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Gisela Paris

Counsel
Washington, DC

I assist clients in protecting their global interests in high-stakes international disputes.

Gisela Paris specializes in representing sovereigns, state-owned companies and corporate clients in arbitration proceedings before the leading international dispute resolution institutions.  She has experience working in the public and private sectors, having worked in leading firms in New York and Buenos Aires.

Within the firm’s International Litigation & 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. Recently, Legal 500 – Latin America – International Law Firms - International Arbitration publication for 2021 recognizes Gisela as having “played a key role in growing the practice’s Latin American footprint.”

Gisela has experience both in the private and public sectors, having previously worked as an associate in the International Arbitration departments of major international law firms in New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina and as a legal advisor to the Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Small and Medium Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy of the Argentina Republic.

Gisela was named to the Latinvex Top 25 Rising Legal Stars in Latin America list.

Legal 500 also recognized Gisela as having “played a key role in growing the practice’s Latin American footprint.”

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 Dipolma 2004 
  • University of Buenos Aires School of Law, Specialization in International Law, 2004

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS 
  • District of Columbia
  • New York 
  • Argentina

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese

Experience

INVESTOR-STATE ARBITRATION
  • Yves Garnier v. Dominican Republic (PCA Case No. 2022-01).
  • Representing the Dominican Republic in an PCA arbitration initiated by a French citizen for alleged violations of the France- Dominican republic BIT, in relation to the waste management industry.
  • Quanta Services Netherlands B.V. v. Republic of Peru. Represents the Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Quanta under the Peru-Netherlands Bilateral Investment Treaty, regarding the alleged wrongful termination of contracts to design, build and operate telecommunication networks in rural areas or Peru.
  • Bacilio Amorrortu v. Republic of Peru (PCA Case No. 2020-11). Representing the Republic of Peru in an UNCITRAL arbitration initiated by a former Peruvian citizen and current U.S. national for alleged violations of the Peru-U.S. Trade Promotion Agreement involving alleged irregularities in the direct contracting request and subsequent bidding process for the operation and exploitation of certain oil blocks on the Peruvian coast.
  • Desarrollo Vial de los Andes S.A.C. v. Republic of Peru (ICSID Case No. ARB/20/18). Representing the Republic of Peru in a contractual dispute before ICSID related to the suspension of a toll station due to social protests.
  • Chevron Corp. and Texaco Petroleum Corp. v. Republic of Ecuador. Representing Ecuador in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules regarding a $ 9.5 billion ruling issued by an Ecuadorian court against Chevron for pollution and damage to human health in the Ecuadorian Amazon. 
  • Consorcio GLP Ecuador v. Republic of Ecuador (UNCITRAL case). Representing 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). Represented 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). Represented 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). Represented 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). Represented 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). Represented 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). Represented 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. 
  • ConocoPhillips Petrozuata B.V., ConocoPhillips Hamaca B.V. and Conoco Phillips Gulf of Paria B.V. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB / 07/30). Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration initiated by the oil company regarding the violation of investment guarantees in accordance with a bilateral investment treaty and the local investment law of that State, in relation to heavy crude projects.
  • Venezuela Holdings, B.V., et al. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (ICSID Case No. ARB / 07/27). Represented Venezuela in an ICSID arbitration initiated by an oil company regarding the violation of investment guarantees in accordance with a bilateral investment treaty and the local investment law of that State, in relation to heavy crude projects.
  • TECO Guatemala Holdings, LLC c. República de Guatemala (Caso CIADI No. ARB/10/23). Represented the Republic of Guatemala in an ICSID arbitration which arose under the CAFTA-DR treaty in relation to investments in the electricity sector.
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
  • Representing Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE) in a dispute related to the construction of a US $ 2 billion power plant in the Dominican Republic.
  • Representing a conglomerate of Nicaraguan companies in two disputes before the ICC against a Colombian company related to corporate matters in the energy sector.
FOREIGN SOVEREIGN REPRESENTATION IN U.S. COURTS 
  • Morales v. Nicaragua and INISER. Represent Nicaragua and national insurance company before U.S. Courts.
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY 
  • Advising States on the renegotiation of its bilateral investment treaties.
PRO BONO
  • 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.

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • "Rising Legal Stars in Latin America” – Latinvex – 2020
  • 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