Fernando Mantilla-Serrano is a partner in the Paris office of Latham & Watkins and the Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice. He is acclaimed for the depth of his knowledge and experience in international arbitration representing companies, states, and state-owned entities in highly complex commercial and investor-state disputes.
Mr. Mantilla-Serrano has acted as lead counsel in arbitrations conducted under the main institutional arbitration rules (ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICDR), as well as ad hoc rules, in venues around the globe. He has in-depth experience in complex investor-state disputes, in particular under the aegis of ICSID. Mr. Mantilla-Serrano is member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Governing Board and of the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) Court of Arbitration, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and member of the International Law Association (ILA).
Mr. Mantilla-Serrano regularly serves as tribunal chairman, sole arbitrator, and party-appointed arbitrator. He has also served as an expert before arbitral tribunals and state courts.
He features as top-ranked lawyer in the Global-wide, Europe-wide, Latin America-wide, France, and Spain Chambers guides. Mr. Mantilla-Serrano is also featured in the Who's Who Legal 2017 as an arbitration expert.
“The very quick and smart Fernando Mantilla-Serrano delivers powerful arguments with aplomb and diplomacy.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
“Mr. Mantilla-Serrano is excellent – he is a very smart lawyer technically and on strategy.” Chambers Europe / Latin America 2020
Recognized as a Leading Lawyer. The Legal 500 Latin America 2019-2020
Praised by his clients as being “always present and available and shows exceptional involvement in cases.” The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
“Widely regarded as a great expert in arbitration.” “Sources endorse his phenomenal practice, which comprises client representations in both commercial and investment treaty disputes.” Chambers Global 2017
“Highly respected head of department Mr. Mantilla-Serrano is described by market sources as a great lawyer who puts up a great fight.” “They continue: He is very personable and able, and is obviously a master.” Chambers Latin America 2017
“He is adept in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors. He is extremely experienced in disputes arising in the USA and in Spanish-speaking jurisdictions. He is qualified to practice in Paris, New York, Colombia, and Spain and forms part of the firm's Latin American practice, with notable experience of Brazil.” Chambers Europe 2016