Rebolledo

José Manuel García Rebolledo

International Associate
Washington, DC

I represent clients in international disputes bringing a compelling perspective on the roles and challenges sovereigns face.

José Manuel García Rebolledo specializes in representing sovereigns in arbitration proceedings before the leading international dispute resolution institutions. He also has experience advising sovereign and corporate clients on a wide range of matters of international law, particularly human rights.

José has represented numerous sovereigns in both investment and commercial arbitrations as a senior associate in the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Department. He has also been an active in the firm’s Global Business and Human Rights’ practice, advising corporate clients in best international human rights standards and practices.   

José has been named to the Latinvex Top 25 Rising Legal Stars in Latin America list. Clients’ testimonials in Legal 500 for the Latin America International Arbitration ranking have described José’s work as “intelligent, sharp, kind and honest.”

Education

  • University of California Berkeley School of Law, LL.M., 2010
  • Universidad Iberoamericana, Licenciatura en Derecho, 2006

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Admitted only in New York; not engaged in the practice of law in the District of Columbia

Languages

  • Spanish

Experience

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT ARBITRATION
  • Quanta Services Netherlands B.V. v. Republic of Peru. Represents the Republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration related to the termination of a contract for the construction of a broadband network. 
  • Bacilio Amorrortu v. Republic of Peru. Represents the republic of Peru in an ICSID arbitration related to a dispute over the award of an oil exploitation contract.
  • Raiffeisen Bank International et. al v. Croatia. Represented Croatia in an UNCITRAL arbitration over the adoption of foreign denominated loans regulations by Respondent. 
  • Talal Awamleh et al. v. State of Qatar. Represented Qatar in an arbitration brought by media enterprises over a dispute related to the production of TV and film projects.   
  • Nissan Motor Company Limited v. The Republic of India. Represented India in an arbitration brought by the Renault & Nissan Consortium over disputes related to taxation measures adopted by a state government.
  • Italba Corporation v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Represented Uruguay in a case involving claims over rights to use the electromagnetic spectrum and regulation of the Uruguayan telecommunications industry.
  • Highbury International AVV and Ramstein Trading Inc. v, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in the annulment proceedings of an ICSID award, The underlying dispute related to an alleged expropriation of gold and diamond mining concessions.
  • Philip Morris Brands Sàrl, Philip Morris Products S.A. and Abal Hermanos S.A. v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Represented Uruguay successfully in a case related to claims brought against Uruguay’s adoption of the most progressive tobacco control regulation in the world. 
  • Valores Mundiales, S.L. and Consorcio Andino S.L. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in a claim brought by the world largest wheat and corn flour products company’s subsidiaries for the alleged expropriation of their facilities in Venezuela.
  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme (I.A.) v. The Republic of Ecuador. Represented the Republic of Ecuador in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from the treatment of a foreign investor by the Ecuadorean judiciary.
  • Tenaris S.A. and Talta – Trading e Marketing Sociedade Unipessoal Lda. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in the annulment proceedings of an award issued on an ICSID proceeding brought in connection with the alleged expropriation of a steel plant.
  • Rusoro Mining Limited v. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Represented Venezuela in a US$3.03 Billion claim brought by a Canadian gold mining company in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration concerning the nationalization of the company's assets.
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
  • AMPI v. Republic of Peru. Advises The Republic of Peru in an arbitration related to disputes over the concession contract for operation and development of the Callao port facilities in Peru.
  • Línea Amarilla S.A.C. v. Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima. Represents the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima in a contract-based arbitration under the International Arbitration Chamber of Paris (CAIP) commenced by Línea Amarilla S.A.C. (LAMSAC). The arbitration arises from a dispute concerning the calculation and adjustment of tolls charged as part of a contract to construct and refurbish certain roadways in Lima.
  • Rutas de Lima v. Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima. Represents the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima in a contract based arbitration before ICSID, initiated by Rutas de Lima S.A.C. based on a construction contract and the operation and maintenance of a toll road in Lima. The controversy arises from the implementation of a new toll station and the measures taken by the Municipality in response to the related popular demonstrations.
EXPERIENCE IN OTHER AREAS
  • Advised a Guatemalan energy company with regard to social engagement, consultation and Human Rights in connection to protests by the communities neighboring a hydroelectric plant project.
  • Advised Mexican entity “CENAGAS” (National Center for Control of Natural Gas), responsible for operating the national system of transport and storage pipelines, with respect to its international standards for public procurement.
  • Represented a client in a federal investigation led by the Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission regarding alleged international bribery in Mexico under the FCPA.
  • Advised a Central American energy conglomerate regarding the correction and removal of slanderous publications made against the company in printed and electronic media.

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • Latinvex 2021 – Top 25 Rising Legal Stars in Latin America

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker. “Jurisdiction Ratione Temporis and Ratione Voluntatis.” 5th Executive Training for Public Officials on Investment and Arbitration Treaties organized by the Center for Sustainable Investment at Columbia University. New York USA 2019.
  • Panelist. “La intervención del Poder Judicial en los Países Latinoamericanos” Congreso de la Red Juvenil de Arbitraje." Diálogos entre el Poder Judicial y el Arbitraje: Perspectivas Latinoamericanas”, organized by the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá. Bogotá, Colombia, 2019.