Leading International Arbitration Partner to Join Latham & Watkins in Paris

Fernando Mantilla-Serrano, a renowned international arbitration practitioner, will serve as Global Co-chair of Latham’s International Arbitration Practice and will co-lead the growing team.

April 24, 2014

Paris … Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Fernando Mantilla-Serrano will be joining the firm as a partner and Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice. Mantilla-Serrano is widely recognized as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers globally.

Mantilla-Serrano 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 with an emphasis on matters involving energy, banking, joint ventures and Latin America. His practice covers numerous sectors, with particular focus on the oil & gas, power, natural resources, construction, manufacturing and automotive industries. Mantilla-Serrano regularly serves as tribunal chairman, sole arbitrator and party-appointed arbitrator, and has also served as expert before arbitral tribunals and State courts.

Mantilla-Serrano will be based in Paris, from where he will work closely with other arbitration partners in New York, San Francisco, London, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

Olivier du Mottay, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Paris, said: “Fernando’s arrival, coupled with the talented members of our arbitration group around the globe, confirms Latham’s stature as a key player in the arbitration market. We are particularly delighted to welcome Fernando in Paris, which is a key center of international arbitration.”

Claudia Salomon, Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice, commented: “Fernando is recognized as a leader in the field and a thoughtful and strategic adviser. He has an impressive track record handling large, complex arbitrations, and his knowledge of Latin American cross-border disputes runs deep. Fernando’s areas of specialty have numerous synergies with our practice.”

“Fernando’s arrival marks a major further milestone in the growth of our global arbitration practice. The market for international arbitration is strong and expected to continue to grow, and Fernando’s unique skill set and leadership will be an asset both to our global client base and our international arbitration team,” said Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert, Global Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice.

Mantilla-Serrano added: “Latham & Watkins’ focus on building a leading arbitration practice immediately attracted me as solid and unique. Latham & Watkins is a top-flight global firm and a litigation powerhouse with an established reputation for excellence. Its global platform, resources and distinct focus on growing and managing its practice groups were a big draw for me. The dynamism that inspires members and management alike makes it the ideal platform to build a global arbitration practice at a time when the arbitration market is active and evolving. I look forward to joining the team and helping fulfill Latham’s vision to build the leading global arbitration practice.”

Mantilla-Serrano joins Latham & Watkins from Shearman & Sterling. He was previously head of the International Arbitration Practice at Garrigues in Spain and Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, where he remains a member of the Court.

He is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – School of Law in Colombia (JD, Economics, 1985), New York University School of Law (MCJ-LLM, 1988), and Université de Paris II (Panthéon – Assas) (D.E.A in Private International Law and Trade Law and D.S.U. in EU Law, 1991). He is a member of the Colombian, New York, Paris and Madrid bars and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

About Latham & Watkins

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Notes to Editor

Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.


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