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Montserrat Manzano


She has more than 10 years of experience in commercial and investment arbitration and has advised leading multinational companies and international governments in complex and high-value cases. She has extensive experience representing corporations, foreign investors and states in arbitrations under the rules of ICSID, ICC, ICDR and UNCITRAL, across a variety of sectors including telecommunications, construction, shipping and chemical. Representative work includes: ICA arbitration against Mexican state entity CFE, in relation to one of Latin America´s  most important hydroelectric projects, ($160 million); UNCITRAL arbitration between a Bolivian company against the Republic of Ecuador related to a concession agreement. Additionally, she has solid experience in administrative law and state contracts.  She has participated as either counsel or secretary to arbitral tribunals in cases involving public biddings and concessions. Furthermore, she has international experience on an educational and professional level, having worked in Paris at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and studied in Europe in both England and Spain.

Main Practices

Montserrat Manzano is engaged in the following practice areas:

Other Practices


Spanish and English

Education, Professional Affiliations and Academic Activities


She obtained her Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), México City, 2004.

Diploma in International Arbitration (First in Class), Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD), Mexico City, 2005.

She obtained her Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 2007.

Foreign attorney,Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris, 2007-2008.

Diploma, "Investment Arbitration in Latin America", ICC/IBA Seminar, Mexico City, 2010. 

Diploma, "Take the witness cross-examination in International Arbitration", Viena, 2010.

Diploma, "Soluciones de Disputas en el Sector Energético Internacional", ICC, Mexico City, 2015. 

Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), 2008-to date. 

ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF), 2008-to date. 

Arbitral Women, 2008-to date. 

Secretary to the Committee of Relations with other international organizations (IBA, UNCITRAL, ICCA), Asociación Lationamericana de Arbitraje (ALARB), 2011-to date. 

Mediation Committee, ICC, Mexico City, 2014-to date

Chair to the Young Arbitratior´s Initiative of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, ITA, 2015-2017. 

Abogadas en Arbitraje, Mexico City, 2016-to date. 

AbogadasMx, Mexico City, 2016-to date. 






Pro Bono and Diversity

Actively involved in the firm´s Pro Bono activities.