, 2007
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Abogada (J.D. equivalent), Honors Diploma, 2004
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Specialization in International Law, 2004

Languages:

English, Spanish, Hebrew, Portuguese

Representative Experience

Investor-State Arbitration

  • Consorcio GLP Ecuador v. Republic of Ecuador (UNCITRAL case). Represent Ecuador in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. 
  • Highbury International AVV and Ramstein Trading Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/1). Represent Venezuela in the annulment proceedings initiated by claimants. 
  • Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos, S.L., Inica Latinoamericana, S.L., Proyefa Internacional, S.L., Verica Atlántica, S.L. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/23). Represent Venezuela in an arbitration in the food industry. 
  • Valores Mundiales, S.L. and Consorcio Andino, S.L. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/11). Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration concerning regulations in the food production sector and in the annulment proceedings.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/12/23). Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration brought by Luxembourg and Portuguese companies under bilateral investment treaties regarding seamless steel tubes and in the annulment proceedings.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB/11/26). Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in ICSID arbitration brought by Luxembourg and Portuguese companies under bilateral investment treaties regarding the steel industry.
  • Enel Green Power S.p.A. v. Republic of El Salvador (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/18) Counsel to a sovereign state in ICSID proceedings under CAFTA in connection with a claim for economic losses arising out of an electricity company’s investment in an electricity distribution company.
  • Pac Rim Cayman v. Republic of El Salvador (ICSID Case No. ARB/09/12). Representing El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration brought under the Salvadoran Investment Law in relation to a gold mining project.
  • Represented a sovereign state in ICSID proceedings brought by two different multinational oil companies in connection with breach of investment guarantees under a BIT and the domestic investment law of the state, related to heavy oil projects.
  • Represented a state-owned petroleum company in ICC proceedings due to contract claims, related to heavy oil projects. 

International Commercial Arbitration 

  • Representing the Dominican Corporation of Power State Companies (CDEEE) in a dispute related to the construction of a power plant in the Dominican Republic.

Foreign Sovereign Representation in U.S. Courts

  • Morales v. Nicaragua and INISER. Represent Nicaragua and national insurance company before U.S. Courts.

International Advisory Matters

  • Advising States on the renegotiation of its bilateral investment treaties.

Pro-Bono Work

  • Represents clients in front of immigration and family relations tribunals in the State of Virginia; work jointly with KIND (Kids in Need of Defense).
  • Represents clients who request protection under the VAWA Law (Violence against Women).
  • Represents clients before the the District of Columbia Courts regarding eviction cases.

Professional Experience

  • Previously worked in the International Arbitration department of major international law firms in New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Secretariat of Industry, Commerce and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Argentina.

Honors

  • Hugo Grotius Scholar, New York University, School of Law, 2006-2007
  • Fundación Carolina de Argentina Scholar, 2005

Involvement

  • City of Buenos Aires Bar Association (C.P.A.C.F., Argentina)
  • International Bar Association
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  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Argentina