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Claus von Wobeser

Partner


Managing partner of Von Wobeser y Sierra with almost 40 years of experience in advising both multinational Fortune 500 clients as well as governments. He has an undisputed track record acting as counsel and arbitrator appointed by international companies and governments involved in international investor-state or commercial disputes. Furthermore, he has a strong background in corporate as well as litigation matters and has been the leader in some of the most groundbreaking transactions taking place in Latin America and Mexico during the past 30 years.  Representative work includes includes advising Anheuser Busch Inbev in its recent acquisition of Grupo Modelo for 20.1 billion and counseling The Coca Cola Company in various of its many and distinct key strategic M&A deals.

 

National & International Arbitration

Mr. von Wobeser has received global recognition for his work in arbitration as counsel and arbitrator. He has solid experience internationally including the Latin American region, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  He has represented many Mexican and foreign companies in important international arbitrations as per the rules of the ICC, AAA, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, ICSID Arbitration Rules, ICSID Additional Facility Arbitration Rules and Mexico. Spain Bilateral Investment Treaty among others.
 
Furthermore, he has served as arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, AAA, ICDR, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, NAFTA chapter XI, ICSID and ICSID Additional Facility Mechanism, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, LCIA and Energy Charter Treaty.
 
Additionally, he has acted as ad hoc judge of the Inter-American Human Rights Court and as expert witness on Mexican and International Law in several international arbitrations as well as in U.S. and English Courts.

 

Corporate, M&A, Foreign Investment, Civil & Commercial Litigation

He is a key player in advising companies and institutions on their major corporate foreign investment matters. Mr. von Wobeser has been the lead legal counsel in helping companies to increase their participation in the Mexican market and in the planning of the most important M&A deals that have taken place in Latin America. He is an expert in strategic business planning and his main areas of expertise include: business negotiations, structuring and incorporation of companies, expansion via subsidiaries, joint ventures and the generation and implementation of commercial contracts. He has counseled and assisted major corporations in the structuring of their companies advising them strategically in order to expand into Mexico and Latin America.

Furthermore, he has advised companies in order to minimize any legal liabilities, assure fiscal efficiency, and compliance with legal obligations under Mexican and International law. He has also successfully protected clients via litigation in large scale transactions.

Main Practices

Claus von Wobeser is engaged in the following practice areas:


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Languages

Spanish, English, German and French

Education, Professional Affiliations and Academic Activities

He obtained his Law Degree (J.D. equivalent), Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD), Mexico City, 1979.

He obtained his Doctorate of Law in Commercial & European Law Studies, Université de Droit, d'Economie et de Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1983.

Member of the Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (1982-1988).

President of the Arbitration Commission, Mexican Chapter (ICC) (1987 - 2016).

Arbitration professor at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD) (1994- present).

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (1998 - present).

Member of the Mexican Mediation Institute (IMM) (2000 - present).

Chairman of the Mexican Bar Association (BMA) (2001 - 2002).

Member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) (2003 - 2015).

Chair of the Mediation Sub Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) (2003 - 2004).

Co-Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) (2005 - 2006).

Member of the Mexican Institute of Arbitration (IMA) (2005 – present).

Vice President of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (2006 - 2015).

Arbitrator of the Panel appointed by the President of the World Bank and the Administrative Counsel of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes  (ICSID) (2011 – present).

Board member of SICANA (2015-present).

Member of the governing body of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (2015- present).

Court Member to the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (2016-present). 

Recognitions

Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latin America, Global Arbitration Review 100 (GAR 100), Latin Lawyer 250, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer, Who

Pro Bono and Diversity

He is strongly committed to Pro bono work and was a key individual in the drafting of the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas. He is known for being a precursor and advocate for Pro bono in Latin America and heads one of the most solid programs in the region.