Americas Initiative

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We are now accepting applications for ITA Americas Initiative leadership positions for the period 2022-2024. View the Americas Initiative Leadership Opportunities here.

ITA established its Americas Initiative in 2003 to explore opportunities and develop activities by which ITA could better serve the international arbitration community in Latin America. Since then, ITA has teamed up with leading arbitral institutions and counsel throughout Latin America to offer an annual Americas Workshop, an annual Americas Roundtable for young lawyers and variety of other activities designed to increase awareness and promote excellence in the practice of international arbitration in the region. To date, conferences have been held in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Panama City, Santiago and São Paulo.

In recent years, ITA's collaboration with arbitral institutions in the region has expanded to include cooperation in new areas, including membership status for such institutions within ITA and collaboration on a first of its kind survey of the institutions themselves.

In 2014, ITA launched a primarily Spanish/Portuguese language listserv -- the ITA Latin American Arbitration Forum (ITAFOR) -- which has quickly become the leading online forum for arbitration practitioners in Latin America.  ITAFOR is co-presented with the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB) and the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr).

In 2018, the scope of the Americas Initiative expanded to include Canada with the creation of a second Vice Chair position for Canada.

The Americas Initiative launched the Caribbean Task Force in 2021.

The Americas Initiative is now a standing practice committee of the ITA Advisory Board, open to all Advisory Board members in or interested in Latin America and Canada.

Montserrat Manzano
Chair, Americas Initiative
Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C., Mexico City
Elina Mereminskaya
Vice Chair, Americas Initiative
Wagemann & Associados, Santiago
Giovanni Ettore Nanni
Vice Chair – Brazil, Americas Initiative
Nanni Advogados, São Paulo
Myriam Seers
Vice Chair – Canada, Americas Initiative
Savoie Laporte, Toronto
José I. Astigarraga
Past Chair Council, Americas Initiative
Reed Smith LLP, Miami
Eduardo Damião Gonçalves
Past Chair Council, Americas Initiative
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, São Paulo
Andrés Jana
Past Chair Council, Americas Initiative
Bofill Mir & Álvarez Jana, Santiago
Eduardo Zuleta
Past Chair Council, Americas Initiative
Zuleta Abogados Asociados, Bogotá