Dual-qualified in New York and Colombia, Santiago Bejarano advises clients doing business in Latin America on a range of international arbitration and white collar matters.
Mr. Bejarano regularly represents US-based and international companies in their highest-stakes disputes and investigations, with a focus on international arbitration matters. Drawing on his in-depth understanding of Latin America’s legal systems and business practices, he helps clients successfully navigate matters involving a variety of jurisdictions, including Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
Mr. Bejarano brings significant experience participating in international commercial, and investment arbitrations held under a variety of rules and institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Mr. Bejarano also advises clients in connection with government investigations and inquiries, white collar matters, and complex, multi-jurisdictional internal investigations.
Mr. Bejarano also keeps an active pro bono practice, advising clients on immigration-related matters.
Mr. Bejarano is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Colombian Chapter of the Spanish Arbitration Association (CEA); the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB); the International Bar Association (IBA); the Young ICCA; the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF); and the LCIA Young and International Arbitration Group (YIAG).
- Recognized as a leading arbitration practitioner
Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders 2019-2021
- Pro Bono Publico Award honoree
Legal Aid Society 2015
Mr. Bejarano’s experience includes representing:
- Several Latin American subsidiaries of a US pharmaceutical company in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris, governed by Colombian law, in a dispute related to an M&A transaction
- A Latin American state in a commercial arbitration under the ICSID Additional Facility Rules, seated in Washington, D.C., related to an investment in the natural resources sector
- A US biotech company in an AAA arbitration seated in New York, governed by New York law, in a dispute arising out of a licensing agreement
- Several European subsidiaries of a US public company in the plastics sector in parallel ICDR arbitrations against subsidiaries of a US company, in connection with the operation of several industrial sites in Europe*
- A petrochemical company against a Caribbean state-owned gas company in an ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1976), resulting in a favorable settlement for the client*
- A US pharmaceutical company in an ad hoc investment arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1976) against the Republic of Ecuador under the US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty, resulting in a finding of denial of justice against the State*
- A leading Swiss luxury goods manufacturer in an ICDR arbitration against a Middle Eastern distributor, governed by New York law*
- A leading US-based driller in an expropriation claim against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its state-owned petroleum company in US federal court*
- One of the world’s largest commodities trading companies in connection with a criminal investigation by US and foreign authorities in relation to the company’s operations in Latin America, Africa, and Europe*
- A leading US media company in a criminal investigation by US authorities in relation to the soccer industry in Latin America*
- Several individuals in a criminal investigation conducted by US authorities against a US-based ophthalmic company in connection with their medical device business in Asia*
- A leading US media company in an internal review of its soccer broadcasting rights in Latin America*
- One of the world’s leading audit firms in an internal investigation related to independence issues arising out of work by a member firm in Latin America*
*Matter handled prior to joining Latham