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Adrián Magallanes


Adrian Magallanes has been part of Von Wobeser y Sierra S.C. since 2002. He is a Partner of the firm with ample experience offering legal counsel for Fortune 500 companies, local enterprises and government entities throughout the world. He has a solid track record and has international expertise working in law firms in Mexico, the United States and Asia. He is admitted to practice in Mexico and New York, and his main practice areas include International & National Arbitration, Constitutional (Amparo) & Administrative Proceedings, Government Procurement & Public Works, Civil & Commercial Litigation and Anticorruption & Compliance.

International & National Commercial Arbitration & Civil & Commercial Litigation

Adrián has participated in various complex litigation and arbitration proceedings (ICC, AAA-ICDR, LCIA, CAM, CANACO, UNCITRAL), both domestic and international, with particular experience in the commercial, construction, government infrastructure and energy sectors. Also, he has represented sovereigns and investors in treaty based arbitration proceedings, particularly before ICSID.

He has been counsel in several of the largest arbitration cases in history held against PEMEX and CFE, and counsel in what is considered the largest commercial case in history in Mexico. Also, he has important experience in cases involving the maritime authorities in Mexico.

He has vast experience in arbitration award annulment and enforcement proceedings before Mexican Courts.

Government Procurement & Public Works

He and his team have advised over 25 domestic and multinational companies in all aspects of contracts entered with the Mexican government and its agencies, particularly with PEMEX, CFE, IMSS, ISSSTE, Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (METRO), the Ministry of Public Security, State Municipalities and others. He has advised clients in public biddings and directs adjudications, and has assisted clients in clarifications meetings and in assembling of the economical, technical and legal proposals. Also, he has experience in successfully challenging the decisions and awards of the adjudicating authorities in the public bidding proceedings.

Constitutional (Amparo) & Administrative Proceedings

He has participated in litigation cases before various courts in Mexico, including various cases before the Supreme Court. These cases have involved regulatory matters with high stakes for Fortune 500 companies. He has also litigated high-profile cases involving the revocation of public concessions and administrative permits and licenses, and has vast experience in human rights litigation before Federal Courts.


Main Practices

Adrián Magallanes is engaged in the following practice areas:



Spanish and English.

Education, Professional Affiliations and Academic Activities

He obtained his Law Degree (J.D.), summa cum laude, Escuela Libre de Derecho (ELD), Mexico City, 2005.

He received a certificate in International Arbitration, Mc Gill University, Montreal, 2006.

He concluded a specialization in Government Contracts, Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico City, 2007, with the highest GPA of his class.

He obtained his Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.), New York University School of Law (NYU), New York, 2009. He was a recipient of the Arthur Vanderbilt Scholar Award and the Mexican Government offered him an Academic Excellence Scholarship.

Foreign attorney, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, D.C. , (2009-2010).

Foreign attorney, King & Wood Maellesons Beijing, PRC, 2010.

Admitted to practice in Mexico and New York.

Chair, Arbitration Committee of the Mexican Bar Association (BMA).

Member by invitation, The Argentine Centre for International Studies (CAEI) (2006 - present).

Global Advisory Board, International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Y&I (2007 - 2010).

Executive Board Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Y&I (2010 -2013).




Global Arbitration Review (GAR 100), Legal 500, Latin Lawyer 250 and Best Lawyers among others. He won the Client Choice Awards in 2015 from the International Law Office.

Pro Bono and Diversity

He is actively involved in the firm´s Pro Bono activities.